THE DOVE February 2015

Mud and Cabbage

by The Rev. Dr. Jason Parkin, Rector

Ah, February. The shortest month of the year, even when expanded for "leap" purposes. Did you know that February was known by the Anglo-Saxons in medieval England as either Solmonath (mud month) or Kale-monath (named for cabbage)? Or that January and February were the last two months to be added to the Roman calendar in approximately 700 B.C., because the ancient Romans considered winter to be, in essence, an undefined, monthless period?

That's not terribly surprising, in a sense, is it? For February does not seem to have the highlights, the energy that some other months enjoy. No major national holiday, such as we find in May, July, September, or November. No religious festival such as Christmas or Easter or Passover. No international celebration on the order of New Year's Eve and Day (now, lest anyone think I am denigrating this month, please know that I have a niece, a nephew, a sister-in-law, and a great niece with birthdays during the month, and that Jan and I went out on our first date toward the end of February, in a year which chivalry prevents me from mentioning here).

All of which means, in a wonderfully paradoxical way, that February can be a time when we focus on important and profound matters in our lives. A month into the new year, what has changed in our lives from this time a year or more ago? What do we hope to accomplish that we have not yet begun; what in our overburdened lives do we wish to jettison in the attempt to clear out some of the detritus that has accumulated; where do we need to devote energy and time in order to nourish our souls and to be life-givers to the people and the world around us?

In church terms, February is the month that includes the second half of the Epiphany season, in which the identity and mission of Jesus the Christ are more fully revealed, as well as Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent, a time for streamlining our lives and remembering that all we are and all we do and all we desire to become are gifts from the Most High. During this gentle and lovely month, we are reminded that he who has been revealed as God's Holy One is calling us to lives of deeper faithfulness, of greater purposefulness, of more profound joy.

Ah, February. Short and sweet. Clear of clutter. And a time to remember who we are and whose we are.

Adult Forum in February

by Fr. Chris Hardman

We continue our Interfaith Journey with the presentation of one World Faith Tradition and two Christian groups that are unfamiliar to most of us. We will also take time on the 8th to discuss last month's presentation by Mrs. Mahin Khoury on Sufism. More and schedule here...

Wednesday Adult Class

by Fr. Chris Hardman

My granddaughter's school teacher related a funny story. It seems one of my granddaughter's classmates had to go to the bathroom. She was excused, but did not return as quickly as the teacher thought she should. The teacher went into the bathroom to check on her. More and class schedule here...

Stephen Ministry

You can't drive anymore. The church steps are getting to be too much for you. You just can't get the cap off the medicine bottle. You feel frustrated because you can't do these things, and you've always been very independent. A Stephen Minister would like to listen. For more information, or to schedule a visit with a Stephen Minister, please contact Fr. Jason Parkin at (847)251-6120, or Jean Britt at (847)835-5150.  

In the Vineyard...

It is with sorrow that we make mention of the death Wednesday night, January 21, of Dorothy Morley, the mother of Dick Morley, at the age of 90. Although Dotty and her late husband, Dr. Buel Morley, moved to Florida in 1980, many will remember her from their long connection to Holy Comforter and her involvement in, among other areas, the Rummage Sale.

There will be a memorial service for Mrs. Morley at Holy Comforter on Saturday, February 7, at 1:00 p.m., with a reception following in the Great Room. Please keep Dick, Mary Jane, and their extended family in your prayers, and join us to celebrate Dotty's life on the 7th. May light perpetual shine upon her in the heavenly realms.

Our prayers and love go out to George and Robin Gemeinhardt on the death of his father, George R. Gemeinhardt, on Saturday, January 17. Mr. Gemeinhardt had just turned 90 years old two days before. A memorial service was offered Thursday, January 22, at Oehler Funeral Home in Des Plaines. Please keep the Gemeinhardts, their sons, and George's brothers and their families in your hearts and prayers during this time of sorrow. May God provide them comfort and peace, and welcome George, Sr., into his new home with love and light and new life.

Peace, light, and love be with these faithful departed, and with those they loved and who loved them.

New Wardens, Vestry Member, and Chancellor

At the Annual Parish meeting on Sunday, January 25, we elected a new Senior Warden and Junior Warden, member of the Vestry, and Chancellor. For those who were not able to be present, please keep in your prayers Shannon Campitelli, our new Senior Warden, and Charlie Wise, who is now the Junior Warden. Also joining the Vestry is Tina Harlan, who will be coordinating Outreach ministries. Our new Parish Chancellor is Tim Eaton. Congratulations to all of these gifted and dedicated leaders, and may God fill them with grace and blessings in their new ministries!

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

February 17th, 5:30p.m.-6:30p.m. in the Great Hall

Breakfast for dinner, bury the Alleluias and more! Cookie Kits for sale to benefit the summer service trip of your hosts, the Youth Group! Join in the Fun

Ash Wednesday

February 18th

This year, we will observe Ash Wednesday, February 18, with the Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes at 7:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. Please note that there is no 9:00 liturgy that day. This schedule has been established in the hope that some people-especially, perhaps, those who work nearby-might be able to come to the Eucharist over the noon hour, and that the later afternoon service will be more convenient to some commuters and families with school-aged children. Please make a special effort to participate in one of these celebrations in order that, as the Book of Common Prayer exhorts us, we might all make a "right beginning" to the holy and poignant season of Lent.

Daily Eucharists;

Thursday Morning Lenten Eucharist and Breakfast

As we move into and through Lent, don't forget the quiet, thoughtful, and inspiring Eucharists that are offered every day in the church. The liturgies are celebrated at 9:00 a.m. each day, save Thursday, and are a perfect way to be renewed and refreshed during the week.

On Thursdays, the Eucharist is celebrated at 7:00 a.m., and, during Lent, is followed by a filling and nourishing breakfast in the Library. During the rest of the year, this service includes a healing rite, but we suspend that practice during Lent in order to provide time for fellowship and food following the Eucharist. If you have never attended the early service on Thursdays, this would be a perfect year to make it part of your Lenten journey. Please join us.

Calling All Palms

As many are aware, the ashes used on Ash Wednesday are created from burning the palms distributed the previous Palm Sunday. This takes place on Shrove Tuesday. If you have palms or palm crosses from last year or even longer ago, please bring them to the church by Sunday, February 15, and leave them in the front office. Thanks, in advance, for your offerings.

Women's Retreat

"Living Our Faith Outside the Walls"

Our women's retreat will be held from February 20th through the 22nd at Techny in Northbrook; please consider joining us. We hope to enjoy discussion, reflection, prayer, and fellowship as we ponder the best ways to live as women of faith in our everyday lives. Participants are welcome to spend the weekend or to join us daily as commuters. Please contact Laurel O'Donnell at (847)251-6120 to reserve your spot. We look forward to spending time together, outside the confines of our everyday walls.

Light and Love

by Pastor Heath Howe, Family Ministries

We begin Epiphany with the Wise Men who have followed the light of a star all the way to Bethlehem where they find the light of Christ in the baby Jesus. As Christians today, we spend Epiphany remembering this part of the story into our own lives. We are invited to pay attention to how the light of Christ is being given to us: by whom and from where does it come? Read more here...

And the Greatest of These....

by Mary Johnson, Director of Children's Ministries & All Things Bright and Beautiful

One of the most profound statements about love that I have heard did not come in a great novel or memorable love song. It was said to me at the end of this past December, as we came up to Children's Chapel after lighting the last candle on the Advent wreath. The first three candles are lit as we sing about hope, peace, and joy. We light the last candle. Read more here...

"What Exactly is Evensong?"

by Derek E. Nickels, Director of Music

This is a simple yet logical question for those maybe not familiar with this service and its wide international appeal. In order to properly understand the mystical simplicity of this service, one must first go back to the earliest formal description of Compline which was written in the early 17th century. Read more here...