THE DOVE June 2014

The Rector's Column  

by The Rev. Dr. Jason L. Parkin

Q. What is the duty of all Christians?

A. The duty of all Christians is to follow Christ; to come together week by week for corporate worship; and to work, pray, and give for the spread of the kingdom of God.
                       The Book of Common Prayer, p. 856

A few weeks ago, in a conversation with a member of the parish before the 11:15 Sunday morning Eucharist, I mentioned that I subscribe to what is known as a "high church" theology. The gentleman with whom I was speaking asked if that referred to a preference for an elaborate worship style. I responded that, although ornate worship is often a symbol of such a theological orientation, to be "high church" actually means that one has a high theology of the church; that one believes that the Body of Christ, the community of faith, has a vitally important role to play in the lives of Christians. I went on to explain that I believe the worshipping community is the place where we can all find companionship, comfort, challenge, strength, and nurture we cannot find on our own as we seek God. The relationship between an individual and God is immensely important, to be sure; but I devoutly believe that that relationship can-and needs to-be nourished through participation in the ongoing life of prayer and worship which is at the core of the Church's very being.

All of that is a long way of saying that nothing we do as the community of faith is as important as gathering to praise God in song, scripture and sacrament. To put it even more plainly, we need one another. We need regular contact and communication and communion in every sense of that word if we are to grow individually and as God's people. We need to sing and to laugh together; to ponder and to reflect together; to struggle and to strive together; and we need to do so young and old alike, in season and out, every bit as much in summer as in winter.

Each of us has something to give to the kingdom of God, and each of us has some unique gift we need to receive. Truthfully, and selfishly, I miss people when they are not in church on Sundays. But much more importantly, it is within the community of faith that we find our own faith strengthened and provoked and stretched. So this summer, join your brothers and sisters in Christ, your nephews and nieces, aunts and uncles in Christ as together we seek to follow Christ;...to work, pray, and give for the spread of the kingdom of God; and to move ever closer to God.

Alleluia on the Avenue

Sunday, June 8th 10a.m.

by Fr. Chris Hardman

The music of Elton John with Brian Harris who is "Simply Elton" will be featured at CHC's Annual Parish Picnic & Alternative Worship Service.

Don't Go Breakin' My Heart by not coming to our annual Parish Picnic this year because we don't want an Empty Garden. The winter has been long and dreary and you may want to Burn Down the Mission or you may think you would be Better Off Dead because you have not seen the color of the sky for so long-but I Guess That is Why They Call It the Blues.

Say Goodbye Yellow Brick Road because your Greatest Discovery awaits you as we baptize some folks and begin the Circle of Life again. Little Jeannie, Nikita, Daniel, and Levon will be there doing the Crocodile Rock. Bennie and the Jetts will be there with Bitter Fingers and Healing Hands. I even Believe the Tiny Dancer will be there too, but she may not dance. She is planning to blast into outer space with the Rocket Man.

You know that Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting, but Sunday is for Harmony! We will harmonize all morning with some Sad Songs, some Mellow songs, and especially Your Song. It will be like Philadelphia Freedom for all of us because we won't have to buy a Meal Ticket to eat. We will just need to show up.

So invite your friends; That's What Friends Are For. Have Mercy on the Criminal-invite them too. It is going to be Salvation for all because we have a High Flying Band and All the Nasties Won't be There, only us Honky Cats.

"... and it was good."

by Pastor Heath Howe, Family Ministry  

Creation is such an important and powerful teacher, especially for Christians. It is, in many ways, our first and ever-tangible example of what it means to embrace and completely live the life of an Easter Person. Creation shows us over and over again the pattern and rhythm of resurrected life. In every part of nature we see birth, life, death, and new life. Consider the seasons of the year. Each one comes alive, exists, and passes. In its passing, a new one is created. Consider the caterpillar that becomes a butterfly, the tadpole that becomes a frog, and the seed that becomes a tree that, in turn, makes more seeds. The examples are endless. Read more here...

The Sweet Sounds of Summer

by Dr. Derek E. Nickels, Director of Music

This summer promises to be the usual time of relaxation and some sort of solitude from the hectic pace of our "normal" schedules. At least, that is what many people are led to believe. In reality, summer means quickly cleaning up from the previous year's activities and preparing for the next year's. Read more here...

Ta Da! This is It, Folks...

The Big Finish!

by Jill Klusendorf, Director of Community Life

Kenilworth, in case you didn't know it , is a village. If you were to read up on its history, you would find it was originally settled and developed, in small part, as a scenic lakeside summer burg for the moneyed titans of Chicago industry. "A beautiful country setting near the convenience of the city," as its founder Joseph Sears would say. Read more here...

Newcomers Reception

Saturday, June 7

Fr. Jason and Jan Parkin, Ken Anderson, and the Newcomers Team invite all who are new to Holy Comforter (or "newish" and haven't made it to a previous reception) to join us at a reception and cocktail party at the Rectory on Saturday, June 7, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. This informal gathering-to which children of all ages are also invited-will be a casual and fun time for people who have recently come to Holy Comforter, as well as those who are pondering connecting to the congregation, to meet some parishioners, learn more about the parish, and become acquainted with one another. We promise that there will be no "hard sell:" we simply want to welcome you to Holy Comforter and enjoy some time together. Please contact Jill Klusendorf in the church office by June 5th to let us know you are coming. Please join us!

Pentecost Parish Picnic

June 8, 10:00a.m.

On Sunday, June 8, we will observe our parish Feast Day as we celebrate Pentecost, the 50th day of the Season of Easter, and the beginning of the Pentecost Season that runs all the way to Advent. With Easter coming so late this year, Pentecost also falls nearly as far into the spring as it can, and so we will combine the celebration of our Feast Day with our annual Picnic. On June 8, we will celebrate the regular 8:00 Eucharist, and then-weather permitting-enjoy a wonderful, lively, Spirit-filled Eucharist on the lawn at 10:00, with the picnic to follow immediately. As many will remember, we use the music of a particular artist, group, or genre at our outdoor celebrations, and this year will be no different: Elton John will provide the musical flavoring for our celebration (well, not Elton himself, but someone very like him!) We will also have the unique experience of celebrating Holy Baptism that day outside, using the historical font that is normally located in the walkway in the cloister. In short, this will be a delightfully special, joyous day, as well as the perfect opportunity to invite friends, neighbors, and family members to join in the fun.

If you are able to help with cooking, set up or clean up, please contact Jill Klusendorf or Sarah Alt.

SoulJourner Ministry

Special Thanks for Nancy Lovely

Nancy has decided that it is time for SoulJourner to come to an end. The final sessions of the two current groups took place in May. Read more here...

Summer 9:00 Outdoor Liturgy

Protection from the Sun!

It has been an interesting, at times frustrating, and at times amusing challenge, occasionally resulting in the congregation getting squeezed into the one quadrant of the cloister and the altar party constantly jockeying to get under the one umbrella we were able to put up. Read more here...

CUMALI needs donations....

Chicago Urban Ministry and Life Intervention

Looking for an Excuse to Spring Clean Those Closets? Need Somewhere to Donate Travel Samples?

As many of you know, our Deacon, Sandy Rex, leads a group to lower Wacker Drive each Monday night to serve the homeless. We are in desperate need of men's clothing.

Items most needed include:
• men's jeans: all sizes
• men's old running shoes or sneakers
• hoodie sweatshirts

If you have anything to contribute, please contact Ann Barrett at barrettann@sbcglobal.net. Thank you for your help!

Samples for Sandy

We are also collecting travel-sized toiletries for Deacon Sandy to distribute to the people served by The Night Ministry and CUMALI. Soap, shampoo, disposable razors, deodorant, toothpaste/brushes, socks and the like are always welcome. Should, in your travels, you come across any travel-sized items, please place them in the bin located outside the Parish Office.

Summer Schedule

On Sunday, June 15, we will begin the summer schedule of Eucharists at 8:00, 9:00 (in the cloister, weather permitting), and 10:15 a.m. We will be taking a hiatus from offering the 5:00 Sunday Eucharist during the summer. The Parish Offices will close at 1:00 on Friday afternoons as well.

Youth Group Service Trip 2014

by Charlotte Long, Youth Ministry Coordinator

Appalachian Service Project (ASP) was founded in 1969 by the Rev. Tex Evans to provide homes repairs for impoverished families living in Central Appalachia and develop connections with our brothers and sisters in Christ. Read more here...

Worth the Risk

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

It's occurred to me that over the past month that I have heard a particular word on many different occasions. The word is risk. I regularly receive emails about "Managing Church Risk." Read more here...

All Things Bright and Beautiful

Closing Celebration

May 22 was our closing celebration for ATB&B, marking the end of our 19th year as a Ministry of Church of the Holy Comforter. It always amazes the teachers and parents how quickly the year has flown by. Read more here...