THE DOVE March 2010

A Letter to the Parish: Retirement

After careful prayer and thought, I have made the decision to retire as Rector of Church of the Holy Comforter. I have officially notified the Bishop and the Wardens of my intention. I am resigning with an effective date sixteen months from March 1, 2010, in order to allow for a smooth transition in the selection of my successor. During the transition process, I will remain the Rector, functioning fully as such. Our succession process will be conducted with the same strategic focus, thoroughness, faithfulness, and careful listening that has always characterized our faith community and our life together. Details of all this will be forthcoming.  Read full article>>>

A Special Adult Forum will be held on Sunday, March 7, at 10:00am at which time Father Myers will lead the first "Listening Session."  Please note revised Adult Forum schedule below.

Our Journey Through Lent

Lent is a season of self-examination. It is an opportunity for us to take some time out from the busyness of life to reflect on who we are and how God is present in our lives as we prepare for Easter. As our parish life has changed focus for these 40 days, consider taking part in one or more of the following Lenten offerings.

Thursday 7:00am
The Celebration of the Holy Eucharist and a continental breakfast - a time for prayer and fellowship before your day begins.  The Holy Eucharist is celebrated every other weekday at 9:00am.

Friday, March 26 at 10:00am
The Altar Guild invites all to participate in the preparation for Palm Sunday by making crosses with the palms.

(Audio of the Lenten Study Series presentations is available here>>>)

Sunday Adult Forum 10:00am in the Great Hall

March 14  The Presbyterian Church presented by Elizabeth Andrews, retired Presybterian minister

March 21  Orthodox Christianity presented by Harold Peponis, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

March 28  Episcopal Church and The Anglican Communion presented by David Skidmore, Diocese of Chicago

April 11  Conclusion & Discussion moderated by Fr. Chris Hardman

Weekday Evening Presentations (reservations required>>>)
Thursday, March 4 at 7:00pm
Visit the Islamic Cultural Center of Greater Chicago, Northbrook

Thursday, March 11 at 6:00pm 
"Judaism" presented by Adam Rose, University of Chicago

Tuesday, March 23 at 7:00pm 
Visit Temple Jeremiah, Northfield

The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, March 28
7:30am  Holy Eucharist, Blessing of the Palms, Reading of the Passion
9:00 & 11:15am Liturgy of the Palms, Holy Eucharist, Reading of the Passion

Monday-Wednesday, March 29-31
9:00am  Holy Eucharist

Maundy Thursday, April 1
6:00pm  Agape Meal: a simple meal of Christian fellowship (reservations required>>>)
7:00pm  Holy Eucharist, Foot Washing, Stripping of the Altar
8:00pm-Midnight  Watch at the Altar of Repose (please sign up to keep watch during this time)

Good Friday, April 2
11:00am-Noon  Sacrament of Reconciliation
7:00pm  Liturgy for Good Friday

Saturday, April 3
9:00am  Liturgy for Holy Saturday
8:00pm  Great Vigil of Easter

Easter Day, Sunday, April 4
7:30am  Holy Eucharist
9:00 & 11:15am  Choral Eucharist

In the Vineyard

We joyfully announce the birth of. . .
•  Reagan Sophia to Bill and Amy Lucyshyn on January 27. Reagan's grandparents are Peter and Barbara Lucyshyn.
•  Curran Victoria to Jim and Allison Haljun of San Francisco on February 8. Curran is Bill and Barbara Haljun's fourth grandchild.

We express our sympathy to . . .
•  Steve and Cissy Crawford on the death of his mother, Virginia, on February 14. The funeral was held in St. Louis.
•  The family of Charles Blodgett who died on February 23.  Mr. Blodgett's funeral will be held on March 13 at Holy Comforter.
•  Tom and Chris Wiedrich on the death of his aunt, Betty Mattson.

We welcome to the parish . . . 
•  Richard and Shannon Campitelli of Winnetka and their sons, 2 yr old Gregory and 4 yr old Matthew.
•  Grace Harley of Wilmette and her 5 yr old son, Cowper.
•  Lynn Seifert, the mother of newcomer Elizabeth McKenna; of Wilmette. 
•  Alan and Melinda Skiles of Wilmette and their children, 4yr old Morgan, 2 yr old Brooke and 1 yr old Trevor.

If you have news you'd like to share, contact the Vineyard.

Easter "Laundry" Baskets

These are not your ordinary Easter baskets.  Laundry baskets are filled with toiletries, household cleaning supplies and personal items, gift wrapped as Easter baskets and donated to Cathedral Shelter for distribution to families for whom they provide support services.  Baskets are available in the parlor and should be filled, wrapped and returned by March 19.

Easter Offerings

During the Easter Season, we remember the gift Jesus gave us and celebrate our blessings. It is also a time of sharing our financial abundance with those in need. It is the tradition of the parish to give the Easter offering for outreach to help those beyond our parish community. Please be generous as we share our gifts with others.

Your Easter Flower Donation supports the Flower Guild and provides the beautiful flowers that grace our church during the Easter Season. Flowers may be given in memory of or thanksgiving for loved ones. To have your name included in the Easter bulletin, please return your flower offering envelope by March 28.

Easter offering envelopes are available in the narthex and parlor.

Misericordia Jelly Belly Candy Days

Dates: Friday, April 23 & Saturday, April 24
Location:  Lakeside Foods, Winnetka
Time:  9:00am-3:00pm

Misericordia, a non-profit organization that is near and dear to all of us at Holy Comforter, is home to 550 disabled children and adults.  Jelly Belly Candy Days is one of their biggest annual fundraisers and, as a parish, we join forces to help them raise money.  Please consider signing up for a 2-hour shift to hand out candy and informational tags in exchange for donations at Lakeside Foods, a site specifically chosen for Holy Comforter volunteers.  Family participation is welcome!  Register here>>>

News from Our Directors

Reflections on Community Life: "Study Leads to Action"
by Patti Pateros, Community Building

Formation Principles:  "Hurry Up and Wait"
by Mary Johnson, Children's & Youth Ministries

Music Notes: "Members of the Choir" 
by Derek Nickels, Music

Rector's Message >>>