THE DOVE March 2011

Welcoming our New Rector

The Rev. Dr. Jason Parkin 

After months of anticipatiThe Rev. Dr. Jason Parkinon, Father Parkin begins his tenure as Church of the Holy Comforter's 9th Rector on March 1.  He will be the preacher at all liturgies on Sunday, March 6 and will hold his first Rector's Forum that day at 10am in the Great Hall.  The parish is blessed to have him with us and we extend a warm welcome to him and his wife, Jan. To read more about Father Parkin, click here>>>

The parish if offering several "Meet & Greets" which will provide parishioners an opportunity to meet and chat with Father Parkin in an informal setting. Space is limited to 30 people at each venue and reservations are required.  Please sign up here>>> or call the parish office.  The schedule is as follows:

Thu, March 10 @ 6:30pm hosted by Courtney & Tim Vandevelde
Fri, March 18 @ 6:30pm hosted by Lili & Art Duquette
Wed, March 23 @ 9:30am in the Great Hall
Mon, April 4 @ 6:30pm hosted by Mary Fields
Thu, April 7 @ Noon hosted by David Boles (downtown office location)
Wed, April 13
@ 6:30pm hosted by Ann & John Barrett
Wed, May 4 @ 9:30am in the Great Hall

Rector's Column >>>

Adult Education ~ The Season of Lent 

Christian hospitality is something to be, not to do. It impacts us all and we are all called to participate in it. It is basic to our ministry to the poor and the isolated. It breaks down barriers that cause rifts in families, churches, and communities. It is a process and an outlook that requires time, patience, flexibility, and practice.

Risks & Barriers to Christian Hospitality

Offering hospitality is a basic Christian practice. Throughout the Old Testament, we are encouraged to "love the alien as yourself" (Leviticus 19:34). The New Testament is filled with stories of Jesus welcomed into homes, ministering to the less fortunate, listening and teaching, serving as guest and host. Christian hospitality demands that we break down barriers and take some risks.  The Adult Forum will focus on some of today's risks and barriers.  Each Sunday's program will begin with a Prayer for Christian Hospitality, a clip from a current film, and topics for discussion. Participants will then break up into small groups to discuss the topic of the day.  The Adult Forum is held on Sunday at 10:00am in the Great Hall and all are invited to join us.  The schedule of topics are (click on the film title for a preview of the movie):

March 20: How does one extend hospitality?
Film:  The Band's Visit

March 27:
Does society prevent us from being hospitable?
Film:  Blind Side

April 3:
 Are we abusing our role as guest on this Earth?
Film:  Wall-E

April 10:
 Is social media hampering hospitality?
Film:  The Social Network

April 17: Are you ready to open to the door to hospitality?
Film:  The Visitor

What are we afraid of?

We are going to deepen our understanding of hospitality by looking more closely at one of the main barriers to true hospitality - fear. This series will include three Wednesday evening sessions which will focus on movies that express our fears. We will look at fears from the past and fears of the future, but focus most closely at those fears we all have all the time. This series will be similar to the one we held two years ago called Reel Spirituality. The truth is, of course, to find a "real" spirituality we must first name our fears and allow the Gospel of Christ take those fears away.

A light supper will be served at 6:00pm; the program will begin promptly at 6:30pm.  Dates are March 23, April 6, and April 13.  Registration is required.  Register here>>>

A Blues Mass

Sunday, March 13th at 9:30am

By Father Hardman

I grew up in the Mississippi Delta. I do not mean that section of Louisiana where the Mississippi River flows into the Gulf of Mexico. I mean that section along the river from Vicksburg, Mississippi to Memphis, Tennessee where the soil is rich and the people are poor. It is known for cotton, barbecue, slavery, segregation, Jim Crow laws, the Ku Klux Klan, and a type of music called the blues.

The blues developed in the 19th century as African-American slaves, ex-slaves, and descendants of slaves toiled in the cotton and vegetable fields of the south. The music evolved from African spirituals, African chants, work songs, and field hollers. The main instruments used were the acoustic guitar and the harmonica. Unlike jazz that spread all over the country at the turn of the century, the blues remained in the south until the 1930's and 40's when it began to spread to the Midwest. When artists from the Delta brought the blues to Chicago their instruments were electrified. This gave a more urban sound that became known as the Chicago style. Rhythm and blues, rock ‘n roll, and the British Invasion all had their roots in the blues.

Since I grew up in the Delta, the blues permeated my life from the very beginning. It was not until after the British Invasion, however, that I began to appreciate it. The Rolling Stones first album was filled with old blues and rhythm and blues songs that they had reinterpreted. As I began to listen to them, I began to appreciate the emotional and cathartic nature of the blues. One unknown blues artist described it this way:  "Blues is what the blues doctor prescribes for people who have the blues."

I have found that to be true. And we all get the blues, don't we? Our lives may not be as difficult and trying as those who wrote the music, but everyone can certainly identify with their experience on some level. We all live in a world filled with injustice; a world where everyone is trying to dominate and control everyone else. We all experience loss-lost meaning, lost opportunity, and lost love. Thus, we are all apt to get the blues.

Well, on March 13th, at 9:30 am (note the time change), with the help of the Jimmy Burns Blues Band, we are going to sing the blues together. Since it is the first Sunday in Lent, we are going to confess our sins, and then let Jesus "truck our blues away". I do hope you will join us.

Scheduling note: Church School (Grades 3 and under) will have its regular schedule on March 13 (9:00-10:45am). The Adult Forum from 9:00-9:30am and will include fellowship and blues music for youth groups (Grades 4 and up) and adults.

Lent Begins

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, March 8
5:30-6:30pm in the Great Hall
Ash Wednesday, March 9
Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes
7:00am   9:00am   4:00pm
Outreach: Easter "Laundry" Baskets
These are not your traditional Easter baskets! Laundry baskets are filled with household supplies and toiletries, decoratively wrapped and donated to Cathedral Shelter.

In the Vineyard

We express our sympathy to . . .

  • John Dyrud on the death of his wife, Suzanne Mead, on January 29.

We welcome to the parish . . .

  • Trent and Amanda Bonnell of Winnetka and their children Audrey and Grant.
  • Dr. James Byski and Eva Vitale who will be moving to Glencoe from Chicago later this month.
  • Mike and Meredith Carter of Wilmette and their children Kate and John.
  • Davidand Michelle Leiter and their children Caroline, Emily and Sam. The Leiters recently moved to Kenilworth from Atlanta.
  • Matthew and Alicia Prewitt of Wilmette and their 6th grade son Hilton.


News from Our Directors

Reflections on Community Life:  Peace and Quiet
by Patti Pateros, Community Building
Formation Principles:  I Hope You Dance
by Mary Johnson, Children's & Youth Ministries
Music Notes:  Choral Matins
by Derek Nickels, Music