THE DOVE May 2011

The Spiritual Life:
An Experience in Prayer

A new offering this summer by Father Chris Hardman 
Wednesdays at 10:00am

When I was a young family man financial constraints forced me to learn how to do simple repairs around the house. I learned most of what I know from my older brother and from a man who worked for us at our lumber company. Both my mentors showed me how to repair all kinds of things. But, most of all, they taught me the importance of having the "right tool." Having the right tool is often the difference between getting the job done and having to call someone to do the job - now much worse!

As I have grown older I have begun to realize how important having the right tool is, not only for repairing the house, but also for repairing the soul. Most of us, for instance, have grown up with only one "prayer tool" in our belts, the prayer of petition. Prayers of petition are very helpful when we are praying for a sick friend, but not so helpful when we are trying to make an important decision. In fact, that type of prayer may be a hindrance when we are trying to "let go" of some destructive behavior and trying to "let God" lead us into fullness of life.

This summer I would like to introduce some new "prayer tools." They are not new in the sense of just being invented. In fact, some of them have been around for centuries. But, they are new to most people today, and so they may be new to you too.

The "prayer tools" I would like to introduce will include: noticing God in nature, discovering God's call through nature, centering prayer, walking the labyrinth, praying with scripture, body prayers, the Anglican rosary, icons, chanting, and . . . a whole lot more. In addition, we will explore several books on prayer as well as two new movements, Quiet Gardens and Contemplative Fire.

This series begins on June 1 and will continue each Wednesday at 10:00am throughout the summer. Since some of these prayers will be experienced outside, please wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Bring, also, your sense of exploration and fun. Drawing closer to God is sometimes awe inspiring and frightening, but it is never dull.

Upcoming Events

Meet & Greets Continue, May 4 & 25
There is still availability at the final two receptions with Father and Mrs. Parkin.  Sign up here>>>
♦ Wednesday, May 4 at 9:30am in the Church Parlor
♦ Wednesday, May 25 at 6:30pm hosted by Carol & Wayne Lockwood (especially for our "snowbirds")

Flower Ministry Workshop, May 4
The Flower Ministry will hold a workshop from 1:00-3:00pm in the Great Hall for anyone interested in learning about floral arranging.  Joan Dodson, a former Flower Ministry director, will share her wit, wisdom and expertise as she leads the demonstration. All are invited and will have a chance to learn some techniques and "tricks."

AIM Mission Trip, May 6-8
Please keep our confirmands in your prayers as they embark on their mission trip to Chicago. Twenty-three 7th and 8th graders and their five adult leaders will be working in soup kitchens, food pantries and community centers throughout the city. The Center for Student Missions is hosting the trip and has reserved a 2-flat apartment building on the North Park University campus as their homebase. They will have dinners at local ethnic restaurants and attend Sunday service at the Lawndale Community Church.

Mothers' Day Diaper Drive, May 8
The parish will hold a one-day collection of disposable diapers for Connections for the Homeless, an Evanston organization which provides financial assistance, housing, and support services for those in need. Any size or brand of diapers will be collected in the church parlor that morning. A perfect outreach event for Mothers' Day!

Recognition Sunday, May 8
Derek Nickels and Mary Johnson will host this annual tribute to the choir and Church School teachers at the 10:00am Adult Forum.

Father Myers' Retirement Party, May 14
The parish community will "officially" bid farewell to our 8th rector at a dinner at Misericordia. Because the dinner was underwritten by several generous parishioners, attendees have graciously donated to the Bonnie C. Myers Memorial Fund which was established as a gift to Bonnie to help support Andrew's residency at Misericordia. Father Myers will be the keynote speaker at the dinner.

Annual Parish Picnic, June 5
Our annual parish picnic will be held on the church grounds beginning with an outdoor Eucharist at 10:00am with the theme, "God Bless America." The Bill Porter Band will play patriotic songs during the liturgy as we recognize those parishioners and family members who are serving, or have served, as members of the Armed Services, First Responders, or Reservists. Special seating will be available for anyone in this group who is in attendance, and names and pictures will be posted of those who are not able to attend or are deceased. Please submit names to Mary Johnson  of those you wish recognized, including the capacity in which they served

Traditional picnic fare is provided with the men of the parish doing the grilling. Events for children include face painting, a balloon artist, and the moon walk. And back by popular demand - competitive Bingo for everyone!

ATB&B Summer Camps

All Things Bright and Beautiful will offer a six week Summer Camp Program in addition to the two week Vacation Bible Camp held in August. Dates for the Summer Camp are June 21-July 28. Camp days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:15 to 11:30 and will take place in the ATB&B classrooms with the goal of being outside as much as possible.

Vacation Bible Camp will be the first two weeks of August on Mondays through Thursdays from 9:15 to 11:30.  [August 1-4 and 8-11] Please contact Mary Johnson with any questions. or you can download a registration form here>>>

News from Our Directors

Reflections on Community Life: I'm OK, You're OK . . . He's OK, too!
by Patti Pateros, Community Building
Formation Principles: Our Best Tradition
by Mary Johnson, Children's & Youth Ministries
Music Notes: Singing in the Choir
by Derek Nickels, Music

Our 2011 Easter People

Easter People exemplify what it means to be living signs of the hope which Christ's Resurrection brings to the world. We are all called to be an Easter People and to radiate the beauty of this new life of Christ in our everyday lives.  Each year we invite two parishioners to come before us to tell how God's love and mercy have unraveled themselves in their lives.

D.A. Molloy will share his journey of faith on Sunday, May 1. SSG Denis 'D.A.' Molloy was raised Roman Catholic in the Sauganash neighborhood of Chicago. Denis has been attending Holy Comforter since the summer of 2007 when he met his perfect sweetheart, Suzanne Sundt Molloy. (The Sundt family have been members since the mid 70s.) Suzanne and Denis were married in August of 2008 at Holy Comforter and have two boys, William (2) and Tyler (5 weeks).  Denis is currently employed as Central Nervous System Sales Specialist with the biotech company Cephalon Corporation. Suzanne has been a gifted 6/7th grade English teacher for 15 years at Caruso Middle School in Deerfield.

On twelve weekends a year, Denis serves as a training NCO with the Army Reserves at Fort Sheridan IL. He has served as an infantryman, armored scout, Stinger weapon specialist, human resources security analyst, marksmanship instructor, combat medicine instructor, and facilities manager. Denis first served back in the 90s and rejoined after 9/11 to train soldiers going overseas.

Denis was in an 88th Training Battalion and never envisioned being activated to serve overseas again. In his first year of marriage, Denis was activated to deploy to Iraq at the age of 38 with his first child on the way. God had a different plan for Denis. SSG Molloy will present a slide show on his experiences with God during his deployment to Kuwait/Iraq from March 2009-March 2010. His stories will have a positive spin on the war, God, the Arab world, Iraq, fatherhood, and service to others. His deployment was a blessing in disguise and grounding for being a good family man, father, and husband.

Carrie Cazolas, our May 15 Easter People, was raised Catholic and has been a member of Holy Comforter since 2008. She lives in Glenview with her partner of fourteen years, Sarah Crawford (daughter of long-time parishioners Steve and Cissy Crawford) and their two children, Connor (6) and Mattelyn (4). Carrie has two sisters, six nieces (including triplets), and a deceased sister who was born with significant developmental disabilities and lived at Misericordia.

Carrie graduated from Miami University in Ohio as an accounting major and has spent her career in business, primarily working for large financial firms. She has been working at the Allstate Corporation for the past fifteen years in a variety of primarily investment roles, and currently oversees the management of approximately $10 billion of private placement bonds and hedge fund assets. Carrie was responsible for leading the team responsible for managing Allstate's securitized residential mortgage assets through the recent financial crisis.

Carrie and her family are active members of the Church; Sarah is a member of the vestry for outreach programs and Carrie is a member of the investment advisory committee.

The Easter People presentations take place during our Adult Forums on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am in the Great Hall. All are invited to hear these traditionally moving, inspiring, and very personal stories.

A Celtic Spirituality for Today

May 13 & May 14 with John Philip Newell

"This is a time to pray for peace. And it is especially a time to pray for peace within the household of Abraham and Sarah and Hagar. As Jews, Christians and Muslims we are painfully divided, even though we share a spiritual descent. And our divisions are at the centre of much of the world's most serious places of conflict and war today. Chanting for Peace: Praying with the Earth is an attempt to utter the longings for peace that are closer to the heart of the household, and closer to the heart of all earth's spiritual traditions, than our divisions."   -taken from the liner notes of Chanting for Peace: Praying with the Earth, companion CD to John Philip Newell's new book, Praying with the Earth: A Prayerbook for Peace

The Rev. John Philip Newell, poet, musician, scholar and teacher, is internationally acclaimed for his work in the field of Celtic spirituality, including his best known titles, Listening for the Heartbeat of God and Christ of the Celts. He is a Church of Scotland minister with a passion for peace in the world and for harmony between our great spiritual traditions.

Celtic spirituality has long held reverence for creation and the Celtic style of prayer is known for engaging imagination through visual and spatial imagery, as well as emphasizing the life of God within creation. These prayers address more than the transcendent and ultimate questions that most religions define, but also the mysteries and challenges of everyday life.

We will begin our engagement with Newell's latest work on Friday evening with a discussion and use of chant as we strive to find a space for healing and peace within our world today. On Saturday morning, we will continue to seek and reflect upon answers to: How are we to view the brokenness of our lives? How can we be a part of creating wholeness in our world?  A selection of John Philip Newell's books and CD's will be available both days, with an opportunity on Friday night for having the author sign them.

Friday, May 13, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Kenilworth Union Church
Saturday, May 14, 9:00 am - Noon, Holy Comforter

Click here for registration info or contact Susan Quigley at 847/328-9300x45

In the Vineyard

We joyfully announce the birth of . . .
• Everett Davis to F.J. and Carrie Phillips on April 8. Grandparents are John and Mary Phillips.

We express our sympathy to . . .
• Michael and Caroline Burns on the death of his father, John Burns, on April 25 in Cape Cod MA.
• Jim and Char Washburn on the death of his father, Verne Washburn, on April 18.
• Jason and Laura Koh on the death of her grandmother, Miriam Howe.
• Ron and Bonnie Phemister of the death of his mother, Marjorie Campbell Phemister, on March 30.
• The family and friends of former parishioner Robert Chelius who died on April 3.

Rector's Message>>>

See Fr. Parkin's Easter Day Sermon here>>>