THE DOVE May 2013

The Rector's Column

by The Rev. Dr. Jason Parkin, Rector 

On Sunday, May 19, we will celebrate the great Day of Pentecost, one of the great Feasts in the Church calendar, and our own parish feast day. We will be specially blessed this year to welcome the Rt. Rev. C. Christopher Epting, the Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of Chicago, for a Visitation, during which he will preach and preside at the 9:00 and 11:15 Eucharists, and celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation with the students from this year's Confirm Not Conform class. It is going to be a wonderful and exciting day for all.

Bp. Epting, as I have mentioned before, is making his first Visitation to Holy Comforter, as he only began his ministry as the Assistant Bishop a little over a year ago. Prior to that time, he served as the Officer for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations for the Episcopal Church following 12 years as the Bishop of Iowa. Bp. Epting was my Bishop the entire 9½ years I was Rector of Trinity Church, Iowa City, and is a deeply beloved person in my life and journey. It will be a great personal joy to welcome him to Holy Comforter.

On Pentecost, we will alter our morning routine to a degree: the times for the liturgies will remain unchanged, but we will focus on Confirmation at the 11:15 Eucharist, as we rejoice with the 20 teenagers making mature professions of faith. There will not be an Adult Forum that day, but, rather, a baptismal reception. Our schedule for the morning will be:

      8:00 Holy Eucharist
      9:00 Holy Eucharist, Bp. Epting presiding and preaching
     10:00 Reception in the Great Room
     11:15 Holy Eucharist with Confirmation, Bp. Epting
     presiding and preaching
     12:15 Confirmation party in the Great Room

If we do not have any baptisms at the 9:00 service, we will simply hold a reception in the Great Room, perhaps asking the Bishop to say a few words before he goes to meet with the Confirmands in the Library prior to the 11:15 liturgy. Whatever the schedule, I know that all will love having Bp. Epting with us.

To make the day even more festive, please plan to wear red, the color of Pentecost! And if you are able to read along with one of the scripture passages in a foreign language, please let me know at your earliest convenience. Let's open ourselves to the Spirit on Pentecost, and celebrate the birthday of the Church, the journey of our young people, and the Feast Day of Holy Comforter!

Parish Picnic; Sunday, June 2 

The Battle of the Songs

by Fr. Chris Hardman

You have heard of Battle of the Bands, Battle of the Sexes and Battle of the Stars. But, have you heard of Battle of the Songs? Of course you haven't, because we are holding the very first one at our picnic this year!
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Mother's Day Diaper Drive

The drive benefits the youngest clients of Connections for the Homeless. The sizes in the greatest need are 4's and 5's as well as pull-ups, but all sizes are most welcome. You can bring your donation to the church parlor. Diaper Drive ends on May 12th.

Commissioning of Stephen Ministers; May 5

For the past two years, the Stephen Ministry at Holy Comforter has grown tremendously. From the commissioning of the first 13 Ministers in March, 2011, until today, our dedicated Stephen Ministers and Leaders have offered compassion, companionship, and support to fellow parishioners experiencing a variety of challenges and life transitions. They have done so with utmost professionalism, confidentiality, and faithfulness.

At the 9:00 Eucharist on Sunday, May 5, five new Stephen Ministers will be commissioned following the completion of their extensive training and formation.  Congratulations in advance are due to Lissa Anderson, Anne Curti, Dick Dodson, Pam Martin and Carrie Smart.  Please make a special effort to support these people in their new vocation as Stephen Ministers, and to be present as they are commissioned for this ministry.

An Invitation to Commissioning

On May 5 our congregation will commission new Stephen Ministers: Lissa Anderson, Anne Curti, Dick Dodson, Pam Martin and Carrie Smart. Throughout history, when God has called people to special ministry, members of their community have commissioned them for the important new work they are taking on. Now we invite you to help carry on that biblical tradition by being a part of commissioning those who have responded to God's call.
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Good News Children

On Saturday, May 5th and/or June 8th you are invited to engage with the Good News Children for a fun and rewarding morning.  This is an opportunity to enjoy building with Legos, helping with art projects and playing childhood games.  Jr. High and High School students are welcome along with their parents. 

We leave Holy Comforter at 9:15 returning about 12:30. Contact Jody or Bob Lapp if you are interested at (847) 446-0576 or

Evensong at St. James Cathedral; May 5

by Derek E. Nickels, DMA, Director of Music

The Holy Comforter Choir has been invited to join the Cathedral Choir at St. James Cathedral (65 E. Huron in Chicago) to sing a special Evensong service on Sunday, May 5th at 4:00 p.m. The parish is cordially invited.
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in the vineyard...

Congratulations to: Vincent Case, a senior in High School and one of our regular acolytes and lectors, on becoming an Eagle Scout! Vincent is a member of Troop 69, sponsored by Glenview Methodist Church. The Court of Honor will take place on May 24, at a location in Glenview to be determined. In the meantime, well done, Vincent! May God continue to bless you in the years to come.

Youth Sunday/Mother's Day; May 12

On Sunday, May 12, we will observe a very special day when we will celebrate both the youth of the parish and Mother's Day at the 9:00 Eucharist. On that day, young people will fill all of their normal liturgical roles-as greeters, lector, intercessor, videographer-but we will also be blessed to welcome a youth preacher, Patrick O'Dea. Patrick, who is a junior at Loyola Academy, will preach at both the 9:00 and 11:15 Eucharists. And, to top it all off, our Children's Choir and Youth Choir will also sing at the 9:00 liturgy! The 12th promises to be a lively, lovely, joyous day for all, as we honor all Mothers and our young people. 

Holy Baptism: Pentecost

As many are aware, at Holy Comforter we celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Baptism on four feast days: The Great Vigil of Easter (Easter Eve), the Feast of Pentecost (May 19), All Saints' Sunday (November 3 this year) and The Baptism of Our Lord (January 12 next year). If you are interested in being baptized or having someone in your family baptized on Pentecost, please contact Fr. Jason as soon as possible ( or 847/251-6120, ext. 115).

Confirm Not Conform

Did you know that the name of the confirmation preparation program we use at Holy Comforter is "Confirm Not Conform?" This curriculum, which was created by St. John's Church, Oakland, CA, but which is now administered nationally, is a delightful, rather comprehensive course designed to provoke young people to investigate what they truly believe; to challenge-in a healthy, supported way-and enter more deeply the traditions that have formed them; to create a sense of community with one another; and to have some good, old-fashioned fun. The curriculum is designed for high school students, but we have adapted it for use with our 7th and 8th graders.

Much more important than the curriculum, however, are the students who have taken part this winter and spring in Confirm Not Conform. Please pray between now and Pentecost-well, and always after, as well!-for

Gretchen Beatty
Wallace Butler
Sarah Caywood
Carlyn Chrabaszcz
Jacob Chrabaszcz
Scott Citari
Sophie Civetta
Patrick Drake
Will Duquette
Lauren Johnson
Sam Leiter
Lucas Lind
Kendall Lobo
Jack Mangel
Addie Newsome
Hilton Prewitt
Carynn Randolph
Henry Shaw
Ingrid Wall
Mackenzie Wilkin

These young people have been an unusually delightful group: funny, smart, insightful, occasionally irreverent, lively, noisy, and stimulating. Walking with them has been a huge joy for Bill Haljun and Fr. Jason, their leaders. Please rejoice with these young people, and their families, as they progress further on their journeys of faith!

Fr. Wayne Johnson Memorial Service; May 11

As most in the parish are aware, Fr. Wayne Johnson, the Rector of Holy Comforter from 1971 to 1986, died on January 2 just before his 94th birthday. A funeral was held later that week at Trinity Church, Rock Island, Fr. Johnson's spiritual home in retirement (and the church he served as Rector before coming to Holy Comforter). We are also going to have a celebration of his life here on Saturday, May 11, at 11:00 a.m., with interment in the columbarium and a reception following. Fr. Myers-who served under Fr. Johnson as both curate and associate-will return to preach. Following the liturgy and inurnment (interment in the Columbarium), there will be a reception in the Great Room hosted by our Bereavement Committee. All who knew and loved Fr. Johnson will surely want to attend if possible, and to greet Marie and their family; so please make a special point to add this date to your schedules.

Planned Giving

Church of the Holy Comforter exists because of the faithful generosity and thoughtfulness of the generations of people who have come before us. To put the matter simply, we stand on the shoulders of those who have come before us in this holy and beloved place.
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The McKennas Practice one of the Four Keys!

by Pastor Heath Howe

It begins like this: The family gathers together around Christmas time at a member's home. Some travel thousands of miles and others just down the street. The house where everyone will gather is decorated and a dining table beautifully set. Favorite food is prepared. Anticipation fills the air for all gathered.
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Recognition Sunday

by Mary Johnson, Director of Children's & Youth Ministries

A fun memory of the Mother's Day with my young children was the year I received the waffle maker. The girls convinced their dad that I "really wanted it...." Funny, I didn't recall ever mentioning a waffle maker but clearly my daughters loved home made waffles. I still chuckle every time I use it.
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Just Show Up!

by Charlotte Long, Youth Ministry Coordinator

This past Monday, we had our first real Youth Group meeting; or at least, my first one with your children. Not only do I continue to be surprised by the depth and complexity of their thinking, but I am continually delighted by their willingness to "show up" without knowing what exactly comes next.Your kids make my job easy and enjoyable when they show up. It's a way of saying, I trust you.
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