THE DOVE May 2014

From The Rector

by The Rev. Dr. Jason L. Parkin, Rector

A few months ago, after visiting someone in the hospital in downtown Chicago, I walked over to St. James Cathedral, the "mother church" of our Diocese of Chicago. I have been to St. James dozens of times in my life for one reason or another, but virtually every visit has been for a formal or official event such as a Diocesan liturgy or a clergy gathering. As a result, I have not spent a lot of time in the Cathedral just sitting and praying and looking around. And so, with a bit of time on my hands that morning, I dropped in for a look and a prayer.

It is, of course, a large, dramatic, slightly outrageous Victorian sacred space full of gold leaf and ornate embosses and elaborate late 19th century stenciling and, in general, a veritable Spring Break of visual stimulation. But what caught my attention more than the space itself was the variety of people also present to look around or kneel for a prayer or simply sit in silence. It was not a large crowd, by any means, but it was eclectic. Several pews in front of me was an elderly Episcopal nun in full habit saying her prayers, as she clearly has for many decades. Over my right shoulder on his knees was the middle aged Latino man whose uniform told me that he was the owner of the work truck that was parked near my car. Constantly on the move was the Cathedral volunteer straightening booklets in the pews. A pair of African American women, who spoke in a wonderfully exaggerated stage whisper, were near the tract rack in the narthex. The tourist in a sari, Eyewitness Guidebook in hand, walked around slowly as her husband stood in the center, staring at the ceiling. A young woman, hugging herself against the chilly winter air, crossed herself with water from the large baptismal font near the west entrance. And halfway back, near the center aisle, an Episcopal priest, having finished praying, secretly and delightedly took all this, and more, in. Continue reading here...

Wednesday Adult Class

by Fr. Chis Hardman

Our Wednesday adult class resumed on April 30th at 10:30 am with a continuation of our study of the Trinity from a "Pauline" perspective. Paul did not know the historical Jesus at all. He only knew the dead and risen Christ and his encounter with Christ transformed his life-and the church's life too. Read more here...

Adult Forum in May

by Fr. Chris Hardman

Our Lenten theme "Living as Easter People in a Lenten World" continues in May with another Easter Person, Marc Franson.

May 4th:   Marc Franson, Easter People Presentation

May 11th:
Youth Sunday (Mother's Day)

May 18th:
What legacy do you want to leave? How do you want to be remembered? Presentation and discussion led by Cathy Pratt, Shari Burton, and Chris Wyner.

May 25th:  No Adult Forum: Memorial Day Weekend

In the Vineyard...

It is with deep sorrow that we must make mention of the death of our beloved Scott Ellwood. Please hold Suzanne in your hearts and prayers, as well as the entire extended Ellwood family. Scott's funeral will be offered at Holy Comforter on Thursday, May 15, at 2:00, with a reception following. Scott died on Easter Day; surely there is no better day on which to enter the heavenly realms.

Our prayers and condolences go out to Charlie Warner and his family on the death of his mother, Henrietta Warner, on Tuesday, April 1. Mrs. Warner, a lifelong Episcopalian, was 92; her memorial service was celebrated in Stow, Ohio.

Fr. Rempfer Whitehouse died in San Diego, at the age of 91. Fr. Whitehouse served a long tenure as the Vicar of the Church of the Epiphany in Chicago, and as the founder of St. Gregory's Choir School, with which Holy Comforter had a long and fruitful relationship, a connection that continues now that St. Gregory's is part of Holy Family Ministries. Fr. Whitehouse exercised a long and unique ministry in a variety of directions. May God embrace all the faithful departed with light and love, joy and peace, and may new life enfold them.

Congratulations to Anne and Lloyd Williams and their extended family on the birth of the newest member of the clan: Martha Miller Williams! Martha was born just after midnight on Easter Day, April 20, in New Orleans. She is the daughter of Clayton and Tiffany Lee Williams, the granddaughter of Lloyd and Anne, the niece of Rudy and Caroline Cerrone, and the cousin in of Samantha Cerrone. Welcome, Martha, and may God bless the entire family.

Please keep Pam Martin in your prayers; she is at the St. Louis headquarters of Stephen Ministry as she participates in an intensive week-long training program to become a Stephen Leader. As a Stephen Leader, she will provide ongoing Continuing Education and Supervision to Stephen Ministers and connect people who need care to Stephen Ministers. Pam will be commissioned as a Stephen Leader on May 4th at the 9am service.

Mother's Day, May 11th

Our Children's and Youth Choirs will sing at the 9:00 service. The Sunday open plate offertory collection will the benefit the Children's and Family Ministries.

Newcomers reception

Saturday, June 7th

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. Yes, the event is over a month away, but what better time to get it on your calendar than TODAY? Please join us!

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 (June 8), All Saints' Sunday (November 2 this year) and The Baptism of Our Lord (January 11 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 (jlparkin@holycomforter.org or 847/251-6120, ext. 115). Please know in advance that the Pentecost baptisms will take place during the parish Picnic Eucharist at 10:00 on the west lawn (weather permitting, of course), and that, if at all possible, we will use the historic font that is located in the cloister walkway, so this will be a truly unique baptismal moment for Holy Comforter!

"Gala On The Grass"  

Parish Picnic and Alternative Worship Service

Sunday, June 8th

The music of Elton John with Brian Harris who is "Simply Elton" will be featured on Sunday, June 8th at CHC's Annual Parish Picnic & Alternative Worship Service.
Read and hear more here...

Solemn Communicants

"This is How We Roll!"

Behind the scenes, thirteen Solemn Communion candidates and their shepherd, Bill Haljun, met to begin their learning by baking the bread we use for Communion. The day's bounty will be presented by the children on Mother's Day, May 11th. Read more here...

"Soular Power"

by Pastor Heath Howe, Family Ministries

For almost three months now, I have taken exercise classes at The Dailey Method. No matter what muscle group we might be focused on at any given moment, we are always pulling in and strengthening our core. Core work, core work, core work. But what is the core of spiritual health and fitness? Read more here...

And a Little Child Shall Lead Them

by Charlotte Long, Youth Ministries

Prayer for children can be so much more effortless than it can be for us. They understand instinctively that God is nearer than breathing, that prayer can be any and all actions you do for God. Read more here...

May

by Mary Johnson, Director of Children's Ministries

I am often asked what it is exactly that distinguishes All Things Bright & Beautiful from other preschools in the community. My answer always begins with the tremendous staff. All the children learn from their teachers from day one that they are celebrated as unique creations from God. Read more here...

It's a Beautiful Day for a Ballgame!

Silent Auction

Next up for bid in the Holy Comforter Silent Auction to benefit the Youth Group and their Summer Mission Trip is a day at Wrigley for you and three lucky friends. Four Field Box Infield Seats, courtesy of F.J. & Carrie Phillips, can be yours to watch as the Cubbies take on the Brewers on Saturday, May 17th at 1:20 if the price is right! After-game treats at L. Woods Tap and Pine Lodge in Lincolnwood($100 gift certificate) complete your Grand Slam Saturday experience. The total face value of this package is $412; the current bid is at $300. Bid by contacting Jill Klusendorf, or by signing the bid sheet located outside the Parish Office.