THE DOVE November 2012

Saints

by The Rev. Dr. Jason Parkin 

In my mind, the month of November is the month of saints: All Saints' Day falls on November 1, and is celebrated the following Sunday; and All Souls' Day takes place on the 2nd. As a result, my heart echoes this time of year with memories of those saints who have touched and molded my life in diverse and sundry ways.

I think, for example, of Paddy Vail, my mother's (and second brother's) godmother, who helped raise my brothers and me before she got married for the first time at 61, and who loved the four Parkin boys with an unreasonable, undeserved depth. I think of Ida Friedland, our Jewish mother next door, who listened to the Texaco Metropolitan Opera broadcast each Saturday while working in her garden, and always had in her marvelous attic whatever we needed for an outrageous costume. There was Ruth Anning, the only church school teacher I ever had, who still, when I visited her regularly in a nursing home decades later, challenged me to grow in ways I hadn't even thought of. Lane Emery and Frederick Schauwecker, my adored piano teachers; Sue Robert, a favorite junior high teacher who touched my entire family's life without realizing she was doing so; Evelyn Falbe and Jane Henderson and Jan Bolles, only three of the many beloved "aunts" who have adopted me in my life; Fr. Francis Chesebrough Lightbourn, the 7th generation Bermudan priest who taught me that even a priest in his later years can grow closer to God through prayer and service...well, the list of saints in my life is virtually endless.

None of these people is famous. None will have churches or feast days named for them. None is a giant in the faith. Instead, they were or are all people of deep joy and integrity, of selflessness and humor, of hope and courage who probably didn't even know the impact they had on my life. And they all walk closely to God in their own, unique ways.

For whom will you be a saint? For whom will you point the way Godward?

Thanksgiving Offering and Eucharist

Our entire lives are filled with opportunities to express our gratitude to God for all the blessings we receive. There is, of course, one day explicitly devoted to giving thanks. This year, as always, we will celebrate a special Eucharist on Thanksgiving Day at 10:00 a.m. The day will feature some of the most beloved hymns in our repertoire, a simple homily, and the chance to see friends, grown up kids, old neighbors, and others, as, together, we offer our grateful praise to God for all that we are and have and do. Come, join in the celebration of gratitude: let us begin our day of thanksgiving by directing our praise to the One who showers us with all delights, and has so richly gifted and blessed us.

Another way to express our thanks to God is to participate in the Thanksgiving Outreach Offering, envelopes for which have been provided in this issue of The Dove or are available in the church parlor and office for those who receive the newsletter electronically. Please use these envelopes to support our ministry of offering aid and compassion to those in various kinds of distress and sorrow in the Chicago area. The very love God has instilled in our hearts-the source of our attitude of thanksgiving-prompts us to reach out in love and empathy to those who are struggling and facing frequently severe challenges. Thank you, in advance, for your thoughtfulness and generosity. Fr. Jason

YOUR PLEDGE IS:

...someone being baptized into Christ and his Church
...the sick being cared about
...praying together for those we love and for strangers we've never met

...the people of God celebrating the sacred meal of the Eucharist
...children getting their feet wet with faith
...food for the hungry
...the Word of God being proclaimed
...important issues being discussed sanely
...pastoral counseling when you need it

...a new congregation in Latin America or Africa or Chicago
...a witness to the love of God in society
...comfort, and reverent burial, when someone you love dies

...a troubled person getting some help
...people studying the Bible
...lonely people finding a home and a family in Christian community

...young and old doing something together for others
...inner city youth finding someone who cares
...helping the community become stronger and healthier

...a measure of your own maturing in Christ
...a commitment opening the door to spiritual growth

As we approach Celebration Sunday, please reflect on all God has given to you, and then offer back to God your commitment of time and financial support to strengthen our parish community and, through us, the world beyond. Thank you for your generosity and thoughtfulness.

All Things Bright and Beautiful Registration

Applications for the 2013 - 2014 school year will be available online and will be emailed to currently enrolled families in the school. Anyone interested in touring the school should contact Mary Johnson at mrjohnson@holycomforter.org.

Registration for 2013 - 2014 requires a completed application and onetime non-refundable application fee of $100. Applications may be mailed or dropped off at the All Things Bright and Beautiful office up to January 14, 2013 at which time the application phase will be closed. We will then begin building classes from the applications received. Every effort will be made to place each child in the first choice indicated and every effort made to honor each application.

  

Thanksgiving Prayer

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

All Saints' Sunday: Baptisms and New Choirs

All Saints' Sunday falls this year on November 4. As many will remember, All Saints' Day is one of the seven Major Feasts of the Christian year, and one of the four principle Feasts for celebrating Holy Baptism. On that day, we will hear some of the most memorable scriptural passages of the entire lectionary cycle, sing some of the most delightful hymns in our Hymnal, and, above all, rejoice in the fact that God has, through our baptism into the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, made us all saints of God. And we will celebrate the baptisms of Stella Naomi Allen, Lilia Mary Allen, and Julia Grace Allen, daughters of John and Beth Allen; Casey Thomas Godbout, daughter of Tom and Lindsley Godbout; Blaney Jane Haljun, daughter of Jim and Alison Haljun; Brayden Edward Quinn, son of Andrew and Erin Quinn; and Charlotte Katherine Lee Shearer and William Graves Montgomery Shearer, daughter and son of William and Laura Shearer.

In addition, this year, as many are aware, we will hear our new children's and youth choirs sing for the first time! Under the leadership of Bill Gordon, their director, our young people will sing several hymns and an anthem. The groups have only been singing together for a few weeks, but you will be amazed at the progress they have already made.

This All Saints' is going to be one for the ages. Come, and celebrate your own sainthood as we welcome eight new saints into the Family of God and listen to dozens more sing God's praises.

All Souls' Service November 2, 7:00 p.m.

The Significance of Candles

by Fr. Chris Hardman

I grew up in the Southern Baptist Church in the 1950's and 1960's which means we had nothing to do with the Roman Catholic Church. We thought their practices were all superstitious and heretical. I am not sure exactly how those feelings came to be, but I do know they are somehow echoes of the Protestant  Reformation. Among the heretical and superstitious practices we avoided was the lighting of candles for someone who had died. Nobody I knew did that.
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Adult Forum November 18th

"How Technology Affects Our Relationships"

Our Guest speaker will be Devorah Heitner, Founder and President of Raising Digital Natives, an organization that guides thoughtful parents through their children's digital world and helps schools articulate smart and fair tech policies. Since its launch in early 2012, Raising Digital Natives has spoken at and consulted with numerous schools, churches, afterschool programs and parent universities, as well as working with individual families. Devorah earned a PhD in Media, Technology and Society at Northwestern University, and a BFA in media arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She teaches media studies classes at DePaul University and is enjoying raising her own digital native with her husband in Rogers Park.
You can follow Devorah on twitter @devorahheitner or on Facebook at Raising Digital Natives.

Blessings

by Pastor Heath Howe

The month of November for many of us is centered on the celebration of Thanksgiving Day. As you begin to make plans with family and friends, prepare menus, and consider centerpieces, find time to pause and simply give thanks.
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An Almighty Busy Month

by Derek E. Nickels

As the last month of the Church Year, November is a very busy month.  Beginning with the All Souls' liturgy on Friday, November 2nd, we will gather to remember all those have come before us. 
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This Our Hymn of Grateful Praise

by Mary Johnson

The very last line of the hymn "For the Beauty of the Earth" is ‘Christ our God, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.' The song has been running through my head a lot lately since the children's choir has begun to learn it. And Jason talks about it with such fond memories of his previous parish.
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Even in the Weeds

by Jill Klusendorf

I wish I could tell you that I have been working on this column for a long time, but in truth, and in the interest of full disclosure, I haven't. I had to scramble.
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The Vineyard...

We rejoice in the birth on October 22 of Rose Beverly White, the daughter of Sarah Joutras White and Paul White.  Proud grandparents are Rick and Meta Joutras.  Congratulations are also in order for Great Grandmother Bev Joutras, after whom Rose Beverly was named.  May God's blessings rest upon each generation and branch of the family!

Good News Partners Christmas Store

Good News Partners, a ministry long supported by our Outreach Ministry, is holding its first-ever Christmas Store on Saturday December 15, from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, at the Rogers Park facility.
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Thanksgiving Outreach

The Primo Center for Women and Children offers support services to homeless women and their children. Our generous food and dry goods donations provide them with the means to celebrate Thanksgiving. Donations will be collected thru November 16th, for delivery on Saturday, November 17th. Shopping bags and grocery and dry goods lists are available in the parlor. If you and your family would like to help delivery the items, please contact Jill Klusendorf at 847-251-6120, extension 111 or at jcklusendorf@holycomforter.org.
Please help us brighten the Thanksgivings of these families!