A Month of Memorable Moments

The month of May promises to be an exciting and lively time at Church of the Holy Comforter. Virtually every week holds a special event or celebration. Additional information about some of these special moments can be found elsewhere in this issue of The Dove, but here are some hors d'oeuvres:

Clothing Drive for Breakthrough
Saturday, May 6
Thinking of doing some spring cleaning or decluttering your closets? Please consider donating your gently used clothes, shoes, accessories and household items (dishes, linens, towels, etc.) to Breakthrough, an award-winning homeless shelter and youth development organization in the East Garfield Park neighborhood of Chicago. Holy Comforter is hosting a clothing drive for Breakthrough on May 6th, and we are collecting items now for the event. To make this as easy as possible, the event coordinators, Lydia Porter and Karen Anderson, will be happy to do porch pick-ups on a weekly basis leading up to May 6th. And if you are looking for a service project for you or your family, bring them to the Church on Saturday, May 6th, between 3 and 5 p.m. to help with the clothing sort. We are getting a lot of donations and we could use the help. This is a great opportunity to get kids/people of all ages involved in a community event at CHC.
Please feel free to contact Lydia or Karen to arrange pick-ups or you can drop off your donations to the Church either before or on the day of the clothing drive. Thank you, in advance, for your support of this extremely worthy cause!

Guest Preacher, Bishop Catherine Waynick
Sunday, May 7; 9:00a.m. and 11:15a.m. Eucharist
We will be enormously privileged to welcome to Holy Comforter the Rt. Rev. Catherine Waynick, Bishop of the Diocese of Indianapolis. Bp. Cate, as she is commonly known, has been the Bishop of the southern half of the state of Indiana for 20 years, and was only the second woman to be the Diocesan-or senior-Bishop of any Diocese in the Episcopal Church. A native of Michigan who served churches in that state before being elected to Indianapolis, Bp. Cate will be in the Chicago area to participate in the annual meeting of the Board of Governors of the Anglican Centre in Rome, an ecumenical organization dedicated to improving relations between the Anglican Communion and the Roman Catholic Church. She will have retired as the Bishop of Indianapolis exactly one week before her visit to Holy Comforter following the consecration of her successor, the Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows (many will remember Jennifer from her several presentations at Holy Comforter, as well as from the fact that her son, Timothy, attended All Things Bright and Beautiful for four years). This means that her visit to our parish will be Bp. Cate's first post-retirement event, and we will want to welcome her warmly. Please make every effort to be present to hear Bp. Cate preach on the 7th: renowned for her warmth and pastoral sensitivities, she is sure to offer an insightful sermon on that middle Sunday of the Season of Easter!

Easter People presentation by Emily Voit; Sunday, May 7
As if having a visiting Bishop preach weren't enough to make May 7 a special day, we will also be delighted to hear the Easter People presentation of our own Emily Voit! Emily grew up at Holy Comforter, and has been active in the parish for most of her life, currently serving, among other areas, on the Altar Ministry and as a Stephen Minister. She will offer her thoughts on her spiritual path, perhaps including a presentation on her month-long walking pilgrimage of the Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James) to the shrine of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Emily's presentation will take place at 10:00 in the Great Room, and is not to be missed.

Bright and Beautiful Bash; Friday, May 12
There is more information on this exciting event elsewhere in the newsletter, but it's worth mentioning again here. We will be holding our second Bright and Beautiful Bash on Friday evening, May 12, to celebrate the mutual ministry between our peerless preschool and our priceless parish. The Bash will be both a time of fellowship, food, and fun, and an opportunity to raise money for outreach ministries, security and safety features for the school and the church, and funds for scholarships and teacher recognition. There is still time to volunteer to help with set up, decorating, bartending, serving, clean up following, and a host of other activities; but above all, please remember that everyone is invited and, indeed, encouraged to attend in order to make the Bash a multigenerational, celebratory, successful evening. Bring friends and neighbors for a night of joy, music, food, drink, dancing, and delight!

Youth Sunday, Mother's Day, Recognition Sunday; May 14
enior Preacher Sophie Civetta
The special events just keep coming! On the 14th, we will observe both Mother's Day and Youth Sunday, with young people taking many of the liturgical roles during the 9:00 Eucharist. We will recognize the choirs and those who have led our Christian Formation program for children and youth during that service, as well. And to top it off-continuing a tradition begun many years ago-our preacher on the 14th will be one of our graduating High School seniors, namely Sophie Civetta!

A Just Harvest; May 20
Although members of Holy Comforter serve every month at A Just Harvest in Rogers Park, it is worth including in this list of special events.

On the 3rd Saturday of each month, parishioners prepare and serve a meal for 150 - 200 hungry Chicagoans.   The meal-a simple and nourishing pasta dish-is prepared in the church kitchen, and then transported by parishioners to A Just Harvest Community Kitchen, 7649 N. Paulina Street in Chicago, where we serve the dinner to members of the local community. Every month we need one volunteer to buy the food and other supplies (to be delivered Friday or Saturday morning), 2-4 volunteers to cook the meal in the CHC kitchen (2:00 - 3:30 p.m.), and 2-4 volunteers to transport and serve the meal (4:00 - 6:00 p.m.). Anyone can participate! If you can boil water, stir a spoon, or just smile and hand a hot meal to a hungry person, then you can do this! (Please know, however, that The Community Kitchen sets the minimum age for volunteers at 14.) If you're interested in helping in May or during any month, please contact Alex Roever at (312) 498-8356 or alex.roever@gmail.com.

Parish Picnic and Outdoor Beatles Eucharist; Sunday, May 21
"All You Need is Love," John Lennon wrote exactly 50 years ago this summer, and on May 21 we will celebrate our annual Alleluia on the Avenue with a special outdoor service featuring music from the Beatles. While one or two of the songs used at the "Imagine Mass" of seven years ago will be revived, this service will include mostly new music from the Fab Four, and it will be followed by our wonderful parish picnic on the church lawn. We will welcome the award-winning local Beatles cover group, The Backdated Band, who will lead the music. What a perfect way to celebrate the end of the program year, to enjoy a unique time of friendship and fun, and to invite friends and neighbors to join in the festivities! We are always looking for people to help with set up, grilling, tidying up, and the like, so please be in touch with Jill Klusendorf or Karen Anderson.

The Feast of Pentecost, the Visit of Bishop Jeffrey Lee, and Confirmation; June 4
Okay, we're cheating a little on this one, since it falls outside the month of May, but don't forget our parish Feast Day, the great celebration of Pentecost, the 50th day of the Easter Season. We will be delighted to welcome again the Rt. Rev. Jeffrey Lee, Bishop of Chicago, who will be present for all three Eucharist to preach and celebrate. Confirmation of our 19 7th and 8th grade students will take place at the 11:15 liturgy, followed by a party for the young people in the Great Room. Bp. Lee is a wonderful preacher, a very engaging liturgical presence, and a warm, caring pastor, and we are truly privileged that, in his frenetic schedule, he is able to join us for Pentecost. If you read or speak a foreign language, please contact Fr. Jason, who will gladly put you to work that morning during one of the services; and don't forget to wear red in honor of the color of Pentecost!

So: two Bishops. The Beatles. Multiple opportunities to serve. Even more opportunities to grow in spirit. A youth preacher. An Easter Person. Lots of chances to eat and celebrate and renew friendships and fashion new ones. This will surely be a May to remember!