November 9, 2018
In western Christianity, November has also traditionally included observance of All Souls’ Day when we remember our dear ones who have gone to their rest. Our remembrance of All Souls’ will include some special prayers at Sunday's service. You are also welcome to bring pictures of your departed loved ones to place on the memorial table near the columbarium. We will leave the table there throughout the month of November.
Visit the Chapel to see the new art show titled “A potpourri of Spirit” by SPR parishioner Tamara LaVille. Tamara’s art explores a variety of techniques to express color and form. She writes: “The Spirit informs everything, from sunrise, rendered with layers of encaustic wax, to sunset, rendered in mini-collage.” Contact: Jim Wright: jimphotoguy1@gmail.com 

Anyone interested in knitting and related needle arts is invited to be part of this monthly gathering to share projects and skills — and also to share each other’s company. We will meet this Sunday, Nov 11 12:30pm in the Byllesby Room. Contact: Rebecca Luttrell.

Join us on Sunday, November 18th immediately following the 11:15 service, as we join Open Kitchen ministry to chop, stir, parse, and prepare a delicious stew for our neighbors. Open Kitchen expert and coordinator Fran Spaltro will share about the importance of this ministry, and we will share some of our own knowledge and experiences around meals, food, and hunger.

The last Saturday of October was the last working day in the garden and we have put the garden to bed for the winter.  Thanks to all the volunteers that worked in the food garden this year.  With everyone’s efforts we harvested a total of 850 lbs. of beans, beets, cabbage, collard greens, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, kale, lettuce, melons, okra, onions, peppers and tomatoes.  The produce was donated to the St. Martin de Porres House of Hope and the SPR food pantry.  Thanks to everyone for making this, our 7th season, successful and hope to see you in the garden in 2019.

This year’s Hunger Walk had 137 Walkers and has netted a credit of $1644.00 with which to purchase food for our Pantry Guests.

Thank you for your continued support!!

Thanks to the YOUTH GROUP and youth group adult volunteers for their work this Sunday feeding the parish for All Saints Sunday! 

Consider joining one of the SPR Choirs.

We have two ADULT CHOIRS, for 9:15 & 11:15 services. The choirs rehearse together Thursdays, 7:00-9:00p; with a 10-minute break for socializing; concluding with Sung Compline (optional), which many members have come to appreciate as a prayerful end to their day. Director: Christian Clough: clough@sprchicago.org.

We have two KIDS’ CHOIRS:
• The St. Nicholas Choir (for children in K–2), instills both the skills and a love for singing. Sings at the 9:15 liturgy about once every three Sundays. Rehearsals Thursdays 6:00—6:30p. Director: Gretchen Eng: eng@sprchicago.org.
• The SPR Choristers (Grade 3+) develop valuable musical skills & self-confidence in the public arena through their regular leadership. Sing weekly at the 9:15 liturgy; prepare anthems to sing on their own about once a month. Rehearsals Thursdays 6:00–7:30p. Director: Christian M. Clough: clough@sprchicago.org.

Join the Open Kitchen crew on Nov 18 in the SPR Kitchen at 12:30p as we cook for the Soup Kitchen. Contact: Fran Spaltro.

This week for Youth Group: Fortnite Squad Party! Show up on Sunday night from 5-7p in the Youth Room to join in the gameplay or just to watch our youth group squad tournament! Dinner provided by the Nielsen/Danforth family!

Happy are those who find wisdom, and those who get understanding. She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her.  – Proverbs 3:13, 18. 

The Rector Search Committee met recently and with the guidance of Lady Wisdom identified three finalists. Each candidate will visit SPR in the coming weeks, and in turn, we will visit them in their settings. Candidates’ identities remain confidential at this phase to protect the individual and to maintain the integrity of the search process. The candidate will not preside or preach at a service on Sunday, but instead will offer a simple eucharist and homily to the Vestry and Search Committee. At our next meeting, mid-November, the Search Committee will discern who we believe is being called to be the next Rector of St Paul & the Redeemer and will present that one person to the Vestry. If confirmed by the Vestry, that person will be presented to the Bishop and if accepted, we will extend an invitation to the individual.  As soon as a Letter of Agreement is signed with the new Rector, an announcement will go out to the parish. 

Please pray for the community of St Paul & the Redeemer, the candidates and their families, and all in deep discernment. 

Ellen Wiggins and Gail Williams, Co-chairs

Kenji Kuramitsu, Sem Sutter, Eva Nielsen, Hank Underwood, Bruce Plummer, Alicia Chipman, and Jane McCamant