March 22, 2019
Join the Rev. Catherine Healy at 10:20am this Sunday to learn more about the Social Gospel movement, one of the progressive church’s first organized responses to urban poverty. We’ll learn about the work of Jane Addams, W. E. B. Du Bois, and more, and reflect on what the theology of the Social Gospel means for us today.

8:00 am Rite I | Simple Service
9:15 & 11:15 am | Choral Service with Palm Procession

Enact the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem with a big procession led by bagpipes at 9:15 and 11:15 am. 

5:30 pm  | Family-friendly Supper and Service  
7:30 pm | Supper and Choral Service

We will wash each other’s feet and share in Eucharist and a Lenten meal. Please Sign up HERE or in the Narthex if you plan to attend. 

11:00 am | Stations of the Cross  
Noon | Good Friday Service (with cantors)
7:30 pm | Good Friday Service (with full choir)

We commemorate the passion and death of Jesus Christ in this solemn service. 

9:00 pm | The Great Vigil of Easter

On this night, we come together to celebrate the mighty acts of creation and the resurrection of Jesus Christ through word, and song.

8:00 am Rite I | Simple Service
9:15 & 11:15 am | Festive Choral Service

Potluck feasts that include champagne after each service. Please sign up HERE in the Narthex to bring a dish.

SPR's version of “almsgiving” in Lent is financially supporting the important work of two of our partners:

Teachers’ Salaries at St. Patrick’s School | Tom Gateau, Haiti

Every Lent SPR raises money for Haiti during Lent which is used to pay for teachers’ salaries. Each teacher is paid $1,000 per school year ($100 for 10 months). Your Lent donation to the Tom Gateau Teachers pay will make it possible for the families of the teachers to have a better life. There are nine teachers and one teacher assistant at St. Patrick’s school, Tom Gateau. Your continued generosity is appreciated: $5 pays for a day of a teacher salary; $25 pays for a week of one teacher salary; and $100 pays for a month for one teacher salary.

This is different from the money we raise for St. Patrick’s lunch program, which we raised money for this past fall and plan to do so again this coming fall.

Choir Program at Shoesmith School | Kenwood, Chicago

The money raised for Shoesmith during Lent will go to pay for the choir program. The Chicago Public Schools budget does not allow for a robust arts program, and so Shoesmith has contracted with the Chicago Children’s Choir to run its choir program. In the past years, SPR has been able to pay for the whole program.

Offering envelopes for both will be in the seatbacks in the church. Please make checks payable to “SPR” and put “Shoesmith” and/or “Haiti” in the memo.

We’re working on a new photo church directory. Please email a recent picture of yourself and your family to Barnabas Pusnur at pusnur@sprchicago.org.

On Maundy Thursday (April 18) we will have supper at the 5:30 PM and 7:30 PM services. Volunteers are needed to help with the Maundy Thursday meal preparation. Please sing up in Narthex or email Barnabas Pusnur at pusnur@sprchicago.org if you can help that day.

Enjoy dinner and a movie with the 20’s/30’s group on April 6 at 6 PM at SPR. Get in the Easter spirit and join us for a viewing of Jesus Christ Superstar (the John Legend version). RSVP to kenjikuramitsu@gmail.com or mcmillan013@gmail.com.

The Rev. Catherine Healy is eager to get to know all of us!  She will be meeting with parishioners in small groups of up to 8 people over the course of her first few months.

HOST A SMALL GROUP: We are looking for individuals to host these gatherings. You can host at the church, in your home, or some other location that would be meaningful, fun, or simply convenient.  If you are interested in hosting, please contact us at welcomecatherine@sprchicago.org

JOIN A SMALL GROUP: To join one of the small groups please sign up in the narthex or online at sprchicago.org/small-groups.

Missed the January training at SPR? Or after attending the 1-day training at SPR, do you want to deepen your understanding of systemic racism?  Here are two upcoming training opportunities that can support you and our parish-wide racial justice efforts:


UNDERSTANDING AND ANALYZING SYSTEMIC RACISM: Thursday evening, April 25-Saturday, April 27,  Information and registration: Here (Use code EDOC to receive a discount from the Diocese of Chicago) 

Both trainings will be facilitated by C-ROAR and held at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 E. 55th Street. For more information about C-ROAR and links to training registration, visit crossroadsantiracism.org/chicago-regional-organizing-for-antiracism. Email antiracism@sprchicago.org with any questions and let us know if you attend a training.

INSIDE/OUT is a collection of works on paper by SPR parishioner Twila Jones. The works, displayed in the Chapel, celebrate the creation of art as a means of everyday self-expression, prayer, meditation, and imaginative self-invention. Visit this exhibit in the Chapel.

How about a couple hours of your time on a Saturday? Volunteers are needed to visit a family of Syrian refugees with four young children in their Rogers Park Apartment from 10 am to 12 pm or 2 pm to 4 pm. The visits will continue through July. Sign up sheets along with additional information are in the narthex. Details: Bob and Sheila Bator (rbator@aol.com).