January 18, 2019
Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend SPR’s ANNUAL PARISH MEETING on Sunday, January 27 at 11:05 am in the Sanctuary. In addition to presentation of 2018 Annual Reports and Vestry election, our NEW RECTOR, the Rev. Catherine Healy and her family will be joining us for the first time! Child care will be available in the Parish Hall during the meeting.
Please note that on that Sunday, January 27: THERE WILL BE ONLY TWO SUNDAY SERVICES: 8 AM & 10 AM
Mother Nature is predicted to share her winter fare with us this weekend. Please be aware the the sidewalk on the 50th street side of the church is new concrete that was placed this past summer. As such, we cannot use salt on it until it has cured for a year. We will be shoveling that section of sidewalk and putting down sand for traction. Please be careful and wear snow boots, or avoid that section altogether.
Please join the SPR Anti-Racism Working Group in celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy.  We are organizing an SPR group to attend the Community Renewal Society's (CRS) Faith in Action Assembly, which will include worship, a performance, and a Chicago mayoral candidate forum focusing on CRS's Platform for Renewal (www.communityrenewalsociety.org). The event will take place on Monday, January 21 from 8 to Noon at Liberty Baptist Church of Chicago, 4849 S King Drive. Childcare will be provided during the assembly for ages three and up. Please sign up in the Narthex or email antiracism@sprchicago.org, and indicate if you need a ride and/or childcare.
The church office will be closed on Monday, Jan 21 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
 We revamped the yearly ski retreat last year to include tubing! We'll celebrate President's Day weekend in style from Saturday, February 16 (8a) - Sunday, Feb 17 (noon) at Sunburst Winter Sports Park. We will be watching Netflix's Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, an interactive choose-your-own-adventure movie, and discussing theology around free will. $80/person; scholarships available. Sign-up here.
On Saturday February 2 at 6 PM, the 20’s/30’s group will have a progressive dinner. We will journey like the wise people searching for baby Jesus and a good meal. We will travel afar between 3 nearby homes in East Hyde Park, eating a different course of a meal at each home. Please RSVP to mcmillan013@gmail.com or kenjikuramitsu@gmail.com
Join the Open Kitchen crew THIS Sunday, Jan 20 in the SPR Kitchen at 12:30p as we cook for the Soup Kitchen. Contact: Fran Spaltro: pambasilea@gmail.com
The SPR Refugee Support group is working with the Syrian Community Network to visit and assist the Alali family, starting Saturday, Feb. 2. Former residents of a suburb near Aleppo, the Alalis settled in the Rogers park Neighborhood of Chicago almost two years ago. The family includes Omar Alali, 30 and his wife Adlah Alali, 25, their four children, Omar's parents and sister.
The Alali adults would especially like help learning English.
(1) Sign up in the Narthex for at least two Saturday visits. Arabic speakers are especially welcome.
(2) Donate ESL materials, such as flashcards with words, word games, maps, and U.S. themed puzzles and calendars.  
Questions?  Please contact Sheila or Bob Bator (rbator@aol.com) or 773 930 7124. More details are in the Sunday bulletin and in the narthex.
Visit the new art exhibit of four handmade books by parishioner Anne Harlan. The books include: 28 Bible Verses; A Theological Question; Sun...House...Tree; and The Beginning According to John.
SPR’s new rector, the Rev. Catherine Healy begins on March 1, 2019. The Wardens, Vestry, Transition committee, staff and Interim Rector are working for a smooth and welcoming transition. Interim Rector Julianne Buenting will serve until Friday, February 15, 2019 and is communicating with Rev. Catherine Healy about the transition.