Update from the Rector Search Committee – The CAT is Coming!

On April 4th, you will receive, via email, a link to the Church Assessment Tool,  known as the CAT. This is a confidential data gathering tool that asks you to name SPR’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as your desires for our future. We need your input!
April 25th will be the last day to complete the assessment. This first step will assist the Search Committee in completing the Parish Profile, which we will use in recruiting for the position.
Starting in mid-May, the search committee will host small group sessions to listen to your concerns and desires in more detail. Working with the Diocesan Office of Transitional Ministry, the Search Committee is hoping to post the Rector’s position by late June.
The Search Committee is committed to keeping members of SPR informed as the Rector Search progresses. If you have comments or questions, please let us know. You can email us at search@sprchicago.org, or talk directly to one of the members of the Search Committee.
Thank you for your continued investment of time and resources that makes this process possible. We are eager to hear from you.  Remember, The CAT is Coming!

From the Rector Search Committee,
Gail Williams, Ellen Wiggins, Jane McCamant, Sem Sutter, Hank Underwood, Eva Nielsen, Bruce Plummer, Alicia Chipman and Kenji Kuramitsu


Palm Sunday services, March 25

8:00 AM Rite | 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 . Choirs sing an old English carol, “And all in the morning”, recounting moments in Jesus’ life.


Youth Group, around 4:30-7:45p | Black Panther feat. Anti-Racism Working Group

This week the SPR Anti-Racism Working Group is taking over youth group to see Black Panther! (Have you seen it? Then you know you need to see it again. Haven’t seen it; what are you doing with your life?!) We’ll watch the movie on Sunday at Harper Theater (look for the first showing after 4p) and afterward discuss theology and race, God @ the Movies-style. Bring $15 to help with tickets and snacks. Click here to RSVP. No youth group next week; happy Easter! Contact: Addie Domske: domske@sprchicago.org


20s/30s Deep Dish Series on Sunday

Dear 20s/30s friends, please join us this spring as we revive our annual meal and discussion series “Deep Dish,” where we eat pizza (and other foods!) and dish about deep things. Join us after the 11:15 service (at 12:30pm) this Sunday in the Byllesby Room. This month, over Thai we will discuss the meaning of prayer, worship, and liturgy in an aching world. Kindly RSVP to kenjikuramitsu@gmail.com or sign up at sprchicago.org/2030/


SPR Women’s Group Outing on Sunday

Members of the SPR Women’s Group are planning an informal outing to see A Wrinkle in Time this Sunday, for the 12:30 showing at the Harper Theater here in Hyde Park. Members will get their own tickets for the showing, then afterwards we’ll go get coffee and discuss the film. Tickets can be purchased at: www.harpertheater.com. Please RSVP to Julia Allen (juliacoyne@gmail.com) so we don’t miss you. We look forward to seeing you there!


Holy Week & Easter Service Schedule

Maundy Thursday | March 29  Please RSVP

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 a simple meal of allergen-free soup and buttered noodles. Sign up in the Narthex  or here if you plan to attend. Choristers & St. Nicholas Choir lead the congregation in singing songs retelling parts of the Last Supper narrative. The Combined Adult Choirs sing a lush setting of the Eucharistic hymn “O sacrum convivium” by the influential 20th-century French composer Olivier Messiaen.

Good Friday | March 30

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. The Passion according to St. John will be sung at both services, @ 7:30 employing Christian M. Clough’s setting of the “turba” choruses. Choral music will be provided by staff singers at noon and by the Combined Adult Choirs at 7:30 PM.

Great Vigil of Easter | March 31

9:00 PM | The Great Vigil of Easter with the rite of Holy Baptism
On this night, we come together to celebrate the mighty acts of creation and the resurrection of Jesus Christ through word, song, and the rite of baptism into the life of the body of Christ. The Combined Adult Choirs sing a gospel anthem “He is not here” by Derek Wayne Campbell and, C.V. Stanford’s delicate setting of Mary E. Coleridge’s poem “When Mary Thro’ The Garden Went”.

Easter Day | April 1

8:00 Am Rite | Simple Service
9:15 & 11:15 AM | Festive Choral Services (with Brass & Choirs)

Potluck feasts that include ham and champagne after each service. Please sign up in the Narthex or here to bring a dish. Brass quartet and full choirs at 9:15 & 11:15 sing African-American composer David Hurd’s “Easter Antiphon”, a German renaissance motet, and a gospel favorite, “Christ, the victorious”. Lots of festive Easter hyms in stirring arrangements for brass quartet, organ, congregation and choir. 


Living Into God’s Vision | Register for Anti-racism Training

The SPR Anti-Racism Working group invites all parishioners to attend the CHIROAR/Crossroads anti-racism training, Chicago Regional Understanding and Analyzing Systemic Racism Workshop planned for April 26th – April 28th to explore and work towards these possibilities in our world. The training will be held at the Lutheran School of Theology in Hyde Park located at 1100 E 55th St, Chicago, IL 60615. For a limited time through March 26th, 2018, The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago is offering a discounted rate of $75 for the 2.5-day training. The registration link and discount code are: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ef0f722n9f74f7da&llr=sysrdbqab  
Code for discount: EDOC  (Note: The discounted rate increases to $105 after March 26th.) The SPR Anti-Racism Working group encourages everyone to continue this important work by registering and joining fellow SPR parishioners in our efforts to understand and dismantle the cancer known as systemic racism. Contact: Amanda Ruch or Bruce Plummer.


Open Group Art Exhibit in Chapel

The Parish Arts Committee invites all parishioners to participate in an open group art exhibit in May and June. The theme is A NEW DAWN. Your work should help the viewer embrace spring and new possibilities, and should encourage all of us to talk with each other about what we see for our future. Wall art only; we can’t accommodate 3-D art. Painters, photographers, knitters, weavers, and collage artists. Submit a piece to the office with a wire hanger between Sunday, April 29 and Wednesday, May 2. The show will be up on May 6. Get going! Contact: Jim Wright.