This Week at SPR:

  • Birds - Art Show | Sunday

    SPR Arts Committee has put up a new art exhibit in the chapel. On display are photos of birds by parishioner Tom Irving. There are ten photos, nine of which were shot in Chicago. Tom will be in the chapel after the 10 am service on Sunday to talk about his work and answer questions.
  • Open Kitchen | Sunday

You are invited to help the Open Kitchen crew today at 11:15p in the Kitchen as they prepare the meal to be served at the Feed the People Soup Kitchen at Kenwood UCC. Contact: Fran Spaltro:


Rector Transition:

  • The Rector Search Process Going Forward – What’s Next?

The Rector position for SPR has been posted nationally! All interested candidates are directed to a national website where they will formally apply through our Diocesan Office of Transitional Ministry (OTM). After the 45-day posting is completed, mid-August, the Diocese shares the materials of qualified candidates with the Search Committee. At that time, the committee will review the materials and begin scheduling interviews. This is truly a time of discernment for both the candidates and the Search Committee. Finding the best fit for SPR is our commitment and putting a specific timeline on such an endeavor would be unfair to all. We hope and pray that the needs of both the pastor seeking and our parish inviting will coincide. If you know of anyone who might be interested, please direct them to our website, and click on the “Rector Transition” tab where you will find links to our Parish Profile and the Diocesan posting. Thank you for your patience. Any questions, please email us at or speak to any of the Search Committee members: 

Gail Williams, Ellen Wiggins, Alicia Chipman, Bruce Plummer, Eva Nielsen, Hank Underwood, Jane McCamant, Kenji Kuramitsu, or Sem Sutter.


Serve Neighbors:

  • Love in a Dish for David Larsen

Please sign up to bring a meal to David Larsen who is recovering from a serious bike accident.  The sign-up sheet will be in the Narthex. For more information email Romonda McKinney Bumpus at

  • Hunger Walk 2018

This years Hunger Walk will be on Saturday, September, 8th at Jackson Park. For each Walker the SPR Food Pantry receives a $12.00 credit. Last year your generous participation netted the pantry over $700.00! With those funds we were able to purchase food from the Depository for 4 months! You are encouraged to sign up in the Narthex before you go on vacation as the registration deadline is mid August. For more information contact Shirley Knight.

  • Ways to Respond to Family Separation

Are you looking for a way to respond to the current immigration crisis? Read this guide from BorderLinks, the organization the youth group is partnering with this year for their summer mission trip. BorderLinks are the experts in the field of immigration rights and can supply you with some action items right now to protect immigrants in our community and in the broader United States.


Nurture Faith:

  • 20s/30s Picnic Potluck in the SPR garden on July 28

Join the 20s/30s (+/-) group at 6 PM on July 28 in the Garden at SPR. Bring a dish to share with the group and your own beverages. Fabulous summer hats optional, but encouraged. Please RSVP to Julia McMillan at


  • Vacation Bible Camp: Registration Open

This year VBC will run from the 30th of July to the 3rd of August. Please register online here or in the Narthex. For more information contact Monte Tugwete.

  • SPR Youth Group Mission Trip Updates

This August our youth group heads to Tucson, Arizona for our summer mission trip. We have twelve people going (including adult chaperones). Seven participants are attending the trip thanks to partial scholarship from SPR, and each participant has been assigned their own prayer partner. Thanks for getting us this far, SPR!

Here are some dates to follow, regarding mission trip prep for the entire parish:

  • On Sunday, August 12, make sure you’re in town to commission the group at the 10a liturgy.
  • Keep us in your prayers as we depart in the wee hours of the morning from Midway on Sunday, August 19th.
  • From Aug 19-Aug 25: follow our trip blogs on the SPR facebook page and SPR Youth Instagram throughout our time in Tucson; all blogs written by SPR Youth.
  • And mark this day on your calendar now -- Sunday, September 16 -- SPR’s First Youth Sunday! The Youth Group is taking over all three liturgies and the formation for the day. Mission trip participants will report back to the parish during the sermon time on our work in Tucson.


  • 2018 SPR Women’s Weekend Retreat, October 27-28

Summer registration is going strong, and our capacity is now filled to the half-way point. Register now to reserve your spot for the retreat! Our theme for the weekend at Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Center, Woodstock, Illinois is Junia: The First Woman Apostle, and we will explore the historical roots of women in power in the church. Join a multigenerational group of SPR women for a balance of planned programming and free time where you can be refreshed, encouraged, and challenged in a peaceful setting an hour from the city.  
Registration is $100/person for a double room and $130/person for a single room and will include 4 meals. Ride sharing and scholarship assistance is available. More information can be found in the narthex and on-line at Remember: registration is complete when payment is received, and the deadline is  Sept. 23. If you have any questions, please contact Richelle Stackert and the Leadership Team at