*|MC:SUBJECT|* September 14, 2018

This Sunday the youth of SPR is leading the worship! Everything from the sermons to the prayers to the bread baking will be done by members of the SPR Youth Group. Come this Sunday to hear about the youth group's recent mission trip, and to support the younger voices in our midst each week. 
(There is no additional youth group this Sunday due to hard work being done today by the youth group for Youth Sunday.) 

The H.S. small group students are leading a parish-wide formation this Sunday during Youth Sunday. Come to the parish hall between the 9:15 and 11:15 services to support them as they discuss last Spring's small group on HBO's Westworld and the topic of future ethics.

Helping at Open Kitchen is an easy way to make a real difference in people’s lives. Come today  at 12:30pm in the SPR Kitchen to help cook. No skills necessary and there will be step-by-step guidance. Cooks of all ages are welcome, though we ask parents to join in to supervise very young children. If you are interested in shopping, cooking, or driving as part of this food ministry, please contact Fran Spaltro at: pambasilea@gmail.com

We regretfully learned today that the One Day Anti-Racism Workshop scheduled for 9/22/18 here at SPR will have to be re-scheduled. This is due to an urgent matter affecting one of the diocesan Anti-Racism Commission facilitators and unavailability of a substitute. We will reschedule the event for later this program year. We are excited about the strong interest in this workshop and will announce the new date as soon as it is confirmed.  Thank you for your understanding and enthusiasm. Contact: antiracism@sprchicago.org.

Celebrate SPR’s Partnership with St. Patrick’s Mission and School in Tom Gateau, Haiti on HAITI SUNDAY, September 23. Help raise funds for the lunch and music programs there and get updates about the new construction and school programs. After each of the services join us for great Haitian food at Coffee Hour. Our goal this year is to increase the lunch program from three days per week to four days a week.  For $116, a child will receive lunch four days a week for the whole school year.  A donation of $200 per month pays for the music teacher's work.

On August 13 the Search Committee received a diverse and solid pool of prospective candidates. We truly are blessed to have such outstanding clergy attracted to discerning with SPR. On August 15 candidates received essay questions, which they will have two weeks to complete. After the committee has reviewed their answers, we will begin the task of deciding who will continue on in the process. Phone/skype interviews with the Search Committee will be scheduled with designated candidates during the month of September and finalists will be determined at the beginning of October. As always, please hold all the candidates, their families, SPR, and the committee in your prayers as we continue to discern the best fit for all.

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

Godly Play Teachers, parents of Godly Play children, and Godly Play children are invited to a 2018-2019 SPR Godly Play Season kick off informal BBQ at the Osbornes’ home on Saturday 22 September @ 5029 S. Dorchester Avenue, Chicago, IL 60615 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. 5029 S. Dorchester Avenue is on the same block as the church and you can park in the church car park and take the 2minute walk. Please come so that we get to know each other outside of the church building in an informal setting. BBQ and beverages will be provided. Contact Monte Tugwete.

On Sunday, October 7, at 1 pm, SPR's Anti-Racism Working Group will host a screening and discussion of the documentary, The Mayor's Raceas part of the (In)Justice for All Film FestivalBack for its 5th year, Trinity UCC and The Next Movement's (In)Justice for All Film Festival hosts engaging, life-changing feature films, shorts and music videos. With screenings running from October 4 - 13, this year's films will explore: the Criminal (In)Justice System and the Epidemic of Mass Incarceration; Racism and White Supremacy; and Human Rights. 

The Mayor's Race follows Marvin Rees, a ‘mixed race’ man in his 40’s, as he runs for mayor in Bristol, UK in 2012. "Having experienced poverty and racism in his life, he wants to shape the society he lives in and believes political office will give him the power to do so." Come out to see a powerful film about "the desire to overcome doubt and the boundaries between social background and power." Watch a trailer and learn more about the film at themayorsracefilm.com.  Email antiracism@sprchicago.org with any questions.

SPR uses an online church directory called InFellowship which can be accessed at stpaul.infellowship.com. This directory link is also accessible under the 'Parishioner Tools' tab on the church's website: sprchicago.org.

If you are a current SPR parishioner, you can sign up for this online directory by REGISTERING HERE. Once you register, please use the profile editor to add your information and a profile picture. You will be able to access and be listed in the directory only If you are already in the church's records AND you've selected to opt-in in the privacy settings. If you are not able to access the directory after registering please contact Barnabas Pusnur.

Already are in the online directory? Please take a moment to make sure all your contact details are up-to-date by LOGGING IN HERE. You can also update your profile picture if you like. For any questions please contact Barnabas Pusnur.

We usually go to a Sox game each year to start off the youth group program year, but this year we phoned a friend and got the Cubs to join as well! Next Sunday, September 23, SPR Youth is headed to the Sox/Cubs Game! Meet at SPR at 12:30. Game starts at 1:10p. Bring a donation to contribute to game tickets (they were roughly $85 each; full scholarships available). Friends welcome. Sign up required.

Registration for this year’s retreat has reached capacity. Registrants need to submit payment by check in the offering or credit card with Barnabas by September 23. If you have any questions, please contact Richelle Stackert and the Leadership Team at sprwomensretreat@gmail.com.

Join immediately following the 11:15 service on September 30 for a 20s/30s gathering to celebrate the life of our community amidst the coming of fall. We will share a meal together, talk a bit about our summers, and hear some hopes for the coming year – new and old faces are very welcome! RSVP here or email Kenji Kuramitsu: kenjikuramitsu@gmail.com.
Visit the new display of art works in the Chapel this Sunday. The show represents four generations of art in the Pereira family. The show has been curated by Carolyn Pereira.

The 2018-2019 programming year is upon us and I'd like to extend an invitation to you to help out with youth group food at least once during the program year. Food is one of the amazing ways we build up our fellowship in youth group.
There are 24 options for you to choose from throughout the year, which include everything from "dinner for youth group," to "snacks for the SuperBowl party," to "packed lunch on our hiking trip." You are welcome to turn in expenses for reimbursement by SPR. Please take a look at the dates and options here and sign up to support the youth group programming. (This sign-up system will automatically provide you with reminders when your meal is coming up.) 

You are invited to join SPR Choirs! 

We have two ADULT CHOIRS, for 9:15 & 11:15 services. The choirs rehearse together Thursdays, 7:00-9:00p; 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.