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May 28, 2017


Cereal Sunday This Sunday, May 28

This Sun, May 28, support the Food Pantry by bringing a box of cereal. The Food Pantry serves community members from across Hyde Park and Kenwood, providing healthy meats, produce, and canned goods at no cost to the guests. Join in celebrating the work that we do by bringing a donation. 


Pentecost - Sunday, June 4th

Services at 8:00 and 10:00
A day of giving thanks for another great program year

Vote for Your Favorite Hymn
You get to choose our hymns for Pentecost! Vote for your favorites now

Order Your T-Shirt to Wear on Pentecost
Come to church sporting your SPR t-shirt! Don't have one or want a new one? 
We have a selection of t-shirts at our new online shop

Join us for the Annual Picnic
Enjoy burgers, brats, and veggie burgers at our annual Parish Picnic right after the 10:00 service. 

Summer Service Times Start
On June 4, we will switch to summer schedule.
8:00 and 10:00


Construction Update

Your generosity is allowing critical updates to our building. Last week and this week, asbestos is being removed from the lower level. Also, this week new, custom windows and a new elevator are being ordered. Both take a couple months to be delivered. This coming week will see little activity as we are waiting for the main construction permit to be issued by the city. 


Is Someone in Your Family Graduating? 

Please email Lydia and let her know the name of your graduate and where they are graduating from. We will give thanks for graduates on Pentecost. 


Families with Small Kids BBQ

SPR families with small kids are invited to a BBQ! Join us Sat, June 17, 4-7p, at the home of the Osbourne family, 5029 S. Dorchester Ave. Bring the kids along as this is a family time for mixing and mingling. For more information, email Monte.


Registration for Vacation Bible Camp 2017

Registration for VBC is now open both online and in print form for ages 4-10 years old. Vacation Bible Camp is scheduled for Mon, July 31 - Fri, Aug 4. To sign up online go to Paper forms can be found in the Narthex, then either place them in the offering basket or leave them in the office. 11 year olds and above may register as counselors by speaking with Monte. We are also still looking for volunteers to work with the 2017 VBC Team. If interested, please email Monte.


Job Opening - Director of Parish Operations

SPR seeks a Director of Parish Operations. This up to full time position comes with health and pension benefits. We seek a detail oriented employee who will run administration, communication, and parish coordination. Interested? Get more information at


Sign Up for the Women's Retreat

Make time this fall to come to the 6th annual SPR Women’s Weekend Retreat October 6-8! In a beautiful setting in Woodstock, Illinois, you will make new friends, deepen existing friendships, and have the opportunity to reflect. We encourage you to register early to secure your participation for this weekend designed especially for SPR women. Registration forms are available on the table in the Narthex. If you have any questions, please contact one of the SPR Women’s Retreat Leadership Team: Kim HartVal Cavin, and Mary Naftzger


Summer Youth Mission Opportunities

SPR Youth will be offering two options for youth mission opportunities this summer. (Yes, you can choose both).

Detroit, MI | August 20-25, 2017
How does inter-religious dialogue inform our own faith? This August, we are headed to Detroit, MI to learn about inter-religious dialogue and allyship. We'll also focus on how we can better equip ourselves to fight against Islamophobia in our own community here in Chicago. We will be visiting the community of Dearborn (the largest Arab American community in the country) to dine on Middle Eastern cuisine, the Arab American Museum to learn about intersections of identity in the Arab American and Muslim communities, and a variety of Detroit faith communities to inform our own faith practice!
Pricing | $250; Full scholarships available.
Interested in registering for the SPR Youth mission trip? Sign-up here.
New Wilmington Mission Conference | July 22-29, 2017
Mission Conference is a week long immersion into global service for all ages. The conference hosts mission workers from all over the world in the small college town of New Wilmington, PA. (In fact, each year Addie creates the high school curriculum for this mission conference--bonus fact: Addie and Dan got married in the Conference Amphitheater last year!) Mission Conference is great for anyone looking to deepen their relationship to service in the world. A typical youth group member interested in NWMC would be independent, excited for mission, and ready to branch out for the week to immerse themselves in the NWMC programming (aka, freedom!) Check out NWMC here
Pricing | Middle Schoolers: $340; High Schoolers: $390; $120 scholarships available. 
nterested in registering for New Wilmington Mission Conference? Sign-up here.


Volunteer with a Refugee Family

We are excited to announce the beginning of SPR parishioner visits to the family from Eritrea that we are helping to sponsor in partnership with RefugeeOne. Visits will occur once a week through September and alternate between Saturdays from 10am to noon and Wednesdays 7pm to 9pm. The schedule might change, subject to availability. If you can volunteer to make at least two visits any time through September, please contact Bob Bator ( or 773 930-7124).  


Pastoral Drop-in Hours with Dan Puchalla

Going through a difficult time? Have questions about God or want to work on your prayer life? Just want to chat? Drop by the Byllesby Room to talk with Dan Puchalla, Associate Rector, any Tuesday between 4:00 and 7:00p. As always, you're also invited to contact Peter ( or Dan ( at any time for pastoral conversations.