Lent Small Groups starting next week. Sign up fast!

Join a Lent Small Group to take part in important conversations about racism, reconciliation, and justice. Members of the SPR Anti-Racism working group, clergy, and fellow parishioners will facilitate discussions framed by Drew G.I. Hart’s book, Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism. We will explore the impact of racism on the church, share our stories, and discuss ways to strengthen our own faith-driven commitment to racial justice at SPR. Groups will meet four times between February 25 - March 24. Please sign up in the Narthex, on-line at sprchicago.org/small-groups, or email topusnur@sprchicago.org.

Sunday, 2/25 - 3/18  12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. 
@ SPR/Byllesby Room | Bruce Plummer, Megan Cather

Tuesday, 2/27 - 3/20  7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m
@ SPR/Byllesby Room  Sara Bigger, Tracey Lewis-Elligan

Saturday, 3/3 - 3/24 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 
@ SPR/Byllesby Room  Twila Jones, Julia McMillan

Saturday, 3/3 - 3/24  12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. 
@ SPR/Byllesby Room  Megg Hoover, Esther Foiles


Liturgy Corner: Lenten Edition

The season of Lent is a time of preparation and renewal leading up to Holy Week and Easter.  To mark this distinct season of the church year, we make a change in the layout of the worship space. For Lent, our seating will be in monastic choir style, with straight rows of chairs along the north and south sides of the space, all facing inward  to a central aisle. The choirs will also sit in our midst during Lent.  The lectern (ambo) and the altar table are moved to the east and west ends of the central aisle.  

Our liturgy may feel starker to you during Lent, reflective of the season's emphasis on prayer, re-ordering our priorities, and letting go of those things that alienate us from God and neighbor.  At the 11:15 AM Holy Eucharist from the first to the fifth Sundays of Lent, the presiders will say rather than chant their parts of the Eucharistic prayer. This is in keeping with the somber tone of Lent.  The chanting will return on Palm Sunday for  Holy Week.

Please feel free to talk with Interim Rector Julianne Buenting+ with any questions.


20s/30s Deep Dish Series

Dear 20s/30s friends, please join us this spring as we revive our annual dinner and discussion series "Deep Dish," where we eat pizza (and other foods!) and talk about deep things. Our first gathering will be held on March 2nd at 6pm in the Byllesby room. This month, we will share our faith journeys and religious origin stories. Kindly RSVP to kenjikuramitsu@gmail.com or sign up at sprchicago.org/2030


50s and Better Get Together

All parishioners in our demographic (age 50 and up) are invited to a potluck lunch at Anne Harlan and Roger Ferlo’s apartment 1700 E. 56th St. #2601 on Sunday, March 4 at 1pm. RSVP to Robert Bator (rbator@aol.com or 773-643-1881) and let him know what you plan to bring to share. Note: Given the parking situation in East Hyde Park, Roger and Anne suggest you use public transportation or carpool. They can arrange to have 3 parking spaces available. P.S. If you are 50 or older and are not on our email list and want to be kept informed about the 50s and Better Group’s activities, please contact Robert Bator via the email address above.


One Earth Film Festival

On Sunday, March 4, 6-8pm, SPR will be hosting a screening and discussion of the One Earth Film Festival documentary, “Evolution of Organic”. Back for its 7th year, ‘One Earth Film Festival’ is the Midwest’s premier environmental film festival, creating opportunities for understanding climate change, sustainability and the power of human involvement. Visit the website to catch a preview and get more details about the week long festival, March 2-11:  https://www.oneearthfilmfest.org/films-az-2018/evolution-of-organic


Few Slots Remaining for Refugee Family Visits

If you are interested in the Saturday home visits to the refugee family, please note that there are only three more dates left that no one has signed up for yet- April 28, May 26, & June 16. And there are three dates that have only one person signed up so far- March 31, April 7, & April 21 (2p - 4p). Note: All the people visiting on particular day can decide if they want to visit from 10a - 12p or from 2p - 4p. To volunteer for the home visits, please fill in your name and contact information on the sheet provided in the narthex. To learn more about what’s involved in home visits please contact Robert Bator (rbator@aol.com). If you have clothes for the family (parents plus a boy, 7, and girls 9, 12, and 16), please put them in the box for that purpose in the narthex, For particular needs and size information, or if you have a sofa or coffee table to donate, please contact Val Cavin (cavin.val@gmail.com). If you have a bed to donate or want to contribute to help buy a bed for the family, contact Shawn Hannan (Shawn_Hannan@live.com).