Ash Wednesday

February 16th, 2015 · Uncategorized

Reflection on Ashes-to-Go

I just came in from distributing ashes at the Irving Park CTA station with the Rev. Kara Wagner Sherer and Barbara Cohn, another parishioner from St. John’s Episcopal Church. It was extremely cold, and I feel that some people who might otherwise have stopped were in a rush to get inside the station. Nevertheless, we served probably 30 or 40 people in the hour we were there.ASHES TO GO 2015

Some people in the Episcopal Church take issue with the concept of Ashes To Go, feeling that it cheapens the faith and gives lazy folks an excuse to skip the solemn Ash Wednesday liturgy. Here is how I think about it:

On this one day in the year, you see people walking around in the business district of Chicago, the great trading post and mercantile hub of North America, putting their Christianity out in the open. Right on their foreheads, where it can’t be missed, they testify: I am a member of the Body of Christ, and I am wearing this reminder of my mortality for all to see.

It is a remarkable thing, to suddenly be aware that all these worker bees, hurrying to the office or to school or to the coffee shop, carry within themselves and profess a spiritual life that we are not normally privileged to witness. I’m not sure that people who work within the confines of the church grasp the impact of seeing this display in the midst of the commercial marketplace. When I worked in the Loop it always struck me profoundly.

At 7 a.m., people haven’t had the chance to go to church yet, to say the prayers and receive the ashes in the usual ceremonial fashion. But the people we met on Irving Park Road under the highway overpass, with the trains roaring overhead, the buses disgorging passengers next to us, and the pigeons flapping around, were available and eager to visibly express their Christianity from the very start of their day’s journey. They didn’t need the priest or the prayers or the liturgical ritual to declare: This is who I am; this is what I believe.

Duncan Moore

18 February, 2015


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Free Concert!

February 11th, 2015 · Events

February 15, 2015
3:00 pm

Bjornson Male Chorus web

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Dinner and Dance Party!

January 19th, 2015 · Announcements


Our wall of history


drinks before dinner


dinner time!


I remember when…


cheers to new and old friends!




cake of course!


Thank you to Cheryl and her team for planning a great party!


Did you hear how great the Music by Joe Lill was?


sweet slow dance

Our Senior Warden all dressed up for the event (his date is always beautiful)

Our Senior Warden all dressed up for the event (his date is always beautiful)

 You can see a video of the  music and dancing here:

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Looking for an Epiphany?

January 6th, 2015 · Announcements

So are we! Join us for worship on Sundays at 8:00, 9:15 or 11:00 a.m. Join in discussions at coffee hour, ask questions, meet interesting people, be inspired, and get ready for an Epiphany!

bench lions

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Merry Christmas!

December 26th, 2014 · Announcements


lighting the Christ candle


the angel Gabriel came to Mary


Joseph went with Mary to Bethlehem


she gave birth to her first born son and laid him in a manger, because there was no room in the inn


see! I am bringing you good news of great joy!


all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them


ready to bring the star to place above the manger


ushers make sure Mary and Joseph make it to the manger on time!


the children help interpret the meaning of Christmas


why is this birthday party so special?


listening with all ears!


Jesus came so that we know that we are children of God


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Thanksgiving Dinner

November 27th, 2014 · Events

Thank you to all our great volunteers! Thank you to the BuildOn group from Schurz High School for hauling the Thanksgiving dishes out of the attic, washing them all, and decorating!

A special shout out to the John Elmquist Jazz ensemble for the fabulous music!

Thank you BuildOn Schurz students for decorating!

Great decorations!

Schurz BuildOn kids prewash all the serving dishes!


schurz dishwashers

More dishwashers!


talented decorators

3 preps

Tuesday night prep







the night before

susan potatoes

and the day of!

table setting


Ice is nice!

Ice is nice!

the chefs

the cooks are busy

jazz trio

the jazz is cool

dinner guests

dinner is served!

more guests

guests fill the hall

john serving

potatoes? corn?

S serving

servers work hard

cheryl w desserts

room for dessert?


coffee time


pumpkin or apple?

kathleen scraping

scrapers unite!

dish washers

the best and the bold…dishwashers

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end of life/afterlife

October 28th, 2014 · Uncategorized

day of the dead flags indoors

papel picado

outdoor ofrenda 3

outdoor community ofrenda

ofrenda altar close up

St. John’s ofrenda

art exhibit

Art Exhibit on the theme “Crossing Borders”

altar close up zlaltar close up khremembering names 2remembering names

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Thank you for the fabulous night!

September 9th, 2014 · Education


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A Taste of St. John’s

September 1st, 2014 · Uncategorized









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Movie Night in the Garden

July 5th, 2014 · Events

Making ice cream Sundays before the movie!

Making ice cream Sundays before the movie!

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June 19th, 2014 · Uncategorized

Thank you to Cheryl Kreiman for the beautiful Pentecost art.

Thank you to Cheryl Kreiman for the beautiful Pentecost art.

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