Winnetka, Illinois Vol. 51 No.2
February 1, 2011
Annual Christ Church Lobster Boil is February 5 It’s not too late to RSVP but you must let us know by February 2. Send your e-mail to rena@christchurchwinnetka. org or call the office 847-446-2850. The evening starts at 6 pm with refreshments in the Guild Room at the Parish House followed by a full lobster dinner at 7 pm in the Great Hall. The cost is $30 per person. This is a great opportunity to remind us that summer is just around the corner.
Search Committee Seeking Input from the Parish You should have received, via e-mail, the all-parish “Church Assessment Tool” (CAT) that was launched by the Search Committee on January 30. What is the Christ Church “CAT” survey”? The CAT survey is a proven, strategic self-assessment tool that has been used successfully by a wide variety of churches undergoing the kind of transition Christ Church is facing. We have worked closely with a professional research consultant to customize this tool to meet our specific goals. What are the goals of the survey? The survey will help us achieve several critical objectives at once. The findings will: 1. 2. 3. 4.
Provide an in-depth assessment of who we are as a parish and what we hope for the future. Guide the committee in creating a distinct and compelling Parish Profile, the primary instrument for calling candidates to our search. Identify and clarify the specific qualities Christ Church is looking for in a new rector. Provide insights on specific topics to be explored in small group discussions in March.
It will be an valuable planning tool for the new rector as he or she leads us into our future. Who Should Complete the Survey? We are seeking 100% participation from all active members of Christ Church. Whether you are a regular Sunday worshipper or attend services only occasionally, if you consider yourself an “active” member (or hope to become a more active member) of the Christ Church community, we want your opinions and perspective. All responses are anonymous and will be held confidential. How will the survey work? The survey will be administered primarily online where it will be available until February 19. If you do not receive e-mail, or need assistance, Search Committee representatives will be available with laptop computers at each of the services on January 30, February 6 and February 13 to help you complete the survey. If you prefer a hard copy, please call the church office and one will be mailed to you. The Search Committee is confident that the discernment process we are about to undertake together -- guided by prayer and empowered by the Holy Spirit -- will make us a stronger and more connected parish community as we welcome our shared future.
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Teddy Bear Sunday Set For February 13 Please bring a new (or gently used) teddy bear to be blessed and placed on the altar at all three Sunday morning services (8, 9:30 & 11:30). After the services, the teddy bears will be donated to the Department of Children & Family Services as gifts for abused or displaced children. Let’s bring lots of teddy bears to make it a special day for many needy kids!
You Won’t Want to Miss This Guest Speaker Our Glory Story Forum guest speaker for this month is Brooke Lester, a very popular Old Testament Professor at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Join us on February 6 in the McClain Room after the 9:30 service.
New Vestry Nominations for 2011 Our final new Vestry member for 2011 is Jim Bayley. Jim, born in Battle Creek, MI, didn’t actually meet his father until he was two and a half years old. When his father’s tour of duty in Europe as a doctor with the Army was up (hence the late introduction to his son) the family moved to Beaver Dam,Wisconsin which Jim considers his “growing up” home. Jim headed east for college and it was a smart move in many respects. He completed the Masters of Architecture program at MIT and met his wife of 43 years, Molly, on a blind date (yes, it does happen) when she was a sophomore at nearby Wellesley College. They were married in 1968. and Jim was drafted by the Army in the same year. He served in Vietnam as a company photographer in the Army’s Combat Engineering Corps before returning to the States (in one piece, thankfully) a year later. Jim has established three architecture firms in his career.The first was in Washington DC for 17 years and then in the Philippines where they lived for four years while Molly pursued a very successful career opportunity. They relocated to Wilmette in 1999 where they spent their first three weeks as house guests with their life-long friends, Carol and Jim Schroeder. The Schroeders said, “Well if you are moving to Wilmette, you should join Christ Church.” The rest is history. Jim and Molly have two grown children: Christopher (25) who is pursuing a Masters in Musical Composition at the University of New Mexico and Kathryn (20) who is studying in Bend, OR to become an EMT. Jim’s architectural expertise in custom residential and historic properties makes his election to the Vestry as the Building and Grounds appointment a match made in heaven. Nice to have connections.
Combined Choirs at Evensong - St. Luke’s Evanston Sunday, February 13 - 5 PM If You Lost It, We May Have Found It We now have an official Lost & Found at the Parish Office. If you leave something at the Church on the Hill or the Parish House, it will be waiting for you in the church office (470 Maple.) Call 847446-2850 and speak to Rena. You may also email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Still missing that one glove or pair of sunglasses? We may have them. We will hold all the assembled items until the fall Rummage sale on Oct. 6 then they will become welcome donations.
The choirs of St. Luke’s, Evanston, and Christ Church,Winnetka, will sing choral music by Ayleward, Hallock, Gramann, and South African composer Peter Klatzow (the Chicago area premiere of his Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis).Voluntaries will include Partita on Cranham for oboe and organ by James Hopkins and Symphonic Movement (Opus 75, No. 2) by Alexandre Guilmant.The choirs will be conducted by Richard Clemmitt with organ accompaniments and voluntaries played by Jay Peterson and Christine Kraemer.The oboist will be Steven Mason. The service will be a beautiful one for members of our congregation to attend. Well worth the trip to Evanston, 939 Hinman Avenue. St. Luke’s has a gorgeous worship space with acoustics that sound like those of a cathedral.
Save The Date - March 5 - Hymn-a-thon Experience a Taste of All 720 Hymns The Christ Church Youth Choir is happy to announce its upcoming Hymn-a-thon to be held on Saturday, March 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Church on the Hill.This event will be a fund raiser for our Youth Choir’s trip to Canterbury Cathedral this summer and for its future trips. All of you are invited to join in our singing that day and/or to support our Youth Choir with a donation. Our choir members (and you, too, if you’d like!) will spend the day singing one verse of every hymn in our hymnal.Those who participate for the full nine hours will finish our Hymn-a-thon having sung one verse each of seven hundred twenty hymns! The boys and girls in our Youth Choir will be collecting sponsors to pledge so-much-per-hymn. Each singer will strive for his or her personal best in singing as many hymns as possible, the goal being to go the distance and sing the entire book. Please don’t be surprised when some enterprising young chorister approaches you to invite your sponsorship. Our Youth Choir appreciates your support! Please consider joining us on Saturday, March 5 to praise God by singing and listening to the great hymns of the Church.
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We Are In Good Hands Our Search Committee Co-Chairs Carol Schroeder and Roger Lumpp bring many gifts to the table: an immense sense of gratitude for Ned’s tenure with us, an awe at the caliber of the Search Committee members, a willingness to serve, a palpable love of our parish, a healthy respect for the immense task at hand, a sense of humor and 84 years of combined membership at Christ Church. Carol joined in 1961 and Roger in 1977. Rest assured. We are in good hands as we embark on the next phase of Christ Church’s rich history. Carol was born in Atlanta, the fourth of five children. She moved to Winnetka at the age of 7 and first joined the choir as a third grader and has never stopped singing. Carol has an undergraduate music degree from Yale University and an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and currently works in Chicago at Bank of America/US Trust in wealth management. Carol and her husband, Jim, have raised their four children at the corner of Lake and 4th in Wilmette. All offspring have flown the coop but they welcome return visits from all including their first grandchild, Hazel, the daughter of eldest son, Jamie, and his wife, Kelsey. Roger was born in Chicago and except for a five-year career stint in Grand Rapids, MI has spent his life in the Chicago area. A rare bird indeed. Roger, the eldest of three children, majored in Economics at Wabash College in Indiana and headed straight to the University of Michigan to complete his MBA. He served as an Army Reservist for six years heading off his Vietnam draft notice by four days. (In life’s interesting tidbits category Roger went through Basic Training with Pete Rose.) Roger and his wife, Susan, have two children and three grandchildren all living in the area. How lucky is that? Daughter Emily and her husband, Mike, live in Northbrook with Drew (3 1/2) and Austin (almost 2). Son Roger and his wife, Erica, live in Highland Park with their 2 1/2 year old son Liam. Roger is a Managing Director with KPMG, one of the “final four” auditing, tax and advisory services firms. Even though Carol and Roger have both been a part of the parish for many years, have always been active in the life of the parish and have both previously served as Wardens on the Vestry they have never served on a committee together. Yet when each learned of the other’s commitment to the task, they were on board one hundred percent. As Roger points out “The Holy Spirit moves in interesting ways.” When asked what she hopes to accomplish as a co-chair, Carol responds, “I hope that in the end we make an outstanding decision and that all parishioners have taken the opportunity to be a part of the process.” When the same question was posed to Roger he responded, “Carol nailed it. We are clearly on a very good path right now at Christ Church. We have a desire to celebrate what Ned and Bev are and have been. We also have an opportunity to learn about ourselves as a parish family and determine how we best move forward.”
Search Committee Co-Chairs Carol Schroeder & Roger Lumpp
Search Committee: Kurt Anstaett Chris Cahill Julie Flood Nina Gray Doug Hambleton Steve Hudson Lisa Kerpan Katy Knoer Bob Lind Roger Lumpp Jim McGee Paul Mohling Claudia Montgomery David Russell Ann Ryan Carol Schroeder Jane Whitesides
This month you will all be asked to participate in a survey (electronically or via a hard copy version) which is an integral part of the search process. Please take the time to share your views about our parish and its future direction. When asked what he hopes to bring to the process Roger answers, “Sensitive, caring leadership.” Carol hopes to offer effective “listening, communication and prayer.” These two gifted people are clearly up to the task. If we all do our part, we will collectively hit this one out of the park.
Save The Date: April 30 All-Parish Celebration of Ned & Bev’s Ministry (Ned’s final sermon will be on May 1.)
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Rummage News Feb. Furniture Pick Up Do you have some furniture (in good condition) that you would like to donate to Rummage? Call the office to be put on the schedule for February 28.
Weekly Sorting Opportunities Mondays 12:30-3 pm Thursdays 9:15-11:30 am Stop by the West Building when your schedule permits. No need to call ahead. It is lots of fun and a great stress reliever!!
Monthly Saturday Sorting If your schedule allows, please join us on Saturday, February 19 from 9 - 12 noon in the West Building. You will become an expert in no time!
Missionaries in Kenya The Ven. Dr. John Ikenye sends his greetings from the Diocese of Thika in the Anglican Church of Kenya, where he and his wife Rose are missionaries. Fr. Ikenye was Rector of St. Andrews in Evanston for a number of years before he and Rose returned to their native Kenya as missionaries from the Diocese of Chicago. Several parishioners at Christ Church, including our Rector, have been supporting their missionary work financially over the past five years. Fr. Ikenye reports that he has more work than ever as the mission and ministries of the Diocese of Thika continue to grow. He teaches at St. Paul’s University, is an adviser to the Bishop, and has a role in training preachers and lay leaders in the church. Over the past ten years, the Diocese of Thika has grown from 9,000 to 25,000 members strong. A diocesan training center is under construction, and badly in need of funds to open its doors. Despite the challenges they face, Fr. Ikenye and Rose remain deeply committed to their mission, and deeply grateful for the supFr. John Ikenye port they have received. Prayers and notes of encouragement are greatly appreciated, as is financial support. Letters can be mailed directly to Ven. Dr. John Ikenye, Director, Parkside Counseling Services Ltd., PO Box 6481, 01000 Thika, Kenya. Any donations would, of course, also be welcome. Checks may be sent to Christ Church at 470 Maple St.,Winnetka, IL 60093 (memo: “Ikenye” ).We will see that your donation makes it safely into the hands of Fr. Ikenye. If you have any questions, or would like more information, please contact Lisa Kerpan at email@example.com or 847-251-0920.
Benevolence Committee Begins Their Work With Weekly Meetings This is the diligent group that is charged with addressing the many grant proposals for Rummage funds that we receive each year. They review and visit each and every agency. They meet weekly from late January to mid-March. Here is this year’s committee: Thomas Kuhns (Co-chair) Susan Garland (Co-chair) Paddie Brennen Alice Clevenger Judy Harmon Brian Hickey Bill MacAdam Annette Peck Scott Peters Doug Peterson Kathy Shanley Rachel Varley Mary Walther Please keep them in your prayers as they go about their important work.
You Might Be Used to Seeing Charlie in a Choir Robe
Our own Charlie Healy, a senior at Wisconsin, is featured in this ESPN photograph from Pasadena, CA - January 1, 2011 - The Wisconsin Badgers Marching Band performs during the 97th Rose Bowl game. Charlie was a faithful member of our Youth Choir. - (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/ESPN.com.)
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Gifts for 2010 Christmas Flowers are given to the Glory of God: In memory of Ray Kier Kuhns, Florence Kuhns, David L. Kuhns, Robert Kier Kuhns, and Mary Zuege from Tom and Amy Kuhns. In loving memory of and in thanksgiving for the life of David E. Gormanous from his children, Jeff and Jenny, and his wife, Sherry. In loving memory of Brad, and in thanksgiving for the lives of Brad and Brian, from Bob and Barbara Spencer. In thanksgiving from Robert Reder. In thanksgiving for family, friends, and the Christ Church community from Richard and Barbara Jones. In loving memory of my parents, Robert E. and Harriet T. English, from their loving son, Averill A. English. In memory of James Hamilton Heald from his family. In thanksgiving for the life of Franklin Bennett McCarty from Caroline and our families. In loving memory and thanksgiving for the life of her daughter, Barbara H. Lutton and her parents, Madeline B. and Clarence L. Mellor from Shirley and Lewis Petry. In memory of and in thanksgiving for the MacPherson and Pendry families from Peggy Pendry. In memory of William Warren Howell from his wife, Edith. In thanksgiving for our families and our friends from Mary Judd and Jim Wallgren. In loving memory of Roger Lumpp, and Adelaide and John Griffith from Susan and Roger Lumpp. In thanksgiving for our family from Bruce and Carolyn Oâ€™Brien. In loving memory of Alexander and Richard Taft from Anne and Erick Taft. In loving memory of our grandparents, Doty and Don Grissom and Elizabeth and Lawson Whitesides, from Trip, Ellen and Margaret Whitesides. In loving memory of Charles Wallace Packer from his wife, Virginia and their children, Bliss, Juliet, and Chuck. In thanksgiving for our granddaughters, Nora Jane Williams and Grace Caroline Brown, from Ed and Molly Ethridge. In thanksgiving for our children, Elizabeth, Nicholas and Joshua, and their families from Phil and Sylvia Adams. In memory of Tom and Dorothy Davis and Bud and Helen Gray from Nina and Elisha Gray. In memory of our dearest Sam from Jeremy, Gill, Tom, and Edward. In memory of Harriett Street Lambart from her husband and children. In memory of Hamilton Moses, Jr. In loving memory of our daughter Josephine Mason Veach from Katherine and Carson Veach and her brothers Porter and Quigg. In loving memory of my beautiful wife, Joan Mason Porter, from her husband, Quigg Porter. In memory of Earl and Betty Holmes, Barbara Holmes McConaughey, Sterett and Betty Prevost, and Mathilde Schack; and in thanksgiving for the marriages of Elizabeth Prevost and Mike Guenther, and Marnie Prevost and Matt Weir from The Rev. and Mrs. Edward S. Prevost. In thanksgiving from Gary and Mary Walther. In memory of Hamilton Moses from his family.
Gifts for Christmas Music are given to the Glory of God: In thanksgiving for our wonderful choir from Joan Richards. In thanksgiving for our grandchildren, Rowan, Shea and Cassidy McIntyre, from Judy and George Harmon. In thanksgiving from Breece, Darlene and Annsley McKinney. In memory of Margaret Nimeth and Laura Whyte from Nancy and Brian Free. In memory of Ray Kier Kuhns, Florence Kuhns, David L. Kuhns, Robert Kier Kuhns, and Mary Zuege from Tom and Amy Kuhns.
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In loving memory of and in thanksgiving for the life of David E. Gormanous from his children, Jeff and Jenny, and his wife, Sherry. In thanksgiving for our two new choirboys, Mason and Tate, from Georganne and Ken Chalmers. In memory of Dale Ellsworth Anstaett, Elisabeth Bauer Heuser, Raymond Seymour Heuser, John E. Bentley, and Thelma Lindberg Howse from Kurt and Robin Anstaett. In thanksgiving for the music ministry of Christ Church from Richard and Barbara Jones. In thanksgiving from the Knoer family. In thanksgiving for my family and friends from Jay Peterson. In memory of Myrt Hansen from Lou and Barbara Carpenter. In memory of James Hamilton Heald from his family. In thanksgiving for the life of Franklin Bennett McCarty from Caroline and our families. In loving memory of his parents, Margaret and Henry Petry, from Shirley and Lewis Petry. In memory of and in thanksgiving for the MacPherson and Pendry families from Peggy Pendry. In thanksgiving for Jim and Marilyn Thorpe from the Nard family. In loving memory of Ward M. Woodhead from his family: Carol, Lori and Kyle. In memory of William Warren Howell from his wife, Edith. In thanksgiving from the Barlow family. In memory of Frieda and Walter Zegers, and Mary K. and Robert Dooley, from Willie Dooley. In thanksgiving for all of our family from Nancy and John Challenger. In thanksgiving for our families and our friends from Mary Judd and Jim Wallgren. In thanksgiving for Emily, Mike, Drew and Austin, and Roger, Erica and Liam, from Susan and Roger Lumpp. In thanksgiving for Laura Sniader and children, Grace and Max Rempel, from Carolyn Wittack. In loving memory of Alexander and Richard Taft from Anne and Erick Taft. In thanksgiving for Trip, Myra, Ellen and Margaret, from Jane and Lawson Whitesides. In thanksgiving for our family from Dan and Marie White. In memory of Martha and Gregg Driscoll, and Sarah and Herbert Johnson from Anne Driscoll and Tirrell Johnson. In loving memory of The Rt. Rev. Lewis Bliss and Helen Crawford Whittemore from their daughter, Virginia Packer and grandchildren, Bliss, Juliet and Chuck. In thanksgiving from the George family. In thanksgiving for the Maney family from the Lamason family. In memory of our parents, Philip and Faye Schwarz and William and Ida Adams from Phil and Sylvia Adams. In thanksgiving for my family from Laura Sniader Rempel. In deep gratitude for and in loving memory of the life of our son and brother, Alex McGuiggan, from his parents, Jill and Mike, and his sister, Lauren. In thanksgiving for Caroline, Nathaniel & Andrew from their parents, and in thanksgiving for Luka from his grandparents. In grateful thanksgiving for our family: Hillary, John, Tommy, Will and Holly Priest; Andrew Alt; Jonathan, Sarah, Brooxie and newborn Hamilton Judd Alt from Barbie and Tom Alt. In loving memory of Joan Mason Porter from her three girls, Katherine Veach, Jane Burton, and Josephine Porter. In memory of our dearest Sam from Jeremy, Gill, Tom, and Edward. In thanksgiving for nineteen wonderful Christmas celebrations as members of the choir from The Rev. and Mrs. Edward S. Prevost. In thanksgiving from Gary and Mary Walther. In thanksgiving for Caroline H. McCarty from Jack and Eva Townsend.
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All church services are at the Church on the Hill, 784 Sheridan Road, Winnekta, unless otherwise noted
9:30am - HE Chapel
9-10:30 am Winnetka Caribou “Glory Story”
Regular Meetings & Events: Families Anonymous: Weds., 7:30pm Soup Kitchen: 2nd Tues., 5:30pm & 4th Sat., 5pm Meals-at-Home: every Tues,. first & last Fridays Boy Scout Troop 18: Tues. pm
9:15-11:30am Rummage Sorting
9:30-11 am St. Elizabeth’s, Glencoe “Glory Story”
6 pm - Annual Lobster Boil Guild Room & Great Hall
7:30-9 pm “Glory Story” area homes
6 8am - HE 9:30am - HE, Church School, Glory Story Forum 11:30 - HE
7 9-10am - Friends In Faith - COH 10-11am - Book Discussion - COH 12:30 - 3pm Rummage Sorting
8 9-10:30 am Winnetka Caribou “Glory Story”
9 9:30am - HE Chapel
10 9:15-11:30am Rummage Sorting
8am - HE 9:30am - HE, Church School, Glory Story Forum 11:30 - HE
Teddy Bear Sunday
20 8am - HE 9:30am - HE, Church School, Glory Story Forum 11:30 - HE
9-10:30 am Winnetka Caribou “Glory Story”
12:30 - 3pm Rummage Sorting
7:30-9 pm “Glory Story” area homes
9-10am - Friends In Faith - COH 10-11am - Book Discussion - COH 12:30 - 3pm Rummage Sorting
12 Vestry Retreat
9-10am - Friends In Faith - COH 10-11am - Book Discussion - COH
11 9:30-11 am St. Elizabeth’s, Glencoe “Glory Story”
5:30pm Soup Kitchen 7:30-9 pm “Glory Story” area homes
16 9:30am - HE Chapel
9:15-11:30am Rummage Sorting 9:30-11 am Kerygma Bible Study
22 9-10:30 am Winnetka Caribou “Glory Story”
23 9:30am - HE Chapel
9:15-11:30am Rummage Sorting
19 9am - 12noon Rummage Sorting
9:30-11 am St. Elizabeth’s, Glencoe “Glory Story”
9:30-11 am Kerygma Bible Study
7:30-9 pm “Glory Story” area homes
9:30-11 am St. Elizabeth’s, Glencoe “Glory Story”
5pm - Soup Kitchen
7:30 Vestry Mtg
27 8am - HE 9:30am - HE, Church School, Glory Story Forum 11:30 - HE
28 9-10am - Friends In Faith - COH 10-11am - Book Discussion - COH 12:30 - 3pm Rummage Sorting
Rummage Furniture Pickup
Rector’s Annual Address to the Parish January 23, 2011 Eighteen years ago, I stood before some of you in the Great Hall of the Parish House and concluded my Annual Report with these words: My ministry among and with you begins in gratitude, for all of us have received blessing upon blessing from God and look forward to the discernment of God’s will for us in the years to come. I am privileged to serve you and offer you my love, in Christ. This morning I’m tempted to say, “My ministry among and with you ends in gratitude,” and then just leave it at that. However succinct and brief a simple “Thank you” is, it just will not do for this meeting. I am sure of one thing, however, which is that this will be my last Annual Meeting as your Rector and that my words are entirely inadequate to express once again my gratitude. With the announcement last October of my retirement, we began a time of transition because it would not be a time of “business as usual,” either for you or for me. The wardens will have a brief word about that following my address, and then the Search and Transition committees will be commissioned by Clarence Langdon. It is an unsettling time for everyone for various reasons, because change always produces a certain amount of anxiety and decidedly mixed emotions. I’ve been told that is normal, but it still has the capacity for being disorienting after a strong and productive relationship I, for one, have come to depend on. Eighteen years ago, I also said that, “My greatest hope is that every member and friend of this parish will believe he or she is exercising a ministry within or without Christ Church.” And so I would ask this morning what do these things have in common: 378 boxes, 116 bags, and 50 stockings for the Christmas Angels program, $255,000 in Rummage proceeds, 150 choir members, 32 Confirmations, 10 pray-ers, 10 book discussers, 43 $100 checks, 1,000 Christmas attendees, a school in the Sudan, 80 children enrolled in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and the True Vine Atria. These scattershot statistics and references simply illustrate the depth of commitment each and every one of you has exercised in your ministries. I could go on and on, line by line, in this group of written reports by the staff, by the Vestry, by volunteer leaders for particular programs, and by all who participate in them. You have much of which to be proud, and I never tire of tooting your horn for the amount of energy and creativity that you bring to your witness of how we can love God and love our neighbor as ourselves. Certainly one of my joys as Rector has been working with the great staff we have. Susan Czolgosz who is our consultant for the search and transition processes in which we are engaged, administered a survey to our staff and shared the results of that survey last week. She reported that of the 400 churches who have taken the same staff survey, Christ Church ranked the absolute highest in staff satisfaction. Jeanne Stewart, Jim Harrison, Heath Missner, Molly Ethridge, Richard Clemmitt, Elizabeth Clemmitt, Jay Peterson, Cathy O’Brien, Charlotte McGee, Missy Harrison, Rena Kowalski, Jim Caldwell, Mario Ruiz, and Dominic DiPaolo know what their jobs are, support one another in a collaborative effort, feel valued and valuable, and believe that God has given them gifts for ministry to exercise with great skill and great care and great compassion. I love coming to work every day in part because working with these people is so satisfying and an enormous amount of fun where things just “click.” Please join my enthusiasm for this great group.
The Wardens and Vestry continue to provide both administrative and programmatic leadership in very specific ways. Each has an area of responsibility, usually working with other members of the parish and the staff to make amazing things happen. This past year, David Russell, Robin Anstaett, Kurt Anstaett, Marcy Champagne, Melanie Cody, Pat Corrigan, Kim Dougherty, Julie Flood, K.D. Foster, Dan George, Jack Keller, Lisa Kerpan, Gris Ware, and Lawson Whitesides, and Kathy Shanley, Treasurer, Doug Hambleton, Chancellor, and Mary Downie, Clerk have provided faithful and consistent service in the governance of this parish and in its hands-on Christian discipleship. Disciples follow Jesus. Disciples are the hands and heart of Jesus. This is what we at Christ Church have come to expect from the Wardens and Vestry, and I, for one, have never been disappointed. Please offer them your gratitude. Two Sundays ago, I identified any number of “Kingdom Sharers” in our midst. Two years ago at this meeting, I asked everyone who had written an annual report to stand, and I’d like to have you do that again. I’d also like every member of the Vestry to stand. Now I’d like all of our Church School teachers who aren’t downstairs to stand. Now I’d like all the members of the choir and of the Altar Guild to stand. Ushers… Flower Guild…Acolytes…Church School Teachers…Rummage Steering Committee…Rummage workers…Soup Kitchen…Book group members…Prayer group members…Bible study groups…Now I’d like any of you who drive people to church on Sunday be it a spouse or children or a neighbor or just yourself to please stand. Now I would like those who were driven to church today to please stand. And I would like all of you to turn to the person next to you and say, “Thank you.” And then I’d like you to congratulate one another! Ministry is a mutual effort, and I could not be more grateful for Bev in her caring and help and ministry in her own right, and for Elizabeth and Marnie and their guys, and now for the wellbeing of a grandchild expected by Elizabeth and Mike next July. Bev has always been my #1 “Kingdom Sharer” by her unfailing love, her incredibile support, and by being the best friend I could ever have. Join me in an expression of our love for her. Last year at this time, I wondered out loud why it was that a 23,000 member church that had just completed a $79 million dollar capital campaign thought of themselves as in a decline. It is the famous Willow Creek church, the very successful prototype of “mega church,” which then commissioned a study to determine how successful Willow Creek was in transforming people’s lives. The study tried to find that most elusive quality or condition: the health of the human heart. Burnout, return to more traditional settings, or any number of distractions from spiritually upward mobility were among the culprits that Willow Creek identified. Taking a lead from Willow Creek, I wondered last year what opportunities we might have to be faithful and creative in our mission to transform lives. Glory Story, Talent Challenge, and Encounter Islam were those programs some of us thought would lead to a stronger sense not only of mission, but also of spiritual engagement among our friends and members. Bill Hybels, the founder of Willow Creek, had long held that “The local church is the hope of the world.” We are the local church in Winnetka, or at least the local Episcopal church, and our renewal as a spiritually-engaged community has taken these various forms of outreach, of inreach, and around-reach by which we can identify God’s Holy Spirit in what we do and who we are. Making that connection is life-giving, and when we’re not able to connect with the source of our spiritual identity, it’s a quick trip to discouragement and fatigue. The willingness of this parish to take a risk is a characteristic those from the outside looking in could never imagine for a 135-year-old church on the North Shore of Chicago. I’ve always been amused by what I was told is Winnetka’s unofficial motto, “Progress without change.” Read Bob Bradner’s centennial history of Christ Church and you get an entirely different picture of risks that involved enormous amounts of change in response to the leadership of the clergy and vestries who were convinced that God’s Holy Spirit means business, our business, for the salvation of souls and the upbuilding of God’s Kingdom right here.
Glory Story has certainly proven to be one way we can think outside the usual Episcopal box in order to give everyone a chance to find their place in God’s Word. One observation of our Sunday forum and mid-week meetings has been that the New Testament will get short shrift. Of course, that’s because the New Testament is much shorter than the Old Testament. And so the staff has decided that next year we will extend Glory Story to focus exclusively on the New Testament. This means that the week-by-week focus for all of the next program year will be on the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and the growth of the Early Church. Each person here from the youngest to the oldest will find themselves connected to Jesus in a more intentional way and will also discover how it is the Holy Spirit empowers you to do exactly that. Watch out for that “sneaky” Holy Spirit! You might find your life changed. Now the other challenge confronting us, or confronting you, is the transition from one Rector to the next. As busy as many of you will be in that process, I hope you will find an anchor in God’s Word and in that Word made flesh. Eighteen years ago I said to you, I would have you come to know, if you do not already know it, how much I love the Church’s worship. And so one of my hopes and dreams is that [the Church] will be filled to overflowing Sunday by Sunday, and the parish well known for excellent preaching, for excellent programs and music, for excellent Christian education and programs for youth, as the parish well known for its care of all its members young and old alike, as a parish well known for its generosity…. Nothing is more important than what we do Sunday morning for so it is that we are fed and equipped for the rest of the week. That anchor of Word and Sacrament keeps us grounded and focused and nourished and renewed without which we would truly be bereft of God’s life-giving spirit. I simply don’t know what it means when people say, “I’m not very religious, but I’m very spiritual.” If religion cannot hold up God’s Spirit as forming and informing us as spiritual persons, then it’s a term not worthy of the name. Those are some of the challenges before us in this time of transition, both for you and for me. Bev and I are excited and fearful and sad and happy all at the same time, every day. When we arrived eighteen years ago, we were immediately struck by the generous sense of welcome and enthusiasm that embraced us and our girls. It hardly seems possible, but that vocation to be a community of generous embrace has blossomed without any abatement. You have expanded that generous embrace in so many ways that I can barely imagine not being here forever to enjoy all that you are and all that you will be. But imagine it we must in the confidence that God will bless my family and me in new ways just as God will continue to bless you in new ways as well. Some six weeks or so after I arrived as your Rector in 1992, Bishop Wiedrich presided at “The Celebration of a New Ministry.” A very dear friend of Bev’s and mine, Dick Downes, preached, and what he said can be projected to “The Celebration of a New Ministry” you will be offering at some point next year. He said this: “Speak the truth in love, but take it easy on each other, on the Rector, too. Make strangers who come seeking Jesus feel welcome, so that they might really feel that Jesus is here… Have a good time being the ministers of this parish with Ned Prevost. Have fun. It’s OK to enjoy being a Christian. We are celebrating a new ministry of the spirit of the Living Christ. Some for you, some for you, some for you as well. There is enough ministry and enough spirit to take care of the whole parish and beyond. What an exciting opportunity!” Exciting, indeed! From the bottom of my heart let me thank you for the real privilege of having served and for the remaining few months of continuing to serve as your Rector. You have no idea what all this has meant to me as a vocation, as a means of healing, as deep and lasting fulfillment. All of that and so much more because that’s what you have been for each other as well.
From time to time over these years of Annual Meetings, I’ve found occasion to be more personal than a “State of the Union” or “State of the Parish” might suggest. However, if ever there were a time for something personal it would be today. And what I want to say is that you have been partners with Jesus in my salvation. Being saved isn’t so much saying the right things as it is knowing in your heart of hearts that you’re loved. Being saved means being able to love yourself. But none of us can love ourselves unless we have some experience of being loved. Three years ago, I took a risk of being especially candid at this meeting about a personal challenge in my life. I want you to know how much of a family you had become for me and Bev, a family and a home where I could be accepted and encouraged in my own journey toward wholeness. I truly believe that Jesus saved me when he died on a cross, but I also truly believe that I was given the best chance I would ever have of knowing that in our life together here. I am humbled by that knowledge and by the gift you have given me in your support, and I will never, never forget it. May God bless and keep you always. My love, in Christ,
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