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Connections Seasonal

The quarterly magazine of St. Paul & the Redeemer | September - November 2013


20132014 Program Year

Starts September 8: Liturgies at 8:00 | 9:15 | 11:15

The Parish Dinner and Concert with the Magnolia Singers this past spring. Image: Dan Puchalla



Letter from the Rector Peter Lane …………………………………….

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Formation for Children, Middle School, and High School …....…….

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Living the Great Traditions Christian Clough ……………..……...………...

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Say Hello to the Leaders of Children and Youth Formation …………. …..

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Cooking with Friends Julia Rademacher ……………..……...………... Page 13

Can I Say That?


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We seek to become a community that mirrors the radical hospitality practiced by Jesus. We do that in five ways:

Children/Youth Choirs and Adult Choirs ……...…………………..

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We Praise God

Adult Formation this Fall

Fall Small Groups


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Women’s Retreat Confirmation Class Youth Group Block Party at the Diocesan Center … ……...

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We Invite All We Connect Lives We Nurture Faith We Serve Neighbor

Ways to Serve Your Neighbor … ………..….. Page 14 Infographic: Holy Days & Special Sundays .. . Page 15

Letter from the Dear People of St. Paul & the Redeemer: Connecting lives in meaningful ways at St. Paul & the Redeemer matters. Here is why. Fifteen years ago I read a fascinating book by Mary Catherine Bateson, Margaret Mead’s daughter, with a memorable title, Composing a Life. Its premise was that we can indeed compose a life, that we have great individual autonomy, that we can make ourselves. She wrote as if we each start with blank sheet music and scribble down the half notes and incidentals of our life. It was a particularly provocative suggestion to a recent college graduate. “Who shall I be?” I wondered. But it seems to me that this misses an essential reality, that we are actually social animals deeply formed by our communities, both ones we choose and the prevailing culture. Twenty-first century American market capitalism plays on in our minds like a player piano near the watch counter of a JC Penney. Even if we think we are doing it alone, we are not. The groups with which we affiliate really matter. They are the co-composers of our lives. I go a step further, convinced that we are most fully alive when the lives we compose are in harmony with the deep tones laid down by God. What Bateson got right is that we do have much space in our lives for improvisational cadenzas. What she missed is that much of the concerto is necessarily shared by the orchestras and that those improvisations really soar when they resonate with God’s creation. We cannot do it alone. In a recent presentation at the Kennedy Center Yo Yo Ma beautifully described the incompleteness of the individual using Bach’s incomparable Unaccompanied Cello Suites. Ma first has a pianist play the Sarabande from the Sixth Suite, expanded so that the notes of the melody and the harmony all ring together, as a piano, but not a cello, can do. Then he takes to playing alone on his cello one note at a time, with this invitation to the audience, “I am going to ask you to help me, first by listening, then willing yourself to sustain in your ears the notes I cannot sustain, and in so doing, fulfilling Bach’s idea that completion in this Sarabande can only be achieved through our combined efforts. When we do so we have the chance, for a brief moment, to be in touch with the sublime.” We cannot do it alone. St. Paul & the Redeemer seeks to form the community that will help us resonate deeply. I invite you to join in, to participate, that these words of the Psalmist might be made our prayer: It is good to give thanks to the Lord,   to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning,    and your faithfulness by night, to the music of the lute and the harp,    to the melody of the lyre. For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work;    at the works of your hands I sing for joy. Psalm 92:1-4


The Rev’d Peter C Lane Rector

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Image: Mary Kohrman Hayes

At St. Paul & the Redeemer,

We Nurture Faith with Children, Youth, and Adults

Sunday morning classes for all ages start September 8 ... Page 4

Children are spiritual. They have incredible capacity to wonder Children’s Formation:

Godly Play

about and make meaning out of the biblical stories they hear. In Godly Play, we teach children the art of using religious forms of expression, including parable, sacred story, silence and liturgical action. These are tools for them to articulate and wonder about the relationship they already have with God. If you want to know more, connect with Heidi Olliff: | (312) 576-8465

We wonder about Biblical stories in ways designed to get

Middle School Formation

the youth talking about their meaning and relevance. The classes are aligned with the liturgical calendar, so that our discussions during the various seasons of the year elaborate on the themes we encounter during church services. If you want to know more, connect with George Bartle: | (773) 624-3185 x221

We wonder about the big ideas of

High School Formation

Youth Confirmation (May 4 - Jun 1)

Christianity — ideas like why Jesus was so important, what the Trinity is, and what it means to be a Christian. This class is about supporting the youth to take ownership of these ideas not so much as a list of propositions but rather as tools for making meaning of their own lives. If you want to know more, connect with Dan Puchalla: | (773) 624-3185 x224

This is a special 5-week class for those high schoolers who wish to be Confirmed, a rite in which Christians make an affirmation of the faith in which they were baptized. Youth will be paired with adult sponsors from SPR, who will take the class, too. We strongly encourage you to take High School Formation before taking this class. If you want to know more, connect with Dan Puchalla: | (773) 624-3185 x224 If you’re interested in the Adult Confirmation Class, see page 12.

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Say Hello

to the Leaders of Children and Youth Formation Pre-K and Kindergarten

Julia Allen

Grades 1 and 2

Sara Bigger

Maggie Martin-Winn

Maggie Nancarrow

Sharla Stewart

Choir Directors

Grades 3, 4, 5

Andrea DeDent

*Indicates member of SPR Staff.

Heidi Olliff

*Director of Children’s Formation

Bill Olmsted

Christian Clough The Choristers *Director of Music

Gretchen Eng

St. Nicholas Choir *Children’s Music Asst.

(More about Children’s Choirs on page 9)

Middle School & High School

George Bartle

Dan Puchalla

Lead Teacher for Lead Teacher for High School Middle School Formation & Head Formation & Youth Group of Youth Group Leader *Youth Asst. *Asst. Rector

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George Arceneaux

Assistant Teacher and Youth Group Leader *Seminary Intern

Addie Domske

Youth Group Leader

Jane McCamant Assistant Teacher and Youth Group Leader

Jenny Phillip

Youth Group Leader

Andrew Rostan Assistant Teacher and Youth Group Leader

(More about Youth Group on page 12)

Can I




Re-appropriating Christian Themes

At Adult Formation this Fall

Sundays at 10:20 in the St. Cecilia Room downstairs Page 7

Image: David Stewart

Living the Great


By Christian Clough Director of Music When I was in England studying organ performance, my teacher suggested that I learn a particular piece by Herbert Howells. She told me that as an English organist, it was her responsibility to play and teach the music of her homeland, for if she (and her colleagues) didn’t, who would? Unlike universally familiar composers like Mozart, many English composers aren’t household names. Indeed, Howells is best known for the sacred choral music he wrote for English churches, and is little known outside the Anglican Communion, despite his many beautiful works not intended for church. This situation is not unique in England, but I cite it because the Episcopal Church’s repertoire is particularly indebted to England. On account of the uniqueness of Anglican liturgies (e.g., Matins and Evensong) prior to the mid-twentieth century ecumenical movement, the Episcopal Church has long preserved a rich, yet somewhat peculiar, musical tradition.

At St. Paul & the Redeemer,

We Praise God

On September 8, we return to our 3-liturgy Sunday schedule: 8:00 | 9:15 | 11:15

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At SPR, we employ a variety of musical styles to emulate our worshipers’ diverse backgrounds and tastes, and though parts of the Episcopal Church are moving in this direction, some of my church music colleagues view themselves more as preserver s of tradition than I do. Nevertheless, I am passionate about keeping the best of our inheritance in the ears and hearts of our people. For example, in modern Eucharistic worship, it is uncommon for the psalm to be sung by the choir alone. And yet, Anglicans nurture a

beautiful tradition of psalm singing, native to our denomination, known as Anglican chant. I believe that it is our musical gift to the universal Church, whether they embrace it or not. Anglican chant done well requires exceptional attentiveness and unity, and rewards with beauty and drama. It also requires a compromise on the part of worshipers: namely, that they let go of one chance to sing in favor of attentive listening. For a church to embrace Anglican chant is to enrich the liturgy for all by creating a uniquely beautiful experience. The Episcopal Church, as a daughter of the Church of England, also keeps alive repertoire originally written for the great choirs of England. The distinctive voice of the English choral tradition deserves to be kept alive, even in some cases where it falls short of the brilliance of Bach or Mozart, and if we don’t, who will? Beyond Anglican choral music, often the Episcopal Church’s commitment to great music makes us the local conservators of adopted traditions like Renaissance polyphony or Classical masses, where other denominations have moved away from their heritage. SPR’s music ministry functions as both caretaker of treasures and teacher of the new, the unfamiliar, and the forgotten. Our worshipers appreciate variety in music, including both a 20th-century minimalist like Arvo Pärt and a Renaissance composer such as Tomás Luis de Victoria.

Children/Youth Choirs Image: Vincent Johnson

St. Nicholas Choir

The Choristers

We provide a solid foundation for the youngest singers to learn both the skills and a love for singing beautiful music. The St. Nicholas Choir sings at the 9:15 liturgy about once every three Sundays.

This choir for older children provides musical training through the Royal School of Church Music’s Voice for Life Program. Choristers help lead our music at the 9:15 liturgy with the Adult Choir every Sunday.

Rehearsals Thursdays | 4:30-5:00p

Rehearsals Mondays | 4:30-5:30p Wednesdays | 5:00-6:00p

Contact Gretchen Eng: | (773) 450-0304

Contact Christian Clough: | (773) 624-3185 x223

Kindergarten - Grade 2

Grades 3 and Up

Adult Choirs Image: Vincent Johnson

We are not so much working to preserve an ancient tradition as to create a varied and beautiful collage. Imagine eating only dishes from recipes more than 120 years old; or, eating only dishes created within the last decade. Neither would satisfy most of us. Inspiration can be found in both the ancient and the new, in the foreign and the familiar. We are committed to drawing from a broad spectrum, never losing touch with our heritage even as we explore new languages of praise.

The 9:15 Choir

Rehearsals Thursdays | 7:15-8:45p

The 11:15 Choir

Rehearsals 2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 7:00-9:30p

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Image: Ellen Wiggins

At St. Paul & the Redeemer,

We Connect Lives

Small Groups, Women’s Retreat, Youth Group, Confirmation Class, Block Party … to name a few. Page 10


Small Groups

Keeping the Feast: Metaphors for the Meal

Small Groups are gatherings of 8-10 people over the course of 4-6 weeks. Small Groups combine a little learning with a little of our own stories to create deep experiences of making meaning of our own lives with the mutual help of others. Sign up online at or at church in the Narthex.

Every Sunday, we gather for our weekly Eucharist, and together we consume a symbolic meal at God’s table. How might the rituals of our daily meals help us make sense of the ritual of this Sunday feast? With the poems, recipes, and stories of the book Keeping the Feast as our starting points, this group will explore how, in its author’s words, our various meals and what we eat and drink at them might function “as metaphors for Communion,” rooting us in God and sustaining us on our journeys of faith.

Following Jesus by Following a Rule of Life

Led by Jonathan Soyars Wednesdays 7:30-9:00p | Sep 25 - Oct 23

Led by Amity Carrubba Sundays 10:30-11:45a | Sep 22 - Oct 13 Jesus says to all who want to be his friend ‘follow me.’ But what does this mean today? Developing a Rule of Life can help to reflect on what is important to you, what is important to God, and to live with more intention and purpose. Even though Rules were originally developed for monastic communities in the 3rd and 4th centuries, they can also be useful for individuals. This group will learn more about this tradition in order to create a simple Rule for one’s own use. We will support each other in following our Rule over subsequent weeks.

Common Crises & Common Prayer

Led by Dan Puchalla Tuesdays 7:30-9:00p | Sep 24 - Oct 22 The “common” in The Book of Common Prayer originally referred to those prayers held in common, prayers to be used by everyone in their everyday lives, not just in church on Sundays. This group will learn how to use the rich poetry, ancient wisdom, and profound spirituality of the BCP as a means of living our lives fully and with hope even through the small, everyday crises.

Called to Love

(If you didn’t join a Called to Love group in Lent)

Led by Wendy Olmsted Sundays 12:30-2:00p | Sep 22 - Oct 20

How can you live an authentic, centered life in response to God’s love and marked by love for the world? How can you spend time doing what you are called to be doing? This Small Group seeks to answer these questions in community with others.

Let’s Talk About Sex: Faith and Sexuality

Led by Emmi Gordon Thursdays 7:30-9:00p | Sep 26 - Oct 24 A frank discussion of how our faith and our sexuality support one another as incarnate creatures of God.

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Don’t miss the best block party ever — at St. James Commons, our diocesan center at 65 E Huron downtown. There’ll be live mu s i c , fo o d t r u c k s ( c u p c a k e s t o empanadas), activities for kids, tours of the cathedral and newly renovated center. Sunday, Sep 15, 3:00-6:00p. For more info, go to

The Women’s Retreat The annual SPR Women’s Retreat returns Oct 18-20 at picturesque George Williams College in Williams Bay, WI. Registration is $125 per person (which covers room and breakfast each day). Space is limited, so don’t delay in registering! How to Register: Pick up an envelope on the Sign-up Table in the Narthex. Fill it out, put your money in, and place it in the offering basket. Deadline Sep 22. Scholarship Fund: If you are unable to attend but would like to support the Women’s Retreat, donations for scholarships are greatly appreciated. Use the same registration envelope to make a donation.

Youth Group! Fun. Food. Fellowship. That’s what Youth Group is all about. We have great activities planned to create space for all the youth to form meaningful relationships with peers.

Sep 15 Youth Group Sunday: Kick-Off Party! Sep 29 Youth Group Sunday: Decorating the Youth Room and outdoor games (if weather is good).

Oct 12 Saturday Event! Hiking trip to Starved Rock. Oct 27 Youth Group Sunday: Halloween party and discussion of All Saints’ Day. Page 12

Nov 2- All Saints Breakfast Nov 3 Prep on Saturday and serving on Sunday morning.

Nov 7 Youth Group Sunday: Trivia night with SPR’s very own quizmaster, Andrew Rostan.

Dec 1 Youth Group Sunday Ice-skating at Midway rink. Dec 15 Youth Group Sunday: Christmas party!

Adult Class for

Confirmation, Reaffirmation, or Reception into

the Episcopal Church

… whew.

Confirmation is both a joining of the church and a time to publicly own one’s faith. The class is for those who know what they believe but especially for those who are on a long journey trying to figure it out. Join Peter Lane for five tuesday nights beginning November 12 and culminating in a liturgy of confirmation and reaffirmation with Bishop Epting at SPR on Dec 15. We will share our stories and then dive into the Christian story and how we fit into it.  You should sign up if you are new to the SPR community, or you want to get confirmed, or you want to publicly reaffirm your faith, or officially join the Episcopal Church. Not sure?  Ask Peter: | (773) 624-3185 x222

Cooking with Friends By Julia Rademacher

(11-year old pictured fourth from the right)

Two years ago, my mom asked if I wanted to help cook for the Open Kitchen program. I agreed, lacking enthusiasm, and waited to see what it would be like. On my first day, I learned a lot and also liked it a lot, so now we go to Open Kitchen whenever we can. I don’t go to Open Kitchen just because I feel sorry for people or my mom makes me. I enjoy it because of the people I cook with. I was nervous when I first came, and didn’t know everyone since I don’t always attend service. As soon as I came I felt welcome, and everyone was very patient with me. I learned the procedure and made friends. It’s great to have people around who know what to do, and you don’t have to worry about messing up. After a while, you know what to do, so if the veterans aren’t there, you’re not completely lost. Everyone talks with each other, Open Kitchen isn’t solemn, it’s lively. We discuss politics, culture, music, the city, our lives — everything a group of people from this neighborhood would talk about. We have fun, and everyone is dedicated to helping the community. That is really special.

Image: Fran Spaltro

At St. Paul & the Redeemer,

We Serve Neighbor On September 8, we return to 3 Sunday liturgies: 8:00 | 9:15 | 11:15

Cooking at Open Kitchen also makes me feel a sense of purpose. When I am smelling the aroma of the beef, I think of those who will be eating it and hope that they enjoy it. I think of how fortunate I am to have food every day. I wish to give back to the community as I have been given so much. We all just cook and cook, starting with chopping carrots and celery, boiling water and opening lentils. Soon, put the beef in the oven and start opening cans. There’s a rhythm to what we do, and as soon as everything is cooked, mixing starts. Just add ice, and we’re done. Clean up is still fun and as people leave, it gets more quiet. Then I take in all of the work that all of us have done. Page 13

Ways to

Serve Your Neighbor Image: Jim Wright

Open Kitchen


Every month (the Sunday before the third Monday) we cook a nutritious meal for our neighbors who are hungry. All are welcome to help cooking downstairs to the Kitchen. Learn more at

Working in the garden is a great way to connect to others at SPR as we grow delicious, organic food for our neighbors who are hungry. Learn more at

Next Cooking:

Gardening Days:

Sunday, Sep 15: 1:00p

Wednesdays 5:00-6:00p Saturdays 9:00-11:00a

Food Pantry Our neighbors who are hungry can come to SPR to receive nonperishable food and other supplies. Learn more at

Pitch In by bringing non-perishable food and toiletries to church on Sundays. Tuna, peanut butter, and meat soups are most helpful.

Food for Shoesmith Image: Jim Wright

Partnership in Haiti We enjoy partnerships with two communities in Haiti: St. Patrick’s in Tom Gateau and Ste. Trinité Music School in Port-au-Prince. Learn more at

If You’re Interested in Getting Involved contact Peter Lane | (773) 624-3185 x222

On the first Sunday of the month, we collect food for four families at Shoesmith School who rely on schoolprovided meals during the week and therefore require help over the weekends.

Pitch In by bringing non-perishable, nutritious food to church on the first Sunday of the month.

Friends of Shoesmith Get involved at our partner in ministry across the park, Shoesmith Elementary. Learn more at

Meeting Schedule TBA To be kept updated, email Peter Lane: Page 14

2013-2014 Program Year Holy Days and Special Sundays

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