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Fifth Grade Hygiene Drive Thank you to everyone who helped St. James fifth graders collect items in January and February for their hygiene drive benefitting Lakeview Pantry. They collected over 120 tubes of toothpaste, over 100 toothbrushes, over 80 bars of soap and approximately 60 rolls of toilet paper in addition to shampoo, diapers, first aid supplies, deodorant etc.


2 A Letter from Pastor 3 March Worship 4 February Highlights 6 Teaching Forgiveness 8 Trending at St. James 10 School House to “Green” House Part 2 STAY CONNECTED

ST. JAMES LUTHERAN CHURCH AND SCHOOL 2101 N. Fremont Street I Chicago, IL 60614 773.525.4990 I



ST. JAMES LUTHERAN CHURCH AND SCHOOL Senior Pastor Rev. Robert B. Donovan Jr. Principal Warren Gast Early Childhood Director Lynda Adams Communications / Admissions Kate Donovan Business Manager Martha Bulin Office Manager Catherine Sitz Children’s Ministry Jennifer Donovan Facility Manager Sam Herlo Music Director Meghan Sleezer Reception Katey Kerman Early Childhood Liz Koehneke Meredith Boese Jennifer Kolovos Kristina Buschle Elementary Jessica Lore, First Grade Kristina Kaldis, Second Grade Stephanie Bending, Third Grade Brianna O’Connor, Fourth Grade Middle School Becky Gorcyca Kim May Nikki Hantel Specials Andy Macaione, Music Abby Parsons, Physical Education Mary Barber, Art Fellowship Council Erica Chandrasekhar Jonathan Drews Clark Everett Carl Hibben Jason Hockman Jennifer Larson Michelle Penny Jason Sleezer Phil Spahn Pastor Donovan


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Dear People of God, Jesus tells a parable that teaches us what the Kingdom of Heaven looks like. A man was owed a sum of money that was overdue. The debtor, unable to pay, was sentenced to be sold into slavery with his wife and children. In desperation the debtor asked for mercy. The master, showing compassion, let the man return to work to earn the money to pay back the debt. The happy debtor soon learned of a fellow servant who owed him a smaller sum of money. In anger he grabbed the man and began choking him demanding immediate payback. The fellow servant pleaded with the happy debtor to give him a chance to earn the money. But the happy debtor was rigid in his instance that the debt be paid right now. Not able to comply, the fellow servant was sent to prison until the debt was satisfied. The other servants were distressed at the events and went to the master reporting what had happened. The master summoned the happy debtor and confronted his lack of compassion for his fellow servant. The master was angry that the man to whom he had shown mercy refused to show mercy to another. Then, the happy debtor was sent to prison until he could pay the debt. You can find this parable in Matthew 18. What is the lesson for us? Mercy is the act of not giving someone what is deserved. The debtor deserved prison but was forgiven to pay back the debt. By nature of our sin we deserve death and separation from God. But God, being merciful, forgives our debt by the death of His son, Jesus. He restores us to live for eternity and to extend mercy through forgiveness to others, not for our sake, but for the sake of Jesus Christ. How do you show mercy through forgiveness to others? How do you curtail your nature to judge and punish? How do you extend the mercy of God to all others around you so that they get what they do not deserve? In honesty this is hard to do, because we are not wired to be so compassionate and generous. But, in baptism, we are made new to show mercy to others. In baptism we are forgiven of our sins and released from bondage to the nature of judgment and “fairness.” Replacing our human nature is the Holy Spirit who delivers forgiveness of sin and life eternal to us. If you know someone stuck in the anger and distress of judgment, someone who is bitter and feels no need to be compassionate, someone who seeks “fairness” in a broken world that is not just, then show them mercy, share Christ’s love with them and bring them to the place where their baptism began or will begin – to church where the mercy of God is delivered weekly in word and sacrament and the love of Christ judges us all forgiven for Christ’s sake. In Christ,



Transfiguration Esther


Ash Wednesday


This is the last Sunday of the Season of Epiphany. The Transfiguration of Jesus remembers His foretelling the glory of heaven as Jesus appears in His glorified divinity with Moses and Elijah. For this moment, humankind and God meet on the mountain and hear the voice of the Father confirm Jesus as the Messiah His son. For us, as for Peter, James and John who witnessed this event, the transfiguration points us to the work the Messiah does to bridge the distance between God and humankind.

This day formally begins the season of Lent and follows Jesus’ journey from Galilee to Jerusalem, which He enters on Palm Sunday. Just as Jesus suffered 40 days of fasting and prayer at the inauguration of His earthly ministry, so Lent provides 40 days for fasting and prayer for His followers. This day we gather and remember our own mortality in the imputation of ashes and receive the gift of Holy communion to prepare us to face the journey of repentance.


First Sunday in Lent


As the Sundays in Lent, often called little Easters, continue to celebrate the gift of salvation we will continue to study the story of God’s work to rescue humankind. This week we learn that the returned exiles are given the responsibility to lay the foundation for God’s promise to save. It is a time for our reflection, how is God building you for service to His story?



Second Sunday in Lent

Jesus’ Birth

This week begins hundreds of years after Nehemiah led the construction of new walls. God’s work comes close as the birth of Jesus begins an unprecedented time of hope; God is with us. But do we understand who He is and why He is here?

Third Sunday in Lent Jesus’ Ministry How would you announce the entrance of the King of the universe? With billboards on the Kennedy? How about a social media campaign tweeting #Jesus is coming to your town? God chose to send an unkempt reclusive religious zealot to herald the need for repentance.


Fourth Sunday in Lent

No Ordinary Man

But wait, who is this guy? He talks in riddles and exorcises demons. He says the rules we live by are focused on ourselves and not God. And then He accomplishes the impossible as He seems to manipulate nature and heal disease. Only God can do these things, so who is He? Services are on Sundays at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. Podcasts of Pastor Donovan’s sermons can be found on our website.









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TEACHING FORGIVENESS by Lynda Adams, Early Childhood Director Forgiveness can be a difficult concept for young children. They are often grounded in the idea of “fairness,” if someone does something wrong, they should be punished. But we are encouraged in scripture to “be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ forgave us” (Ephesians 4:32), and it is this idea that we seek to instill in even our youngest students. By forgiving someone, you are not saying that what the other person did is okay; but rather, that you will not hold it against him/her. It may seem unfair to just let someone off without making them ‘pay’ for what they did. That is why it takes a special kind of love, like the love of God, to forgive. Whenever there is an incident between two children at school, we have them face each other and talk about the problem. Often times, it is a simple misunderstanding that has led to hurtful actions and hurt feelings. If one or more parties have heightened feelings of anger we give them time and help to calm themselves down before having the conversation. During the talk, we encourage the children to tell the other person how they feel or felt, and name what actions caused harm. Children have a natural and innate desire to be part of the group and get along with others. They are often eager to rebuild the broken part of their friendship and return to play with the group. As such, even our youngest children are able to state the problem, address their feelings as well as the feelings of the other person and apologize. The culmination of this conversation is the act of forgiveness and we ensure that the words “I forgive you” are always stated and that there is some physical contact, either a hug or high-five to solidify the reconnection and the forgetting of the previous action. This is certainly not learned immediately. As teachers, we model these conversations with and for our students. We engage them when they have broken a rule and we will even discuss a problem with another adult to further model this act of forgiveness. We make sure that we too always close the conversation with the words “I forgive you” even if it is something small. Throughout their lives, children will need to forgive both small and large things of both people that they are close to, as well as strangers. If we begin this instruction in a safe environment with things that to us as adults may seem trivial, we build a foundation for the children that can carry them throughout their life. You can be a part of this at home as well. You can begin by remembering that when Jesus was dying on the cross, he asked the Father to forgive those who crucified him. This story, found in Luke chapter 23, is the perfect story to read with your child and discuss what it must have felt like for Jesus to do that. Also, remember to engage in conversations with your child when they say or do something inappropriate. Share your thoughts and feelings about what happened and encourage them to do the same. These conversations may not be comfortable at first but, like anything, the more you practice, the better you will become, and always be sure to end the conversation with the words “I forgive you” and some sign of reconnection like a hug. Keep in mind that forgiveness is not a feeling nor a decision or choice that each individual must make. Forgiveness is the work of Christ in us to let Him handle the problem. My prayer for all of you is that we learn to embrace the forgiveness that Christ has so generously bestowed on us and that we remember that Christ forgives us, so we will instruct our children to live in the gift of grace.



TRENDING A WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF LENT? Published with Permission from the Commission of Worship LCMS Early in the Church’s history, the major events in Christ’s life were observed with special observances, such as His birth, baptism, death, resurrection and ascension. As these observances developed, a period of time was set aside prior to the major events of Jesus’ birth and resurrection as a time of preparation. During Lent, the Church’s worship assumes a more penitential character. The color for the season is purple, a color often associated with penitence. The “Hymn of Praise” is omitted from the liturgy. The word “Alleluia” is usually omitted as well. By not using the alleluia – a joyful expression meaning “Praise the Lord” – until Easter, the Lenten season is clearly set apart as a distinct time from the rest of the year. Additionally, it forms a powerful contrast with the festive celebration of Jesus’ resurrection when our alleluias ring loud and clear. Finally, the penitential character of Lent is not its sole purpose. In the ancient Church, the weeks leading up to Easter were a time of intensive preparation of the candidates who were to be baptized at the Easter vigil on Holy Saturday. This time in the Church’s calendar was seen as an especially appropriate time for Baptism because of the relationship between Christ’s death and resurrection and our own in Holy Baptism (see Romans 6:1-11). This focus would suggest that the season of Lent serves not only as a time to meditate on the suffering that Christ endured on our behalf but also as an opportunity to reflect upon our own Baptism and what it means to live as a child of God.


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GREEN AND CLEAN Join us on Saturday, April 5 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. for a special environmental stewardship event. Bring up to ten boxes of paper you’d like to have professionally shredded and recycled. The class that brings in the most paper by weight will win a Pizza Party! We’ll also be collecting and recycling old electronics (cell phones, PCs, wires, iPads, iPods, etc.) This is a free event; there is no cost for the shredding or recycling. Additionally, while you’re here, help us clean the church and get it ready for Easter.

MAVERICK WEEK Maverick week is March 17 - 21! The week will be full of dress-up days and activities. If students do not wish to participate in dressup days, they must be in full uniform. The days are: • • • • •

Monday - St. Patrick’s Day Tuesday - Favorite Book Day Wednesday - Heritage Day Thursday - Maroon and Gold Day and the Learning Fair Friday - Career Day



We are collecting candy for the Easter Morning Egg Hunt. Please bring items to the school office during the week or to the Community Center on Sunday mornings. For more information contact Jennifer Donovan,

Join other St. James men at Erie Cafe for drinks, dinner and basketball on Monday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m. The cost is $75/person. We need an accurate count for dinner; please register online.

INSTANT WINE CELLAR Looking for a way to donate to the Traveler’s Gala? Donate a couple bottles of your favorite wine to the Instant Wine Cellar, a very popular live auction item! Bottles should be a minimum of $25 and can be dropped off discretely in the office or at church on Sundays.

UPCOMING CLASSES Fellowship Orientation March 8 at 9:30 a.m.

Fellowship Orientation is a class for people who were confirmed Lutheran and would like to join St. James. Register Online.

Easter Showers March 15 at 9:30 a.m.

Easter Showers is a two-hour class that explores the theology of Baptism. It is required for parents wishing to get their child baptized at St. James. Children are welcome. Register Online.

Confirmation - Bible Overview March 23 - April 16

Parents and students survey some important Bible stories. Four weeks. This is a prerequisite for all other classes. Register Online.

Confirmation - Lord’s Prayer II March 23 - April 16

An overview of prayer in general and specifically the prayer our Lord taught us to pray. The class is four weeks. LP I is a prerequisite for LP II. May be taken at any time after completion of the Bible Overview class. Register Online.

Confirmation - Lord’s Supper March 23 - April 16

Once the previous courses have been completed then a student may register for Lord’s Supper instruction. Parents are required to attend these classes as well. Successful completion qualifies for an invitation from the Congregation to receive the Supper and the gifts it promises. Register Online.





THE STORY OF 727 W. WILLOW STREET by Diane Gonzalez • Chicago House Histories • In the February issue of Maverick, we re-printed the first part of Diane Gonzalez’s “School House to ‘Green’ House” that pertains to St. James. Please enjoy Part II below. FREDERICK KRINGEL, SCHOOL PRINCIPAL AND RESIDENT Who was this early St. Jacobi principal who taught and resided in the school building? Frederick H. W. Kringel was born to Johan Friedrich Kringel and Wilhelmine Marie Henrietta Raasch on November 1, 1852 in Kreis, county Kilber, Pomerania, Prussia, Germany.19 Kringel was five when he sailed with his family from Hamburg to Quebec on the ship Johanna Elise..20 The family settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Sixteen years later in 1873 Kringel graduated from the Lutheran teacher’s college (today’s Concordia College) in Addison, Illinois. From1873 through 1928 Kringel taught at St. James Lutheran School where he was sometimes principal and always teacher. A typical school day can only be imagined. Years later a Rev. Mr. Dahms recalled a special school day, the annual picnic when students left the Willow Street building for a picnic grove at Clybourn, Sheffield, and Willow Streets; their leader was a marshal on a white horse.21 Right: In 1873 Fred Kringel graduated from Lutheran Teacher’s College, Addison Illinois. His diploma described in German the six subjects in which scholar Kringel was skilled. (Gift of Carolin C. Wills, great-granddaughter of Frederick Kringel)


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In 1888 Kringel’s voter registration depicted him at 77 W. Willow. Kringel was naturalized this same year although he had lived in Cook County and in the Willow Street precinct for fifteen years. Kringel’s 1892 voter registration contains the same info, but his address is 73 W. Willow. Why Kringel moved back and forth from the school house to the frame house on the west of the lot is unknown; perhaps the addresses were used interchangeably, and Kringel remained in the school house. Maybe Kringel periodically changed residences to accommodate new teachers.

Left: Fred Kringel is seated right front with four fellow St. James teachers. The booklet was published in 1920, but the photo is undated. (Photo from the Goldenes Jubiliam 18701920).

Teacher Kringel had married 18 year-old Emilie Otto at St. James Church in 1876. Carolin Wills speculated that they may have been introduced at church. Emilie’s father was a tailor and the family lived at 477 (1716 today) Larrabee Street, which was very near the Willow Street School. Perhaps they met in the neighborhood or Kringel’s tailor might have been Friedrich Otto. Before she wed, Emilie worked as a “tailoress” likely in her father’s business. 22 In 1878 the Kringel’s first child Paul was born. Daughter Agatha arrived in 1879 the year that the school was rebuilt, and Lydia was born in 1884. The family resided variously in the schoolhouse itself and in the frame structure on the



school grounds. Thus, Kringel was likely the first resident in the rebuilt school. Both daughters could have been born at home in the school- house or the adjacent quarters. Son Paul tragically passed away of tuberculosis in 1900. He may have died in a hospital or sanitarium but his death certificate gave his address as 71 W. Willow, the schoolhouse. Later the family moved to Dickens St. near the new St. James. Death records revealed that Emilie Kringel died there in 1925 of a gastric ulcer. In 1930 Kringel built a two-flat at 3150 Diversey Parkway where he lived in retirement. Fred Kringel died in 1932 at age 79.23 Coincidentally his grandson Robert Irrmann, son of Kringel’s daughter Lydia, became a beloved professor at Beloit College until 1980.24 Irrmann seemed to carry on the work of his grandfather Kringel. Irrmann was called an “old fashioned spellbinder” and “an impeccable example of the formal liberal arts tradition.”25 He was so well regarded that some Chicago alums would drive all the way to Beloit to hear him lecture at 9 a.m. on Saturday mornings and then head home.26

The 1888 voter registration revealed that Kringel, who resided at 77 W. Willow, had been in Illinois, Cook County, and the same precinct for fifteen years. Kringel was naturalized this year which must have been his first voting opportunity.

Great-granddaughter Carolin C. Wills research on Frederick Kringel, per Hamburg passenger Lists – Direct, Band 11, Feb-Dec 1857 FHL film #470839. Also the 1860 and 1870 U.S. Censuses, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 20 Great-granddaughter Carolin C. Wills research on Frederick Kringel, per Hamburg passenger Lists – Direct, Band 11, Feb-Dec 1857, FHL film #470839. 21 Chicago Tribune, June 9, 1957, p. NW8. 19


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Left: The 1892 voter registration of Kringel is consistent with the info he provided in the 1888 registration, but Kringel used the address 73 W. Willow which was the school building proper.

Right: Kringel’s son Paul’s 1900 death certificate listed his address as 71 Willow Street.

E-mail from great-granddaughter Carolin C. Wills, May 24, 2012. Cook County Illinois Death Index, October 22, 1932. 24 Chicago Tribune, June 22, 1980, pp. F21-F31. 25 Ibid., p. F21. 26 Ibid., p. F26. 22 23





Saturday, April 5 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

FREE Paper Shredding and Electronic Recycling Church Spring Cleaning

Maverick - March 2014  
Maverick - March 2014