May 26, 2005
Synergy Quintet Sunday Aug. 28 at 4pmSynergy Brass Quintet returns to Holy Innocents on Sunday, August 28th at 4pm, with a dessert buffet to follow the concert. Tickets will soon be on sale, and this fundraiser will benefit Holy Innocents, so please tell friends and family to mark their calendars and save the date.
Synergy's dynamic concert performances are not to be missed! These fine young musicians present classical and popular music for everyone to enjoy, and they are at a very exciting point in their career. They'll also be performing at Ravinia on August 21st, so consider attending both concerts to show your support for good music, good food, and good friends.
I'm sure that more than a few of us will be wearing our Synergy T-shirts at one or both appearances, and of course shirts and CDs will be available for purchase at the concert as in previous years.
Elgin Opera June 19 3pm
Another date to save - Father's Day is Sunday June 19th, and on that day an opera group from Elgin will perform in concert at Holy Innocents at 3pm!
More information will be forthcoming.
Last Week, This Week
The readings for the previous week for the first Sunday in Trinity are here.
The readings for this Sunday, May 29:
The Gospel reading:
Let us all look to our own foundations (literal and spiritual) in preparation for this reading!
Classic Car Show July 10 9am to 330pm!
Save the date - the second annual Holy Innocents Classic Car Show returns Sunday, July 10. The event begins at 9am (car exhibitors arrive earlier than that to pick out a good spot). Car entries will be parked on our capacious lawn, and there will be food, prizes, activities, and surprises galore. This fundraiser will benefit both the church and the Schaumburg Food Pantry.
Services that day will take place, though possibly at a special time, so check back for updates. If you can't be there to volunteer, there will still be plenty of ways to contribute your time or talents. We're looking for food and prize donations, baked goods to be sold, and volunteers willing to contact the neighbors to let them know about the event so they can possibly plan to hold a garage sale.
If you're interested in entering a car, leave a message at the church office at , or watch this space for registration information. Last year we had 40 cars, and this year we could easily double that number, so act now.
May 20, 2005
Episcopal Day at Six Flags August 16
Save the date: August 16 will be Episcopal Day at Six Flags Great America.
Additionally, the Schaumburg Flyers have a number of "promotional events" at their games this season, and also they are sponsoring something called "Pray Ball" where a small donation (3% of our total ticket sales) might be made to the church, based on the number of Flyers that get on base safely during a specific inning at a game we attend as a group. This would need to be set up in advance through Carolina at the Flyers sales office, and they would let us know what inning is "ours." It sounds like a fun outing, and many dates are available now.
May 18, 2005
The Chocolat Pentecost
Somehow, we managed to do the Pentecost readings in our many different languages, even though a person or persons unknown had moved Father Ted's reading marker, and he began reading something completely other than we were expecting.
After a few seconds' tense silence on our part, wordless communication was exchanged somehow and he began with the words "Philip said to Jesus, "Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied." That was our cue.
All was well; very quickly a torrent of languages grew around the sanctuary. Some spoke more quickly and finished earlier, and some had more of a mouthful to pronounce and trailed off at the end.
Fr. Ted's sermon enlarged on the theme of differences between people, and communication in general. Even the slight hiccup at the beginning, he said, caused an interesting tension and gave our several readings the feeling of pent-up energy released (and not a little relief that we hadn't messed up).Chocolat. In that movie, outsiders visiting an otherwise charming French village were treated very badly, because it was run like a medieval fiefdom by a member of the old aristocratic class, a real French count. And even villagers were treated badly, because they had to toe the old man's very rigid line, and the local priest had to suffer the indignity of having his sermons written for him.
And then a dangerous newcomer moved to town andd a very threatening business, right in the middle of Lent: a gourmet chocolate shop.
This beautiful chocolatier didn't attend church, treated everybody the same, and didn't knuckle under to social pressure to conform. And it's a good thing, because she single-handedly reconnected the villagers with passion, whether it be for food, life, or love. Even the village priest was inspired to give a moving Easter sermon while his patron lay unconscious in the shop window, about how Jesus wants us to live our lives for ourselves and others, and not mindlessly following rules.
There was something magical in the chocolate - but it was not an easy or a quick fix. Some characters struggled with the way others saw them and as they saw themselves, but most emerged better for it (with the exception of the count, who ended up passed out in the display window of the chocolate shop after a disastrous attempt to destroy the shop). A new spirit of tolerance and acceptance filled the little village, and people were much happier and more content.
As it happens, the French passion for fine, rich chocolate and good food in general is explained a little further in the current best seller French Women Don't Get Fat. It's an interesting book, but places a little too much emphasis on drinking Champagne with nearly every meal (the author is an executive with a well-known French Champagne house).
The ultimate lesson learned from the movie, aside from always insisting on fine chocolate and savoring it in small but rich bites, is that life should be lived with passion and joy, and that change should be embraced. And that people who are different from us often have the most to teach. We certainly experienced the differences Sunday, as we all struggled to pronounce French, Estonian, Polish, Spanish, Norwegian, Italian, Latin and Greek...many languages, but all saying the same thing.
May 10, 2005
The date for this event was given incorrectly in Anglican Advance - the correct date is May 21.
Event Date: May 21, 2005 9:30 AM - May 21, 2005 2:30 PM Location: Grace Church, Oak Park Contact: Jo Anne Moore at
May 09, 2005
Readings for the Day of Pentecost
The Gospel for this Sunday will be read in a variety of languages - so far we have readers for Latin, Greek, German, French, Italian, Spanish, and a variety of other European languages. I will have more readings with me for Polish, Arabic, and Estonian that I found online, as several more readers volunteered their services on Sunday. We will all begin reading after the first line of the Gospel, clearly and expressively, as if we are speaking to a friend.
Readings in more languages are available (Tagalog, Thai, Swahili, Maori, and a number of other Asian and African languages). If you speak one of these languages and would like to read, please contact the webmistress. This is a great opportunity to invite someone to church, and a great opportunity for someone who is looking for a church home to "take the plunge."
This is the Gospel that Father Ted will read (quite loudly, he assures us):
John 14:8-17 Philip said to Jesus, "Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied." Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, `Show us the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.
An Unexpected Treat
Bishop Persell was unable to be with us last Wednesday as preacher and presider at our combined service of Ascension Eve, and our prayers go out to him and to his wife Nancy. She was recovering from a recent medical procedure and Bp. Persell felt he needed to be at home with her.
However, we were in for a special treat; the Rev. Randall Warren, diocesan pastoral care officer, stepped in to preach a dynamic and exciting (and quite funny) homily. He preached on the literal incarnation of the Word and the church; how God breathes out and we breathe in, being inspired by Him. And how we breathe out and God breathes in, taking our praise and supplication.
Fr. Randall preached without notes, and he prowled about the chancel gesturing and telling personal stories illustrating his points about "doing" church, "being" church, welcoming people and leaving plenty of room for discourse between people of different beliefs. Fr. Randall is currently vicar of Christ the King in Lansing, IL.
The service was conducted by members and clergy from Holy Innocents, St Columba, Incarnation, St Bede, and St Nicholas. Far from being a solemn, "churchy" event, it was a fun evening of laughter, music... and some truly awesome desserts afterwards.
May 04, 2005
Bishop Persell Visits Holy Innocents May 4
Dessert will be served downstairs in the Undercroft (church hall) afterwards. Please join us tonight in welcoming the bishop to our communities!
For more information on Bishop Persell, see the his bio on the diocesan website.
Ministry Day May 7 St Mary's Park Ridge
Event Date: May 7, 2005 8:30 AM - May 7, 2005 5:00 PM
May 02, 2005
E-Mail Announcements List
We now have the ability to offer an announcements mailing list for those of you who have email. A number of you have included your email addresses in the church directory, so we may use that as a starting point.
This would be used strictly for parish announcements, and not for discussion. Email addresses will be confidential and will not be given to any third party for any reason without permission.
If you would like your email address added to the announcements list, please send a message to the webmistress with "MAILING LIST" in the subject line.
Ascension Eve May 4 7pm
There are several choices for readings for Ascension Day. Bishop Persell will even have 2 choices for Collects:
Almighty God, whose blessed Son our Savior Jesus Christ ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things: Mercifully give us faith to perceive that, according to his promise, he abides with his Church on earth, even to the end of the ages; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
Whichever he chooses, it will be a memorable service. Don't forget to bring desserts to share.
In The Vineyard
Father Ted's sermon yesterday enlarged on the Gospel reading:
Father Ted told us how years ago in Texas he planted a vineyard and described the years of committment that took in terms of allowing for growth, forming, and pruning in order to balance the needs of the plant with the maximum amount of yield. Watch this space, as the full text of the sermon has been requested.
Although Fr. Ted's favorite grape to sample (and wine) is chardonnay, these are probably cabernet. The photo was taken on a trip last September to the Napa Valley. And yes, there's nothing sweeter than a perfectly ripe grape plucked off the vine and eaten on the spot. Some winegrowers encourage visitors to do this by providing "tasting" vines; stopping at random in the wine country and tasting grapes without checking in at the winery first is not recommended.