Grace Note 3.17.17

Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park and Lutheran Campus Ministry

Sunday, March 19, 2017

8:15 am Holy Communion
9:30 am Education Hour
10:45 am Holy Communion

You might have noticed that there are two signs in the narthex that are just numbers. One never changes, “746.” That’s a good number to commit to memory. It’s the number of people who were killed in Chicago in 2016 in shootings. Everyone in the metro area should know that number, probably everyone in the country, because everyone is affected by that kind of violence. Seven-hundred-and-forty-six people leave a lot of survivors in their wake, a lot of people traumatized. They leave a lot of holes that have to be filled, and holes that can never be filled.

The other number is always changing. That’s a drag, not because I need to print a new sign each week (I do have to print a new sign each week, because not a week has gone by so far in 2017 without a gun death). It’s a drag because the violence is so relentless. I printed a new sign yesterday with the latest number, 124, but by the time our speaker, Rev. Brenda Mitchell, arrived to speak at our midweek Lenten service, a seven-year-old had been shot and killed in Englewood, and the sign needed to be revised.

Brenda was eloquent in describing her spiritual journey after the death of her 31-year-old son more than a decade ago. A couple of men who have worked as violence interrupters in Englewood came, and they are interested in working with our congregation to bring our prayers to our close neighbors in Englewood. It was such a good evening, and at the same time, it was such a drag. It’s a drag that we need to be concerned, endlessly concerned and active, in confronting violence in our city. Violence is so draining and so relentless. Each incident makes you feel helpless and hopeless. Interest on savings may not be compounding so fast these days, but violence seems to be compounding exponentially. It casts a very wide pall on our landscape.

Rev. Mitchell had the words to direct our prayers and hopes. In delivering the message in worship, she talked about God transforming her mourning into action. She taught us that peacemaking, that endless work of confronting violence and building peace, is rightly at the center of our Christian life. It never ends, but it brings gifts as well, like friendship and partnership in the work of kingdom building, empathy and fellowship in the gospel, the joy of worshiping with our fellow Christians. Peacemaking is the process of creating the kingdom of God in the midst of a violent world.

Our guests will likely be back with us after Easter for another morning of prayers out on the street, bringing church and our concern for gun violence out onto 55th Street. They are also interested in working with us on something I call drive-by prayers, where we can pray on the spot for our neighbors in surrounding areas. If you’re interested in helping to plan activities to respond to violence, let me know.

If you would like to keep track of gun violence in Chicago for yourself, so that you can pray about it and take action on it, bookmark dnainfo’s Murder Timeline. This is an archive of every gun death in Chicago since 2012, with photos, names and information on every victim, maps and links to news stories on every incident. It puts names and faces with the numbers.

Next Thursday evening, we’ll meditate on some important vocabulary for peacemakers – solidarity, accompaniment, preference and self-determination. In times when many things we value are being torn down, it’s good to build our skills that can be used for the difficult work of building up.

Lenten Midweek Gatherings
Thursday Evenings

March 23
March 30
April 6
6:00 p.m. Soup Supper
6:45 p.m. Lenten Evening Worship

Our Lenten theme: Confronting Violence/Building Peace

Adult Forum
Adult Forum is talking about our Lenten theme (Confronting Violence/Building Peace). Come and join us in the Gustavus Adolphus Room at 9:30am Sundays.
You probably heard this week about a federal judge in Hawaii who halted Donald Trump’s second attempt to ban people travelling to the United States from six Muslim-majority countries. Augustana played a small role in this. It started with a request right after Valentine’s Day by Rabbi Fred Reeves, president of the Hyde Park-Kenwood Interfaith Council, for member communities to sign onto an amicus brief being filed in Federal District Court in Brooklyn. Lawyers were preparing to file suit on behalf of individuals detained at JFK the night the executive order went into effect. As things progressed and suits were filed in other states, every member of the Council was asked at each step if they would like to be signers with the Council on the next brief.

Because we adopted our expanded Statement of Welcome at the end of January, our representative, Dorothy Pytel, was able to say “yes” on behalf of Augustana to signing onto each brief. That ability to move quickly was crucial; other representatives from faith communities couldn’t sign, because their communities had not discussed the question of whether or not to stand with undocumented immigrants. This is a good example of the power of statements and how valuable it is to make them; in this case, it meant that Augustana could move quickly to advocate on an important issue with widespread consequences.

Community Breakfast: 9:00 am Tomorrow
Our monthly community breakfast is tomorrow! Come at 8 to help set up or at 9 to get some breakfast!
Clothing Drive
This week, Augustana hosted a clothing drive for the Hyde Park Refugee Project. As you will be able to see in Gorder Hall and the GA room, there was a tremendous response. The families picked out what they wanted today, and we’ll offer more to folks at the community breakfast tomorrow. On Sunday, feel free to take a look and pick out what you like from what’s left!
Support Shelley
Shelley Barnard is going through treatments for cancer and will appreciate some help in the coming weeks. If you can help out, go to to join our online community to stay updated.

Consider becoming a member of Augustana

Joining a congregation is a way of publicly expressing your identity as a follower of Jesus. Members are the engine behind the ministry of worship and proclamation, service and education that happens here. If you’d like to take this step at Augustana, we’ll gather for new member sessions between the services on March 26April 2 and April 9, so that we’re ready to take in new members on April 23, the Sunday after Easter. Some people who want to remain members of another congregation, but worship at Augustana while here in Hyde Park, join as associate members. If you’re interested in joining, or you’d like to know more, talk to Pastor Goede.

Food Drive
The Cub Scout Pack which we sponsor is collecting dry and canned goods for the food pantry in Hyde Park. If you’d like to contribute items, the box is in the hall, across from the office.
Spring Work Day

Saturday, April 8
9am to 1pm

Please come join the Property Committee and other building users to clean the church.
Bring rubber gloves, rags and work gloves.
Donuts, pizza and drinks will be provided
Children are welcome!

Looking for a piano?
Augustana has two upright pianos we are looking to send to a good home. They would be perfect for anyone just starting out. Contact the office if you would be interested in taking one!

Check out our new website!
Augustana’s new website is now up and in use! Same address (, but a new look with new material. Thank you to Marc Dukes for designing the site, and to Jim Vondracek for helping to get it up and running.
FUNDrive Fundraiser: April 1, 8am-1pm

If you missed our last Savers FUNDrive, you have another opportunity to turn your extra clutter into money to support Augustana’s ministries! April 1st between 8am-1pm, bring your old clothing, accessories (hats, belts, scarves, etc.), shoes, linens, books, or small household items. All must be clean and in good condition.
Here are the details: An organization called Savers Unique will have a truck parked in the parking lot that morning. You are asked to fill 14lb kitchen garbage bags with either “soft goods”, “hard goods” or books (no textbooks please) and CD’s and bring them to the church parking lot that morning.  When you deliver your bags you will be given a receipt which you can use as proof of a charitable donation when itemizing your federal taxes. The bags will be weighed by the company and the sponsoring group (Augustana Lutheran Church) gets a small fee for each bag. The fee varies between 5 cents to 20 cents per pound depending on what type of goods are in the bag. If the bagged items are mixed the fee per bag is the lowest fee.

Soft goods include clothing, shoes, bedding, towels, hats, ties, socks, purses, wallets, backpacks, bags, belts and jewelry.

Hard goods include electrical items, toys, games, kitchen items, knick knacks, sporting goods like balls, bats, frisbees, tennis rackets, baseball gloves.

Books, CD’s and DVD’s are a third category. Textbooks cannot be used or weighed.

Organ Recital: Robert E. Woodworth Jr.
March 19, 2017  – 3:00pm 
3rd Sunday at 3:00 Organ Recital Series
Madonna Della Strada Chapel
Loyola University – Lakeside Campus
(free parking in the campus parking garage)
Featuring “Rarely Heard Organ Gems” of Tony Hewitt-Jones, Gaspard Corrette, Jose Lidon, Henri Mulet, Garth Edmunson, Cuthbert Harris & Oskar Lindberg, on the 2008 Goulding & Wood Organ

Bach B Minor Mass
Accompanied by Haymarket Opera Orchestra, Chicago Chorale, conducted by Augustana member Bruce Tammen, presents Bach’s iconic Mass in B Minor. The Completed in 1749, one year before the composer’s death, the Mass is generally held to be a summation of Bach’s musical and theological ideas. It was never performed in its entirety during his lifetime. Soloists Chelsea Shephard, Angela Young-Smucker, Steven Soph, and Ryan de Ryke join Chorale in a performance that is sure to match or surpass Chorale’s 2015 St. Matthew Passion, hailed by Chicago Classical Review for its “exquisite ensemble, unforgettable arias,…and burnished playing from a period instrument ensemble.”
Free, pre-concert lecture by everybody’s favorite morning host, Carl Grapentine.
Tickets: or (773) 306-6195
Visit Lutherland with Good Shepherd
Good Shepherd in Oak Park is one of the many Lutheran congregations making a “pilgrimage” to the land of Luther in this 500th anniversary year. The tour dates are July 18-July 28. They will visit the major Luther sites in the eastern provinces of Germany (Eisenach, Eisleben, Erfurt and Wittenberg), and also some places of more recent significance, such as the Buchenwald concentration camp where the Nazis held Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and St. Nicholas church in Leipzig that was so important in the revolution of 1990. You can find more information on the church’s website,, or contact Debbie at 708-848-4741 ext 6
‘Tis the season of party-going for a good cause. Here are three close to Augustana’s ministry:
Ready for Spring?
The Forget-Me-Not Spring Fling benefit event on Saturday, April 29, 2017, is a great way for women of all ages to welcome the spring season! The Women’s Network of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) sponsors this delightful day of shopping at unique boutiques, enjoying a lovely luncheon, and an opportunity to bring home a stunning floral arrangement or an outdoor plant–all while supporting LSSI’s services for children. This year the event will feature George Mitchell of Mitchell’s Flowers and Events creating beautiful designs while sharing floral tips and trends. The event location is at The Westin Chicago Northwest, Itasca, (free parking) four miles south of Woodfield Mall near I-290. Boutiques open at 10 amand lunch is at noon. Tickets are $75 each, $45 for students. For more information, call Barb Hailey at847.635.4686 or
The Night Ministry “Lighting Up the Night” Awards Dinner and Auction
Wednesday, May 31, 5:30pm, at Loews Chicago Hotel
For more information, go to

Growing Home’s 15th Annual Benefit
Thursday, May 4, 5:30pm, at Salvage One, Chicago
For more information, go to

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At this Reconciling in Christ congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are welcome.
Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park is committed to partnership in the gospel with all people, without discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, economic status, race, ethnicity, residency status, ability, disability, or age.

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