Grace Note 6.2.17

Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park and Lutheran Campus Ministry

Sunday, June 4, 2017
The Day of Pentecost

9:30 am Holy Communion
On Pentecost…                    
-We’ll celebrate with Sarah Barnard and Joe Tammen as they take on their baptismal vows for themselves and are confirmed.
-This will involve blowing up lots of red balloons. If you’d like to help with this, show up on Sunday morning beginning at 8am.
-We’ll say goodbye to Sarah and Keith Weicksel, who are moving to Maryland.
-We’ll say thank you to our Sunday School teachers who serve so faithfully throughout the school year.
-WEAR RED! It’s the color of fire and the Spirit.
Volunteers Needed: Hyde Park Art Fair Fundraiser

We’ll be parking cars in our lot during the 57th Street Art Fair Saturday and Sunday, June 3 and 4We still need one more person to volunteer to park cars on Saturday2:30pm to 5pm, and one on Sunday afternoon 2:30pm to 5pm.
The lot will be secured the preceding Friday night, and free church parking will be available only for those attending worship that Pentecost Sunday at 9:30am.

Register for Peace Camp
Tuesday, June 27 – Thursday, June 29
Programs for every age: adults, teens, and children
Kids age 12 and under should attend with a parent or caregiver

Each evening begins with a light supper (available at 5pm) — Stay for the campfire after
conflict resolution – mindfulness – art – yoga – anti-racism training

Cost for the three evenings of camp is $20 for individual teens and adults, $40 for a family (one or more adults plus children)
Your friends are welcome, but please pay for them separately.

For more information or to register, contact the

Augustana Organ Project Update

The renovations being done to the organ are still in progress and will hopefully be completed by the end of June. As is with any renovation project, more time is needed and additional items end up on the “to do” list, which is also the case in our situation. The work is coming along very well and there is a huge improvement to the instrument in its sound and ease of playing. There will be a couple more sound issues addressed before the end of the project and some cleaning that is needed. It is wonderful hearing the Zimbelstern (rotating star with bells) at full capacity, something that I have not heard until now! So far, Augustana has raised 8,670.00 dollars for the project, along with the generosity of the matching donor who will also help in the additional costs. We are thankful and blessed that this work on the organ will put it in the best possible condition for years to come! If you still wish to contribute to the project, a donation of any size will be gladly received and appreciated!

Calling ALL Young Singers!

This September we will be starting a youth choir at Augustana. There will be a weekly rehearsal that will last approximately 50 minutes and the children will sing once a month throughout the season from September to December and then February to May. In order to plan I need to hear from the families of Augustana that are interested in joining. Realizing the Fall schedules are not complete but if you could contact me by email with the child’s name, age and two days of possible availability. We are open to age with the requirement of being able to read easily on their own. Please contact me as soon as possible. Thank you!!
Jerrad Fenske, Interim Cantor

“QED”: Chicago Men’s A Capella Concert
Friday, June 2, 8 pm
at Augustana
The concert includes a varied set of 20 songs comprising 8 languages including beautiful pieces such as I Himmelen (In heaven) and Beati Mortui, and jovial songs such as The Lion Sleeps Tonight and I’m Strong for Chicago. Tickets will be available at the door.
Chicago Chorale: June 10, 8pm, Hyde Park Union Church

For its final program of the season, Chicago Chorale presents the major works of two exceptionally influential composers: Missa Papae Marcelli, by G.P. da Palestrina, and The Peaceable Kingdom, by Randall Thompson. Separated by 300 years, both composers established styles that are traceable through the many composers who followed them. These works are seldom held in live performance and rarely, if ever, heard together. This concert spotlights the exquisite blend and expressivity of the choir, virtues that led the Chicago Tribune’s John von Rhein to name Chorale’s tribute to Arvo Pärt the “Finest Choral Performance of 2015.”

Please join us in experiencing the majesty and drama of these two outstanding works.

Saturday, June 10th, 8:00 pm
Hyde Park Union Church
5600 S. Woodlawn Avenue

Hyde Park Refugee Project Update

Literacy Fundraising Campaign
Last month we launched a fundraising campaign to support language acquisition programming for the members of our refugee families. The campaign is going very well. So far we have raised over $8,000 to support three new literacy initiatives! Thank you so much to everyone who has already contributed. Look for an email soon with information about upcoming training sessions for current and new language tutors and for further updates on our new language programming!

Abercrombie & Fitch Gives Back
We’re very pleased to announce that the Hyde Park Refugee Project was one of several nonprofit organizations selected to receive thousands of dollars’ worth of new clothes from Abercrombie & Fitch. Stylists from the clothing company selected items for all seasons for our refugee family members. We’re grateful to Refugee Project volunteer Melinda Deegan who alerted us to this opportunity and spearheaded the effort. Thank you, Melinda, and thank you Abercrombie & Fitch!

Donation requests 
For the most part our families’ needs have been well-met and we are not currently accepting general household donations. But we do have a few specific requests! If you’re able to donate one or more of the items below, please let us know right away!

-window air conditioning units
-a strong box for securing important documents
-a gently used couch
-bikes (children and adult sizes)
-bike locks
-new or gently used bike helmets
-small side tables

Volunteer Opportunities

Tutors: To make the most of the summer months we are expanding our tutoring team. No previous experience is necessary. Training and materials will be provided. If you’re interested, let us know right away!

Childcare: To enable the adults and older children to concentrate on their in-home language instruction, we need volunteers to play with and supervise the youngest members of the families. If you’d like to help out in this way, let us know!

Assist with appointments: Our families are progressing toward self-sufficiency but in some cases they require assistance when attending medical or administrative appointments. We are looking for volunteers who can accompany the family members to appointments, complete necessary paperwork, and convey relevant information to the family coordinator. If you’re interested in helping out in this way, send us an email with (a) your general daytime availability, (b) your level of comfort navigating public transportation, and (c) your ability to drive the family members to appointments not easily reached by train or bus.

Translators: If you speak Arabic and are willing to provide occasional translation (in person or by phone), please let us know!

Upcoming Event: Arts in Action
On Saturday, June 3rd at 5pm, the Goodman Theatre will host Arts in Action, a panel discussion featuring organizations working with refugees and immigrants living in Chicagoland, including RefugeeOne, Syrian Community Network, American Relief Coalition for Syria, Latinos Progresando, and the Hyde Park Refugee Project.

The discussion will be moderated by Henry Wishcamper, Goodman Theatre director and Hyde Park Refugee Project volunteer, and will explore the complex issues confronting refugees and immigrants as they build new lives in Chicago and describe the breadth of work being done to support them. The event is free and open to all. We hope to see many of you there! Learn more and register here!

Upcoming Worship Assistant Schedule
June 4: Pentecost
9:30 am
Assisting Minister: Jeanette Bordelon
Communion Minister: JoRachel Pierce
Readers: Melinda Billingsley, Susan Aarup, Paul Erling, Smitha Gunthoti, Bahati Kimondo, Mira Krull, Esther Menn, Lise Sveen, Rita William, Norma Zarris

June 11: Holy Trinity
9:30 am
Assisting Minister: Robin Mitchell
Communion Minister: Dorothy Pytel
Readers: Pytel Family

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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