Grace Note 8.9.18

Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park and Lutheran Campus Ministry

Sunday, August 12, 2018
9:30 am Holy Communion

Coming this summer
Augustana Flea Market
Saturday, August 25
8am to 2pm

Rent a table, empty your closets and make money – Find treasures for your new place

We’re gearing up for our flea market on August 25th–now is the time to think about signing up to have a table! 

The market will be Saturday, August 25th, from 8am-2pm.

You can reserve an 8ft. table inside our church hall for $25, or you can reserve a 10ft x 10ft spot in our parking lot for $25. For more details, see the attached registration form and info sheet.  To register for a spot at the flea market, fill out this form and return it to the church with your payment, or register online here.  Registrations are due by August 17.

Mark Your Calendar for the ELCA’s National Day of Service 

On Sunday, September 9, volunteers will be sent from the 10:45 service to two or three sites in Hyde Park as part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s annual national day of service, known as God’s Work, Our Hands. 

Nancy Dishno is our coordinator for the event, and already has several possible sites where we could serve; more information on places where you can volunteer will be available as we get closer to the day. Volunteers may do things like clean floors and walls, organize books, assist in light construction, register new voters or help with mailings, whatever helps the organization do its work. Some projects suitable for children or older adults will be included. 

“God’s Work, Our Hands” t-shirts are available now. If you would like one, sign up in the narthex or contact the church office by this Sunday, August 12. Cost is $10 per shirt; make checks out to Augustana.  Also,feel free to sign up to volunteer, with or without a snazzy shirt!

Learn more about the national service day in this video.

Priesthood of all Believers

If you’ve been thinking of following Luther’s advice and becoming a worship assistant, September is a good time to do this.  We have a need for assisting ministers, communion ministers, readers, and sacristans, for both the 8:15 and the 10:45 services.  Just email Shelley Barnard at office@augustanahydepark.org and tell her which role you would like to perform and at which service.  If you’re a bit shy but would still like to help Augustana, we can always use additional bread bakers and ushers as well.
Volunteer Opportunity: Tutoring Chicago
Tutoring Chicago is opening a site in Hyde Park at Kozminkski Elementary this fall. They are urgently looking for volunteers to join their program.  

Tutoring Chicago is a nonprofit organization which provides free tutoring and mentoring services to over 700 children from economically disadvantaged families. Each year they need hundreds of volunteers to work 1-on-1 with children in grades 1-6. Volunteers commit to attend one session per week during the school year. 

They will be offering an orientation at Kozminski on September 18th and 19th. Tutoring starts on September 2nd. If you are interested in volunteering, please apply at  www.tutoringchicago.org/volunteer. For any questions please contact Carolina Estay at 312-854-2990.

Click here to read the letter from the stewardship committee.

Click here to give to the campaign.

Looking ahead to Mari Gras

Thank you to all who donated money for the American Girl silent auction project. Robin Mitchell was able to use those funds to purchase two beautiful dolls and one extra outfit for each. She will now make each a Mardi Gras costume and have them ready for our Mardi Gras Gala next February.  Start saving now to make your bid!

New Parish Administrator

After several years of invaluable service to Augustana Lutheran Church, Elizabeth McCreeless has accepted another position.  Although she is difficult to replace, Augustana member Shelley Barnard is giving it her best shot.  If you’re in the building at any time between 10-2:30 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday, please stop in and say “hi.”

Updates from Body and Soul Campus Ministry! 
It’s summer time and although the U of C campus is on hiatus for a much-needed break and vacation time for both students and faculty, that doesn’t mean your friendly neighborhood Campus Pastor is sitting still! For Campus Ministry, summer time is the time for planning for the upcoming academic year and building relationships with our ecumenical/interfaith partners.

There will be a slight change next year in that Body and Soul Campus Ministry will begin offering evening Sunday worship services and dinner, so if you ever wanted to share your cooking skills and love of food with 5, 10 or 15 students on a Sunday evening, be on the look out for sign up sheets starting mid-August to sign up to feed U of C students! All of the worship festivities will start September 23rd–which means Pastor Kwame will be only preaching presiding once or twice a month Sunday mornings. This gives her an opportunity to meet her students where they are–and if you miss morning services at Augustana, guess what? YOU ARE WELCOMED TOO!!  But wait, there is more: Body and Soul Campus Ministry will also be contributing monthly to Augustana’s Adult Education Forum so be watching the bulletin and the website for more information.

Here’s what is upcoming for Body and Soul: 
The 23rd of September: Body and Soul UChicago Campus Ministry will have its first Sunday evening worship at 6pm followed by dinner around 6:30pm.

The 26th of September: Body and Soul UChicago Campus Ministry invites all to our Open house/cookout in our courtyard. We are inviting new or returning students and/or community members to please come and mingle and relax from  2-5pm.

The 28th of September: Body and Soul UChicago Campus Ministry invites everyone for Comfort Food and Puppies! Nervous about the beginning of the semester? Want a moment to continue to connect with community and meet your neighbors of Body and Soul UChicago and Augustana Lutheran Church? Stop by from 10-2pm!

I hope these summer months you are able to find moments to relax, connect with community and be enveloped in the reality that the Creator is present in those spaces where we least expect it, and where the Creator, Redeemer and Holy Spirit dwell there is also love, grace and peace.

Hospitality at Augustana
Here at Augustana, three or four people sign up to cover hospitality for one season, three months. You work on one major event (this fall, Oktoberfest) and cover coffee hours where there is no host. If you would be willing to serve this September-October-November, please sign up in the narthex.
Community Breakfast

Augustana’s monthly Community Breakfast serves anywhere from forty to sixty people, thanks to the hard work of a large team of Augustana members. Every third Saturday at 9am, anyone who wants to share a meal with others can line up for scrambled eggs, sausage and pancakes. Often there is an opportunity for guests to to consult with a social worker engaged by the Hyde Park Kenwood Interfaith Council.

The next breakfast is on August 18th and there’s always room for more volunteers who are willing to set up, cook, serve and clean up. You can sign up in the narthex at church, or email the office.

Thanks to Bahati Kimondo for taking pictures of this ministry in action.

Supporting Immigrant Families at Augustana

This summer, Augustana’s Church Council decided to involve our church in work with separated migrant families and immigrants in detention. Last fall, our Adult Forum hosted Melanie Schikore, the executive Director of the Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants, for an eye-opening discussion about the barriers facing immigrant families here in Chicago and across the country. That seemed like a good place to start. Below is an introduction to ICDI’s important work.

There are a couple of opportunities for you to become involved in work to support local immigrant families. The most hands-on is training this fall for new immigration court observers (see the description below). More information to come, but if you might be interested in this, please contact Pastor Goede.

If you would like to support ICDI with monetary gifts, they are now selling tickets for their fall gala raffle to raise money to support the mission. Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25 donation. Jim Schwab has a supply of raffle tickets and will be present most Sundays for the remainder of the summer; see him if you wish to support the mission of ICDI in this way. First prize is $2,500; second $1,000, and third $500. The drawing will occur September 20 at the 2018 Solidarity Gala at the Misericordia Jean Marie Ryan Center.

From ICDI:

July 16, 2018

Dear friend,
Thanks to your support, last week we were able to assist a Guatemalan father who had his child taken from him at the border.  Juan was reunited with his 3 year old daughter and is now living with a friend while he waits for his immigration case to be heard.

ICDI was able to provide them with clothing, hygiene products, money, and encouragement.  Juan told me how grateful he was for the help and I told him how sorry I was for what they have gone through.  I cannot imagine what it is like to have your young child taken from your care by the government with no just cause.

Please pray for this tender family and the other families and individuals who are suffering in a broken and inhumane immigration system.

This is no way to welcome the stranger or take care of our brothers and sisters.  We know better and we must do better. ICDI is working in the broken spaces:

  • four detention centers in Ilinois and Wisconsin where we provide pastoral care to people who are detained including people seeking asylum.  We put $10 in commissary accounts with low or no balance
  • unaccompanied children’s centers where we provide spiritual care to children who came alone or were separated from their parent
  • deportation buses and processing where we accompany families and pray with people being deported
  • immigration court where we provide public witness to proceedings and spiritually accompany people in detention who appear by video conference in their own hearings
  • post-detention accompaniment hotline where we assist with the needs of people released from detention to the city of Chicago without an orientation or appropriate clothing and who often lack the language and cultural skills to navigate on their own

Additionally we are modeling what should be done instead: 

  • the Marie Joseph House of Hospitality where we provide case management, connection to services, and community and faith-based support so that people can adjust well and thrive.  It’s better for individuals and society too.  

We continue to advocate for commpassionate and humane immigration policies and we anticipate helping more families as they are reunited.  We can’t do it without you.  Thanks for being part of the Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants.  

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