Grace Note 9.8.17

Grace Note
Augustana Lutheran Church of Hyde Park and Lutheran Campus Ministry

Sunday, September 10, 2017

8:15 am Holy Communion
9:30 am Education Hour
10:45 am Holy Communion
Shelley Barnard is beginning another long and intensive round of chemotherapy that will last until Christmas. She and Chris and Sarah would appreciate help with meals during this time. If you are willing to cook for the Barnards, you can sign up here. If you’d like to keep abreast of what’s happening with Shelley’s treatment and needs, you can join Friends of Shelley, a public group on Facebook.
Two Services Starting This Sunday, September 10th
Starting this Sunday, September 10th we will be back to two Sunday services (8:15am and 10:45am) for the year.
Letter from the Bishop

Click here to read Bishop Miller’s letter in response to the violence in Charlottesville.

9/11 Day of Service
God’s Work, Our Hands is observed and immersed as a denomination on September 10th, and here is a great way to serve! Come join Pastor Kwame for the 1pm shift!! Would you like to come and live out Love and our faith? Meet outside Augustana’s sanctuary this Sunday at 12:45pm to either drive or walk over to CTS!

“The Interreligious Institute (IRI) at CTS has teamed up with the Hunger Van and Muslims Against Hunger to sponsor a special 9/11 Day of Unity and Service. We will be preparing food for the Million Meals effort to fight elderly hunger.

Children as young as 5 are invited to help so this is a great intergenerational project for families, youth groups, religious communities, etc. Plan to join us on September 10.”

Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World on PBS

Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World is a new feature-length movie about Martin Luther and the Reformation. Produced by Thrivent Financial and Tugg Films, it will be on PBS/WTTW at 8pm on Tuesday, September 12.

Refugee Resettlement Community Dialogue Event
Saturday, Sept 16, 11 AM -2 PM
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

1100 E 55th St, Chicago, IL
Coming to America: The Refugee Experience, the first installment of a three-part series sponsored by the Hyde Park Refugee Project, will explore the challenges faced by refugees, especially those from Muslim-majority countries, in building new lives amid tightening restrictions and divided support from US citizens. The program will include a panel discussion with leaders of organizations dedicated to helping refugees transition to life in the US, lunch, and short talks by legal and policy experts and activists. For more information and to register for the event, click here.
Augustana Adult Choir!
The Adult Choir will sing this Sunday, September 10th! Rehearsal will begin at 9:45 AM SHARP! Any singers that are interested in joining are welcome, experience is helpful but not required.
Please contact Jerrad Fenske at if you are interested in singing with us. Our regular rehearsals will be Tuesday evenings from 7:30-9:00 p.m. beginning September 12th.

Augustana Youth Choir!
This fall is the beginning of a Youth Choir at Augustana. Rehearsals will begin Monday, September 18th from 5-6 pm in the choir room. The choir is open to the youth of Augustana and no prior choral experience is necessary. Please contact Jerrad Fenske, to let us know that you will be coming so that we will be prepared with enough materials. Please include name(s) and age(s) of participant(s). Age is open, the only requirement is that the singer reads text at a comfortable level. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Jerrad.
Jim Schwab Interviewed on Harvey Response

Augustana member Jim Schwab was interviewed on Canadian Broadcasting on Mondaynight with regard to Harvey. Watch the video here:

God’s Work, Our Hands Organizing Committee

Pastor Pitts and Lisa Hensey are forming a God’s Work, Our Hands organizing committee as we begin to gather folks together to organize our God’s Work, Our Hands service day which will be the 29th of October. If you’d like to be a part of this endeavor, please feel free to talk with Pr. Pitts!

Sunday School Registration
Sunday School will be launching soon! September 17th is Registration Day, starting at 9:30amClasses will begin on September 24th.
If you are interested in volunteering as a substitute or assistant teacher, please contact Lise Sveen (lise@uchicago.edu773-474-1783).
Sign Up For Coffee Hour!

An important feature of our hospitality at Augustana is the weekly coffee hour after the 10:45 service. Here you can welcome a visitor or chat with long time friends. If you are willing to help host this weekly gathering, please add your name to the sign up sheet in the narthex. It is better if 2 people serve so that the duties and the joys are shared.

Body and Soul!
Where our sisters, brothers, siblings in Faith and Love come to mediate, be in community and discern how the Creator is speaking to them. It is that time once again as we great our students from the University of Chicago as their Fall Quarter begins.

We would love to experience your talents and joy of cooking! What better way to minister to and fellowship with students than by sharing of yourselves through a home cooked meal–students love this! The dates we need dinner are the following: September 28thOctober 5, 12, 19, 26. Watch for sign up sheets soon! God’s Peace!
–Rev. Kwame Pitts

Interfaith Council Donation Drive

The Hyde Park Interfaith Council is collecting large suitcases or duffel bags with rollers for homeless folks in the area. The are looking to receive donations before 9/16, so they can distribute them at the next community breakfast. If you’re interested in donating,contact Dorothy Pytel.

Sharing with the wider body of Christ a need in our community!

May May Latt, our wonderful sister in Christ and International Student Services Coordinator for LSTC is asking for donations of pots and pans for our international sisters, brothers and siblings in Christ. Do you have a plethora of cookware that would be great to give to incoming families? Please drop them off at Pastor Pitts’s office throughout the week, and she will see that May May receives them! God’s Peace!

Refugee Project School Supplies Drive

The Hyde Park Refugee Project is collecting school supplies for resettled refugee families. If you’d like to donate, visit or contact Dorothy Pytel.

Upcoming Augustana Youth Events
Saturday, October 7
10 am-1 pm:
Seed gathering and bonfire at Whistler Woods Forest Preserve 

We need as many hands as possible to gather the seeds of native plants for spreading throughout the preserve. Chris Weber is making chili. Save the date!

Bike ride to South Shore bird sanctuary
Plans are in the works to meet up at church or the MSI and bike down the lakefront path to the beautiful beach and bird sanctuary behind the South Shore Cultural Center. The sanctuary may be razed as part of the golf course expansion. Maybe the youth will want to make their voices heard on this issue. Let Chris Weber know if you are interested.

Obama Library Summit

The Hyde Park Interfaith Council invites us to come out to the Obama Library Summit onWednesday, September 20 at 6pm to support neighborhood involvement in the library project. The summit will be at Hyde Park Academy High School: 6220 Stony Island Ave.

Volunteer Opportunity: Hyde Park Jazz Festival

The Hyde Park Jazz Festival is looking for volunteers for this year’s festival September 23rd and 24th

Over the course of 2 days, there will be over 40 jazz concerts happening all over Hyde Park. It’s a fun way to hear great music and check out all the cool spots that Hyde Park has to offer. One of the ways the HPJF is special due to all the dedicated volunteers who help run and manage the festival.

To sign up, follow this link:
If a group from Augustana is interested in volunteering together, contact the church officeand we can help arrange it.

Augustana Organ Update

The organ project is coming along beautifully! Augustana has raised $11,300 towards the project to update and rework the organ in the sanctuary. Berghaus Organ Company of Bellwood, IL has been working during the months of June and now the month of September to complete all work just in time for Reformation. The improvements that have been made have already improved the ease of the keyboards and some of the voicing and support of the pipework. Thank you to all who have given and to those who still plan to contribute to this project and the future of the organ at Augustana.

LSTC Guild Fall Gathering

What are you doing on Saturday morning, October 7, 2017?  If your calendar is still open, make plans now to attend the fall gathering of the Guild, an organization that supports the seminary’s large and diverse community of international students and scholars.  We’ll gather at LSTC from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. After a delicious brunch for a cost of $16 and student-led devotions, we will welcome our presenter, Gordon Straw: the newly appointed Director of Spiritual Formation and Coordinator for Candidacy.  Gordon’s presentation is entitled “The Holy Spirit and the Challenge of Change in Organizations.”

We will also announce some exciting organizational changes for the Guild, including a new partnership with LSTC.  You won’t want to miss it!  Please RSVP your attendance by October 1 to Marilyn Olson at, or 773-256-0700, ext. 690. If you are able, please bring a new or gently used kitchen item to help furnish the new students’ apartments :pots and pans, silverware, cooking utensils, plates and bowls are needed.  (No mugs or cups, please.)

If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation you may contact at any time.  Thank you for sharing God’s love through the LSTC Guild, and hope to see you on October 7.  If you have questions, ask Carolyn Ulrich or Jean Nye.

Greetings from Rosanne Swanson in Siantar, Indonesia
Click here to read Rosanne’s latest letter, in which she describes the celebration of Idul Adha in Indonesia.
Augustana Leadership

Council Officers:
Keith Cooper, President
Chris Tompsett, Vice-President
Jeanette Bordelon, Treasurer
Gina Guadarrama, Secretary
Mark Granfors, Financial Secretary

Council Members
Terms expiring January 2018:
Gina Guadarrama
(campus ministry rep, one year term)
Melinda Burger
Andrew Lee
Carolyn Rahaman
Rochelle Robinson-Dukes
Marnfred Ruddat
Chris Tompsett
Gary Worcester

Terms expiring January 2019:
Carol Albright
Jeanette Bordelon
Keith Cooper
Marcy Miller

Terms expiring January 2020:
Celeste Garrett
Bahati Kimondo

Committees & Projects
Christian Education – Lise Sveen
Community Breakfast – Robin Mitchell
Finance – Jeanette Bordelon
Hyde Park Refugee Project – Dorothy Pytel
Personnel – Rochelle Robinson-Dukes
Property – Peter Pytel
Stewardship – open
Worship & Music – Marcy Miller

September Grace Note Calendar
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.