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December Food Pantry Needs

This month the pantry is in need of 1lb. canned hams which do not require refrigeration; strawberry jam (12oz - 18 oz); cold cereal (no jumbo sizes); and jello.

Please consider picking up one or two of these items while you’re doing your grocery shopping this week. You can view a full list of the pantry's needs here or pick up a list from the Pantry door.

The Longest Night

Next Thursday at 6:30 p.m., the Church of the Holy Spirit in Lake Forest will host The Longest Night, a contemplative worship service aimed providing a space for prayer and reflection during the busyness of the Christmas season.
This service is popular in many Christian traditions and acknowledges that Christmas can be a difficult time for those who might be alone or missing someone they love.
The Longest Night will feature contemplative music, readings, and healing prayer. All are welcome to attend regardless of faith tradition.

Nonpartisan Candidate Forum in Waukegan

Lake County United's Waukegan Cluster is sponsoring a Candidate Forum this Sunday October 26 at Queen of Peace Gymnasium  at 910 14th Street in North Chicago from 3 to 5 p.m. This is a nonpartisan event where we will meet with the candidates for the 10th Congressional District; the 60th District State Representative; 9th District County board candidates; and the candidates for Lake County Sheriff. As a member of Lake County United, The Church of the Holy Spirit's members are invited to attend and participate. For more information, visit If you have questions contact Kitty Cole at 847-735-0418.

The Church of the Holy Spirit Honored as Parish of the Year

The Church of the Holy Spirit has been named the Parish of the Year by the ReVive Center for Housing and Healing (formerly Cathedral Shelter) in Chicago.
The Parish of the Year award recognizes a church that has made a significant contribution to the ReVive Center’s work to alleviate and prevent homelessness in the city of Chicago.
“We are humbled to receive this honor,” said the Rev. Alan C. James. “Serving others is at the core of our mission, and our work with the ReVive Center is a reflection of our commitment to loving our neighbors in tangible ways that support them in their lives.”
For decades, CHS members have provided gifts for the ReVive Center’s Christmas Basket program which distributes Christmas gifts to more than 5,000 individuals and families in December of each year.  In 2014, this tradition will continue. Members can look for information about this year’s families starting in November.
In addition, the church’s Senior Choir also collects hams for ReVive to distribute each Easter.
The Rev. Alan James, Cathy Weingart-Ryan, and Lynne Atherton will formally accept the award at ReVive’s Awards Celebration! on Friday, November 14 at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago.

All Parish Dinner

Join us on Sunday, October 19 at 5 p.m. for our annual All Parish Dinner. This year's dinner will feature an Oktoberfest theme with brats, saukerkraut, pretzels, and a beer garden (with root beer for the kids!). There will also be music and games for the kids. Please RSVP to or using the link below. There is also a sign-up sheet outside the office. Let us know if you are coming so that we have enough food. Danke schön!



Christkindl Markt is Coming!

Christkindl season is approaching quickly. Be sure to mark the following dates on your calendar:

Ladies' Preview Evening
Thursday, November 6
7 to 9 p.m.

Tea Luncheon and Bake Sale
Friday, November 7
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Christkindl Markt
Friday November 7 - Sunday, November 9
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Want to help out? There will be a number of opportunities to volunteer in the coming months. There are opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to help out at the fair itself November 7 - 9. 

In addition, the Bake Sale Committee is looking for volunteers who can contribute baked goods to be dropped off the Friday before the market. Look for a sign-up sheet in the hallway soon.

Baking not your style? More of a details person? The Tea Committee is also looking for a few more members to help plan the Tea Luncheon. 

For information about volunteer opportunities contact Cindy Martin at For general information about Christkindl Market and Missions Possible Books & More, contact Barb Weinberger at

Faith@Work Welcomes Eboo Patel

Faith@Work will welcome special guest speaker and internationally acclaimed author Eboo Patel on Friday, September 26 at 7:30 a.m. in Parish Hall. Patel has written two books about interfaith cooperation, Acts of Faith and Sacred Ground, and presented his work at the TED conference, the Clinton Global Initiative, and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, as well as college and university campuses across the country.

Please stop into this special forum as you start your day. Coffee and donuts will be provided. Invite friends and family to come along!

Learn more about Faith@Work at

Fight Hunger in Lake County

The Northern Illinois Food Bank is in the running for a $60,000 grant from Walmart. For years, The Church of the Holy Spirit's support of the Northern Illinois Food Bank has helped families across Lake Country access food in times of need. Now we can help them do more with one click! Visit and to vote for the NIFB to receive the funds. You can vote once a day through October 5.

In addition, the NIFB has a number of ways you can help raise funds and awareness about their work in your place of employment.

Volunteer at the A.J. Katzenmaier Carnival

CHS Volunteers can contact Skip Martin at


Church School and Confirmation Registration

It's time again to register for Church School and Confirmation. Register via the links below, or you can pick up a hard copy at the church. Please either complete the online form or return a hard copy form to Debbie Stockert or the Rev. Sarah Odderstol by Friday, September 5. 

Register for Church School
Register for Confirmation

Ministry Fair

This hugely successful event is back and will once again feature the many active ministries at The Church of the Holy Spirit. Come to the fair after the 9 a.m. service and enjoy fellowship, food, and the exciting displays while the kids are in Sunday school. Take your time, ask questions, and find a ministry (or two!) that might be of interest to you.

***Ministry leaders … put together a display for your ministry that best represents your important work.

Going to the grocery store?

Help keep The Church of the Holy Spirit's Food Pantry stocked while you're doing your weekly shopping. For the month of September, the food pantry is especially in need of:

Muffin mixes
Meals in a can like ravioli, spaghetti o’s, hash, and stew
Toilet paper (individually wrapped)

For a complete list of items the food pantry needs to keep stocked, download a printable grocery list here.

In addition, the pantry is in need of volunteers from 1-3 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays to 1) sort donated food, 2) pack bags of food for distribution, and 3) distribute bags to food pantry visitors. Volunteers must have a strong back for lifting and a warm smile for those coming to us during a difficult time in their lives. To volunteer or for more information contact Anne Frost at or Margaret Mahan at

The Chalice Cup Golf Championship

A team of 12 CHS golfers will compete in the Annual Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Chalice Cup Golf Championship Friday, August 29th, on the Deerpath Golf Course. The Chalice Cup Golf Championship, involving several local competing churches, was established 20 years ago in 1994. CHS has been victorious four times; the latest win was in 2011. The event promotes fellowship among the churches of two communities. It also rewards winning churches with donations to their respective Outreach Fund.