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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.

Ice Bucket Challenge

In the previous three weeks, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has taken the United States by storm. Individuals and celebrities across the country have posted videos of themselves on social media dumping buckets of ice water over their heads to raise awareness and money for the ALS Association. Now The Church of the Holy Spirit is accepting the challenge!
Join the Rev. Alan James and CHS parishioners on the front lawn on Sunday, Aug. 24 at 2 p.m., and be sure to wear something you don’t mind getting wet!


Mid-Year Financial Update

The Church of the Holy Spirit's Mid-Year Financial Update is now available. Download the full report below.

Beach Worship at Forest Park Beach

Join us for a casual beach service and barbeque on Saturday, August 23rd --  a great opportunity for worship and fellowship and the first service with our new rector, the Rev. Alan James.

Burgers and hot dogs will be provided. Please RSVP below to help us plan how much to bring, and feel free to bring a side, salad, or dessert to share. Sign up via the form below or in the hallway outside the church office.

Questions? Contact Nancy at or 847-235-2595.



First Sunday Coffee Hour


This Sunday, August 3, you are invited to the First Sunday Coffee Hour, a time of fellowship following the 10 a.m. service that takes place on the first Sunday of every month. Meet, greet, and grab a bite to eat in Parish Hall while welcoming newcomers to The Church of the Holy Spirit and catching up with old friends.  

The Food Pantry Needs Your Help

For children and adults alike, the summer should be a time of respite -- a season to enjoy the sunshine, to take a break from work and school. But for the 1.9 million people in Illinois who struggle with food insecurity, the summer is a time of added complication. As school breakfast and lunch programs go on hiatus and church food programs slow while members take a break, many people struggle to find a place to turn for their next meal.

This makes the work of The Church of the Holy Spirit's food pantry even more important in the summer. And this past week, the pantry's inventory was so low, we had to cut back on the number of bags we give to families in need. Please help keep this vital ministry going through the summer. Non-perishable food donations can be left at the food pantry or church office 7 days a week.

The food pantry is particularly in need of:

Canned chicken (12-13 oz)
Canned ham
Spaghetti sauce (26 oz cans or plastic jars)
Spaghetti noodles
White rice (1 lb box or bag)
Canned vegetables - especially peas (16 oz)
Cereal (not larger than 18 oz)

Please also consider sharing this news with any friends who may also be able to make a donation.