EASTERTIDE is the period of fifty days between Easter Sunday and Pentecost Sunday. It is intended to be one great celebration with festive hymns, “alleluias” galore, and people standing to pray (instead of kneeling) because we can trust with full confidence in the power of the risen Christ over every force of evil (including our own penchant for missing the mark).

One scholar writes, “the mystery of the risen Christ is so radically different from all human expectations that the church takes weeks liturgically to ponder it. The Sundays move from mystery to mystery as the wonder of the new life deepens.” (Philip Pfatteicher)

In the coming Fifty Days of Resurrection we invite you to reflect on your story of faith. What does it mean to you that Christ has been raised from the dead—and how do you feel called to live in response to such a happening?

If you would like to explore your response, please contact the Rev. Wes Smedley or the Rev. Heidi Haverkamp. We would love to work with you to help you tell your story of faith: whether it is just for you, or for you to share with your church community as a gift-offering.

Meanwhile, here are some ways in the coming weeks that the community of St. Chrysostom’s is living and telling our story of faith. PLEASE JOIN US!



Aestas Consort in Concert | 7 p.m.

This Chicago-based professional choir is devoted to communicating the expressive power and relevance of sacred music in performances that are evocative, layered and vital. MORE HERE


Newcomer's Class | 10 a.m., Rector's Study

Get to know both St. Chrys and the Episcopal tradition a little better. Bring your questions and interests to any of our three May sessions (May 7, 14, and 21) All are welcome—no matter how new or “not that new” you feel! Contact the Rev. Heidi Haverkamp with questions or to RSVP.

Sunday Supper | 6 p.m., Guild Room

On the first Sunday of each month, following the 5:15 PM Quiet Eucharist, the parish takes time to share supper and get to know one another, whether we are long-timers or newcomers. Admission: contribution to the feast (salad, dessert, bottle of wine/beverage) or $10 per person. Use the sign-up sheet in the cloister or call the church office (312-944-1083) to RSVP.  


Women of St. Chrysostom's Book Club | 1:30 p.m., North Room

Join us for a discussion led by Dorothy Ramm of "Middlemarch" by George Eliot. This epic tale of passion, disillusionment, and blackmail set in 19th-century England promises to be a tantalizing end to the Book Club year!

Healing Service | 6 p.m.

If any aspect of your life is frayed—physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual—this service offers a place to seek healing. This serene Eucharist includes a brief sermon, and the opportunity to receive anointing or laying on of hands. As always, we welcome friends, neighbors, everyone.


YoPros Salsa Lesson

The Young Professionals of St. Chrys (YoPros) fellowship group gathers for good conversation, exploring all that Chicago has to offer, and discussing the mysteries of faith. On May 12th, the group will work on their dance moves with a group salsa lesson. MORE HERE


Neighbors in Need Dinner | 4 p.m., Guild Room

On the third Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m., we host “Neighbors in Need” dinners for a growing community of about 75 guests. We offer hospitality, nourishment, and a safe place to gather. Volunteers shop, cook, serve, greet, visit, and help with cleanup. MORE HERE


Parents Night Out | 6 p.m., Guild Room

Parents of young children ages 0–5, our May 19th Parents Night Out is an evening to enjoy dinner, childcare provided for children through age 10. The evening begins at 6 PM in the Guild Room. RESERVE HERE by May 15.


Frank Lloyd Wright’s Oak Park: A Walking Tour

The Women of St. Chrysostom's invite you to a day of fellowship, architecture, and art. We’ll tour nine private homes by Frank Lloyd Wright and his disciples in Oak Park during a special "Wright Weekend" sponsored by the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. 

  • > 7:30 AM—Meet at the church for coffee, tea, and goodies.
  • > 8:15 AM—Depart for Oak Park to arrive by the 9 AM start time.
  • > 5:00 PM—Leave Oak Park and travel back to the church.

The cost is $135 per person, which covers tour ticket, transportation to/from Oak Park, and a box lunch (vegetarian lunches can be requested). The ticket also covers entry to the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio and the Frederick C. Robie House during the May 20–21 weekend OR any regular public tour of those properties plus The Rookery through December 31, 2017. 

SPACE IS LIMITED—Secure your place with a check payable to St. Chrysostom's with Wright Tour in the notation, mailed to the church office with "May 20 Wright Tour" marked on the envelope.


End-of-Season Concert | Second City Musick at 2 p.m.

Craig Trompeter, Anna Steinhof, and Russell Wagner return to St. Chrysostom’s with their Viol consort for a splendid concert, with special guest Mary Springfels.

Compline | 7 p.m.

The Choirs of St. Chrysostom’s Church led by Richard Hoskins will sing the beautiful and contemplative service of Compline.