Ministry reports will be posted here as they become available.


Altar Guild
Polly Baur

The St. Elisabeth’s Altar Guild team has the responsibility to attend to the altar for all services throughout the year including the 8am services, 10am services and any special services. Our Altar Guild is comprised of four teams that rotate to cover each of the services.

Thank you to all members of the St. Elisabeth’s Altar Guild including: Lauren Edelston, Deidre McClurg, Carrie Mygatt, JoAn Anderson, Mac DuBose, Adrienne Zimmerman, Cathy MacKinnon, Anne Healy, Libby Hinds, Sherry Schellenbach, Barbara Ferry, Glenna Foley, Stephanie Mackiewicz. Your hard work and dedication enables us to experience the joy of worship at each of our St. Elisabeth’s services.

In 2020, we will be welcoming Susan Chadd as a rejoining member of the Altar Guild. We welcome volunteers at any time!

Annual Giving
Buildings and Grounds, Peter Wittleder

Initiative – LGBTQ
Kay Rossiter

This year the LGBTQ+ team pursued our mandate to educate and to promote understanding of LGBTQ+. To that end, we held eight meetings over the course of the year to plan events and develop projects promoting inclusiveness and diversity. The year brought changes, including a farewell to our rector Daphne Cody, one of the original course-setters for our strategic plan and this initiative. In the fall, we welcomed interim rector Kevin Goodman who is likewise committed to the cause of LGBTQ+ understanding. We look forward to a productive year with him on our team. Other new members of our team this year include junior warden Anne Tuohy, who will be our liaison with the vestry, and Ross Shanley-Roberts whose tech expertise will be a huge help.

Over the course of the year, the team pursued several ongoing projects. We agreed on rainbow icons for our outdoor signage that will be installed in 2020. In addition, an LGBTQ+ site is being developed for the St E’s website that will provide info and LGBTQ+ support links.

Other highlights of the year included an April 24 workshop at Kenilworth Union Church where members of our team joined other church and synagogue leaders to learn about supporting LGBTQ+ youth. The event was led by licensed, clinical social worker Lizzy Appleby, who gave an inspired presentation that prompted us to engage her for a pronoun workshop at St E’s in 2020.

Pride Month was celebrated in several special ways. We flew the rainbow flag alongside our red doors every day during June. On June 24, we hosted a church Pride Picnic on the front lawn that drew people from around the neighborhood. During the church service earlier that day, we presented a beautiful rainbow stole to Daphne Cody, which she later gave to the church. To further celebrate Pride Month, St Elisabeth’s sent a delegation to the Chicago Pride Parade on June 30 to join the Coalition of Welcoming Churches. Our group proudly walked alongside Bishop Jeff Lee on part of the parade route.

Many thanks to the LGBTQ+ members for their work this year. They are: Cody Cook, Sally Graver, Tasker Generes, Linda Illes, Christine Johnson, Cathy Seccombe, Dillon Shipman, Annie Thornton, John and Anne Tuohy, and Ross Shanley-Roberts. We invite anyone who’s interested to join us.

Initiative – Unaffiliated
Joyce Newcomb

The overriding goal of the Unaffiliated initiative is that the congregation understand and connect with the growing demographic of people who identified themselves as spiritual but who have no religious affiliation. Although this has been a less active year, one way that St. Elisabeth’s has been achieving this goal is through the Labyrinth, which provides a sacred space for all comers to walk its path, to pray and to meditate. Last summer’s bulletin board display presented the Unaffiliated initiative and asked parishioners to weigh in on ways for us to reach out to this demographic. Among the suggestions provided were three avenues to explore this year: Starting a meditation class, to be led by a qualified teacher and held in the chapel one day a week; Holding a public event on a topic such as Curbing Gun Violence, Civil Discourse, or Climate Change; and Asking the parish to read a specific book about secular spirituality, followed by a discussion at a Sunday forum. Team leaders, Hall Healy and Joyce Newcomb, are currently are interested in adding team members.

Lenten Pilgrimage
Nominating Committee – Rich Lesperance
Search Committee – Leslie Alter / Susan Newcomb

Soup Kitchen
John Tuohy / Chuck Chad

We are part of a dedicated group of churches and synagogues that are committed to provide a hot meal and a sack lunch every single day of the year in Evanston for people in need. Although we are not sure exactly how long our church has been involved in this mission, we know that this ministry is at least 25 years mature now, and we believe that we are one of the longest serving churches. We are responsible for the second Thursday of every other month.

That Thursday is quite a busy day as it requires our volunteers to shop, prepare lunches at St. Elisabeth’s, and prepare and serve dinner at Evanston’s First United Methodist Church. We plan for 100 diners, including that hot meal and sack lunch. Actual attendance this year has ranged from 65-85, but those who come like our food and usually consume all of it

We rely on volunteers to prepare and serve the food, and generous donors to cover the costs of purchasing it. Approximately fifteen to twenty-five volunteers are required each time we do this mission. One of the wonderful benefits of soup kitchen is that our volunteers range from five or six years old to eighty or more years young and we all work together as a highly efficient, caring and jolly crew.

We are very proud of this ministry and the participation of so many of you, and you should be as well.

Stone, Sash and Sound
Rich Lesperance / Henry Reukauf

In 2018 we launched a campaign to improve several areas of our building: exterior stonework and stucco repair, refurbishing the stained glass windows and installing a sound loop system in the church. Through the generosity of our members, we have total pledges of $101,500 and the work is on track. We are about halfway through, with the rest projected to be finished in 2020. Last year we completed the renovation of the stucco on the Rectory, and the installation of a t-coil sound loop system in the church for visitors with hearing aids.

In 2020, we plan to complete the rest of the work, which will be focused on repairing the broken stonework around the exterior of the buildings and protecting the stained glass windows of the church with stronger frames, weather stripping, and insulated glass.

Special thanks to the B&G team for all their hard work coordinating countless site visits and bids. The restoration of the stained glass windows is an especially complex project, and they worked persistently to get us the best possible solution.

Special thanks to the B&G team for all their hard work coordinating countless site visits and bids. The restoration of the stained glass windows is an especially complex project, and they worked persistently to get us the best possible solution.