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Thomas Earl Hoekstra
June 21, 1941 - January 8, 2018
Longtime St. Andrew Choir Director and Organist Dr. Tom Hoekstra passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on January 8, 2018. There will be a celebration of his life Sunday, January 28th at St. Andrew, starting with a visitation at 2:00pm followed by the service at 3:00pm. His remains will be placed in the Columbarium in our Prayer Garden.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name to the Parkinson Foundation at Parkinson.org. Recently retired Rev. Jane A. Clark has received permission from Bishop Lee to participate in the service.
Overflow parking is available along Park Ave and at the United Protestant Church of Grayslake, 54 South Whitney Street, at the corner of Park and Whitney Streets.
He was born in Chicago, Illinois to the late Theodore and Katherine (Eerdmans) Hoekstra. He earned his undergraduate degree from Wheaton College, his Masters degree from Indiana University, and his Ph.D. in Choral Literature from the University of Iowa. He was a longtime faculty member of the Music Department at College of Lake County, the Choir Director and Organist at St. Andrew Episcopal Church in Grayslake, and the Music Director at the Apollo Chorus of Chicago from 1985 to 1997. He is survived by his wife of thirty-nine years, Sheila (nee Skowronski) Hoekstra; his children, Kristin (Matthew) Humphrey; Joel (Antonia) Hoekstra; and Meredith (Benjamin) Metzler; his grandchildren Jack and Anna Hoekstra and Sydney and Miles Metzler. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters, Frances (David) Jordan; Donald (Carol) Hoekstra; David (Susan) Hoekstra; Karen Hoekstra; and many nephews and nieces. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother John (Thongthian) Hoekstra.
We would like to congratulate Mother Jane on her decision to retire at the end of this year. She has spent many years assisting individuals first as a nurse then as a Pastor. Though the last eleven years of her career as our Rector is what we appreciate the most, her entire career has been a blessing!
Estos son momentos urgentes para los cristianos que quieren seguir a Jesús por amar a nuestros prójimos como a nuestros mismos.
These are urgent times for Christians who seek to follow Jesus by loving our neighbors as ourselves.
This weekend in Charlottesville, as white supremacists rioted and terrorized people of goodwill, we saw yet again the wages of these sins and the destruction that they wreak in families, communities, and in our country.
We will NOT be holding the Elijah’s Mantle clothing giveaway this Saturday, July 8. We will resume the schedule with the August 5 shoe giveaway.
Earlier today, Presiding Bishop Curry issued a statement asking President Trump to continue accepting refugees into the United States. Late yesterday, the president signaled that he was considering severe restrictions on refugee resettlement.
Bishop Lee posted a letter on the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago website commenting on the Executive Order banning refugees. An excerpt:
"It is hard to square the Beatitudes or any of today's readings with the ban on refugees that President Trump signed on Friday afternoon or with many of the other policies that the current administration in Washington is pursuing..."