Espenschied Chapel 317 County Road • P.O. Box 347 • Mascoutah, Illinois 62258

Espenschied Chapel is not a church nor affiliated with any churches. But the simple elegance of its design inspires a spiritual energy, making it an ideal place for people to gather together.

 

Mascoutah Cemetery Chapel, Inc. is the official name of the 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit group that was formed to save the chapel from demolition in 1999.

 

Since its restoration, it serves as a cultural center in the community. We have a concert series and are working toward hosting more programs and cultural events and workshops! We feature artists who play original and traditional music.

 

The chapel was built at the bequest of a generous local family in 1928. Though it was very well built, after a short time it fell out of use, as funeral homes and local churches were preferred for services.

So the chapel sat unused and neglected for decades, until a decision was made that it was not needed anymore and that it would be too costly to invest in repairs to save the building.

 

Some concerned citizens rallied community support just in time to spare it from the wrecking ball. A not-for-profit group was formed and raised all the necessary funds –thanks to the generosity of the community– and with sheer determination, pitched in and did the work to restore the chapel to its original glory. A kitchen was added downstairs, new furnace and central air conditioning, new restroom facilities and some other improvements as well.

 

The intimacy of the small venue (120-130) will spoil you!

If you are interested in sponsoring or underwriting a concert, please contact us.
With that same can-do attitude that saved the chapel, we aspire to become a looked-to cultural center and concert venue.

 

  • What's New!/Donate/Buy Tickets

    We are in fundraising mode!

    Construction is coming along, but several things have come up that have added to the cost of the project.

    And, we had hoped the city of Mascoutah would build the gently sloped sidewalk to the new entrance... but they will not, so that is another big expense for us to bear. Please consider helping us.

    Please make a donation.

    We are a 501(c)(3), so gifts are tax-deductible.

    Every dollar counts, and is greatly appreciated.

    Another way to help, support our concert efforts by buying tickets and helping us spread the word.

     

     

     

    And a big thanks to Amy for sharing her expertise with us, providing yoga classes.

    Check the calendar of Facebook for updates. Amy is a yoga therapist as well as an instructor and massage therapist. Thank you, Amy!

    No registration or dues required to participate (but donations are very much appreciated and needed)

    New Yoga Schedule:

    8 week sessions of yoga, then a month off to get ready for the next 8 week session. We will have four 8 week sessions throughout the year with month breaks in between. Let's see how this works out for 2017, okay!! The first 8 week session starts on January 5th at 6pm. It will be every Thursday (unless otherwise notified) through February and March will be our first month off. This is what it will look like:

    Session 1: January 5th-February 23rd (Iyengar Style Yoga)

    Off Month: March

    Session 2: April 6th- May 25th (Rodney Yee)

    Off Month: June

    Session 3: July 6th- August 31st (Yoga for Weight Loss)

    Off Month: September

    Session 4: October 5th- November 30th (Power Yoga)

    (except Thanksgiving)

    Off Month: December

    Any questions? If so, email: Amy

     

    First and third Thursday Acoustic Jam nights are being very well attended! Thanks to the talent, leadership, dedication and generosity of Bill!

    Bring an instrument, or just come to sing, but c'mon and join the fun!

    No registration or dues required to participate (but donations are very much appreciated and needed)

    Thanks!

     

     

    If you would like to receive email from us about upcoming events or news about projects at the chapel, please let us know. If you had signed up for our email list and are not receiving emails from us, please contact us. We have been getting a lot of rejected mail and are trying to update our mailing list.

     

  • Schedule / Calendar

     

    Thank you to all who made the cemetery walk a success!

     

    Friday July 28, 7 p.m.

    John Dennis Concert

    John Dennis, a 25 year old Freeburg, IL native, moved to Nashville, TN to pursue his unique place among the music there. His unique vocals, clever Midwestern-driven imagery, and 21st century socially commentative lyrics earn him his own distinct voice. He was discovered by Rainfeather Records and completed his first record with Rainfeather, Eternity’s Tree

    in 2014. Second Wind is his second record with Rainfeather, which marks a substantial and triumphant step forward both artistically and personally.

    Advance tickets $15. Available here and locally at Bee Hollow Market, 217 East Main, Mascoutah

     

    Saturday July 29, 5 p.m.

    John Dennis Concert

     

     

     

    Thursdays
    6-7 p.m.

    Yoga
    No need to pre-enroll, just come with your yoga mat. Though there is no charge for the class, but donations to the chapel are needed and very much appreciated.

     

    New Yoga Schedule:

    8 week sessions of yoga, then a month off to get ready for the next 8 week session. We will have four 8 week sessions throughout the year with month breaks in between. Let's see how this works out for 2017, okay!! The first 8 week session starts on January 5th at 6pm. It will be every Thursday (unless otherwise notified) through February and March will be our first month off. This is what it will look like:

    Session 1: January 5th-February 23rd (Iyengar Style Yoga)

    Off Month: March

    Session 2: April 6th- May 25th (Rodney Yee)

    Off Month: June

    Session 3: July 6th- August 31st (Yoga for Weight Loss)

    Off Month: September

    Session 4: October 5th- November 30th (Power Yoga)

    (except Thanksgiving)

    Off Month: December

    Any questions? If so, email: Amy

     

    First & Third Thursdays 7:30-9:30

    Acoustic Jam Night

    No need to sign up, no fees, (though donations are needed and very much appreciated) just bring your guitar or other acoustic instrument (no amps) and let's jam for fun! Some flyers were put out that didn't say "Second Thursdays" so we'll have jam night each Thursday for a while. C'mon and join the fun!

    flyer

     

     

     

     

     

  • Yoga

    Big thanks to Amy for sharing her expertise with us, providing yoga classes.

    Check the calendar of Facebook for updates. Amy is a yoga therapist as well as an instructor and massage therapist. Thank you, Amy!

    No registration or dues required to participate (but donations are very much appreciated and needed)

    New Yoga Schedule:

    8 week sessions of yoga, then a month off to get ready for the next 8 week session. We will have four 8 week sessions throughout the year with month breaks in between. Let's see how this works out for 2017, okay!! The first 8 week session starts on January 5th at 6pm. It will be every Thursday (unless otherwise notified) through February and March will be our first month off. This is what it will look like:

    Session 1: January 5th-February 23rd (Iyengar Style Yoga)

    Off Month: March

    Session 2: April 6th- May 25th (Rodney Yee)

    Off Month: June

    Session 3: July 6th- August 31st (Yoga for Weight Loss)

    Off Month: SeptemberSession 4: October 5th- November 30th (Power Yoga)

    (except Thanksgiving)

    Off Month: December

    Any questions? If so, email: Amy

     

  • Acoustic Jam Sessions

    First and third Thursday Acoustic Jam nights are being very well attended! Thanks to the talent, leadership, dedication and generosity of Bill!

    Bring an instrument, or just come to sing, but c'mon and join the fun!

    No registration or dues required to participate (but donations are very much appreciated and needed)

    Thanks!

  • Weddings & Christenings

    Wedding photos by Larissa Photography

  • Concerts (past)

    Just to mention a few...

  • Workshops

    We present workshops from time to time. When Geoff Muldaur was here, he did a concert and also a guitar playing workshop.

  •  Memorial Services

    Espenschied Chapel is next to the Mascoutah Cemetery and is available to be used for memorial services.

    When the accessibilty project is completed, the chapel will be able to accommodate funerals.

  • Accessibility Project/Donate

    Construction is underway!

    We are moving ahead with plans to make Espenschied Chapel accessible! The plan will include a new, accessible entrance to an addition which will include new restrooms, a green room and an area for catered luncheons. The proposed improvements will make the chapel an ideal place for funeral and memorial services, as was the original purpose of the chapel.

    Fundraising is coming along, but we still need several thousand dollars to complete the project.

    Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to Mascoutah Cemetery Chapel, Inc.

     

     

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Espenschied Chapel 317 County Road • P.O. Box 347 • Mascoutah, Illinois 62258