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Calendar of Upcoming Virtual & in Person Meetings in May 2022

    • Sunday: Worship with us in person or live streaming, Sunday, May 22, The sermon title is "The Spirit Will Teach You".   To begin worship, click here to go to this Sunday's worship service page
    • First Monday: Next Book Study | Kathleen O'Hanlon & Joyce Anders
      Zoom Link:  7 pm-8:30 June 6, 2022 So, what do we read next? We have begun by reading and discussing the first 74 pages of "The Underground Railroad", a novel by Colson Whitehead. If you haven't started it isn't too late to join. Get the book and read through to page 142. It's a powerful book and we have had a lot of heartfelt discussion of the subject.  Suggested: Read through PP. 142. and come on in (Click on this link)
      Undeground RailroadUnderground Railroad Book for May
    • Tuesdays: 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday Morning  at a Zoom meeting.  We are have just begun the book, "From Daughters To Disciples", Women's  Stories from the New Testament. The author is Lynn Japinga.  Read pp 18-24 for Tuesday.  And if you can't help yourself, start Chapter 2, "The Bent Over Woman".  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information (we formerly met at Panera and may meet at Panera again).
    • Tuesdays: | Tuesday Adult Education Class  | 7:00 pm Central Time | Tim VanNasdale
      Zoom Link for meeting:  Tuesdays, 7 pm (next class 05/24/22)    If  you are interested in participating in this book study, please click on the <--blue link or let us know through email: the church office  or phone: 708-798-0490 so we can include you in the weekly email notification with the Zoom link.
    • Zoom link for meeting Tuesday at 7 pm Illinois timeUpdate from Tim: There are 10 videos that we'll watch and discuss together. The titles for these videos are:
      • In the Footsteps of Abraham
      • The Exodus: From Egypt to Canaan
      • The Israelites Conquer the Promised Land
      • Israel's Rise to Prominence through David and Solomon
      • The Assyrian Invasion
      • The Babylonian Conquest of Judah
      • Investigating the Historical Authenticity of the New Testament
      • The Reliability of Luke and Acts
      • How Archeology Backs Up the New Testament
      • The Trial of Jesus
      The class is led by an author named Stephen Meyer. It focuses on methods for determining text historicity along with using insights from archeology as well. I'll likely be drawing in work from Titus Kennedy and Gleason Archer as we go through the course as well. I'm really looking forward to it.
    • Sundays: | SundayWorship Service  We are now worshiping in the church building at 11 am on Sunday mornings.Access to our Live Streaming Service can be found on the "Worship Page" | Post Sunday Streaming Worship Meet-up (aka Heavenly Perks) is beginning in person on May 22 
    • Healing & Wholeness Service date is: TBD.  We offer access to a Healing & Wholeness Service online  at any time.  This service is a time of reflection, prayer, and meditation.  This service can help us to experience anew God’s healing, peace-giving grace or refuel us for becoming agents of healing and reconciliation.  Taking time for this mimics a pattern for Jesus and his disciples.  They would be out in the thick of a clamoring multitude and then retreat to a quiet place to reconnect, recharge, and clarify their mission.  Our quiet place awaits us in this service online.  (Watch for an announcement for maybe private prayer time on Zoom after this service.) | Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for prayer needs request.

Looking forward | scripture readings for next sunday, May 29 -- Acts 16:16-34 and John 17:20-26

Acts 16:16-34 ||| Common English Bible

16One day, as we were going to the place of prayer, we met a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners a great deal of money by fortune-telling. 17While she followed Paul and us, she would cry out, “These men are slaves of the Most High God, who proclaim to you a way of salvation.” 18She kept doing this for many days. But Paul, very much annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I order you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour. 19But when her owners saw that their hope of making money was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace before the authorities. 20When they had brought them before the magistrates, they said, “These men are disturbing our city; they are Jews 21and are advocating customs that are not lawful for us as Romans to adopt or observe.” 22The crowd joined in attacking them, and the magistrates had them stripped of their clothing and ordered them to be beaten with rods. 23After they had given them a severe flogging, they threw them into prison and ordered the jailer to keep them securely. 24Following these instructions, he put them in the innermost cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. 25About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. 26Suddenly there was an earthquake, so violent that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were unfastened. 27When the jailer woke up and saw the prison doors wide open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, since he supposed that the prisoners had escaped. 28But Paul shouted in a loud voice, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.” 29The jailer called for lights, and rushing in, he fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 30Then he brought them outside and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31They answered, “Believe on the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” 32They spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. 33At the same hour of the night he took them and washed their wounds; then he and his entire family were baptized without delay. 34He brought them up into the house and set food before them; and he and his entire household rejoiced that he had become a believer in God.

John 17:20-26 ||| Common English Bible 

20”I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, 21that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, 23I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. 24Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. 25“Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. 26I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”

 

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