You are invited to journey with us through the advent season as we celebrate the presence of the SACRED in our midst!
ADVENT Worship Series
Come, O People, to sacred spaces
Come to enter sacred time.
We are gathered as God’s people,
Broken, harried, still we chime:
Come, O Holy One,
Bring us Comfort,
Peace, and hope in us increase.
May our time here in your presence,
Help us find a sacred peace.
Our focus for worship and community conversation in January and February is "Building and Rebuilding God's House Together." In January we have explored what the foundation and the pillars of the House of God might be (wisdom, humility, trust, and patience). In February we will discuss how we develop the interior of God's House. Following worship we will have 30 minute conversations to identify key values and priorities as we develop a new plan for future ministry in our community. Everyone is welcome to join us at 10:00 am for worship and 11:00 am for coffee and conversation.
On Sunday, February 26 we will have a service that highlights "Hymns & Songs of Faith." Hymn requests for this service may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday services are held at 10am in the Sanctuary. Fellowship time follows directly after at 11am. All are welcome!
Our core values spell out GRACE, a foundational principle, as well as the name of the street on which our weekday entrance sits.
G is for growing. We have lots of ways that we are growing, but most important is how we are growing as people of faith. We offer adult Bible Study on Sundays at 9:00 am in Fellowship Hall. Our children have Sunday school that begins about 10:20 am on Sunday mornings (so they are with us for part of the worship service), and we have a youth program that helps our youth grow in their faith which begins at Grade 5. We also have a variety of family programs that help families grow in their faith together. Our next family event is a bowling night on Saturday, March 4.
R is for reconciling. Our congregation has welcomed all persons regardless of age, ethnicity and sexual orientation or gender identity into the full membership and leadership of the congregation since 1986. We live out this value in a wide variety of ways, including advocacy and full inclusion in the life and leadership of the congregation.
A is for artistic. We believe that the arts are one of the ways that we experience the presence of God. They enrich our lives and nourish our spirits. We have partnerships with artists in our community, use the arts in worship, and offer additional experiences in the arts for children and adults throughout the year. One of our arts friends, Filament Theatre, has a wonderful and creative show this month on The Adventures of Robin Hood. There is a sensory friendly performance on February 19 at 3:00 pm. http://www.filamenttheatre.org/
C is for community. We are in ministry with our community in several ways. 1. We open our building for a number of community groups including the Irving Park Community Food Pantry (which began as a ministry of this congregation to feed hungry neighbors), the Martha Groups – AA groups that moved here after the Martha Washington hospital closed, Brownies and Girl Scouts, Apogee Academy, and many more. 2. We engage in ministry to help meet the needs of our community, such as the CPS Spring Break Safe Haven Program, for which we have been a site for two years, and work with organizations such as the Northwest Arts Connection and Build On to help bring quality programs and services to the community. 3. We are in partnership with community ministries and programs such as the Irving Park Community Food Pantry and Hands to Help ministry.
E is for environment. We are committed to being responsible stewards of the environment, which shows up in the use of recycled paper products and Fair Trade Coffee and Teas, as well as in events which we host for the community on topics of environmental interest. One recent endeavor was the Community Herb and Prayer garden, in which we partnered with the Pantry to provide organically grown herbs for Pantry clients. We also had a rain barrel demonstration on site to help people see how rainwater can be collected and used in gardens.