You are invited to journey with us through the advent season as we celebrate the presence of the SACRED in our midst!
WELCOMEADVENT Worship Series
Welcome, welcome to this place
you’re invited to come and know God’s grace,
all are welcome, the love of God to share
’cause all of us are welcome here,
all are welcome in this place.
(Words by Laurie Zelman and Mark Miller, 2007)
Our worshiping congregation is a group of people who are diverse in age, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, economic situation, and religious background. When we gather, we celebrate that diversity, finding in it a greater understanding of the Divine Mystery. The more diversity we share, the greater the sense of the sacred in our midst.
We worship every Sunday at 10:00 am in a service sometimes described as relaxed and creative with a somewhat traditional flow. Our Sunday worship includes communion, for we gather around the table to receive the strength needed to live our faith out loud through the week. Everyone is welcome at the table.
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. Our ACTION 30 Mondays series begins March 6 with a 30 minute time of learning and action on topics of general concern. March 6 is IMMIGRATION, March 13 is HOMELESSNESS, March 20 is CLIMATE CHANGE, and March 27 is SELF-CARE during advocacy. All are open to all ages, but particularly appropriate for Grade 5 and up. Child care is provided for $1 per child.
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 Feed My Starving Children on Saturday, March 25.
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. LGBTQ Advocacy will be our topic on Monday, April 3 on ACTION 30 MONDAYS.
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. We are looking forward to a very special organ concert on May 9 with Jean-Luc Guionnet , a French concert organist. SAVE THE DATE!
C is for community. We are in ministry with our community in several ways. 1. The community is invited to work on the justice and advocacy topics of our ACTION 30 MONDAYS from 7:00-7:30 pm, beginning Monday, March 6. We are fortunate to live in such a caring and active community. 2. 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 three 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 are working to ensure that building improvements include as much in the way of green energy as possible.