Join us on Pentecost Sunday as we celebrate our ministry at the corner of Grace and Keeler in the Old Irving Park neighborhood. For 127 of our 131 years, we have called this corner home and are grateful to have served God and community from this place. We are grateful for the opportunity to have served Christ and his beloved community here. As we consider a new location, we invite you to join us to celebrate our long-time home and the various ministries that have served so many here.
We chose Pentecost Sunday because it is a day that marks the promise of the Holy Spirit. On Pentecost the Holy Spirit moved the disciples out of the upper room and into the streets. While IPUMC is celebrating the past, we are doing this with the hope and promise that the Holy Spirit is moving us into the future.
As Rainbow People we are united in Christ and hold fast to God's promises as we move into the future. While denominational issues add to our uncertainty, we hold fast to who we are during this time of transition. The Holy Spirit was poured out on ALL people – all genders, young, old, slave, free. As a reconciling congregation, we understand God’s promises continue to include all people irrespective of gender identity, sexual preference, ability, race, economic status or education.
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Pentecost Sunday, June 9
Service of Celebration at 11 a.m.
Luncheon by La Villa starts at 12:30 p.m. in the church Fellowship Hall
Come trip down memory lane with us and with others who are returning to this place with so many memories of good work that has been done from here. Perhaps you attended worship, a wedding, a concert or art show, helped at the pantry or through another organization that met here. Share with others the stories about special life events, celebrations, meetings and more that have happened because our doors were open to all.
A special booklet will share images, reflections and highlights from the past 130 years. Consider sharing a memory or photos you have of the ministry that has happened in our building. Also us know if you are interested in more information about the booklet. Send us an email by May 28 to: Pastor Hope email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Special donations to IPUMC to help us during this transition can se sent to: http://www.irvingparkumc.com/donate
Without a doubt, God is leading us to new places, opening new doors, and calling us to serve in new ways. On June 9th we will celebrate, not with sadness, but with the joy that comes in knowing our God is faithful.