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on the table. your voice matters. Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 6:30 pm

When we come together as a community to listen to and learn from each other, we have the power to impact both neighborhoods and lives. That's what On the Table, sponsored by The Chicago Community Trust, is all about.  Irving Park United Methodist Church will host community conversations about concerns and ways to make our community stronger, safer and more dynamic.  Progress happens when residents and organizations collaborate to make contributions that add up to a greater solution.  On the Table connects individuals and communities of diverse perspectives and backgrounds to do just that.  We will be hosting the meal, which has no cost for our guests.  Share the invitation with everyone you know and register by calling the church at 773-283-6262 or emailing us at irvingparkumc.com.  Tables of eight to twelve will allow for good conversation. More information is available at www.onthetable.com.

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ACTION 30 MONDAYS: 30 MINUTES to make a difference!

Come for 30 minutes to learn about a social concern AND take concrete action!  That is ACTION 30 MONDAYS!  On Monday evenings from 7:00-7:30 pm beginning March 6 we will have a 10-15 minute presentation by someone with experience and knowledge and then DO SOMETHING to make a difference! A suggested donation of $5 per person will help us with supply costs and speakers.  Childcare will be provided on site upon request for $1 per child.

May 1: Indivisible Chicago. Political action and advocacy at the grassroots level.

May 8: The Magdalene House of Chicago. Sex trafficking and intervention efforts.

May 15: Youth Initiatives to Change the World and Change lives through the Global Citizens Program.

May 22:  Hands to Help.  Homeless Intervention programs in our neighborhood.

NOTE: May 22 is the last of our Action 30 Mondays.  Thank you for joining us as we work to change the world for the better! 

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Feed My Starving Children on March 25 7:00-9:00 pm

Meet at church at 6:00 pm to travel together to Schaumburg.  Youth and their parents are invited to pack food to be shipped to areas of the world where children are hungry.  In the process, we will hear how many children around the world do not have enough to eat and how we can make a difference! BONUS FEATURE:  Participating youth tend to complain less about food they are served as a result of understanding world hunger issues!  

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SUPERSTART on March 17-18 for 4th-7th Graders

Don't miss Super Start on March 17-18th for 4th-7th graders. Register by February 12 to get the early registration price!  This is the most exciting retreat of the year for our younger youth.  Scholarships are limited, so please register soon!

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WINTERJAM on March 10

The music event of the year!  WINTERJAM is held at Allstate Arena on March 10th, and will feature 10 bands for $10! The doors open at 6:00 pm and the Concert begins at 7:00 pm.  The bands are CROWDER, Bitt Nicole, Tenth Avenue North, Sadie Robertson, Thousand Foot Crutch, Andy Mineo, Colton Dixon, NEWSONG and Tony Nolan.   This is a great time of music, faith, and fun for all ages. Let Hope know if you want to go, and if you can recruit a driver!

For more info on WINTERJAM and the artists, check out the website: http://2017.jamtour.com/  

For more info on WINTERJAM and the artists, check out the website: http://2017.jamtour.com/

 

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Church Retreat to Develop a Five Year Plan

Please excuse us while we dream new dreams!  On Sunday, March 5 we will have a time set-apart to flesh out our Five Year Plan for Ministry!  Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend and participate.  We will take time from 11:30-4:00 pm, with lunch included, to do our work. 

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Youth Meeting Series in February -- Jointly with Eden UCC

Irving Park United Methodist Church and Eden United Church of Christ are running a cooperative youth program each Sunday in February.  This series will be held at Eden, and will use the gym!  Peer leadership will be a part of the meetings.  As always, friends are welcome.  The series will begin on February 5 and will continue on Sunday evenings, beginning at 6:00 pm.  For more information, contact the church at irvingparkumc.com and put "YOUTH" in the subject line.  Eden UCC is located at 5051 W. Gunnison Street, Chicago, IL  60630.

 

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Northlight Theatre Performance for Youth & Adults

Sunday, February 12 we will join a group of youth from other churches at Northlight Theatre for the 2:30 pm performance of "Faceless."  Cost is $12.50 for Students and $47 for adults.  Northlight Theatre is located at 9501 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie, IL. Please RSVP to Hope at irvingparkumc@comcast.net. Summary of the play is copied from their website and follows: 

Eighteen-year-old Susie Glenn is on trial for conspiring to commit acts of terrorism, and recent Harvard Law grad and practicing Muslim, Claire Fathi, has been brought on to prosecute. Though pitted against one another in the courtroom, these two young women are fighting a similar battle to defend their morals, motives and religious freedoms in this riveting and timely new drama.

This world premiere comes from an exciting new playwright – the two-time winner of the Agnes Nixon Playwriting Festival and the recipient of the first annual Judith Barlow Prize.

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Musical Celebration of Cultural Diversity with Stann Champion and the Roots Rock Society on December 18 at 3:00pm!

Sunday, December 18 at 3:00 pm. All ages will enjoy this fun mix of musical and cultural styles with more than a concert – it is an interactive experience!  (Playing and dancing encouraged!) Families may want to attend together – or parents may want to bring their children to enjoy the experience and give themselves a few hours’ break. Roots Rock Society formed in late 1986 by founder and guitarist Stann Champion to keep his culture and heritage alive through music. Roots music helps bridge racial /gender differences in all age groups. The workshop discusses the foundation of roots rhythms from the African Diaspora (Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-American) with voice, drum, guitar, dance and songs. Audience participation allows everyone to experience the ways earlier cultures are combined and interwoven into the current American culture today Rock, Blues, Reggae, Gospel, Calypso, Rap, Jazz, Zydeco, Salsa, Kompa, Zouk etc.  

Sunday, December 18 at 3:00 pm. All ages will enjoy this fun mix of musical and cultural styles with more than a concert – it is an interactive experience!  (Playing and dancing encouraged!) Families may want to attend together – or parents may want to bring their children to enjoy the experience and give themselves a few hours’ break.

Roots Rock Society formed in late 1986 by founder and guitarist Stann Champion to keep his culture and heritage alive through music.

Roots music helps bridge racial /gender differences in all age groups. The workshop discusses the foundation of roots rhythms from the

African Diaspora (Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-American) with voice, drum, guitar, dance and songs.

Audience participation allows everyone to experience the ways earlier cultures are combined and interwoven into the current American culture today Rock, Blues, Reggae, Gospel, Calypso, Rap, Jazz, Zydeco, Salsa, Kompa, Zouk etc.  

Broadway Kids show featured solos by our performers and a series of favorite songs from stage and screen.  The funds raised will help support the Irving Park Community Food Pantry and also our Neighborhood Arts Initiatives -- bringing low cost and no cost arts experiences to our neighborhood. Thank you all for your support!

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