Suburbia and Stateville

On Thursday night I drove out to the western suburbs along with other members of the New Community Outreach board: Markeyta, Sonia Wang, Krystle Kim, and Colby Mecher. Some of NCO's supporters hosted a fundraiser for our work, opening their beautiful home for the 30 or so guests who came to learn about the work we're doing with youth who've experienced trauma of different sorts.

To be honest, this event was kind of an experiment. One of the purposes behind launching NCO was to build a bridge between our community on the South Side and those people who live away from the city and yet find themselves concerned for the flourishing of the city. But as we drive away from Chicago on Thursday evening I found myself wondering, Will they care? Really?

I shouldn't have doubted. Throughout the evening we got to introduce people to the young people we care so deeply for. We got to share about the work that we're doing, but also about the work being done by our neighbors and partners in Bronzeville. And, at the end of the evening, people gave generously.

The next morning I joined our ministry staff team at Stateville Correctional Center near Joliet. The contrast couldn't have been greater. Our denomination's seminary, North Park Theological Seminary, has developed a strong presence in Stateville, offering masters programs for the inside students which can also be attended by outside students.

On Fridays some of the students have been gathering for worship and conversations about what it looks like to be a church without walls. The men warmly welcomed us into their fellowship and we spent the next three hours singing, praying, and brainstorming ideas of how to reach a younger generation with a message of hope. I left deeply encouraged in what God is doing among these men in Stateville. Their faithfulness is inspiring.

I mention both of these experiences - the suburban fundraiser and worship in Stateville - as a reminder that God is present and active everywhere. "Where can I go from your Spirit?" asks the psalmist, rhetorically. "Where can I flee from your presence?" (139:7). God is at work everywhere, from suburbia to Stateville and everywhere in between, including every details of your concerns and circumstances.

Open our eyes to your presence Lord. Forgive us for living as though there are some places and people you have forsaken. Empower us by your Spirit to join you as you renew all things. Amen.

- Pastor David

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Community Prayer Requests

1) Thank God for the generosity of the new New Community Outreach donors and pray for even more supporters as we aim to raise $20,000 this year.

2) Please pray for the Delp family, whose in Ecuador our church supports. Read their latest update here.

3) The Greater Bronzeville Neighborhood Network is doing absolutely amazing collaborative work in our community. Pray that God would bless this network as it works to address the needs and opportunities identified by the community.

Calendar & Opportunities

Member's Meeting | Sunday, February 9; after service
Members, please plan on being there. All are welcome.

Membership Class | Saturdays, February 15 and 22; 4:00-6:00PM
If you're interested in pursuing membership at New Community or learning more about the church, please sign-up for these two sessions by emailing Amy.

Rediscipling the White Church Book Release | Sunday, May 17; 4:00PM
Save the date for Pastor David's book release party. More info coming soon.

Church Anniversary Celebration | Saturday - Sunday, May 30-31
Save the dates for our 10-Year Anniversary Celebration!

Church Retreat | Friday - Sunday, June 19-21
Save the dates for our annual retreat at Covenant Harbor in Lake Geneva, WI.

Open AA Meeting | Thursdays; 7:00-8:00 PM
Sponsored by The Chicago Area Service Office of Alcoholics Anonymous, the meeting is open to all who desire to stop drinking and is held in Room 425 of Mercy Hospital (2525 South Michigan Avenue; 312-567-2000).

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