Remembering the Forgotten One

In a sermon in 2015 Pope Francis said that, for many Christians, the Holy Spirit is "the forgotten one." He went on, "And we need to ask for his help, his strength, his inspiration. The Holy Spirit who has wholly animated the life and mystery of Jesus, is the same Spirit who today guides Christian existence, the existence of men and women who call themselves and want to be Christians."

Reading this sermon reminded me of what Pastor Michelle preached about a few weeks ago when she challenged us to each ask for more of the Holy Spirit's power in our  lives. I think Pope Francis is right about how we tend to forget about the Spirit; Pastor Michelle's challenge is one we would do well to consider regularly.

Lent is a good time to meditate on the Spirit's presence. Our forty days of reflection and repentance are patterned after Jesus' time in the wilderness. Matthew 4:1 tells us that, immediately after the spiritual high of his baptism, "Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil." It was the Holy Spirit who led Jesus into the wilderness and it is the same Spirit who leads us through our own wilderness seasons - times which can include intentional reflection and repentance but can also include the unexpected surprises and tragedies that are a regular part of life. Even in these difficult places, the Holy Spirit is available to lead us though deathly valleys and deep shadows.

Call on the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit during these days leading to Resurrection Sunday. Let the One who led Jesus into - and out of! - the wilderness be your guide in whatever wildernesses you find yourself in.

- Pastor David

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Community Prayer Requests

1) Thurman Bailey Family and Friends: David Douglass' close friend and groomsman was shot and killed on the job last weekend. Please pray for all those grieving this terrible loss.

2) 5th Sunday Serve: We'll be serving our friends at Jackie Robinson Elementary on Sunday, March 31 (see below). Pray for a great turnout and that we can accomplish all of the jobs the school has identified for us.

3) Dyett Art Show: New Community Outreach is assisting the Dyett High School students put on a community art show on April 27. Pray that all of the logistics would come together, that there would be a good community turn out, and that the experience would be productive for the students.
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Calendar & Opportunities

March Bible Study Schedule | Thursdays
Everyone is welcome to our Thursday night Bible Study at 7:00PM at the Ministry Center (3627 S. Cottage Grove). We will  meet on 3/21 and 3/28.
 
Fifth Sunday Serve | Sunday, March 31
On months with five Sundays we use the fifth Sunday to serve our neighbors. Plan to meet at Jackie Robinson Elementary School at 10AM (4225 S Lake Park Ave).

Mid-Lent Worship | Friday, April 5; 7:00PM
Everyone is invited for an evening of worship at the Ministry Center. This will be a semi-structured time of praise and petition as we seek the Lord together.
 
Membership Classes | Saturdays, April 6 & 12; 3:30PM-5:30PM
Please email Krystle Kim to register for the upcoming membership classes (admin@newcommunitycovenant.com). Both classes are required for those interested in membership.
 
Resurrection Sunday Baptisms | April 21
Are you interested in being baptized on Easter? Please email admin@newcommunitycovenant.com for more information.
 
NCO Art Show | Saturday, April 27, 3:00-6:00PM
Join us in supporting Dyett High School students at the NCO Art Show on April 27 at the Bronzeville Community Clubhouse (3847 S. Giles). For registration information, email info@newcommunityoutreach.org or Melody Brooks mnbrooks83@gmail.com.
 
Faith & Race Workshop | Saturday, May 18, 9:00AM-4:00PM
The 2019 Faith & Race Workshop will be May 18th at Glorious Light Church (4351 S Drexel Blvd). We’ll explore the life and legacy of Ida B. Wells, to discover how to use Christian activism to combat racism, sexism, violence, and our own apathy. Early bird registration for New Comm attendees starts Sunday, March 24.
 
All Church Retreat | Friday - Sunday, June 21-23
Registration for our annual church retreat has begun! Forms will be available at the hospitality table on Sundays. For questions, or if there is need for a scholarship, please email Melody (mnbrooks83@gmail.com).

I Am Women’s Conference | July 18-21
Every three years our denomination hosts a global conference for women.  Pastor Michelle will be teaching a workshop. We would like our church to be present. The conference is in Minneapolis, MN and there are scholarships available.  We're hoping to road trip and rent an airbnb to cut down costs. Contact Jennifer Dorrough for more information at jdorrough@live.com.

Jackie Robinson Volunteers through New Community Outreach
For those who want to volunteer, please be sure and finish the CPS approval process. If you have any questions, email Markeyta at markeyta@newcommunityoutreach.org.

Team Members Needed for New Security Ministry
If you are interested in learning more about serving with this team, please email nc3bronzeville@gmail.com.

Open AA Meeting | Thursdays 7:00-8:00 PM
The Chicago Area Service Office of Alcoholics Anonymous offers a weekly meeting. The meeting is open to all who desire to stop drinking and is held every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in Room 425 of Mercy Hospital at 2525 South Michigan Avenue (312-567-2000).


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