What possibilities is the Holy Spirit presenting to us during this difficult season? This is the question I've been asking myself and our leaders over the past few weeks. I know how challenging these months have been to many of us: some have lost friends and family members, others have contracted the virus, some have lost jobs, and others have yet to find a healthy rhythm of life. All of this is true and what I'm convinced is also true is that God is on the move in some unique and special ways.

This Sunday (September 13) we'll gather for worship outdoors in Ellis Park again. (Please read these instructions and precautions carefully. The service will also be broadcast to our Facebook page.) During the last service we had at least two guests from the neighborhood who heard our worship and joined us. How might God be using this time to make us more present, visible, and available to our neighbors?

In October we're going to launch a hybrid of our all-church Bible study and community group ministry. On the first and third Wednesday of the month, we'll gather online for 15 minutes of teaching from Ephesians before being assigned to random breakout groups with a facilitator for discussion and prayer. On the second and four weeks of the month, we'll gather in our community groups and continue the Ephesians study. We believe this format will allow us to welcome newer people into our community and nurture our identity as a reconciled people. How might God be using this time to make us more creatively hospitable in our discipleship? Stay tuned for more information about this study or email Won Kim, Director of Discipleship, for more information.

What possibilities is the Holy Spirit presenting to you during this difficult season? What doors are opening? What wounds are being healed? What invitations are being extended? What courage is being given? Let's commit together to being fully present to the Spirit during these unpredictable days. Let's pray for one another, that we wouldn't miss a single one of the gifts our God wants to give us.

- Pastor David

PS Feel free to bring a lunch on Sunday for a socially distanced meal after the service.

Community Prayer Requests

  1. Pray for the protection of voting infrastructure in the lead-up to the election this fall.
  2. Pray for CPS children, families and teachers as school begins. Pray for safety especially for kids whose homes are not always safe. Pray for patience, creativity and understanding. Pray for CPS to address the well being and learning of all children.
  3. Pray for Bethany, Anthony, and Braya as they navigate breast cancer and pregnancy. For updates and caring for them with meals, here are the links you need. Visit Caring Bridge for updates and Meal Train to provide a meal.

Join our weekday, 8:00 AM 15 minute devotions and prayer call.

Serving Matthew's House & Kennicott

We are partnering with Matthew's House to provide needed supplies as they care for those experiencing homelessness: paper cups; paper plates; paper towels; plastic silverware; napkins; toilet paper; any kind of sanitizer; bar soap. You can either drop items off 7am-4pm Monday-Friday and 7am-2pm on Saturday or have them delivered: 3722-28 South Indiana Ave; Chicago, IL 60653.

Our friends at Kennicott (4434 S. Lake Park) are unable to use their water fountains and are in need of bottled water for their summer programs. Email Amy if you drop some off so we can keep track of the supply. You can drop water off from 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Be sure to wear a mask.

Calendar & Opportunities

Upcoming Events

Outdoor Service | September 13; 10:00AM
We will meet at Ellis Park, across from the Ministry Center (3627 S. Cottage Grove). We will also be live on Facebook for those who can't join us. Bring your own chair and be sure and wear a mask. There is lots of room to spread out. Read more about how we gather safely outside here.

Outdoor Socials | September 19; October 3; 10:00am-12:00pm
While the weather is still nice, we will gathering at Ellis Park for an informal time of fellowship. Bring your blanket and lunch, if you want to stick around to have a physically-distanced picnic. It's a great way to make new friends and reconnect with old friends! We will be wearing masks and practicing social distancing. RSVP here.

NCO: Strides for Peace Race Against Gun Violence | September 24
NCO’s main fundraiser to bring supporters & community together to raise awareness of gun violence and raise funds to support NCO’s on-the-ground restorative justice work is up and running. Click here to register for the race, fund-raise, or donate! All donations will directly support our garden program, youth program, and our ability to host community wide events.  Make sure you join a NC3 team if you are part of CG/Bible Study and select “New Community Outreach” as the benefiting organization! 

All Church Bible Study and Community Groups | October - December
See above for how we'll be gathering online to study Scripture this fall.

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