Worship 10:00 A.M., Sundays
October 2 - with Communion * Pentecost 20
October 9 * Pentecost 21
October 16 * Pentecost 22
October 23 * Pentecost 23
October 30 * Pentecost 24
Mid-Week Bible Study
7:00 p.m., Wednesdays
We are currently studying the Pastoral Epistles with 2 Timothy. This is a fascinating read. TYou can see the early development of church structure and offices. Some debate whether or not Paul is the author because the epistle seems to indicate a later date. Please join us for the discussion.
Lectionary Bible Study
8:45 a.m., Sundays
We continue to study the Gospel lessons for the day. There is a lively discussion each week as we grapple with the text.
I continue to reflect on the nature of suffering as a Christian. How am I to understand suffering? It is not a punishment from God. Only Christ suffered on the cross as punishment. Nor do I believe that suffering is always due to our status as victims. Christ was not a victim, he chose suffering on the cross as his calling to work salvation. How, then, do I understand suffering as a Christian? I start by looking at what Paul says about our baptism. He says that our baptism is a baptism into the suffering and death of Christ, however mysterious as this is. If my life as a Christian is lived in the suffering and death of Christ, then my suffering and death are a witness to the suffering and death of Christ. This is what gives my suffering meaning. My suffering is not simply something capricious or arbitrary or senseless. Rather, my suffering points to the suffering of Christ as witness.
Noon, Wednesday, October 5
This month we are reading Dash. Dash is a story of a young Japanese-American girl, Mitsi, who is interned during World War II. It provides a glimpse into a most challenging chapter of American history. Please join our discussion.
Women’s Wellness -
Third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. for more information contact Deb Sanford 630-330-5251 or Susann Pedersen 630-863-5736. Food will be provided.Confirmation
11:00 a.m., Sunday, October 23
Our confirmation class meets the fourth Sunday of each month. Students reflect on the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Ten Commandments as the building blocks of faith. This month we begin a discussion of the Apostles’ Creed. The three articles or parts of the creed center on God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
Friday Night at the Movies
We will view High Noon (1952) starring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly. It is not only one of the best western movies, it is one of the best American movies. Period. The movie is about courage in the face of overwhelming odds. In a way, it is a parable of the kind of life we are called to live. Bring a snack to share.