Common Pantry is looking for volunteers
Common Community offers social service assistance, referrals and a free lunch to Common Pantry clients every Wednesday from 11am-4pm. In addition to a meal and a place to gather, participants of Common Community have an opportunity to work with dedicated staff and volunteers who are able to assist them in accessing resources such as completing SNAP applications (food stamps), find medical care, or providing referrals for other social service needs.
Volunteers are needed for two shifts every Wednesday – from 10:30am to 2:00pm, and from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. A positive and compassionate attitude, willingness to work with a team and computer skills are required. Weekly attendance and conversational Spanish skills are highly preferred.
Adult Spiritual Information
Pastor Kevin is doing a Bible Study on the New Testament letter to the Philippians. Some have argued that the central theme within this letter is joy, something participants will tease out throughout the study. The class will meet on May 12 & May 19th, from noon to 1 PM.
“Theology on Tap” has been postponed until Monday May 13th. The location is tentatively set at the Black Rock Tavern. The article entitled “Caught in the Middle: On Abortion and Homosexuality” by Wendell Berry, is available on the narthex table as you exit the sanctuary. All are invited to the gathering that starts at 6:30 PM.
One Book, One Epiphany: A Summer Church-wide Book Study Pastor Kevin will be inviting people to join him in reading a common book during the summer months, and then coming together in late August to share our thoughts, feelings, and insights about it. The book he has chosen is Wendell Berry’s Jayber Crow. The following is a description of the book from the New York Times Book Review: “Jayber Crow…relates the life story of a young man who abandons his plans to become a minister and becomes the town barber instead…By the end this melancholy barber has won both our attention and our hearts.” Please contact the church office if you would like reserve a copy of the book for $14, or you can simply buy a copy at your local bookseller. Two stand-alone gatherings to discuss the book will take place at the end of the summer.
signing with Pastor James
Save the Date! A book signing with Pastor James for his new novel,
"Blackfire -- The Books of Bairnmoor, Volume I!"
Tuesday, February 19, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Pastor James will read a short excerpt of the book and then say a little about the book's genesis and take questions.
Four unlikely teenagers are summoned to quest for the salvation of a perpendicular world. Elli Adams and her friends Beatriz, Jamie and Alex must overcome their own personal challenges of blindness, self-confidence, and Down syndrome as they struggle together to fulfill their mysterious calling as Bairnmoorâ€™s last prophetic hope. Join them on an adventure through singing forests and stardust valleys full of mystical, glorious, and ferocious creatures, all of which test their resolve in the face of overwhelming adversity.
James Eckbladâ€™s novel wrestles with the age-old questions of Good- and-Evil and the nature of the heroic life. The story offers a fresh and challenging perspective on how one can have faith in the Good against every indication that evil is thriving, if not prevailing, and how every childâ€”and so all of usâ€”can be immensely more than we are, and all we were meant to be.
Please bring your own books for inscription -- and/or have PJ bring a copy for you to purchase at the event, for $15! It is currently available from a number of sources, beginning at $19.14 from Barnes and Noble; it is also for sale for $23.63 through Amazon Marketplace booksellers, plus shipping. The publisher (Wipf and Stock Publishers) is selling the novel for $24, plus shipping.
UCC Hurricane Sandy Assistance
Obviously, you know of the devastating news regarding Hurricane Sandy hitting the East Coast of our country--the human and physical toll looks enormous. Please hold the people affected by this natural disaster in your prayers and thoughts. We've received the following from the UCC about how we can help relief efforts through the wider church, though, of course, you are encouraged to give through whatever means you feel comfortable doing so.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Epiphany UCC is pleased to announce the start of its very own children's choir! Karen Troy and Larry Blustain, with a big assist from Joe Burt, are leading children ages 7-13 in learning spiritual and holiday songs and carols. Our first concert will be on Sunday, December 16th. We will be singing "Lo! A Star," a set of charming Christmas songs. We will meet only for 1/2 hour before worship â€“ from 10 am to 10:30 am. Rehearsals will not interfere with Sunday School. We believe this is not a major time commitment so we ask that you make sure you and your child are committed to attending all rehearsals. We believe the choir will be a great opportunity to provide your child with a solid musical education, a deeper spiritual foundation, and a fun time, too!
Epiphany quilting group
UCC CHICAGO METRO ASSN. MEETING
Saturday October 20th 9-2 pm Glenview Community Church
The theme of this yearâ€™s Fall Meeting is â€œPoetry of Faith â€“ Telling Our Storyâ€ with the Rev. Dr. Paul Sadler, Sr. as keynote speaker. Considered a leading expert in the field of African American church growth, Rev. Sadler currently serves as Pastor of Mt. Zion Congregational UCC in Cleveland, Ohio. Please contact Pastor Kevin if you would like to attend.