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Church Work Day
8:00-10:00 a.m., Saturday, April 12

To every thing there is a season. It’s that time again. It’s time to sow or better yet to spruce up the outside of our church in preparation of spring. Donuts and coffee will be here.

Sharing Seniors Lunch
12:00 noon, Saturday April 12

We are looking forward to our own Minister of Music, Joel Raney, as he presents our program. Please bring a dish to share, a friend to join us, and come enjoy this special presentation.

Holy Week Opportunities

Holy Week, which begins with Palm Sunday on April 13, marks the most sacred week of the year. You are invited to participate in any and all of the special services that are offered to mark the key events in the last week of Jesus’ life.

Palm Sunday, April 13On Palm Sunday we celebrate Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Palm branches will adorn our sanctuary and our Sanctuary Choir offers a special service of music entitled “The Seven Last Days.”
Maundy Thursday, April 17At this 7:00 p.m. service we relive Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples. The candlelight communion service will be held in our first floor narthex. It includes the retelling of the Passion Story from Mark. With each reading, the room is darkened as candles are extinguished, reminiscent of the Tennebrae service.
Good Friday, Friday, April 18Our first floor chapel will be fitted for self-guided contemplations of “The Way of the Cross.” Masterpiece paintings by such artists as El Greco, Bosch, and Caravaggio will trace Jesus’ journey from the Garden of Gethsemane to the Tomb. You are invited to come any time between 12:00 noon and 8:00 p.m. to spend a quiet, meditative time reflecting on Christ’s sufferings.
Easter Paschal, Sunday, April 20At this 8:00 a.m. service we enter the darkened chapel, reminiscent of the tomb. As scripture is read, the light gradually rises until the proclamation; “He is risen!” is at last announced. At that point all participate in the stripping of the dark vestments and replacing them with white and Easter lilies.
Easter Breakfast, Sunday, April 20—At 9:00 a.m. we will enjoy a full breakfast in our Fellowship Hall. A free will offering will be received.
Easter Worship, Sunday, April 20Holy Week comes to a joyous climax as we rejoice in the message of resurrection at our 10:00 a.m. service.

"It's Cool in the Furnace"
3:00 p.m., Saturday April 26

Our Preschool & Kindergarten are partnering with First Baptist to present this musical story of Daniel, Nebuchadnezzar, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. The $15 tickets are available at the door, or by contacting the Preschool (708/383-1190), or the church (708/848-4070).

Bible Study

Classes for all ages are offered. We hope you will want to start the fall off right by deciding to grow in your understanding of scripture. The following is a summary of our offerings.

Adult Opportunities
Matthew Studies—9:00 a.m., Sellers Rm.; Fay and Max Havlick, Teachers; This class will focus on studying the 40 days and 40 nights of Matthew, and will be seeking God’s message from Matthew for each of us individually.
Living Waters9:00 a.m. in Dining Room. Teacher: Steve Bruner; This class is reading the Genesis accounts of Isaac and Jacob.
Pastor’s Bible Study—11:30 a.m., Parlor; Dr. Harry Parker, Teacher; This class will be studying the book of Psalms.

Youth Opportunities--September to June

Youth Bible Study (6th-9th Grade)--11:30 a.m., Youth Room (in basement); Join Jackie Robinson and Lauren Visser, Minister of Youth and Young Adults, as they help students form a foundation of Biblical understanding and discover what it means to be a dedicated follower of God. Classes will be interactive, conversational, and hands-on as students discover how the messages in the Bible relate to their everyday lives. Current classes follow the gospel of Mark, which was chosen by the students.

Children’s Opportunities--September to June
Children and Worship--10:10 a.m. (during our worship service), 3rd Floor; Judy Friesen, Mary Lee Eneberg, and Kathy Ogundipe, Teachers
3rd, 4th & 5th Grades: 11:30 a.m. on 3rd floor; Teacher: Norma Gavard; the class uses excellent curriculum provided by Gospel Light.
Preschool-2nd Grade: 11:30 a.m. in 2nd floor room across from the nursery, down the hall from the elevator. Teacher: Kathy Ogundipe and a support team in training. We will be reinforcing lessons from Children & Worship by utilizing Nest Videos and Gospel Light materials

Weekly Events


9:00 a.m. Matthew Studies Adult Bible Study Class
9:00 a.m. Living Waters Adult Bible Study Class
10:00 a.m. Morning Worship
10:30 a.m. Latvian Baptist Church
11:30 a.m. Bible Study for Adults, Youth, & Children
12:00 noon India Telugu Church


4:00 p.m. Youth Group Hangtime
5:45 p.m. Handbells
6:00 p.m. Youth Group Bible Study
7:00 p.m. Sanctuary Choir


7:00 p.m. Al-Anon

April 2014 Calendar

April 3
7:00 p.m. Growth Committee

April 5
10:00 a.m. Purpose Driven Life Study
10:00 a.m. Education Team
5:45 p.m. Cook County Jail Ministry Outing

April 6
11:30 a.m. Congregational Informational Meeting

April 7
6:45 p.m. Women's Study: "The Names of God"

April 8
7:00 p.m. Service Team

April 9
8:00 a.m. Men's Breakfast

April 10
5:45 p.m. Preschool & Kindergarten Board
7:00 p.m. Spiritual Life & Worship Team

April 12
8:00 a.m. Church Work Day
10:00 a.m. Purpose Driven Life Study
2:00 p.m. Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal

April 13--Palm Sunday
10:00 a.m. "The Seven Last Days"

April 14
5:30 p.m. Property Committee
6:45 p.m. Women's Study: "The Names of God"
7:30 p.m. Sarah Circle

April 17--Maundy Thursday
7:00 p.m. Maundy Thursday Communion Service

April 18--Good Friday
Office Closed
12:00 noon-8:00 p.m. Good Friday Meditative "The Way of the Cross"

April 20--Easter Sunday
8:00 a.m. Easter Paschal Service
9:00 a.m. Easter Breakfast
10:00 a.m. Easter Worship Service

April 21
12:00 noon Tower Tidings Deadline

April 22
7:00 p.m. Ministry Support Team

April 26
2:00 p.m. "It's Cool in the Furnace" Preschool & Kindergarten Fund Raiser

April 27
11:30 a.m. Evangelism Team

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