The Reason for God Study
Saturdays at 10:00 a.m./Sundays at 11:30 a.m.
Beginning October 4 &5
In October the pastor will begin leading a study of Tim Keller’s best seller, The Reason for God. The class will be offered on Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. and Sundays at 11:30 a.m.
This book addresses the frequent doubts that skeptics and even ardent believers have about religion. Using literature, philosophy, real-life conversations and potent reasoning, Keller explains how the belief in a Christian God is, in fact, a sound and rational one. To true believers he offers a solid platform on which to stand their ground against the backlash to religion created by the Age of Skepticism. And to skeptics, atheists, and agnostics he provides a challenging argument for pursuing the reason for God.
Cook County Jail Ministry Dinner
6:00 p.m., Saturday, November 1
The Fall Cook County Jail Ministry Dinner will be held on Saturday, November 1 at 6:00 p.m. in our Fellowship Hall. This annual event is a fundraiser for a ministry that has ministered to thousands of inmates and their families for 36 years. The evening will commence with a delicious catered dinner. The program will include uplifting music, testimonies and a message from our own Marjean Gonzalez, as well as a special speaker. Tickets are $10.00 and are available at the door. A free will offering will also be received. Free valet parking is available.
Paul the Apostle ClassThe four-week post Sunday Service class on the writings and teachings of Paul the Apostle will begin again in November. The class schedule will be Nov. 2, 9, 16 & 30. The focus will be on Acts, Romans and 1st & 2nd Corinthians. The class will meet in the dining room 15 minutes after the end of Sunday service. We may not experience the Epiphany that Paul had on the road to Damascus but we surely can learn from his writings and the study of the Bible.
11:30 a.m., Sundays, November 2, 9, 16 & 30
Women of Faith
6-8:00 p.m., Friday, November 7/8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Saturday, November 8
This year we have the opportunity to host a simulcast of Women of Faith on Friday, November 7 (6:00-800 p.m.) and Saturday, November 8 (8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.), 2014. Current costs will be $20.00 for admission + $10.00 for lunch; $25.00 at the door, but no lunch. The speakers are Sheila Walsh, Lisa Harper, Christine Caine, Lysa Terkeurst, and Pasty Clairmont.
Gratitude LuncheonYou are cordially invited to the Gratitude Luncheon that will be held immediately following the worship service on Sunday, November 24. Together we will enjoy a Thanksgiving feast catered by Robinson’s #1 Ribs. Spiritual giants throughout the ages have identified gratitude as one of the keys to spiritual growth. As we recognize all that God has given us and done for us, our hearts are overwhelmed with thankfulness. This in turn draws us closer to the Lord, growing into an intimate friendship. We trust that this dinner and program will lead you to a closer walk with Jesus. A free will offering will be received. Please invite your family and friends!
11:30 a.m., Sunday, November 23
"Celebrate the Season" A Festival of Christmas MusicWe are excited to be collaborating with First Presbyterian Church of River Forest on our 2014 Christmas Concert, “Celebrate the Season.” The concert will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 21 in our church sanctuary. This will be a thrilling afternoon, filled with a large variety of both new and familiar Christmas music. There will be a small chamber orchestra to accompany the 60 voices of the combined choirs and we will feature vocal artistry of Douglas Anderson, Elizabeth Harrison, and Susie Raney. Get ready for ‘dueling pianos’ as a second grand piano will be brought in for Joel Raney, Diane Duncan, and Jane Holstein to present some exciting keyboard music, and the new Rodgers organ will be featured as Jane and Joel premier a new composition by Joel entitled Christmas Excursions for Piano and Organ. “Celebrate the Season” will be a concert you do not want to miss!!
4:00 p.m., Sunday, December 21
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 OpportunitiesMatthew Studies—
9:00 a.m., Sellers Rm.; Fay Havlick, Teacher; The Stories of Samuel, Saul, and David in 1&2 Samuel, whose main issue undergirds the Gospel of Matthew: “Does God Speak Best through Prophets, Kings, or Otherwise?”
Living Waters—9:00 a.m. in Dining Room. Teacher: Steve Bruner; Starting Exodus September 7, coffee & cookies!
Pastor’s Bible Study—11:30 a.m., Parlor; Dr. Harry Parker, Teacher; This class will be studying Tim Keller's The Reason for God
Youth Opportunities--September to JuneYouth Bible Study
(6th-9th Grade)--11:30 a.m., Youth Room (in basement); Join Lauren Visser, Minister of Youth and Young Adults, 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. Topics last year included Bible study methods and the gospel of Mark, which was chosen by the students.
Children’s Opportunities--September to June
Children’s Church (4 years old and up)—10:10 a.m., 2nd floor; Teacher: Sharon Mullins
Preschool-2nd Grade: 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in 2nd floor room across from the nursery, Teachers: Neil Lane & Kathy Ogundipe.
3rd- 5th Grades: 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on 3rd floor; Teacher:s Norma & Amy Gavard. Both classes will use curriculum from Gospel Light and and Christian Book Distributors, and will supplement lessons with activities crafts, videos, and songs. Children will be encouraged to learn memory verses and to master such Bible skills as learning the books of the Bible in order.
10:00 a.m. Reason for God Study
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 Youth, & Children
11:30 a.m. Reason for God Study
11:30 a.m. Paul the Apostle Class
12:00 noon India Telugu Church
4:00 p.m. Youth Group Hangtime
6:00 p.m. Youth Group Bible Study
5:45 p.m. Handbells
7:00 p.m. Sanctuary Choir
7:00 p.m. Al-Anon