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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.

Sharing Seniors
12:00 noon, Saturday, October 18

The Sharing Seniors will gather on October 18 for a share-a-dish luncheon, program presented by Elsa Anaya. Elsa and her husband, Henry, have been very active in First Baptist Church of Oak Park since they came to the Chicago area, and joined us in 2011. Elsa was born in Trujillo, Peru. She studied business administration at the University of San Marcos and other universities later. Marcos was the oldest university in the western hemisphere. She and her husband, Henry Anaya, a Columbia attorney, moved to the USA in 2007. We look forward to hearing about her home country Peru.

Special Mission Sunday
10:00 a.m., Sunday, October 19

On October 19th there will be a special Mission Sunday Service highlighting specific things that we can do individually and collectively to minister to needs on local, regional, and global levels. We will have 4 separate speakers that will each be giving a short presentation on various mission opportunities that are available.
  • Representative from the Great Rivers Region for assisting natural disaster victims in the U.S.
  • Richard Ingram of International Students Incorporated presenting ministry opportunities to local foreign college students
  • Lauren Visser, Minister of Youth and Young Adults, FBCOP, speaking on a program that prepares boxed meals to impoverished areas internationally
  • Rachael Wallace speaking on a mission trip to Guatemala

All the speakers will also be available during the coffee hour for questions and will have pamphlets and pictures. Light refreshments will be served. plan on attending this informative and inspirational service.

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.

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.

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 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 Waters9:00 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 June
Youth 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.

Weekly Events


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
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

October 2014 Calendar

October 4
5:45 p.m. Cook County Jail Ministry Outing
October 5
Zoo Outing for Middle & High School
October 7

7:00 p.m. Spiritual Life & Worship Team
October 8
8:00 a.m. Men's Breakfast
October 14
7:00 p.m. Service Team
October 16
5:45 p.m. Preschool & Kindergarten Board
6:15 p.m. Preschool Open House

October 18
12:00 noon Sharing Seniors' Luncheon
October 19
10:00 a.m. Special Mission Sunday
October 20
12:00 noon Tower Tidings Deadline
October 21
7:00 p.m. Ministry Support Team
October 26
11:30 a.m. Paul the Apostle Class; Begins
11:30 a.m. Evangelism Team

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 October 2014 13:48