Respond to Disaster
UCC Emergency USA Fund
The tornadoes in Oklahoma are the most recent disaster among hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, ice storms, chemical spills. Gifts to the UCC Emergency USA Fund enable the UCC to go the "extra mile" in responding to disasters. You can contribute to disaster relief via the UCC website – ucc.org – Respond to Disaster. If you wish to designate your gift to Emergency USA for a specific disaster, be sure to write it in the comments. You may also contribute by check. Checks payable to United Church of Christ, marked for Emergency USA Fund may be sent to 700 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115.
Common Pantry Summer Wine Tasting
Friday, June 21st at 7:30 pm Fine Wine Brokers • 4621 N. Lincoln Avenue
Tickets $45 at www.commonpantry.org/wine-tasting
Come sample 50+ wines and craft beers as well as some hors d'oeuvres. While you are tasting away, you will also have the chance to walk away with some great prizes from the raffle and silent auction. Be sure to get your tickets, as this event is expected to sell out!
Hope to see you there!
UCC General Synod
Pastor Kevin was elected to be an Illinois delegate to the United Church of Christ’s General Synod which is the gathering of the wider church in order to do denominational business, voice justice concerns, and celebrate the work of the 5300 churches that make up our denomination. He will be gone from June 27 to July 3 in Long Beach, California. Pastor Kevin and Pastor Bill Bordonaro will be presenting the resolutions to be considered by the delegates at the next Cluster 2 gathering on Tuesday, May 28th at Bethany UCC (6:30 PM), to which all are invited.
Ask The Pastor
Adult Spiritual Formation
One Book, One Epiphany Summer Book Club will be reading Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry. You’re asked to read this rich and thoughtful novel through the summer months and join us on Sunday, August 25 after church to share your thoughts and insights on the book.
Ask The Pastor sermon series will be ongoing throughout the summer—please
Theology on Tap will continue to meet on the following dates at Black Rock Pub on Damen on the following Mondays: June 3, July 8, and August 5 (all 6:30 PM). Look for the thought provoking material a few weeks before each meeting—all are invited for beer, food, and thoughtful conversation!
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.