ADULT SPIRITUAL FORMATION
Youâ€™re invited to join a monthly Theology On Tap group which will meet on Monday, April 2nd at 6:30pm. Due to scheduling conflicts, the group will meet at the parsonage. The discussion will be on how the Bible is understood in the United Church of Christ, our denomination. Copies of an article by Professor Robin Scroggs on this topic are available on the narthex table.
LENTEN STUDY SERIES CONTINUES The Challenge of Forgiveness: the struggle, the limits, the freedom. Pastor Kevin the series on forgiveness, exploring the personal, theological, and philosophical dimensions of this life-long struggle. The study will take place on Sunday mornings at 12 noon.
Meeting Five (Mar 25)â€”Forgiving The Unforgivable: the Helen Prejean story
Meeting Six (Apr 1)â€”Human & Divine Forgiveness: Jesusâ€™ unforgivable sin
Connect With Epiphany
â€œConnect With Ministryâ€ Event Scheduled For Sunday, March 4 After Worship Looking for ways to serve the congregation, perhaps as an usher, a committee or team member, or even during the Welcome Meal? Stick around after worship on March 4 and learn how you can help your community of faith!
A Night In Romania: A Celebration & Fundraiser for The Homework Project set for Friday, March 9. 6:30 PM â€“ Romanian Cocktails; 7:30 PM â€“ Romanian Dinner. Special program to follow. More information to follow, but save the date!
Ravenswood UCC and Epiphany UCC are beginning the dialogue on creating a joint youth group (13-18). Please join us on Sunday, January 22 at 1 PM at Ravenswood UCC to discuss what that youth group might look like. We especially want to encourage youth and parents of youth (including ones who anticipate their children being youth at this church in the upcoming years) to join us for this gathering. In addition, we will discuss the upcoming UCC's National Youth Event at Purdue University on July 10-13, 2012. For more information, contact Pastor Kevin.
Adult Christian Education
ADULT CHRISTIAN EDUCATION - Youâ€™re invited to join a monthly Theology On Tap group which will meet at Black Rock Pub & Kitchen (3614 N. Damen Ave) where participants will explore theological topics, usually based on selected short articles or book chapters. The first gathering is tomorrow Monday, January 9, starting at 6:30 PM. The food special on Monday evenings: delicious sliders for 50 cents apiece. The first article to be discussed is â€œThis Present Paradiseâ€ by Rita Brock & Rebecca Parker. Copies are available on the narthex table. Or you may contact Pastor Kevin for a copy
Another opportunity to grow can be found in a new short book study starting on Sunday, February 5 after church at 11:50 AM, and ending on Sunday, February 19. If Grace Is True: Why God Will Save Every Person by Phillip Gulley and James Mulholland will explore question of the eternal fate of humanity, and how Gulley Mulholland came to the conclusion that the perfect grace of Christ will save everyone. The book is available for purchase from the church for $15. Consider joining this faith stretching study.
Wednesday night events
For those that don't know it, we filled out an application for food baskets from the CTA early this year. One day he heard back; we were to get 10 baskets of food, they recommended we come with a cart and a copy of this email saying our organization won. We get there, and they arrive on the back of the santa train, they stacked 9 boxes for each of the 10 organizations they had there that day See photo. The 10th was handed out when the head of the organization took a picture with the President and Chairman of the CTA. While we never knew about this before, CTA employees have been raising money for this annual event for some time.
ADULT CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
Pastor Kevin will teach a three session Bible study on the The First Christmas, beginning 11-27 after worship with subsequent meetings dates on December 4 & 11. The class will explore the two different birth narratives found in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, as well as the question of why the Gospel of Mark does not contain a birth story, and the Gospel of John ignores it altogether, choosing instead to birth Jesus into this world as the â€œCosmic Christ.â€ Study begins at 11:50 AM in the â€œSunshine Roomâ€ near the church offices. No need to pre-register. Contact Pastor Kevin for more information.
Two Other Adult Christian Education Opportunities For 2012: Youâ€™re invited to join a monthly Theology On Tap group which will meet at a local bar where participants can explore theological topics, usually based on selected short articles or book chapters. Details are being worked out, but look for more information soon.
Another opportunity will be a couple of books studies in January and February. If Grace Is True: Why God Will Save Every Person by Phillip Gulley and James Mulholland will explore question of the eternal fate of humanity, and how Gulley Mulholland came to the conclusion that the perfect grace of Christ will save everyone. The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits Of Forgiveness by Simon Wiesenthal asks the following question of dozens of thinkers: You are a prisoner in a concentration camp. A dying Nazi soldier asks for your forgiveness. What would you do? Both books will soon be available for purchase from the church, and book groups will be forming in early 2012. Consider joining one or both of these faith stretching studies. Contact Pastor Kevin for more information.