This Week’s Newsletter




Sunday, Feb. 5:

            Preaching: Lead Pastor Charlotte Lehman

            Lectionary: Isaiah 58:1-9a, (9b-12); Psalm 112:1-9, (10); 1 Corinthians 2:1-12, (13-16); Matthew 5:13-20

            Texts: Psalm 95 & John 4:7-26

Youth Group: Sundays, 5-7 pm, Ministry Center (535 Custer)

Monday Night Potluck & Seminar: 726 Monroe at 6 pm (potluck) or 7:30 pm (seminar)

News from the Church Office

Soul Food Potluck: February is Black History Month! We want to kick off our celebration of African American history and accomplishments with traditional “soul food” at our Feb. 5 potluck. All dishes will be welcomed (nut-free please), but extra points if you can bring a dish of greens, black-eyed peas, okra, fried chicken, ham, cornbread, mac-n-cheese, peach cobbler, or sweet potato pie. ~RPC Hospitality

Violence De-escalation Training: Attend a free workshop and learn how to stand strong while promoting peace on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 1:30 pm at the Meetinghouse (620 Madison). Sarah Thompson, theologian, ecofeminist, and Executive Director of Christian Peacemaker Teams, will equip us to cope with the new realities of violence against those declared “other” in our midst. Participants will consider bystander scenarios and learn how to respond peacefully yet forcefully to violence.

Grow Class News

Grow Classes for all ages take place after the Sunday Service, from 11:15-12 noon

Adult Grow Classes: Session 4 runs for six weeks: Jan. 8, 15, 29 & Feb. 12, 19, 26

Growing Together: Listening & Praying to Encourage One Another: We sing, “O Come O Come Emmanuel” in Advent, then we celebrate the birth of Jesus. Then what? Discover how Emmanuel, which is Hebrew for “God with Us,” is shaping our life together. Learn the rhythms of listening and praying, expectant that God is with us through the ups and downs we experience. When you are looking for God, and God is looking for us, we are bound to find one another in this place. Led by Rob Larson. Meets in the risers below the sound booth.

Sermon Reflection: A time to discuss the themes of Sunday morning’s sermon in a safe, small group setting. Led by Greg Coates. Meets in Viaduct View corner of Meetinghouse.

RPC Friends and Family

Helping Refugees: In response to the president’s recent travel ban for refugees, Exodus World Service, a Christian refugee resettlement agency, wants us to know how we can help. Exodus believes refugees from all nations and religions are courageous survivors who contribute much to our communities. The following are things you can do now:

Sign or Share a Statement of Solidarity

Learn More about Refugee Issues

Volunteer as a New Neighbor to a Recently Arrived Refugee Family

Invite a Speaker to Your Church or Small Group to Learn About Refugees

Give Now to Ensure that Refugees Here Receive Help

One Love Café: Urban Tables, a catering company founded and run by members of Living Water Community Church and Reba Place Fellowship, is hosting a pop-up café on Friday, Feb. 10, at LWCC (6808 N. Ashland). A Jamaican take on Valentine’s Day, the event will feature Jamaican food and reggae music in a family friendly environment. Kids’ café with kid-friendly food and supervised play will be available. Dinner ($20/person) served from 5-8 pm. Takeout ($15/person) and delivery is available. Urban Sound Reggae Band begins at 6 pm. Reservations Requested:

Awakening Sacred Heart: The Gift of Attention: Tony Sorgi is a lifelong student of Jesuit and Benedictine mentors and spiritual directors, as well as a student of 16 years under a Tibetan Buddhist master. He recently completed a doctorate in clinical psychology, with a practice emphasis on mindfulness training in the treatment of trauma. Tony will present a talk on mindfulness, paying attention, and the life of Thomas Merton at 2 pm on Sunday, Feb. 19 in the Rectory Assembly of Immaculate Conception Parish (7211 W. Talcott, Chicago). Freewill donations will be accepted, refreshments ample parking provided.

Gottman Study: The Gottman Institute is conducting a study of couples as part of larger research on how to save marriages and families. This is a ground-breaking randomized clinical trial for which they are looking for married couples who have experienced a betrayal or an affair. Couples will randomly be assigned to a licensed therapist at a reduced fee. Couples may get more information or sign up for the study here:

Couple Coherence: Dr. Michael J. Banks, clinical psychologist and life coach, will lead a free, 4-evening seminar on improving couples’ relationships through better communication and understanding, mindfulness strategies, and conflict management. Michael’s seminars come highly recommended by several Reba families. This seminar will take place on Wednesdays, Mar. 22 – April 12, 2017, 7-8:30 pm, at Pope John XXIII School Cafeteria (1120 Washington). For more info and to RSVP, go to

 Save the Date: This year’s Women’s Retreat at Menno Haven Camp (Tiskilwa, IL), will take place May 5-7.

Saturday Movie at the Clearing (722 Monroe): Glory, R, 122 min., 1989, 7 pm. Loosely based on the letters of Union commander Col. Robert G. Shaw, this Academy Award-winning drama follows the first group of African-Americans to serve in combat during the Civil War–and shows how they helped turn the tide of the war.


MCC Borderlands Learning Tour: We welcome you to join Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) on a learning tour designed to bring awareness to the issues caused by the border wall along the Mexico/U.S. border. Participants will increase their understanding and knowledge of the social, economic, political and theological significance of migration in border communities, including advocacy tools and capacity building to engage others on borderlands and migration issues. The learning tour will take place on May 24-28 in Arizona and will include crossing the border into Mexico. Attendees will also have the option to participate in the Migrant Trail walk following the tour. For more information, including a tentative schedule and online registration, visit