This Week’s Newsletter

 

 

Sunday, Mar. 26:

            Sermon: Joseph Marshak

            Lectionary: 1 Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:8-14;

John 9:1-41

            Texts: Exodus 32:1-6, 25-30; Matthew 22: 34- 40

Youth Group: Sundays, 5-7 pm, Ministry Center (535 Custer) – see below for details!

Monday Night Potluck & Seminar: 726 Monroe at 6 pm

News from the Church Office

Youth Group Announcements: On Mar. 28, we will be hosting youth from Living Water Community Church in Rogers Park. Youth are invited to come and participate in a joint meal and games. On Apr. 2, youth will be travelling to Lombard Mennonite Church to join youth there on Sunday morning. Our regular evening meeting will be cancelled.

Maundy Thursday Service: Apr. 13, from 6:30-8 pm at the Meetinghouse (620 Madison), we will commemorate Jesus’ last supper with his friends. This will involve a simple meal, communion and foot washing. Please RSVP with the church office so we will know how much food to prepare.

Good Friday Prayer Stations: Good Friday prayer stations are back by popular demand! All are invited to the Meetinghouse (620 Madison) on Apr.14 to a short, contemplative service at 7 pm, followed by a time of open exploration of multi-sensory prayer stations that walk through the last week of Jesus’ life. This experience will be appropriate for multiple ages, from young elementary to venerable elder.

Fish Fryers Needed: Each year Reba Place and Living Water churches gather at Lighthouse Beach (2611 Sheridan Rd) on Easter morning for a sunrise service. This year, in order to catch the full effect of the sun rising over the lake, the service will begin at 5:20 am.

Grow Class News

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

Adult Grow Classes: Session 5 runs for four Sundays: Mar. 12, 19 & 26, and Apr. 9.

Loving Our Immigrant Neighbors: While exploring how to love immigrants in our country, class members will form small groups to research and present on various topics. Location: Viaduct View corner (in place of Sermon Reflection class).

RPC Friends and Family

Benefit Concert for Immigrants and Refugees: “With Clothes on Our Back and Music in Our Heart” is an evening to celebrate the music and poetry of the seven Muslim-majority countries banned by recent executive orders. Please join us at St. Luke’s Church in Evanston on Mar. 26 at 5 pm for a free concert. Donations will be gratefully accepted. All proceeds will go to the IL Coalition For Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

Lenten Musical at GETS: Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is presenting Jeremiah: A Musical of Lament written by Dr. Osvaldo Vena and produced by seminary students and faculty. The musical explores the themes of lament and hope present in the book of Jeremiah and serves as an entry into the experience of Lent and our preparations for Jesus’ passion. Held in the Chapel of the Unnamed Faithful on the GETS campus (2121 Sheridan Rd., Evanston) on Apr. 5 at 4 pm and Apr. 7 at 7 pm. There is no cost to attend; all are welcome.

Saturday Movie at the Clearing (722 Monroe): Peace Officer, 2015, 105 min., 7 pm.A documentary about the increasingly militarized state of American police as told through the story of “Dub” Lawrence, a former sheriff who established and trained his rural state’s first SWAT team only to see that same unit kill his son-in-law in a controversial standoff 30 years later.

Denomination

MCC Famine Relief: According to the United Nations, the world is facing the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. More than 20 million people across Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and northeast Nigeria are facing or are at risk of famine. Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is working in the area to provide emergency food assistance and increase its response to the crisis. Because of serious conflicts and concerns for safe, unimpeded access for humanitarian assistance, this process is slow and challenging. To donate to MCC’s relief fund, which supports MCC’s response to this disaster and others, visit mcc.org/learn/what/relief or send a check to MCC, PO Box 500, Akron, PA 17501-0500.