This Week’s Newsletter




 Sunday, May 7:

            Sermon: Celina Varela

            Lectionary: Acts 2:42-47; Psalm 23; 1 Peter 2:19-25; John 10:1-10

            Texts: Psalm 23; John 21:1-14

Youth Group: No usual meeting this week. Youth should plan to attend the Murder Mystery Fundraiser Dinner from 6-8 pm in the Meetinghouse. See below for more details.

Monday Night Potluck & Seminar: 726 Monroe at 6 pm

Birthdays: Lisa Frehling, May 5; Mary Goering, May 6; Joseph Gallivan & Sam Hudgens, May 7; Jessica Iverson, May 8; Rachel Shelly, May 9; Jacob Belser & Becky Jones, May 10; Tom Finger, May 12

News from the Church Office

Potluck This Week: Please bring a nut-free dish to share on Sunday, May 7. Helpers to wash dishes and put away tables after the potluck are always appreciated!

Murder Mystery Fundraiser Dinner: On May 7, 2017 at 6 pm in the Meetinghouse (620 Madison), all are invited to a Valle Nuevo fundraiser in the form of murder mystery. The Holy Land Casino Assassination is an interactive dinner doubling as a political and theological satire. Free market value for dinner and entertainment is $30/person, but we suggest a donation of $20/person. However, we also welcome you to come and pay what you can! Let Joseph Marshak know if you can bring a dish for our Middle Eastern buffet, or if you can help with set up or clean up tasks. Childcare will be provided for an extra $5/child. Come dressed in either Middle Eastern attire, or dressy dinner party attire; or, choose a costume when you arrive from our stash! Proceeds will benefit the  the Shalom Mission Communities delegation going to El Salvador this summer, which includes our own Stephanie Vaughan and Courtney Coates. They would love your support! RSVP if you can – this helps us know how much food to provide – to

Jewish and Palestinian Voices for Peace: Join in conversation exploring diverse perspectives on Israel-Palestine and prospects for peace in the current political climate – Monday, May 15, 7:30 pm at the Reba Place Church Meetinghouse (620 Madison St., Evanston). Rabbi Michael Davis is a founding member of Jewish Voice for Peace – Rabbinical Council. He speaks regularly in churches and other faith settings on Palestinian solidarity from a Jewish perspective, having grown up in Jerusalem and lived in both Israel and on the West Bank.  At the request of Archbishop Theodosius of the Greek Orthodox patriarchate of Jerusalem, he translated the Kairos Palestine Document into Hebrew. Rabbi Davis will partner with Jonathan Kuttab, a prominent Mennonite Palestinian human rights lawyer, on this leg of a cross-country speaking tour. Audiences will be invited to take part in a shared vision of what Palestinian Arabs and Israeli Jews needs to live free, dignified and whole lives in the land. See attachment for more details.

Bagel Makers Needed: Want to serve your church community in a peaceful morning environment, with the lovely background music of our worship group practicing their set? RPC Hospitality is looking for a few new Sunday morning bagel makers who can commit to regular breakfast prep one Sunday a month. This could be a couple, a pair of friends, a family, or a single person. Tasks involve preparing the coffee, toasting the bagels, and setting out the condiments. Contact Becky Jones (847-508-7913) or Heather Clark (847-869-4331) if you are interested.

Summer Sunday School: Celina is looking for summer Sunday school teachers. This summer we will be speaking with the children about being bridges of peace. If you are interested, please connect with her at or at (254)733-2165.

Grow Class News

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

Adult Grow Classes: Session 6 runs for five Sundays: Apr. 23 & 30, and May 14, 21 & 28.

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

RPC Friends and Family

Ten Thousand Villages is Turning 20! In 1997, Susanne Donoghue, Penny Lukens and a supporting cast of many started Ten Thousand Villages-Evanston. On Saturday, May 6 at 6 pm, here at the Meetinghouse (620 Madison) we will have our annual meeting with a slide show retrospective about the beginnings and growth of the store these past years. Please join us at the meeting Saturday to celebrate and reminisce with us! ~Ellen B.

Theatre Performance: On Thursday, May 11 at 7 pm at Chicago Community Mennonite Church (425 S. Central Park Blvd), critically acclaimed Canadian faith-based drama troupe, Theatre of the Beat, will be presenting “This Will Lead to Dancing,” a play about wholeness, belonging, and LGBTQ inclusion. Join us for a thought-provoking theatre experience that explores this conversation through creativity, humor, & sincerity. Admission by donation at the door.

Water Justice Conference: Faith in Place and Grace Lutheran Church will co-host a remote broadcast of Trinity Institute’s global conference, Water Justice, on Saturday, May 13 at 10 am. This conference empowers individuals, congregations, and the larger faith community to take action on water issues. Register at Location is Grace Lutheran Church of Evanston (1430 South Blvd).