This Week’s Newsletter



Sunday, August 13:

            Sermon: Joseph Marshak

            Lectionary: 1 Kings 19:9-18; Psalm 85:8-13; Romans 10:5-15; Matthew 14:22-33

Youth Group: Break for summer

Monday Night Potluck & Seminar: Break for summer

News from the Church Office

Congregational Meeting: Plan to stay after the service on Aug. 13 for a Congregational meeting about Facilities decisions and plans. Childcare provided. We’ll share about some significant HVAC work at the Ministry Center that requires congregational approval, as well as some Meetinghouse kitchen and bathroom planning for which we request your input. See attached document for details about upcoming plans. ~Leadership Team and Facilities Team

MCC School Kits: Each year our church collects school supplies to send to Mennonite Central Committee for distribution to schoolchildren around the world. This year’s school bags are ready to be filled! Simply pick one up from the Meetinghouse (near the children’s wing), fill it with the items on the attached list, and return it to the Meetinghouse by Sunday, Sep. 10.

Eat. Share. Enjoy: In order to ensure a proper break for all Grow Class teachers, we will replace our usual post-service Grow Class time on Aug. 20 and 27 with Eat. Share. Enjoy. Sundays! Essentially, everyone is encouraged to make arrangements to dine with someone else for lunch. Preferably in each other’s homes, but picnics in the park or at the lake or a meal at a restaurant is totally acceptable too. Would you consider hosting a person or a family for lunch on a Sunday in August? Your genuine concern and care for people makes a difference!

Grow Class News

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

Break for August: In order to ensure a proper break for all Grow Class teachers, we will be taking a break for the month of Aug. The schedule for the months is as follows: Aug. 6, RPC/RPF 60th Anniversary celebration potluck; Aug. 13, 20, and 27, Eat. Share. Enjoy. Sundays. See “News from the Church Office” for a description.

RPC Friends and Family

Home Again!: Please come to the Home Again celebration Sunday, Aug. 20 at 3 pm at the rear of 636-7 Sherman. The fire recovery is complete and people are moving back in. We want to celebrate and bless the new apartments. Contact Nevin with questions at 847-869-3567.

Save the Date: Saturday, Sep. 9, from 7-9 pm at the Meetinghouse, David and Penny will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. All are welcome. Details to come! ~David and Penny Lukens

Kingian Nonviolence Workshops: The Addie Wyatt Center for Nonviolence Training in Chicago presents two workshops for high school students and youth workers, using the rigorous curriculum developed by Dr. King’s protege, Dr, Bernard LaFayette, and David Jehnsen, which culminates in a train-the-trainer certification.A teacher at North Lawndale College Prep took the training in 2009, brought it back to the school, and with the principal’s full support, teachers and students both promote a culture of peace that has reduced incidents of violence in that school by 80%. In the northern suburbs, we trained students at ETHS, and the entire Evanston youth outreach staff with the Parks & Rec department, and they in turn are training others. We set this within a context that is not only about recognizing and dealing with interpersonal conflict, but recognizing poverty, racism, and other forms of bigotry as forms of violence and building a better world. We also teach civil rights movement history. Next month, you have a chance to get trained and certified — the full 40 hours. We are partnering with the Chicago Theological Seminary to offer “Summer Peace Week” during the week of Aug. 21. Students can come for free; otherwise it’s a very low-cost $25/day including lunch and a training manual. Teachers can get CPDUs. See attachment for details.

Saturday Movie at the Clearing (722 Monroe): The Central Park Five, 119 min., 2012, 7 pm.

This piercing documentary examines the case of five teenagers, all African-American or Latino, who were convicted of the brutal rape of a white woman in Central Park in 1989. Years later, the confession of the real rapist set the jailed men free.