This Week’s Newsletter



Sunday, November 26:

            Sermon: Nancy Bedford

            Text: Psalm 25:1–9; Matthew 21:23-32

            Lectionary: Ezekiel 34:11-16; 20-24 Psalm 95:1-7a; Ephesians 1:15-23; Matthew 25:31-46

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

RPF Monday Night Potluck: 727 Reba Pl, 6 pm potluck, 6:30 Lectio Divina, 7:30 small group

News from the Church Office

Prison Family Ministry Angel Tree: RPC has a group that ministers specifically to families in which one or more members is incarcerated. Each year, group leaders ensure that each child in the group receives a Christmas gift. Please consider purchasing a gift for a child this Christmas season! Take a tag from the Christmas tree located in the Meetinghouse (620 Madison) near the kitchen area. Tags will include the name of the child and a list of gift ideas. Gifts should be brand-new in original packaging, with a maximum value of $25. (Please do not overspend on these presents, as hard as it may be!) Wrapped gifts may be dropped off at the Ministry Center (535 Custer) during office hours, or put back under the tree on Sunday morning. All gifts need to be received by Thursday, Dec. 21.

The Harvest Schedule: The Harvest Food Co-op located in the Ministry Center (535 Custer) will be closed on the Saturday after Christmas. For questions or more info about The Havest, contact Penny Lukens at 224-723-0091.RPC Friends and Family

LOCATION CHANGE: Ebenezer Scrooge Play and Cookie Swap: All are invited to join Ebenezer Scrooge at 727 Reba Place for a family-friendly, interactive retelling of his story and a cookie swap on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 4 pm. (Note: this is a location change from the Meetinghouse to 727 Reba Place). Bring cookies to the swap and take some cookies home, or just bring yourself and enjoy some cookie samples and the show. Contact Joseph Marshak for more details.

Advent Concert: All are invited to a free Advent concert by Monica Laytham and friends on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 7 pm at the Meetinghouse (620 Madison). Monica will be performing an hour+ of original songs with a fantastic band, as heard at the CAPA benefit concert last month. Donations will be taken to help pay the band members. Never heard Monica’s music? Listen to her free album, “becoming home,” and her Advent EP, “Come Child,” at

Free Documentary Screening: To the Ends of the Earth follows concerned citizens living at the frontiers of extreme oil and gas extraction. They call for human ingenuity to rebuild society at the end of the fossil fuel era. As the fracking industry takes off in Illinois, this documentary is more timely than ever. Instead of investing in clean energy to mitigate climate change disasters, Illinois is going backwards by allowing a dangerous practice to occur within our borders. Join us to learn about the destructive extractive industries in the U.S. and see how we’re fighting back in Illinois: Monday, Nov. 27, 6-9 pm at Uncommon Ground (1401 W. Devon Ave., Chicago).

Book Discussion: Kate Hennessy, granddaughter of Dorothy Day, will discuss her new book, “The World Will Be Saved by Beauty”—Reflections from Dorothy Day’s Granddaughter Kate Hennessy,” at 2 pm on Sunday, Dec. 10, at the Immaculate Conception Rectory Assembly (7211 W. Talcott, Chicago). Kate will be accompanied by Rosalie Riegle, Author of “Dorothy Day: Portraits by Those Who Knew Her” and “Doing Time for Peace: Resistance, Family, and Community.” The event is sponsored by the Chicago Chapter of the International Thomas Merton Society. Refreshment, ample parking, freewill donation.

Grow Class News

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

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. Open to all adults and teens.