October 18, 2017

The GLEN ELLYN INTERFAITH PRAYER BREAKFAST is next Wednesday, October 25, at 7:15 a.m. at the Abbington. I have reserved two tables for us. If you would like to attend, please let me know by Sunday after worship. Text, email, or phone me. -Wendy

Acts 13:22
After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’

Dear Friends,

What does your heart look like? You can’t see your heart by looking in a mirror. We can only see the heart by seeing the heart’s activity. Our hearts can be seen by our words and actions.

How do we treat strangers? For example, when you are cruising around in a parking lot looking for a spot, what is your attitude toward the others who are searching as well? Are you competitive? Are you compassionate?

Last week I was in the parking lot talking to member of the church family when another member jogged by. She stopped her workout to say hi! That made my day. In a workout it is important maintain your heart rate, but she was willing to show her heart by stopping to share a moment. Her words and actions spoke about her heart. She brightened my day.

Last Saturday we had a rainy “clean up” Saturday, but we still had people come and demonstrate their love of God and one another by caring for our shared house, God’s house. On Sunday we had a group of people who welcomed our current artist and his guests into our church home as well. I talked to one woman who worships in a Catholic church in Wheaton, but she told me, “This church is a hidden treasure.” Later in the evening a group of us went to the Presbyterian & Muslim Interfaith Dinner in Oak Park. Our hearts were warmed not only by sharing a meal but by being able to show our love through our presence.

In a world of darkness we need to have our hearts shine with love. The apostle Paul said that King David was a man after God’s own heart. That means that though he had faults and grievous sins, he was always willing to return to God. That return was led by his heart.

This Sunday is Commitment Sunday; we will be recommitting our hearts to God’s work in South Glen Ellyn and beyond. Please come prayerfully. Take it from here.

Love, Wendy
Your pastor, partner, and friend

P.S. If you can’t be here on Sunday, be the church where you are. Please remember to send in your pledge cards so that the Session can plan for 2018 at their next session meeting, and remember to let your heart shine with God’s love wherever you are. Also, the next time someone steals your parking space, say a prayer for them. 

P.P.S. For November 12 I am looking for a lamp post (freestanding) and fake fur coats. Please contact me directly if you can loan me any of these.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The “LADIES WHO LUNCH” will gather this afternoon (October 18) at 1:00 p.m. at Meson Sabika, 1025 Aurora Ave., Naperville. If you are a woman who enjoys trying different restaurants with others from Southminster, you’re invited!

If you enjoy reading and discussing what you’ve read, consider coming to PRESBYTERIAN READERS. (And you don’t even need to be Presbyterian!) The group will meet this evening (Wednesday, October 18) at 7:30 in the parlor to discuss “What the Lady Wants” by Renee Rosen. The group will also consider books for winter reading, so come with suggestions.

All women of the church are invited to WOMEN’S CIRCLE, meeting the third Friday of the month, which is this Friday, October 20. Please come to the parlor at 9:30 a.m. for an early look at the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, which we will observe in worship on October 29. The program will include a video that explores the larger political, economic, and theological context of Martin Luther’s bold call for reform in the Roman Catholic Church. Betty Eichin and Janet Birchall will be the hostesses, and Grace Van Beveren will give devotions.

This Friday, October 20, is the DEADLINE for the November Dialog and for any event you would like to have publicized outside the church. Send Dialog items to Barb via email; send outside publicity to Welcome and Outreach at: welcome@southminsterpc.org

This Sunday, October 22, is Commitment Sunday. If you haven’t already submitted your pledge for 2018, please bring your pledge card with you on Sunday, or we will have extra cards here. If you won’t be here on Sunday, please mail it to the church office, or email Heidi Shierry at hshierry@yahoo.com with your information. She will keep it confidential. Thank you.

THIS SUNDAY IN WORSHIP (October 22, 2017)
Commitment Sunday
Liturgist: Lois Stevenson
Elder: Janey Sarther
Deacon: Barb Kocinski
Ushers: Tom & Bobbi Frey, Mike Hume, Dave Zink
Children’s Moment: Chris Vanderford
Fellowship: Julie Steele
Valet Parking: Steve Kozich
Please let the office know immediately if there are any changes to this schedule.
Thank you!

JUBILEE BUCKS: If you ordered last Sunday, pick up your gift cards this Sunday, October 22. Looking ahead to next month: Order on November 5 and 19; pick up orders on November 12 and 26. It’s not too early to start thinking about doing some early Christmas shopping! And “Share the Spirit” is coming – if you like to donate Jubilee Bucks gift cards to that mission, you will need to order them by November 19. (The donation deadline for “Share the Spirit” will be December 3.)

CHRISTIAN ED. NOTES:
– FALL EVENT: Christian Education is preparing for our Fall Ministry Event. We will no longer hold a Fall Festival on the last Sunday of October but instead are planning for an Advent Event on Sunday, November 12, at 11:00 in Fellowship Hall. The afternoon will include lunch, a brief Bible story, and an opportunity to “make and take” an Advent craft to celebrate the season leading up to Christmas! All in our church family are invited. Look for more details as we get closer to the event.
– CHRISTMAS: We are working on our plans for the CHRISTMAS PROGRAM. For this year we are reaching out to the members to see if anyone would like to share any musical gifts during the program. We are hoping to get a list of names and what type of music (singing, piano, etc.) so we can work with Tom Anderson. We are looking at the prelude and postlude music, as well as during the service itself. Please let us know if you or your child is willing to sing or play. Over the next few weeks we will be working out the details. And don’t worry, we will still have the adorable shepherds and angels singing at the top of their voices “Go Tell It on the Mountain.” Feel free to contact Marta Sundquist with any questions (630-414-7986).

WHAT’S AHEAD IN CHRISTIAN ED.?
October 22: Sunday School – David and Goliath
October 29: Sunday School – David Dances
November 5: Sunday School – Solomon Becomes King

ADULT EDUCATION
– SUNDAY MORNING CLASS: Jeremiah was not all Jeremiads! Join us this Sunday at 11 a.m. in the Parlor to our study in the prophet Jeremiah and learn about how God keeps promises.
– The WOMEN’S SUNDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY GROUP meets most Sundays at 7:00 p.m. in the parlor. For more information, contact Ann Anderson at 630-469-2097 or sylviasmother@sbcglobal.net.

YOUTH:
Pizza and Games this Sunday. Bring friends, $4, and your smile. Also, it is time to sign up for Sleep Out Saturday—fun and sleeplessness for the whole family!

November 5 is ALL SAINTS SUNDAY. If you have a loved one, friend, or family member whose death occurred since last All Saints Day and whom you would like mentioned during our All Saints Prayer, please let us know BY TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31, giving us their name and date of death. You can help us be as accurate as possible by providing correct spelling and leaving your name and phone number so we can check with you if we have any questions.

SLEEP OUT SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4:
+ One way Southminster helps the homeless is by supporting Bridge Communities’ Transitional Housing program, and Sleep Out Saturday is part of that. The evening of Nov. 4th church, business, and civic groups all over DuPage County will sleep outside to raise money for this cause. This is too important and too much fun to miss. Want to join the brave sleepers? Sign up on the Narthex bulletin board, and you will get an email from Bridge on how to set up your own donation page on Southminster’s section of the S.O.S. website. Want to support Bridge and your favorite sleeper? Donate through https://www.bridgecommunities.org/Sleep-Out-Saturday/Make-a-pledge.html.
+ We will have a “SOUP KITCHEN” MEAL AND PROGRAM on homelessness beginning at 6:00 p.m., and all can join in, even those not spending the night. Please sign-up on the Narthex bulletin board if you plan to join us for the meal.
+ Also: WE NEED LARGE-ISH PIECES OF CORRUGATED CARDBOARD to build our shelters. Got any pieces (at least 20 square feet in size) you can give us? Let Blair know.

Moms, this is a group just for you: MORNINGS FOR MOMS, Wednesday mornings from 9:30-11:00 every week through November 15. Come for quality coffee and tea, good conversation, and free child care. Invite a friend to come with you.

Church officers and staff – change of plans! The officer retreat originally scheduled for November 18 will be rescheduled, perhaps in February. Instead officers will be encouraged to attend an event at Elmhurst Christian Reformed Church, “Go Local,” from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. with a light lunch. Information to come.

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October 11, 2017

John 9:1-7
As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes, saying to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). Then he went and washed and came back able to see.

Dear Friends,

Our nation is facing some difficult times and events, including disasters both human-made and acts of nature. I have been wondering what to write in that regard. There are people who talk about God’s judgment. I find it difficult when people do so. We can speak of God’s love, grace, mercy, and God’s call upon our lives; there is a lot of scriptural support for God’s love of all people. And yes, the Bible speaks of God’s judgment, but to declare on God’s behalf judgment on another’s bad fortune is not what Christ would have us to do. In the scripture above the disciples see a man born blind and assume it is a punishment. Their question is whose fault is it that he is blind? Is it his parent’s fault? Is it his fault? Jesus’ answer is a surprise because he tells them no one is at fault. The disciples’ assumption is that where there is suffering, there is sin, but Jesus says, “No, this is an opportunity.”

Our lives and our time are a gift from God. Our time gives us an opportunity to do the right thing, to do the loving thing, the Christian thing. We get the opportunity to show the world the love of God in Jesus Christ. Each week I write the phrase, “Be the church where you are!” That means wherever you are, you represent the church. You show the world God’s people.

This weekend is packed with opportunities you to be the church together with others in our church family. Saturday we are “cleaning up” for the fall. The church is not a building, but our building is one of the ways people know that we are here. It is important to care for this asset so that others may see that there is a foothold for the Kingdom of God in south Glen Ellyn. I like to think of it as an embassy for the Kingdom of God on Park Boulevard. Sunday the young adults are venturing out together as a group for lunch. It is my hope that people will see them and know that the church has more than one generation involved. At 4:00 Sunday we have another opportunity because we will be welcoming the friends of our current artist whose works are on display, Robert Patterson. Your attendance will help you welcome and connect with people outside of your church family. At 5:00 in the afternoon our youth will be meeting, another way to show God’s presence and love. And finally, late in the afternoon I will be attending the Presbyterian and Muslim Interfaith Dinner. Sine 2013 we have been in a relationship working towards the good of all people, and it is yet another way for the world to see the love of Christ. If you are interested in attending this dinner, reservations close on October 12. (There is more information below in the Announcements.)

Difficult times and events, and even disasters, are our opportunities to show the love of God. Do not sit in judgment; rather stand up for those in need. Take it from here.

Love, Wendy
Your pastor, partner, and friend

P.S. If you can’t be in church on Sunday, be the Church where you are! Who in your circle of friends knows that you love God? If they don’t, find a way to show them God’s love.

P.P.S. We received an email from Pastor Yoelkis Sierra of our sister church in Guanabacoa, Cuba, acknowledging receipt of the $2,920 that Southminster members and friends had donated to help families in the church community who had extensive damage from Hurricane Irma when it passed over Cuba. Muriel Miller, who is leading a group from the Presbytery of Chicago that is currently visiting in Cuba, took the funds to our sister church. Here is a translation of Yoelkis’ message:
“…in the name of our community we thank you very much for this help. Yesterday morning we had a visit from Muriel with her group and she gave us this donation… Here in Cuba now they have to follow a protocol to be able to purchase the materials [needed to repair and rebuild], but already each one of these families has officially registered. Things don’t happen rapidly but with this help they will confront a better situation. Many thanks for all this effort that you have undertaken.”

Yoelkis also said he would send some pictures to illustrate the need.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Our annual FALL CLEAN-UP DAY is this Saturday, October 14, from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Plan to join us for both indoor and outdoor projects. All age, skill, and experience levels are welcome (and appreciated)! If you can’t commit to the whole morning, come when you can and work as long as you are able.

Come to church hungry this Sunday, because our deacons are having a BAKE SALE! The Deacons will use the money from the sale to remember our college students, our Right at Home members, and to help with fellowship expenses. Please support the work of the deacons by enjoying these goodies.

YOUNG ADULT LUNCH (for anyone ages 18 to 30) this Sunday, October 15, following worship and fellowship – about 12:00. We will meet at Kai’s Sushi, 2820 South Highland Ave., Suite E, Lombard (behind PNC Bank and The Patio). Their phone is 630-376-6260. For those of you who are meat eaters, it is available. If you have questions, call Pastor Wendy at 630-917-6033.

Meet the artist: Have you noticed the watercolors displayed in our main hallway art gallery? They are the work of local artist Robert Patterson. You can meet him at an ARTIST RECEPTION in the narthex this Sunday, October 15, from 4:00-5:00 p.m.

A PRESBYTERIAN AND MUSLIM INTERFAITH DINNER will be held this Sunday, October 15, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at First United Church of Oak Park. “Persistent Neighbors: Solidarity in Challenging Times” is an opportunity to come together, share a meal, and practice being one another’s neighbor. The guest speaker will be Tahera Ahmad, Associate Chaplain and Director of Interfaith Engagement, Northwestern University. First United Church is at 848 Lake Street in Oak Park. This event is hosted by the Presbytery’s Ecumenical and Interreligious Work Group. There is no charge to attend, but please RSVP by tomorrow, October 12 to http://bit.ly/presby-muslim-dinner.

THIS SUNDAY IN WORSHIP (October 15, 2017)
Liturgist: Pat Wiedner
Elder: Hal Ellinghausen
Deacon: Susan Vanderford
Ushers: Lanny Russell, Pete Petersen, Ed & Joan Koska
Children’s Moment: Janey Sarther
Fellowship: Roma Moye
Valet Parking: Hal Ellinghausen
Please let the office know immediately if there are any changes to this schedule.
Thank you!

JUBILEE BUCKS: Order this Sunday, October 15, and pick up your gift cards the following Sunday, October 22. It’s not too early to start thinking about doing some early Christmas shopping!

CHRISTIAN ED. NOTES:
– C.E. MEETING SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15: The Christian Education Ministry will meet this coming Sunday at 11:00 in the Toddler Room. All are invited to attend.
– FALL EVENT: Christian Education is preparing for our Fall Ministry Event. We will no longer hold a Fall Festival on the last Sunday of October but instead are planning for an Advent Event on Sunday, November 12, at 11:00 in Fellowship Hall. The afternoon will include lunch, a brief Bible story, and an opportunity to “make and take” an Advent craft to celebrate the season leading up to Christmas! All in our church family are invited. Look for more details as we get closer to the event.

WHAT’S AHEAD IN CHRISTIAN ED.?
October 15: Sunday School – David and Jonathan; C.E. Ministry meeting, 11:00 a.m. in the Toddler room
October 22: Sunday School – David and Goliath
October 29: Sunday School – David Dances

ADULT EDUCATION
– SUNDAY MORNING CLASS: Jerusalem is falling to the Babylonian might. That is because they broke the covenant with God, says Jeremiah. But there is hope, because God may discipline, but God does not abandon. Join us at 11:00 a.m. in the Parlor for our study of Jeremiah’s prophecies.
– The WOMEN’S SUNDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY GROUP meets most Sundays at 7:00 p.m. in the parlor. For more information, contact Ann Anderson at 630-469-2097 or sylviasmother@sbcglobal.net.

YOUTH:
Having Mission Trip flashbacks about holding a paint brush? Never been on Mission Trip but want to know why everyone enjoys fixing up homes? You have a chance to live or relive that experience this Saturday at our church Clean-Up Day. There is a special paint project for the youth and their families. So, come prepared to paint and bring your siblings and parents. (Leave the dog at home: you know how bad it is when she gets into paint!) Clean Up is 8:00 a.m. to noon; come for part or all of that time.

The “LADIES WHO LUNCH” will gather Wednesday, October 18, at 1:00 p.m. at Meson Sabika, 1025 Aurora Ave., Naperville. If you are a woman who enjoys trying different restaurants with others from Southminster, you’re invited!

If you enjoy reading and discussing what you’ve read, consider coming to PRESBYTERIAN READERS. (And you don’t even need to be Presbyterian!) The group will meet Wednesday, October 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the parlor to discuss “What the Lady Wants” by Renee Rosen. The group will also consider books for winter reading, so come with suggestions.

All women of the church are invited to WOMEN’S CIRCLE, meeting the third Friday of the month. On October 20 please come to the parlor at 9:30 a.m. for an early look at the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, which we will observe in worship on October 29. The program will include a video that explores the larger political, economic, and theological context of Martin Luther’s bold call for reform in the Roman Catholic Church. Betty Eichin and Janet Birchall will be the hostesses, and Grace Van Beveren will give devotions.

If you have not yet submitted your PLEDGE FOR 2018, the Stewardship ministry would very much appreciate if you could submit it as soon as possible. Commitment Sunday is October 22, but you don’t have to wait until then to submit your pledge. You may fill out your pledge card and put it in the offering plate on Sunday, bring it in or mail it to the church office, or email Heidi Shierry at hshierry@yahoo.com with your information. She will keep it confidential. Thank you.

November 5 is ALL SAINTS SUNDAY. If you have a loved one, friend, or family member whose death occurred since last All Saints Day and whom you would like mentioned during our All Saints Prayer, please let us know BY TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31, giving us their name and date of death. You can help us be as accurate as possible by providing correct spelling and leaving your name and phone number so we can check with you if we have any questions.

SLEEP OUT SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4:
+ One way Southminster helps the homeless is by supporting Bridge Communities’ Transitional Housing program, and Sleep Out Saturday is part of that. The evening of Nov. 4th church, business, and civic groups all over DuPage County will sleep outside to raise money for this cause. This is too important and too much fun to miss. Want to join the brave sleepers? Sign up on the Narthex bulletin board, and you will get an email from Bridge on how to set up your own donation page on Southminster’s section of the S.O.S. website. Want to support Bridge and your favorite sleeper? Donate through https://www.bridgecommunities.org/Sleep-Out-Saturday/Make-a-pledge.html.
+ We will have a “SOUP KITCHEN” MEAL AND PROGRAM on homelessness beginning at 6:00 p.m., and all can join in, even those not spending the night. Please sign-up on the Narthex bulletin board if you plan to join us for the meal.
+ Also: WE NEED LARGE-ISH PIECES OF CORRUGATED CARDBOARD to build our shelters. Got any pieces (at least 20 square feet in size) you can give us? Let Blair know.

Moms, this is a group just for you: MORNINGS FOR MOMS, Wednesday mornings from 9:30-11:00 every week through November 15. Come for quality coffee and tea, good conversation, and free child care. Invite a friend to come with you.

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