After English and Spanish worship on December 17, we will gather in the sanctuary for our annual Christmas Showcase. We will hear the Christmas story read by our youth and songs from our children's Sunday School classes. Join us for this festive, intergenerational celebration!
Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday this year. We will celebrate this occasion with a joint morning worship service at 10:30 am. We will hear Christmas stories and remembrances from members of each congregation, and sing one another's carols.
Afterwards, we will gather for a meal to celebrate the Karen New Year, which takes place on December 18.
In these darkening days, the weights of the year often become heavier. As families gather, we remember those who are no longer with us, or disagreements that have left family estranged. The season of gift-giving puts strain on those already struggling to make ends meet. The cold and the dark can be hard on our bodies, bringing out aches, pains, illness, and depression. These struggles stand in stark contrast to the merriment of the Christmas carols, holiday décor, and advertising campaigns proclaiming this to be the most wonderful time of the year.
It is important, through the various struggles of the season, to remember that we are not alone. To this end, we will be offering a Longest Night Service on December 20 at 7:00 pm in Nambu Chapel. It will be a time for us to gather to mark the losses we are grieving- whether they be loved ones lost, expectations dashed, financial security threatened- and sanctify them in the light of Christ’s Advent. It will be a candlelight service at which we will hold silence, pray, and reflect both on what we have lost in the past year and what has sustained us along the way.
This year, NSBC is hosting the Edgewater Community Religious Association's annual Thanksgiving service at 3 pm on Sunday, November 19. It will feature speakers, music, and sacred readings from various faiths represented in our community. There will be a reception to follow.
At the service, we will also be collecting canned goods to benefit Care for Real, the Edgewater food pantry.
Compiled from prayers of the English-language congregation
Lee en español
Peace is hard to hold, seeming to slip away amidst the chaos of our world. Pain, pollution, prejudice, gun violence and greed, fear, self-doubt, and inequality, illness, and constant stress create a haze.
A haze that seeps into every level of our society, into our homes and our hearts, into our governments.
When divisions are soul deep, binding connections become divisive endings. We fail to connect.
Hate cancels hope. Greed covers for hate. For every ray of light, there are more shadows.
In this place,
We seek to create a space that is safe for even a moment, where people feel accepted and loved. Where they love and accept themselves, and bask in that feeling. For God wants us to be happy and love one another.
Escrita a partir de frases de los y las miembros de la congregación hispana
Read in English.
Tanto nos afecta en nuestro diario vivir. El egoísmo, que pone a otros antes de yo, aparta del ser humano el ser completo. La violencia amenaza la paz en la familia y en el mundo entero. La intolerancia pone en riesgo la unión de familias y las relaciones de amistad.
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Overview: North Shore Baptist Church is a multi-racial, multi-lingual, inclusive community of faith on Chicago’s north side. We are one church, four congregations worshipping in English, Spanish, Japanese and Sgaw Karen, building the beloved community week by week. Our pastoral team of five works collaboratively to serve the needs of their congregations while nurturing the whole church through quarterly worship services, annual picnics, weekly coffee hours, and cross-congregational committees. We are anchored in our generous, historic building, which is buzzing throughout the week with community and church events alike. We are rooted in our Baptist faith. Our congregants come from near and far in the city and travel far and wide through mission, service, and ABC-USA engagement. We are proud to partner with neighborhood interfaith and ecumenical initiatives addressing the needs of the most vulnerable while building a stronger community, and to have commissioned many pastors and missionaries from our walls. With a strong sense of heritage and history we are focused on the present and the future. With a clear commitment to diversity and equity we seek to deepen engagement across differences and nurture community within each of our four congregations. Having been sustained by committed members and regular attendees, we ask anew what it means to truly serve our immediate neighbors.
There will be a social & spiritual retreat for young adults over the last weekend in October, 10/27-29. We will be heading up to the American Baptist Assemblies (Green Lake) for a few days spent together (with some alone time too) in eating, praying, playing, and enjoying the last gasp of the outdoors before winter sets in. The projected cost is $100 per adult for lodging, with financial support available. If you’re wondering whether you are young enough to be included, you are — Join us! Please let Pastor David or Pastor Kathryn know if you are interested