On Sunday, December 8 at 4:00 pm, the Lincoln Park High School Chamber Singers will join us at NSBC for a concert of Christmas and other holiday favorites, followed by hot cocoa, cookies, and carol singing.
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 18 at 6:00 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.
The Edgewater Community Religious Association will host its annual Thanksgiving service at 3 pm on Sunday, November 24 at St. Ita Catholic Church. 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.
The Immigration Task Force is coordinating for this Advent Season 2019 a series of workshops on immigration. The workshops are part of the “Adventures in in Learning” program from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the 4 Sunday of Advent (December 1, 8, 15 and 22).
In the series, we will learn about what are the roots and the challenges of immigration and what we can do about it. Juan Carlos Hernández, Immigration Program Coordinator for the Chicago Religious Leadership Network, will be with us on Sunday, December 1 and 8, to give us the historical, sociological and political perspective of immigration. Sunday, December 15 and 22 we will learn about immigration from a biblical and theological perspective.
Each Sunday we will also be doing a specific action about immigration. God will be speaking to us about this important issue that is one of the challenges of the 21st Century.
On Saturday, November 16 at 6 p.m. in the sanctuary, we will be celebrating a Thanksgiving Night. We will be giving thanks to God for all the great things God has done in our congregation this past year. We recognize it has been a difficult year, but God has blessed us and provided the need and support we needed this past year. The preacher of the night will be Rev. Shakespeare Osorio, Associated Regional Minister, ABCMC and Pastor of the Iglesia Bautista Central.
On Sunday, November 17 at 9:30 a.m. we will have our Celebration Service with a Homecoming. We are inviting everyone who has been member or part of our Hispanic congregation to be present to celebrate what God is doing. It would be a time of rejoicing, praise and celebration. Rev. F. Salvador Orellana, director of Intercultural Ministries; Latino Ministries; and Rebuilding, Restoring, Renewing Puerto Rico for ABHMS, will be bringing the Word of God for the occasion.
At 11 am, we will be cutting our birthday cake with the whole church (Karen, Japanese and English congregations) and at 11:30 a.m. will be having our celebration lunch. It will be a time of blessing and rejoicing.
Be part of the great things that God is doing in our Hispanic congregation and in North Church Baptist Church.