We are looking for a full-time Custodian/Maintenance Coordinator to work approximately 40 hours a week and maintain 24 – hour stand-by status. Housing for the C/MC and family is provided by the church. This position is responsible for the maintenance of church properties, equipment and building security. This position is also administrative: supervising, scheduling and evaluating custodial staff.
The ideal candidate will possess an open, friendly personality and be comfortable interacting with a wide variety of people and situations. A candidate must have the ability to adjust to a flexible work schedule, must have a valid driver’s license and must be fluent in English. Bi-lingual in Spanish/and or Karen preferred.
Experience in a church or non-profit organization and five years of supervision and building maintenance is also preferred.
See the full job description here.
Interested applicants should e-mail: email@example.com. No phone calls, please.
In September, we will begin a weekly book study in English on Pre-Post Racial America: Spiritual Stories from the Front Lines by Rev. Sandhya Jha. As the Chalice Press book review reads:
Those people. Their issues. The day’s news and the ways we treat each other, overtly or subliminally, prove we are not yet living in post-racial America. It’s hard to talk about race and racism in America without everyone very quickly becoming defensive and shutting down.
"What makes talking race even harder is that so few of us actually know each other in the fullness of our stories. A recent Reuters poll found 40% of White people have no friends of other races, and 25% of people of color only have friends of the same race.
Sandhya Jha addresses the hot topic in a way that is grounded in real people’s stories and that offers solid biblical grounding for thinking about race relations in America, reminding us that God calls us to build Beloved Community."
The class will take place on Sundays at 1:00 PM. We will begin on Zoom, and gather in the church courtyard as weather permits. Please contact Pastor Kathryn (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Early Voting Option prior to November 3rd: Here’s an option for people who feel unsafe about voting in person, but now fear the USPS will be unable to deliver a “mail-in” ballot in a timely fashion:
1. Apply on line now for a mail-in ballot by clicking here.
2. Starting on October 14 there will be Secured Drop Boxes at all Early Voting locations.
3. After you fill in your ballot you should sign and seal the envelope.
4. You can then bring it to the Early Voting site.
5. If you applied online to Vote By Mail, you’ll later get an email confirming your ballot has been received. At a later time you will be informed that it has been accepted and notified if there are any problems.
6. The ballots at Early Voting sites are transported (under chain of custody protocol) to the Board of Elections facility.
7. List of locations and hours for Early Voting will be available here.
POLL WORKERS NEEDED - Illinois has lowered the minimum age to be an Election Judge to 16 years old. Do you know someone who would like the experience and get paid? Have them sign up at chipollworker.com They need more Judges and other workers. For a complete list of openings: ChicagoElections.gov/Jobs
The church will be distributing school supplies to our students in the church courtyard the afternoon of Thursday, September 3.
We are looking for donations of the following supplies. If you are interested in contributing, please contact Dawn Noldan at email@example.com.
The deadline for supply donations is Saturday, August 29.
The Edgewater Early Learning Center, located in the church building, will be resuming operations this month, with increased safety precautions. Day-care staff will be checking the temperatures of all children as they arrive, and movement around the building will be carefully planned. When dropping off and picking up children, parents will enter through the Berwyn door and exit through the Lakewood door, and church staff will plan not to be present at pick up time. Separate bathrooms have been designated for church staff and for daycare staff. The gym will not be used.
Church in-person programming remains suspended. As I explained in an earlier blog, worship services have been demonstrated to have a much higher risk of transmitting the coronavirus to at-risk populations than many other activities (including childcare). Singing is a particularly dangerous activity; we have many members of at-risk populations attending our worship services; and, frankly, it is asking quite a lot to expect everyone to maintain six feet of distance from people we care about deeply and haven't seen in months. Church leadership remains in active conversation about how to continue to modify current programming and develop new opportunities to support one another spiritually. View our YouTube worship services here, devotionals in Japanese here, and devotional resources in Spanish here.
We always want to hear from you. If you have ideas, questions, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact a pastor or a Deacon of your congregation.
While the city of Chicago may see partial reopenings of some services and businesses starting June 3, the NSBC building will remain closed. Religious services- along with any gathering larger than 10 people- are not included in the list of activities on the slate for reopening. While some limited daycare services will be reopening around the state, this will not apply to the nursery school located within the church, which will also remained closed for the month to come.
At NSBC, we take seriously our responsibilities to care for the lives and well-being of all members of our community. We serve a broad mix of people in our building, including individuals in a diverse range of vulnerable situations (underlying health conditions, limited access to health care, essential workers who serve in higher-risk settings). In addition, some aspects of our communal life- singing, in particular- have proven to be especially high-risk for spreading the coronavirus. In the past two weeks, churches that have reopened for worship around the country have seen high rates of infection among participants, even while taking precautions. We are closely monitoring recommendations coming from state and city officials. However, we also may decide to reopen at a slower pace than the guidelines indicate. As we contemplate resuming each of the many activities and ministries our building has hosted, we will do so with prayer, discernment, and caution.
As we do so, we will also consider the new ministries that have blossomed during this time of quarantine- worship videos on YouTube, audio devotionals, Bible studies via Zoom- which have ministered to many who could not attend our church even prior to shelter-in-place. As we move away from shelter-in-place but continue to face the threat of the Coronavirus, we will likely continue to innovate new ways of connecting safely that may bear unexpected fruit. Once we are able to safely resume old activities, we do not want to lose the spiritual support that these new ministries can continue to offer.
Please pray for and with our community as we continue to journey together along this road.
Dear ECRA Friends,
To successfully conduct our Care For Real Community Support Drive on Saturday, June 6, we need to fill 6 “ECRA Ambassador” slots.
Here is what we are looking for in a volunteer:
1. Be available from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM and/or from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM on Saturday, June 6.
2. Bring your own face mask and gloves.
3. Come with kind heart and a thankful attitude for those who will be making donations.
4. Meet at the Ismaili Jamatkhana parking lot – 6259 N.Broadway (at Rosemont).
5. Be able to lift 25 pound bags of groceries/supplies from car trunks.
6. Provide your email address for a brief (15-30 minute) Zoom training at 8 PM on Thursday, June 4.
Some of our volunteers will be in the parking lot helping to unload bags from trunks of cars while others will be at tables for those who walk up to the site with donations.This event will successfully take place rain or shine.
Contact Pastor Kathryn if you are interested in participating.
A note from Barbara Lacker-Ware regarding the work of our partner organization, ONE Northside:
Even before the pandemic, several of us have been concerned that for years we in Illinois have lived with underfunded public schools, lack of affordable housing, and reduced social services. Now with the onset of the pandemic, our state is looking at massive revenue shortfalls for the next year. We know our communities can't afford any more budget cuts!
Illinois has the 5th largest economy in the country but is 37th in mental health funding per capita and 50th in terms of state funding for education. Our state budget is broken, and our communities are feeling the effects right now.
This November, voters will have the power to implement a solution: the Fair Tax. Illinois currently has a flat income tax, where everyone pays the same rate of 4.95% regardless of income. If passed, the graduated income tax would bring in $3.4 billion every year and 97% of Illinois residents would receive a tax cut.
ONE Northside is working on collecting as many pledges to vote YES on Fair Tax. Please take 30 seconds to sign the pledge at bit.ly/YesOnFairTax and be sure to indicate you learned about it from North Shore Baptist Church! Thank you!
Want to learn more about Fair Tax and get involved in winning this crucial reform? Join ONE Northside's next Fair Tax meeting on Sunday, May 31st from 3-4:30pm - RSVP here: bit.ly/mayfairtaxmeeting