On Wednesday, February 26 at 5:30 pm, the English congregation is hosting a family-friendly, dinner-church style Ash Wednesday service in the Warner Welcome Center. It will include a light meal and the imposition of ashes. All are welcome -- and given the starting time, latecomers are welcome too if it takes you a bit to get there from work or school! You are invited to bring a side dish or dessert to share.
We will have our annual Healing Service on Sunday, February 9, at 10:00 am. The service will take place in the sanctuary. Pastor Kathryn will be preaching.
The Healing Service is a combined worship with all of the congregations, in which we pray for healing of all kinds and perform the ritual of anointing with oil for those who desire it.
To commemorate and continue the legacy of the civil rights movement, NSBC is hosting its fourth annual educational event in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We are excited to offer the following series of workshops. We will tell and re-tell stories of the life and work of Rev. Martin Luther, King, Jr. and delve deeper into what economic justice can look like in our own context.
January 19, 11:30 am: A Pastor’s Civil Rights Pilgrimage
A reflection by Rev. Michael Ware, English Language Pastor of NSBC
Pastor Michael will speak about his recent trip to Montgomery, Selma, and Tuskegee on a personal pilgrimage and fulfillment of a life-long dream to visit civil rights venues.
January 26, 11:30 am: “Martin Luther King, Jr, Puerto Rico, and Colonialism”
A presentation by Rev. Juan Ángel Gutiérrez Rodríguez, Spanish Language Pastor of NSBC
Pastor Juan will speak about his research on MLK’s work during his visits to Pastor Juan’s home country of Puerto Rico.
February 2, 11:30 am: “Towards a Fair Tax”
A presentation by Anna Gaebler, Economic Justice Organizer at ONE Northside
A progressive income tax could create new revenue each year that could be used for public education, social services, and homelessness prevention. Come learn about the Fair Tax and how you can play a role in your community in winning this crucial change for Illinois.
February 16, 11:30 am: “Economic Justice Simulation Game”
An interactive learning experience facilitated by Jay Larson and Sean Shell of NSBC
Managing money means making choices. There is seldom enough money available for all of the things we would like to have or do. This game will help you decide what is most important to you, with implications for resource management in churches and organizations.
February 23, 11:30 am: “Housing in Chicago: A City Divided”
A presentation by Natalie Moore, WBEZ's South Side Reporter, whose enterprise reporting has tackled race, housing, economic development, food injustice and violence.
In her 2016 book, The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation, Natalie Moore shines a light on contemporary segregation, using her own personal knowledge and experience in the city's South Side. Drawing on the lives of these communities, Natalie will help us explore the impact of Chicago's historic segregation, and the ongoing policies that keep the system intact.
By Rev. Saw Eh Plo Soe
We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete. - 1 John 1:3
Christmas is about the word 'incarnation.' We sing it every year in our Christmas carols, especially in “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” Charles Wesley wrote that, and one line you’ve sung says, “Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see; Hail the incarnate Deity.” If you understand the incarnation, you’ll understand what Christmas is about. The Apostles’ Creed doesn’t use the word incarnation, but it teaches the doctrine of the Incarnation when it says, “conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary.” Let’s take a look at the first two verses. It’s frankly doctrinal, and it’s boldly historical.
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.
Armando Márquez is a catechist who worked alongside Monsignor Oscar Romero in the base communities of El Salvador. He will be visiting NSBC to offer personal reflections on his relationship with Msgr. Romero and the church's liberating work in El Salvador on Sunday, November 3 at 1:00 pm in Nambu Chapel (after Unity Sunday worship at 10:30 am).