By Cecilia Poenyunt, First Lady Emerita of the Karen Fellowship
This year, we will celebrate 9 years of the Karen Fellowship with a thanksgiving worship service and meal on September 16th at 12:30 pm in Howell Hall.
Pastor Roger Poenyunt arrived in Chicago on June 11, 2008. Before this, Po Clee and several other families had come to Chicago in 2007and started attending North Shore Baptist Church. The first week we [Roger and Cecilia] came to church, we met the Karen families who had come before us. Po Clee, who came to church first, introduced Pastor Roger to [English Language] Pastors Carol [McVetty] and Doug [Harris[, which is how we came to know each other. A few months later, Pastor Roger began work as Karen Fellowship Pastor, but then we only gathered and worshipped with the English service. On September 13th, 2009, we got room in Kraft Chapel and started the Karen Fellowship worship service. So every year in September, we celebrate our anniversary with thanksgiving in Howel Hall.
From 2008-2010, more Karen families arrived. Later, some families moved to Minnesota; Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska; Waterloo, Iowa; Utica, New York; as well as Rock Island and Rockford, Illinois. We now have only fifteen families remaining in Chicago. By the grace of God, the Karen Fellowship members work and worship together every week at 11:30 am, after fellowship time.
In December of 2017, Pastor Roger retired from work because of his declining health, resulting from cancer treatment. From December to June 2018, he returned to Myanmar. Now, by the grace of God, we have a new pastor, Rev. Eh Plo Soe, from Rockford. Rev. Eh Plo Soe’s installation service on July 29 featured guests from many places. Rev. Eh Plo Soe moved to Chicago on August 1, and some members of the Karen Fellowship helped him move into his apartment in Ravenswood.
¿Alguna vez te has sentido decepcionada de la vida y sientes que nadie puede comprenderte?
“Amándote un poco más… eres libre!
Un evento diseñado para ti!
Ven a disfrutar de enriquecimiento personal y espiritual.
Habrá varias sesiones con temas a escoger.
Cuidado de niños y almuerzo
Donación Sugerida - $10
Información- Rev. Kathryn Ray al 773-728-4200 ext. 28 email@example.com
Every year, the neighborhood of Lakewood Balmoral has a yard sale the Saturday after Labor Day. The church always provides hospitality (water and restrooms). We also set up food stands featuring traditional cuisines from our different congregations.
This year, we have decided to celebrate the talents of our family, friends, and neighbors by hosting a Crafts & Vendor Fair. We hope to offer a variety of local, handmade items.
If you are a crafter or artisan and would be interested in participating, please review the information at the link below, and fill out the included form.
Crafts & Vendor Fair Information and Application
or download this pdf
On Sunday, August 5, we will gather on Lakewood Avenue in front of the church at 11:30 am for a picnic and block party. All are welcome!
This summer, we will again be hosting a Summer Mission Explorers series for our children. Rather than doing a one-week VBS program, we will be gathering during the traditional Adventures in Learning hour -Sundays from 11:30-12:30 - to learn more about the mission work of the church and do crafts together. Summer Mission Explorers will take place on July 29, August 12, August 19, and August 26.
This year, we will learn more about the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America; the church's work in Retalhuleu, Guatemala; the Samaritana Ministry in the Philippines; and our lunch and shower ministry for those experiencing homelessness.
On June 10 at 11:30 am, join us in celebrating the end of another year of Adventures in Learning. We will see presentations from each class, celebrate our graduates, and thank our teachers.
This was so much fun, we are doing it again! On Friday, May 18, we will gather in Howel Hall at 6:30pm to share a simple dinner and watch together one of last year’s best and most life-affirming movies, Coco. Again, this will be a semi-potluck --
entree, soft drinks, and popcorn will be provided, and you are asked to bring a salad, side dish, or dessert. (Everyone especially likes the desserts.)
On Sunday, May 13, at 12:30 pm, the men of the Spanish Language congregation invite everyone in the church to join in a special, themed Mother's Day celebration. Come for games, lunch, and other entertainment!
El domingo 13 de mayo a las 12:30 pm, los hombres de la congregación hispana les invitan a todos de la iglesia a juntarnos por una celebración especial del Día de la Madre. Habrán juegos, actividades, y un almuerzo rico!
On Friday, April 20, we will gather in Howel Hall for dinner and a movie. We will meet at 6:00 pm to eat, and then we will watch All Saints, a movie about a small church in Iowa that is transformed when a group of Karen refugees comes to their town. We shall see how the story compares to the journey of the Karen Fellowship at NSBC.
Join us for an evening of good food and good conversation! Popcorn will be provided.
Join us bright and early Easter Sunday for breakfast at 8:15 am. At 10:00, we will celebrate baptisms in the sanctuary, followed by worship. At 11:30, the children are invited to join will our annual Easter egg hunt on the front lawn.