Rally Day 2014
Rally Day – September 13

We hope you’ll plan to be with us for this year’s Rally Day!

Here’s the plan:

9:30 a.m.- worship and our kick-off to our fall preaching schedule of Grace and Gratitude lessons! Sunday School teachers and youth leaders will be commissioned.

9:45 a.m.- first Sunday School class of the new program year. Students will meet their teachers following Words for Children and will enjoy some getting-to-know-you activities.

10:30 a.m.- Let the games begin!  Fun for all ages with a “wind of the Spirit” theme. The fruit of the Spirit is our Explore theme for this year; come and explore games and races and fun for all around wind, air, and helium as our playmates!!

11:30 a.m.- catered lunch from Chuck’s of Darien : Chuck’s will be catering mouth-watering BBQ pork and BBQ chicken sandwiches. There is a sign up at church and online at Sign Up Genuis for the congregation to bring sides, fruit, and desserts. We will provide crisp, cool lemonade, ice tea, and water to drink. Food will be served around 11:15.

Come hungry after a round of fun and games — It’s going to be a great day!

Explore Returns in September!

The theme for Explore this year is the fruit of the Spirit—otherwise known as language the Bible uses to describe God’s unique activity in every human heart.  These virtues or qualities or characteristics will be the framework for all kinds of  interesting faith formation opportunities for children, youth and adults.  Explore takes place each week following worship on Sunday mornings from 10:45 to11:30 a.m.

The topic schedule for fall is:

Kindness – September 20, 27

Peace – October 4, 18, 25 and  November 1

Generosity – November 8, 15, 22

Joy – December 6, 13, 20

All year long, Explore will be, for lack of a better word, exploring, the ways God’s Spirit moves in us and in this world.  From September through April, we’ll focus on the fruit of the Spirit—starting with “kindness” on September 20 and 27.  In October, we’ll lean into peace…but more on that later.  Kindness is a virtue that many worldviews and world religions acknowledge as important.  It’s a powerful Jewish idea, clearly a Christian idea, even Buddhism has parables about kindness as divine.  And kindness is a quality that impacts the daily lives of everyone—from little children at school, to high school youth, to moms and dads who are busy.  That’s why kindness is the perfect topic for Explore in September because Explore involves everyone—of all ages.


Theology & Brew—Daytime & Evening

Each month, we invite everyone to gather with us for Theology & Brew—a casual, intellectually stimulating discussion about timely issues grounded in theology, with food and drinks of your choice.  September is the perfect time to try Theology & Brew if you’ve never attended!  Even if you are unable to join us, you may still want to receive the reading for your own personal consideration, so please sign up by emailing tandbrew@gmail.com to register for the email invitation and the emailed readings.

In September, daytime edition will meet at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15, at Grapevine Mediterranean Gourmet Café located in La Grange at 9 W. Hillgrove Ave.

And later in the month, evening edition will gather at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 29, at Aurelio’s Pizza located in La Grange at 11 Calendar Court.  Cheers!