Please continue to remember the pantry as you do your shopping again this week, as they continue to need a steady supply of the basics. 

Food items for the 2nd Baptist Food Pantry can always be dropped off in the can under the porte-cochere; or in one of the red tubs outside of the Graham Charter Room, or big basket in the narthex while the building is open.  

Thank you!!


Our Worship Services

Join us in-person 9:30 a.m. Sunday mornings, or watch our worship service live or recorded on Facebook or YouTube.
Church Office: Monday-Friday 8:30am-2pm

Lawnfest on Lawn Returns!

With a Big Splash!

With joyful hearts and good energy, last summer PCWS created and shared Lawnfest on Lawn connecting our church family with neighbors and the broader community. It was wonderful to host art activities, bands, provide food, games and have a great time on our big, beautiful green lawn with so many new and familiar faces. Well…we’re back with this great gathering for ALL, combining the best of what we enjoyed together last summer along with some new activities

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, July 23 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm for Lawnfest on Lawn 2024.

This year we’ll have multiple large, slippery, water-filled slides and inflatables for all to enjoy. Bring a towel, get suited up and try out the best way to beat the heat. For those too big for floaties, there will be near world-class players for the bean bag toss competition and a repeat of the highly contested west suburban croquet championship match. We’ll have live music from Of Books & Blues featuring rock and blues sounds, Chicago-style hot dogs and cool icy treats. Come for a soak, the energy and just some good summertime together. 

Talk it up with family, friends and neighbors – it is going to be fun for all ages!  

PCWS is extremely excited to share it has sourced and is bringing a unique international art exhibit to PCWS this fall that can enrich our own community and will be showcased by others in our area. The exhibit, assembled by Embracing Our Differences, will include many pieces intended to enhance our appreciation of the dimensions and emotions associated with welcoming and embracing diverse persons. It will be on display at PCWS from September 8-14 then travel through 2025 to other Chicagoland churches, school districts, and non-profits who also want to enrich their understanding and empathy for the groups that are often shunned or ignored.

So how did all of this come to be? While in Florida this winter, Walt and Sue Kovalick experienced this powerful collection and thought it could be a great extension of the foundational work of the Inclusion Task Force. PCWS set to work to expand its reach and is licensing the images from Embracing Our Differences (EOD) based in Sarasota, FL. This 2024 exhibit marks the twenty-first anniversary of their several educational programs as well as to collect art from students, adults, classrooms, and others from around the world. Each year EOD chooses the top 50 pieces of art and displays them outdoors for six weeks.

For our indoor exhibit, PCWS curated 25 pieces from the full exhibit that we’ll feature as a collection throughout the halls and Jones Room as 30” x 40” foam board mounted pieces. To bring the art and awareness of the collection to our neighbors and broader community, PCWS has received three original outdoor, large format canvases from the EOD exhibit. Beginning this week and through the fall until the end of the exhibit September 14, you will see a rotating display of the actual full-scale art pieces displayed on our building. Please click here to see a list of other winners and honorable mentions. For more information about Embracing Our Differences Traveling Art Exhibit click here.

Beyond our own walls, bringing this art exhibit to the Chicago area and sharing it with other organizations medium broadens the exposure to many other communities in the area, and affirms PCWS active role in promoting inclusion and diversity in our larger community.

We look forward to your attending the ribbon-cutting for the exhibit at PCWS on Sunday, September 8 at 2 p.m. to join with and recognize the several organizations celebrating and embracing our differences both here in Western Springs and beyond. Be sure to let your friends know to mark their calendars for the week of September 8 to be the first to see the exhibit at PCWS.