May
21
4:00 pm16:00

Community Forum: Immigration

All are invited to a presentation and discussion led by people here in our community, including the Palatine Police Chief and Father Corey Brost. 

One of our goals as a church community is to learn to listen and discuss difficult topics in ways that build bridges rather than deepen divides--as our mission statement says, to "hear and be heard." Our hope is to model civil conversation, practice our communication skills, and grow in understanding of our neighbor, even if we disagree. 

Apr
23
10:00 am10:00

Pastor Teri's last day

Our pastor is moving this spring, and her last day with us will be April 23rd. That morning we will have a worship service focusing on the story of Jesus walking the road to Emmaus with some disciples, and sharing the bread of life with them. We will celebrate communion, and have special musical guests. 

After worship there will be a congregational meeting for the purpose of dissolving the pastoral relationship between Teri and the congregation of PCOP.

And then we'll move on to a celebration of ministry, complete with cake, of course!

All are welcome, of every age and ability. Nursery is provided for those who wish to use it, and children are always welcome in worship.

Apr
16
10:00 am10:00

Easter Morning

He is risen indeed!

A joyful Easter morning service including special music, the celebration of communion, and lots of Hallelujahs, for Christ is Alive!

Worship begins at 10am, and is followed by a continental breakfast so we can continue the celebration of God's gift of abundant life.

The service and breakfast are for all ages, and all are welcome! There is also a nursery provided for those pre-Kindergarten children who would like to use it.

Apr
14
7:00 pm19:00

Good Friday

You are invited to experience the Tenebrae--a Service of Shadows. In a dimly-lit sanctuary, we will hear the reading of the Passion, sing traditional hymns, and feel the gloom descend as candles are blown out throughout the service. The service includes a time of silence and reflection, as well as of prayer and music. All are welcome.

Apr
13
7:00 pm19:00

Maundy Thursday

In this holiest of weeks, we remember Jesus' last meal with his disciples, and his instruction to "love one another as I have loved you." We will gather for a worship service that focuses on Jesus' life, love, and teaching around the table. This service includes communion, and is appropriate for all ages. 

 

Apr
11
6:30 pm18:30

Lent Study: Healing Spiritual Wounds, final session

  • Panera

We are reading and discussing the new book Healing Spiritual Wounds together this Lenten season, as we consider the Lent theme "Are You All In?" This book engages us in personal reflection on our relationship with God and the Church, and invites us to consider how we can experience healing as well as be a part of other people's healing journeys.

Each chapter of the book includes some suggestions for a spiritual practice or reflection, some of which we may decide to discuss. Additional discussion questions will also be handed out each week.

The class schedule is:
Thursday March 23rd, 6:30-8:30pm
Thursday March 30th, 6:30-8:30pm
Thursday April 6th, 6:30-8:30pm
TUESDAY April 11th, 6:30-8:30pm

A light supper will be served.

You can get the book at the book signing on Tuesday March 14th, from Amazon, or from local bookstores. It is available in both hard copy and electronic versions.

Apr
6
6:30 pm18:30

Lent Study: Healing Spiritual Wounds, week 3

We are reading and discussing the new book Healing Spiritual Wounds together this Lenten season, as we consider the Lent theme "Are You All In?" This book engages us in personal reflection on our relationship with God and the Church, and invites us to consider how we can experience healing as well as be a part of other people's healing journeys.

Each chapter of the book includes some suggestions for a spiritual practice or reflection, some of which we may decide to discuss. Additional discussion questions will also be handed out each week.

The class schedule is:
Thursday March 23rd, 6:30-8:30pm
Thursday March 30th, 6:30-8:30pm
Thursday April 6th, 6:30-8:30pm
TUESDAY April 11th, 6:30-8:30pm

A light supper will be served.

You can get the book at the book signing on Tuesday March 14th, from Amazon, or from local bookstores. It is available in both hard copy and electronic versions.

Mar
30
6:30 pm18:30

Lent Study: Healing Spiritual Wounds week 2

  • Panera

We are reading and discussing the new book Healing Spiritual Wounds together this Lenten season, as we consider the Lent theme "Are You All In?" This book engages us in personal reflection on our relationship with God and the Church, and invites us to consider how we can experience healing as well as be a part of other people's healing journeys.

Each chapter of the book includes some suggestions for a spiritual practice or reflection, some of which we may decide to discuss. Additional discussion questions will also be handed out each week.

The class schedule is:
Thursday March 23rd, 6:30-8:30pm
Thursday March 30th, 6:30-8:30pm
Thursday April 6th, 6:30-8:30pm
TUESDAY April 11th, 6:30-8:30pm

A light supper will be served.

You can get the book at the book signing on Tuesday March 14th, from Amazon, or from local bookstores. It is available in both hard copy and electronic versions.

Mar
23
6:30 pm18:30

Lent Study: Healing Spiritual Wounds

  • Palatine Presbyterian Church

We are reading and discussing the new book Healing Spiritual Wounds together this Lenten season, as we consider the Lent theme "Are You All In?" This book engages us in personal reflection on our relationship with God and the Church, and invites us to consider how we can experience healing as well as be a part of other people's healing journeys.

Each chapter of the book includes some suggestions for a spiritual practice or reflection, some of which we may decide to discuss. Additional discussion questions will also be handed out each week.

The class schedule is:
Thursday March 23rd, 6:30-8:30pm
Thursday March 30th, 6:30-8:30pm
Thursday April 6th, 6:30-8:30pm
TUESDAY April 11th, 6:30-8:30pm

A light supper will be served.

You can get the book at the book signing on Tuesday March 14th, from Amazon, or from local bookstores. It is available in both hard copy and electronic versions.

Mar
14
7:00 pm19:00

Healing Spiritual Wounds book signing

Author and minister the Rev. Carol Howard Merritt will read from her new book, Healing Spiritual Wounds, answer questions from the audience, and sign books (available for purchase) at Palatine Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, March 14th, at 7pm. 

All are welcome--we mean it!

 

“An amazing resource… emotionally intense, beautifully written, and courageously honest, and the exercises are just what you need. Healing Spiritual Wounds helped me.” (Brian D. McLaren)

“Written with startling honesty…Merritt’s tender prose, interesting stories, and practical, workbook-based approach make this book invaluable for those working in what Pope Francis calls ‘the field hospital’ of the church.” (Publishers Weekly)

 

Though participation and affiliation in traditional religious institutions is waning, many people still believe in God. Merritt lays out a multistage plan for moving from pain to spiritual rebirth, from recovering theological and emotional shards to recovering communal wholeness.

Merritt does not sugarcoat the wrongs institutions long seen as trustworthy have inflicted on many innocent victims. Sympathetic, understanding, and deeply positive, she offers hope and a way to help them heal and reclaim the spiritual joy that can make them whole again

Mar
1
7:00 pm19:00

Ash Wednesday

The journey of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, a service where we recall that we are dust, and to dust we shall return, but God's love endures forever. We confess the wrongs we have done, the just and right things we have left undone, and we ask God's forgiveness and help with turning around to follow Jesus on his path of life and love. 

The service includes prayer, scripture, silence, and the imposition of ashes (if you wish to receive them). All are welcome.

Feb
28
6:00 pm18:00

Pancake and Paczki Party!

The day before Ash Wednesday is traditionally a day of celebration and feasting before the long fast season begins. It's called "Shrove Tuesday" and pancakes are the traditional food in western cultures, and paczkis are traditional in Eastern Europe...so we will have both, along with board games and laughter! 

All are welcome--there is no charge, it's family-friendly, and you are welcome to bring a board game if you want to share a favorite.

Feb
12
6:30 pm18:30

A Wrinkle In Time movie night, part 1

We will watch half of the movie on each of two consecutive Sunday nights and discuss. If you're able, we recommend reading the novel beforehand. It's written for young people and is an easy read, full of great moments and theology in the midst of the story. Popcorn and desserts will be provided.

Dec
25
10:00 am10:00

Christmas Day worship

Sunday the 25th, Christmas Day, we will have a family-friendly worship service. You can even come in your Christmas pajamas! The service will include Christmas carols by request, the story of Jesus' birth, and a message for all ages.

 

Dec
24
5:00 pm17:00

Christmas Eve service

You are invited to a traditional Christmas Eve service with Christmas carols, candlelight, and the timeless story of Christ's birth.

The service begins at 5pm, lasts approximately one hour, and is family-friendly.

Dec
21
7:00 pm19:00

Longest Night

On this longest night of the year, when the world hovers in the darkness before turning again toward the light, we gather to hear God's promise, to be comforted, and to await the glimmer of light. This service includes scripture, poetry, carols, candlelight Silent Night, and harp music.

Nov
30
6:30 pm18:30

Advent Mission Evening

As we enter the Advent season, join us as we share a pizza dinner, make stars to symbolize the coming of the light, and hear a speaker from A Better Life For Kids, which works with orphans and other children in Ghana. During this season, we prepare for the coming of the Christ as a child, born in an occupied land to peasant parents, and our mission project will support children in need in Ghana. It will be a great evening of food and fellowship, art and mission.

Nov
18
5:30 pm17:30

Feed My Starving Children

Part of our church's Statement of Identity and Purpose says "there is room for all at the table...to be fed and to feed."

In this season when we celebrate how God Provides, we will both be fed, and we will feed--experiencing God's providing, and then being part of God's providing for others.

We will have appetizers and desserts at the church from 5:30 – 7:00 pm, followed by carpooling to eed My Starving Children in Libertyville to pack meals from 8:00 – 9:30pm.  FMSC is a non-profit organization empowering volunteers to pack meals for the malnourished in nearly 70 countries.

Oct
3
7:00 pm19:00

Faith at the Movies

How are the stories of scripture portrayed on screen? What artistic license do producers take, and what helps tell the story and what obscures the word?

We're looking at this season's scripture readings through the camera lens--join us in the Cosby Room for some snacks and scenes!

Oct
1
6:00 pm18:00

World Communion SATURDAY

Potluck dinner and worship, including communion.

Music will be provided by a jazz trio, and the scripture reading about preparing for and celebrating Passover (an evening meal) will give the focus and shape of our evening together.

Bring a dish to share, if you're able. This season's theme is "In God We Trust" and we trust that God will provide enough through our sharing!

In addition to the usual things you expect from a dinner-worship service (food, conversation, music, scripture, prayer, offering, communion, hymns), we will also receive the Peace and Global Witness Offering, a special offering normally received on World Communion Sunday, and used for ministries of peacemaking around the world and here at home. Our portion will be donated to FACE-IT, and the portion that goes to the denomination supports a variety of missions and projects making and keeping peace.

 

There will be NO Sunday morning worship service on October 2.

Sep
15
6:30 pm18:30

TOP: Normal

For the last night of the TOP season, we'll be pondering just what is "normal" anyway? Who gets to decide? How does our understanding of scripture and our faith tradition inform what we think of as in- and out-of-bounds? Should give us plenty to think about until next summer!

Theology Thursdays On the Patio take place at Emmett's (on Brockway in downtown Palatine), and are an evening of learning and fellowship through conversation. Part small-group, part Bible Study, part fun, TOP is a great way to go deeper as we think about how our faith affects our lives. Food and beverages are available for all budgets, and we always learn something!

 

Sep
8
6:30 pm18:30

TOP: Celebrate Good Times, Come On!

What do you do to celebrate? What do you consider cause for celebration? We'll be talking about rites of passage, traditions, and just good old fashioned parties...and what God has to do with it.

Theology Thursdays On the Patio take place at Emmett's (on Brockway in downtown Palatine), and are an evening of learning and fellowship through conversation. Part small-group, part Bible Study, part fun, TOP is a great way to go deeper as we think about how our faith affects our lives. Food and beverages are available for all budgets, and we always learn something!

Sep
4
9:00 am09:00

Worship Through Service

Not just a worship service--it's worship THROUGH service. After a time of gathering with a hymn sing, scripture reading, and prayer time, we break up into groups to serve God by serving our neighbors. We spend two hours volunteering helping local organizations that need things that are best done by large groups during a time when they are closed (i.e., Sunday morning)--things like deep cleaning and re-stocking, big yard work projects, etc. We also have things for people who are mobility-challenged or otherwise differently abled and can't leave the church building--those people can stay in the Cosby Room and assemble various things for different agencies to have on hand when someone comes by in need, or for encouraging our neighbors.

After we finish working, we come back together to share our experiences over lunch, provided by a local small business.

It's a day of glorifying God with our labor, serving our community, and building up the body. Everyone is welcome and we are prepared for all ages, abilities, and most dietary needs. If you need childcare or a particular dietary situation, please contact the office.

We are also collecting some items that will be donated to the various agencies we work with--if you're able to help, check the newsletter for the list, and bring your donations with you at 9am on Labor Day Sunday!