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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.

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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. 

 

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Apr
11
6:30 PM18:30

Lent Study: Healing Spiritual Wounds, final session

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.

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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.

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Mar
30
6:30 PM18:30

Lent Study: Healing Spiritual Wounds week 2

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.

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Mar
23
6:30 PM18:30

Lent Study: Healing Spiritual Wounds

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Mar
25
7:00 PM19:00

Good Friday worship service

Good Friday is a service of shadows, often called "Tenebrae." This year, as we journey through Mark's telling of the story, we find that Peter is the character representing us (the reader and future disciples). Our Holy Week services will help us reflect on our place in the story through a narrative that could have been Peter's.

The service involves darkness, silence, prayer, and songs of lament, as we reflect on the emotional and spiritual reality of Christ's crucifixion and death, and what it means for us to follow him.

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Mar
24
7:00 PM19:00

Maundy Thursday worship service

Together we join the disciples in the journey of Jesus' last days. We will hear the story of the Last Supper and of the events that followed on that fateful night. This year, as we journey through Mark's telling of the story, we find that Peter is the character representing us (the reader and future disciples). Our Holy Week services will help us reflect on our place in the story through a narrative that could have been Peter's. We will join in the feast that Jesus instituted that night, sharing bread and wine together. All are welcome.

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Mar
2
6:30 PM18:30

Upside Down Progressive Dinner

Throughout the season of Lent we are Upside Down--experiencing how Faith, Hope, and Love are upside down from the easy ways we usually use those words, and how they turn our lives upside down so we are facing the kingdom of God.

In that spirit, we will join together for a dinner and Lent devotion time that begins with dessert, then travels through the entree toward the appetizers and "mocktail" hour. The entire progressive dinner will happen on the main floor of the church building and it is all accessible to all, and there will be a vegetarian option provided.

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Feb
10
7:00 PM19:00

Ash Wednesday

A service of remembering who we are--flawed people, made from dust, returning to dust. We confess, we hear God's promise and call, and we commit our lives to Christ's way of the cross. The service includes the opportunity to receive the imposition of ashes, if you wish.

People of all ages, including children, are welcome at this service.

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Apr
3
7:00 PM19:00

Good Friday

The sanctuary will be stark, stripped bare or covered in black cloth. The music will be haunting. The story, though familiar to many, sounds new in its depths of grief and hope mingled together. The silence that descended on Jesus' first followers echoes in us as well. 

Many ask why it is called "Good" Friday when the events we remember are so sad and even horrifying. The answer may be found in Jesus' last words: "It is finished." The work he was anointed to do was complete. While we know that it is not the end of the story, what comes next is a mystery even now, as Christ works through the Body (us) in ever new ways.

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Apr
2
7:00 PM19:00

Maundy Thursday

On Jesus' last night with his friends, they ate together, they told the story of being God's chosen people, they sang hymns, and through it all Jesus changed simple things into new meaning. While the evening did not end the way the disciples expected, it became a centerpiece of their story in the weeks, years, and millennia afterward.

The word "Maundy" comes from the Latin Mandatum--commandment. On this night we are reminded yet again of the new commandment Jesus gives--to love one another as he loves us--and we go back to that same story, that same table, and the hymns of our tradition as we seek to be strengthened to live that commandment.

The service centers around the communion table. We practice open communion--all are welcome, of any age or background. 

This service is suitable for children as well.

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Feb
26
to Apr 2

The Rest of the Story: Lent Bible Study

Every Thursday morning during Lent, we will gather at 9:30am to read and ponder the parts of Matthew's gospel that won't be preached on during Sunday services. This is a great way to fill in the gaps, to refresh your memory, or to encounter the story of Jesus for the first time. 

Home-baked goodies are provided. Bring a Bible or use one of ours! We sit around a table and read together, then discuss. The Thursday Bible Study is always an enlightening experience that deepens our faith and understanding.

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Feb
18
7:00 PM19:00

Ash Wednesday worship service

We begin the reflective season of Lent with a service of confession, turning, and ashes. As we gather in the shadows, we turn our lives again toward the cross, committing ourselves to a season of preparation. 

The worship service will include a time to confess the ways we have fallen short of God's vision, as well as an opportunity to renew our commitment to God's call. The imposition of ashes--when a cross of ashes is marked on the forehead--is a reminder that we are dust, and to dust we shall return, but God's steadfast love endures forever.

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Feb
18
to Apr 4

Lent 2015: Anticipate Grace, Share the Journey

Throughout the Season of Lent, we learn through Jesus’s journey. We anticipate Christ's gift of Grace. We learn that we need to Share the Journey as Jesus did with his disciples. This Season is all about anticipating the Grace we receive with no strings attached... it is just a gift.

For the after-worship fellowship hour during Lent, coffee, tea and juice will be provided and we are asking people to bring something to Share the Journey during fellowship. In the potluck-style coffee hour, we will share in the Lenten journey.

Special Services
Ash Wednesday worship will take place on February 18 at 7pm in the sanctuary. The service is reflective, and includes a time of confession and the imposition of ashes, for those who wish to receive the mark of the cross.
Maundy Thursday worship will take place on Thursday, April 2, at 7pm in the sanctuary. The service will include the Lord's Supper and the stripping of the sanctuary.
Good Friday worship will take place on Friday, April 3, at 7pm in the sanctuary. This is a service of shadows and silence.

Christian Education Offerings:
Teri will be offering a Thursday morning bible study. Starting on February 19th , 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.. Topic is Matthew: the rest of the story. We will be studying the texts you won’t hear during Sunday worship this season, so we can better see and anticipate how God is working. Homemade baked goods and coffee will be supplied (yum). Come and share the journey anticipating the grace we have been given.

Dinner and a movie.
When: Friday, February 27th and March 6th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
Child care will be provided.
Come and spend the evening watching the movie, “The Gospel according to Saint Matthew” (we will watch 1⁄2 of the movie each night). Enjoy a wonderful meal and lively discussion. You need do nothing... just show up and enjoy. This is a great opportunity to share the journey with a friend!

Mission Opportunities:

The Hope College Chamber Orchestra, Directed by Ingrid Lestrud, is on tour! They will be providing a Saturday evening concert on March 14th at 7pm, and then on Sunday they will provide special music during the worship service. WE NEED YOUR HELP! The Orchestra has 18 members and we will need homes to house them on Saturday evening, provide a little breakfast on Sunday morning plus a lift to church. We need to house them in pairs or more, and they can share a room as long as they have a bed or futon to sleep. Please email Teri if you can house these talented musicians. This is your opportunity for anticipated grace to share the journey with these students.

Have you ever thought what happens with our PADS guests when the season ends? What types of things could they use throughout the spring and summer to help in their lives? Check out the list of items that can be donated for our guests on the bulletin board in the Narthex. Please place those items in the basket in the Narthex by Sunday, March 29th. Anticipate Grace; Share Their Journey.

Are you are looking for a way to share the journey of the Kids Hope program? Our mentors could use travel size games that are educational, without being educational specifically games such as Yahtzee, Boggle, or Connect Four. You can put them in the church office or give them to Kelly. 

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