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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. 

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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 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.

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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!


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8:30 AM08:30

Blood Drive

Give the gift of life!

The scripture readings this season include many stories of Jesus healing people--bringing them life and hope when it seemed there was none. One story is even of a woman who was losing a lot of blood.

You can join in the healing work of God by giving of yourself at the Red Cross Blood Drive. Sign up at the church, online, or by calling the church office. Walk-ins are also welcome.

From the Red Cross: "Eat a healthy meal and drink an extra 16oz of water/fluids before your donation."

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9:00 AM09:00

Worship Through Service

Once again we will honor God with our labor this Labor Day weekend, offering our praise and worship in the form of service to others in our community. 

We gather at 9am on this day for a prayer service. Then we divide into groups and then put our prayer into action as we work for our neighbors at the Palatine Township Food Pantry, the Winston Park School, the Sparrow's Nest, and the Night Ministry. 

here are service projects available for EVERY age, mobility, and ability level! The Night Ministry project is at the church, for those unable to comfortably walk, stand, or leave the premises. The other projects may involve deep cleaning, gardening, sorting, moving, or other labor that our partner organizations are not able to get done when they are open on weekdays. 

The organizations we work with in our neighborhood are so grateful for PCOP's hard work on a Sunday morning, as it makes it easier for them to serve. Worship Through Service is the gift that keeps on giving--to us, to our neighbors, and to the glory of God!

After we work for 2 hours, we return to church for a lunch of pizza and salad, and to share stories of how God worked through us today.

If you have questions, or if you are planning to visit to join in this work, please email the pastor and she will put you in contact with the people who can best assist you.

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