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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.

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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.

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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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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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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.

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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!

 

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Aug
28
10:00 AM10:00

Feasting On The Word

We've finished the Bible in 90 Days! We'll celebrate during worship by gathering around tables to feast together on both breakfast casseroles and the word. The text for the day is the very last page of the Bible, Revelation 21, and we will reflect on all we've learned as we've spent the summer immersed in God's word. There will be singing, praying, listening, and learning alongside eating and drinking and celebrating.

Brunch will be provided, so just bring yourself and your appetite for fellowship, food, and praising the Lord!

AND there's a very special dessert that will overflow with goodness afterward!

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Mar
27
10:00 AM10:00

Easter Worship and Brunch

Celebrate the resurrection with us! Just as the women came to the tomb very early in the morning while it was still dark, and found themselves filled with the light of a brand new day in which everything was different, we too will come (not too early!) and enter into the new world God has created by raising Christ from the dead. 

Worship will include joyful music, beautiful decorations, and the central story of our faith told in an engaging way. Afterward we will go through to the Cosby Room for a delicious brunch to celebrate.

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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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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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Sep
12
9:30 AM09:30

Fred Barr's memorial service

We will gather to celebrate Fred's life and to witness to the grace of God in a memorial service on September 12.

There will be visitation beginning at 9:30am in the Cosby Room (to the right as you enter the front doors), and then the service will begin at 11am in the Sanctuary (to the left as you enter the main doors). The service will be followed by light reception.

You can read Fred's obituary here, and you can read an article by Daily Herald reporter Eileen Daday here.

 

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Sep
6
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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Aug
16
10:00 AM10:00

Outdoor Worship Service and Church Picnic

We'll worship in God's original sanctuary--the great and beautiful creation God gave us! You won't want to miss the bluegrass music or the inspiration that comes from the simple act of praising God and studying God's word out in God's world rather than inside our comfortable walls. 

After worship, we'll move straight into picnic mode! The main dish will be provided by the Pentecost 2 team, and you're invited to bring a salad or other side to share. Old-fashioned pot-luck style, heavy on the Luck!

And, of course, like any good picnic, there will be a bouncy house and fun games and lots of laughter! See you there!

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Apr
5
10:00 AM10:00

The Day of Resurrection!

Christ is risen--he is risen indeed!

We joyfully proclaim the good news that God always has something else in store--something that shakes the foundations of life as we know it and brings us into the kingdom of God. Far from being something that happened just once a long time ago, Resurrection is at the heart of who we are as the Body of Christ--alive, and always being made new by the power of God, for the glory of God.

We worship at 10 with great celebration, and then continue the celebration with a kids' egg hunt and a continental breakfast after worship.

Then we enter the 50 days of Easter with joy and expectancy, ready to practice resurrection in all we say and do.

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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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Jan
25
10:00 AM10:00

Annual Meeting and Brunch

On Sunday, January 25, we will consider PCOP's story and how it connects to God's story. The Jesus story we most identify with at this time is the feeding of the 5,000, so we will be looking at how we saw the Spirit moving between that story and ours during 2014. 

After worship/meeting, we will move directly into a brunch, celebrating and enjoying our community!

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Dec
24
5:00 PM17:00

Christmas Eve

Joy to the world! O come, all ye faithful! Go, tell it on the mountain! 

Christmas Eve, join us in the sanctuary for a candlelight service where we tell the story of God becoming flesh once again. We will sing traditional carols, celebrate communion, and encircle the sanctuary with light.

After the service, PADS guests, volunteers, and others are invited to go directly downstairs to stay warm and enjoy some Christmas goodie bags.

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Dec
21
7:00 PM19:00

Longest Night

A candlelight Christmas service that offers a bit of sanctuary from the hustle and bustle and the insistent merriment of the season. Take a moment to slow down and breathe, to reflect on the light coming into the world, and to allow yourself space to rest in the darkness of the longest night of the year. 

This service is perfect for those who miss loved ones during the holidays, who will be out of town on Christmas Eve, or who just want a quieter, more contemplative opportunity to pray during this hectic time of year.

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