SHIFT into a New Gear

Our church wants to be “Disciples Who Make Disciples.” There are two sides to that: First is being disciples, that is, being intentional about learning from Jesus and his Word; second is making disciples, that is, sharing our stories of faith in Jesus with others and inviting them to receive Jesus for themselves.

SHIFT is a teaching and learning emphasis that helps us be true to the vision of being disciples. We are beginning this six-week teaching emphasis in September in our children, youth, and adult learning, and in Sunday morning worship. Each week’s lesson is self-contained. You are invited to come to what you can, and not be discouraged by anything you have to miss.

Week One: Shift Your Relationship with God, Bearing Fruit on the True Vine; John 15:1-17

Week Two: Shift Your Relationship with Others, From “Me” to “We;” Philippians 2:1-18

Week Three: Shift From Self-Fear to God-Confidence; Isaiah 6:1-7

Week Four: Shift into Empathy; Luke 10:25-37

Week Five:Shift Perspective, See As God Sees; Genesis 11:27-12:9

Week Six: Shift Into Action; Acts 10

Church Picnic August 30: KIDS CELEBRATE 125 YEARS

This year our annual church picnic is going to have some extra touches as we make it the church’s 125th Anniversary Party for KIDS. The plan is that children will have special involvements in the worship service, and the picnic itself will feature games and activities of various kinds — hopefully including a “bouncy castle” (used to be called “moonwalk”).

This picnic party is an open invitation to the whole city of Elgin. It will take place on the church campus at 1565 Larkin Avenue. Activities will begin with worship at 10:30, followed by lunch. Meats and beverages are provided, participants in the picnic are invited to bring their own picnic ware and a side-dish to share.