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JULY/AUGUST 2018 NEWSLETTER

CHURCH PICNIC

On August 12 we will host a picnic after church. It’s a great time to invite your friends and neighbors to our church and get to know us. It seems that is quite easy to get to know people while sharing some food, and so our picnic offers everyone an opportunity to learn more about their fellow church members and to meet new people.

A sign-up sheet will be available beginning in the middle of July. There will also be invitation cards for you to give to friends and family.

SUMMER SCHEDULE

During July and August we hold our worship services in the church basement where it is air-conditioned. You may enter through either basement door. The coffee hour and other after-church activities will also be held in the basement.

Bible classes, the food pantry, and Generations will continue throughout the summer. Also, the Theology Today study group will meet twice during these two months, namely, on July 22 and August 26.

BIBLE CLASSES

Our Bible classes are changing topics! The Thursday Bible class finished up the book of Job this past Thursday (June 21) and will start a new series this Thursday (June 28). It will involve listening to a series of podcasts of an interview by Todd Wilken of William Weedon about his latest book, Thank, Praise, Serve and Obey. Discussion will follow each podcast.

The Sunday Bible class has two or at most three sessions to finish up the Augsburg Confession. But no later than July 15 we will begin our next study: the book of Galatians.

Both Bible classes will meet throughout the summer.

THE CHURCH AT LARGE

We’re so excited about what happens in our own congregation as it serves its community that we don’t always recognize that God is working with Christians from around the globe. It is especially exciting to see what God is doing with the Christians who share our same confession of faith but live elsewhere—either in a neighboring city or around the globe.

In the next several newsletters we will explore what God is doing with the church at large. We begin by looking at the 210 or so congregations that we are especially closely connected with: the congregations of the Northern Illinois District of our denomination, the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. These congregations are roughly located above I-80, from Indiana to the Iowa border. Most of the membership is found in the suburbs of Chicago, but there are a number of churches both in the city of Chicago and in far-flung rural areas.

The Northern Illinois District has a new district president, the Rev. Allan Buss. He served for many years at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Belvidere, which is one of our district’s larger congregations. He and Pastor Kellerman crossed paths quite often at the seminary. So even if many people in our church don’t know him, he knows about our church.

Pastor Kellerman serves as the district secretary, an office that he has held for three years already. He takes minutes for the board of directors and for the triennial district convention.

The previous district president, the Rev. Dan Gilbert, had urged congregations to “do one new thing”—some kind of activity that would happen at least on a monthly basis. That one new thing would become a “New Start,” which could lead (if God so granted) to “New Believers.” He loved to remind us that “Not everything we try will succeed, but everything we don’t try is guaranteed to fail.” All of that is helpful advice, and President Buss has said that he would like to continue that emphasis of President Gilbert.

You can find out more information about the Northern Illinois District by looking at the magazine OUR, which can be found in the periodical rack in the vestibule.

THEOLOGY TODAY DISCUSSION GROUP

The Theology Today group has a busy schedule for the summer. It will be making fairly steady progress through the book The Church from Age to Age.

  • On June 24 we will discuss pages 681-721 (chapters 40 and 41), which deals with developments in the nineteenth century England and continental Europe.
  • On July 22 we will discuss pages 722-764 (chapter 42 and the first part of chapter 43). Chapter 42 explains the several strains of religious thought that shaped the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Chapter 43 unfolds religious history in the Americas and in Australia. Because it is such a mammoth chapter, we will read only a dozen pages or so of it, which will get us from colonial times to the early republic in the United States.
  • On August 26 we will discuss pages 764-813 (the second part of chapter 43 and all of chapter 44). The second part of chapter 43 will not only cover American religious life until the dawn of the twentieth century, but also what was happening in Canada, Latin America, and Australia. Chapter 44 will examine the expansion of the Christian church in Africa and Asia.

By the time the summer is over, we will have only around 90 more pages to read in that book. We should finish up our survey of church history then in October or November.

HUNGER WALK

This year’s Hunger Walk will be Saturday, September 15. Starting in August we will give some publicity to the event. Look for more information in the bulletin then and in the September newsletter.