Gathering, Growing, Serving week of 4-14

christian-communityGathering…

Usher Team Lunch & Learn Sunday, April 10 at 11:45 a.m. with Disaster Response professionals.

Stronghold EXCON teen leaders meet THIS Sunday, April 10 at 3:00 p.m.

Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening
I am spiritual but not religious. Huh? Sound the alarm: only 20% of the population attend church each weekend! The number of Americans who do not attend church increased 92% since 1991! The number of Islamic mosques in America has increased 25% since 1994! Adherents to Buddhism have increased 170% in a decade! The fastest growing religion is Wicca! Only 27% say the Bible represents the actual word of God! (Bass, 2012) Is Christianity a dying religion? What does all of this mean for the church? For my family? For America? Rev. Dr. Diana Butler Bass examines the data and trends. She shares a hope-filled vision for a renewed faith that stays true to the real message of Jesus. Watch an interview with Dr. Butler Bass and join the conversation in the Contemporary Issues class THIS Sunday, April 17 at 9:00 a.m in the Fireside Room.

Beyond the Broken Heart – a gathering of friends who have lost loved ones will begin meeting the first week in May. If you or someone you know has lost a loved one, is grieving, and would be interested in sharing and receiving support, please contact Jacki Bogolia or come to an introductory meeting THIS Sunday, April 17 following 10:30 worship in the Fireside Room.

Stronghold Castle Confirmation Retreat – April 22 & 23. Blessing during 10:30 worship THIS SUNDAY.
Contact Dulce to discuss carpools: dulcemedina123@yahoo.com
Click HERE for Parent Permission Slips

Parenting with Love and Logic – Follow-up course poll: http://doodle.com/poll/5929wfdub4f92vmy

growing_faithGrowing in Faith…

Gotta Have It: http://www.ucc.org/daily_devotional_gotta_have_it?utm_campaign=dd_apr14_16&utm_medium=email&utm_source=unitedchurchofchrist

Deep Blue Kids Bible story this Sunday: The Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20)

Submerge & YCOS youth in 5-7th and 8-12th grade meet following the Children’s Story.

Colaborate Confirmation classes will meet May 15, 22 and June 12 at 4:00 p.m. in Room 101.
Room prep April 30 & May 1
Parents sign-up: https://www.volunteersignup.org/DX47D

Summer Theater Bible Camp June 20-24, 2016. Early bird discount – register by May 1.
http://www.trinitymp.org/summer-theater-vacation-bible-camp/

Surf Shack VBS June 27-July 1 at Congregational UCC in Arlington Heights. Register by June 13.
http://2016.cokesburyvbs.com/cuccah

love-go-serveGoing to Serve…

Youth on Friday April 15: PADS at 4:30 then outside spring cleanup and pizza.
Parents are encouraged to sign up for April and May: https://www.volunteersignup.org/8JH8D

Nursery Ministry -Adults who love little ones are invited to care for babies and toddlers Sunday mornings throughout the year. Contact Miss Jacki or the church office.

Audio/visual Operators (12 yrs & up) – contact the church office or Brian Kiel.
We train for free!

Safe Sanctuary online training for adults who interact with children, youth and vulnerable adults: https://safegatherings.com

SIGN UP TO SERVE CHILDREN AND YOUTH! (visit https://www.volunteersignup.org)

For Parents & Youth:
text @605kids to 81010 for PK – 4th grade reminders.
text @605youth to 81010 for 5th-12th grade reminders.

Questions? Suggestions?
Jacki Bogolia: jacki@trinitymp.org or 630-640-0100 (vm/text)
Dulce Medina Perez: dulcemedina123@yahoo.com (youth)

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