Weekly Update / Mar 2, 2018

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Chicago Magazine published an article this past week that might as well have been an open letter to The Painted Door Church. In it, journalist Nissa Rhee reports that life expectancy for a person living in the Garfield Park neighborhood is 69 years, the same as Iraq.

Imagine Jesus was living and ministering in Chicago in 2018 and was asked, "Who is my neighbor?" He might tell a story about someone mugged and left for dead under the Metra tracks. He might recount how much of the city's population hardly noticed, since we're careful to steer clear of dangerous areas en route to our favorite coffee shop. He might note that it was a Garfield Park resident who finally came to that person's aid. "Go and do likewise," he would say to us, looking our church dead in the eye.

The people of Garfield Park are our neighbors. And Jesus is living and ministering in Chicago in 2018. We are him. He is us.

Our hope for this year is to begin building relationships with our neighbors to the southwest of us, to begin intermingling our lives in meaningful ways such that we learn to share in the sorrows and joys and longings of Garfield Park residents. We're partnering with Reborn Ministries as a starting point, planning to volunteer in some of their service programs and spearhead a fundraiser this summer. Our benevolence team is brainstorming ways we can provide care and support in crisis situations. And with a growing number of our church's members now living in the neighborhood, there's talk of forming a community group there.

Here's my request to each of you: Read the article linked above and spend some time praying and considering how you might participate in being a neighbor to people in Garfield Park. Then be ready. As opportunities emerge and calls to action are presented to our church, dive in. Serve. Risk. Love.

We cannot solve the tragic life expectancy figure of Garfield Park. But we can help tear down the relational dividing wall that disconnects people from the best resources of our city. And we can cross the tracks in the name and hope of Christ, even as God has crossed the tracks for us all.

- Pastor Mark


UPCOMING EVENTS

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 BAPTISMS THIS COMING EASTER SUN APR 1 // 10AM   For anyone who would like to be baptized, we’re planning to set up our baptismal this Easter, which is April 1st. If you’d like to talk more about this, please reach out to any of the pastors in person or email  Pastor Mark.  

BAPTISMS THIS COMING EASTER
SUN APR 1 // 10AM

For anyone who would like to be baptized, we’re planning to set up our baptismal this Easter, which is April 1st. If you’d like to talk more about this, please reach out to any of the pastors in person or email Pastor Mark. 

 WICKER PARK COMMUNITY GROUP SUNDAYS @ 12PM   Our Wicker Park Community Group has recently resumed meeting on Sundays at noon at the home of Ian and Heather Cull. For more details, email  info@tpd.church  or talk with Ian and Heather at the info table after service on Sunday.

WICKER PARK COMMUNITY GROUP
SUNDAYS @ 12PM

Our Wicker Park Community Group has recently resumed meeting on Sundays at noon at the home of Ian and Heather Cull. For more details, email info@tpd.church or talk with Ian and Heather at the info table after service on Sunday.


THIS COMING SUNDAY

Men are never convinced of your reasons, of your sincerity, of the seriousness of your sufferings, except by your death. So long as you are alive, your case is doubtful; you have a right only to their skepticism.
— Albert Camus

THE ONE MAN: GROANING AND HOPING
ROMANS 8:18-25
Pastor Mark Bergin


The only sure things in life are pain and death. And our Christian faith does not offer a way around these hardships. In fact, our Lord promised we would face great trials as we follow him. Yet he also promised to be a great source of hope. This is the tension of life in Christ. It is simultaneously full of groaning and full of hope. Indeed, we cannot have one without the other. Hope can only exist within groaning. To ignore or mask our groaning then is to ignore or mask our hope. But to face our trials and endure the suffering with Christ is to live in the place of hope. These birth pangs will not be long now. Our head has broken through. His body is sure to follow soon.

Full liturgy can be found posted to our blog each week!


VOLUNTEER ROSTER FOR MAR 4

PRE-SERVICE
Liturgy Writer: David M
Greeters: Jason M & McKenzie S
Sun Manager: Ashley L
Hospitality: Meysters, Insup O
Media: Mike L
Audio: Jesse S

DURING SERVICE
Band Leader: Sam C
POTP: Ashley L
Announcements: Confesor M
Scripture: Ashley B
Preacher: Mark B
Offering: Rob C & Chad L
POC and Call to Communion: Morgan G
Communion: Morgan G & Ashley B

KIDS MINISTRY
Check In: Ian C
4-6 Team: Ana C & Peter S
7-9 Team: Harris & Michaela N
Common Time: Harris
Nursery: Stacey J & Kate C
Youth Cohort: Rahela T & Jensens

POST-SERVICE
Info Table: McKenzie
Prayer Team: Mark B & Ashley L

Volunteering Questions? Email Erin Bourne at volunteer@tpd.church