NEWS & NOTES
Can the people of Ukrainian Village and the people of Garfield Park learn to care about each other's lives? More broadly, can the people in Chicago's most privileged neighborhoods and the people in Chicago's least privileged neighborhoods be friends?
Answers to those questions are beyond our ability to predict. But another related question is ours to answer: Will The Painted Door Church befriend her neighbors, all of her neighbors?
On Aug. 25-26, our church will be hosting a garage sale to benefit the work of Reborn Ministries. It's a humble step in our effort to forge relationships between The Painted Door Church and Reborn Church. The hope is that such relationships could help provide a bridge between Ukrainian Village and Garfield Park, between privilege and marginalization.
I want to urge everyone in our church to participate in this garage sale and to make an effort to meet the people of Reborn as you do. There are many ways to jump in and help, such as:
volunteer for sale setup this coming week, 10am-12pm Monday through Friday or 7pm-9pm Wednesday and Thursday
drop off items for the sale at any time during those volunteer hours listed above
volunteer to work a time slot on one of the two days of the sale; sign up for slots here
volunteer to help with cleanup after the sale on Sunday afternoon at 3pm
purchase items from the sale!
Also, please note: We will not have our normal Sunday worship gathering on Aug. 26 as our space will be hosting the sale. Drop by and buy some great stuff! Later on that day, we'll gather together as a church at the home of the Cull family in Wicker Park for a BBQ and celebration. All the meat is provided. Bring other foods and drinks to share!
- Pastor Mark
THIS COMING SUNDAY
DIVIDING WALLS: RACIAL DIVISION
Pastor Mark Bergin
Calls for racial harmony and reconciliation are quite popular in our day. Most prominent leaders, from elected officials to CEOs to pastors, speak the language of racial unity. But what kind of racial unity do these leaders have in mind? The world has known a kind of unity before, and God considered our version of it dangerous. When people came together to build a great civilization as a monument to human solidarity and achievement, God toppled their Tower of Babel and separated them into disparate tribes. What the world needs is not showy vanity projects to elevate our multi-colored human glory. What the world needs is mutually humbled people, moving toward each other in the knowledge of human brokenness. Racial reconciliation that runs on the fuel of misplaced faith in human decency will do nothing but build Babel all over again. Our fuel must be faith in Christ. It's his grace that is our common bond, and his love that is our glory.