WEEKLY UPDATE / MARCH 29

NEWS & NOTES

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In this week's note, Heather Cull, who leads our Wicker Park Community Group with her husband Ian, shares her experience of serving breakfast at Reborn Ministries in Garfield Park.

I like the idea of our church partnering with ministry happenings in Garfield Park. Yet to step out in faith and actually interact with people stricken by cyclical poverty, drug addiction, incarceration, violence and a forgotten neighborhood is not easy.

A few of us had the privilege of serving at Reborn Ministries this past Saturday morning. In preparing for our time there, I met with Erica, a merciful kind-hearted sister in Christ who runs Reborn’s Overflow coffee ministry. Our very own Stan Dyl has been involved consistently with the Overflow ministry on Thursdays and Saturdays. Erica shared that you never know who will walk through the door, but there are always important conversations to have.

As I drove back from that meeting to the gentrified streets of Wicker Park, I let the gravity of the West Garfield Park surroundings sink into my soul. Vacant lots, food deserts, unkempt houses, the faces of people. Under-resourced neighborhoods is one of the central issues in our current heated mayoral race. I want to help ... but how?  Reborn invites us to join them in small yet significant ways to care for people here.

Saturday morning, we woke up bright and early and arrived at Reborn with breakfast food and griddle in tow. We served up pancakes, sausage and fruit to more than 50 people. Confesor worked the door, welcoming passersby to join us. People were grateful and transparent about their lives. One man shared it was his first meal in two days. Another man, a member at the church, shared his testimony about God’s redemptive hand in his battle with drug addiction, now clean for 9 years. It was a blessing to not only serve a warm breakfast but to get out of our bubble and live in the same space with our West Garfield Park neighbors, if only for a few hours.

In addition, our handling of the kitchen and coffee duty freed up Erica and some of the regulars to mingle and love the people coming in directly. It was also a blessing to serve alongside my Painted Door brothers and sisters, sharing laughs and getting to know each other a little better.  We hope to serve a meal at Reborn again.  We’d love to have you join us!

All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.

-2 Corinthians 5:18-19


Interested in donating meals to families with a newborn? The latest meal train links will be posted below if you want to participate!


For those who have previously downloaded the Church Center app, there was a slight tech issue recently that requires you to click “select a different church” and then re-select The Painted Door in order to log back in. Please make that extra effort so you can continue staying up to speed on all that’s happening in the church.

For those who have previously downloaded the Church Center app, there was a slight tech issue recently that requires you to click “select a different church” and then re-select The Painted Door in order to log back in. Please make that extra effort so you can continue staying up to speed on all that’s happening in the church.



We are in the process of planning a Safe Families training. If you would like to be contacted with details about that, let us know by registering for the Safe Families training event on the app.

We are in the process of planning a Safe Families training. If you would like to be contacted with details about that, let us know by registering for the Safe Families training event on the app.

One of our sister churches, Holy Trinity, will be hosting an event here in our space on April 12-13 that will be considering some of Chicago’s most pressing civic problems and workshopping to come up with possible solutions. This is a chance to use your ingenuity and skills to help renew broken systems in our city. Find more details and sign up to participate on the app.

One of our sister churches, Holy Trinity, will be hosting an event here in our space on April 12-13 that will be considering some of Chicago’s most pressing civic problems and workshopping to come up with possible solutions. This is a chance to use your ingenuity and skills to help renew broken systems in our city. Find more details and sign up to participate on the app.

Our observance of Holy Week this year will include a Seder feast on April 18 and a Good Friday service on April 19. RSVP for the Seder and find more details on Good Friday on the app or at the info wall.

Our observance of Holy Week this year will include a Seder feast on April 18 and a Good Friday service on April 19. RSVP for the Seder and find more details on Good Friday on the app or at the info wall.


THIS COMING SUNDAY

WHERE LOVE LIVES
Job 42:1-5
Pastor Mark Bergin

In this broken world, to lose ones we love is a guarantee. Sooner or later, we will all know the deep pain of loss. Yet there is something else to know amid loss, something surprising and even sweet. Loss is where love lives. That’s why the scars in the hands and feet of our Lord Jesus are eternal. He was crucified before the foundation of the world, the scriptures tell us. He has always borne those scars, and he always will. Because hidden within them is not only the great loss of Christ’s death but also the great love of God. God’s love lives in the scars of Christ. And in our every loss, he invites us into those scars. He invites us into his love.










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