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October 14 – News & Updates


Save the Date: Seeds of Change Fair Trade Marketplace & Farmers Market
Saturday, Dec. 3rd, 9 am – 1 pm

  We are excited to host our annual Seeds of
marketplace and farmers market!
This popular event features local, fair trade
certified products around Chicago, a winter
farmers market sponsored by Faith in Place,
a children’s activity time, homemade chili,
and more!  If you’re interested in making
chili to sell, please contact Susan Geil.
Tickets will soon be available to purchase
quarts of chili to take home.

This Sunday:
A Fresh Start

Join Pastor April for our continued sermon series, A Fresh Start!

Upcoming in Worship

Next Sunday: Children’s Sabbath
Sponsored by the Children’s Defense Fund, the National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths Celebration is a way for faith communities to celebrate children as sacred gifts, and provides the opportunity to renew and live out our moral responsibility to care, protect and advocate for all children. Children’s Minister Michelle King will offer the sermon. Communion will be served.
Sunday, Oct. 30th – All Saints Day
Sunday, Nov. 20th – Stewardship Sunday & Hymn Sing

Disarm Gun Violence: An LGBTQ Town Hall for Action
Thursday, Oct. 20th
6-8:30 p.m
Location: Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 1650 W. Foster Ave.
This event will focus on education, coalition building and action. The free program (beginning at 6:30) will feature various speakers who are doing work on anti-gun violence, including activism, advocacy and electoral politics. LGBTQ activists will address the need to amplify the existing organizational work, and bring new resources to the table for more effective coalitions. More information here.

New Fall Sunday School Class:
“When I Am in Prison”
Sundays, Oct 30th
through Nov. 13th, 9:30 am

This class will explore prisons from a Christian perspective.  Study guides will be provided.  If you plan to participate, please contact Lay Leader Brent Holman-Gomez or Pastor April.

Bring your beloved pet to Berry on Sunday, October 23rd for a blessing!  We will also be blessing pet pictures and stuffed animals for pets who can’t travel. Help us spread the word to the community by taking a poster from the office and posting in family-friendly locations throughout Lincoln Square.

Halloween Happenings: Your Help Needed!
Saturday, October 29th, 11 am – 2 pm

Berry is looking for volunteers to offer hospitality and fun to trick-or-treaters!  We will offer a game, candy, and children’s books outside the church from 11-2.  If you’re interested and available in volunteering for a half hour or more, or if you can help set up beforehand, please contact Children’s Minister Michelle KingThank you!

     Soul Pages Book Group
at The Book Cellar

         Monday, Nov. 7th, 7 pm 
November book: God and the Gay Christian, by Matthew Vines – available for purchase at The Book Cellar.
Remarkable in its affirmation of both orthodox theology and full equality for sexual minorities, God and the Gay Christian has the potential to radically change the conversation about being gay in the church.Not only is it a convincing interpretation of key Bible texts, it is also the story of a young man navigating relationships with his family, his hometown church, and the church at large as he expresses what it means to be a faithful, gay Christian.  All are welcome.                     

Berry at Chicago
Food Depository

Saturday, Nov. 12th
2:30-4:30 pm
Location: 4100 W Ann Lurie Place (Pulaski & 41st), Chicago.
Berry will have a group of volunteers at the Chicago Food Depository.  We will be repacking donated items.  Judy Alspach and Anchors Covenant Group can help arrange travel to the Depository.  If you’d like to help, register as soon as possible.

Berry Fall Work Day
Saturday, Nov. 19th
9 am – 2 pm

Help make a difference at Berry on Saturday, November 19th!  We will be joined by volunteers from First UMC Downers Grove and work on projects around the building, including painting, organizing and mulching.  You’re welcome to come for part or all of the time and help beautify our space!

Next Newsletter Deadline
The next deadline for e-newsletter announcements is Friday, Oct. 21st.

Desires visitors:

Dave Stewart, at Birchwood Nursing facility in Rogers Park (1426 W Birchwood).

Ralph Weber. Contact the church office for Ralph & Anne’s contact information.

We are Praying for…

Comfort: Millie on the loss of her husband, Sheridan

Healing: Pastor Rachel Birkhahn-Rommelfanger,
as she continues to recover

Upcoming Meetings

Monday, October 17, 10 am – Trustees

Fellowship Signup – Volunteers Needed

Please consider hosting the Fellowship time after church by signing up to bring snacks and beverages. Our next needed date is next Sunday, Oct. 23rd.  Questions?  Contact Fellowship coordinator Judy Alspach.  Thank you!

Berry Office Hours

Monday, 9 am – 3 pm
Wednesday, 9 am – 12 pm
Friday, 9 am – 3 pm


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