Date: March 11, 2019
(Rockford, IL) During the 40 days of Lent, we will be meeting in the Chapel each Wednesday at noon for a 30 minute worship service. We hope this reminds us that the journey of Lent comes to us as a gift. It is a reminder to us to slow down, unplug ourselves, and be still and quiet in your presence.
Lord, it takes discipline for us to do this. We are addicted to instant access and immediate response. We are so used to being "on" that we have lost sight of our need for rest, for renewal and especially for you.
So, we thank you for the spiritual discipline of Lent. We lay aside our calendars and "to do" lists and focus instead on your gifts and blessings. We stop long enough to say "thank you" instead of running hurriedly and unappreciatively through our day.
We acknowledge the work of your grace in our lives -- and the reality that it is anything but "cheap." And, we wait. We wait expectantly and patiently for you to speak and to make yourself known to us in new and surprising ways. To this we commit ourselves this day, for the sake of Christ. Amen....
Date: March 5, 2019
(Rockford, IL) At some time in our lives, most of us have prayed for or hoped for a miracle—an event that seems impossible but is brought about by God’s transcendent power. But when miracles occur, did you know that you have a role to play?
If that’s true, what’s the catch? What do we have to do? What’s it going to cost us?
Popular author and pastor Mike Slaughter examines the two components of every miracle: divine action and human responsibility. For a real miracle to take place, we must act with God, using whatever gifts, talents, and abilities we have and directing them toward God’s work. We need to follow the examples of Mary in the birth of Jesus, Jesus’ followers when he healed them, and Jesus’ disciples after he rose from the dead.
This Lent use your God-given gifts and talents for God’s glory, and get ready to be made for a miracle. You are invited to a video-based study by Mike Slaughter:
Sunday • March 10 • 11:30 a.m. • Church Parlor
Pastor Cal, facilitator
Friday • March 15 • 1:00 p.m. • 1812 Meadows Circle
Books are available for $14 through the church office
Scholarships are available…
Date: February 1, 2019
(Rockford, IL) An evening of Court Street members and guests, musical and theatrical performances, games, and the GREAT GRILLED CHEESE GRILL-OFF is planned for Friday, March 1st, at 6:00 p.m. Dig out your purple, gold, and green clothing, don a mask, beads, and any other glitzy jewelry, and join us in the Church Dining Room. Free-will offering will be taken. Anyone interested in performing at the festivities please see Mr. Jim by February 15.…
Date: January 25, 2019
(Rockford, IL) The Beginning Oil Painting class has been cancelled due to weather conditions until further notice.…
Date: December 27, 2018
(Rockford, IL) National Hug Day has been declared for January 21st so we're going to get the jump on it by celebrating it in church on Sunday, January 20th. Read the article in our January 2019 'Chimes' called '10 Reasons Why We Need at Least 8 Hugs a Day' to get the in-depth explanation, but basically hugs, giving and receiving, boost our sense of safety, our oxytocin levels, and our serotonin levels. In other words, they make us feel better because they release a lot of good, healthy things in our system. So get healthier and start really hugging everyone -let's see who is Court Street UMC's 'Chief Hugger!'…