Date: June 13, 2019
(Rockford, IL) Have you read any good Psalms lately? This summer we're reading several different ones to 'widen our horizons' and get a better feel for what some of the Psalms are telling us. Don't forget to pick up a copy of the booklet 'What's On Your Psalmlist?', which will be distributed Sunday, June 16th, at our 10:00 a.m. worship. If you miss picking one up, we will make more available in the Narthex on June 23rd. Join us as we peruse some beloved and some unknown Psalms....
Date: March 29, 2019
(Rockford, IL) The Passion story vividly expresses God's endless love for the world as Jesus willingly lays down His life so that all might experience eternal life. "What Love Is This?" is a moving musical and worship experience as it walks through the last days of Christ's earthly life, from the jubilant entrance into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday and the difficult days of rejection and crucifixion to the triumphant resurrection of Easter Sunday. The fullest spectrum of music is represented in this dramatic thirty-five-minute work from composers Lloyd Larson, Mary McDonald, Brad Nix, Marty Parks, and Larry Shackley. Featured in our 10:00 a.m. worship service on Sunday, April 14.…
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.…