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Living Nativity

Come and view what it was like that very first Christmas with baby Jesus in the manger and animals all around outside. Then come inside and warm your spirits with hot chocolate, cider, coffee and cookies while enjoying the sound of handbells, caroling, instrumentals, duets, children’s songs and stick dance. It will be a joy filled evening.
Event is free.
We are joyfully accepting canned food donations for the local food pantry.

“Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus” photographed by Melody Mathieu

Interim Director for Children, Youth, Missions & Outreach Ministries

Park Ridge Presbyterian Church (PRPC) is seeking an Interim Director of Children, Youth, Missions, and Outreach Ministries. PRPC is in the process of establishing the position of installed associate pastor and the interim director is our transitional staffing solution as a part of that process. PRPC is a multi-generational and growing congregation with 270+ members located in Park Ridge, Illinois (northwest suburb of Chicago, IL), with a calling to “Engage and Inspire All People to Share God’s Love, Grow in Faith, and Serve as Disciples.” As part of that calling, PRPC is committed to helping children and youth to share God’s love, grow in faith and serve as disciples. Our church is also committed to partnering with parents/caregivers in their efforts to deepen the understanding of children and adolescents of God’s love, increase their confidence to make wise choices, and help them to treat others the way they would want to be treated. We have a vibrant, mission ministry and an ever-growing outreach ministry.

Click on the above image for the full job description and details on how to apply.


Director of Music MInistry

First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton is seeking a talented and enthusiastic Director of Music Ministry, who is committed to growth both individually and collectively. This is a full time position responsible for leading our Music Ministry in collaboration with the Senior Pastor/Head of Staff. The ideal candidate will have a vision for music ministry that connects our souls with God in a profound and dramatic way in worship. First Pres is open to a variety of musical styles from those that are rich in tradition to those which are newly inspired.

If you are a dynamic, creative person who is looking to celebrate, journey and serve with us, we look forward to hearing from you. Please send a cover letter and resume to Jan Buscher, Church Administrator at

A complete job description can be downloaded at

Senior Pastor

Park Ridge Community Church is searching for a senior minister for our 300+ member multi-denominational Christian church. We are a welcoming community with a rich history as we prepare to celebrate our 175th anniversary. Our church is a fellowship of Christians embracing our diversity in faith and unity in Christ. We are located in the center of Park Ridge, IL and very close to the city of Chicago. We are organized in a tradition of self-government but affiliated with the United Church of Christ. Our church provides an environment conducive to the development and strengthening of Christian faith through worship services, exceptional music offerings, outreach programs, Christian education and a wide variety of fellowship opportunities. For more information or to apply for the position, please send your resume to Join us!

Director of Children’s Ministry

University Presbyterian Church of Seattle, WA (, a dynamic and Christ-centered church in the PC(USA) denomination, is looking for an experienced and qualified individual to join the staff as their Director of Children’s Ministry. This person would lead the Children’s Ministry staff while working under the mission and vision of Family Life Ministries to live out the church’s vision of “Every Member a Minister: Sharing Hope In Jesus Christ.” The goal of the ministry is to engage in dynamic Christ-centered ministry with children, students, families, and more. This person will be responsible for supervising both the Director of Early Childhood Ministry and the Director of Elementary Age Ministry. Together, they will collaborate with the Family Life Ministries staff to build a dynamic children’s ministry that engages children and families, Nursery – 5th grade.

Qualifications for this position include a deep and growing faith in Jesus Christ. The Director of Children’s Ministry implements the mission and vision of UPC by providing leadership for Children’s Ministry. The Director will lead the efforts of the Children’s staff, elders and volunteer leadership teams to support vision, build strong discipling relationships between volunteers and children, create quality programs, and support parents as the primary influence in their children’s faith development. A college degree is required and a Master’s is preferred as well as a minimum of 3 to 5 years of experience leading a church-based children’s ministry in a large church setting with multiple programs or equivalent (preferably in the same position.)

A cover letter and resume can be sent to

Children/Youth pastor – part time position

Hahna Korean Presbyterian Church (in Des Plaines, nearby downtown of Des Plaines and metra station) is looking a pastor for our children and youth.
Part time position for Sundays and Friday night service.
Serminarians are also welcome.
For more info, please e mail to or call at 847-764-4090.

Part Time Bookkeeper/Office Manager

First Presbyterian Church of Chicago is seeking a part-time bookkeeper and office manager.
Bookkeeping and Microsoft Word skill required; social media experience a plus. 15-20 hrs/week,
Flexible hours on Tuesdays, Wednesday & Thursdays
We welcome someone with a heart for urban ministry.
We are located in the Woodlawn community, near the University of Chicago and the future Obama Presidential Center.

Director of Worship & Music

First Presbyterian Church of Evanston seeks a fulltime Director of Worship & Music to plan and coordinate the Worship and Music Ministry of FPCE in the context of blended and contemporary styles of corporate worship.  Position reports directly to the Senior Pastor.




  1. In consultation with the Senior Pastor and Worship Ministry Council (WMC), implement a vision and philosophy of worship consistent with the Evangelical and Reformed tradition.
  2. Work in a collegial relationship with staff and members; attend weekly staff meetings, monthly WMC meetings, and Session meetings once or twice a year.



  1. Maintain effective communication with Choir Director, Organist, Handbell Choir Director (seasonally), Percussionist and guest musicians.
  2. Select hymns and praise songs. Selections should represent the breadth of Christian music available in style, culture, and time period.
  3. Lead praise band in weekly Sunday services and rehearsals, develop the team spiritually through spiritual activities, recruit and evaluate technical abilities, and administrate tasks related to this ministry area.
  4. Maintain and develop an organized schedule of worship and related church events including choral season, handbell choir season, etc.


  1. Maintain effective communication with Audio/Visual Coordinator regarding audio and media components for weekly Sunday services and special services, and repairs or upgrades to sound system.
  2. Communicate with Administrative Associate regarding Audio/Visual needs for special events, funerals, and weddings, as needed.

Hospitality (Ushers/Greeters)

  1. Recruit and communicate with ushers/greeters for Sunday services and for special services.
  2. Organize Hospitality Team training annually.

Departmental responsibilities include:

  1. Plan and execute all service elements in weekly and special services in the church calendar year.
  2. Supervise, assist in hiring, and conduct semi-annual reviews with Worship Ministry Assistant, Choir Director, Organist/Accompanist, Audio/Visual Coordinator, Handbell Choir Director, and Percussionist.
  3. Oversee all responsibilities related to hiring of Independent Contractors participating in worship or special events.
  4. Maintain Planning Center Services account.
  5. Oversee copyright compliance.
  6. Supervise music library maintenance.
  7. Assess condition of equipment/supplies and take steps for proper maintenance of instruments.
  8. Monitor the finances of the Worship Ministry and collaborate with WMC in creating/adjusting the annual budget.


Enhance the worship music program through:

  1. Music research and selection with the Senior Pastor, Choir Director and Organist.
  2. Special worship components (drama, dance, visuals) for Sunday morning services.
  3. Collaborate with Program Staff to create inter-generational and inter-cultural worship experiences.
  4. Additional special worship services and fellowship events in coordination with WMC and community partners, when applicable.
  5. Identify, attend, or create with others, as appropriate, seminars and conferences on worship leadership.


EDUCATION, Qualifications & Qualities:

  • A mature relationship with Jesus Christ and evidence of strong spiritual leadership ability is required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Music or a related major is desired, or a combination of education and experience.
  • Strong administrative, organizational, relational and communication skills.
  • Ability to embrace a service of combined classical/traditional and contemporary music.
  • Experience in paid or volunteer work within a church setting is highly desirable.
  • Experience with piano/keyboard desired.
  • Ability to rehearse and lead a contemporary worship band (including vocalists) is required.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suites (required); proficiency with Planning Center, ProPresenter, and Finale are highly desirable.


This is an exempt, salaried position.  Generous compensation package offered. 

If interested, please send a resume to  attn: Eleanor Ehresman.  For more information about First Presbyterian Church and to see a complete job description, please go to our website at

September 19, 2017 – Assembly Connect

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Crerar Celebrates 120 Years of Faith and Fellowship

Crerar Memorial Presbyterian Church, is celebrating the 120th Anniversary of the church! Activities recognizing this milestone began the first of the year with the adoption of “Here Through Faith” as the unifying theme for the yearlong celebration. Mid-year events included the following activities and programs.

JUNE: Telling Our Stories Workshop- Because telling stories is key to documenting history, Crerar created a FREE multigenerational program to aid youth and adults in discovering and using their gifts to tell personal, family and community stories. Workshop speakers included authors Kevin Coval, Natalie Y. Moore and Elizabeth Rivera. The public was invited to attend.

JULY: The Summer Sunday Picnic, following the 11:00 a.m. Worship Service was an an outdoor program of fellowship for family and friends celebrating the blessings of 120 years. Activities included games for children and adults, live music from Crerar’s minister, Lawrence A. Brown and The Blue Groove Band, picnic fare, cake and make- your-own ice cream sundaes.

SEPTEMBER: An Afternoon Gala was the first of two week-end events celebrating Crerar’s ministry from 1897 to 2017. The gala luncheon for the congregation, family and friends included musical entertainment, and a look at the memories and milestones throughout Crerar’s history which were showcased in a slide presentation.
The Anniversary Worship Service, the second event, included guest Praise Dancer, Minister Carmen Burton and an eloquent anniversary tribute focusing on his foundation of faith from youth to manhood as a member of the Crerar family by Willis Brown IV. Minister Lawrence A. Brown (no relation) shared the word in his sermon “Here by Faith.”

With more than 20 ministers, changes in the congregation racial composition and size, with FAITH, Crerar continues its mission to celebrate and share God’s word, ministering to the greater community and Crerar family as stewards and obedient servants of God.

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