Office Assistant, Part-Time, Carter Westminster United Presbyterian Church, Skokie, IL

Office Assistant –part time Monday through Friday, $18.00 – $20.00 per hour. Provide overall administrative duties supporting & reporting to the Pastor and Church Treasurer. Requirements: Previous office support experience, proficient in Microsoft programs (Word, Excel, and Publisher), good communication skills, able to maintain confidentiality, able to interface respectfully with diverse populations. Must be willing to undergo a background check. Email resume to Kay Dee:  office@cwupc.org, Carter Westminster United Presbyterian Church, Skokie, IL

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Witness of Divine Redeemer

It began as a simple prayer meeting in a small apartment. Hector Morales is pastor of Divine Redeemer, a New Worshipping Community. They are nesting with Good Shepherd Presbyterian church on the southwest side of Chicago. Hector explains how the neighbor above him overheard the people praying and came down to ask if she could join! From there, others were invited and before long they’d outgrown the apartment. One of the members of the prayer group offered his mechanic’s garage as a location. Within one year the group had grown too large for the garage! Eventually, Good Shepherd offered a space for worship and prayer.

On Sunday afternoon of November 6th, Divine Redeemer celebrated nine years. Over 80 members were present, with very few over the age of 40. The music was vibrant and the singing outstanding. Plenty of children walked between chairs as some played games at the tables set up in the vestibule. My sermon focused on resurrection- “Divine Redeemer must die as a fellowship and be reborn as a congregation!”

I have chosen to focus my first year as your executive presbyter on New Worshipping Communities. Divine Redeemer is an example of how these new expressions of worship can be formed organically by a community that is willing to usher God’s presence into their space. Hector is a lay leader who preaches, teaches, and leads a vibrant community. And God is providing the increase.

Perhaps the Holy Spirit is touching your heart with ideas of creating a holy space where you are. It may be a prayer meeting, Bible discussion, or listening session. You may only have a living room or basement in which to gather.

After starting my insurance agency, I had a strong desire to start a church in my house. I imagined several people seated in the living room talking about the Bible, praying for one another and the world, and living transformed lives. I even had a similar idea of hosting it in my office. There was no support from my denomination and regretfully, I didn’t carry out either idea. The energy and imagination dissolved as I grew older and became surrounded by the cares of life.

I offer my testimony to encourage someone to form a New Worshipping Community while they have the desire to try. The presbytery supports your quiet ideas and initiatives. If you have a dream that needs nurturing, please email or call. The New Worshipping Community committee and presbytery staff are here to help.  

Rev. Craig M. Howard


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Interim Director of Youth Ministries

First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights is seeking an Interim Director of Youth Ministries to begin working no later than June 1st. Our current Associate Pastor for Children, Youth, and Family is leaving for a new ministry. We are looking for a candidate who can take over our youth programming for the summer and fall. 
 
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Interim Director of Youth Ministries

First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights is seeking an Interim Director of Youth Ministries to begin working no later than June 1st. Our current Associate Pastor for Children, Youth, and Family is leaving for a new ministry. We are looking for a candidate who can take over our youth programming for the summer and fall. 
 
To view full application, click here
 

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Holy Week

In Holy Week we walk with Jesus during the last week of his life. We celebrate on Palm Sunday, turn sorrowful on Maundy Thursday, experience the crucifixion on Good Friday, and then resurrection on Easter Sunday.

 

I was saved on Easter Sunday 45 years ago. I know we don’t use the term “saved” or “conversion” in the Reformed tradition but indulge me as I share my testimony with you throughmy Pentecostal lens. My conversation happened at a small Pentecostal church in Ann Arbor,Michigan, in a Sunday School class! Because I had to return to Chicago for college, I couldn’t stay for worship, so they baptized me at the end of Sunday School before worship began. I received the glossolalia experience of the Holy Spirit while coming out of the water! This continues to be a bright light in my spiritual journey. I still get emotional when reflecting upon that experience.

 

I have since had many more conversions and experiences with God, including a call to ministry, a call to seminary, and a conversion of grace to the Reformed tradition. As I look back over the steps in my Christian journey, I can see what began as a love for Jesus evolving into an ecumenical and interfaith love for all of God’s people. I can see where God shifted my focus from an individual experience to being part of a particular faith community of complex and loving human relationships.

 

In her On Being podcast interview with the late Pastor Eugene Peterson, Krista Tippet talks about church shopping. Peterson makes it clear that he recommends attending small churches because people will have to face relationships that are not easy. In the unedited version, Tippet responds, “I think that for most people, church is an experience they go to have, rather than being a part of a group of people.”

 

My hope is that for you and those who attend worship this week that church can be both an individual experience and a community involvement. My hope is that Holy Week will be a bright step in someone’s journey as they engage the grace of Jesus Christ in new and refreshing ways. Maybe this Holy Week we will make our churches a place where people are welcome to experience a lifechanging God, while being in the midst of all of God’s people.

 

Blessed Holy Week.

 

Rev. Craig Howard

choward@chicagopresbytery.org


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