FP_March_2014.jpgFaith Perspectives focuses on Palestinians and Israel

This Sunday's Faith Perspectives forum, 2 p.m., March 2, in Fellowship Hall, offers an opportunity to learn more about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the perspective of advocates sympathetic to the plight of the Palestinian people. Gary Burge of Wheaton College, is the first speaker. He will discuss "How Christian Zionism Works."  (Christian Zionism is the belief among some Christians that the return of the Jews to the Holy Land, and the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, is in accordance with Biblical prophecy.)

Other speakers include the Rev. Donald Wagner of Friends of Sabeel North America, a Christian ecumenical organization seeking justice and peace in the Holy Land through non-violence and education. Friends of Sabeel is one of the Christian organizations supporting the BDS movement (boycott, divestment and sanctions) as a way to influence Israel's government. Beth Nelson Chase will describe the work of Bright Stars of Bethlehem, a benevolence supported by Grace Church, and Rebekah Levin of the local Committee for a Just Peace in Israel and Palestine (CJPIP) will talk about the many advocacy groups working on Israel and Palestine issues.

There will be time for questions and answers with the speakers. This is a many-faceted, complex topic. Come and learn more about the ideas and issues behind the headlines.

Meet our new Parish Nurse on Sunday

Kim Ramos will be installed as Grace's Parish Nurse in both worship services on Sunday morning. Kim is an RN who has been working as a health coach for work site wellness programs, where she has helped people manage chronic conditions and make lifestyle changes to improve their health. She has also been an active volunteer in the parishes to which she and her family have belonged, and she serves on the Faith Community Initiative Committee for Building a Healthier Chicago. She brings skills both as a healthcare professional and as a communicator to her new job at Grace. You can meet her in the atrium between services.

GFWCross01.jpgAsh Wednesday

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 5. Come to worship as we begin this season of repentance.

Morning Prayer at 8:40 and 11:30 a.m., with imposition of ashes
Holy Communion at 7 p.m., also with imposition of ashes
Supper in Fellowship Hall at 6 p.m.

Lenten mid-week worship continues on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. through April 9.