Fighting hunger: learn more, then support the Crop Walk
"Have faith, end hunger" is the motto of Bread for the World, a benevolence supported by your donations to Grace. You can learn more about the issue of food insecurity in the United States by attending the showing of the film "A Place at the Table," on Saturday, April 20, at 10:00 a.m. at the Lake Theatre in Oak Park. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. This event is sponsored by the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry, another benevolence supported by Grace.
Grace members are also participating in the Oak Park area Crop Walk on Sunday, May 5. Grace youth will be in the atrium on Sunday morning asking for pledges and donations. Or make an online donation to support the Grace team. The Walk, a community effort of more than 30 area congregations, schools and organizations from Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park, raises funds to fight hunger, on the local, national and international levels.
Faith Promise Sunday is April 28
“Our Faith Promise wasn’t always a tithe. We learned to tithe gradually, increasing our giving a little bit each year. Why do we do it? Out of gratitude to Christ for what He has given us: eternal life.”
Bob and Kathryn Jandeska
Pastor Modahl's sermon last Sunday focused on "Eucharistic living." Eucharist, another name for Holy Communion, means thanksgiving. "We bring our gifts to God. We will not bring a tithe of a great haul of fish, but we will bring a tithe of whatever God has placed in our nets. . . . God blesses these gifts, puts them back in our hands, and multiplies them into ministry in our church and community and around the world." (Sermon video here.)
Faith Promise Sunday is April 28. If you did not receive your Faith Promise information by U.S. mail last week, please call the church office and a packet will be delivered to you. Please prayerfully consider your giving of time, talent and treasure for the new fiscal year, which begins July 1. Then, bring your Faith Promise to worship services on Sunday, April 28. (If you will not be present on April 28, mail your response to the church at any time.)
Books in memory of Anne Smedinghoff
A group of River Forest students have set a goal of collecting 10,000 children's books in memory of Anne Smedinghoff, the young American diplomat from River Forest who was killed in a bombing while delivering textbooks to a school in southern Afghanistan. The books will be distributed to needy Chicago kids through Bernie’s Book Bank. Please consider donating new or gently used books for children from birth through 6th grade. Books may be brought to Grace by Friday, May 3, and Grace members will deliver them to one of the project's collection sites, which include River Forest's three public schools and the library.