"The Negro Spiritual and the Holy Spirit"—special Adult Ed this Sunday

okpebholo-shawn-fprof.jpgDr. Shawn Okpebholo of Wheaton College's Conservatory of Music presents a special session Sunday morning on the nature and history of Negro slave songs. Through the work of the Holy Spirit this musical tradition shaped the faith of the slaves, while giving hope and providing comfort. Despite being birthed from one of the darkest times in our nation's history, the Negro Spiritual, a truly inspired and beautiful art form, has transcended that era, impacting many people and holding a solid place in today’s church music. You'll hear some of Dr. Okpehholo’s own settings of a variety of Negro slave songs, re-imagined for baritone and piano (with, on occasion, mezzo-soprano, flute, and viola). Listen to sound clips on Dr. Okpebholo's website or look for the album "Okpebholo: Steal Away" on iTunes.

Make a Faith Promise in May

FaithfulGiving.jpgIf you have not yet made a Faith Promise, please take some time to think and pray about the money you give to Grace. Then return your Faith Promise card card in the offering plate this coming Sunday. Or simply mail it to Grace Church.

A Faith Promise is a commitment to faithful and cheerful giving in support of Grace's ministries. The Stewardship Committee asks that you consider increasing your gift for the coming fiscal year by one percentage point of your income. Read congregation treasurer Bill Kopper's Faith Promise Mission Moment here for some background on Faith Promise commitments.

Download a Faith Promise card here.
Find more giving resources, including information about regular automated online giving, on the Grace web site.

Walking Together in the Health Cabinet's summer program

Take more steps and improve your health and fitness. This summer the Health Cabinet’s walking program, “Walking Together with Scripture for Health, Hunger and Education,” will travel on a virtual journey from River Forest to Martin, Slovakia, then on to Bethlehem, and back to River Forest—12,397 miles. For $15 participants will receive a pedometer and packet that includes a weekly devotion, goal setting sheet, log for tracking daily steps and information about organizations at these "destinations" that are supported by Grace's Benevolence budget. All ages and levels of fitness and walking ability are welcome! Stop by the Health Cabinet table in the atrium on Sunday, or read more and register here.