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Dear Church Family,

We continue this Sunday looking into the Book of Acts and the ministry of Paul who is now preaching in Athens. Now Athens was a large city and had many Jews and Gentiles but also people who didn’t fit into either category. Paul didn’t know what they believed until he saw an altar with an inscription: “to an unknown God.” Paul then went on to talk about this “unknown God” and how God in no longer “unknown” because we see the works of God all around us. I wonder how often we forget to look and see God who is working in our lives right here, right now. And yet there is great mystery around God and sometimes that mystery opens the door to uncertainty…and then we question and we doubt. The challenge for us is to live into this uncertainty and still keep looking…keep looking for the mystery to unfold. After all we really wouldn’t want a God who we fully understood, right?

Eastertide Blessings,
Pastor Barbara 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNKNOWN GOD?

 

 

 

Acts 17:16-31
16 While Paul waited for them in Athens, he was deeply distressed to find that the city was flooded with idols. 17 He began to interact with the Jews and Gentile God-worshippers in the synagogue. He also addressed whoever happened to be in the marketplace each day. 18 Certain Epicurean and Stoic philosophers engaged him in discussion too. Some said, “What an amateur! What’s he trying to say?” Others remarked, “He seems to be a proclaimer of foreign gods.” (They said this because he was preaching the good news about Jesus and the resurrection.) 19 They took him into custody and brought him to the council on Mars Hill. “What is this new teaching? Can we learn what you are talking about? 20 You’ve told us some strange things and we want to know what they mean.” (21 They said this because all Athenians as well as the foreigners who live in Athens used to spend their time doing nothing but talking about or listening to the newest thing.)
22 Paul stood up in the middle of the council on Mars Hill and said, “People of Athens, I see that you are very religious in every way. 23 As I was walking through town and carefully observing your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: ‘To an unknown God.’ What you worship as unknown, I now proclaim to you. 24 God, who made the world and everything in it, is Lord of heaven and earth. He doesn’t live in temples made with human hands. 25 Nor is God served by human hands, as though he needed something, since he is the one who gives life, breath, and everything else. 26 From one person God created every human nation to live on the whole earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God made the nations so they would seek him, perhaps even reach out to him and find him. In fact, God isn’t far away from any of us. 28 In God we live, move, and exist. As some of your own poets said, ‘We are his offspring.’
29 “Therefore, as God’s offspring, we have no need to imagine that the divine being is like a gold, silver, or stone image made by human skill and thought. 30 God overlooks ignorance of these things in times past, but now directs everyone everywhere to change their hearts and lives. 31 This is because God has set a day when he intends to judge the world justly by a man he has appointed. God has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Expanding the Clothing Ministry space has begun! Thanks to the Bobs and Jo!

 

 

 

WE ARE NOW DONATING CLOTHES TO
“SPARROW’S NEST”.
THE PROCEEDS HELP WOMEN AND CHILDREN AS THEY JOURNEY FROM HOMELESSNESS TO
SELF-SUFFICIENCY.
THESE BAGS WENT TO “SPARROW’S NEST”

 

 

 

Jo has created bags of clothes (summer) to give out to people on the streets!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women’s Bible Study is studying
Kate Bowler’s book
“Good Enough.” 

 

 

 

Go to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Website to find ways to Give, Act and Pray for Ukraine!

 

 

 

 

 

 

To keep our prayer list up-to-date, we will keep people on the prayer list for three weeks. If after three weeks you would like them to remain on the prayer list, just let Barbara Wilson, Val Heller or Pastor Barbara know! 

 

 

 

Prayers for our Church Family

Melodee Russow continued healing of knee

 

 

 

Prayers for Family and Friends
Prayers for Ashley Chernikovich for courage, peace and joy as she endures ALS, (friend of Cindy Goodwin), prayers for Scott and guardianship, Carrie’s pregnancy and healing of her surgery to replant finger nail, Lynn (family of Eva Cameron), Teri diagnosed with cancer, (friend of Jo Grey),  John V having dialysis, and Bud Hyett with multiple myeloma (friends of the Hellers) Gary Parker for healing (friend of Mead), Naomi having health issues (the wife of Moses), Wendy for sobriety (niece of Barbara Singelmann), Brad Thompson for healing (son of Lois and brother of Val), Debbie, diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer and starting chemo (friend of Christi Thompson), Carolyn with stage 4 colon cancer (sorority sister of Nancy Clarbour), Scott (son of Eva Cameron), Carrie and her pregnancy (daughter of Eva Cameron), Monique going through dialysis (niece of Helen), Sarah Helfand diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer (daughter of Helen’s co-worker.)

 

 

 

General Prayers
Our country and the war between Ukraine and Russia • Prayers for the people of Ukraine • Prayers for homebound • Houseless and hungry • Prayers for our church • Prayers for our Food Pantry • Prayers for our Clothing Ministry • Prayers for our President and Leaders at all levels •Prayers for those serving in the military (Barbara Singelmann’s grandson Peter). 

 

 

 

Answered Prayers

Travis Buley recovering from liver failure

 

 

 

Special Celebrations!

Mead and Gail’s Anniversary – May 12th

 

 

 

 

 

Food Pantry Updates!

 

 

The EGPC food pantry continues to serve our community and our volunteers remain faithful in their service to us. We are committed to adhering to all precautionary measures to ensure no cross-contamination with clients. The Food Pantry Donation drop box always seems to be filled. As you check on your neighbors, please share with them that our food pantry is open and ready to help anyone who needs food!

Food continues to appear in our food box.  Almost daily there is something donated and many times from people we don’t even know! I want to send a special thanks to all those faithful shoppers who each week pick up the special things we need. It is an ongoing blessing to be so graciously supported by your donations and donations from our community.

Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you faithful friends and members of
Elk Grove Presbyterian Church!

 

 

 

NEWS from the Session!

Here are the latest things you should know:

  • Received Year 3 Salary Supplement Grant! 
  • Moving Session Meetings to Sundays following worship.
  • Chicago Presbytery Assembly Meeting is next Tuesday, May17th via zoom.
  • Our next Session meeting will be on Sunday, June 26th. If you have anything you would like to bring to session please let any of the session members know. 

 

 

 

Our online giving continues to provide a quick and easy way to give to the church! To see how easy it is and the different ways you can give to the church click here.