For more than a century, the Association House of Chicago has played a significant and historic role as a community resource in what are now the greater West Town and Humboldt Park neighborhoods of Chicago. Initially serving as a “port of entry” for new immigrants, the Association House now serves thousands of families each year through counseling and educational, athletic and vocational programs.
Winnetka Congregational Church has been a partner of Association House for many years.
Throughout the month of January, Mission Doing will collect new and gently-used coats and jackets for the children and adults they serve.
What is prayer?
Talking to God? Listening to God? Asking God for things? Telling God things God already knows? Something you do only in church? Something only “religious” people do? Does prayer always involve words?
Or could prayer be something completely different – and more satisfying in terms of one’s relationship with God, self, and others?
On Saturday, February 2, 9:00-2:00, Bob Frazee from Contemplative Outreach Chicago will introduce us to a profoundly biblical and deeply Christian understanding and practice of prayer that is both ancient and contemporary, Centering Prayer. Amos Smith describes Centering Prayer as “training the mind to be free of distractions so it can rest in God.” Basil Pennington, one of the founders of Centering Prayer, explains it as “an opening, a response, a putting aside of all the debris that stands in the way of being totally present to the present Lord.” Once learned, Centering Prayer can be practiced by yourself at home, or, more meaningfully, in small groups.
The workshop will happen at WCC (room to be determined). The cost is $30, including lunch (check payable to WCC, memo: “Centering Prayer”). Invite neighbors, family members, co-workers, and friends from other churches. It promises to be a spiritually refreshing day in which we explore together a rich new way to connect with God. No previous experience or knowledge in prayer or theology needed! Questions and to register, contact Pastor Jeffrey Phillips: firstname.lastname@example.org, (847) 999-9403. (If you would like child care, please tell Jeffrey that, too.)
725 Pine St., Winnetka, IL 60093
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Church Office hours:
Monday: 8 AM to 4 PM
Tuesday–Thursday: 9 AM to 5 PM
Friday: Church office closed.
Sunday Worship service at 10 AM
As A House of Worship For All People, Winnetka Congregational Church acknowledges, supports, and welcomes all God’s children whatever their age, culture, race, creed, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical ability, nationality or background.
As called by Christ: we seek to celebrate every person’s dignity, uniqueness, relationships, and God-given gifts; to recognize our inter-connectedness as human beings; and to foster a safe, nurturing community in which each person can live out their faith journey authentically and wholeheartedly.