Job Opportunity: Director of Engagement
Winnetka Congregational Church, an open-minded, open-hearted, non-denominational Christian church is seeking candidates for the Director of Engagement position. The Director of Engagement will serve as a welcoming and organizing presence who empowers our congregation to inform, invite, include, integrate, and inspire members, prospective members, and visitors, alike.
Join us for worship at 9 am on Sunday, August 25th as we bless our children, youth, and teachers as they begin a new school year! All students, teachers, and school employees are invited to bring their backpacks or work bags to church for a special blessing during worship as you start the journey of another school year!
Let’s read and grow together!
During the summer the congregation is invited to read Marilynne Robinson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Gilead (Picador, 2004), “a story about fathers and sons and the spiritual battles that still rage in America’s heart.” Robinson writes in the unforgettable voice of Congregational minister John Ames, “revealing the human condition” and “managing to convey the miracle of existence itself.”
On the two remaining Wednesdays in August (21, 28), we will gather in the Centennial Room in the afternoon and evening to discuss the book. Afternoon sessions are 1:00-2:15, and evening sessions are 7:00-8:15. Each evening session will follow the content of that day’s afternoon session. It is recommended that you read the entire novel before the first session.
Participate as your schedule allows; you do not have to be present each week. To better suit your schedule, you may attend some weeks in the afternoon and other weeks in the evening. Or, if you can’t attend the discussions, read the book anyway! Obtain your copy as you wish.
Questions, contact Pastor Jeffrey Phillips: email@example.com, (847) 999-9403.
Have you seen “Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers” at the end of emails and wondered what it means and why someone would state that? Have you noticed that “they,” “their,” and “theirs” are now commonly used to refer to individuals? Do you know what “zir” means?
The concept and use of preferred pronouns and the increasing usage of non-binary pronouns constitute the next frontier in the world of gender identity. In the last few years at Winnetka Congregational Church, we have taken steps to grow in our understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity. The words above our doors, “A House of Worship For All People,” and our Inclusion Statement, adopted in 2018, proclaim our broad and bold welcome to “all God’s children, whatever their… gender identity….” It’s time to grow some more in our understanding and welcome of all people by learning together about pronouns – and why this is important.
Join us for an all-age pizza and pie learning event on Wednesday, September 18, at 6:00 p.m. in the Centennial Room. As the name suggests, pizza AND pie will be served! Our facilitator will be Lizzy Appleby, who helped us learn about sexual orientation and gender identity last year. Lizzy is a social worker who serves youth and adults to build a more welcoming, inclusive, and kind world. She grew up in Wilmette at Trinity United Methodist Church and is deeply committed to working with north suburban communities to ensure that all individuals are celebrated for their authentic selves.
If you find this topic intriguing, come! If you find this topic confusing or disturbing, come! (Learning involves exploring new – and even strange – frontiers!) If you already know all about this topic and have nothing to learn, come! (We can benefit from your knowledge!)
Mark your calendars.
Questions: Rev. Jeffrey Phillips, (847) 999-9403
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, socio-economic or marital status, education, nationality, or cultural background, physical or cognitive ability.
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.