October WCC Reads – Anxious to Talk About It
Another Opportunity to Address Racism and Do Our Homework
Anticipating our impending partnership with Bethel Baptist Church in Chicago Hts., our congregation continues its spiritual and intellectual preparation in October by reading together Carolyn B. Helsel‘s Anxious to Talk About It: Helping White Christians Talk Faithfully about Racism (2017, Chalice Press).
The author acknowledges from the start that this is a difficult topic for many American Christians of European ancestry. As a white Presbyterian pastor and professor who has worked with many predominantly white congregations on this issue, Helsel offers new insights and spiritual practices to assist anxious readers to engage racial identity and racial justice with less fear and more confidence so they can join the broader conversation on racism and build authentic relationships. The book is only 126 pages long and includes compelling stories from everyday life. Sounds like just the right book for us!
On the first four Wednesdays in October (2, 9, 16, 23), 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 might be beneficial to read the entire book before our first session, but the discussion on October 2 will cover the introduction through page 37.
Participate as your schedule allows; you do not have to be present each week. 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. Childcare for children of all ages will be available.
Questions, contact Pastor Jeffrey Phillips: firstname.lastname@example.org, (847) 999-9403.
Wednesday, October 2 – Woman’s Society
The Woman’s Society kicks off the new program year with a 10:30 A.M. gathering in the Centennial Room for conversation and sorting jewelry for Rummage. Lunch will follow in Tolman Hall at 12:00 noon.
Friday, October 4- First Friday
The First Friday potluck will be held this Friday evening in the Centennial Room beginning at 6 P.M. Bring a dish to share and come enjoy good fellowship and a great meal.
Sunday, October 6
8:30am Spiritual Enrichment in the Centennial Room. Program at 8:45 A.M.
10:00 A.M. Worship Service with Communion
Also Sunday, October 6– A Flamingo Flight to Florida Party
Retirement Party honoring Elaine Clemens.
Alsdorf Activities Center
5:30 – 7:45 PM
Tuesday, October 8
Congregation Hakafa will hold Yom Kippur services in our sanctuary beginning at 8 P.M. All are welcome to attend.
Wednesday, October 9, 16, 23 – WCC Reads
1-2:15pm or 7-8:15pm in Centennial Room
Book: Anxious to Talk About It: Helping White Christians Talk Faithfully about Racism
Friday, October 11– Men’s Fellaship
All men are invited to Tolman Hall for grilled brats and great conversation.
Begins at 5:30 P.M. Bring a dish to share.
Sunday, October 20
8:30 A.M. Spiritual Enrichment – Becca Stevens will be the guest.
10 A.M. Worship Service – Becca will be the guest preacher
Sunday, November 3- Pastor Lawrence and his wife from Bethel Baptist Church will be our guests in worship service
Sunday, November 24- Pastor Lawrence will be our guest preacher.