Whenever you are in town―please join us for worship this summer!
Summer worship is every Sunday at 9 A.M. on the Church’s front lawn, from Sunday, June 16 through Sunday, September 1.
If it is too hot outdoors or if it rains, we will move indoors to the cover and cool of the sanctuary. You’ll love the company, the casual feeling, and―as ever―you will benefit from God’s good Word!
We welcome the sound and movement that come from having children in worship!
Children are free to remain with their parents at their seats or to spend their time in our activity area just to the side of the adult seating area, which includes sidewalk chalk and coloring materials. There is also nursery care available for children 5 and under.
Sunday, August 25th – Blessing of the Backpacks
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!
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, (847) 999-9403.
Pronouns: The Next Gender Identity Frontier
A Pizza and Pie Learning Event at WCC
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