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January 28, 2021
Real questions from real people to learn more about faith
Is “Sabbath Day” just another word for Sunday?
Actually, sabbath (in Hebrew shabbat) is originally a Jewish tradition that is observed from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday. It is a day of rest – a day to follow in God’s example in Genesis and take time to cease from creating. It is also a day that contains a lot of traditional prayers and opportunity to delve into God’s word. If curious to learn more, click here to view a great article on sabbath.
Vicar Amber's Message
“But some of the Pharisees said, ‘Why are you doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?’” In today’s day and age, we can likely empathize with the difficulty in leaving work at work and truly taking a break. It seems that there is always something that needs to be done: send an email, make a call, finish a report, think ahead to what is coming, and so on. Having an imposed day of rest sounds like a luxury… so why then do Jesus and his disciples seem to ignore it? When does freedom actually become bondage? How does Jesus reshape what freedom actually looks like?

Gracious God, there are many things that bind us – some of which we are aware, and many of which we are not. Liberate us from (self) imposed prisons, and free us to live in new life in you. In the name of our savior, Jesus, Amen.
January 31 worship:
Children's Bulletins: Ages 3+ & Ages 7+
Come to Miss Christy's pre-recorded Sunday School lesson this weekend on YouTube or watch whenever and wherever works for you and your child!

Overnight help needed
Lazarus House has a critical need for overnight volunteers at this time. An overnight volunteer sleeps during their shift, only to be called out by Operations Staff to be present should staff need to handle a quick emergency on site. A Lazarus House trained staff member is present and awake the entire night. Volunteers can arrive between 9:00-10:00 pm, then wake and leave any time after 6 am to end the shift.  For more information contact Volunteer Coordinator, Tasha Curry or visit Lazarus House.
Donations Needed for St. Andrew Distribution
We're collecting baby diapers (sizes 1-6) and baby wipes for the St. Andrew Distribution this Saturday. Donations can be dropped off at GLC until 3 pm Friday, January 29. Thank you for your continued generosity! Contact Julie Slifka for more information.
Youth Group - Firepit in the Circle Drive
Wednesday, February 3 @ 6:30 pm
Contact Julie Slifka for more information.

Weekly Bible Study on ZOOM
Thursday, February 4 @ 9:30 am
We're discussing the Gospel of Luke. All are welcome! Contact Pastor Trudy or Vicar Amber for more information.
Ash Wednesday Service
February 17 @ 7 pm on ZOOM
(available on YouTube afterward)

2021 Resolution
Growing in Faith Together

Vicar Amber and Pastor Trudy will dive into some of the central topics of our faith. Scholar or beginner, come for conversation, learning and usually some laughter! 
Thursdays at 7:00 pm
on Zoom

January 28 - TONIGHT!
  • What does it mean to have 'sabbath'— and who has time for it?
February 4
  • What have we learned about being a 'virtual' body of Christ?
February 11
  • Fasting for Lent— why does it matter and who has time for it?
Want to listen to past classes? Find the Epiphany Growing in Faith classes on our YouTube channel or visit our website.
We Lift up in Prayer*
We surround with our prayers the family of
Gregory and Katie Bailey following the death
of Katie's dad, Curt Sriver, on Thursday, January 21.
  • Margaret Stredde, Andrew Stredde's mother
  • Suzanne Smith, sister of Betsy Hetzler
  • Bill Rosenfelder
  • Gratitude for vaccine availability
  • Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals
  • For people who are separated from family
  • All those with COVID-19
  • Front line workers
  • Teachers, students, and families
  • Pastors
*Please email Amy Steenson or call (630) 232-0165 if you would like to add a name to the prayer list. Submitted names will remain on the prayer list for two weeks.
GLC Prayer Chain
This is a confidential telephone network ministry that intercedes on behalf of those in need by lifting up specific requests, concerns, and emergency situations. To request prayer, please call Sally Harmon (630) 377-0021.
Notes from the GLC community
Thank you for the "Drop By" poinsettia, sign and invitation to the Christmas Eve service. We were very moved by this outreach and appreciative of the creative energy and hard work that went into it. What a blessing it was to be in our church home, see familiar faces and hear the good news. It brought tears to our eyes and joy to our hearts.
Paul & Betsy
On behalf of The Salvation Army Tri-City Corps, we want to thank you for your generous donations to our Angel Tree program this year. As you know, there has been a greater need this year because of Covid-19, and your gifts will help some children have a happier Christmas. Sincerely,
Scott and Dena Smith, Lieutenant Corps Officers
GLC Life in Pictures
We welcome Laila Grace Saloga, daughter of Charlie & Michelle Saloga, who joined us through the waters of baptism on January 23. #joyisnotcancelled
GLC card crafters make greeting cards and send them to GLC members over 70 years of age. Thanks to Louise Hauge for creating these tangible gifts of love! #loveisnotcancelled
Blanket making continues by the Confirmation and Bridge year students for the residents at Marklund. Shown here are
Tommy Jensen with big sister Audrey, and Evan Lagana. #generouslifeinChrist.
Dawn Hieggelke taping boxes of packed food at Northern Illinois Food Bank. #hopeisnotcancelled
Behind the scenes with Christy and the YouTube Crew (Dave & Nanette) recording the weekend's Sunday School lesson!
Send your pictures of how you are living your #generouslifeinChrist to Margo. Thank you!