March 18, 2021 

Weekly Connection
Dear friends,

It is hard to believe that Holy Week is right around the corner! This is especially true as snow continues to be in our forecast. I guess, though, after a few years in Illinois I should be used to snow as a part of our Holy Week experience! I continue to laugh about our Palm Sunday in 2019 with a timid donkey and the snow gently falling as we paraded our way waving palms!

Speaking of palms, we’ll be worshipping from home on Palm Sunday and I want to invite you to stop by PCWS and pick up your palms so that you can wave them during worship and have them as a reminder throughout the week. You can come by PCWS on Thursday or Friday of next week to pick them up. We’ll also have a special surprise for Easter Sunday that you’ll also want to pick up but you won’t open until Easter morning during worship. They’ll be available at the same time as the palms and through Holy Week in the black bin outside the church office entrance. So feel free to come by next Thursday or Friday or any other day after that to pick up palms and your Easter item.

During Holy Week we’ll gather on Maundy Thursday at 7 p.m. on Zoom for a worship service with communion. On Good Friday we will have a pre-recorded service available starting at noon on Facebook and YouTube. You are encouraged to find some time on Friday or Saturday to use the service as a tool to meditate on the cross and the final hours of Christ’s life. And then on Easter morning, we’ll have two worship services. The first will be at 6:15 a.m. for a sunrise service. We’ll be welcoming folks in-person for this outdoor service and it will also be on Facebook Live. If you decide to join us in person, please note that masks and social distancing will be required. Later that morning at 9:30 a.m. will be our Easter worship service on Facebook Live.

I look forward to being with you in worship on Sunday. We’ll have a special announcement about our total contribution to BEDS Plus for the Lenten Challenge!

Pastor Erik
Watch our Worship Services Live
Sunday morning @ 9:30 a.m.

No matter where you may be in the world, you can feel close to PCWS!
Let's Continue to Fill the can and Support Second Baptist Church of La Grange Food Pantry

Our regular Monday morning delivery has helped to make a greater impact on the community that 2nd Baptist serves. Please continue to remember our neighbors who struggle with hunger and, as you are doing your grocery shopping, consider adding a couple extra items for the pantry. Food items can be dropped off Sunday mornings or any time during the week in the can near the entrance from the parking lot.
Women's Oasis
Tuesday, March 23, 7:00 pm

This month we will focus on what brings us joy and then playing joyful spirited Bingo games while connecting with other women. Ladies - please RSVP to let Mindy know you are planning to attend the March 23rd Oasis - it's the only way for you to receive a Bingo board to play during the session. It will be sent via email!

The annual clothing donation opportunity for the Cara Program through CD One Price Cleaners. Each March we share this chance to sort through your closets and take gently used professional attire to any CD One Price Cleaners in the city or suburbs. CD Cleaners will professionally clean all professional attire donations through March 27th. Clothing items will be given to Cara, a non-profit organization helping people affected by poverty find and keep quality jobs while rebuilding hope, self-esteem and opportunity for themselves and their families. Cara has been going strong for 30 years in this critical mission helping people 

The most needed items are suits, blouses, ties, sport jackets and dress pants. The detailed list of accepted women’s and men’s clothing is at the Cara website

If you wish to avoid contact with store employees due to Covid, place your clothes neatly in a bag, seal and label the bag “Cara” and drop the bag at one of the donation bins at the select locations in our area:
2425 75th Street, Darien
5555 S. Brainard Avenue, Countryside
640 Ogden Avenue, Downers Grove

You can learn more about the Cara Program’s impact as they celebrate their 30th anniversary as a vital mission in employment and life stabilization at their website. If you have questions contact Janet (Ande) Andersen.
Interfaith Community Partners
Did you know? ICP volunteers can drive older adults (60+) to get their Covid vaccines if they have no other way to get there. Please think about your older adult neighbors who may need help during this difficult time and share ICP's office phone number: (708) 354-9328
Interfaith Community Partners is a non-profit organization that works together with volunteers to provide escorted transportation for people 60 and better to get to places like physician appointments and therapies. We do not charge our clients and ask for suggested donations, when able. 
Interfaith Community Partners also offers Library Home Delivery Service. 
We need volunteer drivers!  We'll train you via Zoom. We'll work around your busy life. Background check required. Find out more about Interfaith Community Partners - visit their website!
Our siblings at Nueva Paz Presbyterian Church in Cuba, especially this week we pray for Grecia, Maria Eugenia, Nilda, and Raul 
Our men & women serving our country in the Armed Services 
The people of Syria, and especially the relatives of PCWS’ Interfaith Women’s Book Group 
First responders, nurses, doctors, and others providing care to others
Ann, friend of Joyce & Herb Smyers
Betty Anderson
Brent Young, son-in-law of Larry & Becky Glasscock 
Caryle Aitken Wilkie
Dan Lewis
Don Heizer, friend of the McMahons
Eva Kelly, mother of Tom Kelly
Family and friends of Wayne Filar, Candice Mares’ cousin
Gary Miller, Brother-in-law of Laura Hepburn
George Bruser, uncle of Donna Kanak & Diane Bonner
H. Edward Jordan, father of Laura Fruit
Holly Oliver, daughter of Mary Kae Headland 
The family of Inez Martinez, friend of the Merrifield family 
Jake Trego, friend of Tom & Kay Kelly
Jan Fortina
John Kregg
Joshua Haberkorn, grandson of Shirley Pine
Julie Garino
Larry De Vries, father of Mark DeVries
Laura Querry, daughter of Becky & Larry Glascock
Marc Goldstein, friend of Carol Ulreich 
Mary Jo Long
Mary Kate Miller, step-mother of Julie Garino 
Mary, dear friend of Bruce Geary 
Michael De Vries 
Michael, friend of Jane Norman 
Nate & Joann Dardick, friends of Laurie Merrifield 
Norb Mirlenbrink, Uncle of Lori Carsten 
Pat McTiernan, friend of Phyllis DiFrancesco 
Pat White, friend of Becky Glasscock 
Paulette Erickson, friend of Carol Ulreich 
Peter Wilkie 
Phil Kasik 
Ruth Kaduke, niece of Herb & Joyce Smyers 
Shannon Cavanaugh, niece of Phyllis DiFrancesco
Steve Coates, husband of Stephanie Coates
Steve, friend of McMahon Family
Teri Tuffner, aunt of Candice Mares 
Terry Moore, friend of Mike Pelton
Wendy Montague, friend of Candice Mares
Stephen Ministers Are Available

Does COVID-19 have you feeling some type of way? Depressed maybe? Have you suffered the loss of a job and just can't get back on your feet? Going or gone through a divorce? Grieving the loss of a loved one? Everyone hurts at some point in life and can benefit from a Stephen Minister. Stephen Ministers are specially trained members of our very own congregation who provide one-to-one Christian Care to people who need someone to talk to. All caring relationships are completely confidential, free (meaning no charge), and provide emotional and spiritual support to those in need.

If you are interested in learning more about Stephen Ministry please email Pastor Erik or Joyce Rodos.
Celebrating Birthdays:
3/18   Emersyn Williams
3/18   Emily Skeels
3/19   Stacia Farrar
3/20   Carly Booth
3/22    Val Blough
3/24    Elaine Haeske
3/27    Luke Mosher
3/28    Cindi Karstens
3/29    Rachel Galloway
3/30    Stephanie Carlisle
3/31    Frank Adelphia
Thank you for your ongoing support of our ministries, particularly during this uncertain time. 
PCWS Office Closed

The PCWS office remains closed during the pandemic. Our office staff are working remotely and on a limited basis. If you need immediate assistance, please email Pastor Erik or leave a message for him on his church extension which he checks regularly, or call his cell. Staff is checking the U.S. Mail daily. The mailbox is a locking box, so please feel comfortable dropping off correspondence directly (including contributions).