taking a july break

One of the things the PCC staff is continually trying to balance is our desire to provide strategic discipleship opportunities (like Summer Funner Theatre happening this week and the High School missions trip later this summer) without overloading people’s calendars. Sometimes I think we get it right, other times I’m not so sure. That’s the nature of church ministry.

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rescue and restore: more on human trafficking

Last evening Maggie and I attended the talk at the Glen Ellyn Public Library on human trafficking in Illinois. The woman who gave the talk is from the Department of Human Services. The DHS has formed the Rescue and Restore Campaign to raise awareness of the pervasiveness of human trafficking and to rescue victims of the trade. Here are a few of the things we learned last night:

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summer funner theatre: in full swing

If you’ve been by the Parkview building this week then you’ve probably witnessed the crazy activity that is Summer Funner Theatre.  Terry Escallier sent me the following stats:

  • There are 125 kids in the morning session.
  • There are 108 kids in the afternoon session.
  • And there are 68 volunteers helping out everyday to make it all happen.

Here are a few photos of the action on Tuesday.

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human trafficking meeting at glen ellyn library

Maggie and I will be attending a free event at the Glen Ellyn Public Library tomorrow (Wednesday, 6/20) at 7:00 PM. The event will focus on the practice of human trafficking (often called “modern day slavery”) in the state of Illinois. Many of us have been aware of this horrific practice taking place around the world, but its existence in our own country is a more recent realization. Thought some of you might be interested.

More information on human trafficking on the Illinois Department of Human Services website.

weekend in chicago

Maggie and I celebrated our 8th anniversary a couple of weeks late with a weekend in Chicago (we love Priceline!).  We had an awesome time… it was great to get a couple of days without distractions and responsibilities.  Lot’s of good conversations as we explored the city.  If you’ve not spent some time in Millennium Park at night in the summertime, you’ve got to put it on your to-do list.  Here’s a shot of the Crown Fountain.

crown fountain

So… all you married couples out there, when was the last time you got a day with your spouse?  How about a few hours?  Make it happen.  Get out your calendar and put a date on the calendar.  Your spouse and your marriage deserve it.

OK- stepping of my soap box now.

another quote from “simply christian”

When we see ourselves in the light of Jesus’ type of kingdom, and realize the extent to which we have been living by a different code altogether, we realize, perhaps for the first time, how far we have fallen short of what we were made to be. This realization is what we call “repentance,” a serious turning away from patterns of life which deface and distort our genuine humanness. It isn’t just a matter of feeling sorry for particular failings, though that will often be true as well. It is the recognition that the living God has made us humans to reflect his image into his world, and that we haven’t done so. Once again, the gospel itself, the very message which announce that Jesus is Lord and calls us to obedience, contains the remedy” forgiveness, unearned and freely given, because of his cross. All we can say is, “Thank you.”

Pgs 208-209, Simply Christian by NT Wright