God, Suffering and Evil
3 Sundays; March 7- March 21
Leader: Rev. Dr. Anna Case-Winters
If God is all good and all powerful, then why is there so much suffering and evil in the world? This is a troubling and perplexing question--one that Christians have asked through the centuries. In these harrowing times of COVID 19 and the vulnerabilities and inequities it has revealed, the question has a particular poignancy for us. It cries out for a thoughtful response. In this class we will explore the question together, and take a look at the ways Christian theology has responded across the centuries, from ancient to contemporary times.
Join Rev. Dr. Anna Case-Winters, an ordained PC(USA) pastor and professor of theology at McCormick Theological Seminary on Sunday mornings! For more information on Professor Case-Winters, click here.
See the Adult Ed page for more information and any workshop recources
Lenten Activities at CPC
The season of Lent, a time of reflection and focusing on the events of Christ's death and resurrection, begins with Ash Wednesday on February 17th. We hope you will prepare for the season with us in a few ways:
Midweek Lenten Worship Services
Worship Service at 7:00 pm: Join us for a time of prayer, music and communion as we open the season of Lent together. Mid-week services will continue Wednesdays at 7:00pm on Zoom.
The link is available in the Thursday Blast, Bulletin or from the church office.
Lenten Devotional Booklet
The Thursday Devotions Group is reflecting on a daily devotional. To follow along on your own, contact Pastor Susan for a copy.
Daily Lenten Devotional-
Follow us on our Facebook or Instagram pages for a daily Lenten devotional in a journey towards transformation. A different card and message will be posted for you and your family to discuss and share on our social media platforms. Transformation isn't easy and is sometimes messy but together we can find blessings in it all. Make sure to follow along and add your own thoughts. #CPCMessyBlessing
Don't have a Social Media Profile? No worries, it'll be posted here on our website each night, or you can reach out to Pastor Susan for the entire set.
Lenten Prayer Cross
Ready for YOU to add prayer ties
from Lenten Worship Bag
The combining of our prayers into this public art creation will serve as a visual reminder to all, that CPC is a place that prays together and is faithfully walking together in Lent.
It’s simple. Write your prayer on the strips of cloth you received in your Lenten worship bag (or stop by the church office if you need more cloth strips). The cross is wrapped with chicken wire. Carefully tie your prayer tie onto the chicken wire, watching for raw wire edges.
Then spend a moment lifting up all the prayers on the cross to God. Amen.
Holy Week Services
March 28-April 4
Join us for one or all of our services for Holy Week!
Sunday 3/28: Palm Sunday Car Parade at 9:30am
Thursday 4/1: Maundy Thursday Service at 7:00pm
Friday 4/2: Good Friday Service at 7:00pm
Sunday 4/4: Easter Sunday Services at 7:00am and 9:30am
More information to follow so stay tuned and check your bulletins!
For up-to-date Amos Group news and resources see the NEW social justice page under the serving tab
Afternoon Classes in March:
The first three Sundays in March, Dr. Reggie Williams from McCormick Seminary will lead one-hour classes at 4pm. March 7’s topic will be “The Vocabulary of Oppression.” On March 14, he will present “What Killed Bonhoeffer.” March 21’s topic will be determined by the participants’ response to the first two weeks. Please join us! The link for these classes will be in the Thursday Blast, the Sunday Bulletin or by emailing the office.
One of the webinars on our webpage is ongoing:
February 25-March 26
The Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Celebrating African-American Female composer & Beethoven
Please visit the webinar file for the link to register.
The Amos Group members are engaging as a group in a six-month study on White Privilege, delving into facts and feelings and how we have benefited from White Privilege. Look for our insights into what we are learning in the Thursday Blast each month.
Please send your ideas and your comments to Gregg Morton.
Amos Group presents:
Dr. Reggie Williams
Let's Talk: church, faith and racism
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Sun Mar 7, 14, 21
Dr Williams, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at McCormick Theological Seminary, will lead us in conversation. Click here to learn more about Dr. Williams.
Vocabulary of Oppression: Problems related to race and racial oppression seem to be greater in recent years than they have been in quite some time. The language we use to describe it doesn’t help. If diagnosis determines treatment, it matters that we describe what is happening in the clearest way possible. This session will help us to understand what is happening with the language to describe the problem with an accurate diagnosis that will help enable followers of Christ to think about, and enact, solutions.
What Killed Bonhoeffer?: in 1945, the famed theologian, pastor, activist Dietrich Bonhoeffer was killed by the Nazis for his part in a resistance movement in opposition to them. The Nazi regime prized Germans who looked just like him, yet he became a traitor, vehemently opposed to them. But it was more than the Nazis who were the problem; they espoused a modern iteration of an ideology that predated them. Indeed, the ideology is not gone, but is alive today, exists in the United States, and it was in apartheid South Africa. It is what animated the Nazi wish dream for an Aryan Nation, and it is what killed Dietrich Bonhoeffer. What was it? What killed Bonhoeffer? How can we see it and work to eradicate it from our midst, today?
CPC Kids' Music
Wednesdays at 5:30pm
Peter Bromann is back at CPC and he is excited to lead some live music sessions with our CPC Kids! All are welcome!
Join us on Zoom at 5:30 pm on these 5 Wednesdays:
2/24, 3/03, 3/10, 3/17 & 3/24
to prepare a special worship offering for Easter Sunday!
Parents Please Note: We will need your help with making sure the kids are set to record each week. Please Click Here for Peter's very simple instructions! Thanks!
DuPage PADS COVID-19 Urgent Donations
Items on this updated LIST are of urgent need. If you are able, please place donations in the collection container labeled PADS outside the east doors (5C) of CPC.
Donations are delivered each week to the DuPage Pads day site in Wheaton.