News & Upcoming Events

The New Year Brings Healthy Eating with Chef Molly McGrath

Tuesday, January 19 at 7:00 PM via Zoom

Did you know that one of the simplest ways to improve your health is to up your intake of dark leafy greens? Join Chef Molly McGrath of Light Work Kitchens as she explains the latest nutritional science in support of this superfood and learn why dark leafies are so beneficial. Then stay tuned as she demonstrates three quick and delicious recipes to incorporate greens into your breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Click HERE for the Zoom link.


ANTI-RACISM FOR WHITE FOLKS

Wednesday, January 27 at 7:00 PM via ZoomJoin the Faith in Action Team and Adult Faith Formation for a lively, interactive Zoom on January 27 at 7:00 P.M. Reverend Smash of the Lighthouse Foundation, will lead the discussion of anti-racism for white folks. Register for this program by clicking HERE. If you have trouble registering, please contact Susan Woodsome in the GCC office at 847.724.2210, extension 225.

The norm of whiteness has been invisible to many of us. Whiteness and white racialized identity refer to the way that white people, their customs, culture, and beliefs operate as the standard to which all other groups are compared. When we say or think something in our society is “normal” we typically mean it’s white. Exploring the ways we’ve been formed by white dominant culture can open us up toward honesty and accountability.

White privilege and power are captured through systemic racism. To be anti-racist, we must first understand how structural racism is constructed by the self-interest of wealthy white elites and then defended through the creation of racist ideas and beliefs. When we can identify the racist policies, laws, regulations, and rules that govern our society, we can begin to challenge them.

Rev. Smash is a UCC ordained pastor, teacher, and organizer who led a faith-rooted movement of resistance to white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, VA. An ardent follower of the subversive way of Jesus, Smash always seeks to participate in a beloved community. Currently, she organizes with Lighthouse Foundation, a Black Queer-led, multiracial social justice organization that advances justice for Black LGBTQ+ people across Chicagoland through empowerment, education, and entertainment. Lighthouse Foundation and Lighthouse Church are located at St. Paul’s UCC in Chicago.


children’s bible study

Thursdays at 4:00 PM via Zoom

Please join Pastor Elizabeth and your friends in our weekly Bible study. Our group will read our way through the Spark’s Story Bible. We will learn from significant Bible stories and learn about the books of the Bible. We will read the Bible together, talk about how it relates to us today, and end with fun word games. This is geared towards early elementary kids in kindergarten through 4th grade. Everyone is welcome. You can register HERE.


interfaith peace Wednesdays (fish)

Wednesdays at 4:00 PM via Zoom, beginning on December 9th

Please join Pastor Elizabeth and your friends to learn about different faiths and their understanding of Peace. Each week we will learn about a new aspect of peace (What is Peace, Peace-Makers, Peace for the World, Finding Your Own Peace) and how different faiths, including our own, teach us about Peace. There will be different videos, conversations, and readings to help guide us on this important journey. This is geared for 9-11-year-olds or 4th – 6th graders. Everyone is welcome. You can register HERE.


FOOD ON THE FIRST

1st Sunday of each month
On the first Sunday of each month, we collect food items to be donated to The Northfield Township Food Pantry and San Lucas Iglesias in Humboldt Park in Chicago so please remember to bring a donation! We also need volunteers to deliver the food. All the details on timing and directions are included on the Sign Up Genius. You can also reach out to Linda Crowder or 847-922-6827 with any questions. Thank you!