This is exciting news for anyone who attended our Book Club discussions of “Take This Bread,” — the author, Sara Miles, will be the keynote speaker at Diocesan Convention November 21 in Lombard, at the Westin Hotel.
Did you need motivation to sign up as a delegate or alternate? Want to experience Convention and connect with someone whose books have led many people to a more deeply spiritual life? This is your chance!
Author Sara Miles, who has written deeply personal books on her conversion to Christianity and her ministry in poor communities in San Francisco, will be talking about listening when she gives the keynote speech at the diocese’s convention on November 21 at the Westin Hotel in Lombard.
“I am really interested in talking about evangelism and what evangelism is and isn’t,” says the author of City of God, Take this Bread, and Jesus Freak. “The short version is that evangelism is about listening; it is not necessarily about telling. It is about listening to people’s stories and really paying attention to how others’ experiences of God are part of a larger story.
“It is about training ourselves to engage in a midrash on our own lives and to do that in a way that is honest, that is not looking for a moral, that is not looking for a solution, that is not looking for ‘Aha! I have found the theme of this essay.’ That’s not story telling. That’s bad English class.”
via Telling Our Stories :: Episcopal Diocese of Chicago.
Mark your calendars for Saturday October 11th- it’s time for some St. Nicholas Family Fun!
Mt. Prospect’s Fall Festival/Oktoberfest is a wonderful annual event with activities for children from 1pm to 4pm and a BIG Oktoberfest party from 4pm to 11pm.
Let’s get together for brats, schnitzel, German beer, strudel, polkas, sing-along, chicken dancing and some good old “Gemutlichkeit” : )
We’ll have balloons and/or banners to help you find our “Stammtisch” (special table) and we’ll invite our friends from St. John’s to join us there.
We can meet up at the fest around 6:00pm and we’ll have Sign-Up Sheet for a carpool that will leave St Nick’s after the 4:00 mass if anyone is interested.
“Providing Advocacy, Dignity and Shelter,” more commonly known as P.A.D.S., not only serves the area’s poor and homeless with safe and clean overnight shelter, P.A.D.S. also provides fun and filling meals.
On September 19th, St. Nicholas will be part of this ministry for the first time. We will provide the meal which will be served at Christus Victor Evangelical Lutheran Church.
The menu: mostaccioli with sausage or meat balls, green salad, dinner roles and/or French bread, cookies and/or brownies, chips and lemonade. St. Nicholas will supply the green salad while Vince and Jeff will bring the chips. Who is ready for some baking and cooking?
Our own Vince Ortero and Jeff Westerheide will coordinate this event. Jeff, Vince and our Laura Lampe have long been involved in this very important and necessary ministry. There is always room for more helping hands!
The sign-up sheet is in the gathering space at church. All are welcome to come and be part of this village-wide gathering.
God bless us, one and all.