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.
Each year, the weekend before Thanksgiving, the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago gathers to talk, to pray and to chart out the future of our Church.
St. Nicholas Church does not sit on the side-lines…not at all. We get involved. We are engaged in the sessions and the action. This is where we need you.
We ask and invite four (4) of our community members who are able to attend this two-day event and two (2) alternates to come forward and represent our church. If you feel called and are able to make this special gathering, please submit your name to Manny or Steve, our Senior Warden or Jessica, our Junior Warden.
The convention is scheduled for November 21-22 and once again will be held at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center. St. Nicholas will cover the cost of registration.
Please, consider being a delegate or an alternate and represent St. Nicholas and all the while, learn more about our Church and meet some amazing people, too.
Thank you, one and all.