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…Prayer Meeting is this Saturday (3/26) at 7:00 PM at The Meeting Place.

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Andy & Raechelle from church are optometrists and they work with an organization that does a children’s clinic twice a year for two weeks at a time. They typically see ~10,000 Chicago-area students (pre-K through high school) every year. They provide eye exams and glasses at no charge to these students. They need volunteers. Also, if anyone is a teacher and wants to see if their school is eligible, they can find out for them. The best part is that the clinic is held right in the UIC Area, behind Pompei!

The clinic will take place April 11-23 at ThomasJeffersonSchool (1522 W. Fillmore Ave.). You can volunteer for a full-day or half-day shift. Volunteers help register students, escort them between stations, and perform vision screenings. With a small amount of training, volunteers can also help students choose frames or operate the auto refractor. Optical experience is NOT required. To volunteer contact Naomi Rodriguez at naomirodz@yahoo.com. To learn more about OneSight, please visit www.onesight.org.

Hey guys! Remember to let me know what you can bring for the Easter breakfast on April 4th – egg casserole, bread, fruit, or juice. You can email me at lindsey.avink.

Thanks!

From Dorothy Sayers’s essay, “Why Work?” in Creed or Chaos (New York: Harcourt Brace, 1949):

The Church’s approach to an intelligent carpenter is usually confined to exhorting him not to be drunk and disorderly in his leisure hours, and to come to church on Sundays. What the Church should be telling him is this: that the very first demand that his religion makes upon him is that he should make good tables.

…Let the Church remember this: that every maker and worker is called to serve God in his profession or trade – not outside of it. The Apostles complained rightly when they said it was not meant they should leave the word of God and serve tables; their vocation was to preach the word. But the person whose vocation it is to prepare the meals beautifully might with equal justice protest: It is not meant for us to leave the service of our tables to preach the word.

The official Church wastes time and energy, and moreover, commits sacrilege, in demanding that secular workers should neglect their proper vocation in order to do Christian work – by which she means ecclesiastical work. The only Christian work is good work well done. Let the Church see to it that the workers are Christian people and do their work well, as to God: then all the work will be Christian work, whether it is Church embroidery or sewage-farming.

We call our classes for those interested in membership at Immanuel MISSION Classes since by being part of our church you’re not just joining an institution, but an institution on mission.

Our next MISSION Class is Sunday, April 18th, after the second service. If you’re interested, pick up a copy of Joining the Mission at The Meeting Place or download it online here and start going through it now.

If you have completed it by 4/18 and you’re still interested, join us for a free lunch and we’ll talk more…

To celebrate the life we have in Christ because of His victorious resurrection we are going to have a meal together on Easter Sunday! Please let me know what you can bring to the meal from the list below. We’ll eat in between services from 10:15-11:15, so 1st service attenders should probably plan on bringing something that doesn’t need to be kept warm.

My email is lindsey.avink. Please let me know by Friday, March 26th. THANKS!

Egg casserole (I can send you a recipe if you need one!)

Bread/baked goods (muffins, cinnamon rolls, banana bread, etc.)

Fruit

Juice

Hey everybody!

My name is Andrew. I was born and raised in Mendoza, Argentina, where my parents served as missionaries (and still are after 27 years). My beautiful wife, Ellan, and I live in Lincoln Park near DePaul, where she attends for her graduate studies in nursing.

I would say my primary vocation is being a husband. This has been a humbling and growing experience for the past few (almost 2!) years. Haha! The instructions for this say, “Tell a little of how you came upon that field,” which sounds funny when thinking about the vocation of being a husband. Anyway, we met in high school while my parents were on furlough. I had culture shock and needed someone to (a) explain why WalMart was open 24 hours, (b) allow me to complain about American fruit, new everything, and plastic everything, and (c) give me rides to school and church events. Ellan was eager for a new experience and had a car… plus she was gorgeous.

My second vocation is being a graduate student. I am attending WheatonCollege for my M.A. in Clinical Psychology. I first became interested in psychology in high school when we had to take a couple of psychology courses as part of the Social Sciences track I was in. For me, being a graduate student has involved an internship (24-26 hours a week), a Teaching Assistantship, research, and classes.

My internship is at Cornerstone Counseling Center of Chicago, which is part of LaSalleStreetChurch’s ministry. It is a full counseling psychology clinic that is dedicated to the city of Chicago. I see six individual clients and about 23 children in 5 counseling groups. The children are all urban/inner city kids at an after-school program or kids who attend private schools that are eligible for Title I services (for which I do academic counseling).

As a TA, I get to mentor 1st year students in my program through helping them process group therapy and psychodynamic psychology. Plus, I get to hang out with one of my favorite teachers in class and help teach it.

For research, I am currently involved in two projects. One is looking at bullying in the U.S. and Guatemala and comparing it. I will get to present a paper at a conference on this topic. The other is looking at children’s books on bullying to see if what they promote is actually an effective way to cope with bullying.

My classes currently take up the least time since I’m only taking one class. Whew! That feels like a lot.

So, why the field of psychology? From a theological perspective, I believe humans were created in the image of God (Gen. 1:26–28). Not everybody agrees on what that means, but I believe that an aspect of it is wholeness in health in addition to holiness. Adam and Eve were able to worship God and live for God… that is what all humans were created for. When sin was introduced into the world, it affected our ability to be holy and live wholly. St. Augustine proposed that humans have a threefold relationship and distinguished between ‘ordered’ and ‘disordered’ loves. When humans’ loves are ‘ordered’, they relate 1st to God, 2nd to their neighbors, 3rd to nature, and 4th to oneself (this last was introduced by another theologian after St. Augustine). After sin was introduced, these loves became ‘disordered’: humans’ relationship with self comes first, and they use God, their neighbors, and nature for self’s purposes. To regain the image of God is to be able to worship God fully and to relate to others, to nature, and self properly.

St. Augustine said, “Every good and true Christian should understand that wherever he may find truth it is the Lord’s.” So, what has been found to be ‘true’ scientifically belongs to God’s Truth. (Not to say that science is not biased.) In my therapy practice, I strive to use treatments that are based on science, that have been shown to improve pathology through research. I believe God works in non-believers through common grace, grace that allows non-believers to act and do ‘good’, which does not necessarily lead to salvation. By God’s common grace through counseling, people (non-believers included) can become less depressed, isolated, or obsessed with dying and move toward more order and wholeness. This would provide a greater opportunity to hear and respond to the gospel, the special love of God.

From a practical standpoint, I find psychology appealing because I feel like it is a mission field in and of itself. There are very few Christians in the secular field of psychology. That said, there is also animosity towards Christians in many departments of psychology. They are not non-Christian, they are anti-Christian. So my dream is to continue my education in a secular field and become an excellent psychologist who is a Christian. Another dream is to work with newer mission-sending countries (for example, Latin America, Nigeria, Korea) and provide mental health (or develop a mental health system) for these countries. A couple of struggles have been relating to my inner-city youth. I’ve encountered a lot of resistance in working with them, being a white male in the group. This has gotten better over time since we dissolved the group; working 1-on-1 has been much easier. Another struggle has been knowing when to say, ‘No’ to things. I feel like I’m a decent graduate student, but sometimes I need to work on my first vocation, being a husband.

Holy Week at Immanuel

Palm Sunday (3/28)
Services at 9:00 and 11:00 AM

Special Small Groups throughout the Week

Good Friday (4/2)
Service at 7:00 PM

Holy Saturday (4/3)
Suggested Fast & Prayer Meeting at 7:00 PM

Easter Sunday (4/4)
Services at 9:00 and 11:00 AM
with breakfast in between

Don’t forget to spring forward one hour tonight! This means coming to church earlier tomorrow.

Also, Phil & Tracy were sick last week so they will be presenting between services tomorrow on human trafficking…

Prayer meeting is on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month.

This Saturday (3/13) at 7:00 PM we’ll be gathering to enjoy God’s presence together and ask for more of his Spirit’s work in ourselves, our church, our city, and our world.

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