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This week is the re-launch of our Small Groups. They are:

TUESDAY at the Matlacks’ (Taylor and Claremont) –

WEDNESDAY at the Smiths’ (19th and Sangamon) –

WEDNESDAY at the Poes’ (17th and Racine) –

THURSDAY at the Engs’ (Roosevelt and Western) –

THURSDAY at the Carters’ (17th and Racine) –

All Small Groups start at 7:00 PM and are over around 9:00 PM and include dinner.

Come hear about the re-worked Mission and Vision of Immanuel this morning!

Tonight we re-start Prayer Meetings – every Sunday from 6:00 – 7:30 PM at Nathan and Andrea’s.

This week Small Groups begin again.

Let’s resurge this fall on mission!

Remember: Midweek Gatherings have come to a close for the summer. We will be having Prayer Meetings on Sunday evenings from 6:00 to 7:30 at Nathan and Andrea’s starting this Sunday (8/29). And starting next week Small Groups begin again.

The Westminster Catechism

on the Ten Commandments

FOR WEEK 10 (August 22 – August 28)

Q. Which is the tenth commandment?

A. The tenth commandment is, Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shall not covet they neighbour’s wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.

Q. What are the duties required in the tenth commandment?

A. The duties required in the tenth commandment are, such a full contentment with our own condition, and such a charitable frame of the whole soul toward our neighbour, as that all our inward motions and affections touching him, tend unto, and further all that good which is his.

Q. What are the sins forbidden in the tenth commandment?

A. The sins forbidden in the tenth commandment are, discontentment with our own estate; envying and grieving at the good of our neighbour, together with all inordinate motions and affections to anything that is his.

The Crescent Project is a movement based in Louisville to reach out to Muslims in a variety of ways. The founder, Fouad Masri, is conducting trainings on practical ways to reach out to Muslims. The seminars are called Bridges One-Day and are touring all over the country. There will be a day-long seminar on October 2nd at WheatonBibleChurch in the western suburbs. Here’s more info –

The last Midweek Gathering of the summer will be tonight (8/18) at The Meeting Place from 6:00 – 7:30 PM. Feel free to bring your own dinner.

The Westminster Catechism

on the Ten Commandments

FOR WEEK 9 (August 15 – August 21)

Q. Which is the ninth commandment?

A. The ninth commandment is, Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.

Q. What are the duties required in the ninth commandment?

A. The duties required in the ninth commandment are, the preserving and promoting of truth between man and man, and the good name of our neighbour, as well as our own; appearing and standing for the truth; and from the heart, sincerely, freely, clearly, and fully, speaking the truth, and only the truth, in matters of judgment and justice, and in all other things whatsoever; a charitable esteem of our neighbours; loving, desiring, and rejoicing in their good name; sorrowing for, and covering of their infirmities; freely acknowledging of their gifts and graces, defending their innocency; a ready receiving of a good report, and unwillingness to admit of an evil report, concerning them; discouraging tale-bearers, flatterers, and slanderers; love and care of our own good name, and defending it when need requireth; keeping of lawful promises; studying and practicing of whatsoever things are true, honest, lovely, and of good report.

Q. What are the sins forbidden in the ninth commandment?

A. The sins forbidden in the ninth commandment are, all prejudicing the truth, and the good name of our neighbours, as well as our own, especially in public judicature; giving false evidence, suborning false witnesses, wittingly appearing and pleading for an evil cause, outfacing and overbearing the truth; passing unjust sentence, calling evil good, and good evil; rewarding the wicked according to the work of the righteous, and the righteous according to the work of the wicked; forgery, concealing the truth, undue silence in a just cause, and holding our peace when iniquity calleth for either a reproof from ourselves, or complaint to others; speaking the truth unseasonably, or maliciously to a wrong end, or perverting it to a wrong meaning, or in doubtful and equivocal expressions, to the prejudice of truth or justice; speaking untruth, lying, slandering, backbiting, detracting, tale bearing, whispering, scoffing, reviling, rash, harsh, and partial censuring; misconstructing intentions, words, and actions; flattering, vain-glorious boasting; thinking or speaking too highly or too meanly of ourselves or others; denying the gifts and graces of God; aggravating smaller faults; hiding, excusing, or extenuating of sins, when called to a free confession; unnecessary discovering of infirmities; raising false rumors, receiving and countenancing evil reports, and stopping our ears against just defense; evil suspicion; envying or grieving at the deserved credit of any, endeavoring or desiring to impair it, rejoicing in their disgrace and infamy; scornful contempt, fond admiration; breach of lawful promises; neglecting such things as are of good report, and practicing, or not avoiding ourselves, or not hindering what we can in others, such things as procure an ill name.

It’s Anna. I have a hairdresser that Philip referred me to. Philip met him from his work and he is a really great hairdresser. He loves doing hair and he’s really good at it. I can see that he truly enjoys his work and I feel great when I leave the salon. It’s like a mini vacation.

He is not the cheapest guy, and I have been seeing him for maybe 2 years or more, every 3-4 months (probably more often than I see some of my girlfriends), and even though I love the way he does my hair, I keep going to him because I pray for him and I want him to come to Christ.

Every time I see him we chat about business and life. He knows the kind of person I am. I am waiting for the opportunity that Mike talked about at retreat, where a person trusts you enough to discuss a situation that leads back to that person’s relationship to Christ.

I feel like every time I go to him, give him a referral, or support his business activities, I am building trust and respect that either begs the question ‘why’ or gains the opportunity to give an honest answer to tough questions. AND, at the very least (and I hope it is more than this) I have the opportunity to pray for God’s impact on his life.

So, I am overdue for a haircut, and will be seeing him soon; it is a missional salon visit.

As we gear up for the fall several of our volunteer teams are looking pretty slim. If you’d be willing to serve in one or (hopefully) more of the following areas could you email the respective Deacon (by Friday preferred). People who are already on the teams need not respond.

Welcoming Team (admin – Daniel)

Kid’s Corner/Sunday School (kids – Andrea)

Set-Up & Tear-Down Crews (facilities – Katy)

Scripture Reader (admin – Daniel)

FOR WEEK 8 (August 8 – August 14)

Q. Which is the eighth commandment?

A. The eighth commandment is, Thou shalt not steal.

Q. What are the duties required in the eighth commandment?

A. The duties required in the eighth commandment are, truth, faithfulness, and justice in contracts and commerce between man and man; rendering to everyone his due; restitution of goods unlawfully detained from the right owners thereof; giving and lending freely, according to our abilities, and the necessities of others; moderation of our judgments, wills, and affections concerning worldly goods; a provident care and study to get, keep, use, and dispose these things which are necessary and convenient for the sustentation of our nature, and suitable to our condition; a lawful calling, and diligence in it; frugality; avoiding unnecessary lawsuits, and suretiship, or other like engagements; and an endeavor, by all just and lawful means, to procure, preserve, and further the wealth and outward estate of others, as well as our own.

Q. What are the sins forbidden in the eighth commandment?

A. The sins forbidden in the eighth commandment, besides the neglect of the duties required, are, theft, robbery, man-stealing, and receiving any thing that is stolen; fraudulent dealing, false weights and measures, removing landmarks, injustice and unfaithfulness in contracts between man and man, or in matters of trust; oppression, extortion, usury, bribery, vexatious lawsuits, unjust inclosures and depopulations; ingrossing commodities to enhance the price; unlawful callings, and all other unjust or sinful ways of taking or withholding from our neighbour what belongs to him, or of enriching ourselves; covetousness; inordinate prizing and affecting worldly goods; distrustful and distracting cares and studies in getting, keeping, and using them; envying at the prosperity of others; as likewise idleness, prodigality, wasteful gaming; and all other ways whereby we do unduly prejudice our own outward estate, and defrauding ourselves of the due use and comfort of that estate which God hath given us.