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Happy Thursday!

We just found out that we have another month of ‘stay-at-home’.

Just a reminder that you can listen to Nathan and Theo (and sometimes special guests!) discuss different topics on the Immanuel Pastors Podcast, available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts.

There are already 8 episodes:

· Why a Podcast?

· Online Church?

· What Goes on in Elders’ Meetings?

· What Is Family Worship? [and it’s not just for marrieds with kids]

· Why Read Books?

· What Has Nathan Been Reading Lately?

· What Has Theo Been Reading Lately?

· What Does Women’s Ministry Look Like at Immanuel?

Check it out! More to come…

And if you have an idea for a future topic, email the elders.

Families in the City with ERLC

Our very own Paulo has volunteered to put on a free soccer clinic for the kids of IBC and their friends this fall and see what it might turn into next year!

For the next four Sundays (9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14) after our worship service he will be teaching skills to the kids. Parents and other adults are welcome to come help out or fellowship on the sidelines.

Pack a lunch or grab some tacos and head over to Harrison Park by 1:00 PM. Please bring your own soccer ball if you have one.

It will culminate in a scrimmage held behind The Meeting Place after our next Table Talk on 10/21, which will hopefully turn into a church-wide game!

If you could reply to Paulo at soccer at uicarea dot com with how many kids you’ll be bringing and their ages as soon as possible that will help.

Periodically we have Families in the City events to encourage and equip those raising kids in our great city. Our next event will be on Friday, September 16th, at 6:30 PM at The Meeting Place. We will be done by 8:00 PM.

Dinner will be served and then there will be popcorn and a screening of a new animated film based on the children’s book – The Biggest Story. You can check out a trailer here.

Please RSVP so we know approximately how much food to order. And please invite other families that might enjoy this film!



This Saturday is our next Families in the City event!

The topic will be “Parents, Kids, and Money Matters.”

We’ll meet at 10:00 AM Amistad Cristiana’s building – 2007 S. Blue Island in Pilsen. Food and piggy banks will be provided!

PLEASE RSVP ASAP so we can get a good headcount for food.

Our next Families in the City event will be Saturday, November 7th, from 10:00 to 11:00 AM. We’ll be having it at Cristo el Redentor (formerly Amistad Cristiana; 2007 S. Blue Island).

The theme will be: Parents, Kids and Money Matters®

TV, movies, websites, friends … all can affect your kids’ attitudes about life – and money.

Find out how to talk to your kids about influences, choices, and responsible money habits.

We’ll help you:

  • Reflect on the values you want your kids to learn.
  • Teach your kids about money.
  • Learn practical tools to make it fun.

The event will be presented by Thrivent Financial Consultant Mike Curtis.

Please RSVP with how many people will be coming (bring your kids!). Brunch will be served.

If you weren’t able to make it to last night’s event, you missed out on some great catered food from Pompeii and lots of wisdom from Steve and Sherry Laughlin about living in the city long-term with kids. At the end of the evening we handed out a sheet of paper with just a few follow-up resources on the topic:


It Take a City to Raise a Child” by Tim Keller – This talk by Tim Keller is a must listen to for parents weighing the pros and cons of living in the city! Listen to it sometime soon with your spouse for a date night in.


Schools” – Connecting4Communities is a neighborhood organization working for the betterment of the UIC Area (minus Pilsen). They have a helpful assessment of some of the educational options in the area.


The Urban Christian and A Theology as Big as the City by Ray Bakke – These are two books recommended by Pastor Steve Laughlin that bring up questions of intentionality, presence, and mission as applied to the urban context.

Making Room for Life by Randy Frazee – This is a book that has been influential for Pastor Nathan in thinking through community life and it addresses how to raise kids without going crazy. It’s not explicitly written for an urban context but could be applied very well to it.


Adler Planetarium – January 12-14, 19-21, and 26-28.

Field Museum – January 14-15.

Art Institute of Chicago – Weekdays through February 10.

Shedd Aquarium – January 12-13, 18-20, and 23-27.

Museum of Science and Industry – January 12-16, 19-23, and 26-30.

Chicago History Museum – January 12-15, 19-23, and 26-30.

This Friday evening (1/9) from 6:00 to 8:30 PM we will be hosting a “Families in the City Night” at The Meeting Place.

Dinner will be catered in. On site babysitting will be provided. And it’s all FREE!

Everyone is invited. We just need you to RSVP by Wednesday if you plan to come.

We will be discussing the joys and challenges of city life for families. Joining us will be a couple that has raised 4 kids here in Chicago and is on staff at Armitage Baptist Church on the north side.

Also, we could use some more volunteers for babysitting, so if you’d like to serve that way please contact info at immanuel dash baptist dot net ASAP.

We’re hosting a “Families in the City” Night on Friday, January 9th, at 6:00 PM at The Meeting Place.

Mark your calendar if you’re interested in discussing the joys and struggles of raising kids in Chicago. There will be a catered meal and a guest couple who has done it.

If you would be willing to help provide babysitting onsite that night, please email info at immanuel dash baptist dot net ASAP. We need volunteers to serve in this way.

From @immanuelchicago on Twitter