You are currently browsing the category archive for the ‘Mercy’ category.

Hey IBC!

I hope that those of you that were able to attend the Table Talk two Sundays ago and the session afterwards were able to learn and think critically about how to address the issues of sex trafficking as believers.

If you’re interested in doing some further research on your own, here are some good organizations and sites to look at:

· United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s Global Report on Trafficking in Persons (TIP Report)

· Shared Hope International

· Polaris Project

· A21 Campaign

Also, here are the numbers that were mentioned on Sunday to call if you witness a possible trafficking victim:

· 911 or local law enforcemen

· National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s (NCMEC) hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST

· National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-877-3737-888 or text: befree

And here are some local organizations right here in our city:

· Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE)

· New Name Ministries

· Naomi’s House

· Chicago’s Dream Center

· Traffick Free

· The Dreamcatcher Foundation

Thanks again for participating in this discussion and praying about what your role might be in addressing this issue!

If you or someone you know is a Christian and a doctor, nurse, or medical assistant, there is a great opportunity to serve right in our church’s neighborhood on Saturday, September 30th!

Our North American Mission Board is bringing an amazing, new mobile clinic to the ABLA homes and is asking for members of local churches to provide the workers. Check out this short video here that shows you what the trucks they use look like. We will provide free medical care and share the gospel and point people to our church.

Spread the word and if you’re interested in volunteering, go to this site –

Don’t forget that this Friday (6/9) the Mercy Team will be hosting a discussion on what makes for unity amidst diversity. 7:00 PM at The Meeting Place.

The Mercy Team scheduled four events for this year to gather people for discussion of topics that relate to the kinds of ministry we hope to be part of in the city.

The next event is Friday, June 9th. In preparation for that, please read the first chapter of the book Disunity in Christ by Christena Cleveland and come ready to discuss…

Check out this book review just published at In it Pastor Nathan explains some of the vision for our new Mercy Ministry that John, Sarah K., Lydia, Becky, and Christian are working on.

This Sunday is the last Sunday to donate books, CDs, and DVDs in any condition to help create transitional jobs for adults in poverty for Chapter Two – a book recycling social enterprise of The Cara Program.

Also, please bring your used batteries to church for recycling to help Lawrie with her high school biology project.

Tomorrow (Saturday) will be our last regular Outreach to our neighbors behind The Meeting Place. Come help us serve food and share the gospel and find out what this ministry will be morphing into. Questions? Email Woo at outreach

If you can make it the Outreach tomorrow, that would be great! We go share food and the gospel with our neighbors behind The Meeting Place. 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Contact outreach with questions.

Don’t forget: the Joint Outreach is this Saturday (10/19) from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Also, this Sunday (10/20) is the 3rd Sunday of October and that means Table Talk! Table Talks are chances to get together over lunch and discuss some topic of theology in a Round Table format. This month the topic is “Cessationism vs. Continuationism.” In other words: have the supernatural sign gifts of the Spirit (i.e. speaking in tongues, healings, words of prophecy) ceased or do they continue in our time? Mike E. will be facilitating the discussion. This time we’ll be going out to eat at a nearby restaurant. Come if you can.

Tomorrow (10/5) at 10:00 AM John Rood will be doing Evangelism Training for anyone interested. It’s always helpful to be reminded of different ways to share the Good News.

Stick around afterwards, from 11:00 to 1:00 to help cook out and reach out to our neighbors who congregate in the back of The Meeting Place. If you’ve never joined us for that, it is a neat ministry and an easy opportunity to have gospel conversations.

From @immanuelchicago on Twitter