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The Annual Immanuel Summer Retreat is this weekend!

Shawarma-Spiced Chicken Pita with Tahini-Yogurt Sauce

We will be making shawarma-spiced chicken pita with tahini-yogurt sauce for our main dish. This is on heavy rotation in our house because it has protein, carbs, healthy fats and vegetables all-in-one, it comes together quickly when we are starving after work, and it is very affordable since chicken thighs are the main protein. This recipe feeds four adults, so feel free to adjust up or down if needed.

If you’d like an additional side dish, we’d recommend pita chips and/or extra veggies with hummus (homemade or store-bought). For dessert, if you’re looking for something on-theme, we’d recommend getting some extra yogurt and pairing it with honey and fresh berries. Or, if you’d like to experiment with tahini more and are up for a challenge to make a more weekend-worthy dessert, we recently made these tahini billionaire bars (kind of like Twix bars) and really enjoyed them. You can make them before the retreat starts and store them covered in the fridge.

Below are the ingredients for the main course (excluding optional sides and dessert). You will also need a sheet pan, 2 medium-to-large bowls, aluminum foil, a knife, a couple of spoons, and measuring cups/spoons. A lemon zester would be handy as well.


· 1½ lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs

· 1 cup full-fat or low-fat Greek yogurt


· 2 lemons

· 1 small red onion

· ¾ cup (~5 oz.) cherry or grape tomatoes

· Head of romaine or a bag of pre-shredded romaine

· 1 English cucumber or 2-3 Persian cucumbers

· 1 clove garlic

· Dill (fresh)

· Mint (fresh)


· 1 TBS plus 1 tsp. tahini (sesame seed paste; often located by the peanut butter)

· 4 pita breads or naan breads

· ½ tsp. ground cumin

· ¼ tsp. ground coriander

· ¼ tsp. paprika

· 1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon

· 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

· 1½ tsp. kosher salt

· ¾ tsp. ground black pepper

· 4 TBS extra virgin olive oil

Immanuel Baptist Church

Summer Retreat

A Theology of the Body

July 17-19, 2020

Friday (7/17)

7:00 PM – Welcome and Intro – (Zoom; gathering at The Meeting Place and in homes)

Mobility Stretching – Macie


7:30 – Fun Facts About the Human Body  (YouTube/Zoom)

Talk: “A Theology of the Body” – Nathan (at The Meeting Place and on Zoom)


8:15 – Discussion (at The Meeting Place and on Zoom)


9:00 – Charades and Other Games (at The Meeting Place and on Zoom)


Saturday (7/18)

Breakfast (on your own at home)


9:00 AM – Fun Fact About the Human Body (YouTube/Zoom)

Chat: “Fitness/Exercise” – James (at The Meeting Place and on Zoom)


9:45 – UIC Area 5K Fun Run/Walk (start and end at The Meeting Place)

KIDS SPORTS CAMP (behind The Meeting Place) – Paulo & Taylor


11:30 – Fun Fact About the Human Body (YouTube/Zoom)

Chat: “Place” – Nathan (Zoom)


12:00 PM – Lunch (picnics in UIC Area parks; mix-n-matched groups)


1:30 – Breakouts: “Sex” (frank discussions in person revolving around sex, including body image, gender…)

For the Single Guy

For the Single Gal

For Married Men

For Married Women


5:00 – Chat: “Disability” – Enoch (at The Meeting Place and on Zoom)

Chat: “Aging” – Willie (at The Meeting Place and on Zoom)


5:30 – Fun Fact About the Body (YouTube/Zoom)

Chat: “Food/Nutrition” – Lizzy (Zoom)


6:00 PM – Dinner: “Cooking with Ben & Anika: Shawarma-Spiced Chicken Pita with Tahini-Yogurt Sauce” – Ben & Anika (Zoom from their kitchen; ingredient list sent out ahead of time)


8:00 – Fun Fact About the Human Body (YouTube/Zoom)

Chat: “Technology and Artificial Intelligence” – Theo (at The Meeting Place and on Zoom)

Chat: “Race” – Dami (at The Meeting Place and on Zoom)


8:30 – Socially Distant Dance Party (at The Meeting Place and on Zoom)


Sunday (7/19)

Breakfast (on your own at home)


9:15 AM – Prayer Walks (paired up with another household that lives close to you to prayer walk your immediate neighborhood)


10:45 – Sunday Service (behind The Meeting Place)

“The Body of Christ” – Nathan

This Sunday, August 12, we will not be having our regular service at 1443 W. Roosevelt Road. Instead the whole church will be up in Wisconsin at our Annual Immanuel Summer Retreat!

PRELUDE – “The Lord’s Prayer” by Sandra McCracken


The Lord reigns; let the peoples tremble!

He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!

The Lord is great in Zion;

he is exalted over all the peoples.

Let them praise your great and awesome name!

Holy is he!

Songs –

Holy, Holy, Holy” by John Bacchus Dykes and Reginald Heber

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” by John Wyeth and Robert Robinson

CONFESSION OF SIN – “Continual Repentance” in The Valley of Vision


Thou hast imputed my sin to my substitute,

and hast imputed his righteousness to my soul,

clothing me with a bridegroom’s robe,

decking me with jewels of holiness.

But in my Christian walk I am still in rags;

my best prayers are stained with sin;

my penitential tears are so much impurity;

my confessions of wrong are so many aggravations of sin;
my receiving the Spirit is tinctured with selfishness.

I need to repent of my repentance;

I need my tears to be washed;

I have no robe to bring to cover my sins,

no loom to weave my own righteousness;

I am always standing clothed in filthy garments,

and by grace am always receiving change of raiment,

for thou dost always justify the ungodly;

I am always going into the far country,

and always returning home as a prodigal,

always saying, Father, forgive me,

and thou art always bringing forth the best robe.

Every morning let me wear it,

every evening return in it,

go out to the day’s work in it,

be married in it,

be wound in death in it,

stand before the great white throne in it,

enter heaven in it shining as the sun.

Grant me never to lose sight of

the exceeding sinfulness of sin,

the exceeding righteousness of salvation,

the exceeding glory of Christ,

the exceeding beauty of holiness,

the exceeding wonder of grace.


If we confess our sins,

he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins

and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Song –

Be Still My Soul” by Jane Laurie Borthwick, Jean Sibelius, Kathrina Amalia von Schlegel




Song –

Abide With Me” by Henry Francis Lyte and William Henry Monk


SERMON – “The Lord’s Prayer”


Songs –

Amazing Grace” by John Newton

It Is Well with My Soul” by Horatio Gates Spafford and Philip Paul Bliss


Song –

Crown Him With Many Crowns” by George Job Elvey, Godfrey Thring, and Matthew Bridges


POSTLUDE – “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” by The Sing Team

PRELUDE – “Oh! Great Is Our God” from The Sing Team



Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;

let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!

Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;

let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

For the Lord is a great God,

and a great King above all gods.

In his hand are the depths of the earth;

the heights of the mountains are his also.

The sea is his, for he made it,

and his hands formed the dry land.

Oh come, let us worship and bow down;

let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!

For he is our God,

and we are the people of his pasture,

and the sheep of his hand.


Today, if you hear his voice,

do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,

as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,

when your fathers put me to the test

and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.

For forty years I loathed that generation

and said, “They are a people who go astray in their heart,

and they have not known my ways.”

Therefore I swore in my wrath,

“They shall not enter my rest.”

Song –

Come Praise and Glorify” by Bob Kauflin and Tim Chester



Merciful God,

we confess that we have sinned against you

in thought, word, and deed,

by what we have done,

and by what we have left undone.

We have not loved you with our whole heart and mind and strength.

We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.

In your mercy forgive what we have been,

help us amend what we are,

and direct what we shall be,

so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways,

to the glory of your holy name.

Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.


Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity

and passing over transgression

for the remnant of his inheritance?

He does not retain his anger forever,

because he delights in steadfast love.

He will again have compassion on us;

he will tread our iniquities underfoot.

You will cast all our sins

into the depths of the sea.

Song –

You Alone Can Rescue” by Matt Redman



Song –

Speak, O Lord” by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend

SCRIPTURE READING – 1 Corinthians 12:31b – 13:13

SERMON – “A Mature Church”


Songs –

Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder” by John Newton and Laura Taylor

O Church Arise” by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend


Make Us One” by Twila Paris

BENEDICTION – 1 Corinthians 16:23

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.


POSTLUDE – “Membership” by Stephen the Levite

There are a couple events coming up that IBCers will be attending and wanted to invite the whole church along. These would be good ways to continue the conversation about race that we started at the Retreat and the last Table Talk.

THIS Thursday (10/27) some people from the West Pilsen Small Group are going to a conversation hosted by two hip hop artists – Propaganda and Sho Baraka – on compassion, unity, race, faith, and the church. Check it out here and let Jonathan know ASAP if you’re interested in going with.

Next March 16-18 there is a conference in Atlanta called Just Gospel that will explore whether the biblical gospel has anything to say about biblical justice in the face of continuing social problems. Let Randle know if you’re interested. His family is going down and would love others to join.

PRELUDE – “The Deep” by Daelsson

WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP – Psalm 33:1-9, 20-22

Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous!

Praise befits the upright.

Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre;

make melody to him with the harp of ten strings!

Sing to him a new song;

play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts.

For the word of the Lord is upright,

and all his work is done in faithfulness.

He loves righteousness and justice;

the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,

and by the breath of his mouth all their host.

He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap;

he puts the deeps in storehouses.

Let all the earth fear the Lord;

let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!

For he spoke, and it came to be;

he commanded, and it stood firm.


Our soul waits for the Lord;

he is our help and our shield.

For our heart is glad in him,

because we trust in his holy name.

Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,

even as we hope in you.

Song –

Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee” by Edward Hodges, Henry Van Dyke, Ludwig van Beethoven


Most merciful God,

we confess that we have sinned against You

in thought, word, and deed,

by what we have done,

and by what we have left undone.

We have not loved You with our whole heart;

we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.

We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.

For the sake of Your Son Jesus Christ,

have mercy on us and forgive us;

that we may delight in Your will,

and walk in Your ways,

to the glory of Your Name.


ASSURANCE OF PARDON – Romans 8:32-39

He who did not spare his own Son

but gave him up for us all,

how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?

Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect?

It is God who justifies.

Who is to condemn?

Christ Jesus is the one who died –

more than that, who was raised –

who is at the right hand of God,

who indeed is interceding for us.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?

Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution,

or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?

As it is written,

‘For your sake we are being killed all the day long;

we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.’

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors

through him who loved us.

For I am sure that neither death nor life,

nor angels nor rulers,

nor things present nor things to come,

nor powers,

nor height nor depth,

nor anything else in all creation,

will be able to separate us from the love of God

in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Songs –

Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder” by John Newton

One Thing Remains” by Brian Johnson, Christa Black Gifford, Jeremy Riddle



Song –

Make Us One” by Twila Paris


SERMON – “John, the Apostle of Love”


Songs –

How Deep the Father’s Love” by Stuart Townend

O the Love of My Redeemer” by Josh Caterer


Song –

O Church Arise” by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend



POSTLUDE – “Oh How We Love You” by The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

This upcoming weekend is the annual Immanuel Summer Retreat! The goal is to talk really practically about what it looks like to love God and love people – the summary of the Law we’ve been looking at in Deuteronomy. #LGLP2016

Here’s a sneak peek at what to expect:

Saturday Morning:

“Loving God” – Hour long talk from Hobin to follow up from last year’s retreat. Practical help on how to actually find superior pleasure in God so we don’t give in to anger, greed, sloth, pride, envy, lust, or gluttony. Answering the question, “What does it really look like to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength?”

Saturday Afternoon:

“Loving People Who Are Down” – We’ll introduce a jar with cards next to it that people can write on throughout the weekend with ways that they have felt loved (or not) during a time when they were doubting, discouraged, or grieving. They can put their name there or be anonymous. We will pull some out at different times in between topics to read aloud.

“Loving People through Prayer” – Short, 5-minute testimony from Abby on others-centered prayer practices.

“Loving People through Discipleship” – Short, 5-minute testimony from Sarah F. on how someone poured in to her through discipleship.

“Loving People Online” – 15-minute ‘TED Talk’ from Brannen laying out principles for how we can think of others first with our online presence with 5 minutes of Q&A afterwards.

“Loving People in Poverty” – Large Group 30-minute discussion guided by Christian on ways we can be part of truly helping those stuck in poverty in our neighborhood.

Saturday Evening:

“Loving People Who Didn’t Grow Up in a Christian Home or Go to a Christian College” – 15-minute interview with the Sapthavees moderated by Ryan on what it’s like to be an outsider to Christian culture and how those on the inside can be mindful of “normal people.”

“Loving People Who Are New” – 5 minutes with some quick Dos and Don’ts from Lydia of stepping out of your comfort zone and welcoming newcomers to the church.

“Love and Your Station in Life” – 25-minute Small Group breakout sessions for singles (led by Theo), husbands (led by Peter F.), wives (led by Andrea), and parents (led by Nathan) to talk together about unique ways they can use their life station to serve others… and particular ways they need to be served.

“Loving People from a Different Culture” – 20-minute panel discussion with the Bishops, Engs, and Christian & Rosario moderated by Nathan surrounding what it’s like to be an ethnic minority at Immanuel and ways that those in majority culture could be more aware and love those of a different culture.

“Loving People Who Are Lost” – 10-minute brainstorming session of ways that we could individually and corporately better love people through evangelism.

“Q&A with the Elders” – Informal open mic to ask any questions of the pastors about theology or the state and vision of the church, etc…

Sunday Morning:

Our regular Sunday worship service with a sermon on the Apostle John’s teaching about love.

Mixed in and around these sessions there will be campfires, games, free time, swimming, eating, singing, hanging out, and all kinds of chances to grow in loving each other!

It’s not too late to register! Contact retreat at immanuel dash baptist dot net for more info.

Registration will open at 5:00 PM on Friday in the Cedar Room and the Saturday morning session will begin at 9:00 AM. 

Hey Everyone!

In just a little over a week we’ll be making our way to Lake Geneva for our church retreat! This is so exciting and we’re expectantly praying about what the Lord will do. Below are a few things that I mentioned before, but wanted to remind you.

1. The retreat center will no longer be providing linens! That means that you have to bring your own sheets, pillows, sleeping bags or whatever you think you might need for you and your family. Please do not forget otherwise you’re in for some cold nights.

2. We still need childcare volunteers! These aren’t folks who need to plan anything ahead of time, all that is already prepared. Let us know if you’re available!

3. Please do not bring cash or checks for the retreat to the retreat! It becomes confusing on what belongs to who, and in figuring out where to keep it. Therefore, either pay before or after. If writing a check, put “Church Retreat” in the memo line. As said before, do not let the cost keep you from coming!

Email retreat with any questions you have!


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