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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.

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We’ve got the Good Friday service tonight at 6:45 PM, the Easter Egg Hunt outreach tomorrow at 1:00 PM, and the Easter brunch on Sunday at 10:00 AM, but it’s not too early to start thinking about the next weekend!

We will be joining up with our partner ministry on the UIC Campus to serve a local organization that is doing great work with young adults with autism.

What: joint IBC-NAVS service project; spring cleaning for Urban Autism Solutions

When: April 7th, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Where: 1212 W. Flournoy Street

How: let us know you’re coming by filling out this simple form.

Lunch will be provided by the UIC Navs!

Be advised: this upcoming Sunday the Chicago Marathon will be winding through our city, including a large part of the UIC Area (Taylor to Ashland to 18th Street west of Halsted).

In years past we used to have our service in the afternoon or evening, but the last couple years we have met at our normal time of 10:45 AM and it has worked just fine. Just plan ahead and leave early.

Walking or biking is best. If you have to drive you can get off on Roosevelt Road from the 90/94 exit.

Here is the website with more information.

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 – http://www.sendchicago.org

The 12th District Police Department is putting on a Summer Fest for all area churches on SATURDAY, JUNE 24th, from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM at ADDAMS-MEDILL PARK (1301 W. 14TH ST.) There will be: Face Painting, Soccer Demos, Bingo Games, Basketball Games, Double Dutch, Food / Refreshments, Volleyball Prizes, Paw Patrol, and music by D.J. Donell.

Summer Volleyball in the park starts back up this Sunday. It will be every 2nd and 4th Sunday (unless it’s raining or under 50 degrees). It starts at 4:00 PM. This week it will be at the lot to the south of Arrigo Park just west of Racine. Invite friends and neighbors!

Palm Sunday – Tomorrow marks the beginning of Holy Week as we remember the entrance of Jesus to Jerusalem for the final week of his pre-resurrection life. Jonathan will be preaching to us from Psalm 27.

Liquid Lunches – Monday through Friday we are recommending that people fast from solid food and use the lunch time to pray. We will be sending out a prayer guide with Scriptures and topics to help you focus this time.

Good Friday – We will be having a service of singing and Scripture meditation with a short devotional from Theo as we reflect on the meaning of the death of Christ. 6:45 PM at The Meeting Place.

Outreach Saturday – We want EVERYONE to participate in some part of this day. It will begin with a brief prayer meeting at The Meeting Place at 10:30 AM. Then we will go out and do surveys at several foot-traffic hot spots throughout the UIC Area, asking questions about Easter that could lead to spiritual conversations. Then at 1:00 PM we will be having an Easter Egg Hunt Outreach at Arrigo Park. Please be inviting people to this! We emailed out a digital invitation this week and will have printed copies for you to take at the service tomorrow and share with friends and classmates.

Easter Sunday – In lieu of Table Talk there will be a brunch for everyone at 9:30 AM before the service.

The week leading up to Easter is always a big week in the life of Immanuel. Here’s what to expect this year:

4/9 – Palm Sunday (Jonathan will be preaching to kick off our week together)

4/10-15 – ‘Liquid Lunches’ (this year’s suggested fast is no solid food for lunches; we’ll be sending out prayer guides so you can use that time to focus spiritually)

4/14 – Good Friday Service (a contemplative service with songs, readings, and a brief message on the atonement from Theo)

4/15 – Prayer and Outreach (in the morning we’ll gather at The Meeting Place to pray together and then go out across the UIC Area to do surveys that will lead to spiritual conversations about Easter; then in the afternoon we’ll also be having an Easter Egg hunt for kids at Arrigo Park where the gospel will be presented; we’d like everyone to participate in at least one of these outreach events)

4/16 – Brunch and Celebration Service (before worship there will be a spread of breakfast food to eat together!)

Check out this book review just published at 9Marks.org. 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 second Sunday of September. You know what that means – volleyball at Arrigo Park at 4:00 PM!

From @immanuelchicago on Twitter

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