Begin Your New Year at First Church!
Pastor Hope Chernich, First Church of Des Plaines
Epiphany is January 6. On this final day of Christmas we will gather for a party. Sharing food and celebrating together is another way we give our presence. Come and invite a friend who has never been to First Church to join you! RSVP to the church office.
Then, on Sunday, January 7 we will wrap up the Christmas Season with our Epiphany service. We will gather for worship at 10am. We will sing, pray, and reflect upon the story of the wise men who followed a star to find Jesus. Everyone who is in worship with us will have an opportunity to get a “Star Word.” A star word is a spiritual practice one can carry into the new year. A random word is chosen and this word helps the individuals to be aware of the ways God is at work in their life and in the world around them through that word.
If you have been thinking about coming to Church,
now is a great time to visit!
January is a time for resolutions and new beginnings. Reflecting on where we have been we often come into the new year with ideas about where we want to be in the future. You’ve probably heard it said- to get different results you have to do something different.
We are not meant to be alone.
We were created to live life in community. In 2023 the CDC declared loneliness to be an epidemic. Being a part of a local church puts you into relationship with people in your community. In church we gather with people we would never otherwise meet. Churches bring together people of all ages and backgrounds. We gather with people of different educational and economic experiences.
Church is a place where we come together to journey in our faith. We don’t have all the answers, but together we learn and grow and practice our spirituality. We practice love and forgiveness, we practice saying I am sorry. We practice rejoicing with others.
Find community at church.
Attending worship each Sunday is not about an individual. God is always present to us, but God meets us in special ways in community. If you wake up and don’t feel like you need church- remember that there are others there in the community who need you. We show up and our very presence enables others to see and experiences the grace and fulness of God’s gifts.
There are Sundays you may not want to be there. You may be upset or even angry. Sometimes we gather and we aren’t even sure what we believe. In those moments, it is the community that holds us- When I can’t pray or confess or believe, there are others there who knowingly or unknowingly hold me up.
No matter where you are on life's journey, there is a place for you at church. This year, make a new resolution to be a part of a church and make weekly worship a priority. It just might change your life!
Connect with a pastor.
If you have questions about death or injustice, if you are worried about climate change or being alone, if you have questions about your purpose, or if you belong- a pastor can help!
Pastors do more than plan worship and preach. Pastors are there to talk with individuals about spiritual questions they might have. Pastors listen to people and their stories and help them find God in the midst of whatever they face. Pastors are not therapists, but they can help folks make sense of things, find God’s direction, and explore the spiritual parts of themselves.
Pastors are often privileged to accompany people through life changes. Pastors are there when folks get married, and when people die. Pastors offer blessings for homes, families, relationships, pets, new jobs, and other transitions. Pastors pray with folks in the hospital, visit people in trouble, and celebrate the joys of life.
Our pastor is available by appointment to talk with, pray, and minister to people in Des Plaines and beyond. If you want to receive prayer or pastoral care, please email Pastor Hope at email@example.com or call the church office.
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