- Dr. Ed Stetzer
- The Joy of the Gospel, Together
- 10:00 a.m.
Welcome to the Your Marriage/Your Family community! We curiously refer to ourselves as “YMYFs” (pronounced “yim yifs”), communicate routinely via email, and meet regularly each Sunday morning at 11:30am in Room 108 at The Moody Church in downtown Chicago.
When you visit YMYF, you will encounter a large and loving group of married couples who are serious about understanding and obeying God’s Word. Many of us have been married ten years or less, others quite a few more years than that; some have started families, and some have not. We come from all parts of the Chicago area and represent a variety of church backgrounds, ethnicities, educational backgrounds, and occupations. We range in age mostly from the 20s to the 50s (excluding our mentors/teachers, Bob & Linda Gunter).
The YMYFs actively help new moms with meals, meet in a variety of small Bible study groups, and host family events like monthly fellowship luncheons, family movie nights, apple picking, and holiday celebrations. We also have an annual spring retreat.
God is blessing us with growth both numerically and, most importantly, spiritually.
Try us—you’ll like us!
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Brothers & Sisters,
Rev. Kenny will walk with us into some of the most amazing promises from Christ in the upper room this Sunday as we explore John Chapter 14. A place prepared for us in heaven; being present with the Father; doing greater things that Christ did on earth; the …Continue
This Sunday we join Jesus and His disciples in the upper room for a truth filled farewell conversation , which must have extended over several hours, about His pending death, how they were to relate to one another, heaven and the Holy Spirit, what would mark their fruitfulness and the inevitable …Continue
March 14, 2017:
Brothers & Sisters,
As you heard in class on Sunday (3/12), Tony had to go to the ER last week due to severe headaches. They ran a series of tests but concluded the pain problems were due to side effects of the chemo and not the spread …Continue
Don’t forget our Game Night this Saturday 4-6pm on the 3rd floor!!
Free food; free parking; free time just to fellowship and play games with the kids (or just talk)!
We will be serving a variety of pizzas and feel free to bring a salad or …Continue
This is it!
“The hour has come for the Son of man to be glorified” v.23…by death on a cross. Jesus enters Jerusalem on a young donkey to cheers of Hosanna from the crowds. The curious, the disbelieving, the Jewish opposition, his secret followers, his disciples gather around …Continue
Brothers & Sisters,
Kenny Damara leads the class this Sunday into Jesus’ final approach to the cross.
It begins with the raising of Lazarus from the dead after Jesus’ inexplicable delay in responding to the news of his friend’s illness in Bethany. The plot against him hardens when the priests …Continue
Bring the kids and have some laid back fun with class members Saturday March 11th from 4pm – 9pm as the YMYFs take over the 3rd and 2nd floors of the CLC to play kid and adult table games, chat a bit and indulge in some …Continue
Brothers & Sisters,
This Sunday’s lesson from John 10 marks the pivot point by Jesus towards the cross, now three months away.
Chapter 10 includes Jesus’ discourse on the Good Shepherd, the final inquisition by the religious elites to pin him down on his claims to be God, Jesus’ clearest …Continue
Brothers & Sisters,
The medical emergencies of our class continue…here are two special requests for prayer today (Tuesday, Feb. 21)!
Lark Ramirez was admitted into the hospital late Sunday (2/19) with a high fever and swelling; she is still hospitalized today (2/21) now diagnosed with a significant infection …Continue
This coming Sunday Eric Targe will teach from John chapters 8 and 9.
Jesus declares: “I AM the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”
But the gang of Pharisees looking to discredit (and murder) Jesus didn …Continue
This Sunday’s discussion of John 7 (PLEASE READ IT IN ADVANCE) is the turning point in Christ’s ministry towards the cross.
There are no “I AM” statements or “signs” and Jesus virtually sneaks back from Galilee into Jerusalem in the middle of the Feast of Tabernacles. As …Continue
We need to seriously pray for Tony and his family NOW!
Tony was scheduled to begin chemo on Tuesday, February 7 since he has been diagnosed with an aggressive Stage 4 cancer. However, due to a high fever that surfaced late Monday, Tony was hospitalized and the chemo delayed …Continue
On Monday (Feb. 6), Tony was admitted to the UIC ER again and his wife Senia has asked for our prayers. Tony went into the UIC Monday at the request of his doctor when he had flu like symptoms. The doctors were concerned it could affect his chemo scheduled to …Continue
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YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER FOR CHILD CARE AS SERVICE IS LIMITED.
MUST SIGN UP/PAY FOR TICKETS THIS SUNDAY IN EXTENDED LOBBY!!!Continue
Daniel Stalker will take the podium this Sunday to walk us through John Chapter 6: great crowds; miraculous “signs”; feeding 5000 with a kid’s lunch; walking on water; THE FIRST “ I AM”; eating His flesh and drinking His blood. What did all of that mean and who understood it …Continue
To Our Church Family,
My husband, Tony Durns, will begin chemotherapy on Tuesday, Feb. 7. We went for a second opinion last week at the University of Chicago (UofC) and were given the same diagnosis and treatment plan as the Oncologist at the University of Illinois (UIC). Both Oncologist believe …Continue
If the past is any guidance, the Valentine Experience on Saturday, Feb. 11th will be the comedic highlight of TMC year.
Pastors Bill & Larry will do their thing (whatever that turns out to be) as our featured cupids. We will have some beautiful music from Scott Griffin and some …Continue
The scope of this week’s lesson is ambitious: three entire chapters of John, two miracles or “signs” and four conversations with the wrong kinds of people.
All of a sudden there are plots to kill Christ and it seems he intentionally is inciting them in his conversations. What …Continue
We learned last week from Chapter 1 who God the Father, John the Baptist and five disciples declared Christ to be. This Sunday we will go into Chapter 2 and see Christ PROVE IT with His first miracle or “sign” and by an unexpected and atrocious exercise of divine …Continue
Once more we need to uphold one of our couples in prayer, this time Tom and May Ciesielka. May is scheduled for a lumpectomy this Friday (Jan. 20) to address recently discovered breast cancer. Tom and May would appreciate our prayers between now and then for the following:
IT’S TIME TO REALLY PRAY TODAY FOR THE DURNS!
Please see the update below from Senia as to the nature and extent of the surgery involving the removal of the tumor at the base of Tony’s spine and the stabilization of his spine. Last night Senia sent …Continue
On Sunday, January 22nd at 1:15pm in the sanctuary, Pastor Ed will give a presentation of the Sanctity of Human Life. This marks the beginning of what we hope will be a monthly seminar series on a different critical issue so that our church family strengthen its biblical perspective.Continue
Brothers and sisters,
This Sunday we start a new series from the Gospel of John entitled I AM… featuring the seven I AM statements of Christ identifying himself as:
the bread of life;
the light of the world;
the good shepherd;
the resurrection and the life;;
the way …Continue
2017 is right around the corner and 2017 is the year our class is going to GAIN WEIGHT! That is, we’re going to “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with wisdom…” Col. 3:16 With God’s help …Continue
Just a reminder that Moody Church will be open on New Year’s Day for the 10 AM service but our 11:30 AM TMC gathering will NOT take place.
Our next meeting will be Sunday, January 8th at 11:30 AM in our usual spot!
Looking forward to seeing …Continue
Our brother Tony Durns continues to struggle with horrendous back pain. As of late Tuesday (Dec. 27), he had an MRI that revealed a bulging disc. He is hoping to get a referral to a pain specialist so that he can avoid surgery.
Please keep Tony and his family in …Continue
Please pray for our brother Tony Durns who has experienced significant lower back pain for over two weeks. He has been off work attempting to recover but medical procedures and prescriptions have provided little relief. The cause seems to be a strained back coupled with arthritis which caused a …Continue
Effective immediately, we have a new parking arrangement with Piper’s Alley. On Sundays, the maximum time allowed for our parking validations will be six hours. For all other days, the time limit will be four hours. Staying in the Piper’s Alley Garage beyond those limits will require paying …Continue
The church’s semi-annual business meeting will take place at 11:30 AM this coming Sunday (October 23) so our class will not meet.
Please attend the business meeting - important matters will be discussed and members will be asked to vote. Even if you are not a voting church …Continue
All recovered from the Chicago Marathon? We’ll have class this Sunday right after big church to first wrap up our discussion of Differences, then move on to personal “Deadheading” and God’s “Pruning” of our marriage and family. Some of this maintenance work is boring, some painful, but …Continue
I think the dvd intro will work this week as we explore dealing with DIFFERENCES . They are frustrating sometimes, right? That’s what the survey showed NO MATTER HOW LONG YOU HAVE BEEN MARRIED. Do these differences actually reflect God’s purposes in creating marriage? Is the “opposites attract …Continue
You have seen me struggle mightily with technology in class, right? It will never be my first OR second language I’m afraid. And when it comes to the Bible, you’ve heard me advocate for one in the hand – where you can record notes and life – and not …Continue
There are quite a few reasons why it is challenging for men to maintain a vital spiritual life. One of them is figuring out how to connect with God. It feels fuzzy and uncertain. We’re not really sure we’re going about it the right way. Or, the …Continue
We start a new series this Sunday focusing on what priorities and practices grow a successful marriage and what sinful actions and attitudes stunt - and sometime destroy - a marriage.
The horticulture illustrations for each lesson will come from our own gardening adventures at 1010 Ridge Ave.! The “hearticulture” will …Continue
Summer draws to an end and so will our study of the birth of the church from Acts Chapters 1 through 12.
Thanks for your attention in between special speakers and vacations.
Our final Acts Part 1 topic is: How, Why and When Does God Move Powerfully in …Continue
The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted Conference with Dr. Gary Chapman is seeking 10 to 15 couples to volunteer from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 10. Free admission to event included. Singles also welcome to volunteer. If interested, email email@example.com.Continue
No class this coming Sunday but it’s a HUGE day at TMC!
Lake Michigan Baptism at North Ave. Beach just across Lake Shore (do use the overhead walk way) at 8AM. We expect over 50 brothers and sisters to participate and it is a tender time of worship …Continue
Remember that Moody Church’s annual picnic will be held NEXT SUNDAY, August 28th.
For the first time ever, the picnic and the MoodyFest neighborhood outreach are being held on the same day. Pray for good weather!
If you can volunteer to serve at the picnic, contact Judy Busic …Continue
We’re BACK…..from a looooooong trip/vacation/study time in Idaho, Washington and California. Buried in our suitcases, along with dirty laundry, were a lot of dear memories and clearer directions from God on our most important marriage & family and ministry issues. We will share those along the …Continue
The entirety of this week’s class will be devoted to our STAMP team’s report on their early July trip to the Arizona reservation.
It will include videos, photos, personal reports, stories of sweat, stories of struggle, testimonies of newly gained spiritual insights, Q&A, etc..
While we anxiously await our STAMP team’s return from Arizona, keep in mind that Daniel Stalker will be teaching on ACTS 8/9 this Sunday.
And…remember that we’ve planned a service project for the church’s COMMUNITY SERVICE SUNDAY on July 31st.
Praying that your summer …Continue
Some of us have been praying for Naomi Dhuse’s mother, Lorraine, as she struggles with brain cancer surgery and recovery.
We’re reprinting a recent note from Naomi to provide a full picture of the trial that her family is facing.
Dear Friends and Family,
Today, July …Continue
Let’s welcome back Bjorn & Trisha and learn how God has been using them to teach and mentor students in their Christian school in the Hungarian capital.
The Olsens have seen God walk with them through so many trials with family health issues but you will see them full of …Continue
Light and Life TMC community has partnered with World Relief as a good neighbor to a refugee family from Sudan. The family is expecting a new baby Aug 2. At this moment they do not have anything for a newborn.
The Light and Life class is going to have a …Continue
This Sunday’s class will be led by our STAMP team, which is heading out next week to Navajo country in Northern Arizona.
In a few days, the Nevels, Berrys, Fiebers, Rodriguez, Smiths and Wolfords PLUS KIDS will be conducting VBS programs, constructing improvements to water and meeting facilities …Continue
This Sunday will take us from our last stop in Chapter 5 and apostolic rejoicing for the honor of being flogged for Christ through Chapters 6 and 7 and the stoning to death of Steven. His last statement before his death was “LORD, do not hold this sin against …Continue
Please pray for comfort for our class members Mark and Dayanara Calix, and Dayanara’s extended family, due to the shooting death of Dayanara’s younger brother this week at the age of 21.
The memorial service for her brother, Salvador Suarez, will be held at the House of …Continue
In recognition of Father’s Day, we will NOT be meeting this Sunday after the main service.
Wives, please use this extra time wisely; you will be richly blessed if you take any father in your household out to Dairy Queen.
Women of The Moody Church, let your voice be heard! The Women’s Ministry would like your feedback about how it can best serve and encourage you.
Click here to take the survey. All responses will be kept confidential.
The Women’s Ministry Leadership TeamContinue
LORD willing we will watch the first church deal and the Apostles deal with even more personal persecution in Chapter 5 AND STILL REMAIN STEADFAST. This time it’s jail plus a miraculous jail break which results in another confrontation with the Sanhedrin then a public flogging!
Chapter 6 …Continue
Have you ever attended a boxing match? This Sunday’s lesson from Acts chapters 4 & 5 takes us to Round Two of the church’s battle with the religious and political elites in Jerusalem. - and with Satan who shows up in the fatal miscalculation of Ananias & Sapphira.
The Apostles …Continue
Whenever and where ever the Gospel is boldly preached, persecution follows. Jerusalem has been turned upside down by apostolic miracles, bold preaching and teaching, as well as a dynamic, fast growing new religious community. The religious “establishment” doesn’t know what to do or how to suppress the movement …Continue
Linda Gunter’s father Roy Nyholm passed away at the age of 100 last week in Spokane, WA. A memorial service for Roy’s family, friends and community will be held in mid-April.
We rejoice that Roy is with the Lord and feel sorrow for the family’s loss. P …Continue
With Linda still out of town this Sunday to help her dad, I’m going to launch a new 2 or 3 session series entitled MARRIAGE & MONEY: What’s In YOUR Wallet? Sort of catchy, right? But money stuff in our marriage can get scratchy, right?
Difficulties with money …Continue
This Sunday’s lesson will concentrate on Jonah Chapters 2 & 3. God doesn’t let Jonah run too far until disciplined and then he goes in the right direction to do what God commanded. Things like that happen when you are “inside the fish”. He remains a reluctant prophet …Continue
This coming Sunday we will finish the Seven Reasons series with a few brief testimonies and then begin our new study of the Book of Jonah. I’m pumped by what I’ve learned but you’re going to do more work in class the next two or three …Continue
This Sunday we conclude the “Seven Reasons We Misunderstand The Bible” series with this topic: We think of the Bible as mostly INFORMATIONAL, not expecting it to be TRANSFORMATIONAL. The commitment to memory of bible facts and stories, the reading of God’s Word from time to time, the …Continue
This coming Sunday’s teaching will be about obedience.
Sometimes the value in the biblical text is to provide us with background on our faith, to generally illustrate godly principles in how He dealt with Israel, to “set up” the coming of Christ, etc. But very often, God gives …Continue
Dr. Lutzer has written an article in response to the Wheaton College matter concerning one of their faculty. You will find it at this link - http://www.moodychurch.org/news/defense-wheaton-college/
Brothers and Sisters,
We thank all of you for your prayers for our family over the last two weeks.
Donna has recovered from the exhaustion and I am over my flu. Faith is healing well from the gall bladder surgery and, as a result of an appointment with her neurologist …Continue
The “Seven Reasons” series will share time this Sunday with Josh & Kim Johnson, long time missionaries to the Middle East, who will explain their current ministry involvement. (I think this will be a great time to ask questions about the turmoil in that part of the world). Then, we’ll …Continue
For those who have been praying for Faith Butler, Pastor Charles reported at the Thanksgiving service that his daughter was home and recovering from her surgery. He and Donna were regaining their strength after two long weeks of little sleep and concern for Faith.Continue
This coming Sunday’s topic should get your blood flowing after the Thanksgiving feasting : Scripture My Way!
That’s another way of saying we often misunderstand the Bible because we twist verses to mean what we want them to mean. We’re not really confused; we’re “proof texting”, finding …Continue
As of Thursday afternoon (3 PM), Faith Butler’s doctors determined that her gall bladder was functioning at very low capacity and needed to be removed. The surgery will take place Friday (11/20).
Thanks for your continued prayers.Continue
Earlier today (Wed., Nov. 18th), Pastor Butler and Donna took their daughter Faith to an Oak Park hospital because she had issues with nausea and abdominal pain. As of 2 PM Wed, the doctors decided that Faith would spend the night at the hospital. Donna will stay with her. Test …Continue
From: Charles Butler
Sent: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 10:10 AM
Subject: Re: Prayer request for our daughter
We are in the ER with Faith, rather than same day surgery. Faith vomited this morning just before we were to leave for the hospital. We reported this to the surgical people …Continue
Pastor Mark joins us this Sunday to give us an energetic planation of THE STORYLINE OF THE BIBLE!!
This will help us see the Bible stories of good/bad kings, the Psalms & Proverbs, crazy prophets, the Gospels, Acts and those
practical Epistles from God’s perspective. And, isn’t that …
This Sunday’s SEVEN REASONS WE CAN MISUNDERSTAND THE BIBLE lesson will wrap up our focus on Reason #1 – We Take the Word out of Context. And, the basic thought is that there are multiple CONTEXTS, including historical and cultural features, that are helpful in understanding many puzzling passages …Continue
This week’s topic in the Seven Reasons Why You Can Misunderstand The Bible relates to “context”. A passage must mean what it meant then…2000 or more years ago!
How can we know that? By careful reading of the surrounding passages, by having some idea of the author …Continue
Here is your chance to save the Tikoo kids from starvation or at least serious indigestion!
So-young will be in China from November 9-24 to pick up their new son, Asher, leaving Arun to manage the home and feed the kids. If you would like to sign up for a …Continue
This Sunday as part of our new series SEVEN REASONS WHY YOU CAN MISUNDERSTAND THE BIBLE, we’ll spend time at our tables with the Scripture and ask ourselves the question “ What Happens When We Pick Up The Bible?”.
We will complete a class survey excerpted from a Barna Group …Continue
The church’s semi-annual business meeting will take place at 11:30 AM this coming Sunday (October 25) so our class will not meet. Please attend the business meeting because important matters will be discussed and members will be asked to vote. Even if you are not a voting …Continue
This Sunday begins a new series that will probably extend through November entitled SEVEN REASONS WHY YOU CAN MISUNDERSTAND THE BIBLE.
Yes, I admit, this IS a knock off on Pastor Lutzer’s book and the church’s fall small group emphasis. But I’d guess that while most of …Continue
Remember that YMYF will not meet this Sunday, October 11th.
The class’s fall retreat is being held this weekend and Moody Church’s main service begins at 11 AM so that everyone can participate in the church’s Marathon cheering section. We’re back to our regular schedule on …Continue
On Sunday, October 4th, from 1:00–3:30pm in Sankey Hall, our Equipping Ministries will be hosting a one-time seminar - Learning to Read the Living Word - with Dr. Jim Coakley of Moody Theological Seminary. Dr. Coakley will introduce us to various reading tools to help us better read the …Continue
This Sunday we’re back together to:
1.Finalize the Oct. 9-11 retreat list (wait until you see
2.Hear from Linda and me about what God taught us during &
after our “adventure” on the Footsteps of Paul trip
3.Jump start our new fall series, Seven …Continue
YMYFs. Rather than our regular 11:30 am meeting, we have been invited to join other adult classes in the sanctuary this Sunday after the morning service for a presentation/ Q&A by Dr. Dirk Jongkind from the Tyndale House of Cambridge. The topic: How To Develop Sound Christian Thinking …Continue
YMYFs. We will need to close the retreat registration and receive payment on Sept. 27th absent special circumstances. The Sept. 27th class will focus on giving you the final details and directions. It WILL be worth the investment!!
Where: Gull Lake Ministries, Hickory MI
When: October 9-11, 2015
Cost: Suggested payment of $279/couple or $319/family with children.* Make checks payable to the Moody Church. But don’t let the cost hinder you from coming! Scholarships are available! Turn-in this form and Pastor Gunter will contact you …Continue
Dear YMYF Class…
We’ve missed being with you having been out in Idaho for several weeks in August on a family vacation and to help Linda’s dad get back into his own assisted living apartment. If you missed us at the All Church Picnic this past Sunday, we …Continue
YMYFs – Would you like to participate in the church’s fall 2015 small group focus on 7 Reasons Why You Can Trust The Bible authored by Pastor Lutzer. Here is a an opportunity to join a short term Bible study in the Logan Square neighborhood,
Rusty & Lisa Schluchter are hosting …Continue
GAME NIGHT - 4PM to 6PM Saturday August 22, 2015 in the third floor - Room 309.
Eight families have signed up so far…. so trere’s still room for YOUR FAMILY!
We need to get a final count soon so please RSVP to Lawrence & Sonja Fieber at LLFieber@gmail.com.Continue
MoodyFest is right around the corner, Sunday August 30!
This is our 5th year holding the event, and each year we fine tune it a bit more.
So, we’re excited about these changes and additions, and
want to be strategic in our presence and interaction at the event as …
Once again, YMYF will be enjoying the annual Air & Water Show from the roof deck on Saturday, August 14th.
Our group has the roof deck reserved between 11:00 AM through 3:00 PM. Feel free to show up at your convenience.
We’ll be ordering lunch - $5.00 per …Continue
Remember that the August 9th YMYF class is canceled so that you can help with the church wide COMMUNITY SERVICE SUNDAY project.
YMYF will participate with the By The Hand Club. Basic indoor cleaning and exterior clean-up and/or light landscaping (e.g. weeding, trimming) will take place at …Continue
Pastor Steve Mason continues his challenging teaching this Sunday (August 2nd) and REMEMBER that we’ll be going to Cabrini Green’s BY THE HAND Club location on the following Sunday (August 9th).
See the blog and email blasts for more details on this upcoming church-wide COMMUNITY SERVICE SUNDAY.Continue
As part of the church wide COMMUNITY SERVICE SUNDAY on August 9th, YMYF will participate with the By The Hand Club. Basic indoor cleaning (e.g. with Magic Erasers) and exterior clean-up and/or light landscaping (e.g. weeding,trimming) will take place at the Cabrini Campus (1000 N …
As you may know, YMYF member MingLong Lam had a recent
health scare. He is recovering at home but his wife Gina feels the need to stay close to his side in the rare event of an emergency. During this time of recuperation, Gina hopes that her young girls don …
This Sunday will feature a short summary from me on the in the dust of the Rabbi series just concluded and a transition to Pastor Mason who will share over several Sundays what it means to be a disciple in 2015 in Chicago! That seems a huge jump from …Continue
This Sunday we’ll finish the In the Dust of the Rabbi series with a probing challenge that will convict you! Guaranteed. It’s entitled “the very words of God” and we’ll spend time at in the ruins of the Temple of Apollo in Didyma, Turkey. Come prepared …Continue
On Friday morning (July 10, 2015), Pastor Bob visited member of YMYF class, Ming-Long Lam. He is in ICU at Mercy Hospital with a severe sepsis infection which caused kidney failure. They are trying to stabilize him as they need to transfer him to Northwestern. He and his wife, Gina …Continue
Our third lesson in the DUST OF THE RABBI series will help
us understand what it COSTS to be a true disciple in the first century. And what happened 2000 years ago when a person converted and then engaged his pagan community seems parallel to what are beginning to …
We’ll pick up with the second lesson in the In the Dust of the Rabbi series this Sunday AFTER a few more buffalo facts and photos plus a summary of where we ended on June 14th.
BTW, what has been your investment level in God’s Word since …Continue
This Sunday we start a new series on what it means…costs…demands to be a true disciple of Christ. The primary teaching will be on DVD from the ruins of ancient cities in Greece and Turkey by Ray Vander Lan. I will follow up on points of particular …Continue
Scoopers are needed for the Ice Cream Social, which immediately follows the Independence Day concert on Sunday, June 28th. The scoopin’ starts at 4:30 PM, immediately after the 3 PM concert concludes.
This is one of the church’s most significant community outreach events so here’s your chance …Continue
This Sunday we have the PRIVILEGE of hosting PASTOR LUTZER & REBECCA to share whatever Pastor feels led to do. They may talk about suffering and tribulations to end our 1st Peter series, or his decision to move to emeritus status, or his thoughts on how the congregation should …Continue
You are in for another inspiring session this Sunday as we hear from Ger & Sigrid and Tony & Senia concerning the struggles of aging and the results of mishaps that mangle fingers, respectively. Have these seeming tragedies really proven their faith as genuine and more precious than gold and resulted …Continue
We’ve adjusted our TESTIMONIES schedule to ensure more of you are present for the Schultz’ and Durns (May 31) and Pastor Lutzer and Rebecca (June 7th). So, this Sunday we’ll wrap up 1st Peter at Chapter 5:1-7 and the requirements for pastors and elders …Continue
This Sunday, Miguel & Rebecca Rodriguez and Jorge & Andrea Munoz will be sharing some of the challenges they have faced in recent years which illustrate the varied trials and sudden sufferings that can come our way. But God’s peace and provision also came their way. These opportunities for “family …Continue
Be sure to attend YMYF’s Movie Night on Saturday, May 16th.
The featured movie is “Angel in The House” and there’ll also be a VeggieTales movie for the younger crowd. Pizza, snacks, and ice cream wll be served. We ask $5 per family to offset the cost. Sign …Continue
This Sunday (May 3rd), the men and women of the church will be meeting separately to hear from Pastor Charles and Mary Whelchel, respectively. It will give us a chance to cross age, professional and experience lines to learn with our brothers and sisters in our “household”.
If you thought April’s Game Night was fun, be sure to attend YMYF’s Movie Night on Saturday, May 16th.
The featured movie is “Angel in The House” and there’ll also be a VeggieTales movie for the younger crowd. Pizza, snacks, and ice cream wll be served. We …Continue
This Sunday will mark the end of the “didactic” phase in our study of 1st Peter. In other words, this is the concluding session where I will be providing the moral instruction from the Scripture. We’re landing the plane on runways dealing with service within the church …Continue
On Saturday April 11th, Art & Maelin Pressley welcomed their baby boy into the world. However, he is premature so they need our prayers. He has respiratory distress and will stay in the hospital as they monitor his lung development and give him oxygen. Pray for strength for this family.Continue
YMYF GAME NIGHT! THIS SATURDAY APRIL 18TH
JOIN THE YMYF GANG FOR GAMES, SNACKS, CONVERSATION AND WHAT THEY STILL CALL “FUN” ON THE THIRD FLOOR FROM 4 TO 6 PM. BRING YOUR FAVORITE GAMES FOR BOTH ADULTS AND KIDS AND SNACKS OR BEVERAGES YOU WANT TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE …Continue
YMYFs. This Sunday the Semi Annual church business meeting right after the morning service is preempting adult classes and that is followed by the Missions Lunch in 108.
So, no class but here are two opportunities to engage in the life of The Moody Church.
We’ll be back …Continue
We’ve scheduled a YMYF Game Night for Saturday, April 18th in Room 309.
We’ll kick things off at 4 PM…but come when you can.
If you would like to help prepare for Game Night, please volunteer by talking to Pastor Bob or someone on the YMYF Leadership …Continue
Finally, we’re done with suffering and now on to “blessings”?
In God’s economy they are linked. All we need are the right attitudes and the right responses. Trust me: there are some truths in 1st Peter Chapter 3 beginning at verse 8 and in Chapter 4 …Continue
This Sunday we’ll explore submission by wives and understanding by husbands as laid out in Chapter 3 of 1st Peter. This lesson should change how you live in your marriage (“you” means both of you!). And, we’ll lay this passage alongside Paul’s similar admonitions in Ephesians …Continue
This Sunday we’ll look at a topic in Scripture that runs deep and wide through the entire Bible: submission…to God, each other, to government, with church leadership, at work, in marriage etc. And, this is not the Islamic concept of submit upon penalty of death! Biblical submission …Continue
We apologize, but our MOVIE NIGHT scheduled for this Saturday March 21st at the church has been CANCELLED due to modest sign ups and the unavailability of key leadership to support the event. But don’t waste the evening. Take a walk with your kids and GET SOME …Continue
Our focus this Sunday morning will be on 1 Peter 2:11-17. We’ll be reminded that: God has another reason for commanding us to live holy and honorable lives other than just a close relationship; fraternization with the enemy is terrible; submission in all directions is what we …Continue
From Tony’s wife, Senia,
Tony was moved from ICU to rm 9-055 in the U of C Center for Care & Discovery. The surgeon believes they may discharge him Thursday and he will need future surgeries. He will be off work for a minimum of 6-8 weeks. Thank you all …Continue
Moody’s Women’s Ministry is doing another Precious to Him Outreach on Friday March 13th, from 9pm-2am, to women caught in prostitution on the streets of Chicago. They have a few remaining open seats in the van so if you’d like to join them (WOMEN ONLY PLEASE), contact …Continue
By God’s grace, Nana and Archie Peters welcomed their second child on March 2nd. He came earlier than expected but both mother and baby are doing well. His name is David George Kojo Peters. He weighed 6 lb.,11.5 oz and measured 19 inches.
YMYFs….this Sunday’s text is 1st Peter 1: - 2:10. We may not make it all the way, but wherever we touch down we’re going to be confronted with some often over looked truths about life in our human families and in the Moody Church family. Judgment …Continue
The following dates (each is a Saturday evening) are set aside for our monthly events - specific times are 4-9 PM. More details about our first movie night will be coming soon!
3/21 - Movie Night in our class room
4/18 - Game Night in 309
5/16 - Movie Night in …
So how can we REJOICE in suffering and WHY? And, PUT UP WITH harassment and WORK HARD despite injustice and OVERLOOK insults (in our marriage)?
This Sunday we’ll start digging into the conundrum of embracing suffering. Right after big church in 108.
This Sunday is Take #2.
LORD willing, we will begin where we intended last Sunday to launch into our new series : 1 Peter LIVING STRANGELY. You remember how Pastor Lutzer often begins his sermons with the promise that that particular message will be life changing?
May I modestly suggest …Continue
This Sunday we’ll embark on a six week study of 1st Peter entitled Living Strangely and do check out the poster at the door to 108. Peter’s epistle in 63 A.D. from Rome to dispersed Christians in Asia Minor poses lots of questions for us in …Continue
YMYFs…Walter Rochester will provide this Sunday’s lesson on a topic of his chosing. We were blessed last Sunday by his exhortation from 2 Timothy chapter 1 to: (1) serve God faithfully, (2) pursue a sincere faith, and (3) leave an intentional spiritual legacy with our kids. I think …Continue
YMYFs…this Sunday and next we’ll be blessed by hearing from one of our class mates,Walter Rochester, who is about to secure an M. Div. from Moody Seminary to further his ministry in Trinidad Tobago. Walter is a chemical engineer, long time youth pastor and church organizer within …Continue
YMYFs…LORD willing, this Sunday will conclude our SACRED MARRIAGE series! But, I am hoping these last few weeks have prompted many of us to renew our commitment to a marriage that is both sacred and focused on living of God’s purposes not our own. So, we’ll discuss …Continue
YMYFs…LORD willing, I’ll share a biblical summary on how the Scriptures inform us on sexuality and the ultimate choice: whether we believe what God says….perhaps some Christmas reflections? Anything you ant to add? NO CLASS on 12/28 - we’ll start up again on Jan. 7, 2015 …Continue
YMYFs FYI our class dates/topics in December 2014-January 2015:
Dec. 14th Sacred Marriage
Dec. 21st Sacred Marriage + Christmas Recognition
Dec. 28th No Class
Jan. 4th Sacred Marriage - Conclusions
Jan. 11th New Series : My Church/My World 1st Timothy
Jan. 18th and 25th Continuation of 1st Timothy SeriesContinue
YMYFs…this Sunday’s SACRED MARRIAGE session will be even more challenging to how we look at our marital relationship. The title is: Are You A God Centered Spouse. The subtitle? Or Are You A Spouse Centered Spouse? And, have you ever considered God as your Father-In-Law…because he loves …Continue
YMYFS…We start a new series this Sunday featuring a dvd based six session presentation by Gary Thomas, the author of an important book on the marriage relationship entitled SACRED MARRIAGE . The book’s subtitle is more truth than a “teaser”: What If God Designed Marriage To Make Us Holy …Continue
Here is an opportunity for you and your kids to encourage the community around the church at Thanksgiving! The Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) Family Works Program is asking our church to assist in providing turkeys and hams for those who are part of their Employment and Employer Services branch.
YMYFs. the leadership team has decided that we will NOT have a specific holiday function this year due to the numerous activities on the church calendar and on your family calendars! Instead, we encourage your entire family to participate in the Angel Tree project which will be highlighted this Sunday …Continue
YMYFs…this Sunday will serve to wrap up my excursis on FORGIVENESS and we’ll here from the FIEBERS on what God has teaching them about marriage and family. The following Sunday Nov. 16th will launch our new SACRED MARRIAGE series. Hey. Linda and I might also share what it …Continue
YMYFs. We will be blessed this Sunday by one of your favorite speakers, Prof. Walt McCord from the Moody Theological Seminary. The working topic is THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF GOD’S PERSPECTIVE IN DISCOURAGING TIMES drawn from Micah 3 and other OT passages. That topic resonates with me personally. I know …Continue
YMYFs We do not have class this Sunday due to the famous ALL CHURCH BUSINESS MEETING right after the morning service, but…
1. Have you asked anyone for forgiveness yet after last week’s lesson from Matthew 18: 21-35? Has the Spirit put anyone on your heart? Do it.
Fall Fest “Circus Spectacular” is coming soon! Join us with your preschool – 5th grade children on Saturday, October 25th from 3:00-6:00pm for a fabulous afternoon of fun, games, prizes & candy. This is a great opportunity to intentionally invite a friend or neighbor family who doesn’t …Continue
YMYFs…Pat and Elizabeth are looking for a car seat they can use for Gerhard, preferably a Graco Instant Car Seat plus the base and related clips. Anybody out there with one they could borrow??? Check with Pat on Sunday! bgContinue
YMYFs…Yes, we DO MEET this Sunday and following up on our Ecclesiates/The Meaning of Marriage series, Arun & So-young Tikoo will be sharing how they found Christ, each other and became the parents of five children. Who would have guessed? But, God had a plan! Join us to hear …Continue
Jeff and Emily Israel are excited to announce the birth of their son Michael on October 12, 2014. He came into the world weighing a healthy 8 pounds and four ounces.
Praise God for this blessing to the Israel family!
A few short days remain to register for the ”Precious to Him” conference on October 18, featuring Dr. Juli Slattery, author of Passion Pursuit and Pulling Back the Shades. Juli, who is also a widely-known clinical psychologist, author, and speaker, will lead teaching and discussion about how women …Continue
YMYFs…due to the late start for the worship service at 11AM, there will be no class this Sunday. Do come early (with your kids) to witness the amazing variety of runners (many in costume) galloping by for the Chicago Marathon.
And, do remember to pray for Elizabeth as she …Continue
Praise God! Olivia is getting discharged and going home today (Oct. 2nd)!!!
As of Thursday afternoon, Jennifer Millard said that her daugher Olivia had her MRI and they consulted with the doctors. She has been given a diagnosis of Temporal Epilepsy of Unknown Cause. In other words, the seizures are …Continue
YMYFs. Some of you may know Tracy & Jennifer Millard and their kids. Their daughter Olivia was home sick today with flu type symptoms. We received a call at 6pm that she had become unresponsive and was being rushed to a local hospital in Indiana. A later message said she a …Continue
YMYFs. This Sunday will mark the end of the series in Ecclesiastes on The Meaning of Marriage. We’ll conclude with a brief segment on the meaning of death and disability in long term marriages. Then, Lawrence and Sonya Fieber, from our leadership, team will share some observations from their …Continue
YMYFs Remember to pray about helping with the travel and adoption expenses for Pat & Elizabeth . We will take a pass-the-hat this offering this Sunday in class (personal gift/non-deductible) or you can give via credit card through “gofundme” (non-deductible-details in class thgis Sunday) or give to the church’s adoption …Continue
YMYFs…LORD willing we’ll conclude The Meaning of Marriage series from the book of Ecclesiastes this Sunday with a look at aging and death from the viewpoint of how can such wasting away ever AVOID the meaningless tag. As your grandparents had told you: aging is not for the …Continue
LORD willing, this week we’ll “land the plane” on the right attitudes about our work life, both domestic and outside the home. Linda and I will share some conclusions we’ve reached about the marital rewards and risks of work - thinking through the experiences of our parents’ generation, ourselves …Continue
This Sunday (August 31), we’ll address Solomon’s view of the value of work and how our work can complicate and undermine our marriages. Solomon tells us repeatedly in Ecclesiastes that his work was meaningless but that OUR work can be satisfying. How does that work? What does the …Continue
This Sunday we’ll be hearing a special announcement from Scott and Jennifer Whitaker. You’ll need to attend to get all the details.
The Gunters will be out of town so Ian Cull will be continuing the series on Ecclesiastes. He’ll be speaking on the topic of financial …
FIRST…Family Life is offering free walk in tickets at the All State Arena for the “I STILL DO” Marriage Conference this Sat. Get there!!
CLASS THIS SUNDAY WILL EXPLORE THE TRUTHS IN ECCLESIASTES CHAPTER 3…THE SEASONS OF LIFE (AND A MARRIAGE ). SOME OF YOUR CLASSMATES WILL SHARE THEIRT …Continue
Though he is out of town, Pastor Bob wanted to follow up on the recent “Do You See What I See’ topic & class survey by sharing this recent post from the CHURCH & CULTURE website because it complements these recent discussions:
In the Gospel of John we have the poignant final …
Don’t forget to register for the YMYF Fall Picnic and Camping Weekend at the DuPage County Blackwell Forest Preserve. Contact Miguel and Rebecca Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org for information or pick-up registration forms in class this Sunday. The all-day Saturday picnic is September 13. There’s a camping …Continue
Start the fall off right! Go camping and picnicking with YMYF! Join us for one or two nights of camping or come picnic with us all day on Saturday. Where: Blackwell Forest Preserve in DuPage. When: Friday-Sunday September 12-14. Saturday picnic activities include: hiking, fishing, boating, archery, and games. Lunch …Continue
YMYFs. Pastor Bob here…It was wonderful to see you all in class last Sunday! Linda and I will be sharing this Sunday what we’ve learned in the last SIX WEEKS about how God works during difficult times in your marriage. I guarantee there will be some laughs and …Continue
LORD willing, we’ll see you in class this Sunday (6/1/14)! My mobility has improved to the point I can get around relatively well (but slow) and I am off the more powerful pain meds and their side effects. My heart seems to be working fine and …Continue
Pastor Bob is recuperating at home after last week’s hospital stay. He says that the knee rehab process is “about as painful” as he expects it to be. Nevertheless, he’s grateful for Linda’s continued expert devotion to his care. Please continue to keep him, the knee, the …Continue
YMYFs. Matthew 7:1-6 is our target this Sunday related to judging others.Oh, we do that so easily, right? I mean…not ME, of course, but you guys. Not. It happens so easily and so frequently that we have lost track of what God says about it. And the …Continue
YMYFs. This Sunday we tackle Matt. 5: 21-26 and anger that equals murder? invectives that send you to hell? silly issues of other people that disrupt your worship at MC? winnable lawsuits that must be settled? Was Jesus just making hyperbolic statements to get our attention or do Kingdom people …Continue
YMYFs…we’re not done with money and materialism quite yet. We haven’t rolled out the antidote that begins with the letter “C”. And then there is the anxiety problem as we close out Matthew 6. Is it a SIN to worry? Don’t be anxious about it - come …Continue
YMYFs. This Sunday’s text from the Sermon on the Mount is Matthew 6:18-34….Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth…No one can serve two masters…do not worry about your life…” or any other thing for that matter. Are we talking only about money here …Continue
YMYFS…if you haven’t heard, Linda’s mom passed from this life to an eternal one this past Sunday after class. Linda took the call from her dad in 108 and it was encouraging to be hugged and prayed for by some of you who were still present. The …Continue
YMYFS…did you ever consider that the CHURCH started with “small groups”? Acts 2:46-47 describes it this way: “So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor …Continue
YMYFs This Sunday’s radical charge from Jesus in Matthew 5:43-48 is to love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Like that is easy to do! What if your business is lost due to a fraudulent employee, your child is killed by a drunk driver, your …Continue
YMYS…God made it clear at the moment of mankind’s creation that marriage was to be both permanent and exclusive. But mankind has always struggled with that truth. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus confirmed that how the first century Jews then viewed adultery and the value of …Continue
YMYFS…following up on last Sundays discussion of Matt. 5: 13-16, have you turned on your flashlight this week? Have you shaken any salt into your office, or neighborhood or marriage? Perhaps what feels “radical” for us would become our new normal if we just DID IT!
This Sunday we …Continue
2014 Gunter Year of Prayer:
Email Miguel and Rebecca Rodriguez at email@example.com to sign up for a dedicated week of prayer for Bob and Linda Gunter in 2014. You will receive an email back informing you of your assigned week to pray for the Gunters. Thank you in …Continue
YMYFS…let’s get back at it this Sunday! A fresh new year! Looking to be radically committed to Christ! This Sunday’s beatitude passage: Matthew 5:13,14 - what it means to be SALT and LIGHT. Are those qualities God given? Or to use/lose as we see fit …Continue
YMYFs. This week’s topic: mercy. Finally…an easy one…you’re really merciful…I’m really merciful…except, perhaps, when driving, disciplining my kids, correcting my spouse, discussing “leftist” politics and social programming, responding to the Streetwise guy at the Jewel, dealing with my drunk again uncle, enforcing my …Continue
YMYFS…some more thoughts on Matt. 5:6 becoming hungry and thirsty for righteousness and then skipping to Matt. 5:8 BLESSED ARE THE PURE IN HEART, FOR THEY WILLSEE GOD. And, how does that happen? And, how pure do I need to be? And, what does it rteally matter …Continue
YMYFs…this Sunday’s targets are Matthew 5:5 and 5:6…meek people and hungering and thirsting people. Those are qualities required to be members of the Kingdom of Heaven and Christ’s disciples. How close are you to the standard? I mean…we crave so many things and …Continue
YMYFs. This Sunday we’ll study Matt. 5:4 & 5 and learn why we’re BLESSED and are comforted when we mourn and inherit the earth when we’re meek. That won’t make any sense on the 7pm newscast or to your barber but we’ll figure it out …Continue
YMYFs…So this Sunday we begin to dig into the paradoxical Sermon on the Mount. Or is it really that counter intuitive to declare you’ll be BLESSED if you’re “poor in spirit” and “mourn”. This must mean more than material poverty and grief over a loss, right? Right …Continue
YMYFS…the Marathon is over and the Annual Meeting is done so we get back together this Sunday to start a new series from Matthew 5-7 entitled THE BEATITUDES-RADICAL ADDITUDES. What does the lordship of Christ look like in 2013? What does it mean to give up everything and just …Continue
YMYFs…this Sunday we’ll lay out in more detail what it means to “speak the truth in love” when we disagree with those in our church family. You WILL need to understand the Scriptural ground rules as you deal with different opinions expressed by your brothers and sisters from …Continue
YMYFS…why do we get into disputesand disagreements in the local church? Obviously, the first cnetury church had to work through a lot of “issues” and Jew and gentile, master and slave, Greek and Roman believers came together into a new family of God. But it’s been roughly 2000 …Continue
YMYFs…This Sunday we leave the church at 11:30 to meet at 1000 Sedgewick , Chicago 60610 to clean a play yard, mow grass, plant a flower bed and paint a kitchen area for By The Hand Club. Bring your gloves, shovels and rakes and a willing heart! This is …Continue
YMYFs…Linda and I will conclude our “radicalization” story this Sunday…and it probably won’t come anywhere near the epic steps of faith that David Platt will share in Big Church…but that’s our story and your’s is underway…you just don’t realize it yet!
Looking for something wholesome and educational that your kids will LOVE? It’s a musical one man band extravaganza coming again to MC on Saturday Sept. 14th called “The Slugs & Bugs Concert” and it WILL be a hit for all the family.
Mark it on your calendar: Sat. Sept 14th …Continue
YMYFs…we’re back from Idaho/Washington READY TO GO! Sunday’s lesson is entitled “How The G’s Became (Somewhat) Radical” following up on our recent testimonials from class members.(Thanks Rob & Mildred, Tom & Karin and Kevin). We intend to share some of the then controversial decisions God led …Continue
Congratulations to the Peters family! Here are all the details:
With more human beings enslaved today than ever before in the world’s history—over 27 million worldwide—it’s time to refuse to do nothing! In your unique role as a daughter of Christ, and in the glorious purpose God has for your life, you can be a part …
YMYFs. This Sunday we will be blessed by Rob & Mildred Tong sharing how they found Christ and found each other and what God has been teaching them during their married life. Every one of our classmates “stories” have been so unique, right? You will be encouraged again tyo discover how …Continue
YMYFs. This Sunday will feature a MASS CLASS joining us and In Focus for Steve and Yvonne Carlson’s life and faith story. 108 and 107 will be combined; sit on the 107 side so we get some mixing; it’s OK to eat the In Focus food (because they …Continue
YMYFs…some of you may remember CR and Kristy Powell who left us and Moody Church a few years ago to take up their medical practices in Indiana. CR started having dizziness after running two months ago and it turned out he had serious heart issues. This past Monday he …Continue
YMYFs. This Sunday Josue Reyes will finish his four session series on Proverbs challenging us to read andf apply this book to our marriages and families. Thanks Josue for a job well done! Now the question for us is this: will we read, apply and obey what God has put …Continue
Please join us for next Sunday’s fellowship luncheon to be held on the rooftop space (or in Room 108 if it’s raining) after class. We’re serving PIZZA from Edwardos (the menu was changed…sorry).
The cost is $5 per adult and $3 per child (5YO and older …Continue
YMYFs…remember no class this Sunday June 30th due to the all church congregational meeting. BUT, don’t forget to come back for the Fourth of July Concert at 3pm (always fantastic) and the ice cream social to follow. Your whole family will enjoy it!! bgContinue
YMYFs. This Sunday Jose Reyes will jump into some Proverbs that will open our hearts and minds to how God looks at our lives on this earth. Be there. One thing that struck me from last week’s introduction: WE NEED GOD’S TRUTHS STUCK IN OUR HEARTS AND MINDS …Continue
YMYFs… a couple of Sundays past, one of our classmates,Tom Csora, asked you to consider serving as a temporary Safe Family for a child in a crisis situation. The church’s Hope for Kids program strongly supports Safe Families and couples from our class have participated in the past …Continue
YMYFS! This Sunday Josue Reyes will start a four lesson series out of the book of Proverbs entitled Practical Godly Wisdom In A Foolish World. And I have taken the liberty to add a subtitle: Be The Wise Guy! Remember, men, when your dad told you “DON’T BE A …Continue
YMYFs…Join us this Friday evening May 30th to say our “formal” good byes to the Taylor family. We’ll meet at 7PM in the Terrace Room (3rd flr CLC). Bring a dessert and memories to share as we send our very good friends and co-laborers down to Indiana in …Continue
So the walls are up and the mission is accomplished…isn’t it? Not yet.
There was much for Nehemiah and Ezra and the people to do before Israel was “safe”. And there are many lessons left for us to learn as well from this ancient text: are walls enough …Continue
Class…thanks for last Sunday contributing $479 to By The Hand Club’s project for orange chairs for their new Austin facility. That will cover 15 chairs out of the 200 or so needed. The hat will go around again this Sunday who missed the opportunity last week. BTW, Mary …Continue
YMYFs. Our Nehemiah text this Sunday is chapters 3 & 4 - when things get very tough and the people are ready to cave. But not Nehemiah! You will be encouraged by his example of how to plow through suddenly difficult circumstances and conundrums….if you are confident in God’s assignment …Continue
YMYF Men…from lawn care to wife care…join the guys at Jim Pursley’s yard in Winfield to learn how to trim, kill grubs, steer a riding mower, weed like a pro, etc. etc. PLUS enjoy hotdogs + burgers…what’s not to like?
1S641 Verdun Drive, Winfield, IL 60190 …Continue
YMYFs…forgot to add to the last post…I will pass the hat this Sunday and next May 12th to help provide orange chairs for the new By The Hand Club facility opening in mid-May. $32 per chair. Be generous (which, BTW, is an indication of being “righteous” - check it …Continue
GUYS: This Sunday will be the last chance to offically sign up for the Toro 2 event at Jim Pursley’s Sat. May 11th from 9:30 - post lunch. The Pursley’s hacienda is located at 1S641 Verdun Drive, WEinfield, IL 60190-1715 for Mapquest purposes. For “lost” purposes, call Jim …Continue
YMYFs. This Sunday’s session will focus on Nehemiah’s “keys to success” from Chapters 1 and 2. That sounds like I’m marketing a get-to-the-top seminar like you can pay for (plus a big lunch) any week down in the Loop. But, God did respond to Nehemiah’s prayers …Continue
YMYFs. This Sunday we start a new series on the Old Testament book of Nehemiah. We’ll spend about two months learning how God restored the Jewish people to their promised land of Israel despite fierce opposition at every level, including the great courts of ancient empires. Intrigue, sudden turns …Continue
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of Thursday for this Sunday’s fellowship luncheon.
It will be held in Room 108 of the CLC immediately after class. Again, we’re serving delicious fixins from Chicago’s own MacArthur’s Restaurant.
The cost is $5 per adult; $3 for …Continue
YMYFs…this Sunday we’ll hear again from Prof. Walt McCord on Difficult Circumstances and Jeremiah 29:11-14. Remember that Walt promised us some pictures of the Holy land to supplement what is always a lively discussion. Sorry. No buttered popcorn but we will serve great fellowship. Right after big …Continue
YMYFs…we have the privilege of Prof. Walt McCord teaching this Sunday and next on HOPE IN DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES. Have you been there recently? Do you expect to visit that neighborhood again in the future? Does God have something to tell you as Walt exegetes the familiar passage of Jeremiah …Continue
YMYFs. This Sunday’s speakers are Kevin & Shelly Smith. I expect we will hear another remarkable account of how God calls us and then changes us into Christ’s image - sometimes very dramatically. This will be the last couple sharing in our current What God Has Done series. And, haven …Continue
YMYFs…if you missed last Sunday’s class featuring Jonathan and Andrea Taylor’s faith story, here are some of my notes on notable comments I heard…
It’s not that God is moving me to pray longer but to pray first.
Thinking of Heb. 12:1-3, if you’re …Continue
YMYFs. The Taylors will be sharing this Sunday what God has done in their marriage and ministry spanning 12 years at MC and in YMYFs. They seem a “mild mannered & model church couple”, right? And THEY ARE in so many ways. But you will be inspired by how God has …Continue
Join us for a family movie night on Saturday, March 9th, 4:30 to 8:30PM, at TMC, Room 107/108.
We’ll be showing a movie in Room 108 for all ages. Couples and families are welcome. Room 107 will be set up for adult fellowship.
We’ll be …Continue
YMYFs…Hector and Tamara will finish their life testimony this week and I will add a flourish concerning a key characteristic I see in both the Colons and the Schultz’. And it is:_______. Come and find out this Sunday. And, LORD willing, Linda will be back to keep me …Continue
YMYFs. This Sunday Hector and Tamara Colon will share their story of faith #2 in our What God Has Done series. Don’t miss it! And, don’t forget to pray for Hector since some details of his childhood are difficult. But, we will learn again that God is greater …Continue
YMYFs. This Sunday marks the start of a new four week series entitled WHAT GOD HAS DONE. It will feature testimonies from four couples from our class beginning with Ger & Sigrid. They have been such wonderful models for us - but have they struggled in their marriage and family at times …Continue
Please join us for this Sunday’s fellowship luncheon to be held in Room 108 after class.
We’re serving Chinese food. The cost is $5 per adult and $3 per child (5YO and older). Children under 5YO are FREE.
Come and break bread with your YMYF brothers & sisters and …Continue
YMYFs! It will be your privilege this Sunday to hear Pastor Butler share on the topic of How To See and What To Say. Charles always provides an insightful view from Scripture. You will begin your journey in Matthew 6 and end up deep in your marriage conversations. Linda and …Continue
YMYFs…this Sunday we WILL conclude the Heb. 12:1-3 series The Marriage and Family Race . The topic is Generational Sin: Does it really happen? Where does it come from? Has my family experienced it? How should we respond if we suspect great grandpa’s jail time, grandpa’s loss …Continue
YMYFs…sshhh…don’t tell anyone but we’ll have a pre-sale of the Valentine Event tickets after class this Sunday in 108. $25 per couple & $5 for child care. You pay - you get tickets. No reservations this year or pay-at-the-door. This is our chance to get in front of …Continue
YMYFs…we’re nearing the end of The Marriage and Family Race series with a topic this week that several alluded to as difficult: discord and a lack of harmony at home. Have you noticed that from time to time there seems to be periods of friction, of ”not being …Continue
YMYFs..LORD willing, this Sunday we’ll conclude our exegesis of Phil. 4:4-9 as applied to the fears and anxieties women and men feel. Do men have different “concerns” than women? (In the survey, the men pointed to finances and the absence of mentors.) What do we do when …Continue
YMYFs…do you have some “concerns” about “issues” in 2013? Are you awake at night worrying, anxious when the problem will be resolved or even if it can be…ever? This week’s lesson will deal with anxiety and fear and help us understand where it crosses the line from …Continue
In a few days, the 2013 lap of your Marriage & Family race will begin. Hopefully, you’ve sloughed some worthless habits and cut off some entangling sins in 2012. That means you’ll be running smoother, with more spiritual strength and focus. But what would be the most important …Continue
YMYFs…More gals signaled unkindness and impatience as an “issue” but I think the guys just hide it better! Is this a BIG DEAL to God? It’s an INCREDIBLY BIG DEAL. Once more the Word will surprise us and our hearts should convict us…and some of you may …Continue
When It Comes To My Media Choices…
1. I CHOOSE to covenant with God, my spouse and my family, to never look where I am tempted to sin.
2. I CHOOSE, with God’s help, to discern where I waste time and energy on worthless and empty forms of entertainment …Continue
YMYFs..this Sunday we’ll conclude our media fascination/foothold discussion with some Scriptural “to do’s”. Are you up for it? Has the Spirit pointed out some covenants with your eyes you need to make or “worthless things” that need to be jettisoned? See you Sunday in 108 with …Continue
YMYFS Time to sign on for the class Christmas party at the Gunters this next Saturday in Evanston at 7pm. Guaranteed fun, new friends and a killer dessert buffet! Babies welcome. Look for the brick home with three lighted wreaths on the balacony, west side of Ridge Ave. between Lee …Continue
YMYFs. This Sunday we will receive an offering to assist in Pat & Elizabeth’s costs for the travel and adoption of their new baby boy Patrick. Elizabeth is still in China, acquainting herself with the child and trying to complete the process to get on a plane for return next …Continue
As you know, Elizabeth Sutton-Pelczynski is in China this week completing arrangements to return to Pat and the family with a new adopted little boy in mid December. If you would like to help Pat with meals during this time, please contact email@example.com Continue
We need your help in planning for our annual YMYF Christmas party at the Gunters. Please sign up in class this Sunday and next so Linda gets the right amount of cookies baked. It’s a grand dessert function for couples (plus babies who can sleep upstairs) and well worth …Continue
YMYFS. This Sunday’s sin target is the control media has in our lives, the entanglements of our preoccupations with everything internet, which promises and provides so much….what? More of the guys registered concern here but is this much deeper seated (in both genders) than just an affection for …Continue
YMYFs. This Sunday’s special guests are Josh & Kim J. who minister “under cover” in the middle east via broadcast and other means. In addition to explaining how God is working in their lives and ministry, I expect Josh will be open to a Q & A on what’s really …Continue
YMYFs. I apologize for insufficient copies available this past Sunday fo the Steps Towards Breaking Anger Strongholds. More copies will be available this coming Sunday. If the Holy Spirit spoke to you about possible anger footholds and strongholds in your life? Then do something about it! Find your bible, a …Continue
YMYFS…here are the resources for the Christmas season shared by Linda this past Sunday
ADORENAMENTS - 12 3inch figurines to hand on the tree - from Family Life, Little Rock, Arkansas
WHAT GOD WANTS FOR CHRISTMAS - an interactive, kid friendly nativity - from Family Life
THE ADVENT BOOK - a family tradition starter …Continue
YMYFs…this Sunday we’ll deal with the devil’s footholds/strongholds which fuel the type of anger that is both sinful and intractible. There is a way out! Pastor Bob
PS: IF YOU THINK THIS ABSOLUTELY COULDN’T BE THE ANSWER TO YOUR OUTBURSTS OR TO SOME OF THE …Continue
YMYFs. This Sunday we tackle the first major sin (or foothold? or stronghold?) in The Marriage And Family Race: ANGER. This was the top sin related problem identified by the class a few months ago that impairs our spiritual lives. So let’s get to it this Sunday! We’ll …Continue
Join us on Saturday, November 10, 2012, 4-8PM, to play board and other games with your brothers and sisters in YMYF. The whole family is invited and we’ll have games for all but the littlest and youngest YMYFers.
Fellowship with old and new friends at Moody Church on the …Continue
YMYFs. Yes, we will finally “deal with the devil” (quickly) this Sunday and then attack what the class indicated was the #1 thing hindering our spiritual lives: OUR HECTIC SCHEDULES! Really. Is there sin here originating from our “flesh”? Or, is this an insidious “scheme” of the enemy as suggested …Continue
YMYFs OK. All of the “big church meetings” are done for awhile so let’s get back on track in 108 this Sunday. We’re ready to look at the game plan the Bible provides for defeating the world, the flesh and the devil. In this “contested universe”, we need …Continue
The Marriage & Family Race - Run Hard! Run Free!
Our Opponent: The Devil
The fallen angel, a.k.a. Satan or “adversary” of God and God’s people who seeks to take God’s place and who introduced sin into the created universe. (Genesis 3: 1-7: Genesis 4: 1-7). He reigns …
YMYFs. We’re back on the field this Sunday in 108 dealing with the devil and then how to beat our three opponents - the world, flesh and the devil - consistently. Only then will we be able to run the race set before us to the goal line. We’re going …Continue