Collaborative Art Project Sunday, August 26 Worship

Nicole led us in a collaborative art project as part of worship on Sunday, August 26. We began worship upstairs that day and then headed downstairs to paint. Please visit Nicole’s website for some examples of her previous Art Ministry projects (and now including our project – click on ‘Come be Included’ for more pictures!).

August 26, 2018
• Scripture: John 6:56 – 69
• Sermon topic: “This Teaching is Difficult” – Reverend Nicole Farley

Rolling River Rampage Vacation Bible School August 7 – 9, 2018

Rolling RIver VBS
Rolling River Rampage invited rafters of all ages on a white-water rafting adventure where we experienced the ride of a lifetime with God! Rafters discovered that life with God is an adventure full of wonder and surprise, and that they could trust God to be with them through anything. This year’s Vacation Bible School was held Tuesday, August 7th and Wednesday, August 8th from 1-3 pm, and Thursday, August 9th from 5:30-7:30 pm. The Tuesday and Wednesday sessions were for our young people. The Thursday evening session was open to all members of our congregation, or family members of our rafters, regardless of age.
We had a great week of adventure, acceptance and joy with bible stories, art projects, playing games and snacks for hungry rafters. Please visit our Facebook page for more pictures & videos of the event.
On Thursday, we learned a great deal about bees, beekeeping and other pollinators from Paul Green, who graciously answered all our many questions. He also encouraged us to build ‘pollinator pockets’ to help support bees, butterflies, moths, and other insects critical to our food supply and human survival. For more information, please visit this U of I Extension page.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. Isaiah 43:2

Welcome Pastor Nicole

The Rev. Nicole Farley is an ordained pastor in the PC(USA). She most recently served a congregation in Waukesha, WI, and now serves as the founder and pastoral artist with A New Creation, an arts ministry which brings communities into the creation of worshipful art together. She and her husband live in Gurnee, IL, and together they have an adult son named Jim and a greyhound named Buddy. Besides art and lived theology, she’ll gladly have a conversation about books, podcasts, music, and movies.

We welcome Pastor Nicole to Ivanhoe and look forward to her leadership during Pastor Kris’s sabbatical through August. Feel free to contact Pastor Nicole at the church office, or by phone at 847.566.5204.

August 19, 2018
• Special Music: “Ave Maria”
• Scripture: John 6:51 – 58
• Sermon topic: “Whoever Eats” – Reverend Nicole Farley

August 12, 2018
• Special Music: “What a Wonderful World”
• Scripture: John 6:35 – 41, 51
• Sermon topic: “From Heaven” – Reverend Nicole Farley

August 5, 2018
• Scripture: John 6:24 – 35
• Sermon topic: “Of Life and Living” – Reverend Nicole Farley

June 10, 2018
• Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:13 – 5:1
• Sermon topic: “And So We Speak” – Reverend Nicole Farley

Reverend Nicole Farley

Reflections From Red Bird Mission Trip

During the Sunday, March 8th service, our congregation celebrated one of the ways we bring ministry outside of the church. We heard testimony from four of our members who spent the week of March 11 serving with brothers and sisters from two other UCC churches at Red Bird Mission in Beverly, Kentucky (part of Appalachia). Our volunteers were joined by one former member and one family member along with eighteen others to embody the love and grace of Christ through service to a community in need. The bulk of the work focused on rebuilding decks, replacing floors and repairing walls as well as helping to clean and organize the mission resale shop. The service recording is shared below.

April 8, 2018, Marks of Faith

Red Bird Mission

We were also blessed to hear about another mission trip to Jamaica in January…

Missionaries of the Poor, Kingston Jamaica