As we wrap up our sermon series, ONE, we would like to invite you to lunch to facilitate conversation about finding unity in diversity. David Spencer, senior pastor at The Church of Chicago, will lead a discussion on how the church can become more aware of the diversity in our community and love each other better. If you have questions you would like to discuss at the lunch, please write them on the tear-off section. Please RSVP if you plan to attend the lunch after second service on Sunday.

Hope for the Holidays, our annual fair trade holiday bazaar is coming 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 8! Make plans to shop with a purpose when you give a gift that gives twice! Proceeds from the event go to help artisan families living in third world countries and disadvantaged workers right here in Chicagoland. The event will include live music, plus a coffee bar and treats Friday evening (Dec. 7) and the chance to experience ethnic food options on Saturday (Dec. 8). For more info, visit hopefortheholidays.info.

For many people, Christmas is the most anticipated day of the year. It’s an exciting time to gather with family and friends, exchange gifts and celebrate the season. But what if the joy, love, peace and hope you experience at Christmas could last everyday? What if Christmas wasn’t just a day, but a way to live? Find out this December how the birth of Christ give us the gift of a Living Christmas all year long. Join us for Christmas music and a relevant Biblical message on Dec. 9 & 16 at 9:30 or 11 a.m. and Dec. 23, Eve of Christmas Eve at 10 a.m. or 6 p.m.

We plan to continue the multisite conversation with another Family Chat gathering at 7 p.m. Dec. 12. If you have questions that you would like to discuss with an elder prior to that meeting, please contact the elders here.

We would like to set aside time every Sunday between services and Tuesdays at 6 a.m. to pray as a body for the next steps for our church. Please make this a priority and join us in the hallway outside the office for weekly prayer.

Would you like to learn about hosting a discussion group in your community to provide a safe environment to explore questions about God and faith? Beginning in January, The Sanctuary will join more than 1,000 other churches in Chicagoland by inviting our community to look at seven big questions about God, Jesus, faith and purpose as part of the “Explore God” sermon series. If you are interested in learning what it means to host a discussion group in your community, please plan to attend an Info Meeting on Sunday to learn more. Sign up at the Info Table.

At Bolingbrook Christian Health Center’s annual Christmas event on Dec. 8, parents of more than 350 children sign up to shop at a gift mart. If you can donate, please drop off new gifts at the church anytime before the event. We are concentrating on collecting gifts for children ages 12 to 18. For volunteer opportunities, click here.

If you are looking for an easy and meaningful way to serve in our community, sign up to partner with Morningstar Mission. We have the opportunity to help serve dinner to those without homes 3:45 to 6 p.m. Dec. 7 and 15. There is room for seven volunteers on each date.

Men, come for breakfast and stay to build relationships with God and others. Meet at Eggs, Inc. in Bolingbrook at 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. Dec. 8.

Our junior high and high school ministries meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays for student-led worship, large group teaching, small group discussion and tons of FUN! Feel free to arrive at 6:30 for hangout time.

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