Community News: 1. Welcome to the CCPC English Ministry worship! We are glad that you’ve joined us. We hope to grow together into a loving community of Christ. Please fill out the visitor’s card and be sure to give it to the ushers! Please join us for fellowship after the service. 2. EM has early prayer meeting on Saturdays with the youth group in this chapel at 5:45 AM. Please join us for a time of reflection and prayer!
Chicago Covenant Presbyterian Church English Ministry We’re a community… Convicted by love Committed to reconciliation Celebrating life Welcome to the home of the beloved, a harbor for the peacemakers, and haven for the redeemed!
3. Life Connections Bible study group will be meeting immediately after fellowship. 4. On October 5, Saturday, to commemorate the National Violence Awareness Month, Korean American Women in Need (KAN‐WIN) is having a Freedom Run: 5K Run/Walk at 9am. If you register online before October 5, the cost is $25; $30 for onsite registration (kids under 12 are free.) The onsite registration opens at 8:15 and the actual event starts at 9am. It’s at River Park, 5100 N. Francisco Ave, Chicago. Let’s all walk/run against domestic violence! Online registration: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Qy1n5K6KLptKDLEHvcZm9jCy_hCrBhXZk EkfoaTQJYs/viewform 5. Save the Date! Night Ministry at Pilsen has been tentatively scheduled for Thursday October 17 at 6pm. Here’s a perfect opportunity to serve! 6. Please continue to pray for the college students both far and near as they start their school year.
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Chicago Covenant Presbyterian Church PC(USA)
September 29, 2013
Food for Thought
Order of Worship Call to worship Praise Offering Linda Kim and Connie Chong
Offertory Prayer Linda Kim
Welcome & Announcement
Two psychologists, Dr. Robert A. Emmons of the University of California, Davis, and Dr. Michael E. McCullough of the University of Miami, have done much of the research on gratitude. In one study, they asked all participants to write a few sentences each week, focusing on particular topics. One group wrote about things they were grateful for that had occurred during the week. A second group wrote about daily irritations or things that had displeased them, and the third wrote about events that had affected them (with no emphasis on them being positive or negative). After 10 weeks, those who wrote about gratitude were more optimistic and felt better about their lives. Surprisingly, they also exercised more and had fewer visits to physicians than those who focused on sources of aggravation.
Message “The Steps to Forgiveness”
Another leading researcher in this field, Dr. Martin E. P. Seligman, a psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania, tested the impact of various positive psychology interventions on 411 people, each compared with a control assignment of writing about early memories. When their week’s assignment was to write and personally deliver a letter of gratitude to someone who had never been properly thanked for his or her kindness, participants immediately exhibited a huge increase in happiness scores. This impact was greater than that from any other intervention, with benefits lasting for a month.
Song of Response
Of course, studies such as this one cannot prove cause and effect. But most of the studies published on this topic support an association between gratitude and an individual’s well-being.
Scripture Reading Genesis 45:1-15 Paul Oh
Other studies have looked at how gratitude can improve relationships. For example, a study of couples found that individuals who took time to express gratitude for their partner not only felt more positive toward the other person but also felt more comfortable expressing concerns about their relationship.
*Please join us for a time of fellowship in the room located at the end of the hallway.
~An excerpt from Harvard Health Publications of Harvard Medical School