CONNECTIONS L O C A L & G L O BA L S TO R I E S, N E W S A N D E V E N T S O F C O L L E G E C H U RC H
FACE TO FACE
Interlude in Summer SUSAN ZIMMERMAN | 6 LIFE LESSONS
Meeting the Deaf ALTA JOHNSON | 8 GLOBAL VOICES
In the Shadow of His Wings CHERYL WARNER | 12 I BELIEVE
This Is Crazy TONY VISCONTI | 18
“ Flowers have a purpose that I didn’t realize before: sometimes they are used as anesthetics.” Read “Flowers as Anesthetics” by Sergey Sologub on page 15
TABLE OF CONTENTS PA GE 02
Flowers as Anesthetics SERGEY SOLOGUB
PA GE 04
Meet Your Leaders
PA GE 05
From the Editor
These Are My Sisters
PA GE 06
Interlude in September
This is Crazy
PA GE 08
Meeting the Deaf: A Partial Memoir, A Brief History and a Personal Invitation
Recalibration after Roe
PA GE 11
Under the Radar
Artist Spotlight—Kathryn McBride
PA GE 11
At the Bookstall
PAGE 27 Looking Ahead
PA GE 12 n the Shadow of His Wings
Our Pastors, Directors and Residents: Josue Alvarado, pastoral resident | Matt Anthony, pastoral resident | Cheryce Berg, director of children’s ministries | Roger Burgess, pastor of visitation and care | Julie Clemens, director of disability ministries | Erik Dewar, pastor of worship and music Baxter Helm, high school pastor | Dan Hiben, middle school pastor | Tim Hollinger, technology director | Howard Kern, facilities director Bruce Main, pastor of visitation and care | Josh Maurer, pastor of discipleship | Curt Miller, missions pastor | Josh Moody, senior pastor Richard Moomjian, pastoral resident | Ben Panner, college pastor | Mindy Rynbrandt, director of women’s ministries | John Seward, executive pastor | Nancy Singer, director of administration and Qnance | Wil Triggs, director of communications Our Council of Elders: David Bea | Mark Berg | Howard Costley, chair | Dave Gieser, vice chair | Randy Jahns | Heinrich Johnsen Josh Moody, senior pastor | Jeff Oslund | Roger Sandberg | David Setran | Jeremy Taylor, secretary | Chad Thorson | Brian Wildman
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CONTRIBUTORS ALTA JOHNSON
Alta Johnson lives with her husband, Paul, and their two great teenagers whom she homeschools, and her father whom they care for, in WinQeld. She has been an interpreter and teacher of ASL in a career that spans more than three decades. Among other jobs, shes interpreted for George W. Bush and Barack Obama and taught at Moody Bible Institute for several years. However, her favorite memories include clients and students who are not famous, but still precious to God. Her passion is to help Christians open their minds and hearts to communicate with others using this beautiful language.
serves at College Church as the digital ministry manager since November of 2019. He lives in WinQeld with his wife, Kristin, who also serves College Church by teaching music in the Stars Disability Ministry. They have two boys, Pearson (5) and Isaiah (1).
SARAH LINDQUIST serves with the Sanctity of Human Life Task Force and the Evangelism and Culture Impact Committee. She homeschools her young sons and teaches violin, viola and performing ensembles at Community School of the Arts at Wheaton College. When time allows, she enjoys working in her garden and admiring historic architecture.
KATHRYN MCBRIDE is the creative communications coordinator at College Church and the designer of Connections. She is a Colson Center Fellow and enjoys various creative pursuits. In all that she does, she endeavors to make things beautiful. The images in this issue all come from her recent trip to Scotland.
SERGEY SOLOGUB is a pastor at Irpin Bible Church in Irpin, Ukraine. He has worked in church ministry with the Warners and received training at two LittWorld conferences, where he has connected with John Maust and Wil and Lorraine Triggs. He and his family recently returned to Irpin after living and ministering in a di erent, safer part of Ukraine. He is the author of Kitchen Table Devotions from A-Z (Moody).
CHERYL WARNER serves with her husband, Charley, in Ukraine with Barnabas International. They teach missions students and help churches mobilize and care for Ukrainian missionaries. They pray to be able to return to their home in Irpin.
MEAGHAN ZAINO has served in the nursery, Kids’ Harbor and as a high school small group leader, and she will be serving as a small group leader in Womens Bible Study this year. Meaghan has called College Church home since she was in third grade and loves seeing her four children grow up in the same church she did.
SUSAN ZIMMERMAN serves as a deaconess and Mom2Mom mentor. She loves exploring all manner of walking trails with her husband, Todd, and keeps up with their daughter and family in Oswego and their son and family in Chicago.
COVER IMAGE: Scottish Sheep at Sunset by Kathryn McBride
SEPTEMBER HIGHLIGHTS SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP SERVICES
SEPTEMBER 4: No Service (holiday weekend)
SEPTEMBER 11: 1 Timothy 1:18-2:7, Pastor Ben Panner preaching
Join us at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Livestream broadcast is at 9:30 with a rebroadcast at 11. You can watch it at college-church.org/livestream
SEPTEMBER 18: 1 Timothy 2:8-15, Pastor Josh Moody preaching
The Gospel of Jesus Pastor Josh Moody preaching on Mark
SEPTEMBER 25: 1 Timothy 3:1-16, Pastor Baxter Helm preaching
ADULT COMMUNITIES ALL NATIONS Sundays 9:30 a.m. in C104F Dr. Jim Tebbe: The Mission of God in Scripture FORUM 15 Sundays 9:30 a.m. in CL01 Bruce Main: Life of Christ GREEK CLASS Sundays 9:30 a.m. in the Board Room
SEPTEMBER 4: Conflict, Mark 2:1-3:6 (Communion) SEPTEMBER 11: Who Really Are His Disciples, Mark 3:7-34 (Back to Church Sunday) SEPTEMBER 18: The Power of the Word, Mark 4 SEPTEMBER 25: Both Sides of the Lake, Mark 5
Dr. Jon Laansma; Knowledge of Greek is not required for this class. LIFE TOGETHER COMUNITY Sundays 9:30 a.m. in Commons Gym Teaching Team; Authentic biblical community for adults ages 25-40 LIVING WORD Sundays 9:30 a.m. in C104A & C
SUNDAY EVENING WORSHIP SERVICES Everyone welcome.
Dr. Doug Moo, Pastor Josh Maurer, Felipe Chamy: 1 & 2 Thessalonians
In Commons Hall at 5 p.m.
The Church of the Gospel
LOGOS Sundays 9:30 a.m. in C104E Dan Haase: The Gospel of John NEW: THRIVE Sundays 9:30 a.m. in Crossings For adults in their 40s-50s to live out Gods Word in community. VERITAS Sundays 9:30 a.m. in C104B & D Dr. Neil Wright:The Book of Revelation Young parents are welcome.
CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES (KIDS’ HARBOR)
A landing place for you to grow in Christian community and launching pad to send you out in the ministry and mission of the church. Weekly gatherings and events. For more information, contact Kaitie Girgis at kgirgis@ college-church.org
NURSERY (0-2) at 9:30 and 11 a.m. BIBLE SCHOOL (preschool-fifth grade) at 9:30 a.m. WONDERS OF WORSH P WOW( second half of 11 a.m. service
(K-third grade) during
CHILDREN’S CHURCH (preschool) at 11 a.m. PRESCHOOL at 5 p.m. GOD’S CHILDREN SING (Kindergarten and Pre-K) and CHILDREN’S CHOIRS (grades 1-6) start September 11 at 5 p.m. K DS HARBOR WEDNESDAY CLUBS at 6:45 p.m.
begin September 14
20s RETREAT: September 16-18. Come enjoy a weekend at the Warren Dunes in Michigan with the 2 0 s group! We will carpool together, leaving College Church Friday evening and returning Sunday afternoon. Activities include exploring the dunes, hanging out at the cottage and private beach where we will stay, hearing from God’s Word and enjoying fellowship together. See the 2 0 s Group page on the College Church website to register.
The Wednesday clubs include Pioneer Girls ( grades 1 - 5 ) and Boys Brigade (grades 1-5). Join us this year. WOMEN’S
STARS DISABILITY SUNDAYS INCLUSION CLASSES at 9:30 and 11 a.m. CHILDREN/TEEN STARS at 9:30 a.m. YOUNG ADULT/ADULT/MULTIGENERATIONAL at 9:30 a.m.
MIDDLE SCHOOL (KMs) SUNDAY MORNING FOUNDATIONS, 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the KMs room WEDNESDAYS large group gathering, 6:45-8:15 p.m. in the KMs room
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY starting September 14 Morning: 9:30-11 a.m. Evening: 6:45-8:15 p.m.
This fall, we’ll study the Book of Deuteronomy. Through this last book of the Pentateuch, we see the unfolding story of redemption as God chooses a people to set apart for his specific purposes. Well look at this Old Testament book through a New Testament lens, seeking to better understand God’s revelation of himself and what this means for us today. Next spring, we look forward to diving into Luke’s Gospel and seeing the compassion of Christ revealed. We anticipate a joyful and fruitful journey together this year. To register, visit our website.
HIGH SCHOOL (HYACKS)
SUNDAYS at 9:30 a.m. in the Crossings WEDNESDAYS from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
MEN’S BIBLE STUDY starting September 14
in the Crossings
COLLEGE GROUP SUNDAYS at 10:45 a.m. in the Crossings Building Gospel Friendships, Shaping Biblical Convictions
HOME GROUPS: Monday-Thursday at 7 p.m. (Starting September 5-8) Bible Study of Romans
6:45-8:15 p.m. Commons C002 (tunnel level) This fall, both Mens and Womens Bible Studies will study the Book of Deuteronomy. There’s no registration needed, and we look forward to seeing you as we gather around Gods Word together. Our hope is to cultivate a hunger for God and an ability to handle Gods Word in daily life. Next spring, we will study the Gospel of Luke together.
BEARS, BAGS & BBQ Sunday, September 25, at noon in Commons Hall Well watch some football, enjoy good BBQ and have a Bags Tournament.
Know someone new to College Despite it being part of life, death is never easy. It hurts to Church? f so, invite them to join lose someone, and it may be hard to feel optimistic about you for a casual lunch in the the future. GriefShare is a 13-week class, which features Narthex (the Sanctuary Lobby) video seminars with experts, focused group discussions catered by Jason’s Deli on Sunday, and personal study and reRection that can help you face September 1 , at noon. Lunch is your challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. on us! Come and meet pastors and staff, learn about GriefShare will begin in the Crossings on Monday, College Church and find out how you can September 12, 7-8:30 p.m. You are welcome to begin get involved. Help us plan by checking the attending GriefShare on any week. Each session is selfbox on the online connect panel, using the contained, so you do not have to attend in QR code or by emailingwelcome@collegesequence.YouwillQndencouragementand church.org. help whenever you begin. For more information, contact Christy at firstname.lastname@example.org, orregisterusingtheQRcode. GRACE GROUPS Mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety and other problems with mood stability are real and need compassionate support. Living Grace and Family Grace are support groups that will meet twice a month on Monday nights in the Crossings starting September 12, 7-8:30 p.m. Living Grace is intended for the person who is living with difficult mental and emotional challenges; Family Grace is for the person who has a loved one who struggles. For a schedule or more information, email gracegroups@ college-church.org, or register using the QR code.
KEENAGERS Join the senior adults (55+) of College Church as we enjoy a delicious dinner, followed by a lively program—from educational to inspirational to musical. The season starts on September 16 at 5:30 p.m. with speaker Joe Hanson— I Climbed to the Bottom of Mt. Everest. Joe was raised in a missionary family in China and Taiwan and was stationed in Taiwan while in the Navy. His career with Standard Oil also drew him to that part of the world. We know you will enjoy Joe’s pictures and the reason for the tonguein-cheek title of his presentation. The evening begins with a reception at 5:30, dinner at 6 and the program at 7 p.m. Reservations are required by September 13; email email@example.com.
PRAYER GATHERINGS ONLINE & IN PERSON Call the church office or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details on these prayer meetings. Sunday Morning Prayer 8:15-8:40 a.m. in C101 Monday Morning Prayer 6:15-7:15 a.m. Board Room Wednesday Night Prayer (Zoom only) 7-8 p.m. SEPTEMBER 7: Daniel Bair, Englewood Family Outreach SEPTEMBER 14: Scott Polander, Caring Network SEPTEMBER 21: John and Pam P. SEPTEMBER 28: Former career workers Friday Prayer for the Persecuted Church (Board Room) p. 1-2 m.LedbyWilandLorraineTriggs.Theweeklyprayer guide is also available at our website: https://bit.ly/3vzdcAz Our Prayer Pulse email goes out every Monday. You can get prayer updates via that email. Sign up by clicking “Enews signup” on our website. If you already receive other emails from College Church, click “manage my preferences” at the bottom of any email and select Prayer Pulse to add yourself.
HANNAH PRAYER FELLOWSHIP will meet Wednesday, September 14, at 1:30 p.m. in C101 in the Commons. We welcome you as we pray for our missionaries.
BARNABAS PRAYER FELLOWSHIP (formerly Dorcas Prayer Fellowship) will get an update on the translation and other work done in Papua New Guinea by Ben and Mandy Pehrson when the group meets on Wednesday, September 21, at 1:30 p.m. in the Patio Dining Room at Covenant Living at Windsor Park. Prayer for some of College Church’s global workers is also part of the meeting. Both men and women are welcome to visit and join the group. Questions? Call Wanda Z. at (708) 26 - 934.
AARON-HUR PRAYER FELLOWSHIP will meet on Thursday, September 22, at 7 p.m. at the home of Everett and Marcelyn Peterson, 127 Westminster Drive in Carol Stream, ( 6 3 0 ) 7 8 4 - 0 5 6 9 . Our guest will be Elizabeth M., serving in Asia.
FROM THE EDITOR
IN THE SHEPHERD’S ARMS This issue of Connections is Qlled with longing and su ering, but also hope and perseverence. Our contributors point us to the challenge of ministering to the deaf, living through the devastation of a decimated Ukraine as home, the nostalgia of the Sandwich Fair and more. Perseverance is sometimes amazing to consider. Somehow, I did not know until a month ago that Claude Monet went blind but continued to paint. It began at the time when he was becoming popular, even famous, as a painter. Monet reportedly painted the celebrated water lilies series when he could barely see. He continued to paint for as long as he could. John Milton also lost his sight and penned the poem On His Blindness( and other works. Depending on who you believe, Beethoven began to lose his hearing either in his 20s or early 30s. He wrote some of the most amazing music ever and continued to not only compose, but also perform for a time, doing his best to keep his condition secret. Beyond the physical, there is also the contrast of facing the emptiness of life without faith in Jesus or facing sorrow and grief with the companions and friends of a Bible study group here at College Church. Many times, people help us unknowingly. I can think of times when a person does something or says something that is just what I need. This kind of thing happens often, and we have only to act in the littlest way. God uses even us. I am reminded of the Charles Spurgeon quote, God helps those who cannot help themselves. ( So read this issue and consider the God who is at work in and among us. He is marvelous because of how he walks through so many di erent dizcult things with us. All the while, Kathryn McBride, our creative designer, was discovering Scotland and agreed to share some of what she experienced on the cover and in this month’s Artist Spotlight. Thank you for taking us to another part of the world through your photography!
WI L T RI GGS
F ACE TO F ACE
Interlude in September Susan Zimmerman Interlude.
soon, and there might already be a tinge of coolness in the air. Gardens need to be A “ n intervening or interruptive period, space, harvested, and pumpkin spice everything or event.”(Merriam-Webster.com) I like the sound of this word. It has a graceful musical ring, and indeed, Webster’s second definition is “a musical of summer warmth and languor, can exist. know because I lived it growing up. composition inserted between the partsIof a longer composition.” The Sandwich Fair, the Midwest’s oldest
The experience of an interlude, wheth er in music, or a short time span during the day, or a brief season of life, can be pleasant and uplifting. Late summer, that time shortly before end of summer) and summer’s actual, meteorological end on the autumnal equinox (this year, September 2), has always seemed to me an interlude of sorts. Yes, I know. By then school has long since started, fall activities have kicked to-do lists and mounting expectations. The evening twilight creeps in much too
continuously running fair, and the last of the season county fair in northern Illinois, is hosted by my Dekalb County hometown. Since 18 , it’s been held every year (except for 20 ) the Wednesday through the Sunday after Labor Day. In the eyes of many, the heart of the fair is not the carnival or the vendors or even the country music concerts in the grandstand. This is an old-fashioned agricultural fair, with display entries of livestock, garden produce, flower arrangements, baked goods, arts and crafts, photography and collections from wonderful to weird (this year’s exhibitor’s guide includes wasp nests [no wasps allowed] and Star Wars Pez dispensers.) The fair is and always has been a local Generations of a local board of directors (including, at one time, my grandfather) have kept the fair going through world wars and the Depression (though sadly, not during the height of COVID. Local and area residents sell tickets, park cars, run food stands and manage exhibit
buildings. For a week in early September, it feels as if the found the very presence of water lapping a shore to be entire town comes together to showcase its annual calming?) Qve. Taking a nap in a boat, even during a terrifying day celebration. storm. Dinners at the home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus. Private times teaching and explaining his parables to his Which brings me to the idea of interlude. One of the closest disciples. A conversation by a well. Directing the biggest delights for schoolchildren growing up in Sandwich crowd to sit down and enjoy the dinner of bread and fish was the way the local school district accommodated the he miraculously provided. All of these, in a sense, are a fair. School would usually start the last full week or so in type of interlude, moments of refreshment, reflection, and August. Then came Labor Day weekend, and then—FAIR at times, deep communion that bring peace and comfort WEEK. Tuesday through Friday after Labor Day, we went to busy and distracted souls. to school for half days only. Not only were these half days, but they were easy half days. Lower expectations. No But beyond his example to us, Jesus himself is our enduring homework. If you were caught nodding off in class, well, interlude, our only way to true rest amid life’s pressing everyone knew you had probably been up late the night demands. n Matthew 1 : 2 8 - 3 0 , he urges, Come to me, all before enjoying the fair at its best, when darkness fell, you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. and the lights glowed on the carnival midway. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will Qnd rest for your souls. My family always made the most of those glorious late For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. ( N V) summer days at the fair. My parents would provide my brothers and me a generous ration of carnival ride tickets, In September, as summer’s intense light and heat fade and we would race to see how many rides we could fit into cooler and shorter days, the accompanying shift of into one afternoon. They were less indulgent on tickets slower days into busy and hurried ones seems to set aside for carnival games (which always seemed kind of rigged), opportunities for interlude. Yet interlude doesn’t always but that didn’t matter when there was so much else to do. have to be a week or two of vacation or a long lazy summer 4H exhibits where kids our age showed their cows, pigs, afternoon at the beach. It can be as brief as a walk around and goats. The home arts building with mouthwatering the block, a 10-minute tea break, observing the dance of displays of cakes, pies, cinnamon rolls and cookies. The clouds in the sky or a quick text or phone exchange with honey vendor with his eye-riveting display box of live a good friend. It can be as simple as taking a meaningful bees. Otto’s train ride with a real steam engine whistle. pause to appreciate God’s gift to us of our senses and how Cotton candy, lemonade shakeups and syrupy sweet they let us interact with his creation around us. elephant ears. But most of all, true interlude comes from times of Beyond the break from school and the fair entertainment, Scripture meditation, quiet prayer, listening to a hymn or this late summer interlude was something to savor simply joyous awareness of the magnificence of our Lord with all your senses. To this day, even if I don’t make and Savior, his power beyond anything we can think or the trip to Sandwich to attend the fair, I am attuned in imagine and his incredible grace in salvation. early September to its sights, sounds, tastes and smells. This fall, take time for interlude. Warm, sunny afternoons. Cooler evenings. Happy crowds. Gracious old oak trees still in full leaf. The taste of barbecued pork chops and buttered sweet corn. The COMMUNION roaring crescendo of the tractor pull. Lights on the Ferris AT COLLEGE wheel spinning against the night sky. Singsong calls of the game vendors. And yes, even the pungent odors of CHURCH farm animals. The sensory rush brings lingering hints of SEPTEMBER 4 summer possibilities still to be grasped. My September memories of a hometown county fair are a limited analogy of the real interlude I seek in my daily walk with Christ. But they do help me consider what interlude can do to refresh my spirit and encourage me for the days ahead. There are so many instances in the New Testament where Jesus seems to call himself and his disciples into interlude. His prayer times in the early morning darkness. Retreats to the Mount of Olives. Teaching by the sea (who hasn’t
A Partial Memoir, A Brief History and a Personal Invitation
Meeting the Deaf*
L I FE L ESSON S 8
*”Deaf” with a capital “D” was adopted by many in this people group as a cultural indicator of acceptance and honor and is used regardless of level of hearing loss. To distinguish between the culture of being “Deaf” from the label “deaf” as in hearing loss, the word is often capitalized.
and Target, at auto and RV shows, at museums or while traveling. I was even privileged to have deaf neighbors for many years at our most recent house in Wheaton. Of course, you meet them too, but you may not know it or know how to respond when you do. Continue reading and join me on this fascinating journey.
“Mom, how are you always able to meet deaf people everywhere you go?” my son asked after we’d met a sweet young woman who bagged our groceries at the local Mariano’s. I honestly don’t know. It’s something God has prepared me for over decades, although I didn’t always realize or appreciate it. But my son is right. I have met people from this overlooked and unreached people group in every job I’ve held from an EMT in the emergency room to packing brown trucks at UPS to a nanny in Hong Kong. I meet them in Walmart, Chick-Fil-A
WHO ARE THE DEAF AND WHY ARE THEY CONSIDERED UNREACHED? You may have seen sign language in terpreters next to state governors on TV during the COVID-19 pandemic or heard about the Academy Awards given to deaf actors. Marvel has included deaf characters in recent movies and the New York Times has featured articles on Deaf people recently. Who are the Deaf and where are they? Deafness is considered a “low-incidence disability” so it’s rare to -
munity. You may pass them on the street
and not realize it. However, if deaf people were gathered in one geographical area, they would be considered one of the least-reached people groups in the world for the gospel. FAMILY Often a deaf person has hearing parents and hearing children. This leads to unique challenges, including isolation from one’s family and community. Understandably, this can have devastating consequences.
students, who, often being the only deaf person, had little communication with anyone except the school interpreter.
Also in the late 20th century, cochlear implants were developed. This recent technology requires surgery to bypass the inner ear and implant a device in the brain, destroying any residual hearing in the process. While continuing to improve, such devices have limited scope, require specialized training to understand sounds and may lead to medical complications. CIs, as they are sometimes called, are not a cure for hearing loss and have led to divisive controversy among the deaf. Unfortunately, some parents have relied on medical technology to bridge the communication gap between them and their deaf child.
Statistics show that 90 percent of deaf children are born into hearing families. And, perhaps from shock, a feeling of being overwhelmed, poor guidance or disinterest, a mind-boggling 90 percent of those families don’t learn sign language to communicate with these children. Many deaf people never have a meaningful conversation with a parent. If a deaf person has a deaf mother and father, they are considered lucky by other deaf people. Why? Deaf children who are born to deaf parents are given immediate acceptance and access to language.
SCHOOL AND CHURCH n the Qrst part of the 2 0 th century, American deaf children were often sent to residential schools where they lived away from their families, but with other children and adults who communicated like them. These schools functioned like surrogate families and became a vital part of the rich culture of American deaf people, and American Sign Language Rourished.
Within those schools, attending a chapel service on the weekend was often required so some of these students received a type of religious instruction. Beyond the reach of the deaf schools, however, typically no interpretation or instruction was provided in churches until the late 20th century. In fact, there is much evidence that deaf people BECOMING A PROUD PEOPLE GROUP were regarded as cursed and something to be ignored or For decades, sign language use was discouraged or Qxed. Collectively, culturally Deaf people thinkprohibited of churchin the United States and other countries, as distasteful or irrelevant and are proud of being non- partly due to the inRuence of Alexander Graham Bell and religious, according to a post, Deaf: An Unreached People his destructive theories on working with the Deaf. An Unlike Any other. ( international conference of educators in Milan, Italy, in 1880 led to a global focus of teaching deaf children to rely ts dizcult for someone without hearing to learn to read on the dizcult task of lip reading to communicate. This led well, so printed material is not always an e ective way to to a generation of deaf people furtively using gestures to communicate. t might be surprising to learn that the Qrst communicate and being ashamed of their deafness. sign language translation of the Bible was Qnished only in 2020 after nearly forty years of work. In the 1960’s, a group of professors at Gallaudet University in Washington, D. C. studied and validated American Sign In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed Language as a unique and beautiful language, complete into law. Well-intended, it mandated greater access to vital with its own grammar, syntax and idioms. Around the same services such as medical care, employment and education time, a scourge of Rubella (German Measles) impacted for disabled people. In public schools, children who were pregnant women, causing large numbers of babies to be previously grouped in distant residential schools were bornwithvariousdisabilities,includingdeafness.Whent now mainstreamed with neighborhood children, allowing generation of children was school age, special education them to live with their families and attend the local school. continued on next page Inadvertently, this resulted in greater isolation for deaf
programs were developed and mandated. Sign language Become aware of people who might be isolated due to interpreters, previously relegated to helpful family hearing loss. Make a point of facing them, making eye conmembers or friends, became legitimized and trained. All tact, smiling and speaking clearly (without exaggerating or this helped set the stage for a successful peaceful protest shouting). Understand that the majority of deaf experience by college students in 1998 demanding a deaf president isolation from their families, co-workers and communities, at Gallaudet University, the only deaf liberal arts college so reaching out with love is immensely powerful. in the world. By the 1990’s deaf people had made great Learn a few signs. Even imperfect attempts at commugains in being seen, supported and united. They proudly nication are encouraging, and those who depend on sign identiQed as a people group with a comprehensive visual language to communicate will happily teach you more. language and unique culture. Note: The moniker hearing Accept the responsibility for clear communication. The impaired(iso ensivetomanyintheDeafculture.tfocuses on a limitation rather than celebrating their identity. Many burden to bridge the communication gap should not be on deaf people, who may be limited in how successful their prefer the term Deaf and Hard of Hearing. ( interactions can be. Hearing people have the obligation WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH US? to learn what we can, extend patience, give attention and This is the point where my story joins the deaf world. As a child, make e orts at conversation. myQrstexposuretosignlanguagewasinthemid-s 07 when Pray. Pray for the unreached deaf to be exposed to the my Qrst-grade teacher taught her class the chorus to Jesus LovesMe(inAmericanSignLanguage.wascaptivatedbythe gospel and Qnd freedom in Christ. Pray for the Holy ability to express concepts visually and kinesthetically. Still Spirit to draw people to Jesus. Pray for workers for the fascinated, I decided to become a Sign Language Interpreter in harvest. Pray for churches and mission organizations and college. I was studying this distinct culture and language while counseling centers to have wisdom and resources to make accommodations. their silent revolution was happening.
Deaf andHard-of-Hearingpeopleareeverywhere:inWheaton, While there is beauty and strength in the deaf culture, there is also bondage and dysfunction. In part because of Lombard, Chicago, Washington D. C. , in every country deaf people’s isolation and vulnerability, abuse of all kinds and on every continent. You meet them too. How is God (physical, emotional, sexual, substance) is extraordinarily preparing you to interact with these precious individuals high, and there is a dearth of educated therapists and whom he loves? counselors familiar with the unique needs of the deaf. As a ARE YOU WILLING TO JOIN ME ON THIS JOURNEY? young interpreter in a higher education setting and willing Do you want to learn basic sign language or join a group to help, ( was unprepared for the overwhelming needs of that regularly prays speciQcally for deaf people? current the deaf students around me. I decided to quit. But God, co-host an international prayer meeting every second in his mercy, never let me lose my love for the deaf, nor Sunday night on Zoom. I’m preparing to start teaching totally leave the Qeld. some fall classes and am looking for people to be a part of As mentioned, I worked a variety of jobs over the years regular game and co ee socials in sign language. while I studied for another career and found ways to help I envision people within our church family learning sign support my family. I also returned to interpreting and language, our church hosting monthly social events to discovered I love teaching about the language and culture include both hearing and deaf people and developing of the deaf. My greatest passion is now alerting Christians counseling and prayer ministries for deaf people in our to the immense needs in this Qeld. This is where you come area. I envision a Sunday school class that is patterned into the story. after the adult STARS ministry—where the class joins the main service for corporate worship and then has a safe SO, HOW MIGHT ONE RESPOND TO ALL THIS? If your heart is broken to learn this information, you are place to discuss the Bible in their own language and at their in good company. God yearns for his precious creations own speed. I believe our church is strategically located and to enter his kingdom and receive his salvation. He has has the resources to consider this ministry. entrusted his church with extending the invitation and Again, are you willing to join me on this journey? equips and empowers us through his Holy Spirit to carry out the task. I see him raising up a new generation of people who embrace this joyful burden, including students of all ages in the Sign Language classes I’ve taught. God may be nudging your heart as well. There are some practical steps you can take right away.
KATHRYN MCBRIDE When people ask what do, like to say that am a professional graphic designer and an amateur photographer. Photography provides me with an avenue to combine composition, beauty, travel and Photoshop. In short, it’s my art. In his book Art for God’s Sake Philip Graham Ryken captures the heart of whyartiscentraltomylife.Hesaid,becauseweknowGodasbothour EILEAN DONAN CASTLE Creator and Redeemer, we seek to display his beauty and grace in our life andwork.(tsprobablyforthisreasonthatloveColossians3:1,which someoneonceparaphrased,ThereisonlyChrist,heiseverything.( These images are from a recent trip to Scotland. Not only is it a beautiful country, but it’s also the homeland of my ancestors (the clan McLeod). I went there as part of a group of friends that toured the country with two guides who researched who our relatives were and where they lived. The experience was nothing short of amazing as the nine of us spent two weeks traveling throughout the Scottish Highlands with all our belongings stuffed into a nine-passenger van. All along the way, we laughed and cried as our guide regaled us with stories about our family clans’ fortunes and misfortunes.
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On a trip to the Isle of Lewis, my sister and I saw the home where my great- grandparents spent most of their lives. We were particularly moved the day we went to our missionary grandfather’s birthplace. Though a proud Scot, he loved Jesus more and left his beloved land and language for more unfamiliar soil, spreading the gospel as a missionaryinSouthAmericaforQftyyears.LikeAbraham, hewaslooking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder isGod.( (Hebrews 11:10) Though my grandfather left home nearly a hundred years ago, not knowing where Christ would take him, my sister and I returned with the sure testimony that God led him all the way.
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M I L E S T O NES BIRTHS Isaac Daniel was born to Joel and Dana Weinberger on August 7. Isaac joins his siblings Leah, Noah and Grace. Samuel David was born to Danny and Allie Benson on July 29. Samuel’s maternal grandparents are Gary and Mary Lange.
passed away on August 1 . Visitation will be Friday, September 9, 3:30-8:30 p.m. at College Church, and a memorial service will be In the Sanctuary on Saturday, September 10, at 2 p.m.
Pray for College Church missionary Holly (Joe) Greeson and family as they grieve the loss of Holly’s mother, Hannah Baumann, who passed away last month.
Pray for Patty Edmonds and Debbie (Tim) Hollinger and family as they grieve the loss of Patty’s husband and Debbie’s father, Gerald “Jerry” Edmonds, who
Pray for Brian (Donna) Aldridge and family as they grieve the loss of Brian’s sister, Marianne, who passed away on July 6.
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In the Shadow of His Wings Cheryl Warner
Following the February 24 Russian invasion of Ukraine, we watched with horror from afar. Irpin, our home for the past four years, was on the front line, fighting to keep Russian troops from reaching Kyiv. The Ukrainian resistance was successful, but the price was high. By the time Russian forces withdrew, 71 percent of the buildings in Irpin were damaged, with a third of those completely destroyed. Our beautiful, thriving city in the forest lay in heaps of rubble. Most residents had fled. The women in my Bible study were dispersed around the world: Poland, Sweden, Australia, the UK, western Ukraine, and I was in the U.S. We continued meeting online and turned to the psalms for comfort. David the warrior, hiding from Saul in a cave, voiced a prayer that we could echo: Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me,
As refugees, these women found places of physical safety, but our souls were battered, stunned, wounded by the disruption and terror. Other friends didn’t leave. I texted with people hiding underground in bomb shelters in Irpin, Bucha and Kharkiv. As God brought people to mind, I would send a message and hear another story of danger or deliverance. David goes on, “I cry out to God Most High, to God, who fulfills his purpose for me. He sends from heaven and saves me, rebuking those who hotly pursue me; God sends his love and his faithfulness.” (57:2-3) What could God’s purposes be for Ukraine? For Russia? For us? We didn’t know—his ways are not our ways—but we trusted that his love and faithfulness would not fail us. As the war drags on, it’s hard to sleep. “On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.” (63:6, NIV) I also think of people sheltering in basements in Ukraine, their sleep disrupted by the sounds of sirens, shelling, children crying. On those sleepless nights, shelter for the soul is found in the shadow of his wings. It is quiet there, with space to think, to pray, to draw close and feel his heartbeat. That place of rest comes with an invitation to repent and trust. “In repentance and rest is your salvation. In quietness and trust is your strength.” (Isaiah 30:15, NIV) God, forgive me for seeking security anywhere else. You alone are my hiding my place. Questions naturally come up in our small group. Why was my friend’s home spared and mine was bombed? How
could God let this happen? Will ever be able to go ( home? but not Charleys library of theological books! ) . Yet th Does God really love me? house still stands. Windows were replaced in July, and Tamara has been restoring order. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? . . . No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35-39, NIV)
Under his wings, his love surrounds us and holds us close. Because we are in Christ, united with him, as Dane Ortlund explains, Nothing can touch you that does not touch him. To get to you, every pain, every assault, every disappointment has to go through him. You are shielded by invincible love. He himself feels your anguish even more deeply than you do, because you’re one with him; and he mediates everything hard in your life through his love for you, because youre one with him. ( Ortlund continues, Your suffering does not define you. His does. You have endured pain involuntarily. He has endured pain voluntarily, for you. Your pain is meant to push you to flee Much worse than the loss of property is the loss of life. to him, where he endured what you deserve. How (Does ( The BBC reported atrocities committed there in a June God Change Us? Crossway, 2021, pages 36, 43) 8 article titled rpin: Russias reign of terror in a qui LAMENT neighbourhood near Kyiv. ( t tells of residents who died. Russian soldiers occupied our part of town and were living Larisa, 75, a retired kindergarten director. An unidentified in our home in March. We lost contact with our landlady, young woman in a red coat, found with a handwritten Tamara, during that time and knew she had remained in shopping list in her purse. For nearly a month her body lay our house and declined an opportunity to evacuate with in Vygovskogo Street near our house. More than half the people staying at Mission Eurasia across the street. victimsWe in this part of rpin were shot, ( the BBC reporte feared the worst. We asked our friend Roman to check on of the dead in this residential quarter were So many her, and he texted back that he couldn’t—that area was women that the mayor renamed it the place of ‘women’s occupied, he would be shot if he went there. I imagined killings. ( Lord, how can this be? Writing a lament for that combat boots and guns where we usually keep guest woman in the red coat expressed some of my grief and slippers and Bibles. sorrow for my neighbors, my home, the life we once lived there so brutally interrupted. He weeps with me, with my Weeks later, after Russian troops left rpin, we learned neighbors, with all of Ukraine. that Tamara was alive and well. Thank God! She told us she had been sheltering in our basement with a neighbor HOPE and a dog when the Russian soldiers came, but they did During that time of intense fighting in Irpin, volunteers not hurt her. They told her to leave, sparing her life. from Irpin Bible Church fed hundreds of people a day and Others were not so fortunate. opened the basement as a bomb shelter where people slept overnight. A generator supplied electricity for Mykola and Vasyl ( two of the pastors who visited College cooking and charging phones. Throughout the fighting, Church in February) and Roman visited Tamara and sent nearby buildings were damaged and a vehicle in the us a video of the damage. Our house fared better than parking lot burned, but the church building only sustained many surrounding us that were destroyed and burned, a broken window. They helped 3,000 people evacuate by including the Mission Eurasia building. Our windows were the end of March. One church member Anatoliy, 26, was all blown out from the impact of bombs falling nearby, the killed along with a family he was helping evacuate as they fence was knocked down, tank tracks marred the garden, crossed the broken bridge that leads to Kyiv. and some personal possessions were stolen or damaged continued on next page
home church and our daughters, and God has placed us in a lovely home with all four of our daughters in close proximity, two of whom recently moved back to Wheaton from out of state.
We pray for the day when we can return to our home in Irpin, and it is strange not knowing when we can go back. Our friends there are telling us not yet. ( Meanwhile, we continue to pray, to seek wise counsel, to stay in touch with our Ukrainian friends and ministry partners, to find hope in Gods Word. pray a favorite verse for myself and formyUkrainianbrothersandsisters: MaytheLorddirect your hearts into Gods love and Christs perseveranc ( 2 Thessalonians 3 : 5 , N V) SINGING David repeatedly looks to God for refuge and returns to the image of Gods wings in Psalm 6 3 : 7 : Because you are my help, sing in the shadow of your wings. ( ( N V) There in the desert, he is singing? Some who evacuated have returned to their homes if they have homes to return to. The church has established help As I hide in the shadow of his wings, is God inviting me to centers in Irpin and in two other nearby towns. People something deeper than refuge and safety? His wings cover come for food parcels, hot meals, help repairing homes me when tears flow, when worry for my friends distresses and spiritual conversations. Bible clubs meet twice a week me, when sadness over the losses is too deep for words. with newcomers. Visitors fill the seats at Sunday services. But can be in that place and sing? Children’s events and day camps have been held this Yes. And you, my church family, have helped me do that. summer. God does send forth his love and faithfulness. When rpin was on the front line of the war, asked Songs God of hope. Songs of lament. Songs of thanksgiving. Songs of longing. Songs of praise. Your voices help me to daily renew my hope in his character and his purposes. He has done that through stories, Scripture and song. raise mine and see the bigger picture. The College Church children’s choirs sang John Rutter’s Let goods and kindred go, The Lord Bless You and Keep You, ( reminding me that this mortal life also; children are the future, and God’s blessing is sure. Lena the body they may kill: in my small group said yes to her boyfriend’s marriage God’s truth abideth still, proposal on the morning the bombs started falling, and his kingdom is forever! they were later married in Lviv. Another small group *** member who had long wanted a baby after a miscarriage Be still, my soul, thy God doth undertake is now expecting a child in December and doing well. God to guide the future as he has the past. reminded me of Jeremiah 29:11 hanging on the wall in Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake. our home in rpin: For know the plans have for you, All now mysterious shall be bright at last. declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ( Charley had *** picked up another framed copy of that verse in 2020 when When peace like a river attendeth my way we were away from Ukraine because of COV D. We pulled When sorrows like sea billows roll it out of storage, and it hangs on our wall here. Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say It is well, it is well with my soul. Friends offered us a home to rent in Wheaton at a time when we felt homeless and needed stability. After five *** months of travel in Europe and the U.S., moving into a We will feast in the house of Zion home in late May that dear College Church people had We will sing with our hearts restored prepared for us was an extraordinary gift, truly a foretaste He has done great things, we will say together of go to prepare a place for you. ( We needed our We will feast and weep no more.
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Flowers as Anesthetics Sergey Sologub Flowers have a purpose that I didn’t realize before: sometimes they are used as anesthetics. Perhaps this can explain the bright sunflowers that one artist painted on car over the bullet holes on their hulls.
I remember that I thought about the anesthetic effect of flowers for the first time when I was at the cemetery. Being a clergyman, I have to visit cemeteries several times a year. It is always tragic, and every single time it is deeply depressing. Life is a festivity that a person starts celebrating from the first days after their birth. Our Creator made us eternal, so death is the most disgraceful thing we experience. We hate death.
I suppose that flowers in the cemetery are our protest before the eyes of death. We face it with a declaration, We deny you! ( To resign ourselves to death, for us humans is to die alive. We cant live like that. We cling to life, we strive for hope, and thus, we cover death with flowers. It brings some tranquility to our souls. The anesthetic does help, even if only partly. Flowers are the human response to death, but there are also crosses in the cemetery. The cross is God’s answer to death. It’s interesting that in his
That day, watching the burial, I noticed that two things dominated the cemetery’s scenery: crosses and flowers. A lot of flowers and a variety of bright grave wreaths. If it wasn’t for the crosses all around, the cemetery would have passed for a flower show. Why are there so many flowers here?( asked myself since obviously nobody was celebrating anything. Birthdays, days of the proposal, weddings, various holidays—these are the days decorated speeches Jesus Christ did not disguise death. He spoke with flowers. The usual purpose of flowers is to please the straightforwardly about it. Later, he stepped into the very eye in happy moments of life. So it seemed strange. darkness of death and defeated it. He rose again. But we Perhaps, people bring flowers to the cemetery in order to show their disapproval of the fact of death. The unbearable pain of loss needs to be concealed with something, it must be anesthetized. The wreath covers the unsightly ugliness of death. It distracts from it, shifting our attention to colors, bright colors...
cant do that! t still frightens us. Perhaps, that is why w hide behind flowers. May the sunflowers painted on bullet-perforated cars remind us of the eternal desire to get rid of death. To forget it. To cast it away to the very hell. One day it will be just so. Jesus assured us of it and did so himself. The victory will come.
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Meet Your Leaders DIANA CLEM
WHERE I SERVE: Board of Deaconess, Womens Bible Study tech team and Logos Adult Community leadership team
WHERE I SERVE: Board of Deacons, Men’s Gathering
WHY I SERVE: I like to serve and encourage others to serve as Christ leads. There are so many ways to express God’s love through service and giving.
THREE WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: upbeat, creative, reliable
WHY I SERVE: I love our church and want to be involved
MY FAVORITE HANG-OUT SPACE: the beach
THREE WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: loyal, practical, encouraging
DAVE SETRAN WHERE I SERVE: Council of Elders, discipleship committee, teaching team for Thrive (the new Adult Community)
MY FAVORITE HANG-OUT SPACE: a park bench especially where there are flowers
MARILYN ENSTROM WHERE I SERVE: Board of Missions, leadership team for Veritas Adult Community WHY I SERVE: My husband, Eric, and I have great respect and love for our College Church missionary friends in service around the world, and we want to do everything we can to support and encourage them. THREE WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: according to my spouse, detail-oriented, funny and generous to a fault MY FAVORITE HANG-OUT SPACE: Bethany Beach, Michigan
COURTNEY GRAHAM WHERE I SERVE: Board of Deaconess, previously served as a holder of babies in the infant nursery, College Group brunches WHY I SERVE: Selfishly, it helps me get to know brothers and sisters in Christ that I would not otherwise cross paths with, but ultimately because of the great love shown to me by my Savior. I want to respond with a grateful heart that desires to obey and serve the Lord, and one way I can love his people is by serving them.
WHY I SERVE: to glorify God by helping his people grow in community to the image of Christ, and it is also a great way to get connected with amazing people at the church.
THREE WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: encourager, Norwegian, New York Yankees superfan MY FAVORITE HANG-OUT SPACE: any tennis court
CHAD THORSON WHERE I SERVE: Council of Elders WHY I SERVE: College Church has had an eternal impact on my family over the last 34 years. I want to give back, through service, to ensure other families have the same opportunities for gospel growth at College Church. THREE WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: joyful, self-disciplined, God-fearing MY FAVORITE HANG-OUT SPACE: home
BRIAN WILDMAN WHERE I SERVE: Council of Elders and Men’s Bible Study
THREE WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: My family says loving, loyal, genuine
WHY I SERVE: I serve in obedience to Christ’s commands and because it helps build community.
MY FAVORITE HANG-OUT SPACE: with my family and my new granddaughter Lexi Leigh Rizzo
THREE WORDS THAT BEST DESCRIBE ME: generous, loyal, fun-loving MY FAVORITE HANG-OUT SPACE: wherever my family is
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These Are My Sisters Meaghan Zaino Eight years ago, walked into Womens Bible Study as And a here’s a fun fact: I went into labor at Bible study with brand- new mom eager to study Gods Word and eager to said colicky child. My small group leader was so nervous be around other fully functioning adults. I had fully ex- I was going to have him right there at the table, but I really pected to discover new truths in the Bible and prayed wanted to stay and be a part of the group’s discussion that my relationship with my Creator would be strength- and listen to the teaching. So, if that doesn’t convince ened but I never imagined all the other ways in which God you to come and check out how amazing this ministry is, blessed me through this ministry. Every week, I was sur- dont know what will! By the way, made it to the hospital rounded by wise, godly woman of all ages who challenged with plenty of time to spare. and strengthened my faith, prayed for me earnestly and This ministry has blessed me in countless ways but nevgave great advice on er more so than when motherhood. I rememI lost my dad tragically ber that we studied the almost two years ago. minor prophets that Not only did I receive fall, which if I’m honest, many condolences I wasn’t that excited from small group leadabout because I was ers and group memmore partial to the bers, but for the whole New Testament books Qrst year without him, at the time. But sitting received notes Qlled around the table, diswith encouragement, cussing those prophverses and prayers. ets and seeing the Those cards always impact they made in came at the perfect their time truly impactmoment; times when ed my life now. The I was consumed with small group discusgrief or struggling with sions followed by the fear and anxiety, and large group teaching these women followed opened my eyes to see God’s prompting and God’s redemption plan lifted me up when laid out. I was hooked. I needed it most. I have What a blessing it is to never felt so loved and have your eyes opened cared for by the church. to God’s promises. These women whom You know what else I have been able to study with, pray fervently with and be is a big blessing of Womens Bible Study childcare. love encouraged by have become much more than just people my children, but let me tell you, it is amazing to have two from my Bible study. ( They are my sisters in Christ, my hours away where you can study the Bible without changing encouragement when times are hard and my prayer a diaper, getting a million snacks, reading books and warriors who I depend on. I am so grateful to be a part of breaking up arguments. I was never more thankful for this such an amazing ministry, and I hope that you will join us free, Christ-centered childcare than when my second child this fall as we study the Book of Deuteronomy. was colicky and a screamer. God bless the nursery workers who rocked him for two hours trying valiantly to calm him.
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This Is Crazy Tony Visconti
Have you ever played with kinetic sand? t is both pleasing from a tactile standpoint and infuriating all at the same time. The sand somehow loosely sticks together and quickly captures your attention, but if you try to build anything with it, it instantly falls apart. I wonder if the Prophet Isaiah had something in mind when he wrote: This lover of emptiness, of nothing, is so out of touch with reality, so far gone, that he can’t even look at what he’s doing, can’t even look at the no-god stick of wood in his hand and say, This is crazy. ( ( saiah 44:30, The Message) I first read this passage from Isaiah as a sophomore in college exploring the Bible. Instantly, these words gave me a piercing glimpse into my heart. I knew undeniably that I was a lover of emptiness and that so many of the problems in life had arisen from my inability to see the idols was worshiping, an inability to say What am doing? This is crazy. ( There are times when you read something and know your life will never be the same. This was one of them, and I wondered if life could be different going forward, had suddenly come back to reality? grew up not far from Wheaton in the northern suburbs. Whenever my mom was in a silly mood, she would just call for us by number—I was number 5 of 7. Being a middle child, I rarely encounter a problem
I don’t feel at least a little bit responsible for resolving or at a minimum dissecting. From an early age, I can remember developing an identity as a problem solver. One problem I desperately wanted to resolve as a child was the brokenness I saw in my parents’ relationship. I knew my parents loved me and each other, but I couldn’t understand why they fought so often. This confusion revealed a longing in my heart to find someone who I could experience wholeness and peace with, someone could please. Throughout high school and college, I was driven by an ever-growing sense of emptiness. However much the rush of life could distract me, my depression was growing. On the outside I appeared content and relied on my strengths and abilities in sports (volleyball), academics (honor classes) and friendships (I was that goofy friend). But on the inside, I longed for something more. The more I tried to fill this emptiness, the more disappointed I became. I often thought if I could just find the right girl, things would all work themselves out. Sadly, the relationships I invested so much time in only created new problems. After disappointments in longterm relationships and a growing sense of emptiness throughout college, I was ready to reconsider Christ.
It was inside the context of this small group that I began to read Gods Word more thoroughly and began to see up close and personal what friendships with a group of Christians could be like. The more I gave myself over to who God and my church family were calling me to be, the more at peace I was. A year after college, I decided to get baptized and shared my new excitement for Christ with my family and friends. Today I still feel that same excitement to share the good news about the only One who can fill the deep hole in our hearts. Although there are many days when thankfulness fills me up with joy, there are others when I grieve the shame and sadness that hounded me throughout my adolescence. I find peace knowing I don’t have to run any more. It’s an eternal peace knowing Jesus is by my side. I set my sights on him, and I have found the One that I can please. God is pleased with me as I put on Christ and all that he has done for sinners like me at the cross. can fix all the problems the world presents, especially those that originate in another’s soul, but I can serve God out of thankfulness for the grace he has extended to me.
Christ is my centering point. When am dragged under because of the trails of life or my own sin, he lifts me up, and reminds me that: For this light momentary affliction I had started reading the Bible on my own more regularly is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all my sophomore year of college and was reconsidering comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but who God was. I had been taught throughout my Catholic to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen upbringing a Jesus plus( mentality. Jesus is key to arethe transient, but the things that are unseen are ete Catholic and his or her faith, but culturally speaking, the (2 Corinthians 4:17-18) problem is that there are so many other keys, foremost of which is doing good. In God’s generosity and his pursuit, he placed not one but many people in my life who would help me discover the truth abouthisWordandhiswaytoliveandhiseternalhope. Here are just a few people in a long list of the grace and love God poured out over me. One was my Grandma Jack who bought me The Message, the Bible in contemporary language. This gift and my limited reading of it prepared the soil for others to plant more seeds. One of these consistent planters was my life-long friend Nik. Nik was the Christian closest to me, and he repeatedly presented an alternative to the things I placed so much hope in. He invited me to read the Bible with him and kept being my friend even when I declined the invitation. In college I discovered a closeness to God whenever I volunteered. Later, when I returned home, I was eager to find a local organization where I could serve. In my search, I stumbled upon a church called The Chapel where I met Rebekah. Rebekah was curious about my faith walk and helped pull together a small group of people just to help me read the Bible more.
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Recalibration after Roe
Caring Network Needs Us to Meet Increasing Needs in Illinois Sarah Lindquist
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across from Planned Parenthood. We pray in partnership with 40 Days for Life’s year-round peaceful prayer vigil for the pre-born, their parents, abortion industry workers, and our community.
Join Caring Network in celebrating and increasing efforts Saturday, September 17, 1-2 p.m. to reach more women facing unplanned pregnancies and Park at Mariano’s or behind AutoZone and meet to save more lives. Hear clients share their stories and on Waterleaf pregnancy resource centers property special guest speaker, Benjamin Watson, NFL Super Bowl acrossfromPlannedParenthoodAurorasdriveway. champion (New England Patriots). He is a husband, father, Sign up athttps://college-church.org/impact/sohl/ to author and vice president of strategic relationships for receive SOHL monthly e-newsletter to receive events the Human Coalition, leading in the pro-life movement. schedule and life-related news. For registration, www.caringnetwork.com/annualvisit banquet, livestream and in-person options available. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SANCTITY OF I have attended both in person and online banquets, HUMAN LIFE TASK FORCE and you will be glad you went! Most banquet goers wear Did you know Illinois has the highest number business attire, so don’t worry about finding a formal of abortions in the Midwest? Join the Sanctity of outfit. After receiving the registration confirmation Human email, Life Task Force in working locally to create a culture of life and support the unborn, their you can reply if you want to request to sit with others from families and those a ected by abortion in our College Church. church and community. Volunteers needed to help Hear Benjamin Watson on 4 0 Days for Life podcast at with various tasks such as planning or logistics for www.40daysforlife.com/en/benjaminpro-life events or communicating the events and watson oronAppleapphttp:/bitly.ws/tNWu activities of the Sanctity of Human Life Task Force. Click link for involvement options: https://forms. gle/eCyfuJctRno3q55G7
Back to Church Sunday SEPTEMBER 11, 2022 AT 8, 9:30 AND 11 AM Maybe you’ve been away for the summer. And now you’ve packed up a summers worth of your belongings, stashed them in the car, checked them for your return flight or stowed your backpack on the train—headed for home. So now, as summer ends and fall starts up, it’s time to come home—your church home. College Church. Maybe you’ve been mostly at home, watching church from a distance that you’ve become accustomed to. Weve all gone through the masks and distancing, and youve made adjustments that now might seem a little too normal. To everyone who calls this church home, let’s start this new season together. Were calling September 1 our Back to Church Sunday. On that day, were calling everyone to come to church that Sunday morning. This is a covenant moment. Lets begin this new season together.
The Word Conference Monday, September 26, 2022
God Centered Life, the Bible teaching ministry of Dr. Josh Moody, is sponsoring The Word Conference on Monday, September 26, at College Church. The conference is on Expository Preaching and Teaching in an Age of Tweets, Memes, and Sound Bites. ( Dr. K. Edward Copeland, lead pastor of New Zion Baptist Church in Rockford (IL) and Dr. Josh Moody, senior pastor of College Church, will lead the morning of fellowship, which begins at 9 a. m. The Word Conference is designed for all who are involved with any Word ministry, whether paid or unpaid. Do invite friends and ministry partners who would enjoy this conference. We look forward to seeing many of you there. The cost of the morning conference is $15 and you may register here: www.godcenteredlife.org/events/theword-conference/
UNDER THE RADAR It’s no fun to hear about an event after the fact. That’s why we’re Introducing Under the Radar. If you know of a local event that includes College Church members or attenders or may be of interest to them, email email@example.com with the details and we may be able to include your event in this space.
C AMER ATA CHIC AGO CH AMBER ORCHE S TR A
Haydn Cello Concerto
with master cellist Leonardo Altino 3 p.m. Saturday October 1, 2022 College Church, Wheaton Fabulous master cellist and Wheaton College lecturer Leonardo Altino performs the Haydn Cello Concerto in C Major with the Camerata Chicago Chamber Orchestra. Conducted by Maestro Drostan Hall, the orchestra will also play the Souvenir de Florence by Tchaikovsky and String Symphony No. 10 in B Minor by Mendelssohn.
TICKETS After Discount: Adult $37.50; Senior: $30; Students: $8; Children $1.50. Use coupon code CCCC for a 25% DISCOUNT This event is not sponsored by or a function of College Church. Discount coupon available online only and not at the door.
CONSTRUCTED MYSTERIES August 24–September 21
Walford Art Gallery EXHIBIT
Constructed Mysteries is an exhibit that offers a conversation through artwork and interviews about the ways in which spiritual practice and artistic practice intersect. This exhibition is free and open to the public. The Walford Galleries are located on the first floor of Adams Hall and gallery hours are from 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday.
Date: Friday, September 9, 2022 Time: 7:00 a.m. Location: Abbington Distinctive Banquets, Glen Ellyn, L Get tickets here: https:/ bit.ly/3plxQSo
Amplify Outreach Conference Tuesday & Wednesday, October 18 / 19 at Wheaton College.
Are you ready to make an impact? Were so excited to learn from crucial voices leading the way in hel Christians engage the culture with the gospel in the areas of evangelism, apologetics and church leadership. Some of the most important Christian voices today—including Kim Reisman, Sam Chan and Max Lucado— will be joining us as speakers to serve pastors, evangelists and leaders like you who are helping churches and ministries stay on mission and e ectively share the gospel. Bring your teams and build a culture of learning, evangelism and cultural engagement for the kingdom. When: Tuesday, October 18 and Wednesday, October 19 Where: Wheaton College
at the Bookstall STAFF PICKS
BAXTER HELM, high school pastor BEN PANNER, college pastor
Words of Life Scripture as the Living and Active Word of God By Timothy Ward CHERYCE BERG, director of children’s ministries
The Wingfeather Saga
A Guide to Friendship (available at the church bookstall only) By James Seward JOSH MAURER, pastor of discipleship
Strange New World
By Andrew Peterson
How Thinkers and Activists Redefined Identity and Sparked the Sexual Revolution
DAN HIBEN, middle school pastor
By Carl Trueman
What God Has to Say about Our Bodies How the Gospel is Good News for Our Physical Selves
JOSUE ALVARADO, pastoral resident
by Sam Allberry
What t s, How to Train t, and Loving Those Who Differ
ERIK DEWAR, pastor of worship and music
By Andrew Naselli
Adorning the Dark Thoughts on Community Calling and the Mystery of Making By Andrew Peterson
JOHN SEWARD, executive pastor
JULIE CLEMENS, director of disabilities ministries
RICHARD MOOMJIAN, pastoral resident
God Made Me Unique
This Momentary Marriage
Helping Children See Value in Every Person
A Parable of Permanence
By Joni Eareckson Tada
By Matthew Barrett and Michael A.G. Haykin
Why did God create marriage? Piper gives married and single Christians the answer—to be a picture of God’s covenant faithfulness to the world. This book was a great reminder and encouragement to me as a husband.
MINDY RYNBRANDT, director of women’s ministries
WIL TRIGGS, director of communications
Deeper: Real Change for Real Sinners
Do You Pray?
By Dane C. Ortlund
By J. C. Ryle, Mary Davis
MATT ANTHONY, pastoral resident
Owen on the Christian Life Living the Glory of God in Christ
By John Piper
A question for everybody
NANCY SINGER, director of administration and finance
Heaven, How I Got Here The Story of the Thief on the Cross By Colin S. Smith
God Centered Life the media ministry of College Church, features the Bible teaching of pastor Josh, both online and on the radio. This exciting ministry with a global reach continues to grow in impact. Here in the US, the program is heard on the radio in about 70 locations. Globally, the ministry also has a mission impact. The teaching is heard online through the OnePlace and TWR360 platforms, which have extensive listenership outside North America. Imagine! More than 35,000 people have been touched with some form of gospel content through this outreach of our church, either an online audio message, a spiritually encouraging article, or a devotional reading. You can listen locally on Moody Radio (WMBI) at 10 p.m. M-F and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday and can have daily devotionals delivered right to your inbox. Your prayers and partnership with this ministry are greatly appreciated.
Kids’ Harbor Welcome Back Party SEPTEMBER 11 3:30-4:30 in Commons Gym Parents, meet the teachers. A fun time for all who come.
OCTOBER 16 LOCAL | OCTOBER 23 GLOBAL
Ready to participate fully in the life and ministries of College Church? Come find out about College Church’s history, articles of faith, core values, initiatives for the future, ministries, missions and more. Meets Sunday mornings October 2, 9, 16 and 23 at 9:30 a.m.; registration is requested. For more info, contact Christy at firstname.lastname@example.org, or register using the QR code.
Current job openings at College Church include the following positions: Ministry Associate for Younger STARS and their families (12 hours per week) See details: https://bit.ly/3R66riR Ministry Associate for Inclusion (10-13 hours per week) See details: https://bit.ly/3T7nxie Ministry Associate for High School Ministry Music (7.5 hours per week) See details: https://bit.ly/3pL5voF Ministry Associate for Missions (20 hours per week) Contact Ann Karow (below) for details For more information, please contact Ann Karow at: email@example.com. Stay updated by visiting our job opportunities webpage: https://college-church.org/job-openings/
COMMONS COMMONS SECOND FLOOR
MAIN LEVEL C101 LOST & FOUND
LOWER LEVEL 2
CL01 COMMONS KITCHEN
LOWER LEVEL 1
CL07 GYM C002B
Students Children Bathroom Elevator
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LOST & FOUND
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STARS RESALE SHOP
Bathroom Elevator Stairs