Diversity has become a heated topic in today’s culture. Jesus consistently created communities of reconciliation by elevating women, people of lower class and those outside of Israel.  At The Sanctuary, we have an opportunity to not only unify around Jesus, but break down barriers created by sexism, classism and racism. How can we follow His example and find unity in diversity? We’ll explore that question during our new sermon series, beginning Nov. 11, as we unpack what the Bible says about living as ONE.

At the end of our sermon series, ONE, we will be hosting a lunch to create conversation about finding unity in diversity. David Spencer, senior pastor at The Church of Chicago, will facilitate a discussion on how the church can become more aware of the diversity in our community and love each other better. Pastor Spencer also will be preaching two of the messages during the sermon series. Please sign up at the Info Table if you plan to attend the lunch after second service Dec. 2.

We will be taking a benevolence offering at the end of service Sunday. This is a special offering that goes directly to help those in our church body who have a financial need. Please look for the ushers as you leave the auditorium.

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.

Learn more about Highpoint at a meeting with Executive Pastor Steve Smith and Lead Pastor Ron Zappia on Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. Steve and Ron will give an overview of Highpoint and answer questions. As we prepare for the next meeting, please submit your thoughts, concerns and questions by clicking here.

Make a difference in the life of a child by helping pack shoe boxes that will be donated this Christmas to children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine and disease. Bring your family to this event from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 11. Please visit samaritanspurse.org for suggestions on what to include in the boxes. Donations of bulk items to be dropped off at the info table or brought with to the packing event. Items to consider donating are: a wow toy, other toys, hygiene items, and school supplies. Please consider making a $9 donation for each person attending to cover the packing fee. After packing the boxes, we will play games, pray over the boxes and enjoy refreshments of cookies and hot chocolate.

If you are able to volunteer to bring cookies, provide items for the hot chocolate bar or help the afternoon of the event, please sign up at the Info Table or contact Michelle Mekeel.

Would you like to host 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 hosting a discussion group in your community, please plan to attend an Info Meeting on Dec. 2 to learn more. Sign up at the Info Table.

Take a break to connect with God during a Night of Worship at The Sanctuary Church! Our worship team will lead this extended time of praising God through song and prayer at 7 p.m. Nov. 14. Childcare will be provided for birth to 5th grade.

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. Nov. 2 and 10. There is room for seven volunteers on each date.

Men, come enjoy guy food and guy talk on relevant topics at Friday Night Fights, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at The Sanctuary.

Missing a coat, coffee cup, Bible or other personal item? Look in our lost and found, located in the front entry. All unclaimed items will be donated to a local charity. .

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.

Students, pack a lunch and come dressed for Turkey Bowl flag football practice from 1-3 p.m. Sundays at Freedom Park, 1600 Park Place in Bolingbrook! Don’t want to play? Come anyway and watch! Everyone is welcome.

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