Maundy Thursday: Agape Meal with Soup Supper Followed by Watch Night

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 6:30pm - Friday, April 18, 2014 - 6:00am

The roots of our Christian Holy Communion Worship and the Jewish Seder are both grounded in the same ritual: the Greek Agape Meal. This is the meal that Jesus most likely shared on Passover with his disciples. This festive meal began with appetizers, followed by a hearty meal and then stories. Come join us at 6:30pm on Thursday, April 17th for a Family-Friendly Agape meal with Soup and appetizers.

Then stay with us for Watch Night. Jesus left the meal and went with some disciples to pray. He asked them to stay awake and keep watch. We will try to stay awake on this night and keep watch with lots of different activities. The night of watch ends with breakfast at dawn.

GOOD FRIDAY: Evening Tenebrae

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 7:30pm

This quiet, meditative service is focused on the last words of Jesus. With each reading a candle is extinguished and the lights are dimmed. There is time to listen to God's still small voice. There is time to contemplate the human condition. There is time to consider this sacrifice most holy. At the end you may leave in silence, stay for a bit to continue your silent prayer or gather around the altar to kneel in prayer. Join us.


Board Chooses "Brown" Energy for Village of Oak Park

Last week the Village of Oak Park Board of Trustees voted to accepted a bid from Constellation Energy, to supply the aggregated electricity for the Village. Constellation will use fossil fuels, or brown energy, to produce the electricity. The current supplier, Integrys, generates energy from wind power, a renewable and green resource. The bid for the new contract from Constellation is $4 per month cheaper than that offered by Integrys, for the averge user. This decision will mean that about 20,000 homes and 2,000 businesses in the Village will be using brown energy, unless they opt out of the contract. 95% of the homes and businesses in Oak Park participate in the current contract for green energy with Integrys.

Good Friday Children's Service

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 10:30am - 11:15am

One of Good Shepherd's beloved traditions is to have a Good Friday worship service that is geared especially for our young people, to help them understand the meaning of this pivotal moment in the Christian story. Children will visit various stations that tell the unfolding story of Holy Week. This year's service will take place on Good Friday, April 18 at 10:30am.  

Easter Breakfast

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 8:30am - 11:00am

The high school and middle school youth of Good Shepherd will be hosting an Easter breakfast as a fundraiser for next summer's Youth Gathering trip and other activities.  Breakfast will be served from 8:30-11:00am so that no matter which church service you attend can come and enjoy a wonderful meal!  A freewill offering will be taken and food donations requested to help offset the cost of the meal.  Hop on down to the Fellowship Hall on Easter Sunday, April 20th!


Sunday, April 20, 2014 - 8:00am - 10:30am

Sunrise Worship 8:00am

Easter Breakfast 8:30am - 11:00am

Easter Egg Hunt 9:30am

Festival Worship 10:30am

In the midst of the dark night an angel is sent to roll away the stone so that the light of God in Christ may shine into the world. Come join us for this celebration of God's love.


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