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20 | January 25, 2018 | The Homer Horizon faith homerhorizon.com FAITH BRIEFS Cross of Glory Lutheran Church (14719 W. 163rd St., Homer Glen) Community Blood Drive 3-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1. Cereal Food Drive The church is collecting boxes of cereal for the local food pantry. Drop off donations at the church. The church is also accepting nonperishable food items. Welcome Place Preschool Openings are available for the fall program. For more information, call the preschool at (708) 301-3883. Worship Service 9:30 a.m. Sundays, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Parishioners may use the nursery for their children up to age 3 during services. There is a Kids Klub for children in grades 4-5 during the service. Bible Study 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Open to anyone ready to discuss the Bible. Teen Education for Lifelong Leadership (T.E.L.L) 6:30-8 p.m. Mondays. T.E.L.L. is an educational program for sixth- through 12th-graders. The teens spend time interacting with each other to experience God through games, food and conversation. There is no fee, but the church will accept a free will donation towards its Children’s Ministry. Yoga & Meditation for Beginners 9:30-10:30 a.m. Saturdays. The hatha yoga class is open to everyone, but it is designed for beginners who may not feel as though they are ready for a traditional yoga class. The focus will be on strength, stretching, learning basic poses and coordination of breath. Students should bring a yoga mat, a strap, blocks and a blanket. New students may borrow equipment from Tammy. Christian Life Church (15609 W. 159th St., Homer Glen) Sunday Service 10 a.m. Thursday Service 7:30 p.m. EDGE Youth Service 7:30-9:30 p.m. Thursdays. Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish (16043 S. Bell Road, Homer Glen) Marriage by Any Other Name 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8. The Multi-Parish Knowledge & Prayer Series 2018 and the Archdiocese of Chicago will host this program with guest speaker Damon Owens at Our Lady of the Woods Church, 10731 W. 131st St., Orland Park. Owens will help attendees gain clarity on the true meaning of marriage, why marriage is not an option for everyone and more. Owens is a certified international speaker of the Theology of the Body Institute who is a soughtafter speaker on marriage and the family. This program is sponsored by the Multi- Parish Respect Life Ministries from Our Lady of the Woods, St. Francis of Assisi and St. Michael in Orland Park and St. Bernard’s, Out Mother of Good Counsel and Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church in Homer Glen. For more information, contact Mary Lee Noonan at (708) 732-6497. ‘That Man is You’ 7 p.m. Mondays. This talk is for men 21 years old and older. The talk will address the pressure and temptations that men face in a modern culture, especially those relating to husbands and fathers. The program harmonizes current social and medical science with the teaching of the Church and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of man fully alive. For more information, visit www.omgccc. org. Sacrament of Penance 8:30 a.m. first Friday of every month, 4-4:15 p.m. Saturdays, 9:30-10:15 p.m. Sundays. Daily Mass 8 a.m. Monday-Saturday Weekend Mass 5 p.m. Saturday 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. Sunday Bible Study 7 p.m. Mondays. Books of the Bible are read and discussed to develop a deeper understanding of Scripture. For more information, contact Mati Principe at (708) 301-6246. Confessions 4-4:45 p.m. Saturdays 9:30-10:15 a.m. Sundays Brothers in Christ 8-9 a.m. Second and fourth Saturday of the month. Men aged 17 and older can meet and foster spiritual growth. This group also provides participants the opportunity for Christian fellowship. Men who are not parishioners of the parish can attend. Contact deacon Joe Dalpiaz at (708) 966- 4353 or deaconjoe1939@ comcast.net for more information. Council of Catholic Women 7 p.m. Second Tuesday of the month. Women of the parish meet to discuss its needs. The group also hosts a monthly charity bake sale. St. Bernard Parish (13030 W. 143rd St., Homer Glen) Weekday Worship 9:30 a.m. weekdays. Com- Please see faith, 21

homerhorizon.com faith the Homer Horizon | January 25, 2018 | 21 faith From Page 20 munion Service on Thursdays. Weekend Worship 4:30 p.m. Saturdays. 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. every Sunday. Confession 3:30-4:15 p.m. First and third Saturday of the month. Confessions are also available upon request at any time. Community Choir Practice 7:30-9 p.m. Thursdays. Parish members ages 16 and older may join the choir. The choir needs vocalists and instrumentalists. For more information, join the weekly rehearsal or contact the music director, Julie Kane, after Mass on Sundays. First United Methodist Church of Lockport (1000 S. Washington St., Lockport) Sunday Worship 9 a.m. Sunday School 10:25 a.m. Worship Circle of Love 9 a.m. Wednesdays. Circle of Love provides diapers, feminine and incontinence products to clients who are qualified to use the local FISH Food Pantry. For more information, call (815) 838-1017. Communion First Sunday of the month. Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church (14610 S. Will Cook Road, Homer Glen) Sunday Services 8:15 a.m. Orthros; 9:30 In Memoriam Angeline Vloedman Angeline Vloedman (nee Vander Velde), 94, of Homer Glen, died Jan. 15. She is survived by her daughter, Carol (Donald) Triezenberg, her sons; James (Natalie) Vloedman, Thomas (Cheryl) Vloedman, Timothy (Darlene) Vloedman; her nine grandchildren; her a.m. Divine Liturgy; 10 a.m. Sunday School. For more information, call (708) 645- 0652. Adult Bible Study 9-9:45 a.m., first and third Sundays of the month Assumption Greek Orthodox Church (15625 S. Bell Road, Homer Glen) Sunday Services 8:15 a.m. Orthros; 9:30 a.m. Divine Liturgy; 10 a.m. Sunday School. For more information, call (708) 645- 0652. New Life Community Church - Homer Glen (14832 W. 163rd St., Homer Glen) Weekly Worship Services 10 a.m. Sundays; for more information, call (815) 838- 1416 Kids Zone Ministry 10 a.m. Sundays. Children up to fifth grade can participate in games, singing, take part in interactive Bible teaching and participate in hands-on crafts. Participants should arrive 5-10 minutes prior to the service to sign children up for the group. For more information, call (815) 838-1416. Women’s Ministry 9:30 a.m. Fridays. Bible study for women of all ages. Prayer Meeting 10 a.m. Tuesdays. Parkview Christian Church - Homer Glen (14367 W. 159th St., Homer Glen) This is Us 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sundays, Jan. 6-28. During this series, attendees will discover that there are so many other people who can relate to one’s insecurities, struggles and temptations. Fight Night (Couples) 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, Orland Park Campus, 11110 Orland Parkway, Orland Park. Marriage experts Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott will give a fun and humorous look at how couples can better manage conflict. Senior Connections 10:45 a.m.-1 p.m.. Orland Park Campus, 11110 Orland Parkway, Orland Park. Second Friday of the month, chili lunch and program. The cost is $10, and Pastor Chaz will speak. To RSVP, call (708) 478-7477 ext. 272 or email merry-o@att.net. Sunday Services 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Lemont United Methodist Church (25 W. Custer St., Lemont) Sunday Services 8:30 a.m. Communion Worship Service 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:45 a.m. Contemporary Worship Service (nursery available) Christ Community Church (13400 Bell Road, Lemont) Sunday Worship 9:30 a.m. Sundays. Worship is casual. Have something for Faith Briefs? Contact Assistant Editor Jacquelyn Schlabach at j.schlabach@22ndcentury media.com or call (708) 326- 9170 ext. 15. Information is due by noon Thursday one week prior to publication. 11 great-grandchildren; her sister, Minnie Zwart; and her numerous nieces and nephews. A visitation and funeral service were held Thursday, Jan. 18, at Colonial Chapel. Interment Fairmount Willow Hills Memorial Park Cemetery in Willow Springs. Memorials to Grace Community Christian Reformed Church, 10415 S. Kedvale Ave. in Oak Lawn, appreciated. Have someone’s life you’d like to honor? Email j.schlabach@22ndcentury media.com with information about a loved one who was a part of the Homer Glen community. Pastor Column God still calls us to be welcoming Pastor Dana O’Brien Cross of Glory Lutheran Church “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.” (Hebrews 13:2) Almost exactly one year ago, I wrote an article for this paper about the importance of Christians welcoming others as God first welcomes us. That article was written in response to our administration’s actions to suspend the acceptance of refugees and visitors from Syria and six other Muslimmajority countries. Now, 12 months later, we as a country still find ourselves challenged by God’s call to welcome as we struggle with how to address the hundreds of thousands of young people who were brought to the U.S. as kids and who, while undocumented, have called this country home for most of their lives. While I certainly see the importance of keeping our country safe, that does not seem to be the rationale behind this particular issue. And so I find myself writing yet another article on how our faith calls us to be compassionate and empathetic and ... yes, welcoming (I’m writing this article a week before it is published, when these young people, often called “Dreamers,” are still in limbo. Hopefully, their situation will be addressed by the time you’re reading this). Welcoming those who are different from us has seemed to challenge so many in our country recently. And yet most congregations, including my own, make the claim on websites and other promotional material that “everyone is welcome here.” But, here’s the rub — we cannot make that claim as congregations if we do not also live out that welcome in all aspects of our everyday lives. Last year, I quoted our ELCA Bishop Eaton, who said, “Our Lord not only commanded us to welcome the stranger, Jesus made it clear that when we welcome the stranger into our homes and our hearts — we welcome him.” You’d think that would be easy, but it’s not. Over five years ago, the congregation I serve made a commitment to welcome and affirm all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, or color or ethnicity or age or creed, or anything else that can divide us. And yet today, we are still a work in progress, striving to become as welcoming and loving as God has called us to be. The Christian gospel of a God who loves each of us so much that he gave his beloved Son to do for us what we could not do ourselves remains both comforting and challenging. It is indeed a comfort to know that God loves us more than we can imagine, just as we are. But it is also a challenge to realize that God loves everyone — and I do mean everyone — in that same way, and that God calls each of us to love everyone, as well, even people who don’t look or speak or worship like us. I pray that in this coming year, we can all live more as the people God has called us to be. The opinions of this column are that of the writer. They do not necessarily reflect those of The Homer Horizon. Vote & Win a vacation for 2 to Cancun! Jan. 18- feb. 12 Choose your favorite local businesses in Beauty, Dining, Education, Fitness & Recreation, Health, Pets, Services, Shopping and Vehicles. Complete at least 50 categories and be eligible for 22nd Century Media’s Southwest Choice Awards prize — one three-night trip for two (2) adults to Riu Caribe in Cancun, Mexico, courtesy of Apple Vacations. Look for the ballot in the center of this newspaper or vote online at 22ndcenturymedia.com/swchoice starting Jan. 18.