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Top Five: Week 1 – Jan. 8, 2023

“Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:26-27

  1. Whydoyouthink“religion”hasgainedsuchapoorreputationinourculture?
  2. Would you be willing to share your experiences with “religion”? (Religious people, places, systems). Positive or negative.
  3. Inwhatwayscouldreligionbeharmfulandinwhatwayscouldreligionbehelpful as we pursue Jesus?
  4. How can you hold religion and relationship in proper balance? How can your relationship with Jesus shape how you view and practice religion and how can your religious practices push you more towards Jesus?
  5. Have you been baptized? If so, how was that experience for you? If not, what is holding you back? Would you consider being baptized on February 5th? 🙂
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Greetings,
 
On August 26, 2021, IL Governor J.B. Pritzker issued an Executive Order mandating that masks be worn at all indoor gatherings. Although churches are exempt from the Executive Order, out of respect for governing authorities, Parkview has continued to ask staff, leaders, volunteers, and those attending Sunday gatherings to wear a mask while indoors. We are grateful for our people’s understanding and willingness to do so. The Governor recently indicated that his Executive Order will be rescinded on Monday, February 28th making masks no longer required in most indoor settings. In anticipation of that, on Sunday, February 27th Parkview will return to a “mask optional” policy.

While the mask policy has once again shifted, our commitment to your health and wellbeing has not. We remain dedicated to thoroughly cleaning our public spaces before and after our gatherings. Masks and hand sanitizer are still readily available to those who want them.

Navigating these difficult days has not always been clear or easy. Whatever your perspective on current realities, as fellow Christians, let us allow kindness, grace and compassion characterize our interaction and relationships. In the words of the Apostle Paul, “Let us be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”

I look forward to being with you on Sundays.
 
Grace and Peace,
 
— 
Ray S. Kollbocker
Lead Pastor