Church Stories

Church Stories

April 2018 Youth Update

By Silvi Pirn IMPACT The IMPACT high school mission team held its annual Easter Bake Sale to raise funds to support it’s work in Cuba this June and on April 8, this crew was active at church.  On April 8... The IMPACT Junior Board met [...]

2018-04-19T10:25:44+00:00 Church Stories, Youth Ministry|


Open Positions Director of Christian Education Kenilworth Union Church is seeking a Director of Christian Education who will: Lead an active, inclusive, vibrant family-oriented faith community that seeks to embody “church as a school of love.” Delight in God’s presence with children and share in the good news of [...]

44 Reasons To Be At Church This Sunday

By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster This Sunday, we will welcome 44 confirmands into membership at Kenilworth Union Church where they will confirm their faith, affirm their faith, and seek God’s blessing. Some hiked and canoed through the wilderness, wondering about God in the deep woods. Others met here at church on Sundays, bumping [...]

2018-04-18T11:22:14+00:00 Church Stories, Worship, Youth Ministry|

Deeply Impact People’s Lives

By Diane Rand Dave Landsittel and I are liaisons for one of the most impressive non-profits in our city that you’ve likely never heard of—Breakthrough.  Twenty-five years ago, Executive Director Arloa Sutter founded the organization after taking a homeless man in her neighborhood out for a cup of coffee and listening to him.  From [...]

2018-04-05T13:20:35+00:00 Church Stories, Outreach|

The Real Miracle

  By The Reverend Dr. William A. Evertsberg This year Easter falls on April Fool’s Day, an irresistible coincidence for the Christian preacher (the sermon title is April’s Fool). Easter is a moveable feast which can arrive as early as March 22 or as late as April 25, but early or late, it [...]

2018-03-28T10:15:22+00:00 Church Stories, Worship|

Holy Week

  By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster I remember the first time I went to a Maundy Thursday service. It was similar to what we do at Kenilworth Union—the story of the Last Supper paired with the full narrative of Christ's passion and death on the cross. I was shoulder to shoulder with [...]

2018-03-22T08:07:57+00:00 Church Stories, Worship|

Need a reference letter?

By The Reverend Dr. Jo Forrest When I need a reference letter, I usually turn to someone who is accomplished in the eyes of the potential recipient and knows me well. So I wonder, if the axiom “Nobody gets to heaven without a letter of reference from the poor” has merit, at the end [...]

2018-03-13T16:28:17+00:00 Church Stories, Outreach, Worship|

Haven Youth and Family Services

By Maureen Kebo Haven is a non-profit agency which fosters mental health of youth and their families in our community through prevention, intervention, and therapy programs. Carol Gerner and I serve as co-liaison for the Outreach Committee to Haven Youth and Family Services. Although our community appears well resourced and high functioning in many ways, [...]

2018-03-13T20:39:58+00:00 Church Stories, Outreach|

The Quality of Life

By Bob Dold, Jr. When people think about banking it is not long before Ed Wehmer’s name comes up.  Ed runs one of the largest community banks in the Midwest and does so with a moral compass.  Wintrust was not always the success that it is today.  Over 25 years ago Ed left [...]

2018-03-06T12:24:52+00:00 Adult Education, Church Stories|