Stories of Evil (and good)

October is a month when symbols of evil are everywhere. Monsters decorate our lawns. Demons show up on our doorsteps. We watch scary movies and visit haunted houses.

And meanwhile, in the real world, we see evidence of much more sinister evil. Mass shootings. Human trafficking. Rampant inequality. Systemic oppression.

The Christian tradition takes evil seriously. Not as the little red men with pitchforks or floating specters covered in sheets, but as a powerful, destructive force within creation. And sometimes within us.

Ephesians 6:12 says, "we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."

What is evil? How do we wrestle against it? And what does our fascination with these symbols have to teach us about evil...and good. Come find out this month at Bethany.

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Halloween Party

Thursday, October 31st from 4:00 – 8:00 pm

Look! It’s another reason to get together and hang out! Whether you’re a Halloween person or not, whether you go all out or usually ignore the date, Halloween at Bethany is a new favorite. Out on the front steps, we set up a fire pit, apple-bobbing, and some of our spookiest decorations from the days when we hosted a haunted house. We set up tables and — this is where you come in — put out a spread of treats. Bring a snack or drink to share with each other or anyone who comes by. Bethany provides the candy to pass out to trick or treat-ers. (But we won’t say “no” if you want to bring some too.) Those with kids who want to trick or treat can walk the neighborhood together, or just stop by before or after hitting their own blocks. Costumes are optional but encouraged! We could use a few folks to help with set-up and clean-up so keep your eyes peeled for sign ups at church.

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Border Crossings: Music and Stories from Around the World

Tuesday, October 22nd, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Bethany UCC and Pilgrim Lutheran (two Ravenswood congregations) have been working together to welcome refugee families to Chicago. Now, YOU can help:

Join us for a night of award-winning storytelling, world class music, and local beer (from Marz Community Brewing and others) to raise money toward the $8000 it takes to sponsor a family.

Music from Nick Photinos of Eighth Blackbird and Northwestern's Yasuko Oura (Lyric Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera). Stories from Moth Grandslam champion Nestor Gomez (80 Minutes Around the World), Jitesh Jaggi, and others who now call Chicago, and the U.S., home.

Invite a friend and come make Chicago a more welcoming place.

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Memorial Rose Sunday

Sunday, November 3rd, 10:30 am

We will celebrate All Saints’ Day with a rose bouquet built in memory of those close to the Bethany community. If you’d like to donate roses to the bouquet, you can find the order form here

Please return the completed form and your payment to the church office at 4250 N. Paulina St., Chicago, IL 60613 before Sunday, October 27.