for the Week of 5/2/2021

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Scripture:  John 15:9-17

Sermon:   "Deepening Sacred Community"

Rev. Matthew Nickel preaching

Spring Sermon Series: Sacred Rhythms

What are the rhythms and patterns of faith? Where do they come from and how do our lives find sacred rhythm’s guiding us. In worship we’ll engage hearing scripture, how we define what is sacred, discerning God’s sacred activity, what is sacred in community, and what it means to open ourselves to experience something sacred in the world.

​​​Recordings of Sunday Worship


The worship service will be recorded and made available after worship. A link will be emailed out when it is available. You may visit our online worship video page here:

Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church has resumed in-person worship for the 10:30 AM service. Session approved the decision. The church's established safety practices will continue in order to promote the safest environment for worship within our ability. I


Worship will continue to be live streamed to Facebook and recordings will be available following worship at Noon on Vimeo. We are so please to have so many of our worshiping body gathering together online from near and far as well.


Whether we see you online or in-person, we look forward to gathering to worship together.

Here are some other ways of accessing worship:

Livestream on Facebook each Sunday at 10:30 AM.

Watch recordings on Facebook following worship.

Watch recordings on Vimeo following worship.

Watch recordings from the church website:

​​Church Office Closed but Open by Appointment Only

The church office is closed but is open by appointment only. You may continue to connect with staff by email. You can reach the Church Secretary Margie at, Bookkeeper Phyllis at or Pastor Matt at


Free Food on Fridays

JAPC will have contactless free food distribution in the parking lot Friday, May 7 starting at 11a.m. Quantities are limited so it is suggested you arrive early.

Food includes: Food Bags with dry pantry goods and staples, bread and some fresh produce. Dinners (feed 4-6).

VOLUNTEERS: Sign up online at


Bible & Brew

Bible & Brew, May 5th (7pm) - Jesus warned us that ultimately we have to choose between money and God (Matthew 6:24). In the New Testament, there is no ban on private property or making money, or even enjoying the good things in life. The command to the rich, however, is that they do not ‘put their hope in wealth’ (1 Timothy 6:17). Ultimately, security only comes from putting your hope in God.  We had hoped we would be meeting in person at City Kitchen this month.  But due to the rise in COVID, and wanting to be “safe and not sorry” we’re going to have this month’s B&B via ZOOM.  Per Chick Taylor (owner) “City Kitchen has installed high tech filtration systems on all of our HVAC units. The air at CK is very safe! Even sanitizes all surfaces.”  So, let’s hope we can be there in June!  Zoom Details: To Join the Zoom Meeting click: and use the passcode: jesusloves OR you can join by phone by dialing: +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago), entering the Meeting ID: 886 7165 4328 and Passcode: 232450919

Online Prayer Group

Close your day with a short prayer service from the Book of Common Worship. Together, we offer prayers for our church, community, and world. The service is will be held on the second and forth Thursdays of the month (May 13 & 27) at 7:00pm on Zoom. For video go to: Meeting ID: 869 7656 7804 Passcode: 123 - to participate by phone dial 312-626-6799, enter Meeting ID: 869 7656 7804 and use Passcode: 123

Garden Clean-up and Flower Planting Day

The Garden Committee is cleaning the church’s gardens and planting spring flowers on Saturday, May 22 from 9:00 a.m. until noon.  If you would like to help, Visit for details and sign-up.

Music Series Concert

The Music Series Concert at JAPC on Wednesday, May 26, featuring Joe Walters has been cancelled and will be rescheduled to a future date so please stay tuned.


Summer Camps

Summer Camps will be held outside for the weeks of July 12 and 19. Camps run from 9:30am- noon for rising 2nd to 7th graders. College for Creative Studies art workshop and Drumming with Juan "Butter " Hawkins workshop  are offered each day. 

Family Bible Camp for all ages (toddlers to teens) will be held three evenings on the front lawn from 6:30-8pm on July 26-28. Please pick up a flyer for details or contact Kathy Chateau, kathy@japc. org.

Volunteers are needed for all camps. Chaperones and adult supervision are needed from 9am - 12:15pm Monday through Friday the weeks of July 12 and 19th. You can volunteer for one day or more days. Lunch preparation and packing (bag lunches will be distributed at 12noon) is needed each day from 10:30-12noon. 



JAPC publishes a bi-monthly newsletter called The Calendar listing the activities and news of our faith community. Click below for the archive of past newsletters.