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All Ages: Quaker Day Program

World Quaker Day is Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016 (not to be confused with International Talk Like a Quaker Day, which is Tenth Month 24). The theme for this year’s World Quaker Day is Inspired by Faith - Witnessing Together in the World.   How might you celebrate World Quaker Day?  Maybe you will wear your Quaker T-shirts, carry your Lucretia Mott tote bags and eat Quaker Oats for breakfast? Much more importantly, come to a special All Ages Religious Education program before meeting for worship starting at 9:15am. This program is called All Ages because it includes everyone. Please note that there will not be regular first day school or adult education this Sunday. Older children are encouraged to sit in meeting for worship and there will be childcare for the younger children.  World Quaker Day is being coordinated by Friends World Committee for Consultation.



Children's Religious Education

First Day School for children’s religious education is held concurrent with Meeting for Worship at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays. The children are divided into two age groups: Explorers (ages 8 and older) and Wonderers (ages 3-7). Childcare is provided for children too young to participate in the programs. 



ILYM Fall Continuing Committee

The Fall Continuing Committee will be held on Saturday, October 22 at the ILYM Meetinghouse (14365 N. 350th Ave., McNabb, IL 61335), hosted by Clear Creek. Fellowship with coffee and snacks will be ready at 9:30 a.m. Settling into Worship to seek Divine Guidance for business at hand will begin at 10:00 a.m. Clear Creek Friends will provide lunch. There will be a basket for contributions to cover the modest costs of the meal. The meeting usually concludes between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. For lodging or food restrictions, please use the ILYM contact form.

Children’s Program at Fall Continuing Committee
The Children’s Religious Education Committee with be coordinating a children’s program during Fall Continuing Committee on Saturday, October 22. The program will begin at 9:45, as people gather for Fall Continuing Committee. Everyone (adults and children) will have lunch together. The program will end when the business of Continuing Committee ends. Additional help with the program would be welcomed. Please contact use to contact form to sign up, to help out or for more information.



ILYM Middle School Retreat

School Retreat on Oct. 22-23 at ILYM campus for children grades 6th-8th. The retreat will begin on Saturday morning at 9:45, as people gather for Fall Continuing Committee and will end after meeting for worship and lunch with Clear Creek Meeting on Sunday. More details about the schedule and the program will be forthcoming. Please use the contact form to sign up, to help out or for more information. If parents want to stay the night, please ask about accommodations in the Clear Creek House. Do not let transportation issues keep you or your children away – please ask about carpooling.


A Day at Stateville: a theatrical performance

The Criminal Justice Task Force invites all interested in incarceration conditions in Illinois to A Day at Stateville, a theatrical performance written by Stateville Prison inmates and performed by a talented cast of actors who themselves have been previously incarcerated. The performance will be held on Friday, September 23, 2016, starting at 7 p.m. (reception at 6:30 p.m.), in Hull Chapel at First Unitarian Church of Chicago, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave., Chicago. Questions, answers and discussion will follow the performance. There is no charge for attendance, but free will donations will be accepted.  The Criminal Justice Task is a task force based at First Unitarian Church, but is open to individuals whether or not they are members of First Unitarian Church. 



July/August Western Work

The May issue of the Western Yearly Meeting newsletter is available online. In addition to information about events happening at various monthly meetings, it include overviews and photographs from WYM events.



Summer 2016 Among Friends

The Summer 2016 issue of ILYM's Among Friends is now available online.  This issue includes "We Are the World: The Work of the Friends World Committee for Consultation" by Nancy Wallace,  "On Being a Quaker and a Small Business Owner" by Dawn Crimson, and "Reflections on Illinois Yearly Meeting" an interview with David and Nancy Finke.

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