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Blog Archives: December 2015

The New Year Journey

December 30, 2015
Chris Castaldo
How shall we proceed into the New Year? Timothy Jones (1955 – ), author of A Place for God, provides a helpful insight. In the following excerpt he describes the radical commitment of early Celtic saints who embarked on a life of missionary service without worldly assurances or visible supports. Their faithful embrace of “peregrinatio”provides an inspiring example for us to follow: The Celtic saints of earlier centuries made much of the idea of peregrinatio, a difficult-to-translate word that suggests an open-ended journey. It was not ...

Lighting a Missional Candle

December 21, 2015
Chris Castaldo
Pastor Pierre-Charles Toureille (1900 – 1976) risked his life during World War II to keep Jews out of Nazi death camps. At the beginning of the war, before many people could fathom Hitler’s true intentions, he served under the Protestant Federation of France (FPF) as chaplain for refugees in southern France. His job was to make living conditions in the internment camps as comfortable as possible. When it became clear the Jews were not being merely relocated but killed, Toureille pushed his colleagues to adopt a more aggressive stance. They ...

Finding Salvation This Advent

December 15, 2015
Chris Castaldo
I was working in the mall during Christmas time at age seventeen. Part of my job involved obtaining various products in the warehouse for store clerks. The size of this room was astounding. Nearly a football field in length, not only was the room cavernous; it was filled wall-to-wall with boxes. On one occasion, I found myself at the rear of the warehouse opposite the door when someone turned off the lights. There I was, with 9000 boxes between me and the light switch. Did I mention that there were no windows in the warehouse? Indeed, I ...

Time to Reflect on Advent

December 09, 2015
Chris Castaldo
In American culture, the weeks of Advent are teeming with parties, shopping, family gatherings, and the like. Men and women often work overtime to earn a little extra money to afford gifts. And when we finally drop into a chair to enjoy a moment of relaxation, the television unleashes upon us an onslaught of holiday-themed advertisements. What is the message? For the most part, it is anything but the news of Advent. Therefore, it is important to carve out time to consider the significance of the coming of Christ. Following are a few ...

Open Position at New Covenant Church, Naperville

December 04, 2015
Chris Castaldo
Do you believe the gospel message has power to transform? If so, the following position may be for you. New Covenant Church, Naperville (corner of Washington and 75th St) is looking for an Office Administrator. NCC is a congregation dedicated to preaching Christ, extending love, and seeing lives deeply transformed. Having just celebrated our fifty-year anniversary, we are actively pursuing a dynamic vision for the glory of God. Qualifications for the Office Administrator position include a ministry-minded individual with previous ...

Special Event: Lessons and Carols

December 01, 2015
Chris Castaldo
Your are cordially invited to join us at New Covenant Church on Sunday, December 13 at 3:00 PM for our annual Lessons and Carols service under the direction of Greg Wheatley. This year we are delighted to have soprano, Robin Wiper, along with our adult and children’s choirs. The Festival of Lessons and Carols is a worship service celebrating the birth of Christ. The nine lessons, readings of Scripture, are interspersed with the singing of carols, hymns and choir music. Traditionally, the lessons span the fall of humanity, words from the ...