Not Appropriate For Children?

Presented by Dr. Melody Green

Friday, October 27th, 7:00pm

Christ Church Youth House- 1301 N. Linden Street, Normal, Illinois

Looking Closer at  Children’s Bible storybooks. Many people who grow up in Christian homes learn their “Bible stories” from Bible story books, collections of selected stories that have been retold.  The authors of many of these collections state that the changes they are making are only to make the stories easier to understand, but upon closer examination, they frequently prove to reflect the values of the culture in which the story was written, and the theology of the authors themselves. 

This presentation will discuss why this matters and how it happens, as well as looking at some specific stories—which ones get retold the most? Why? What gets added? What gets removed?

Friday, May 19th, 7:00-8:30pm,

Christ Church Youth House- 1301 N. Linden Street, Normal

Feature Lecturer: Nick Thompson

Coffee As Opportunity: A look at approaching coffee as a guide to navigating culture differently. Finding beauty in details, hope in community, and intentionality in busyness. Join Ithaka as we witness how something as simple as a morning beverage can impact culture and reveal our inner longings.

Panel On Singleness & The Church Family

March 31st 7:00PM

How does the church view and care for those in their congregation that are single? Join Ithaka Fellowship in the Christ Church sanctuary (1301 N. Linden Street, Normal, IL) as we hear from a panel of single men and women in different life stages about the pros and cons of being single and being in the church. The panel will share from their experiences, discuss what the Bible says about singleness, and encourage families and couples how they can engage this growing demographic. The Panel will be followed with a Q&A and Fellowship.

By: Donna England

March 17th, 7:00-8:30pm
Ithaka Fellowship, Gridley


"Through writing I have established who I am, where I came from, and where I am going. I wrote about the decade of the 1950s to encourage the younger generation to grab life with all the enthusiasm and courage they can muster and to go forward to make life better, kinder, and fun."


Donna will speak primarily about her books, I Used to Be Little, My School Days in the 1950’s and on the “why” of writing and how she got started. She also will read some selections from the books.

What Does the Gospel Have to Do with Homosexuality?

Rev. Tim Trouten

April 1, 2016; 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Location: Christ Church, Youth House

1301 N. Linden St.
Normal, IL 61761
(309) 452-7927


2015 was a year of triumph for the Gay Rights agenda.  It was also a year that many Christians went on the defensive.  But the gospel question isn’t about rights, it’s about love.  Together, let’s seek to move beyond the rhetoric and ask how the gospel gives us the power to engage homosexuality with the grace and love of Christ.

what are Friday Night lectures?

In his little book The Radical Disciple, John Stott says, “The Bible tells us that in creation God established for human beings three fundamental relationships: first to himself, for he made them in his own image; second to each other, for the human race was plural from the beginning; and third, to the good earth and its creatures over which he set them all." Each relationship was radically skewed by the Fall. Adam and Eve were banished from the garden and the presence of the Lord, each blamed the other, and the good earth was cursed on account of their disobedience.


In our Friday Night Lectures, it is our passion to explore the ramifications of these damaged, yet glorious relationships. Moreover, we are keenly interested in God’s covenantal plan to redeem and restore all three. To put it in question form: What should be our attitude toward this beautiful, yet flawed earth? How should we relate to other fallen, yet glorious image-bearers? What should be our response to the Creator? To our deeply broken and conflicted souls?

In the context of community and Scripture, our Friday Night Lectures take up the fruitful task of exploring God's redemptive love in creation, culture, and conscience. We look for the order of creation and the kindness of God as it is found in human history, music, art, architecture, literature, land development, farming, social policy, law, etc.