the summer of love turns 40

I posted the following over at about a couple days of my vacation.

Last week Maggie and I spent three nights in a small house on a very lonely section of the northern Californian coast.   We’d started our trip in Seattle, been to the Puget Sound, spent a night outside of Portland (after paying homage to Powell’s Bookstore and Fabulous Jackpot Records), and after driving a bunch of hours along the foggy Pacific on Highway 1 finally reached our cottage in the middle of nowhere.  The ocean in front of us, redwood forests and vineyards behind us, and more stars than we’d seen in a long time above us.  Not a bad way to spend a few days.

You can read the rest at the rednoW site.

pcc connections lunch this sunday

Every few months the PCC staff puts on a free pizza lunch for anyone who is new (or new-ish) to the church.  We like to keep theses lunches simple and fun: pizza from Barone’s (our favorite Glen Ellyn pizza place), a chance to meet a few other new folks, and real quick introductions from the PCC staff.

We’ve been taking RSVPs for this Sunday’s lunch, but if you’re new and haven’t  signed-up we hope you’ll still come.  Lunch is served in the gym at 12:30.  Hope to see you then.

out of the lifeboat: fixing a well

I received the following email from a Parkview person in response to Chuck Howard’s sermon a few weeks back. Thought I’d share it here.

The question has been posed, What are we thankful for and how has God been active in our lives as of recent? Well, here you go…

Two weeks ago Sunday night, my daughter was taking her nightly shower, when she yelled out “Why is the water doing this?!” I run in to check and see what the problem is, and see that we are losing water pressure, fast.

Did I mention this is on a Sunday night, and my workweek is booked solid at this point?

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johnny cash: hurt

Here’s another great Johnny Cash song and video.

Cash once asked his good friend Billy Graham whether he should quit the music business to become an evangelist. In his wisdom Graham strongly suggested that Johnny Cash was doing exactly the work God had called him to do. Songs and videos like this seem to confirm the Reverend Graham’s judgment.

If you get a chance, check out this short Time magazine article about Ruth Graham’s recent death. The Reverend Graham’s thought’s on his wife’s life and passing are incredibly touching.

ray’s random thoughts: 20 years of starbucks

Ray is PCC’s Senior Pastor.


Well, summer is winding down. Where has the hot sweaty time gone? Hope you have made some time for enjoying friends and family!

Do you know that twenty years ago today an interesting thing happened? On August 15, 1987, Howard Schultz purchased a small chain of coffeehouses called Starbucks for $4 million. At the time, Schultz described it as “a case of the salmon swallowing the whale.” It seemed like an overwhelming undertaking, but he couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Listen to what he writes in his autobiography, Pour Your Heart Into It. “This is my moment, I thought. If I don’t seize the opportunity, if I don’t step out of my comfort zone and risk it all, if I let too much time tick on, my moment will pass. I knew that if I didn’t take advantage of this opportunity, I would replay it in my mind for my whole life, wondering: “What if?”

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adult small groups

Over the summer most of our PCC Adult Small Groups take a break. But as we get closer to the fall these groups are gearing up to begin meeting regularly again. At Parkview we have small groups for men, women, and mixed groups that are open to anyone. If you’re not a part of a small group there are a few very easy ways to get plugged in:

  • Talk to a friend who belongs to a group and go with them to their group.
  • Stop by the Information Center in the lobby on a Sunday morning and ask about small groups.
  • Visit the PCC website and sign up for more information.
  • Call (630-469-4306) or email ( me and I’ll get you connected.

Small groups are a great way to get more connected with other Parkview people as well as an ideal way to study the Scriptures in community. I hope you’ll consider joining a group this fall.