‘Help-Portrait 2012′ Photos

January 13, 2013 in Photos

Here is a selection of photos from our Help-Portrait event that was held on December 8, 2012.

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You may also view these pictures on Flickr HERE.

‘Christmas Festival 2012’ Photos

December 23, 2012 in Photos

Here are photos from our annual Christmas Festival that was held on December 9, 2012.

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You may also view these pictures on Flickr HERE.

Help-Portrait 2012 at The Moody Church!

October 8, 2012 in Events

We are very excited to announce that The Moody Church will once again be hosting a Help-Portrait site in December!  Following last year’s successful precedent, we will be partnering with Angel Tree, a ministry that helps families that have an incarcerated parent.  Clients will come to the church, have their photo taken, attend a party, then pick up their photos on-site!

We still need assistants, makeup artists, and general volunteers!  Here is some quick event info:

Date: December 8, 2012
Location: The Moody Church – 1635 N. LaSalle St.
Time: 11:00am – 4:30pm
Contact: moodychurchhp@gmail.com

Here are our photos and video from last year!

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Profile: David Rhodes and the Holy Family Art Exhibit

October 7, 2012 in Profiles, Recommendations

Do you remember Mom and Dad showcasing your latest artistic masterpiece – or short of that, your newest finger painting – on the refrigerator for all to see? David Rhodes does. His mom still has drawings he made in the first grade.

David has been a life-long artist and came to discover a love for photography in high school. His photography teacher taught the basics, including darkroom skills and camera mechanics. David came to appreciate the craft of non-digital photography.

Unfortunately, not all students get a chance to be inspired artistically in schools. But David and Holy Family School hope to change that. Together they have created an art exhibit and fundraiser that will take place on Saturday, October 20.

The exhibit developed from an idea David shared with a friend to a connection with the Holy Family School principal to conducting workshops throughout the last year for students from kindergarten to eighth grade. David says the goal was to expose, “multiple avenues of creative expression,” and the goal was exceeded: the workshops explored a variety of different mediums, including (but definitely not limited to) comic books, jewelry making, and painting with vegetables.

Funds raised at the one-day-only event will benefit arts programs, including aiding in purchasing classroom art materials. The exhibit will be held from noon to 3 pm on Saturday, October 20 at the DePaul campus Starbucks, located at 1245 W Fullerton in Lincoln Park. The students whose work will be featured will be present to discuss their art.

David is grateful that God blessed everyone involved with the resources and energy to complete this intense project. He knows the students’ creative exploration has grown through the workshops and he hopes they have learned things they couldn’t have without an art program.

Maybe for some of these students this move from refrigerator to gallery space will start a creative spark. Come and see that spark ignite!

For more information about David and to see the flier for the Holy Family School Art Show, click HERE.


STORY 2012 Retrospective

October 5, 2012 in Recommendations

Two weeks ago, on September 20th and 21st, four members from the TMC Artist Circle had the privilege of attending the 2012 STORY Conference at Park Community Church.  STORY brands itself as “fuel for the creative class,” but provides so much more!  The two-day event brings in Christian speakers from around the country who are active in the arts.  Writers, painters, musicians and filmmakers all gave their stories as inspiration for all those in attendance.   Notable speakers from this year include Isaac Rentz, Bob Goff, Makoto Fujimura and Kyle Idleman, just to name a few.  Two of the four volunteers who attended from the Artist Circle had this to share:


What did I love about STORY 2012? What didn’t I love?! I love that everyone is still excited about it – two weeks later I’m still seeing tweets and Facebook updates with quotes from the speakers and photos of the event. I loved the “kid in the candy shop” look in everyone’s eyes during those two days: The excitement brought about from being with other creatives, other Christians with the same passions, in an environment bursting with random things… a contortionist one moment, a string quartet the next. Who thought of randomly choosing four lucky attendees with a surprise lunch with four other strangers… who happened to be from Second City and dressed in costume?! 

But the most awesome moments for me came from the speakers. They were inspiring and encouraging, and directed our thoughts to Christ and the beauty of creativity. There were too many “golden quotes” to be able to share, I would be hard pressed to choose just one. But I went away with three overarching themes: 1. Make some art for you own sake – something not subject to a goal or dictated by what others want to see or hear. 2. Take a risk, let go, be vulnerable and passionate in what you do – even if you crash and burn there is something good to be found there and those are the times when we rely not on ourselves the most, but on God. 3. It is the job of artists (especially Christian artists) to call attention to what could be – to show the difference between the grief that is and the hope of what could be – and in that we are God’s vessels.


STORY was an absolute blast!  I’ve been to many other conferences for work in the past, but I’ve never felt so empowered and ‘full’ as when I left Park weeks ago.  Being an animator, I was super geeked to hear Phil Vischer, the creator of VeggieTales, speak.  I really enjoyed hearing Phil’s personal story and could really relate to some of his frustrations and successes in the business.  Phil provided an engaging picture of what it looks like to walk in obedience to God while submitting all of our small plans and ambitions to His greater will.  I really liked this memorable quote: “If I have given my life to Christ, where I am in five years is none of my business.”  Wow.  Talk about living a life of faith!  Phil also told a small anecdote of how Bob the Tomato literally prevented a father from killing himself.  After hearing Mr. Vischer speak, I feel incredibly convicted to live a life of purpose and to use my craft as a way to worship God and encourage others.  As Phil quoted Mother Theresa, “There are no big great things, only small great things done with love.”

STORY is also a great place to connect with others.  I was able to personally meet many artist that I respect and admire from afar via Twitter, etc.  Volunteering also allowed me to connect with talented folks who are native to Chicago.

I would be remiss if I didn’t give credit to Ben Arment and the entire team that makes STORY a reality.  Being a volunteer not only allowed me to serve fellow artists, but really showed me the extreme attention to detail that went into making this event.  Everything down to piping pleasant scents into the HVAC system was done with the intent of giving attendees the most premium and profound experience.  Bravo!

Be sure to check out the photos we took at STORY on Flickr HERE.

Use the links below to connect with STORY:


‘STORY 2012 Conference’ Photos

September 30, 2012 in Photos

Here are photos from the fourth-annual STORY Conference, held at Park Community Church on September 20-21, 2012.

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You may also view these pictures on Flickr HERE.

Guest Speaker Kevin Luthardt

September 12, 2012 in Events, Profiles

This Sunday, the Artist Circle will be hosting a gathering which will feature a short talk by Chicago artist Kevin Luthardt.

Kevin is a children’s book author and illustrator originally from Schaumburg, Illinois. Although Kevin didn’t actually plan to become an author when he graduated from the U-of-I, the process of exploring various mediums while earning his bachelor’s in painting helped create a style that easily translates to children’s books.

In addition to illustrating books, Kevin also paints pieces of artwork and even full-sized murals. He has brought neighborhood youth together through his mural projects, and his work has been shown at the Mars Gallery for over fourteen years. In everything he does, Kevin says he seeks to glorify God by using themes that mirror his faith.

When he is not working, Kevin spends time with his wife Alicia and their three children. He and his wife are very involved at Armitage Church in Chicago.

Kevin’s advice to aspiring artists is to practice, work hard, and study various artists’ work. Kevin’s website can be seen HERE.

The Artist Circle gathering will be taking place this Sunday, the 16th, at 6:30p in room 309 at the Moody Church.  We look forward to seeing you there!

MoodyFest 2012

August 29, 2012 in Events

Last year, MoodyFest was introduced to the Old Town neighborhood on Labor Day weekend. Live music from six different musical acts bellowed from the “Walgreens parking lot” out into the street, and was the cause of smiles and head bobbing throughout the crowd!

This year, MoodyFest will feature the Moody Church Sunday Evening Gathering Band, Ethan Butler, the Clark St. Band, and the Stephen Lynerd Quintet. We caught up with two of these groups to learn a little more about them.

For last year’s event, Jason Cates headed up a jazz group. This year, he and four other musicians decided to switch things up a bit and put together a blues quintet.  This will be the first performance for the Clark St. Band, which features the musical talents of Jason Cates, Jeff Mason, Phillip Potter, Dave Gear, and Rex Carol.

Stephen Lynerd says he and his band had a blast at last year’s event – so much so that they wanted to perform again!  Although Stephen doesn’t have one specific band that he performs with, this allows him to perform with various musicians that he brings together. Accompanying Stephen in his quintet is Benjamin Lynerd, Jonathan Gilley, David Kelly, and Gabriel Datcu.  To learn more about Stephen, you can visit his website at HERE.

MoodyFest will start at 4 PM in the parking lot on the corner of LaSalle Street and North Avenue.  The entire event is free, which not only includes the live music, but food and refreshments as well!  It’s a great way to say goodbye to the summer, meet some new friends, and greet the Moody Church community.  See you there!

To see photos from last year’s MoodyFest, click HERE.

TMC Artist Circle Announces Fall Visual Art Exhibit

August 18, 2012 in Events

The Moody Church Artist Circle is proud to present the 2nd Fall Exhibit of visual arts at the Moody Church from Nov 4-18. Last year’s exhibit saw some 45 pieces by nearly 20 artists displayed throughout the main lobby and Christian Life Center. Creativity, in its various forms, is a gift from The Creator and our desire is to provide a venue where the church body can interact with the artists among them and their gifts all to the glory of God. This year’s theme is Reflections. The inspiration comes from the Biblical book of James where we are told God’s Word is like a mirror. The title provides the artist with great creative flexibility while still challenging them to explore God’s Word.

All forms of visual media are encouraged from pencil drawings to sculptures to digital. In order to submit your work for review, and to view the full specifications for submission, please use the PDF found HERE.

Mark your calendar and takes some time to interact with the art and even the artists.

We look forward to seeing you there!

TMC Artist Circle Announces Literary Journal

July 17, 2012 in Events

In addition to hosting the Fall Art Exhibit, the Moody Church Artist Circle will be publishing a new literary journal this November. Both will have the theme of Reflections. The journal hopes to showcase and be representative of the writing talent throughout the church.

To submit, please adhere to the following guidelines: The journal will publish both prose and poetry from entrants who are attenders of the Moody Church. Prose, both fiction and creative non-fiction, should be no longer than ten pages. Up to three poems may be submitted, no longer than a page each. All submissions should be double-spaced, in 12 point Times New Roman font, and in a Word .doc format. Excerpts of longer pieces or previously published selections will be accepted; please include explanatory information in submission email.

Please remember that content should be appropriate for the entire Moody Church community.

We hope to include as many submissions as possible.

Please stay tuned to tmcartist.com and the Moody Church bulletin for more details about how and when the journal will be published.

All submissions and questions should be emailed to Andrea at artistcircle@moodychurch.org with “Literary Journal” in the subject line.