Education Wing Update!

               Ed Wing Demolition Update

               Ed Wing Demolition Update

Education Wing Update for 6/15/17

We are at the end of our third week since the remodeling project began in earnest.  In just the first two weeks and including the move, we have over 500 volunteer hours.  Imagine the savings these hearty individuals are offering our church!

So much has taken place

·       Sixteen windows have been installed complete with insulating and interior trim work.

·       Nine a/c windows have been framed and windows to install above a/c’s are on order.

·       All interior doors have been cleaned (many times) and varnished several coats.

·       All wooden furniture has been stripped, sanded and varnished.

·       All copper door kick plates and handles have been cleaned and polished.

·       All new LED electrical lights are installed.

·       Required framing has been done and drywall repairs are in the works.

Upcoming Opportunities—Mark Your Calendars

·       We will need “muscle” to install the cabinets on July 12—an early 7 a.m. delivery.  (We will re-confirm as we get closer.)

·       The office and closets will be painted on July 13 with a second coat as needed on July 14.

·       Installation of remaining a/c windows July 13 and 14.


Asbestos abatement will take place from June 23 – July 10.  During this time there is NO ADMITTANCE to the Ed Wing






Blood Drive

Blood Drive-  Save a Life   Who benefits from blood donation?

At Heartland Blood Centers, we never forget the patients who receive the blood we collect. Every unit of blood is collected from volunteer donors who meet specific criteria and have been screened according to strict guidelines. Every unit (pint) is collected, transported, tested and stored according to tightly-controlled procedures.  

Examples of transfusion needs are:

Cancer: up to 8 units/month

Bone Marrow Transplant: up to 2 units/day

Liver Transplant: up to 100 units

Auto Accident: up to 50 units

Cardiovascular Surgery: 2-25 units

Heartland Blood Center will be at Paxton Hall on Saturday, June 24th from 8 am – noon.  To donate blood, sign-up on the sheet posted on the bulletin board.  All donors will receive a $5 Target gift card.  If you have any questions, contact Maureen Huey at 630-879-2456.

Got Tools?

Got Tools? Susan Frame is collecting donated working tools for her work in Haiti. A list of needed tools is attached.  A donation bin is outside of Paxton Hall. New or gently used items are accepted. Susan would like donations received by June 6. If you can't make that date, Susan will also be making a trip home in December.

Monetary donations can be made to the Frame Family Foundation, a 501 (c) 3, and mailed to Doris Frame, 1148 North Avenue, Batavia, IL 60510.

To receive a tax benefit for your tool donation, please attach at tag with your full name, address, email and phone number, and cost of the donated tool(s) to the donated tool.

Sunday Morning Coffee Fellowship Time

The Fellowship Team is planning for July and August's Coffee Fellowship times. There are several dates available for you to help make the coffee and provide some treats. Available dates are July 2, July 23, July 30, August 13, August 20 and August 27. Please contact Ellen Field with any questions and to sign up for a date. There is a sign up sheet for all of our Sunday Morning Ministries on the sign up board in the Paxton lobby. You can also use the online sign up by clicking on this link.


We are excited that the Church Picnic is scheduled to held at Hawks Bluff Park at 950 Twin Elms Lane Batavia (off of Deerpath Rd on the west side of town.)  The picnic is on Sunday July 16 at 11am, following the Worship Service.

These are the amenities: 30 acres, Basketball Court, Bicycle Path, Fishing Area, Natural Area, Parking lot, Picnic Area (8 picnic tables), 2 newer Playgrounds, Restroom-(simple), Grill, Walking/Jogging Path

There will be games and fellowship for all!

Please bring your own drink and a dish to share - you may want to bring a lawn chair as well.

Directions from Randall Rd and Wilson St. (West side):

Take Randall Rd. south to Main St. turn right (west) on Main St. to Deerpath Rd., turn left (south) on Deerpath Rd. to Limestone Dr., turn left (south) on Limestone Dr. to Bird Lane, turnright (northeast) on Bird Lane.  Bird Lane will turn into Twin Elms Lane.  Hawks Bluff Park will be a few blocks down on your left-hand side (east).  This is a very long park and you will see the sign for Hawks Bluff a block or two before you see the parking lot.



Church Council Summary

On May 30, our new Council (voted in during the Annual Meeting on April 23) met for the first time.  Initial administrative tasks were undertaken.  Treasurer Lynne Potter explained that after four months of 2017, pledges are $17,759 ahead of budget, and thanks to expenses running low so far this year, overall we are $23,970 ahead of budget!

Vicki Linich and Laura Bernabei provided the staff report this month by highlighting the church picnic planned for this coming weekend, and noting that the church’s Youth Mission Trip is on the near horizon.  Joe Blomquist shared that the Invest In Our Youth campaign has raised $83,439 to date, and contributions continue to come in.

Three team reports were noted.  Facilities shared that the church has been approached by Verizon Wireless to see if we would consider being a cell site location (within our steeple).  We agreed to be considered, and Finance then Council will review Verizon Wireless’ proposal once it is received.  Carol McCloud provided an update on the Ed Wing renovation project.  Dave Hummel will be talking to at least two people who may be interested in filling the open one year Human Resources team position.

Tracy Beckley read aloud the four page report from the Listening Session Ad Hoc committee.  A motion was made that Council create a team (not to exceed five) to research and recommend to Council a provider of counseling and healing that will work with the congregation.  Subsequent discussion resulted in another motion that Council send a request via Bulletins and News You Can Use for people to nominate themselves by June 19 for consideration to be a member of the team that was established in the prior motion.  Once the team is formed by Council at their June 27th meeting, the team will be encouraged to seek input from the congregation as to attributes that should be considered when selecting a consultant.

As a reminder, full meeting minutes of Council meetings are available outside the office once they have been approved at the subsequent Council meeting.  If you would like to be Emailed either the minutes or the Financial Reports, please let Paul Byrd (Clerk) know.

Ad-Hoc team - During the May 30th Church Council meeting, the team that performed the recent listening sessions presented their report to council. One of the recommendations was to hire an outside consultant to move forward with the information that has been gathered from the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center and the listening sessions. The hope is that this consultant will be able to recommend actions that will help to heal our congregation and resolve the conflicts that are creating the tension in our Church.

if you would like to be considered to be part of the five person team that will search for the outside consultant and make a recommendation to council on who we should hire, please send an email to Dave Hummel, or Mary Pat English, Please respond by June 19th for consideration. The Church Council will choose the ad-hoc team from this list of names at the June 27th council meeting.

If you would like a copy of the Listening Sessions Report, please email Dave Hummel. There are also copies available in the Church Office.

Outreach Ministry

Thank you to everyone who donated to the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry and Clothes Closet during Lent.  We provided 5 boxes of food and a good supply of new underwear. We will continue to collect items in the shopping carts at the West entrance, through out the year.  


1.    Please remember to donate to the Batavia Apartments. 

a.    A list of needed items is posted near the collection bins outside of Paxton Hall.

b.    The Batavia Apartments is looking for volunteers to help with their summer camp,
June 10-August 3  10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday for children ages 6-12.
Volunteers will help with fun activities including games, crafts, and field trips.
Volunteers are welcome to sign up for the weeks they are available throughout the summer. There will be no camp July 3-6.  All interested volunteers should contact
Camille Simmons, Director at 630-879-3117.

2.  Sirat Chicago, ( is a non-profit community-organization based in Hyde Park, Chicago that works closely with five Syrian refugee families living in Hyde Park and Albany Park. They have a partnership with student organizations from the University of Chicago. Sirat run ESL courses, help with job placement in Chicago, manage In-Kind donations, and are raising money to alleviate debt accumulated due to their travel costs to the U.S.

a. One of the main priorities at this point is alleviating the debt from plane tickets from refugee camps in Turkey and Jordan to Chicago O'Hare. They have just started crowdfunding. Please do check out our site and consider contributing to help move them towards their goal! 

b. They also maintain an Amazon Wishlist ( for needed household items.  Due to current job insecurity, continuing debt, and monthly rent costs, the families often have little money left to spend on clothing items, kitchen items, and other "non-essentials." For example, one of the kids is managing with one pair of pants - like a trooper!  

For more information contact Elysa Bryen at

3.  Book Drive- Biblioteca Comunitaria-Angonia

Alejandra Villalobos is an English Teacher Trainer with the Peace Corps in Mozambique. She went to the Illinois State University with Pastor Yvette's daughter Samantha.  She lives and works in Vila Ulongue, the district capital of Angonia. The population is about 150,000 in our Vila, with 5 primary schools (between 800-1000 students) and 1 secondary school (2,600 students). When she arrived there was no library or community center but she had a truck of books and children came to her house to read and practice beginning reading skills. In May 2016, a primary school teacher and she, were invited to a literacy training and began a community early grade literacy program. Interest grew and in October 2016 they began to raise funds to open a library near the main primary school. By January 2017, they received grant money to renovate a small 2 room house into a library. They finished construction February 2017 and programming began again in March 2017.

They need a wide variety of books including English language books for students grade 6-12 and the English Teacher Program students at the local Teacher Training College. Portuguese is the main language.  English is a necessity for careers in business and medicine, especially since the district borders 2 English speaking countries. Many students have the desire to learn and practice beyond their schoolwork but resources are limited to old newspapers, magazines, and beaten up picture books.

They are looking for used beginner chapter books, middle level chapter books, and young adult books. Reference books, workbooks, and teacher geared classroom books would be great as well!! Grammar guides, brain teasers, and advanced study books (old ACT/SAT practice books) would be a big help with my advanced English Students.

If you have any old books you would like to donate, we will be collecting donations outside of Paxton Hall beginning May 14th. 


BUILD! is a new and exciting summer program for our youth at the CCOB.  Open to this last year’s 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students and friends.  We will be building an outdoor slingshot target range, while inside we will be in a small group to build faith and relationships.  Small groups will be mentored by Senior High Students. Application and $25 is due June 1st.  Start date is Wednesday, June 21st, 6:30-8 pm.  Marcia has the answers to your questions. 

June 10 2017 Iftar Celebration

The Justice and Witness Team and Batavia Islamic Center are again co-sponsoring an Iftar meal June 10 in Paxton Hall. During the month of Ramadan our Muslim friends and neighbors fast from sun rise to sun set. They break their fast at sun down each day. Sun down on June 10 will be about 8:25 pm when the prayers will be said. Following these short prayers, the fast is broken with water and dates, followed by a wonderful meal. Last year we hosted a full house so if you would like to attend contact for reservations by June 1.

We are also looking for volunteers set up starting at 6:00 pm Saturday, bring cutup fruit, serve, and cleanup including dishes. If you are available to help, let Rick know.

Summer Worship

Our Summer Worship Schedule of one service at 9:30 am begins Sunday, May 28 and runs through September 3 2017. Nursery care is available for 0-3 years, and Sunday School for 3 years through completed 3rd grade.  With the Ed Wing remodel, Nursery care will be in the Conference Room and Sunday School will be in the Pine Room. Coffee/Fellowship immediately following the service in Paxton Hall. Join us this summer!