Batavia Brotherhood Banquet

The Batavia Brotherhood Banquet is on February 20, at 6:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 2300 Main Street, in Batavia.  The guest speaker is Rev. Hicham Chehab (Ministries Missionary for Salam Christian Fellowship).  His topic will be “From an Islamic Extremist to a Follower of Christ:  A Journey of Reconciliation”.  Ticket donation is $15.  If you have any questions, contact Leigh Tracy (630-853-3359) or Bob Huxtable (630-406-6984).  Tickets are available for purchase in the church office. 

 

Sunday morning lectionary Bible study

Sunday Mornings, today, February 25, & March 4  from 11-Noon in Paxton Hall

An ancient Jewish saying is that two heads are better than one; that everyone’s wisdom is needed. So, let’s get together!  If two heads are better, imagine what a group can do! This lectionary group will explore in creative ways the Bible readings read in worship that Sunday.  This lectionary group will share ideas and experiences gleaned from these readings, reflect and respond to the sermon for the day, and discover what the scriptures reveal for our lives today. 

                                        See you there, Pastor Jane

 

What Wednesday Morning Bible Study is studying...

 

Wednesday Morning Women’s Bible Study meets from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. in Paxton Hall.  Beginning on Ash Wednesday,February 14, and running through March 28, Pastor Jane will lead us in the Lenten study, “Give Up Something Bad for Lent” by James Moore. Instead of giving up something like chocolate for Lent, Moore suggests giving up something that spiritually we’d be better off not doing. Join us for study, prayer, discussion and fun. Books will be available from Pastor Jane for $10.00. 

Overview of the February Calendar

Overview of February Calendar

Sunday, Feb 4: 

               Sunday Worship and Sunday School at 9:30 am

Wednesday, Feb 7th:

               Women’s Bibles Study at 9:30 am

               toGather and Confirmation at 5:30 pm

               Faithful Families study at 6 pm

               Chancel Choir Rehearsal at 7:15pm

Thursday, Feb 8:

               Women of faith at 9:30 am

Friday, Feb 9:

               Church Office closed for an Education Day

               Taize Worship at 7 pm

Saturday, Feb 10:

               Men’s Bibles Study at 8 am

Sunday, Feb 11:

               Sunday Worship and Sunday School at 9:30 am

               Bible Brunch at 11:15 am

               Annual Budget meeting at 4pm

               Senior high Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser at 5pm

Wednesday, February 14:

               Ash Wednesday Soup Supper at 6pm

               Ash Wednesday Worship Service at 7pm

               Chancel Choir Rehearsal at 8pm

Thursday, February 15:

               Small Business Networking group at 8:30am

Saturday, February 17:

               Men’s Bible Study at 8 am

Sunday, Feb 18:

               Sunday Worship and Sunday School at 9:30 am

               Senior high Smallies at 5pm

               Women’s Connection at 7pm

Monday, February 19

               Office closed for President’s Day

Wednesday, Feb 21:

               Women’s Bible Study at 9:30 am

               toGather and Confirmation at 5:30 pm

               Faithful Families at 6pm

               Chocolate for Lent at 6pm

               Chancel Choir Rehearsal at 7:15 pm

Thursday, Feb 22:

               Women of Faith at 9:30 am

Saturday, Feb 24:

               Men’s Bible Study at 8 am

Sunday, Feb 25:

               Sunday Worship and Sunday School at 9:30 am

               Bridge group at 2 pm

               Senior high Smallies at 5pm

Tuesday, February 27;

               Church Council Meeting at 7pm

Wednesday, February 28:

               Women’s Bible Study at 9:30 am

               toGather and Confirmation at 5:30 pm

               Faithful Families at 6pm

               Chocolate for Lent at 6pm

               Chancel Choir Rehearsal at 7:15 pm

Faithful Families begins Wednesday Jan 31 - dinner and child care available!

Attention all parents and grandparents!!! Four week workshop....Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home.

What? On four ToGather Wednesdays, starting January 31 at 6:00 PM in the senior high youth room, we'll be using the book and study guide from Faithful Families, by Pastor Traci Smith. Traci, who was active in youth programs at our own church starting in fifth grade, is currently a senior pastor of a Presbyterian USA congregation in San Antonio, Texas. Her book, Faithful Families, is brimming with more than 50 easy-to-implement, meaningful ideas for transforming your family's everyday activities into sacred moments. Discover and develop new spiritual practices as a family. Traci will join us the first evening by live video cast to get us started!

Other Information? Copies of Faithful Families will be available for purchase at the workshop for $10, or may be downloaded to your Kindle App for $9.99. A study guide will be provided free of charge.

Please join us on 1/31, 2/7, 2/21 and 28.  Join the toGather crew for dinner in Paxton Hall at 5:30 pm.  CHILD CARE PROVIDED.

Lenten Study - Chocolat

You are invited to ‘take up chocolate for Lent’ this year — without guilt or calories — and grow in faith with friends!

Using themes from the Academy Award nominated film Chocolat, this unique series creates the space for deeper insights into selfdiscipline, self-giving, conversion, acceptance, and maturing in Christ. Delving into the delicious depths of humanity, Chocolate for Lent offers a Lenten series like no other!

Pastor Jane will lead the series as we view the movie Chocolat together. We will share scripture readings, prayer, discussion, a chocolate trivia game with prizes, and a chocolate dinner! Keep your eyes open for more details and save the dates: Wednesday evenings, February 21 – March 28, from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Please note: Faithful Families and Chocolate for Lent will be on the same evenings and time on February 21 and 28. Continue with Faithful Families if you are in that group. The first two evenings of Chocolate for Lent we will be watching the movie. Just watch the movie on your own, and on March 4 join Chocolate for Lent and you will be at the same place as the group.

Are You on Facebook?

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Our church has two Facebook accounts. One is a public Facebook page which can be seen by anyone.  We use this account to provide information about our church services, ministries, and events for members and others. 

In our second account, the content is not available for everyone in the public to view.  The congregation uses it to share joys and concerns, pictures, poems, something that inspires them, etc.   Members of the group can read, post, and comment, and no one outside of the group can see the posts and comments. This is known on Facebook as a closed group.

To find either the church Facebook page or the closed group, you can log into your Facebook account and in the search bar type in either  Congregational Church of Batavia or Members and Friends of the CCOB.  This should bring you to a list of suggestions.  Click on your choice and then you should be able to “like” or “join.”

If you have any questions about either Facebook group or difficulty finding the links, please contact Laura Bernabei at childrenandfamilyministry@ congregationalchurch.org.

Introducing Realm

Our church is moving to an updated version of our ACS church data system.  The updated version is called Realm®. It primarily serves the administrative needs of our staff, but it also offers some exciting opportunities to support the way you are involved in our church. It will make it easier for our church family to connect with each other, keep up with what’s going on, and grow as a connected community of believers.  There is even a mobile app called Connect.

The three things for you to know right now:

1. We’re updating the administrative tools our staff uses to run the daily operations of our church.

2. We’re adding more ways to communicate and connect as a church, all while leaving current methods in place.

3. You determine how much you want to make this part of your experience with our church, but we encourage you to participate.

Information about the conversion to Realm and how you can connect though it will be shared via email, The Tower, Sunday morning bulletin announcements, The News You Can Use website page and the church facebook pages.  If you prefer another form of communication, please let Cindy Sansale in the church office know your preferred method of communication.  The office phone number is 630-879-1999 and the email is office@congregationalchurch.org

Outreach Giving Opportunities

This Food Pantry needs the following items:

  • Sugar
  • Ensure (or similar product)
  • Toilet Paper
  • Canned Soups
  • Toothpaste and Toothbrushes
  • Feminine Hygiene Products

The Clothes Closet needs:

Clean and Gently Used:

  • Women’s Clothing: sizes: XL, 1X, 2X
  • Bedding & Sheets
  • Towels

New

  • Underwear (all sizes)
  • Socks (all sizes)

The Batavia Apartments is needs the following items: 

  • Cleaning supplies (toilet bowl cleaner, bathroom cleaner, multipurpose, dusting spray)

  • Larger diapers (4, 5, and 6)

Thank you for supporting these ministries!!!!

Thank you for supporting these ministries!!!!!

Fleece Blanket Donations

toGather and ourOutreach Team are making fleece tie blankets to donate on February 21.  Would you be willing to help by making blankets with us or donating some fleece to create the blankets. 1.5 yards of fleece make a nice throw/lap blanket while 3 yards makes a twin size blanket.  Contact Laura Bernabei for more information.

A Thank You from the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry

Dear members of the Congregational Church of Batavia,

Thank you for your generous food drive and donation this Christmas Season. We are so appreciative of your support of the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry and Clothes Closet.

Together we made 2017 a busy and wonderful year at the food pantry and clothes closet. Because of you, our crew of over 600 volunteers was able to provide over 700 Batavia families in need with the gift of nutritious food, warm clothing and peace of mind. As 2017 draws to a close, we are excited to share how the committed support of this community has impacted 1,260 of our neighbors each month for the last year. For the first time since 2014, the demand for our services has risen steeply with an increasing number of families needing our assistance. Families may use any of our various services:

  • An average family may “shop” monthly receiving 120-150 pounds of food, including milk, eggs, cheese, meat and fresh produce. They may also pickup supplementary fresh bread and produce 5 days a week.
  • The elderly and disabled who are unable to visit us can choose to receive monthly grocery delivery.
  • Our special needs shoppers who may benefit from physical shopping assistance or additional decision making time may choose to shop at a time reserved for them.
  • Families may select from a vast array of seasonally appropriate clothing, including coats, shoes, hats, mittens, and occasional new socks and underwear. A family may choose items for each member and may visit twice a month.
  • Over 175 clients received holiday meal boxes, including a turkey, fresh potatoes and butternut squash.
  • Our clients may opt into bonus food distribution times via our TEXT4FOOD initiative. This enables us to more quickly distribute large donations of perishable items from our partner stores such as Trader Joe's, Jewel, Walmart, Target and Aldi. Not only does this benefit our neighbors in need, it also eliminates food waste in our community.

While we have served 700 families this year, in a typical month, only 350 or so visit us. Many families only visit us once or twice as we help them through difficult times. A few folks use every service we provide. An elderly guest shared that she had been able to pay her utility bills last winter by shopping here each month and using both our Saturday overstock distribution and our days-end bread and produce. It was good to hear.
Your donations make it happen.

On behalf of our clients, the unemployed and under-employed, the disabled or sick, the elderly and the homeless, we wholeheartedly thank you for your support.

Betsy

Betsy Zinser, executive director,
the staff and the volunteers at the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry and Clothes Closet.

Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry and Clothes Closet is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. No goods or services were provided in exchange for your contribution. Please retain this letter as your tax receipt.