Outreach Ministries

Backpack Food Program

Six years ago, Fox Valley Christian Church started a weekend backpack program to feed families within the Batavia School District who are displaced or are in situations where securing food for their families is very challenging. School staff identify children who are in these difficult situations, and this information is passed along to the district’s Community Outreach Coordinator. Currently, 52 families are being served (200 people). Due to the increased demand for the program, Fox Valley Christian asked to partner with area churches. During Lent, we will be collecting food for this program.

Week of Donation: April 21 canned fruit

Donations for The Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry and Clothes Closet

April 28: Fragrance Free Detergent, Hand Soap, Shampoo

May 5: Disposable Razors, Toothbrushes (medium), Tooth Paste

May 12: Canned fruit, Canned vegetables

May 19: Garbage Bags (13 gallon), Zip Lock Bags,

May 26: Sugar, Cooking oil. Tomato Paste

The Batavia Apartments:

Toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates, napkins, and garbage bags and items for residents to make Fathers’ Day Baskets.

Feed My Starving Children

On May 24 (Friday), join us for the 6:00 to 7:30 shift at Feed My Starving Children. Minimum age is 5. The sign-up sheet is on the Bulletin Board. Address: 555 Exchange Court, Aurora, IL

Love Our River Day

Love our River Day- Volunteer to help out at the Friends of the Fox’s and the City of Batavia’s annual cleanup along the Fox River. Meet at the Blackard Skate-park at 8:30 (east side of Rt. 25 1/3 mile south of Wilson St.). Volunteer to cleanup, collect litter data, or help with the event. The event ends at noon.  Afterward, lunch is provided. Register at: https://friendsofthefoxriver.org/event/batavia-love-our-river-day-river-cleanup-and-community-celebration/

Unwanted Medication Disposal Program

Unwanted Medication Disposal Program

The Batavia Police Department is proud to offer an Unwanted Medication Disposal Program (UMDP). The drug collection and disposal program provides a safe disposal location for citizens to properly dispose of unused prescription and non-prescription medications. This program provides an environmentally safe alternative to disposing of medication in landfills or the sewer system that may later negatively affect the environment. The program encourages citizens to remove their unneeded or expired medications from their homes. This reduces access to addictive medications for accidental or intentional misuse by adults and children.


Drop Box

The Batavia Police Department has provided a steel mailbox-style collection box in the front lobby of the City Hall, which citizens may use to deposit their unwanted or expired medications. The collection box is clearly marked for this purpose, locked and under 24-hour surveillance. Citizens may place their unused or expired medications into the collection box anonymously.

Weekend Backpack Meals for Batavia Children

Six years ago, Fox Valley Christian Church started a weekend backpack program to feed families within the Batavia School District who are displaced or are in situations where securing food for their families is very challenging. School staff identify children who are in these difficult situations, and this information is passed along to the district’s Community Outreach Coordinator. Currently, 52 families are being served (200 people). Due to the increased demand for the program, Fox Valley Christian asked to partner with area churches. During Lent, we will be collecting food for this program. March 3 — chili (with or without beans) March 10 — canned vegetables March 17 — canned fruit March 24 — fruit cups, applesauce cups

Amistad Sunday and Movie

Sunday, March 24, during 9:30 Worship Service - Join us as we honor La Amistad and our United Church of Christ during Worship!

There will be a showing of the movie Amistad on Wednesday, March 20, at 6:15 p.m. You are welcome to come to toGather supper at 5:30 p.m. before the movie – please RSVP to Laura Bernabei by Tuesday, March 23. Also, you may watch the movie on your own or borrow the DVD from Pastor Jane. 

The Amistad was and is many things:

• It was a Cuban coasting schooner,

• It was a famous court case,

• It was an historic event that shaped the nation and the United Church of Christ   

 • It is a contemporary floating museum,

• It is a special Sunday in the United Church of Christ (UCC)

• It is an inspiration.

Amistad Sunday honors, emphasizes, and underscores the historic commitment of the UCC to the work of justice and compassion! Beginning in 1839, the work of “black and white” Congregationalists helped to secure the release of 53 captive Africans who struggled courageously for their freedom aboard La Amistad.                                                                                                

The fruits of their labors not only inspired Christian witness for justice in the mid-1800s, but also helped build a lasting movement for racial, economic, and social justice in the UCC!

Annual Reports due on March 10

Please send your annual reports to Barb Zillgitt by Sunday, March 10. Since this is an historical document, we want to include narratives from the officers, staff, teams, and all the other groups involved with our church.  Please tell us what wonderful things you and/or your team, committee, group  have done in the past year. We also would like pictures of your group and activities that have occurred throughout the year. If you have questions, contact Barb by email, bzillgitt685@gmail.com, or phone, 630 896 2451.

Council Communications

Monthly Council Corner

On the first Sunday of each month, either the Moderator or the Vice Moderator, or both will be at a designated table during coffee hour to answer questions, hear concerns, or discuss subjects of interest to the congregation. These sessions will begin on March 3rd and are open to members and visitors alike. So grab your beverage of choice, a treat from the coffee hour table, and join us!

The Nominating Committee Wants YOU!

Our church’s annual congregational meeting is coming up in April, and at that meeting we will be electing members to fill open positions. To do this, church leadership is forming the annual Nominating Committee. This team will consist of 4-5 people who will help us identify and secure candidates to fill those open spots. This will be a short-term effort: 4 to 6 weeks. No special skills are required – just the willingness to work with the rest of the group to identify candidates and make phone calls. Please consider answering the call to serve on this important team. If you are interested or just want to find out more, please contact either Mary Pat English (english4044@sbcglobal.net) or Jean Stone (jean.stone@sbcglobal.net).

Pastoral Search Committee

Church leadership will soon be convening a seven-member pastoral search committee whose job it will be to help us find a new settled pastor. This is a very important task in the future of our church. We are asking for volunteers who would like to serve on the committee, with the understanding that final choices will be made by a steering committee from the Council. This team should represent a cross-section of our congregation. A search team made up of men, women, newer members, long-time members, youth, middle agers, and seniors should give us the broadest perspective in selecting the best candidate for our next pastor. This committee will be working for an extended period of time, possibly as long as a year, and those who want to be considered need to be able to devote the time and energy to this very important initiative. 

There are a few categories of folks who should not be on the search committee for reasons of distributing the workload and ensuring fresh perspective. Current church leaders including the Moderator, Vice Moderator, church officers, and ministry team leaders are not eligible, nor are the seven individuals who servedon the search committee for Yvette Eber. 

Our goal is to have this team in place by April 1. If you are interested in being considered for the Pastoral Search Committee, please contact either Mary Pat English (english4044@sbcglobal.net) or Jean Stone (jean.stone@sbcglobal.net).


UCC Outdoor Ministries - Summer Camps and More!

We have two UCC Summer Camps near us. Pilgrim Park is in Princeton, IL and Tower Hill in Sawyer, MI. There are a variety of camp experiences - Grandparents and me, Spirit Camp, Godstock, Women’s Retreat and more! We have a few children who went last year that can’t wait to return this summer. Contact Laura Bernabei for more info on their experiences and check out the camp opportunities at this link: http://www.il-outdoorministries.org/outdoor-ministries.html