November Needs at the Food Pantry/Clothes Closet and Batavia Apartments

Suggested donation schedule for

Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry and Clothes Closet:

November 4 — spaghetti sauce, apple sauce, macaroni

and cheese

November 11 — sugar free foods, gluten free foods

November 18 — toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant

November 24 — gently used bedding and sheets, towels

The Batavia Apartments: November needs include:

paper towels • shampoo • napkins • small zip-lock bags

• hand wipes • toilet bowl cleaner • disinfecting wipes

Christmas Cookies for the IYC

Christmas Cookie Day

Illinois Youth Center St. Charles

Saturday December 8, 2018

12 – 3 PM

Once again, volunteers from churches in this area will be going into the Youth Center in St. Charles to celebrate Christmas with the incarcerated young men there. There are two ways you can volunteer to help with this event.

1. Join us as we spend a few hours with the young men singing Christmas carols and sitting down to talk with the young men.

2. Bake cookies for this event. We try to give every young man and staff a dozen assorted cookies. This year that will be around 200 dozen cookies.

Cookies: The types of cookies that are considered acceptable are; Oatmeal, Chocolate Chip, Molasses, Snickerdoodle and Sugar. No peanut butter, fruit, nuts, icing or sprinkles. Bag the cooled cookies in zip-lock freezer bags with one dozen cookies (same kind) in each bag. Freeze all the bags of cookies.

Cookie drop-off is 6-8 PM on December 5 and 6 at Congregational Church of Batavia 21 S Batavia Ave, Batavia, IL 60510. (or anytime you are at church you can label them and place them in the freezer)

Folks Entering IYC: I will need the Name, birthdate and social security number from everyone who wants to go with us into the prison. I need this information by November 26th. This information is used by the state to run a quick background check.

A lot of folks get anxious about giving out that info – especially electronically - so I always give them the option of just calling me or writing it down on paper.

We will expect folks to be at the facility before 11:45 so they can be processed thru security. I will send out facility instructions, directions and reminders as we get closer to the date.

If you have any questions please contact Dave Hummel, 630-800-7870,

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Wednesday Evenings Program for Children and Confirmation begins Sept 26

Wednesday evenings are toGather evenings at the CCoB.

Dinner for all at 5:30

Children’s program for grades K to 6th grade from 6:15 to 7:30pm

Confirmation from 6:15 to 8pm.

Please register through this link:

Tuition is $50 a trimester/$150 per year. 


Share the Care - Share a meal, a ride, a card

Share the Care is forming at the church.  This is a committee much like the previous
“Pastoral Care Committee”, but new and improved to help accommodate
everyone’s busy life.  To get the group started, we are looking for people
who would be willing to provide a meal or transportation or send/write cards
for our church members when the need arises.  Please contact Julie Crane
Knanishu at

Are You on Facebook?


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@