Habitat for Humanity House Build - Info Meeting

Habitat for Humanity - "An OPPORTUNITY for you" We are attempting to put together a small team to work on the Habitat for Humanity Faith Build project this year. Some of you knew Bob Hawse, a long time member of our congregation and Habitat volunteer.  Habitat for Humanity going to honor Bob with this year's house build. We would work one or more Saturdays on the project, depending on the level of interest. There will be a meeting on Thursday, April 26th at 7:00 at church to discuss our participation in the project. Please come if you have any interest in participating. Contact Dave Hummel with any questions, 630-800-7870.

Ways to serve in our community. Food Sharing Days, Feed My Starving Children and Cleaning the River!

April 14 (Saturday) - FOOD SHARING DAYS. The Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry is holding Food Sharing Days on April 14 and 15.  We need volunteers to pass out lists of the Pantry's food donations needs in front of Berkley's.  We are scheduled to pass out leaflets on April 14, from 9-11 or 11-1. 

May 11 (Friday) - FEED MY STARVING CHILDREN  We will help pack food from 6-7:30PM.  Location: 555 Exchange Court, Aurora

MAY 19 (Saturday) - LOVE OUR RIVER DAY - Help take care of God's marvelous creation, the Fox River. Join us and Friends of the Fox in their annual river cleanup and community celebration with music, food, canoe rides, contests, and more.  Fun for all ages.  Time: 9-12. Location: Blackard Skate Park (off Rt. 25) in Batavia.

Heritage Woods of Batavia is looking for people to volunteer with some of the activities that they offer their residents.  Heritage Woods is an assisted living community on Wilson St.  If you are interested please call Kolleen Rojas at 630-330-5343 for more information.

Please remember the Batavia Apartments need paper towels, toilet paper, and diapers supplies and diapers for their in-house “store”. Their residents, who are on limited budgets, earn points for participating in various activities. These points can be used purchase items at the “store”. Donation bins are outside Paxton Hall.

Circle of Women Retreat on April 21

We will focus on Lydia’s story – her enterprise, her journey and her heart – and consider how our lives are similar and what we can learn from her.

This half day retreat includes a brief drama, creating a special purple cloth, a Ho’oponopono energy clearing meditation led by Vicki Linich, games, activities, discussion.  We will end with a closing Worship including communion.

"Small Plates" Gatherings on April 28

Please join us for fellowship, food and fun at a "Small Plates" gathering on Saturday April 28.  For this event, you can sign up to host a gathering in your home, or just to bring an appetizer or dessert to a gathering.  A wonderful way to gather with friends - new and old!  You can contact Ellen Field at LNZcookies@aol.com with questions or to sign up.  There is also a sign up sheet on the bulletin board sign up board.

New Member Information

Do you have questions about our Congregational Church of Batavia or our United Church of Christ denomination? Are you feeling an interest in joining our church — becoming a part of our church family? YOU are invited to attend a new member series on April 15, and 29 and May 6, at 11 a.m. in Pastor Jane’s office. Grab some snacks and coffee after church, and come on in!  Among things we will share: church backgrounds, baptisms, and what our visions are for church. We will also talk about the history of this church, what is the United Church of Christ, what does it mean to be a church member and more. We even get to watch a great video!  PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS AND PRESENT MEMBERS ARE WELCOME!!!!                                      

Fish Naming Contest Winners!

Fish Name Winners!

Thank you to everyone who came into my office to observe the fish tank and create wonderful names for all the fish!!

Here are the winners listed by description, suggested name, and reason:

 

• Large striped, Jonah Nimrod, “He has a big belly!” “the first active Biblical character after the flood cycle”

Winners: Charlotte McDonnell & Rick & Marcia Lathrop

• Small striped, Baby Spencer, “Made in the image of God just like Spencer!” Winner: Spencer Clanton

• Sucker, Martha , “This fish cleans up for all the rest!”

Winner: Becky Hall

• 3 blue, Shadrach, Mesach, Abednego, “3 young people determined to worship the one true God”

Winner: Ellen Hamilton

Honorable Mention Winner: Blue fish, Jesus, “Because I love Jesus so much!” (If you know which child chose this name, please let Pastor Jane know)

 • Big red, Jonah, “It has a big belly!” Winner: Emily Plamondon

• Smaller red, Obadiah, “It is silly!” Winner: Jean Dennis

• Peach with light face, Salome, “She’s so graceful!” Winner: Ann Alexander

• Gold colored, Mary, “She’s so pretty” Winner: Maddie McDonnell

Winners are invited to come to Pastor Jane’s office to claim their ‘fishy’ prize

 

Kids are always welcome!

Yes, your children are always welcome to play in the nursery school’s rooms! Nevertheless, we want to keep your children safe and respect the school’s property. Therefore, we ask that:

A responsible adult or teen always be with the kids

Toys and furniture be put back where they were found before you leave

Any messy areas be cleaned up before you leave

All toys remain at the church and in the room where they were found

Personal items and food be taken with you

Please understand that our rooms must be ready for the nursery school teachers and students each weekday morning. It’s important that they come into a clean, attractive, and child-friendly environment.  Thank you for your understanding and help!

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