Children's Ministry Mission Opportunities and more

The following mission opportunities are offered during toGather on Wednesday evenings, but even if your child doesn't usually attend toGather, they are welcome to join in the mission opportunities.

Wednesday Nov 1 we will join the Outreach Team in sorting clothes for the Batavia Clothes Closet.  Currently the clothes closet is in need of fall and winter clothing, and larger (size 10 and up) boys and girls clothing, shoes, and boots. They also need new underwear, bedding and linens.  

Wednesday Nov 8 we will join in the Inclusion Game Night held at the Batavia Public Library from 6:30 to 7:30.  the game night is for teens & young adults with developmental disabilities, their families, and friends to meet new people and play board and card games in a relaxed setting. 

Wednesday December 6 is Christmas Caroling with the Junior High students from 7pm to 8pm

October 25 during toGather we will decorating some pumpkins!  Please try to bring a pumpkin with you!

 

Help the Clothes Closet, Food Pantry and Batavia Apartments

Outreach Updates

The Batavia Interfaith's Clothes Closet needs fall and winter clothing, and larger (size 10 and up) boys and girls clothing, shoes, and boots. They also need new underwear, bedding and linens. We will have a donation bin outside of Paxton Hall throughout October and will sort through the donations on Wed. Nov. 1 during ToGather.  All are welcome to help!!

Donations for the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry can be dropped off in the shopping carts by the west entrances. Their website contains a shopping list (http://bataviafoodpantry.org/ ). Our church has accepted the responsibility of providing volunteers for the third Tuesday of each month.  Our next workday is November 20th from 12:45-3:15 pm. Checkout their website for other volunteer opportunities.  Weekday and evening shifts are available.

Donations to the Batavia Apartments can be dropped off in the brown bins near the entrance to Paxton Hall.  They currently need body wash and diapers in all sizes.

Thank you to all who donated to the CROP Walk. We raised $175 to help end hunger.

The Giving Tree -

Junior High students, under the direction of Amanda Thomas, present the Giving Tree again this year.  Provide a Christmas gift for a Batavia family in need, Riverwoods students from Aurora and Elgin, and AID clients.  Students will be handing out tags with gift requests during coffee hour on Nov. 26, Dec. 3, and Dec. 11.  Gifts are due December 17 and can be dropped off in Pastor Yvette’s office.  Thanks!

Hanging of the Greens Potluck!

Please sign up early for the Hanging of the Greens potluck! Please bring a favorite side, dessert or dinner classic (chili, soup or sloppy joes, just to name a few). Drinks and dinner service will be provided.  Sign up to help clean up or stay to help decorate afterward in the traditional Hanging of the Greens. Make this a family tradition!  You can sign up on the "Sign Up" Bulletin Board in Paxton Hallway or online by clicking here.

Dinner will be at 5:30pm on Wednesday, November 29, 2017. Set up at 5:15.

Time, Talents & Treasures Festival

October 22 & 29 During Coffee Hour

Join together in Paxton Hall to celebrate how you have served in 2017 and pledge to serve in 2018.  On the 22nd & 29th our coffee cups will be travel cups so we can fill up with tea or coffee and visit four stations in Paxton Hall.  First you get your coffee and a sweet treat.  While you in line for your coffee you can also order your Butter Braids from the Preschool and your Christmas Wreaths from the Sr. High.  Then take a sip of coffee and move on to these stations

1.      How do you serve now station?  See the large paper or poster boards near the wall?  Write your name and put how you served God in 2017.  Did you go on a service trip?  Did you make a meal for someone?  Sing in the choir?  Teach Sunday School?  Whatever it is that you did, we want to celebrate how it served God.  Write it down and it will become part of our prayers to God.

2.     See Kimo Hemmes & Bob Huxtable at a table?  That is a station where you can pick up your pledge card for 2018 or even fill it out there.  You can ask any questions you can about the budget or finances and find out how to pledge online. 

3.  Look at the Table with decorated for Harvest!  At that table you sign up to be on a list of people who can purchase or cook a meal for another person or family after hospitalization or other times of trouble.  Maybe you work full-time and making an extra dinner isn’t possible, but would you be able to run to Mariano’s, Blue Goose or Jewel and leave with a meal in a shopping bag?  We will provide a list of pick up meals to make it easier for you to help. When a family has a need, we email out the entire list and someone who can make it work, accepts the task for God.

4.  Last stop, Look for the table decorated with crosses.  Can you pledge to make one visit to a person who cannot get to church between now and December 31st?  It doesn’t have to be on Tuesday morning and you do not need any experience. Simply sign up and the pastor will give you a name to call and set up a visit.  We want everyone, not just those home during the day to be able to take someone a devotional and visit for a few minutes.  This is bringing your heart to the heart of others.  All ages welcome! 

You can do two stations a week and visit with friends or hit them all at once.  This festival is to celebrate how we serve and to meet the needs of our church community in the near future.  We are all rebuilding our goals with Christ!  Come and be part of the celebration. 

Questions:  Contact Pastor Yvette

A Junior High Trip to the Farm!

Junior High students are going on an outing to Windy Acres Farm (the Srail’s) on Friday, 10/27, 5:30-7:30 pm.  Drop off and pick up at the Srail’s big yellow house behind the barn at the farm, 1/4 mile west of Randall Road on Fabyan Parkway in Geneva.  They will have pizza at the house and then go outside to enjoy the attractions.  $11 and permission slip are due by 10/25.  Bring a friend!

Christmas Wreath Sale

Beautiful mixed evergreen Christmas wreaths from the Pacific Northwest are being sold by the senior high group.  The wreaths are a combination of noble fir, berried juniper and incense cedar, with a red velvet bow and they can be purchased in two sizes; 22” for $25 and 28” for $35.  Find us at coffee hour during October, or email your order to marcymess@comcast.net.  Profits go the youth group’s three sponsored Compassion International children.  Wreaths should be ready for pick up at the church before Thanksgiving weekend. 

toGather Book Discussion

October Book Discussions continue on 10/25 6:00-7:10 p.m. in the Conference Room The Gift of Anger & Other Lessons from My Grandfather, Mahatma Gandhi by Arun Gandhi (Published 2017) Ever wonder what Gandhi would say about 911, Charlottesville, or 21st century politics? Who better to explore that with than Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma. From age 12-14, Arun lived with and was taught by his grandfather. He arrived a young boy whose parents feared him getting hurt in fights in South Africa and left ready for a career as a journalist and a retirement where he founded the Mohandas K. “Mahatma” Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence. Arun Gandhi writes of the lessons he learned and how they apply to our lives today in 2017.  Please join us for dinner at 5:30.  

Christian Education Wing Thank You

On September 10, 2017, we blessed our newly remodeled Christian Education Wing.  This remodel was made possible by the generosity of our congregation.  This LINK leads you to a presentation created by Carol McCloud thanking all who participated in the remodel.  We are grateful to Carol for creating this presentation.  Carol and Page McCloud and Dave Hummel led the remodel team and have generously given their time, talent and hearts to this project.  We are extremely grateful for all they have done.

One Service Sundays

One Service Sundays

Due to the feedback that the worship team has received we are extending one service Sundays with the services beginning at 9:30.  The Worship team and council members are continuing to take feedback including ideas for different times and configurations. If you want to give feedback contact Susan Price,any council member or staff member.  You can contact Susan Price, chair of Worship Team - in person, by phone (630-362-6980) or by email (susanncprice@gmail.com).

toGather

toGather is our Wednesday evening midweek ministry for people of all ages.  We gather together for dinner which begins at 5:30. After dinner children in grades K to 6 will meet for Bible Study, Worship and Fellowship activities until 7:30pm Parents, Children, Youth and Adults all pitch in to help set up, serve and clean up dinner.  

 Some of the planned programming for the fall includes an opening worship on Oct 4 with a Blessing of the 2017-18 toGather ministry.  November 1 there will be a special All Saint’s Day worship time, Adult sessions on the book “Gifts of Anger” on October 11 and 25 and “Sacred Rhythms” on November 11 and 18.   

The elementary students Bible study this fall will focus on Jesus.  We will start with Why Jesus and Who Jesus is and then learn about what Jesus teaches us about Compassion, Worry, Forgiveness, Judging Others, Salvation, and the Holy Spirit.  New this fall, Megan LeResche will join us to lead us in Worshiping through music!

There is a fee for children and youth registered for toGather.  The registration form can be found at www.congregationalchurch.org/news. Adults are asked to consider a free will offering for their dinner. 
 

Registration for Children and Youth Ministry Programs

It is time to register for our 2017-18 Children and Youth Ministry Programs!  On Sunday mornings we offer Nursery care for infant through 3 years old as well as Sunday School classes for age 3 through 12th grade.

Sunday evenings, our High School students meet for "Smallies".  Smallies includes dinner, large group and small group discussions and worship time.

Wednesday evenings we have "toGather".  We all begin with dinner at 5:30.  Our 7th/8th grade students meet for confirmation class after dinner until 8pm.  K to 6th meet until 7:30 for worship and Bible story/study time, as well as some time for games and mission projects.  Child care provided between 7:30 and 8 for students with siblings in the confirmation class.

You can sign up for everything using this form  or online with this google form.

Sunday School starts on September 10 for ages 3 through 12th grade.

toGather begins on October 4th for grades k to 6 as well as 7th and 8th grade confirmation students. 

Jr Hi Retreat, “The Secret Society” is September 15-17 at Dickson Valley Camp in Newark. 

Sr Hi smallies begins on Sept. 24 with brick painting and pizza from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.