June is Gun Violence Awareness month. Once again, the Justice and Witness Ministry Team invites you to WEAR ORANGE as often as possible in June, but especially on Friday, June 2 which is Gun Violence Awareness Day If you want to purchase orange tee shirts, Michaels has them for $4.99.
Many thanks to all the people who helped last Friday!
Thursday May 25, we plan to move the rest of the items out to the new storage unit from 6pm to 8pm.
Phase 2: Demolition – Cabinets/Tops/Tile/Coat Hooks/Fixtures
May 30 (Tuesday) 9-3 p.m.
May 31 (Wednesday) 9-3 p.m.
June 1 (Thursday) 9-3 p.m.
June 2 (Friday) 9-3 p.m.
June 3 (Saturday) 9-noon: Removal of remaining debris/Clean sweep
June 4 (Sunday): All church celebration picnic and walk through (one service Sunday)
*All entrance to the remodeling project will be through the exterior door by the playground. Please sign in as you enter.
Stripping party (as in zip strip)—shelving, tables . . .
June 1—9-3 p.m. (rain date, June 2)
Bring your own:
· Putty knives—assorted sizes
· Old rags
· Stripping gloves (available at Menard’s, etc.)
· We will supply zip strip/sandpaper/masks and laughter!
*See the “before” and “after” models outside Paxton Hall and pick up a handout with details.
We had 40 some people helping Friday evening with the Ed Wing Move Out! We still have more to move - needed another storage unit which will arrive early next week. We will need some more people to help move at that time - hopefully Tuesday evening.
Wear red to worship (how about your new red church t-shirt? We still have a few size L and size XL)
Can you read Acts 2 in a foreign language? Please contact Yvette! We need your skill.
Worship is followed the Ed Wing Remodel Celebration! Its a coffee time picnic - sign up to help/bring food on the sign up bulletin board or the online link: http://signup.com/go/KCXOWyo
The following Sundays worship will be one service at 9:30 am:
Memorial Day, May28- Labor Day Sept 3
Christmas Program, Dec 17
Christmas Eve will be a Sunday- morning services TBD
Thank you to everyone who donated to the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry and Clothes Closet during Lent. We provided 5 boxes of food and a good supply of new underwear. We will continue to collect items in the shopping carts at the West entrance, through out the year.
1. Please remember to donate to the Batavia Apartments.
a. A list of needed items is posted near the collection bins outside of Paxton Hall.
b. The Batavia Apartments is looking for volunteers to help with their summer camp,
June 10-August 3 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday for children ages 6-12.
Volunteers will help with fun activities including games, crafts, and field trips.
Volunteers are welcome to sign up for the weeks they are available throughout the summer. There will be no camp July 3-6. All interested volunteers should contact
Camille Simmons, Director at 630-879-3117.
2. Sirat Chicago, (https://siratchicago.org/) is a non-profit community-organization based in Hyde Park, Chicago that works closely with five Syrian refugee families living in Hyde Park and Albany Park. They have a partnership with student organizations from the University of Chicago. Sirat run ESL courses, help with job placement in Chicago, manage In-Kind donations, and are raising money to alleviate debt accumulated due to their travel costs to the U.S.
a. One of the main priorities at this point is alleviating the debt from plane tickets from refugee camps in Turkey and Jordan to Chicago O'Hare. They have just started crowdfunding. Please do check out our site and consider contributing to help move them towards their goal!
b. They also maintain an Amazon Wishlist (http://a.co/7YMX1Qe) for needed household items. Due to current job insecurity, continuing debt, and monthly rent costs, the families often have little money left to spend on clothing items, kitchen items, and other "non-essentials." For example, one of the kids is managing with one pair of pants - like a trooper!
For more information contact Elysa Bryen at email@example.com.
3. Book Drive- Biblioteca Comunitaria-Angonia
Alejandra Villalobos is an English Teacher Trainer with the Peace Corps in Mozambique. She went to the Illinois State University with Pastor Yvette's daughter Samantha. She lives and works in Vila Ulongue, the district capital of Angonia. The population is about 150,000 in our Vila, with 5 primary schools (between 800-1000 students) and 1 secondary school (2,600 students). When she arrived there was no library or community center but she had a truck of books and children came to her house to read and practice beginning reading skills. In May 2016, a primary school teacher and she, were invited to a literacy training and began a community early grade literacy program. Interest grew and in October 2016 they began to raise funds to open a library near the main primary school. By January 2017, they received grant money to renovate a small 2 room house into a library. They finished construction February 2017 and programming began again in March 2017.
They need a wide variety of books including English language books for students grade 6-12 and the English Teacher Program students at the local Teacher Training College. Portuguese is the main language. English is a necessity for careers in business and medicine, especially since the district borders 2 English speaking countries. Many students have the desire to learn and practice beyond their schoolwork but resources are limited to old newspapers, magazines, and beaten up picture books.
They are looking for used beginner chapter books, middle level chapter books, and young adult books. Reference books, workbooks, and teacher geared classroom books would be great as well!! Grammar guides, brain teasers, and advanced study books (old ACT/SAT practice books) would be a big help with my advanced English Students.
If you have any old books you would like to donate, we will be collecting donations outside of Paxton Hall beginning May 14th.
BUILD! is a new and exciting summer program for our youth at the CCOB. Open to this last year’s 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students and friends. We will be building an outdoor slingshot target range, while inside we will be in a small group to build faith and relationships. Small groups will be mentored by Senior High Students. Application and $25 is due June 1st. Start date is Wednesday, June 21st, 6:30-8 pm. Marcia has the answers to your questions.
The Justice and Witness Team and Batavia Islamic Center are again co-sponsoring an Iftar meal June 10 in Paxton Hall. During the month of Ramadan our Muslim friends and neighbors fast from sun rise to sun set. They break their fast at sun down each day. Sun down on June 10 will be about 8:25 pm when the prayers will be said. Following these short prayers, the fast is broken with water and dates, followed by a wonderful meal. Last year we hosted a full house so if you would like to attend contact RickLath@aol.com for reservations by June 1.
We are also looking for volunteers set up starting at 6:00 pm Saturday, bring cutup fruit, serve, and cleanup including dishes. If you are available to help, let Rick know.
Our Summer Worship Schedule of one service at 9:30 am begins Sunday, May 28 and runs through September 3 2017. Nursery care is available for 0-3 years, and Sunday School for 3 years through completed 3rd grade. With the Ed Wing remodel, Nursery care will be in the Conference Room and Sunday School will be in the Pine Room. Coffee/Fellowship immediately following the service in Paxton Hall. Join us this summer!
“ToGather”: “Hang out time” as we live our life in Christ together.Much will be the same; dinner at 5:30, with Bible Study for children/confirmation following, worship and outreach activities. The difference? Adults: Adults with children in Wednesday night programming, adults without children, adults with grown children. You are invited to have dinner with us, and then stay as you are able to participate in some “Adults Only” conversations or activities on some weeks, and all age Outreach and Worship moments on other weeks.To register children and youth for Sunday School, ToGather, Confirmation and Senior High Smallies,
Adults don’t need to register, but we will be asking you to let us know on Mondays if you plan to eat dinner on that Wednesday.