Christmas Eve Services

Christmas Eve Services

5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve for All Ages “Keeping Christmas Well” A service of Carols, Scripture and “God Bless Us, Everyone”

7:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Candles & Carols Featuring our Chancel Choir

11:00 p.m. Christmas Eve with Communion Featuring the Celebra(on of the Lord’s Supper Worship designed and led by our Young Adult Ministry (YAMS)

December Worship Services

December Worship Services Theme for Advent: God Bless Us, Every One Based on the book The Redemp)on of Scrooge by Rev. Ma@ Rawle

December 3 — 9:30 a.m. The First Sunday of Advent The Remembrance of Christmas Past: Hope from Heartbreak

December 10 — 9:30 a.m. The Second Sunday of Advent The Life of Christmas Present: Look Upon Me

December 14 — 7:00 p.m. Holy Darkness/Holy Light Service (Thursday) Braving the Wilderness: Advent/Christmas in the Struggle

December 17 — 9:30 a.m. The Third Sunday of Advent Children’s Christmas Program and Chancel Choir

December 24 — 9:30 a.m. The Fourth Sunday of Advent The Hope of Christmas Future: Death-Defying Acts

Advent Chains

Advent Chains! Count down the days from the first Sunday in Advent to Christmas Eve with an Advent chain like the ones the children made in Sunday School. Each day, break off one of the chains and ask God to help you “let go” of a concern, problem, habit. Bring the broken chains back to church as we will use them to line Baby Jesus’ manger bed.  Paper for the chains available in Paxton lobby.

Seeking 400 dozen cookies!

Christmas Cookie Day

Illinois Youth Center St. Charles

Saturday December 9, 2017

12 – 3 PM

 On Saturday December 9th from 12:00-3:00pm, an 80 member team will enter IYC and meet with the young men in their cottages.  We will sing Christmas Carols, visit, talk, and deliver a Christmas gift of one dozen cookies to each young man.  This is a wonderful opportunity to bring light to a dismal place and announce the love of Jesus to these young men.

If you feel called to join this team there are two ways to help:

We need 400 dozen cookies…our goal is to give each youth and each IYC staff person a dozen cookies. 

Be part of the team that enters IYC and visits with the young men.  Volunteers need to be at least 18 years old.
Interested?  Please contact one of these individuals:

Dave Hummel  630-800-7870

The overall coordinator is: Jeff Jenkins at 630-935-2942, jeff.jenkins777@gmail.com 

Braving the Wilderness Advent Service

Braving the Wilderness Advent Service

December 14, 2017

Worship at 7:00PM Followed by Cookie Fellowship

For the last two years we have hosted a Holy Darkness/Holy Light Advent Service.  This is special service for those who struggle during the holidays.  The holidays can be bittersweet or even painful for those who have lost loved ones, are facing change and transition, and dealing with stress or illness of the mind, body and soul.   The 2017 theme is ‘Braving the Wilderness.’  We are all facing the holidays with some unknowns before us that can cause hurt, anxiety or sadness.  This service allows you to come to God as you truly feel and allow God to console and offer you hope.  God is with us in darkness or light, wilderness or unexplored frontier.  

Circle of Women Advent Retreat

All women are invited to gather for an Advent focus on stretching the body and spirit with Tai Chi, meeting the women in the Genealogy of Jesus and putting yourself in Mary’s shoes.  

Are there other ideas you would like to discuss or activities you want to recommend?  Send suggestions to Pastor Yvette.  

Please sign up on the sheet on the bulletin board in the church hallway or by emailing Pastor Yvette at pastor@congregationalchurch.org.  Please bring a snack to share, a Bible, and any suggestions for Christmas reading or movies.  Knitting and other handicrafts always welcome.

 

 

The Redemption of Scrooge

Wednesday Morning Bible Study (9:30-11) will be covering the Redemption of Scrooge by Rev. Matt Rawle in preparation for Advent.

Chapter 1 Bah Humbug - November 8 in preparation for the Outreach Service
Chapter 2 The Remembrance of Christmas past November 29
Chapter 2 The Life of Christmas Present December 6
Chapter 3 The Hope of Christmas Future December 13

Everyone is welcome!

Christmas Gift Festival on December 3rd and 10th

Please consider including the Outreach Committee’s Gift Festival in your holiday plans. A brief description of the organizations selected for this year’s festival is included in this announcement. We will be collecting donations Dec. 3rd and 10 th .  A “Shopping” form for each group will be available for you to choose your donation amount ($10 - $100) and will indicate how your donation will help the organization. For those who wish, a Christmas Card will be prepared indicating a gift has been made on behalf of someone to whom you wish to give a Christmas gift. These make great gifts for family, teachers, or any one you know wants to make a difference this Christmas.

 Forgotten Initiative

The Forgotten Initiative is a ministry of Lifesong For Orphans.   Our mission is to bring joy and purpose to the foster care community by showing Jesus to the one who feels forgotten as we serve agency workers, foster parents, and vulnerable adults.  TFI resources, supports and networks Advocates across the nation, helping them grow sustainable foster care ministries in their communities.  Advocates mobilize the Body ofChrist through service projects, mentoring, and family support initiatives.

Suicide Prevention Services of America

Suicide Prevention Services was founded on May 29, 1998. We are a 501(3)(c) non-profit. Our mission is to open minds, save lives and restore hope through prevention, intervention and post-intervention, using education, advocacy and collaboration. We have a paid staff of five, all with Master Degrees or higher, about 20 volunteers and 6 interns. We also have a Board of Directors who volunteer to meet once a month and review our work. We offer:

•             Counseling: We can counsel anyone at SPS. Counseling is offered by insurance or sliding scale.

•             Depression Screening: We offer depression screening to the public. If you feel you are depressed or know someone who is, we can give you an honest evaluation and make recommendations for treatment.

•             Hotline for crisis calls: We answer calls 24 hours a day. 800-273-8255 (The national suicide hotline number) is one of our numbers. 40% of the calls to this number are answered by our volunteers & staff. Should you or anyone you know need us in a crisis, simply call.

•             Support groups

 The Care and Share Fund of The Congregational Church of Batavia

This fund is meant to bridge pits of hopelessness that fall into the lives of everyday people. You think you are going to make all your bills this month and then it happens…you get sick and miss work, medication bills, doctor’s bills, your car needs $500 of work you cannot afford, but if youdon’t get to work, you won’t have a job. You lose your job and have to make it until you find the next job. You are single, with no family to fall back on and you have one emergency of $300 and you can’t make it. These are the pits that actually make the difference between sleeping inyour car and keeping your apartment or house. This is the fund that not only brides your financial gap, but allows you the opportunity for pastoral counseling, prayer and support. The Care and Share fund is the hands of the congregation working with the hands of Christ. The CCOB Care and Share Fund is put into action by the gifts of the congregation and the discretion of the pastor and staff. All funds flow through the financial system of the church as a check and balance.

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 8 we joined 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. We had a blast!  You can see some pictures of the evening HERE

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

 

 

Mission Opportunities

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.

 

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.  Service begins at 6:15.

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).