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Our Youth Invite YOU to participate in some Mission Opps!

July 20 AND July 27          Marklund Home Softball Games, where we pair up with someone in a wheelchair to play softball on their specially equipped field.  The facility is on west Main Street in Batavia, just west of Mill Creek Drive.  Be there at 6:20 with sneakers on.  The game is 6:30-7:30 pm, rain or shine.  Jr HI students will need a parent to accompany them.

And then,

Northern Illinois Food Bank on Saturday, 8/5.  We have the 9 am to noon shift- packing, sorting food.  Meet in the church parking lot at 8:30 am. 

School Supplies for Chip In

Outreach Opportunity

 Calling for school supplies.  By July 31, in support of CHIP-IN Batavia, we are tasked with collecting the following items for needy Batavia school kids:

·         580 glue sticks

·         100 packs of wide rule 200 count loose-leaf paper by July 31.

CHIP-IN will assemble these with other community donated items into backpacks full of needed school supplies.  Collection bin is outside of Paxton Hall.  For cash donations, make a check payable to the Congregational Church of Batavia and write in SCHOOL SUPPLIES in the memo section. 

Feed My Starving Children

Outreach Opportunity

Please remember to donate household goods to the Giving Tree at the Batavia Apartments.  Volunteer for packing food at Feed My Starving Children on Friday, July 21, 2017 from 6:00 – 7:30.  Sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board.  Children 5 and above are welcome!  Location is 555 Exchange Court, Aurora, IL. 

 

 

 

Outreach Ministry

Outreach

1.  Please remember to donate household goods to the Giving Tree at the Batavia Apartments.  A list of needed items is posted near the collection bins outside of Paxton Hall. Camille, the new Resident Services Coordinator, wrote, “Thank you for your kind donations to our residents. They will greatly appreciate your kindness.”

2.  Volunteer for packing food at Feed My Starving Children on Friday, July 21, 2017 from 6:00 – 7:30.  Sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board.  Children 5 and above are welcome!  Location is 555 Exchange Court, Aurora, IL. 

3.  Calling for school supplies.  By July 31, in support of CHIP-IN Batavia, we are tasked with collecting the following items for needy Batavia school kids:

·         580 glue sticks

·         100 packs of wide rule 200 count loose-leaf paper by July 31.

CHIP-IN will assemble these with other community donated items into backpacks full of needed school supplies.  Collection bin is outside of Paxton Hall.  For cash donations, make a check payable to the Congregational Church of Batavia and write in SCHOOL SUPPLIES in the memo section. 

 

Women's Connection

Women's Connection

Women's Connection - a book discussion group - meets on Sunday July 16 at 7pm.  The July book is "Crashing Through - The Extraordinary True Story of the Man who Dared to See" by Robert Kurson.  The host is Elsie Ann Cole.  Call the church office for more details 630-879-1999.

Looking ahead, the August 20 book is "I am Malala" by Malala Yousafzai.

September 17, 1984 by George Orwell and October 15 is "Women Heroes of World War 1: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies and Medics"  by Kathryn J. Atwood.

Education Wing Update!

               Ed Wing Demolition Update

               Ed Wing Demolition Update

Christian Education Wing Update – Mark Your Calendars

July 1, 2017

Asbestos removal is complete!  With a large crew and a Saturday work day, the contractor was able to complete our work ahead of schedule.  If you have some extra time and want to join us, this is what we will be doing.

Work Days:

July 5 (9 – noon)

July 6 (9 – noon)

July 7 (TBD)

·       Ready the closets for painting—i.e. taping the shelving

·       Final re-finishing of the copper/brass kick plates (Dave Hummel has been experimenting with some extra fine sandpaper—amazing finish.)

·       Light washing of drywall repairs on block walls

·       Cutting and disposing of removed bulletin boards

·       Clean and varnish wooden stair rail

·       Clean all wood shelves from built-in classroom closets

·       Clean the Thomas Chapel sign

·       Wash glass windows above each door to receive classroom numbers

·       Strip, stain and varnish wood threshold at boys and girls bathrooms

·       Remove switch plate covers

·       Clean the metal grate on inside of powder room door

Work Days:

            July 10 (9 – noon)

            July 11 (9 – noon)

            July 12 (7 a.m. delivery of cabinets)—help needed

                          (7 a.m. – 3 p.m.)—installation

            July 13 (9 – noon)

            July 14 (9 – noon)

        Install remaining windows (pending their delivery, TBD)

·       Assist with delivery and/or install

·       Painting of closets and office

·       Misc.

Thank you so much for the 600+ hours of volunteer assistance so far!!!

 P.S. “Inspector Art Zillgitt”, a title we lovingly gave him,  has toured the facility and is pleased with all that is done and with all that is planned!

 

                                                                                                    

 

Group Mission Opp at Feed My Starving Children

Group Mission Opportunity!  Let’s work together packing food at Feed My Starving Children on Friday, July 21, 2017 from 6:00 – 7:30.  Sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board.  Children 5 and above are welcome!  Location is 555 Exchange Court, Aurora, IL. 

Feed My Starving Children is a Christian not for profit organization that provides nutritious meals for malnourished children.  We help by packing these meals into sealed packages and getting them ready to ship. The meal packers work in teams, and have some fun, while learning about these children and helping them.   https://www.fmsc.org/

BUILD!

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. 

Summer Worship

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

“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, 

Registration Form

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.