Crop Walk

October 14 is the Tri-Cities CROP Hunger Walk.  CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local congregations or groups to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world.  25% of the funds help fund the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry, the local Salvation Army pantry, and the Northern Illinois Food Bank. This 5K walk begins at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Charles. If you would like to walk or donate, or just learn more about the walk, go to the website: https://www.crophungerwalk.org/saintcharlesil.   If you register to walk, The next webpage allows you to join the CCOB team.   If you have any questions, contact Maureen Huey. 

toGather Book Discussion

October Book Discussions on 10/11 & 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.

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 into October 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).

The following Sundays worship will be one service at 9:30 am:

Christmas Program, Dec 17

Christmas Eve, December 24 (with Christmas Eve services at 5, 7:30 and 11)

December 31 

Circle of Women Retreat on October

9AM-Noon The Congregational Church of Batavia, UCC in Paxton Hall, child care is provided.  Please indicate your need for child care when signing up for the retreat.

List of Topics and Events (order may be adjusted)

•     Time of Prayer & Worship:  Moving the Body in the Spirit (for all ages)

•     Yoga for ALL Physical Abilities

•     Books to Feed the Soul - all the women of God & Rev. Yvette

•     How does Our Body & Body Image Connect to Our Spiritual Life

•     Being a Woman of Hope in the World we Live in

Please bring the following IF YOU CAN

          1. Some fruit or a snack to share

          2.  Your Bible (we will have Bibles available)

          3.  Any book you would like to recommend to the group.  We will take turns                  recommending books to each other.

          4.  Yoga matt if you have one

          5.  Knitting or any other handwork is welcome

          6.  Your Spirit to be Nourished. 

To Sign Up for the Retreat, Email Rev. Yvette at pastor@congregationalchurch.org or message me on Facebook

Possible Resource you may want to explore:  All this fall, Pastor Yvette will be working with a book called Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation by Ruth Haley Barton.  We will be using chapter 5 titled Honoring the Body during the retreat.  If you would like to read it ahead of time, please obtain the book on your own.  Other chapters of this book will be part of Faith Formation events at toGather on Wednesday nights in October and November. 

New Member Class on October 15

Are you Interested in Church Membership?

The Evangelism Team and Pastor Yvette will be leading a class following worship for all who might be interested in membership on Sunday, October 15, 2017.  Childcare is available and a light lunch will be offered.  Please sign up by emailing pastor@congregationalchurch.org or by calling the church office.  

Note:  If you are interested in membership, but cannot make 10/15/17, please email Pastor Yvette so she can schedule a meeting with you.  

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. 
 

Living Stones Sermons and Faith Formation Classes on September 17 and 24

Join Jean Stone and Yvette Eber for two Sundays exploring God’s love for all people thru the story of the Palestinian and Israeli people.  Each week will include a dialogue sermon and Faith Formation Event that is based on their recent pilgrimage to Israel/Palestine and Jordan.  You will hear scripture, the stories of the people we met, pictures of the sites we saw and theology of what it means to be a Living Stone.

Schedule for Both Sundays 

9:30   Worship with Dialogue Sermons

10:30 Coffee Fellowship

11:00 Faith Formation Session:  Living Stones                                                                          Pictures of the Holy Land accompanied by a light snack of humus, pita and veggies.  

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.

Outreach Ministry

Outreach Updates

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma; wildfires in the U.S. Northwest; floods in Northeast India, Nepal and Bangladesh; and mudslides in Sierra Leone, end earthquakes in Mexico are just some of the areas in need of emergency assistance. Even this long list is not inclusive. Outreach is donating and additional $400 to UCC Disaster Relief Mission.  Check out how these funds are used at: http://www.ucc.org/disaster/ 100% of funds are used for disaster relief and rehabilitation programing.  

The Batavia Interfaith's Clothes Closet needs volunteers on Monday and Tuesday mornings from 9-11:30 and Monday and Thursday evenings from 6-8. For more information, contact Diane Upton (630-879-8214, diupt@sbsglobal.net)

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 October 17th from 12:45-3:15 pm. Contact Maureen Huey for more information ((630-879-2456, maureenhuey@gmail.com).

Donations to the Batavia Apartments can be dropped off in the brown bins near the entrance to Paxton Hall.  They currently need Clorox wipes and diapers in sizes 4, 5, and 6.

October 14 is the Tri-Cities CROP Hunger Walk.  CROP Hunger Walks are community-wide events sponsored by Church World Service and organized by local congregations or groups to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world.  25% of the funds help fund the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry, the local Salvation Army pantry, and the Northern Illinois Food Bank. This 5K walk begins at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in St. Charles. If you would like to walk or donate, or just learn more about the walk, go to the website: https://www.crophungerwalk.org/saintcharlesil.   If you register to walk, The next webpage allows you to join the CCOB team.   If you have any questions, contact Maureen Huey.