Something new is brewing with Sunday Morning Ministries!

We are having a trial run of using a google document for online sign up rather than using www.signup.com. Why would we do this? We tried using the print outs from signup.com for the sign-up board – and they were difficult to read. We developed a more user-friendly copy for Sunday Morning Ministry sign up with positive reaction. We take this form and put it on google docs and all the forms look alike!

You DO NOT need a Gmail account in order to view the form, you do need a google account (not Gmail) to edit – add or delete – your name on the form. To create an account, follow this link: https://accounts.google.com/signup/v2/webcreateaccount?hl=en&flowName=GlifWebSignIn&flowEntry=SignUp

One big difference is that the google doc won’t send the church office a notice of changes, so if you decide you can not help on a specific Sunday, please send an email (office@congregationalchurch.org) or call Cindy Sansale in the office (630-879-1999) to let her know about the change. Also, google docs won’t send you a reminder so that reminder will be coming from the church office.

How do you access the google docs? They are located on the members' page of the church website, www.congregationalchurch.org/members, scroll down to Sunday Morning Ministries.

Current Sunday Morning Ministry Opportunities include June 23 and 30: Ushers, Greeters and Worship Leader. Please remember that children are welcome to serve as well.

And FINALLY, we welcome and need your feedback on how this is working in order to decide how to proceed this fall. Please share your feedback with Judy Jablecki, Worship Team Leader; Cindy Sansale, Office Coordinator; or Laura Bernabei - because I put it on the google drive :).

Proposed Change in our Church Governance Structure

Please join your church leaders for an overview of the proposed change in our church governance structure, followed by questions, discussion, and feedback. There is no need to sign up in advance - just come and join us at one or more of the following dates and times. All sessions will be held in Paxton Hall.

Saturday, June 8, at 10:00 a.m.
Monday, June 10, at 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 20, at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 23, at 11:30 a.m. (after the Stockholders brunch)

Unwanted Medication Disposal Program

Unwanted Medication Disposal Program

The Batavia Police Department is proud to offer an Unwanted Medication Disposal Program (UMDP). The drug collection and disposal program provides a safe disposal location for citizens to properly dispose of unused prescription and non-prescription medications. This program provides an environmentally safe alternative to disposing of medication in landfills or the sewer system that may later negatively affect the environment. The program encourages citizens to remove their unneeded or expired medications from their homes. This reduces access to addictive medications for accidental or intentional misuse by adults and children.


Drop Box

The Batavia Police Department has provided a steel mailbox-style collection box in the front lobby of the City Hall, which citizens may use to deposit their unwanted or expired medications. The collection box is clearly marked for this purpose, locked and under 24-hour surveillance. Citizens may place their unused or expired medications into the collection box anonymously.

Amistad Sunday and Movie

Sunday, March 24, during 9:30 Worship Service - Join us as we honor La Amistad and our United Church of Christ during Worship!

There will be a showing of the movie Amistad on Wednesday, March 20, at 6:15 p.m. You are welcome to come to toGather supper at 5:30 p.m. before the movie – please RSVP to Laura Bernabei by Tuesday, March 23. Also, you may watch the movie on your own or borrow the DVD from Pastor Jane. 

The Amistad was and is many things:

• It was a Cuban coasting schooner,

• It was a famous court case,

• It was an historic event that shaped the nation and the United Church of Christ   

 • It is a contemporary floating museum,

• It is a special Sunday in the United Church of Christ (UCC)

• It is an inspiration.

Amistad Sunday honors, emphasizes, and underscores the historic commitment of the UCC to the work of justice and compassion! Beginning in 1839, the work of “black and white” Congregationalists helped to secure the release of 53 captive Africans who struggled courageously for their freedom aboard La Amistad.                                                                                                

The fruits of their labors not only inspired Christian witness for justice in the mid-1800s, but also helped build a lasting movement for racial, economic, and social justice in the UCC!