On the second Wednesday of each month, we hold an evening worship service following the general format of the ecumenical services developed in Taizé, France during the Second World War, a period of persecution and stress for the people of Occupied France.
The services are designed to create a time of quiet and contemplation, with simple songs repeated many times until the music becomes an integral part of you, scripture readings, led prayers, and an extended time of silence for prayerful reflection.
Taizé services start at 6:30 p.m. in the main sanctuary and generally run for about 30 minutes. All ages and faiths welcomed.
Join us as we engage in this adult series from the United Church of Christ! It is designed to invite safe, meaningful and bold conversation about race. The series includes readings, discussion, video clips & other activities!
Contact: David Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org
September 9 @ 1 p.m. – 4: p.m. 1st Annual Historic Church Walk
This benefits the Depot Museum Expansion Project. Tickets are $15 and are available in the office. This is an invitation to EVERYONE to view the beautiful, architecturally-significant interiors of Batavia’s four historic churches, all within walking distance of each other. Greeters will be on hand at each church to answer questions and point out details and items of interest. This is a self-guided tour intended to be enjoyed at your own pace.
Contact: Leigh Tracy at email@example.com.
A reminder that Paul Lloyd will be a guest speaker tomorrow morning for an adult ed class. Paul will be speaking about the hero's journey model for writing from 11:15 to 12:30. This class will meet in the Pine Room.
Paul is an IT Security company CEO and a professional writer, with nine books currently in print and for sale on Amazon. These include Fulfilment, a retelling of the Christmas story, To Dwell Among Us, and Angel Thorns, addressed to Christian markets. He is the organizer and leader of the Write Time writer's group, and has over 30 years of experience in marketing communications, starting with the Hay Group in 1976. He and his wife Lynn Zuk-Lloyd are active in Christian artist and writer's conference organization and speaking. They are friends of Bill and Susan Price.
We are watching a movie AND creating some shrinky dinks that will become our backpack tags for the upcoming Blessing of the Backpacks on August 19.
We will be popping some popcorn! Chicken nuggets and veggie tray too.
Based on survey results, we are watching Coco!
If you think you will be attending, please let us know via Realm, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or call the office at 630-879-1999.
The Power of the Myth is one of the most popular and well respected series in the history of public television. Originally broadcast on PBS in the late 1980’s, the series features six one hour conversations between Joseph Campbell and the respected journalist Bill Moyers. Campbell became fascinated with myths. He found that the same myth occurred across many independent cultures which made him ask why. Probing more deeply, he found that myths played and still play an important role in our lives and in our societies.
This adult education opportunity is being presented by Faith Formation during July and August 2018 on Sundays at 11:00 a.m. in Paxton Hall: August 5, 2018: Episode 5, Love and the Goddess August 12, 2018: Episode 6: Masks of Eternity August 19, 2018: Guest lecture by Paul Lloyd to explore applying The Power of the Myth in writing August 26, 2018: General discussion on The Power of the Myth. We will also answer Joseph Campbell’s two quintessential questions: Are we following our bliss? Are we living the Myth or does the Myth live us?
The Fox Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will present "Bach and Beyond at the Abbey," Friday, July 27, 7:30 pm at Marmion Abbey (850 Butterfield Road, Aurora, IL 60502). Come join us as organists from throughout the Fox Valley region present a variety of music from Johann Sebastian Bach and his contemporaries. This event is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted to help support upcoming programs of the Fox Valley AGO. www.foxvalleyago.org
Softball at Marklund: Thursday July 19. Must be at least 14 years old
High school and college students from our church have been volunteering at Marklund for several years now, coming to decorate resident doors at Christmas time and assisting with the summer softball games. These experiences, especially the softball games, have been wonderful ways for our students to be introduced to the idea that though limited in some ways, Marklund’s residents rise above challenges to engage in fun activities in unique ways. … We are learning that even those who have trouble communicating or functioning still enjoy eye contact, a gentle touch, conversation, AND- fun stuff to do. We enjoy our time at Marklund.”
–Marcia Schneider, Director of Youth and Young Adults, Congregational Church of Batavia, Batavia, Illinois
Meet at 6pm for some pizza and salad followed by a few fun activities. The double feature of Dave and the Giant Pickle and Rack Shack and Benny will begin at 7, over about 8. NOT JUST FOR KIDS! Everyone can enjoy these classic veggie tales! Some of you may want to eat and then go to the Taize Service at 6:30 before returning for the movies.
The Power of the Myth is one of the most popular and well respected series in the history of public television. Originally broadcast on PBS in the late 1980's, the series features six one hour conversations between Joseph Campbell and the respected journalist Bill Moyers.
Joseph Campbell was a Professor of Literature at Sarah Lawrence College. After finishing a MA in Medieval Literature at Columbia University, Campbell studied in Europe. He returned to Columbia to start a PhD only to find that none of the faculty were interested in his proposed research area: Sanskrit, Modern Art and Medieval Literature. Campbell then embarked on a five-year period of study in a rented shack in Woodstock, New York reading twelve hours a day. In 1934, Campbell accepted a faculty appointment at Sarah Lawrence where he taught for the rest of his career.
Campbell became fascinated with myths. He found that the same myth occurred across many independent cultures which made him ask why. Probing more deeply, he found that myths played and still play an important role in our lives and in our societies. This Adult Education opportunity is being presented by Faith Formation during July and August 2018 on Sundays at 11 am in Paxton Hall:
July 8, 2018: Episode 1, The Hero's Adventure
July 15, 2018: Episode 2, The Message of the Myth
July 22, 2018: Episode 3, The First Story Tellers
July 29, 2018: Episode 4, Sacrifice and Bliss
August 5, 2018: Episode 5, Love and the Goddess
August 12, 2018: Episode 6: Masks of Eternity
August 19, 2018: Guest lecture by Paul Lloyd to explore applying The Power of the Myth in writing
August 26, 2018: General discussion on The Power of the Myth. We will also answer Joseph Campbell's two quintessential questions: Are we following our bliss? Are we living the Myth or does the Myth live us?
Contacts: Ann Marks (firstname.lastname@example.org), Bill Price (email@example.com)
By Popular Demand! Workshop 2 of the Healthy Congregations Series was well attended! We didn't have enough time to practice some of what we learned about, so we are having a refresher and followup session.
If you didn't attend workshop 2, that is ok - come anyways!
We will briefly revisit our personal Style Profiles for Communication (If you didn't get one contact Pastor Jane) Then with the use of enjoyable 1 on 1's, skits, small groups and pop up discussions, we will practice useful communication/cooperation skills.
Much thought and laughter abounded during workshop 2., looking forward to this July 1st session!