Are you curious about the Congregational Church of Batavia, and/or the United Church of Christ?
Join Pastor Jane for discussion, history, video, information about the CCOB and the UCC.
Info sessions on January 13 and 20 at 11 am in Pastor Jane’s office.
Child Care Provided
Kairos-Torch Youth Prison Ministry is seeking mentors for incarcerated youth at the IYC-St Charles facility.
Please join us at an informational meeting on January 12th, 2019 11:00 to 1:00 in Paxton Hall.
During this meeting we will discuss:
The mission and history of Kairos-Torch Prison Ministry
How we mentor incarcerated youth
Our annual weekend retreat in the facility on May 17 - 19
Mentor Training sessions for 2019
If you have questions or desire more information, contact Dave Hummel, 6308007870, email@example.com or JeffJenkins, 6309352942, firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Sunday, January 6, we have a church planning event. We are going to use our collective experiences, imaginations, and visions for our church to create a plan! Where do we want to be in one year, and the year after? What are our longterm visions of the church? What programs do you want for children, youth, families, adults? We will be discussing all aspects of our church and your input is valued and needed. Having brainstorming conversations is an important step towards our future. Please plan to attend both this session and the continuation on January 27.
If you know will be attending this session, please RSVP here or contact the church office at email@example.com by Friday at noon. If you can bring a casserole to share (serving 8-10) please include that information. If you are bringing children, please indicate that as well as we are providing childcare.
A second planning session will be held on January 27.
Christmas Eve Services
5:00 p.m. A service for families with a special children’s message and gift.
7:30 p.m. Our choir, directed by Vicki Linich, is a highlight of this service.
11:00 p.m. Our midnight service (includes Communion,) with our Young Adult Ministry (YAM) members led by Marcia Schneider.
May God bless you at Christmas time and throughout the new year.
Blue Christmas Service: A Service of Solace December 20, 7:00 p.m. This Christmas service is for those who are experiencing sorrow or challenge during this season. The service will include Bible readings of compassion, images of dark and light, anointing oils of healing and love, Advent Candle lighting, and special music to hear and to sing. Come….
Moms Demand Action is hosting an Interfaith vigil at the Batavia Riverwalk on December 14th. https://act.everytown.org/event/moms-demand-action-event/17897/signup/?source=mdmo_MomsTakeAction&akid&zip&fbclid=IwAR2miGeM9cfmEOsEGpZlF3WuuZs31yvkjZwCd6bJfzB6pWBbjGRa6OBIP6c
Christmas Gift Festival The Christmas Gift Festival kicks off on Sunday, November 11, with speakers for each of our selected charities during the worship service. The shopping list can be found through this link. This year’s selected charities are:
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 you don’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 in your car and keeping your apartment or house. This is the fund that not only bridges 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 as the hands of Christ. The CCOB Care and Share Fund is put into action by the gifts of the congregation and at the discretion of the pastor and staff. All funds flow through the financial system of the church as a check and balance.
Suicide Prevention Services of America: 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’s degrees or higher, and about twenty volunteers and six interns. We also have a board of directors who volunteer to meet once a month and review our work. We provide confidential and personalized treatment for a variety of issues frequently linked to suicidal ideation, including mood disorders, anxiety, and trauma. SPS volunteers staff the SPS Depression and Suicide Prevention Hotline. If you have recently lost a loved one to suicide, Suicide Prevention Services is here for support. We have support groups that each meet once a month as well as counseling. We have contracts with several schools in Kane and Kendall County for outreach to the children as well as being available in crisis control/ prevention.
UCC Disaster Ministries Emergency USA Fund: Each year in the United States, hundreds of disasters occur. Some disasters are large enough to make the news, but often dozens of smaller disasters escape media attention. The Emergency USA Fund allows UCC Disaster Ministries to respond to both large and small, natural and human-caused disasters in all fifty U.S. States and territories. International Emergency Relief Fund: Disasters affect millions of people worldwide every year. UCC Disaster Ministries is well positioned to respond in most parts of the world through our longstanding partnerships and connections. Donations to the International Disaster Relief Fund enable UCC Disaster Ministries to support emergency relief efforts, long-term rehabilitation, advocacy, and sustainability efforts. Gift Festival cards will be offered for sale beginning Sunday, December 2. We will also have representatives for each charity on hand to answer questions and provide additional information.
Hanging of the Greens
Wed, Nov 28
All are invited to join us for the annual “Hanging of the Greens” as we join in Worship to prepare the church for Advent and Christmas. We meet for fellowship through a potluck dinner at 5:30 in Paxton Hall. Worship and decorating begin at 6:15 in the Sanctuary.
We are looking for a few strong hands to set up the tree after the Worship Service on November 25 as well as a few people to assist with set up and clean up of the dinner.
A sign up sheet is on the sign up board in Paxton hallway or you can respond to posts on facebook and Realm.
This Friday night, November 2nd at 8:15PM, interfaith clergy will join Rabbi Andrea Cosnowsky and the Congregation Etz Chaim Jewish community to hold an interfaith Shabbat service. We have invited the larger faith community from the Western Suburbs to show their support and solidarity with our community.
We will come together to pray, heal and inspire hope of the future together with prayers, songs and remarks from the visiting clergy from other religions.
Please consider coming to join us for a Shabbat service demonstrating the peace, love and support of the larger faith community as we mourn and heal together.
1710 S. Highland Ave in Lombard.
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.