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
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….
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.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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