Iftar in Ramadan June 1, 8:00 PM, Paxton Hall
All are invited to join in an Iftar Saturday June 1. The Iftar is the meal served at the end of the day during the 30 days of Ramadan, to break the day's fast. Literally, it means "breakfast.". Iftar is served at sunset during each day of Ramadan, as Muslims break the daily fast. This Iftar is jointly sponsored by the Batavia Islamic Center and our Justice and Witness Team. All are invited to arrive at the church any time after 8:00 PM. The full meal will be served at about 8:30 PM.
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!
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or JeffJenkins, 6309352942, email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.