January 16, 2022:

 

 

Hello, friends, and welcome, visitors! Here’s what took place this week at Revolution:

 

We were relieved and appreciative to find the parking lot scraped and salted for our safety.  Thank you to those who got up early while the rest of us were still snoozing in our warm blankets to prepare God’s house for our arrival.

 

Today’s songs were “Power In the Blood”, Greatness of Our God”, “How Great is Our God/How Great Thou Art” and “Way Maker”.  Pastor Billy kicked off his new “Reboot” series with a sermon called “Batteries Not Included” with text from Mark 1:32-34 . (You can watch this and past messages by going to the home page and clicking WATCH.)

 

Stop at the Connection Table to pick up your yearly Giving Statement. You will need this when you file your taxes.

 

Did you notice the mannequins modeling our new church T-shirts?  Stop at the Graybars Project card table and check them out next week.  We have men’s round neck and women’s V-neck for $10 each. Sizes tend to run small, so purchase a size larger than you would usually wear.

 

Are you considering joining Revolution Church?  NEXT WEEK after church there is a meeting to explore membership. Lunch and childcare will be provided. This is a time to learn what we believe and to ask questions you might have. You must sign up at the Connection Table.

 

Our Yearly Business Meeting will be held after service on Sunday, Jan. 30th.  This is for members only. We will discuss vision for 2022, church budget, and other business items for the upcoming year.

 

Ladies Book Club has been rescheduled for Feb 2nd, 6 pm at the church.  Contact Penny Knott for more information.  This group is FREE.

 

Donuts and Devotional is Saturday, Feb. 12, 8 am at the church. This fellowship event is free for all men and their male friends/visitors.  We need you to sign up at the Connection Table if you are coming.

 

Brenda Hajek is opening her New Lenox home the 2nd and 4thThursdays of each month for Bible study at 6:30 pm.  Pastor Billy leads this, and topics vary each week, so if you have to miss a class, you will not be behind when you return. First class was super fun with tons of good food. Sign up at the Connection Table. NOTE THE SCHEDULING CHANGE FROM WEDNESDAY TO THURSDAY!

 

Friends, we are in need of one more nursery helper to love on the littlest ones once a month.  Can you operate a rocking chair or play with some of our tiniest members for an hour? Parents change diapers, so you don’t even have to worry about that. 

 

Senior lunch and White Elephant gift exchange is coming in February at the church.  Listen for further announcements. Kathy Felchlin can also give you more info! 55+ are invited!

 

Pastor Billy’s new online study “ROMANS” is Tuesdays at 6:30 pm on his Face Book page. Worship Wednesday is noon on FB and You Tube. Last week’s show was “Two Are Better Than One”.  The featured song was “Lean On Me”.

 

We extend our sympathies to Bob and Heather Smith who had to say goodbye to their beautiful dog this weekend.  Pet grief is so difficult.

 

Get well wishes are going out to Marnie Carlson, Jan Golden, Sandy Chambers, and Durk Lee!  You are missed! It was a blessing to see John Nordsell back with us after being in the hospital this week.  John, we are praying for a full recovery for you!

 

Happy Birthday to Desiray Chambers all the way down in Nashville, TN on January 17th!   Best wishes in a new city with a new job! Cynthia Petersen celebrates her birthday on the 21st!  Erin Van Kuiken has her birthday next Sunday!

 

That’s the news today from Revolution Church. Thank you for contributing your time, treasure, and talents to serve your chuch family and this community!

 

 

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January 9, 2022:

 

 

Hello, friends! If you are reading this, you survived the snow and the brutally frigid temps of this week. Here’s what took place this week at Revolution:

First, we must thank Pastor Billy and John Chamblee for making sure our parking lot was de-iced, since early this morning it was like a skating rink after the hard freeze overnight.  Thank you for keeping us safe!

Today’s songs were “How Can I Keep From Singing”, “Words I Would Say”, “The Blessing”, “Raise A Hallelujah” and “Friends”.  Pastor Billy kicked off his new “Reboot” series with a sermon called “The Blessing” with text from Numbers 6:22-17. (You can watch this and past messages by going to the home page and clicking WATCH.)

With bittersweet tears we celebrated Pr. Julian, Pr. Miriam, and Elena Sandoval for their years of service with us at Revolution. They are entering a new phase of ministry, and this was their final Sunday here.  They shared with us their upcoming plans for their new calling, “Sandoval Ministries”.  After words from the Smiths, hugs, a group prayer of blessing, flowers, a photo memory video, gifts, and then the Sandovals’ blessings prayed over Pastor and Penny, we ate homemade treats together and signed a banner for them to keep.  They certainly made a difference here! The door is always open to this family!

Friends, our Fishes and Loaves ministry is seeking volunteers to provide some meals for a well-loved young family and a new senior woman in our church who are in need of a bit of extra TLC.  If you can step up and help them over the hump, please speak to Dawn Gonda, the leader, for more information. If you can’t cook, perhaps a gift card, groceries, or food delivery would be easier. Thank you for caring!

Donuts and Devotional for men was Saturday.  Afterwards several folk showed up to clear the church of Christmas décor and that magnificent manger and tree.  Thank you to all who braved the cold to show up for both happenings.

Ladies Book Club New Year Kickoff was cancelled Wednesday because of dangerously low temperatures and blowing snow. Feb 2nd, 7 pm is the rescheduled date.  Contact Penny Knott for more information.  This group is FREE.

Brenda Hajek is opening her New Lenox home the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month for Bible study beginning January 13, 6:30 pm.  Pastor Billy will lead this, and topics vary each week, so if you have to miss a class, you will not be behind when you return. Sign up at the Connection Table. NOTE THE SCHEDULING CHANGE FROM WEDNESDAY TO THURSDAY!

Friends, we are in need of one more nursery helper to love on the littlest ones once a month.  Can you rock a baby or play with some of our tiniest members for an hour?  It would be hugely helpful if you will step up and serve.  Thank you, Diana Lopez for so joyfully volunteering! Welcome back!

Senior lunch and White Elephant gift exchange scheduled for January 19th has been rescheduled for later in February.  Listen for further announcements. 

Are you considering joining Revolution Church?  Jan. 23rd after church there is a meeting to explore membership. Lunch and childcare will be provided. This is a time to learn what we believe and to ask questions you might have. You must sign up at the Connection Table.

Our Yearly Business Meeting will be held after service on Sunday, Jan. 30th.  This is for members only. We will discuss vision for 2022, church budget, and other business items for the upcoming year.

Pastor Billy’s new online study “ROMANS” is Tuesdays at 6:30 pm on his Face Book page. Worship Wednesday is noon on FB and You Tube. Last week’s show was “What’s in the Sack on Your Back?”.  The featured song was “Come As You Are”.

Pastor Julian’s Thursday 6:30 pm online Bible study is on his Face Book page.  “Amongst Friends” features a different topic each week with Julian and various friends. Wife, Miriam, was this week’s guest, and they talked about “Seasons In Life”.

Get well wishes are going out to Marnie Carlson and the Hippenhammers!  You are missed!

Congratulations to George and Darla Carroll who showed off their new pup, Leah, today!  What a cuddly lump of sugar!

That’s the news today from Revolution Church. Bring some friends and come join us at 10 am next Sunday.  Thank you for all you do to keep this ministry running smoothly!

 

 

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January 2, 2022:

Hello, friends! Thanks for braving the first good sized snow of the season to join us in worship this first Sunday of 2022! Here’s what took place this week at Revolution:

Today’s songs were “Sweet By and By”, “Blessed Be Your Name”, “Always” and “Battle Belongs”.  Pastor Billy shared the pulpit with Pastor Bob Smith whose sermon about Seedtime and Harvest used text from Genesis 1:11-12. (You can watch this and past messages by going to the home page and clicking WATCH.)

Thank you for sharing nonperishables today with the local food pantry!  We collect here the first Sunday of each month. Because so many were absent because of dangerous roads, we will collect again next Sunday to be able to deliver a decent donation.

Remember that next Sunday we will celebrate Pr. Julian, Pr. Miriam, and Elena Sandoval for their years of service with us at Revolution. They are entering a new phase of ministry, and this will be their final Sunday, so make every effort to be here to clap and cheer for them as they embark!

Friends, our Fishes and Loaves ministry is seeking volunteers to provide some meals for a well-loved young family in our church who is in need of a bit of extra TLC.  If you can step up and help them over the hump, please speak to Dawn Gonda, the leader, for more information. If you can’t cook, perhaps a gift card, groceries, or food delivery would be easier. Thank you for caring!

Graybars Project thanks you for your support this past year! If you have extra new Christmas cards/envelopes or postage stamps left over after the holidays, keep in mind that our prison ministry can put them to good use for 2022.  We will be accepting cards at the baptismal table for another week.  Thank you for all who visit the table each week to sign birthday cards for the inmates. Several sent Christmas cards back to US, and those are also found on the back table for your enjoyment.

Ladies Book Club New Year Kickoff is Wednesday, January 5, 7 pm at the church. This is fellowship and snacks with an introduction to the new book. Questions?  Speak with Penny Knott.

Donuts and Devotional is Jan. 8th, 8 a.m. at the church.  All men are invited to come and fellowship.  This is FREE.  Please sign up at the Connection Table!

After Donuts Judy Fash invites men and women to help take down church holiday decorations. If you can spare a bit of your morning, it would be most appreciated.

For those who have been asking for in-person small group, Brenda Hajek is opening her New Lenox home the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month for Bible study beginning January 12, 6:30 pm.  Pastor Billy will lead this, and topics vary each week, so if you have to miss a class, you will not be behind when you return. Sign up at the Connection Table.

Friends, we are in need of two extra nursery helpers to love on the littlest ones once a month.  Surely, we have enough members to give an hour a month to serve their home church.  There is a sign up sheet on the Connection Table if you will simply play with and rock babies.

55+ year old folks are invited to lunch and a White Elephant gift exchange at the church on Wednesday, January 19, at noon.  Kathy Felchlin is in charge, so go to her for more info.  Sign up to attend and also sign up to bring a passing dish for the meal.

Are you considering joining Revolution Church?  Jan, 23rd after church there is a meeting to explore membership. Free lunch and childcare will be provided. This is a time to learn what we believe and to ask questions you might have. You must sign up at the Connection Table.

While you are signing up at the Connection Table, help yourself to a free Daily Bread devotional booklet and a good quality bookmark. There is a variety of designs to choose from.   We don’t want any of these to go to waste.

Pastor Julian’s Warm Their Soles ministry to homeless is still collecting new warm socks for the street people.  Granola bars and tiny packs of peanut butter crackers are also appreciated.  If you want to donate, bring items no later than NEXT SUNDAY!

Our Yearly Business Meeting will be held after service on Sunday, Jan. 30th.  This is for members only. We will discuss vision for 2022, church budget, and other business items for the upcoming year.

Pastor Billy’s online study is Tuesdays at 6:30 pm on his Face Book page. Last week’s show was “Ugly Sweater or Ugly Personality?”.  “Worship Wednesday” videos are live at noon on Facebook, too.

Pastor Julian’s Thursday 6:30 pm online Bible study is on his Face Book page.  “Amongst Friends” features a different topic each week with Julian and various friends.

Happy Birthday wishes going out across the miles to Sue Mulder on the 5th and Jason Hippenhammer on the 6th! We ask that God grant them wisdom, pour grace all over them, and cover them with His hands. 

Get well soon, Marnie Carlson and the Chambers family!  You are missed!

That’s the news today from Revolution Church. Bring some friends and come join us at 10 am next Sunday. WELCOME 2022! Please be good to us!

 

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December 26, 2021:

 

Hello, friends! Thanks for joining us in worship and also on this website! Here’s what took place this week at Revolution:

Thank you to all who ventured out to our candlelight Christmas Eve worship service on Friday.  The sanctuary was so twinkly and peaceful. We appreciate those who came early and stayed late to be a blessing and make this a success.  Larry and Eileen DeSando read scripture and lit the final Advent candle- the Christ candle.

Special thank yous are in order to Samantha Getty and Larry DeSando for being willing to train to learn the software to flash our lyrics on the wall for Friday. Cynthia Petersen worked extra hard from hours away to be certain our lyrics and video ran smoothly without a hitch.  THANK YOU for stepping up! Songs were “Angels We Have Heard On High”, “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear”, Mary Did You Know”, “Christmas Hallelujah” and “Silent Night”.

A Christmas poem penned by one of our inmates from TX was distributed after the service.  Graybars Project thanks you for your support this past year! If you have extra new Christmas cards/envelopes or postage stamps left over after the holidays, keep in mind that our prison ministry can put them to good use for 2022.  We will be accepting cards for the next couple of weeks.  Thank you for all who visit the table each week to sign birthday cards for the inmates. Several sent Christmas cards back to US, and those are also found on the back table for your enjoyment.

Today’s songs were “Unchanging”, “Offering”, “Mighty to Save” “Trading My Sorrows”, “We Fall Down”, and “Change My Heart”.  We shared in Communion.  Pastor Billy’s sermon was called “Ebenezer Scrooge” with text from Matthew 2 and Micah 5:2. (You can watch this and past messages by going to the home page and clicking WATCH.) Monthly prayer meeting was held after service for those who wished to stay.

Pastor Billy’s online study is Tuesdays at 6:30 pm on his Face Book page. In last week’s show he taught us about the Christian history of Santa Claus.  “Worship Wednesday” videos are live at noon on Facebook, too. This week’s topic was Legend of the Candy Cane, and the featured song was “Joseph and Mary’s Boy”.

Pastor Julian’s Thursday 6:30 pm online Bible study is on his Face Book page.  “Amongst Friends” features a different topic each week with Julian and various friends. Last week they launched a Spanish version with Elena Polo called Entre Amigos with the topic, “Noche Buena”.

Ladies Book Club New Year Kickoff is Wednesday, January 5, 7 pm at the church. This is fellowship and snacks with an introduction to the new book. Questions?  Speak with Penny Knott.

Donuts and Devotional is Jan. 8th, 8 a.m. at the church.  All men are invited to come and fellowship.  This is FREE.  Please sign up at the Connection Table!

For those who have been asking for in-person small group, Brenda Hajek is opening her New Lenox home the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month for Bible study beginning January 12, 6:30 pm.  Pastor Billy will lead this, and topics vary each week, so if you have to miss a class, you will not be behind when you return. Sign up at the Connection Table.

Friends, we are in need of two extra nursery helpers to love on the littlest ones once a month.  Surely, we have enough members to give an hour a month to serve their home church.  There is a sign up sheet on the Connection Table.

55+ years old folks are invited to lunch and a White Elephant gift exchange at the church on Wednesday, January 19, at noon.  Kathy Felchlin is in charge, so go to her for more info.  Sign up to attend and also sign up to bring a passing dish for the meal.

Are you considering joining Revolution Church?  Jan, 23rd after church there is a meeting to explore membership. Free lunch and childcare will be provided. This is a time to learn what we believe and to ask questions you might have. You must sign up at the Connection Table.

While you are signing up at the Connection Table, help yourself to a free Daily Bread devotional booklet and a good quality bookmark. There is a variety of designs to choose from.   We don’t want any of these to go to waste.

Pastor Julian’s Warm Their Soles ministry to homeless is still collecting new warm socks for the street people.  Granola bars and tiny packs of peanut butter crackers are also appreciated.  If you want to donate, bring in items no later than Jan 9th!

Our Yearly Business Meeting will be held after service on Sunday, Jan. 30th.  This is for members only. We will discuss vision for 2022, church budget, and other business items for the upcoming year.

Next Sunday is our monthly collection of nonperishables for the local food pantry. Please leave your items on the table in the back of the sanctuary.

Happy Birthday to Dr. Mishel Rych on Dec. 30th!  Dave Brouse turns 63 also on the 30th!

That’s the news today from Revolution Church. Bring some friends and come join us at 10 am next Sunday. PRAYERS FOR A HAPPY NEW YEAR!  May 2022 be kinder to us all!

 

 

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December 19, 2021:

 

Hello, friends! Thanks for joining us in worship and also on this website! Here’s what took place this week at Revolution on this last Sunday before Christmas:

Larry Klitch and Debbie Dobias read scripture and lit the candle of Love on this fourth Sunday of Advent.

Today’s songs were “Oh, Come All Ye Faithful”, “Do You Hear What I Hear”, “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”, “O Holy Night”, and “Joy to the World/Joyful Joyful”. Pastor Billy’s sermon was called “Ghost of Christmas Present” with text from Luke 2. (You can watch this and past messages by going to the home page and clicking WATCH.)

Pastor Billy’s online study is Tuesdays at 6:30 pm on his Face Book page. In last week’s show he taught us about various Christian Christmas traditions and their origins in history.  “Worship Wednesday” videos are live at noon on Facebook, too. This week’s featured song was “This Little Light of Mine”.

Pastor Julian’s Thursday 6:30 pm online Bible study is on his Face Book page.  “Amongst Friends” features a different topic each week with Julian and various friends. Last week’s topic was “The Holy Spirit -Part 2” with guest, Ethan Rico again. This week they will launch a Spanish version called Entre Amigos with the topic, “Noche Buena”.

Our annual Christmas Eve candlelight service is at 5 pm on Dec. 24th and should last near an hour.  Who have you invited?  Colorful invitations were distributed today for sharing. This is a perfect opportunity for bringing in people who have been considering visiting our church.

Ladies Book Club New Year Kickoff is Wednesday, January 5, 7 pm at the church. This is fellowship and snacks with an introduction to the new book. Questions?  Speak with Penny Knott.

Donuts and Devotional is Jan. 8th, 8 a.m. at the church.  All men are invited to come and fellowship.  This is FREE.  Please sign up at the Connection Table!

For those who have been asking for in-person small group, Brenda Hajek is opening her New Lenox home the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month for Bible study beginning January 12, 6:30 pm.  Sign up at the Connection Table.

Friends, we are in need of extra nursery helpers to love on the littlest ones once a month.  Surely we have enough members to give an hour a month to serve their home church.  There is a sign up sheet on the Connection Table.

55+ years old folks are invited to lunch and a White Elephant gift exchange at the church on Wednesday, January 19, at noon.  Kathy Felchlin is in charge, so go to her for more info.  Sign up to attend and also sign up to bring a passing dish for the meal.

Are you considering joining Revolution Church?  Jan, 23rd after church there is a meeting to explore membership. Free lunch and childcare will be provided. This is a time to learn what we believe and to ask questions you might have. You must sign up at the Connection Table.

Our Yearly Business Meeting will be held after service on Sunday, Jan. 30th.  This is for members only. We will discuss vision for 2022, church budget, and other business items for the upcoming year.

 

While you are signing up at the Connection Table, help yourself to a free Daily Bread devotional booklet and a Holy Night bookmark from our women’s Christmas event.  We don’t want any of these to go to waste.

If you have extra new Christmas cards/envelopes or postage stamps left over after the holidays, keep in mind that Graybars Project, our prison ministry, can put them to good use for 2022.  We will be accepting cards through the first weekend of January.  Thank you for all who visit the table each week to sign birthday cards for the inmates. Several holiday cards of appreciation were sent by the prisoners and are available to read at the large table in the back of the sanctuary.

Reagan Hippenhammer has a birthday today! Bass player, Phil Graniczny has a birthday Tuesday.  Camera guy, Bruce Smit was born on the 23rd, and the Hospitality Queen, Brenda Hajek, was born on Christmas day!

Round of applause for Joe Meskin who graduated from Lewis University with his bachelor's degree in Accounting!  Joe has been a tremendous help putting lyrics on the wall since Cynthia Petersen moved.  He also faithfully serves in our children's ministry.  We wish we could clone him!  We are in need of helpers to give him a break at the tech table.  If you are willing to serve your church in this area, please speak to Pastor Billy or Joe.

That’s the news today from Revolution Church. Bring some friends and come join us for Christmas Eve and also at 10 am next Sunday.  Let us be extra mindful to check on each other during the holidays. We would never want any of us to feel forgotten or alone. Merry Christmas!

 

 

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