October 10, 2021:

 

 

Hello, friends and family! Welcome to our newsletter!  Here’s the latest:

Pastor Billy shared his pulpit with Pastor Miriam who gave a message called “Renew, Restore, Refresh” with text from Genesis 5:1-2. Songs were “Revival”, “No Sweeter Name”, “House of the Lord”, and “Jesus Paid It All”.  (You can watch the message by going to the home page and clicking WATCH.)

At the end of the service we honored the Petersen family who will be relocating near Galena, IL on Thursday.  Blaine, Cynthia, Calvin, Justice, and Jolissa were presented with gifts, cards and flowers, and were given a prayer blessing by the group to send them on their way to this next chapter in their lives.  We shared in goodbye cupcakes and cookies after service and signed a take home banner. They have faithfully given years of service to us since the first day this church launched, and they will most certainly be missed.  THANK YOU!

Donuts and Devotional was cancelled this weekend, and Foundations class on Sunday mornings is on hold until further notice while Pastor Bob is recuperating.

Senior HOEDOWN luncheon will be at the church at noon on October 20th. See Kathy Felchlin for details. Watch the Connection Table for sign-ups for attendance and for dishes to pass.

Ladies Book Club meets Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 6 pm at the church for food and fellowship.  Book discussion begins at 6:45. Speak to Penny Knott for details.

Pastor Billy’s online study is Tuesdays at 6:30 pm on his Face Book page. He takes questions from his students and answers a few each week.  Email him your questions, and perhaps he will use yours. This week’s special guest was Psychotherapist Matt Sharp who years ago helped launch Revolution as a church plant. Pastor’s “Worship Wednesday” videos are live at noon on Facebook, too. This week’s song was “House of the Lord”.

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 guest was our own Pastor Billy.  This week we can look forward to hearing from Emily, a former member of Julian’s youth group.

Ladies Christmas event is Friday, December 10, 6:30 pm at the church, so save the date.  More details will be given in coming weeks.

Happy Birthday to Eileen DeSando! She is the talented writer who provides all the Daily Scripture online for us.  If you want to subscribe, ask her to add you or mark your Connection Card to get your daily dose of encouragement. Debbie Dobias celebrates on the 15th! She has been so good to help church members in need of physical therapy over the years. Happy 29th Anniversary weekend to Phil and Michelle Grifford!

Best wishes and healing prayers for Bob Hensle who had cataract surgery a few days ago.

That’s the news today from Revolution Church.  Visitors, thank you for coming! Do visit us again! Destiny and Diamond Torres, it was awesome seeing you girls walk into the building! Come early to enjoy coffee and make new friends next Sunday.  Worship begins promptly at 10 AM.

 

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October 03, 2021:

Hello, friends and family! Welcome to “What’s Happening”! Pull up a chair and let’s catch up on the events at church this first Sunday in October!

Pastor Billy delivered to us a message about change with text from Ephesians 2:1-10 . Songs were “Hallelujah, Your Love Makes Me Sing”, “Unchanging”, “Amazing Grace-My Chains Are Gone”, “You Never Let Go”, and “At the Cross”.  (You can watch the message by going to the home page and clicking WATCH.) 

After service a meeting was held to gauge interest in an upcoming women’s Christmas event.  Listen for more announcements as we get closer to December.  If you’d like to help, mark your connection card or speak to Pastor Billy to see where you will be a good fit and the best helper.

Foundations class on Sunday mornings is on hold while Pastor Bob is recuperating.

Donuts and Devotional is Saturday, Oct. 8, 8 am at the church.  This is free for men, but you must sign up at the Connection Table so the person who does the work will know how many pastries to purchase and how much coffee to brew. Bring a friend. See Pastor Billy for more details.

Ladies Book Club will meet October 6, at the church for food and fellowship at 6 pm and book discussion at 6:45 pm.  Penny Knott can give you more details.

Senior HOEDOWN luncheon will be at the church at noon on October 20th. See Kathy Felchlin for details. Watch the Connection Table for sign-ups for attendance and for dishes to pass.

Pastor Billy’s online study is Tuesdays at 6:30 pm on his Face Book page. This last week his returning guest was Michael Patton (this was his second time as a guest).  He takes questions from his students and answers a few each week.  Email him your questions, and perhaps he will use yours. This week’s special guest was. Pastor’s “Worship Wednesday” videos are live at noon on Facebook, too. This week’s song was “Unchanging”.

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 guest was our dear friend, sweet Lakeda Vaughn who now lives in Texas! Coming up is our own Pastor Billy.

Happy Birthday to Heather Smith on the 4th!  Lakeda Vaughn celebrates on the 7th way down in Texas!  Wayne Mazur will be eating birthday cake on the 8th .  We are so happy he found Revolution Church.  If you haven’t met him yet, he is the smiley gray-haired guy who usually sits behind Brenda and Harvey’s row.

Best wishes and healing prayers for Bob Hensle who has cataract surgery this week.

Thank you to the gardeners who brought gourds and tomatoes for our sharing table. If you have extra, bring.  If you need or want, take.

Our local food pantry shelves were almost bare, so humongous thanks to all who brought non-perishables to share.  So much food was carried in we had to set up an extra table to receive it all!

That’s the news today from Revolution Church.  Visitors, thank you for coming! Do visit us again! We hope to have a full house next week for 10:00 AM worship. Come early to enjoy coffee and make new friends.

 

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September 26, 2021:

 

 

Hello, friends and family! Welcome to “What’s Happening”! Pull up a chair and let’s catch up on the events at church:

Pastor Billy delivered to us a message called “We Are Family” with text from Mark 6:1-3. Songs were “Open Up the Heavens”, “Worthy of My Praise”, “Lead Me to the Cross”, “We Believe”, and “Family of God”.  (You can watch the message by going to the home page and clicking WATCH.)  We shared in Communion and then had monthly prayer meeting after service for those who wished to stay.

Route 66 Franklin Graham God Loves You Tour” was at the Speedway in Joliet last Sunday afternoon with Newsboys, Marcos Witt, and Dennis Agajanian leading us in worship!  We were glad so many from our church attended. Gene O’Brien was a volunteer.  Wonderful event! Sorry to those who missed much of the service because of the horrific traffic jam near the Speedway.

We are so sad to report that our beloved Bob Brown passed away last Sunday evening at the hospital. We pray special blessings on Rita and the family.  His memorial service was Thursday evening at the church with a full house.  Many thanks to each person who prepared food, helped with set up or clean up, or participated in any way to give him a beautiful send off.  Burial will be at a later undetermined date. Memorial photo boards were set up for viewing today.  Bob’s wheelchair was rolled on the stage and draped with his Cubs jersey and a cross necklace he had crafted.

Condolences to Jan Golden on the loss her aunt in Georgia.  Our sympathies to Diamond and Destiny Torres on the loss of their great-grandma.  Both women were buried on Thursday.

Condolences to the Rych family on the loss of their beloved dog, Scooby.

Thank you to those who provided meals for the Griffords through Fishes and Loaves Ministry.  We were pleased to see Michelle back with us following her hip surgery. She came with crutches, but is healing, so that’s great news!

We have missed the Smiths for several weeks. Today Pastor Bob greeted us briefly via video. He is making progress, but still has a way to go before he will be able to come back to church.  He says Heather is taking good care of him. Thank you to those who have stepped up to help them in any way.  If you would like to provide a meal, please see Dawn Gonda or Penny Knott who will arrange that through our Fishes and Loaves.

Foundations class on Sunday mornings is on hold while Pastor Bob is recuperating.

Donuts and Devotional is Saturday, Oct. 8, 8 am at the church.  This is free for men, but you must sign up at the Connection Table so the person who does the work will know how many pastries to purchase and how much coffee to brew. Bring a friend. See Pastor Billy for more details.

Ladies Book Club will meet October 6, at the church for food and fellowship at 6 pm and book discussion at 6:45 pm.  Penny Knott can give you more details.

Senior HOEDOWN luncheon will be at the church at noon on October 20th. See Kathy Felchlin for details. Watch the Connection Table for sign-ups for attendance and for dishes to pass.

Pastor Billy’s online study is Tuesdays at 6:30 pm on his Face Book page. He takes questions from his students and answers a few each week.  Email him your questions, and perhaps he will use yours. This week’s special guest was Jamie Sagerser who escaped from a “Christian” cult. Pastor’s “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. Last week Pastor and author, Phil Fields shared about the Unperfect Marriage. Next week is our own Lakeda Vaughn who now lives in Texas!

Happy Birthday on Oct. 1 to Debbie Struck and Elizabeth Hippenhammer!  Happy 15th Anniversary to Julian and Miriam!

Thank you to Diane Neakarse for bringing her homegrown ornamental gourds and to Penny Knott for the homemade mini-loaves of sweet breads for our sharing table. If you have extra, bring.  If you need or want, take.

Speaking of food, Faith Cromwell addressed the church to tell us besides cereal and canned fruit, the local food pantry shelves are bare.  She requested we buy a bit extra to contribute next Sunday.  She asked we be mindful of buying nonperishables that when combined could make a meal such as cake mix AND frosting, or ingredients for chili (or whatever) rather than just shopping for random items. Please double bag to help prevent tears and spills during delivery.

 If you want to help with the women’s Christmas event, stay after service for a quick meeting after church next Sunday.

 That’s our news today from Revolution Church.  Visitors, thank you for coming! Kevin and Sandy, it was super seeing you again! We hope everybody comes back next week for 10:00 AM worship.

 

 

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September 19, 2021:

 

 

Hello, friends! We appreciate you taking time to read “What’s Happening”! Let’s catch up on the events at church:

Pastor Billy delivered to us a message called “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weenie”.  Text was from Matthew 17:20. Songs were “I Saw the Light”, “He Reigns”, “Heart of Worship”, “Rattle”, and “Because He Lives”. 

Billy Graham Association presents the “Route 66 Franklin Graham God Loves You Tour” at the Speedway in Joliet Sept. 19th!  Newsboys, Marcos Witt, and Dennis Agajanian will be leading us in worship!  We will not be in bleachers, so take your own chair or blanket for sitting in the field. Refreshments are permitted to be carried inside.  FREE!

“Hello My Name Is” brunch for women was Saturday.  Thanks to Eileen DeSando for hosting, and to Rita Brown for being the guest speaker!

Ladies Book Club will meet October 6, at the church for food and fellowship at 6 pm and book discussion at 6:45 pm.  Penny Knott can give you more details.

Senior luau luncheon was Wednesday at the church.  Thank you to all who cooked the food and did the work. Senior hoedown luncheon will be at the church at noon on October 20th. See Kathy Felchlin for details. Watch the Connection Table for sign ups.

Pastor Billy’s online study is Tuesdays at 6:30 pm on his Face Book page. He takes questions from his students and answers a few each week.  Email him your questions, and perhaps he will use yours. This week’s special guest is Jamie Sagerser who escaped from a “Christian” cult. They will be taking live questions. Pastor’s “Worship Wednesday” videos are live at noon on Facebook, too. This week’s song was Elevation Worship’s “Rattle”.

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 Jeff Thomas shared about “Mercy”.

Sending get well wishes to Bob Brown who is still in Silver Cross Hospital. Send a card if you want to be an encourager. He is not up to phone calls at this time.

Special prayers for the Smiths as Pastor Bob is now recuperating at HOME! Yay for improvements!  We sure do miss Heather and him.

Sending prayers and get well wishes to Jan Golden who is home with a broken wrist. We miss you, Jan!

That’s the news today from Revolution Church.  Visitors, thank you for coming! We hope to see everybody back next week for 10:00 AM worship!  See you at Franklin Graham’s crusade in a bit!

 

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September 12, 2021:

 

 

Hello, friends! We appreciate you taking time to read “What’s Happening”! Let’s catch up on the events at church:

Pastor Billy delivered to us a message called “Seeds and Weeds”.  Text was from Matthew 13:10-13, 24-29, and 36-43. Songs were “Let God Arise”, “Because He Lives”, “Redeemed”, “Living Hope”, and “Seek Ye First”. By clicking WATCH on our homepage, you can view the preaching by Sunday evening.

The sharing table provided free freshly picked orchard apples compliments of the Knotts today. Thank you for your generosity! Remember, if you have extra produce, bring it.  If you need it, take it.

Samantha Jasinski was acknowledged today as she is returning to college in England this week after spending her summer vacation with her family in Lisle. We have been so happy to see her again after such a long absence because of covid travel restrictions.

Manhattan’s Labor Day Parade was a lot of fun!  Thanks to Penny and Bruce for driving, and we appreciate those who did puppets and candy throwing.  Thanks to all who donated candy!

Billy Graham Association presents the “Route 66 Franklin Graham God Loves You Tour” at the Speedway in Joliet Sept. 19th!  Invitation cards are found at the Connection Table. Please take some to pass out to others!  This is the first time this has come to Chicago area since 1972 and is the first stop on the route to end at the California coast.  Newsboys, Marcos Witt, and Dennis Agajanian will be leading us in worship!  FREE! More yard signs were passed out today to help advertise.  We will not be in bleachers, so take your own chair for sitting in the field.

“Hello My Name Is” brunch for women is Saturday, September 18th at Eileen DeSando’s Frankfort home.  There is a sign-up sheet for attendance and for bringing a dish to pass.  See Penny for more info.

Dig out your Hawaiian shirts and leis for the senior luau luncheon Wednesday, September 15, at noon at the church.  If you haven’t signed up yet, you must let Kathy Felchlin know you are coming and what food you are bringing to share!

Pastor Billy’s online study is Tuesdays at 6:30 pm on his Face Book page. He takes questions from his students and answers a few each week.  Email him your questions, and perhaps he will use yours. This week’ special guest was Brian Pruitt who spoke about Generational Curses.  Pastor’s “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. Last week 16 year-old Michael Borosak shared about “Heeding the Call”. Next up is Pastor Jeff speaking about mercy.

Happy Belated Birthdays to Faith Cromwell and Linda DeLost! We love and appreciate you two ladies! Congrats to Debbie Struck as she starts her new job as Admissions Rep/Student Advisor/Community Outreach Coordinator with John Amico School of Hair Design.

Sending get well wishes to Bob Brown who is in Silver Cross Hospital this week. It was so good to finally see him back in church with us a couple of weeks ago, and we hope to see him again soon.  Give him a quick call or send a card if you want to be an encourager.

Michelle Grifford is recuperating at home from Thursday’s hip surgery. Thank you to those who are providing meals to make life a bit easier during her down time. If you’d like to cook, you’re welcome to hop on this meal train.

Special prayers to the Smiths as Pastor Bob is in Silver Cross Hospital battling serious sickness. Sorry, but no visitors at this time for him. Until further notice his Foundations classes are on hold. Donuts and Devotional was also cancelled for Saturday.

It was wonderful to see Heather Smith and the entire Graniczny crew back with us again after illnesses!

We ask AGAIN for volunteers to train to sit at the tech table and flash the lyrics on the wall during the music portion of the service. We have an immediate need, and this is a way you can serve your church.

That’s the news today from Revolution Church.  Thanks for reading!   Visitors, thank you for coming! We hope to see everybody back next week for 10:00 AM worship! 

 

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