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June 16, 2024

 

Hello, friends, visitors and family! Thank you coming to read “What’s Happening”!  Here’s the news:

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads, foster dads, grandpas, and like-a-father men reading this. Today we honor and thank you for your guidance and love. To our fathers waiting for us in Heaven, today we remember you and hold you close in spirit.

Our songs today were “Big House”, “You Are Good”, “Who You Say I Am”, “Good Good Father” and a fun one to celebrate the holiday, ”Sharp Dressed Man”.  The message, “The Flood”, from the Redeeming the Rainbow series was delivered by Pastor Billy using text from Genesis 7. (You can watch this and past messages by going to the home page and clicking WATCH.)

It was with great joy and highest respect that Pastor Billy ordained Larry DeSando into the ministry!  Larry has studied diligently for years to reach this goal, and we are so very proud of him and Eileen.  What an asset to Revolution Church! Congratulations, PASTOR Larry!

Sunday evening seminary class has been cancelled tonight because of the holiday.  We will resume our studies next Sunday.

Senior Luncheon is Wednesday, June 19th, noon at the church.  Sign up if you are attending.  Kathy Felchlin can answer your questions for more info.

Our first Summer Connect fellowship meal on Friday was a lot of fun. Thank you to the Knotts for hosting. Sign ups have now begun for the second one which will be July 12, 6 pm at the DeSando home in Frankfort. You must sign up at the Connection table to reserve a seat and indicate what dish you will bring to share.  Supervised children are welcome. 

Have you been baptized?  We will have a water immersion baptism Sunday on June 30th during the service. Speak to any of our pastoral staff or mark your Connection Card to be included! 

Pastor Billy’s Exodus Bible study is Tuesday at 6:30 pm on his Face Book page. We are in Chapter Exodus 36.  If you cannot access Face Book, go to Pastor Shred on You Tube live videos and watch from there.

Claps and cheers for Brian and Kathleen Milligan on the birth of their first grandchild, Micah Adam Turek! He was 19 inches, 5 lbs and 11 oz! Welcome to the world, little man!

Happy Birthday to Judy Christensen and Betsy Burnett! There are several birthday cards on the Graybars Project table ready for signatures and your encouraging words to the people in custody.

Thank you for joining us! We hope to see everybody back again next Sunday at 10 a.m.  Come early and enjoy coffee, tea or a treat before service.  See you all next week!  Happy Father’s Day!

 

 

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June 9, 2024

 

 

 

Hello, friends and family! Thank you coming to read “What’s Happening”!  Here’s the news:

Our songs today were “Open Up the Heavens”, “House of the Lord”, “Oh How I Love Jesus”, “Words I Would Say”, and “Famous One”.  The message, “Redeeming the Rainbow”, was delivered by Pastor Billy using text from Genesis 6. (You can watch this and past messages by going to the home page and clicking WATCH.)

Today was Graduation Sunday, a day to honor graduating members and family of our members!  Round of applause and a toss of the mortarboards for our 2024 grads: Nate Radtke, Logan Graniczny, Diana Lopez, John Brant, Chris Resendez, Izzy Sewerynow, Lelaina Leatherman, Lainey Nordsell, Araya Hagerstrom, Kelly Nordsell, Nick Picha, Lily Picha, Lexie Rose, and Rebecca Corbin!

Next Sunday is a special service for two reasons: First, it is Father’s Day, and second, it is the long awaited day Larry DeSando will be ordained!  Come out and clap and cheer!

Sunday evening free Seminary class is 6:30 pm tonight.  The topic is Eschatology (End Times).

Our first Summer Connect fellowship meal will be held at the Knott home in Manhattan June 14th at 6 pm.  You must sign up at the Connection table to reserve a seat and indicate what dish you will bring to share.  Supervised children are welcome.  Unsupervised children will be sold to the circus.

Small group meets at Brenda Hajek’s home this Thursday at 6:30 pm. Everybody is welcome.

Have you been baptized?  We will have a water immersion baptism Sunday on June 30th during the service. Speak to any of our pastoral staff or mark your Connection Card to be included! 

Pastor Billy’s Exodus Bible study is Tuesday at 6:30 pm on his Face Book page. We are in Chapter Exodus 35.  If you cannot access Face Book, go to Pastor Shred on You Tube live videos and watch from there.

Happy Birthday to Jan Golden on the 14th! Jamie Meskin and Elena Sandoval both celebrate on the 10th!

How wonderful to have Freda Wolfenden walk through the doors today!  We have certainly missed her!

Thank you for joining us! We hope to see everybody back again next Sunday at 10 a.m.  Come early and enjoy coffee, tea or a treat before service.  See you all next week!

 

 

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June 2, 2024

 

 

Hello, friends and family!  Welcome, June!

Our songs today were “Holy Is the Lord”, “Greatness of Our God”, “I Stand Amazed”, “Agnus Dei”, “Goodness of God”, and “I Have Decided”.  The message, “The Nephilim”, was delivered by Pastor Billy using text from Genesis 6. (You can watch this and past messages by going to the home page and clicking WATCH.)

Thanks for your generous donations of nonperishables to the community food pantry this morning.  We collect the first Sunday of each month if you want to mark your calendar.

Next Sunday we will honor our graduating kindergarten through adult learners!

Sunday evening free Seminary class is 6:30 pm tonight.  The topic  is about how we went from the Old Testament scrolls to the King James and then to the newest translations. Transubstantiation will also be discussed.

Men’s Donuts and Devotional is Saturday, 8 am at the church.  This is free, but please let Pastor Bob know if you are coming so he can purchase enough doughnuts.  Women are taking a break for the summer, so they will not meet again for Saturday prayer until the fall.

Have you been baptized?  We will have a water immersion baptism Sunday on June 30th during the service. Speak to any of our pastoral staff or mark your Connection Card to be included!

This Wednesday at 6:30 pm “23” young adult group will meet at the Knotts’ home in Manhattan.  All youngish folk are invited; just let your hosts know in advance so they can prepare for you.  This is free!

Our first Summer Connect fellowship meal will be held at the Knott home in Manhattan June 14th at 6 pm.  You must sign up at the Connection table to reserve a seat and indicate what dish you will bring to share.  Supervised children are welcome. 

Pastor Billy’s Exodus Bible study is Tuesday at 6:30 pm on his Face Book page. We are in Chapter Exodus 34.  If you cannot access Face Book, go to Pastor Shred on You Tube live videos and watch from there.

Thank you for joining us! We hope to see everybody back again next Sunday at 10 a.m.  Come early and enjoy coffee, tea or a treat before service.  Thank you, Penny, for the banana muffins and cookies this morning.  See you all next week!

 

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May 26, 2024

 

 

Hello, friends and family! 

We are happy you joined us on this monsoon of a Memorial Day weekend. Billy Ray Cyrus sings the lyrics, “All gave some, but some gave all….”  Our nation honors and mourns those men and women who died in the service of our country. Official day of observance is Monday. If you are in Elwood over the weekend, perhaps drive through the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery and pay respects and say thank you.

Our songs were “In the Garden”, “Chainbreaker”, “The Happy Song”, “God Bless the USA”, and “At Calvary”. We shared Communion together. The message, Miscommunication”, was delivered by Pastor Billy using text from John 21:20. (You can watch this and past messages by going to the home page and clicking WATCH.)

Debbie Dobias shared highlights of her medical mission trip to the Philippines.

Pastor Bob shared his heart for the people of Haiti suffering during this violent overthrow of their government. 

Sunday evening Seminary class is cancelled tonight since so many students have holiday plans.  We resume class next Sunday. 

Last call!  If you or a member of your family is graduating from kindergarten through college, please send a clear, close up photo along with full name, their relation to you, degree, and school to Tammy Smit (the piano player) for our upcoming graduation slide show on June 9th.  4 pm is the deadline.

Have you been baptized?  We will have a water immersion baptism Sunday on June 30th during the service. Speak to any of our pastoral staff or mark your Connection Card to be included!

Our first Summer Connect fellowship meal will be held at the Knott’s home in Manhattan June 14th at 6 pm.  You must sign up at the Connection table to reserve a seat and indicate what dish you will bring to share.  Supervised children are welcome. 

Pastor Billy’s Exodus Bible study is Tuesday at 6:30 pm on his Face Book page. We are in Chapter Exodus 33.  If you cannot access Face Book, go to Pastor Shred on You Tube live videos and watch from there.

Get well wishes going out to Kevin Giera (Goliath) after he cracked his head like a coconut in an accident! We pray for pain relief and restored full mobility for him.

Happy Birthday to Mikey Nordsell on June 1!

Thank you for joining us! We hope to see everybody back again next Sunday at 10 a.m.  Remember to bring something to share for the food pantry collection with you. Happy Memorial Day!

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May 19, 2024

 

Hello, friends and family!  We are happy you joined us on this Sunday.

Our songs were “Love the Lord”, “Lord I Lift Your Name On High”, “Just As I Am (modern version)”, “10,000 Reasons”, and “Even So Come”.  The message, “Something’s Missing”, was delivered by Pastor Billy using text from Revelation 2212. (You can watch this and past messages by going to the home page and clicking WATCH.)

Sunday evening Seminary class is at the church this evening at 6:30 pm.  The topic is Purgatory.

Have you been baptized?  We will have a water immersion baptism Sunday on June 30th during the service. Speak to any of our pastoral staff or mark your Connection Card to be included!

Our first Summer Connect fellowship meal will be held at the Knott’s home in Manhattan June 14th at 6 pm.  You must sign up at the Connection table to reserve a seat and indicate what dish you will bring to share.  Supervised children are welcome. 

Pastor Billy’s Exodus Bible study is Tuesday at 6:30 pm on his Face Book page. We are in Chapter Exodus 32.  If you cannot access Face Book, go to Pastor Shred on You Tube live videos and watch from there.

If you or a member of your family is graduating from kindergarten through college, please send a clear, close up photo along with full name, their relation to you, degree, and school to Tammy Smit (the piano player) for our upcoming graduation slide show on June 9th. Next Sunday is the deadline to participate.

Happy Birthday to our sweet Teresa Page on the 25th!

We were all so happy to see Connie Schuler healthy and back with us after an extended absence!

Thank you for joining us! We hope to see everybody back again next Sunday at 10 a.m. Thank you for all you do to keep this ministry running smoothly!

 

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May 12, 2024

 

 

Hello, friends and family!  We are happy you joined us on this holiday Sunday.

Happy Mother’s Day to birth moms, adoptive and foster moms, moms of fur babies, like-a-mom ladies and to Mr. Moms pulling double duty. Blessed are those who mourn on this day, and blessed are those who rejoice.

Special thanks to Larry DeSando for gifting each woman a rose after service!  How kind and thoughtful!

Our songs were “Friend of God”, “Raise A Hallelujah”, “The Rose/What A Friend We Have In Jesus”, “The Blessing”, and “Oh, How I Love Jesus” .  The message, “Was Jesus Married?”, was delivered by Pastor Billy using text from Romans 5. (You can watch this and past messages by going to the home page and clicking WATCH.)

Sunday evening Seminary class is cancelled in honor of Mother’s Day.  Pastor Billy will resume class NEXT Sunday.

Senior Mexican Fiesta Luncheon is Wednesday, May 15, noon at the church. Desserts are needed as well as RSVPs if you plan to have a seat set up for you.   Kathy Felchlin can give you more info. Ages 55+ welcome. 

Pastor Billy’s Exodus Bible study is Tuesday at 6:30 pm on his Face Book page. We are in Chapter Exodus 23:10-13, then skipping to Exodus 31.  If you cannot access Face Book, go to Pastor Shred on You Tube live videos and watch from there.

If you or a member of your family is graduating from kindergarten through college, please send a clear, close up photo along with full name, their relation to you, degree, and school to Tammy Smit (the piano player) ASAP for our upcoming graduation slide show on June 9th.

Young adult group, “23”, meets this Friday at the Knotts’ home in Manhattan for snacks and game night.  This is free, and all young adults are invited!

Who would like to serve with Fishes and Loaves and provide a simple meal for a member who has been ill, incapacitated, or delivered a baby? Dawn Gonda leads this group and would love for you to join the team.  If you don’t cook, perhaps you could provide a gift card or order to-go instead. There are many ways to help.

These past two weeks have been National Nurse and National Teacher Appreciation Weeks.  Nurses among us are Leslie Graniczny, Ann Nordsell, Heather Smith, Shelia Murphy, Diana Lopez, and Tammy Smit.  Round of applause to all the teachers educating our young ones each Sunday morning here. To these hard working folks and any in the congregation we have missed, we say thank you for all you do!

Happy Birthday to Gene O’Brien today! Kevin Giera and Richard Rock both celebrate theirs on May 13th.  Jessica Holub celebrates on the 17th, and Darla Carroll has hers on the 18th! Happy 42nd Anniversary to Leslie and Phil Graniczny!

Special prayers for Judy Christensen who is very ill.

If you need prayer, call or text Elder Larry DeSando 24/7 at 815-351-8378.

Thank you for joining us! Have a blessed Mother’s Day!

 

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May 5, 2024

 

 

Hello, friends and family!  We are happy you joined us again today. 

Our songs were “How Can I Keep From Singing”, “My Redeemer Lives”, “Grace Greater Than All Our Sin”, “Your Grace Finds Me”, “Holy Spirit You Are Welcome Here”, and “Jesus Love Me” .  The message, “The Mandela Effect”, was delivered by Pastor Billy using text from 1 John 4:7-8. (You can watch this and past messages by going to the home page and clicking WATCH.)

The kids compiled two dozen Blessing Bags full of water, socks, snacks, and gospel tracts to share with the homeless.  Families were invited to take one to keep in the car in case we see a person in need. How nice! Special prayer was asked over this outreach.

Richard Rock purchased “Cross Pennies” for everybody in attendance, and we are to look for opportunities to share them to bless others. Thanks, Richard!

Thank you for your kind and generous donations to the community food pantry!

Sunday evening Seminary class is 6:30 pm at the church.  Tonight’s topics are Predestination/Free Will/Calvinism/Arminianism.  This is free!

Small group meets at Brenda Hajek’s home in New Lenox on Thursday, 6:39 pm for Bible study and snacks.  Everybody is welcome.

Senior Mexican Fiesta Luncheon is Wednesday, May 15, noon at the church.  Sign up to save your seat.  Kathy Felchlin can give you more info. Ages 55+  welome. 

Men’s Donuts and Devotional is 8 am at the church on May 11.  This is free. Please sign up at the Connection Table.

Women will meet at the Knott home May 11th 8 am for prayer and devotional.  This will be the last one until fall.  Sign up at the Connection Table.

Pastor Billy’s Exodus Bible study is Tuesday at 6:30 pm on his Face Book page. We are in Chapter 21.  If you cannot access Face Book, go to Pastor Shred on You Tube live videos and watch from there.

If you or a member of your family is graduating from kindergarten through college, please send a clear, close up photo along with full name, their relation to you, degree, and school to Tammy Smit (the piano player) ASAP for our upcoming graduation slide show.

Who would like to serve with Fishes and Loaves and provide a simple meal for a member who has been ill, incapacitated, or delivered a baby? Dawn Gonda leads this group and would love for you to join the team.  If you don’t cook, perhaps you could provide a gift card or order to-go instead. There are many ways to help.

Happy Birthday to Gene O’Brien next Sunday! Happy Birthday to Sue Ruether on the 8th!  Happy 55th Anniversary to Greg and Judy Fash!

How wonderful to see Carrie Grafrath step in the the door and surprise us all the way from New York!

 

Debbie Dobias is serving on an evangelism and medical mission trip to a hospital in the Philippines!  Special prayers for her safety and productivity this week!

 

If you need prayer, call or text Elder Larry DeSando 24/7 at 815-351-8378.

 

Thank you for joining us!   We hope to see everybody back here next Sunday for Mother’s Day. Bring your mom!

 

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April 28, 2024

 

 

 

Hello, folks!  We are happy you joined us this Communion Sunday.  We had several first time visitors with us, and we hope you felt welcome.

Our songs today were “Joy In the House of the Lord”, “Ill’ Fly Away”, “ How Great Is Our God”, “How Great Thou Art”, and “Sweetly Broken”.  The message, “Stranger Things” from the series, “Conspiracy Theory”, was delivered by Pastor Billy using text from 1Samuel 17. (You can watch this and past messages by going to the home page and clicking WATCH.)

Special thanks to Levi Hippenhammer and Kevin Giera for the dramatization of David conquering Goliath as a sermon illustration.

Pastor Bob and Heather have completed their year long Foundations class, and certificates of achievement were given to the following students: Deb Corbin, Richard Rock, Peggy Wally-Rock, Marnie Carlson, Linda Delost, Leslie Graniczny, John Nordsell, and Ann Nordsell.

We were thrilled and very surprised to see Freda Wofenden show up for service after many months of serious illness.  The church had a special laying on of hands prayer over her.  Thank you, Diane Neakarse for providing the ride!

Debbie Dobias leaves Thursday for a two week evangelism and medical missions trip to a hospital in the Philippines!  Special prayer was prayed for her that she would be kept say and would have a productive trip.

Remember Passover Seder is TONIGHT, 5 pm at the church. This is NOT a meal.  This is the teaching of the symbolic items on your plate, so eat supper at home. Seating is by reservation, so this class is for the people who signed up to attend. Thanks to the folks who stayed after church to set up the room!

Sunday evening Seminary and Psychology class is cancelled tonight because of the Seder.

We are gearing up for Graduation Sunday next month.  If you or a member of your family is graduating from kindergarten through college, please send a clear close up photo along with full name, their relation to you, degree, and school to Tammy Smit (the piano player) ASAP for our slide show.

Two of our inmates in Graybars Project outreach are graduating from college in prison, and there are congratulations cards to sign on the back table for them along with birthday cards if you can spare 30 seconds 

Small group for young adults up to age 30s is at the Knott home at 6:30 pm the 1st Wednesday and the 3rd Friday of each month. Next one is May 1. Sign up at the Connection Table on the “23” clipboard.

Senior Mexican Fiesta Luncheon is Wednesday, May 15, noon at the church.  Sign up to save your seat.  Kathy Felchlin can give you more info. Ages 55+ welcome. 

Men’s Donuts and Devotional is 8 am at the church on May 11.  This is free. Please sign up at the Connection Table.

Women will meet at the Knott home May 11th 8 am for prayer and devotional.  This will be the last one until fall.  Sign up at the Connection Table.

Pastor Billy’s Exodus Bible study is Tuesday at 6:30 pm on his Face Book page. We are in Chapter 20.  If you cannot access Face Book, go to Pastor Shred on You Tube live videos and watch from there.

Pastor Billy’s online Worship Wednesday is taking a break because of the busyness of this spring season.  He will give us a heads up when he is ready to resume the shows.

Fishes and Loaves is providing meals for the Schulers for awhile, so speak to Dawn Gonda if you’d like to take a supper to Bob and Connie to help them over the hump.

If you need prayer, call or text Elder Larry DeSando 24/7 at 815-351-8378.

Thank you for joining us!   We hope to see everybody back here next Sunday. Remember to bring items for the community food bank collection with you.  Have a blessed week!

 

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April 21, 2024

 

 

Welcome back, folks!

Our songs today were “Come Now Is the Time To Worship”, “Lifesong”,  “Great Is They Faithfulness”, “Our God”, “Even So Come” and “How Great Is Our God”.  The message, “Say What?” from the series, “Conspiracy Theory”, was delivered by Pastor Billy using text from Ezekiel 1 and 10.  (You can watch this and past messages by going to the home page and clicking WATCH.)

Pastor Billy hosts his Sunday evening Seminary and Psychology classes at 6:30 pm. Tonight’s topic will be exploring Islam and Sharia law. 

Senior Mexican Fiesta Luncheon is Wednesday, May 15, noon at the church.  Sign up to save your seat.  Kathy Felchlin can give you more info. Ages 55+ welome.  

Remember Passover Seder on Sunday, April 28th, 5 pm at the church. This is NOT a meal.  This is the teaching of the symbolic items on your plate, so eat supper at home. Today was the final day to reserve your seat.

Pastor Billy’s Exodus Bible study is Tuesday at 6:30 pm on his Face Book page. We are in Chapter 19.  If you cannot access Face Book, go to Pastor Shred on You Tube live videos and watch from there.

Pastor Billy’s Worship Wednesday is at noon on FB and You Tube. Tune in to participate with live comments. Because of technical difficulties the show was unable to broadcast, but he will be back next week.  Sorry about that!

Small group meets at Brenda Hajek’s home this Thursday at 6:30pm for Bible study and snacks.  Everybody is welcome.

Happy Birthday today to Ann Nordsell! Birthday wishes are going out to Larry DeSando on Tuesday and to Kay Schmidt on Wednesday!

Connie Schuler was finally released from the hospital Thursday! YAY! Fishes and Loaves is providing meals for awhile, so speak to Dawn Gonda if you’d like to share a supper for Bob and Connie.

We were all smiling to see Teresa Page and Brenda Hajek back in service with us after their hospitalizations!

If you need prayer, call or text Elder Larry DeSando 24/7 at 815-351-8378.

Thank you for joining us!   We hope to see everybody back here next Sunday.

 

 

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April 14, 2024

 

 

Welcome back, friends! What a gorgeous sunny Sunday!

 

Our songs today were “Let God Arise”, ”Leaning On the Everlasting Arms”, “We Fall Down”, “Way Maker”,  and “Speak to the Mountains”.  The message from the series, “Conspiracy Theory”, was delivered by Pastor Billy.  (You can watch this and past messages by going to the home page and clicking WATCH.)

 

What a wonderful surprise to see the Sandoval family walk through the door!  We have missed them!

This year’s final Stone Soup Sunday potluck for the season was held after church. Much appreciation to all who cooked, set up, tore down, and stayed to clean up the mess. We sure had a lot of good food! Special thanks to the Knotts for sharing cases of fresh apples with us all!

Pastor Billy invites you and the public to his free Sunday evening Seminary classes at 6:30 at the church tonight. 

Senior Ministry invites those 55+ to attend their Spring Chicken Luncheon April 17th at noon.  Sign up at the Connection Table. Since chicken is being ordered they need an accurate headcount. 

Remember Passover Seder on Sunday, April 28th, 5 pm at the church You need to sign up if you wish to reserve your place.  This is NOT a meal.  This is the teaching of the symbolic items on your plate, so eat supper at home.

Pastor Billy’s Exodus Bible study is Tuesday at 6:30 pm on his Face Book page. We are in Chapter 18.  If you cannot access Face Book, go to Pastor Shred on You Tube live videos and watch from there.

Pastor Billy’s Worship Wednesday is at noon on FB and You Tube. Tune in to participate with live comments. This week’s topic was “Playing the Fool” and featured the songs Build My Life/Pat Barrett and Solid Rock/Austin Stone .

Happy Birthday to our Pastor Billy on the 18th! Gary Ellinger celebrates his birthday on the 20th!

Brenda Hajek had neck surgery and is healing at home with her sister Pat from Memphis in town to be her helper. Fishes and Loaves is providing meals for awhile, so speak to Dawn Gonda if you’d like to share a supper. 

Connie Schuler has been in Silver Cross Hospital this week.  Special prayers for Lauren Gross who came home from ICU Monday and was readmitted back into ICU for pneumonia Wednesday.  She is currently at Ascension St Mary in Kankakee.  Prayers for Teresa Page who was taken to Silver Cross Hospital this morning.  

If you need prayer, call or text Elder Larry DeSando 24/7 at 815-351-8378.

Thank you for joining us!   We hope to see everybody back here next Sunday.

 

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April 7, 2024

 

 

Welcome back, friends! Thank you for making the effort to come to church on a chilly, raining morning. We hope your heart blessed by the service. Visitors, there is now a gift bag filled with church info and treats for you beside the Connection Table. 

Our songs today were “Glorious Day”,”Because He Lives”, “Let the Praises Ring”, “This Is Our God”, “Who You Say I Am” and “Seek Ye First”.  The message, “Here We Go” from the new series, “Conspiracy Theory”, was delivered by Pastor Billy using text from Genesis 1:26-27.  (You can watch this and past messages by going to the home page and clicking WATCH.)

Thanks for your generous donations to the community food pantry drive this morning! Wwe will collect again the first Sunday of May.

Pastor Billy begins his Sunday evening Seminary and Psychology classes at 6:30 at the church tonight.  Thanks to the men who stayed after church to help set up the room for learning.  Sign up at the Connection Table so he will know how much material to print and how many seats will be needed.

Stone Soup Sunday potluck is after church on April 14th.  Everybody sign up to contribute a dish and to save your seat.  We need volunteers to set up and to tear down, too. This is the final one of the year, so don’t miss out!

Senior Ministry invites those 55+ to attend their Spring Chicken Luncheon April 17th at noon.  Sign up at the Connection Table.  This is free!

Donuts and Devotion for men is April 13th, 8 am at the church.  Women meet for prayer at Penny Knott’s home at the same time.  Please let Pastor Bob and Penny know if you are coming.

Remember Passover Seder on Sunday, April 28th, 5 pm at the church You need to sign up ASAP if you want to be included.  Two more tables have been added, so there is still space if you want to come.   This is NOT a meal.  This is the teaching of the symbolic items on your plate, so eat supper at home. 

Pastor Billy’s Exodus Bible study is Tuesday at 6:30 pm on his Face Book page. We are in Chapter 17.  If you cannot access Face Book, go to Pastor Shred on You Tube live videos and watch from there.

Pastor Billy’s Worship Wednesday is at noon on FB and You Tube. Tune in to participate with live comments. Due to technical difficulties the show was not broadcasted Wednesday, but will return next week.  Sorry about that1

Happy Birthday to our favorite balloon artist, Autumn Hensle on the 12th! Our newest member, Louise Rose, also celebrates on the 12th!

Congratulations to Richard and Peggy Rock as they welcomed a new great-grandson this week!

Leslie Graniczny was discharged from Silver Cross Monday afternoon and was back in service looking like a million bucks!

Brenda Hajek had neck surgery and has begun the healing process at home with her sister Pat from Memphis in town to be her helper. Fishes and Loaves is providing meals for awhile, so speak to Dawn Gonda if you’d like to share a supper.   

Connie Schuler was transferred from rehab in Palos Heights back to Silver Cross Hospital Friday.  Special prayers for Lauren Gross who had kidney stone surgery Thursday and is still in ICU in Ascension St Mary in Kankakee.  Linda  DeLost took a hard fall and has extensive bruising to her face. We are glad it wasn’t worse for her.

If you need prayer, call or text Elder Larry DeSando 24/7 at 815-351-8378.

Thank you for joining us!   We hope to see everybody back here next Sunday.

 

 

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March 31, 2024

 

 

Happy Resurrection Sunday, friends!  Christ is risen!  He has risen indeed!

Our songs today were “Victory In Jesus”, ”He Arose”, “Thank You Jesus For the Blood”, “Hallelujah For the Cross”, “Living Hope” and “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today”.  The message was delivered by Pastor Billy using text from Matthew 28.  (You can watch this and past messages by going to the home page and clicking WATCH.)

Several families had their holiday photos taken in front of the festively decorated cross.  Thank you, Judy Fash for the beautification for this holy morning.

Let’s give a huge round of applause to Autumn Hensle for the gorgeous balloon bouquet baskets and cross heart creations that were shared with the congregation after service.  He spent almost five hours twisting those designs Saturday night!

Marnie Carlson has done an extraordinary job creating the visitor welcome bags! They were filled with all kinds of pamphlets and treats for our Easter guests.  Thank you, Marnie!

Pastor Bob Smith was honored with chocolate chip cookies after service to celebrate his retirement from the world of insurance sales.  We wish him many years of rest and relaxation 

Pastor Billy will be offering free Sunday evening Seminary and Psychology classes beginning April 7th at 6:30 pm at the church.  Sign up at the Connection Table.

Senior Ministry invites those 55+ to attend their Spring Chicken Luncheon April 17th at noon.  Sign up at the Connection Table.  This is free!

Donuts and Devotion for men is April 13th, 8 am at the church.  Women meet for prayer at Penny Knott’s home at the same time.  Please let Pastor Bob and Penny know if you are coming.

Stone Soup Sunday potluck is after church on April 14th.  Everybody sign up to contribute a dish and to save your seat.  We need volunteers to set up and to tear down, too.

Remember Passover Seder on Sunday, April 28th, 5 pm at the church.  When the last reservation is gone on the list there will be no more added, so sign up ASAP if you want to be included.  Only one seat remains open.  This is not a full meal.  This is the teaching of the symbolic items on your plate.

Pastor Billy’s Exodus Bible study is Tuesday at 6:30 pm on his Face Book page. We are in Chapter 16.  If you cannot access Face Book, go to Pastor Shred on You Tube live videos and watch from there. 

Pastor Billy’s Worship Wednesday is at noon on FB and You Tube. Tune in to participate with live comments. This week’s topic was “Make A Choice” and featured the songs W.A.S.P/Golgotha, Thomas Rhett/Man on the Middle Cross, Third Day/Thief.

Happy Birthday to Julian Sandoval on April 1!  Happy Anniversary to the Knotts! 

Bob Startz is finally home from hernia surgery after nearly two weeks in the hospital. Brenda Hajek had neck surgery and has begun the healing process at home. Joe Meskin’s mom did well with her surgery and has also been discharged home. Freda Wolfenden is also recuperating at home. Connie Schuler has been transferred to Avantara Rehab in Palos Heights, Room 126.  Leslie Graniczny remains in Silver Cross in Room 5302.  Best wishes for quick healing for all!

Good Friday Candlelight Service was very well attended by members plus several visitors, and was quite moving.  Songs included “Mercy”, “How Deep the Father’s Love For Us”, “Just As I Am – I Come Broken”, “Above All”, “Lead Me to the Cross”, “Were You There”, “Once Again” and “Old Rugged Cross”. There was scripture reading, prayer, Communion, nailing sins to the cross, and a crucifixion video.

If you need prayer, call or text Elder Larry DeSando 24/7 at 815-351-8378.

Thank you for joining us!  Beyond the bunnies and the eggs, remember CHRIST who is the reason for this season!  HAPPY EASTER!

 

 

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March 24, 2024

 

 

Welcome back, friends!  Thank you for joining us for Palm Sunday, the kick off to Holy Week.

Our songs today were “Jesus Messiah”, ”Hosanna”, “Holy Holy Holy”, “Love Is Here”, and “Nothing But the Blood”.  The message was delivered by Pastor Billy using text from John 12:12-13.  (You can watch this and past messages by going to the home page and clicking WATCH.)

Good Friday Service is Friday, March 29th at 7 pm. Invite adults to participate in this holy evening with us.  This is a powerful service, and not recommended for the very young as the crucifixion video can be too graphic for little eyes. It would be helpful to share the invite on your Face Book page so we can fill up the church.

Save the date for Passover Seder on Sunday, April 28th, 5 pm at the church.  Seating is very limited and is open for church members first.  When the last reservation is gone on the list there will be no more added, so sign up ASAP if you want to be included.  Only one partial table still remains open.  This is not a full meal.  This is the teaching of the symbolic items on your plate.

Pastor Billy’s Exodus Bible study is Tuesday at 6:30 pm on his Face Book page. We are in Chapter 14.  If you cannot access Face Book, go to Pastor Shred on You Tube live videos and watch from there.

Pastor Billy’s Worship Wednesday is at noon on FB and You Tube. Tune in to participate with live comments. This week’s topic was “Palm Sunday” and featured the songs Every Praise/Hezikiah Walker, and Hosanna Praise Is Rising/Paul Baloche.

Pastor Billy will be offering Sunday evening Seminary and Psychology classes beginning April 7th at 6:30 pm.  Sign up at the Connection Table.

Happy Birthday to Kristen Hippenhammer on the 27th and Mike Seklecki on the 29th! If you wish to have your birthday or anniversary listed here, give your information to the piano player a week in advance.

Bob Startz has spent almost two weeks in the hospital after complications following hernia surgery. Hopefully he will be released Sunday afternoon.  Connie Schuler has been in Silver Cross Hospital all week. Leslie Graniczny will be admitted to Silver Cross Monday for surgery later in the week. Brenda Hajek has neck surgery this week hoping to alleviate pain after a car accident that happened a good while ago.  Joe Meskin’s mom, Vivian, has major surgery Tuesday in TN.  Best wishes for quick healing for all!

What a happy surprise to see Charlie Printy come through the doors after many weeks of respiratory difficulty and weakness.  YAY, CHARLIE! We have missed you! JoAnn Preston was back after her broken elbow surgery sporting a cumbersome splint and a sling. We pray for speedy healing as it is tough to manage with one arm out of order.

Round of applause for Pastor Bob who retires from his insurance job this week.  He has worked for decades, and he richly deserves to rest and enjoy his golden years. Congratulations!

Happy 45th wedding anniversary to Bob and Ellen Startz today! Since he is in the hospital we hope they can get a raincheck and celebrate later.

Special thanks to Jessica Holub for blessing so many ladies at church today by minimizing her jewelry boxes and sharing freely to whoever wanted to take home some bling-bling! How generous!

If you need prayer, call or text Elder Larry DeSando 24/7 at 815-351-8378.

Thank you for reading, and we’ll see you back here Friday evening for Good Friday.  Please be on time as the sanctuary will be dimmed when the service starts:

Much appreciation for all your contributions and for volunteering in any way to help this ministry run smoothly.   You are loved.  See you Friday night.

 

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March 17, 2024

 

Welcome back, friends!  We are happy you joined us on this holiday Sunday! It was fun seeing so many show up dressed in green to commemorate St. Patrick’s Day.

Our songs today were “I’ll Fly Away”, ”Today Is the Day”, “Our God”, “Mighty To Save”, and “River of Life”. The message, “The Matthew Principle” was delivered by Pastor Billy using text from Matthew 25:44-45.  (You can watch this and past messages by going to the home page and clicking WATCH.)

Stone Soup Sunday potluck was after service with tables of good food to share.  Thanks for help cooking, setting up, and cleaning afterwards. Autumn Hensle dressed all clownish and made custom balloon creations for the youngsters.

Make the walk back to the Graybars Project table and check out the tomb replica constructed by Judy Fash.  She has done a tremendous job and displays this each Easter season!

Folks, if you are not already serving here, we need YOU!  We are looking for helpers in the kid’s ministry, hospitality (coffee), and Fishes and Loaves (cooking) departments.  None of these require much of your time. If we all do a little nobody has to do a lot.  Please mark your connection card if you are willing to help.

Friday, March 22, the young adult group, “23”, meets at the Knott home for game night. This is open to everybody from late teen to mid-30s, and is free.

Good Friday Service is Friday, March 29th at 7 pm. Mark your calendars now and invite adults to participate in this holy evening.  This is a powerful service, and not recommended for the very young as the crucifixion video can be too graphic for little eyes.

Save the date for Passover Seder on Sunday, April 28th, 5 pm at the church.  Seating is very limited and is open for church members first.  When the last reservation is gone on the list there will be no more added, so sign up ASAP if you want to be included.  Only one full table and a partial table remain open as of today.

Pastor Billy’s Exodus Bible study is Tuesday at 6:30 pm on his Face Book page. We are in Chapter 13.  If you cannot access Face Book, go to Pastor Shred on You Tube live videos and watch from there.

Pastor Billy’s Worship Wednesday is at noon on FB and You Tube. Tune in to participate with live comments. This week’s topic was “Treasure” and featured the songs Celtic Worship/Come Thou Fount and Mark Lowry/House of Gold.

Pastor Billy will be offering Sunday evening Seminary and Psychology classes beginning April 7th at 6:30 pm.  Sign up at the Connection Table.

Happy Birthday to George Carroll on Saturday!  We fondly remember our sweet Mr. Bob Brown in Heaven who was born on St. Patrick’s Day. We still miss him and speak of him often.   If you wish to have your birthday or anniversary listed here, give your information to the piano player a week in avance.

Bob Startz is still in Palos after hospitalization for hernia surgery.  JoAnn Preston had broken elbow surgery Friday and is healing at home now. Deb Corbin is on the mend following surgery.  Charlie Printy and Connie Schuler are still feeling poorly.

If you need prayer, call or text Elder Larry DeSando 24/7 at 815-351-8378.

Thank you for reading, and we’ll see you back here next week at 10:00 a.m to celebrate Palm Sunday. We leave you with an Irish blessing: “May your troubles be less and your blessings be more, and nothing but happiness come through your door.”

 

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