January 24, 2021:

 

 

Welcome back! Thank you for checking out this page.  Here’s what’s happening at Revolution Church:

Today Pastor Billy delivered the sermon, “Being a Self-Feeder” from the series, “Engaged”.  Text was Matthew 4:1-4 and 2 Timothy 3:10 - 17. Special thanks to Judy Fash for sewing our sermon illustration props, and to fussy Baby Mikey Nordsell for giving us something to laugh about. Songs were “Soul On Fire”, “In the Garden” “Goodness, Love and Mercy”, and “Even So Come”. You can go to the main menu and click WATCH late Sunday evening to view our preaching service and past messages. 

The last Friday of this month is Special Ops Prayer Meeting at the church beginning at 6 pm.  Pray for a little while or stay the entire time.  Pastor Bob can give you more information.

Pastor Billy’s Book of Acts online study happens on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm on his Face Book page.  Everybody is welcome to pop in and learn.  Check it out if you haven’t participated yet.

On Valentine’s Day Sunday the cartoon “Pilgrim’s Progress” will be shown after service for the children.  Anybody can stay and watch, but parents are welcome to leave and enjoy some free time during the show.

Friends, we are in need of help at our tech table.  We need another volunteer to learn how to flash the song lyrics on to the screen during worship.  It is not difficult, and we will train you.

If you enjoy children and would like to serve now and again with our tiniest members of Revolution, see the Sandovals who would be happy to welcome you into their volunteer pool!

We have two Bibles and a nice leather journal in our lost and found at Kathleen’s desk. Are they yours? Speaking of journals, we now have good quality Life Journals available for $8. If you cannot afford the $8, please indicate this on a Connection Card, and we will find a way for you to still own one.

Giving Statements for 2020 will be available the on the Connection Table NEXT Sunday.

Remember that Pastor Julian has an ongoing collection of new socks for the homeless in a basket beside the camera table!  Keep your eyes open for sales because we have some rough winter weather rolling in soon! 

Lots of good wishes going out to those having birthdays this upcoming week: Diane McCullough on the 24th, Joe Meskin on the 25th, Erin Van Kuiken on the 26rd and Justice Petersen on the 27th! (If you have a birthday or anniversary you’d like to see here, tell the piano player a few days in advance, and we can make it happen.)

Condolences to the Julian Sandoval family upon the passing of his Aunt Esther.  We also extend sympathies to the Schuler family as Connie’s dad passed away at her home.  Rest in peace, Mr. James Rose. There are no arrangements for him at the time of this posting.

Special thanks to young K.N. who joyfully shoveled much of the parking area free from snow so folks could enter and exit more safely. I wish we could bottle that youthful energy and sell it! We appreciate you serving your church, K.!

We will see you back at 10 am next week for Communion Sunday!  Stay safe in the snow that is supposed to roll in here on Monday and Tuesday. Check on one another so nobody falls through a crack during this winter season. We need EVERYBODY!

 

 

 

 

 

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January 17, 2021:

 

 

Welcome back! Here’s what’s happening at Revolution Church:

For a snowy morning we still had a decent crowd and even had some first time visitors which was nice.  Special thanks to Mikey Nordsell for clearing a large portion of the unscraped parking lot with a shovel so nobody would slip and get injured trying to come inside for worship.

Today Pastor Billy delivered the second sermon, “E Pluribus Unum ” from the new series, “Engaged”.  Text was 1 Corinthians 12:12-20 and 1 John 4:18-19.  Songs were Canned Heat’s “Let’s Work Together” (led by Phil Graniczny), “All the People Said Amen” (NOT a-woman) “All My Hope Is In Jesus”, “Cannons”, and “Family of God”. You can go to the main menu and click WATCH late Sunday evening to view our preaching service and past messages.  (Last week’s message is unavailable because of audio difficulties.  Sorry about that.)

The last Friday of this month is Special Ops Prayer Meeting at the church beginning at 6 pm.  Pray for a little while or stay the entire time.  Pastor Bob can give you more information.

After 10 months of covid shutdowns and inconveniences group leaders are formulating plans to resume some of their activities! Pastor Julian’s Thursday evening small group will soon be on FaceBook live.  He is hoping to bring in guest speakers for topical classes vs verse by verse Bible learning.

Pastor Billy’s Book of Acts online study happens on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm on his Face Book page.  Everybody is welcome to pop in and learn. Three weeks ago he took a detour from Acts and taught about the congressional “Amen and Awoman” prayer, and near 1000 people watched! Check it out if you haven’t seen it yet.

On Valentine’s Day Sunday the cartoon “Pilgrim’s Progress” will be shown after service for the children.  Anybody is welcome to stay and watch, but parents are welcome to leave and enjoy from free time during the show.

We have two Bibles and a nice leather journal in our lost and found at Kathleen’s desk. Are they yours?

New Daily Bread devotionals books are free for the taking on the Connection Table, so make sure you take yours so none are wasted.

Remember that Pastor Julian has an ongoing collection of new socks for the homeless in a basket beside the camera table!  Keep your eyes open for sales. 

Happy Birthday to Desiray Chambers today!   On the 21st Madison DesLaurier and Cynthia Petersen both celebrate their special days.  Sandy Chambers will be eating birthday cake on the 23rd!

It was wonderful to see Charlie Printy back in service after many weeks of absence.  YAY!  Best wishes for continued recovery! 

Friends, put on your seatbelt and buckle up tight as we have a potentially tumultuous week ahead of us in this nation.  Everybody be safe and remember to do all things in love. Let’s not let the actions of the elephants and the donkeys make us forget that we all belong to the Lamb. Happy Martin Luther King day tomorrow, also!

We will see you back at 10 am next Sunday!

 

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January 10, 2021:

 

 

Welcome back! Here’s what’s happening at Revolution Church:

Today Pastor Billy delivered the first sermon, “Perseverence” from the new series, “Engage”.  Text was Hebrews 12:1-3.  Songs were “This is Amazing Grace”, “Blessed Assurance”, “I Raise a Hallelujah”, “Revival”, and “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”. You can go to the main menu and click WATCH late Sunday evening to view our preaching service and past messages.

Our sanctuary had looked so festive and sparkly for Christmas and New Year, but it was time to remove the holiday décor.  Judy Fash and her team of helpers did a lot of tear down and clean up Friday morning.  Big thanks to all who showed up to assist.

Donuts and Devotional was at the church yesterday morning with more than a dozen men attending. If you missed it, fret not, because the next one is February 13.

The last Friday of this month is Special Ops Prayer Meeting at the church beginning at 6 pm.  Pray for a little while or stay the entire time.  Pastor Bob can give you more information.

Pastor Billy’s Book of Acts online study happens on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm on his Face Book page.  Everybody is welcome to pop in and learn. Last week he took a detour from Acts and taught about the congressional “Amen and Awoman” prayer, and over 913 people watched! Check it out if you haven’t seen it yet.

We have two Bibles and a nice leather journal in our lost and found at Kathleen’s desk. Are you missing something?

Giving Statements for 2020 will be available the last Sunday of this month.

New Daily Bread devotionals books are free for the taking on the Connection Table, so make sure you take yours so none are wasted.

Remember that Pastor Julian has an ongoing collection of new socks for the homeless in a basket beside the camera table!  Keep your eyes open for sales!

Happy Birthday to Desiray Chambers on the 17th!  It was wonderful to see Kevin and Sandy back in service after many weeks of absences.  YAY!

Condolences to Kristen Hippenhammer and family on the death of her uncle.

 We will see you back at 10 am next Sunday! 

 

 

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January 3, 2021:

 

 

Welcome to our first service of the new year, friends!  We had to battle slush, ice and some unplowed streets, but the scenery along the way was stellar with heavy snow coating each branch and weed. It looked like a postcard!  Thank you to all who came out to worship!

Today Pastor Bob Smith delivered the first sermon of the new year, “Firm Foundation”, from Matthew 7:24-27.  Songs were “Forever”, “Open the Eyes of My Heart”, “Eye of the Storm” and “I Stand Amazed”. You can go to the main menu and click WATCH late Sunday evening to view our preaching service and past messages.

Thank you again for donating non-perishables for our monthly food drive to benefit the local food pantry! Sharing is caring, and now and again we all will need a hand up.  It’s always a smart idea to “pay it forward”. The Cromwells stepped up to deliver our donations this month.  

Graybars Project is so pleased with their last community service project! Pastor Billy read a letter of thanks from Fr. Louis Tosto, the chaplain at Joliet Treatment Center, to appreciate our church for donating the boxes of Christmas cards that inmates were able to send to their loved ones. They had enough left over to begin saving for Christmas 2021!

Our sanctuary has looked so festive and sparkly for Christmas and New Year, but it is time to remove the holiday décor.  Judy Fash invites all who want to help to be at the church at 10 am Friday.

Donuts and Devotional is at the church Saturday, January 9 at 8 am.  Every man and any of their male friends are invited.  There is no charge for this fellowship event.  Pastor Bob is in charge and can give you more info.

Sending out special loving wishes to the Chambers, Printy, and Lee families who would so love to worship with us but cannot at this time.  You guys are missed! We were delighted to see Jan Golden and Freda Wolfenden back after long absences!

Happy Birthday wishes are flying across the miles all the way to our sweet Sue Mulder down in Arizona on the 5th! Christine Duszka is reading her birthday wishes all the way down in Texas. (It was great to have Chris & Chris with us at Christmas Eve worship!)  Jason Hippenhammer and his beard celebrate another trip around the sun on Wednesday!

Special prayers are going out for Pastor Bob and Heather Smit who both lost a parent last weekend.  Heather’s mom, Irene Klein, will have a visitation Monday, January 4th, 9-11am, and funeral begins at 11 at Smits, DeYoung-Vroegh Funeral Home, 649 E. 162nd St., South Holland, IL.  Interment is at Holy Cross Cemetery in Calumet City, IL.  

There is no visitation planned for Robert “Smitty” Smith at the time of this publication. Donations to the Shriners Hospital for Children – Chicago or The Wounded Warrior Project in Mr. Smith’s name in lieu of flowers would be appreciated by the family.

New Daily Bread devotionals books are free for the taking on the Connection Table, so make sure you take yours so none are wasted.

Hugging and shaking hands is not advised at our church during the pandemic!  Masks and hand sanitizer are provided near the entrance if you forget your own.  We strongly encourage you to watch from home should you be feeling poorly. We are trying our hardest to protect each other from illness so we can all step into the new year in good health.

Remember, Pastor Bob gave us all a homework assignment to read Psalm 21 and Psalm 121 before next Sunday.  Do that, and we hope to see a church full of your smiling faces next week. 

Welcome, 2021.  Please be good to us. We pray in this new year we will all be filthy RICH: RICH in health, RICH in knowledge, RICH in adventure, RICH in family, and RICH in love!

 

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December 27, 2020:

 

Welcome, Family and Friends!  We hope each person reading this found joy and happiness on this most holy of weeks! It has been said that Santa makes a Naughty List and checks it twice, but Jesus forgives everything on that list if we just ask.

Thank you for joining us for Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship! We were pleased to see several first time visitors and the Duskas pop in from Texas! Our songs were “Go Tell It On the Mountain”, “Mary, Did You Know”, “Christmas Hallelujah”, and “Silent Night”.

 

Thank you to Harvey Ferguson and Brenda Hajek for lighting the Christ Candle and reading our fifth and final Advent scriptures.

Today Pastor Billy concluded his December sermon series, “Home Alone”, with a message called “Visitation”, the story of the Magi, from Matthew 2:1-12.  Songs were “Jesus Messiah”, Chris Tomlin’s “Joy to the World”, an encore of our version of Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Carol of the Bells” and “Glory In the Highest” for Communion. Monthly prayer meeting was held after service for those who wanted to stay. You can go to the main menu and click WATCH late Sunday evening to view our preaching service and past messages.

In lieu of our annual women’s Christmas Merry Mixer that wasn’t possible because of covid restrictions, our regularly attending women were surprised with deliveries of handmade mittens and handwarmers!  Special thanks to Darla, Miriam, Donna, Penny, Judy, Elena and Eileen for making them, wrapping them and delivering them in all directions!  How kind! Several women were seen wearing theirs today.

Happy Birthday to Dr. Mishel Rych on the 30th! Jessica Chicke, founder of (the almost famous) Merle’s Bakery, celebrates her big day on the 28th! Let’s hope she doesn’t have to bake her own cake!  Tommy Naughton turns 77 this week!

Bob Brown was hospitalized early in the week but was able to come to church this morning. Leslie Graniczny was discharged from the hospital again this week and is recuperating from knee replacement at home. Durk Lee is regaining strength and looking better but is bruised from a fall at his home Saturday.  

Freda Wolfenden was also in the hospital several days this past week. Give her extra love as not only has she been ill, but her seven year old great granddaughter, Zarhiah, died in her sleep.

Special prayers are going out to Pastor Bob and Heather Smit who both tended to parents in hospice care this holiday season.  Mr. Smith passed away Saturday, and today during church Bob received a message that Heather’s mom had also died. We are deeply sorry for their losses.

Thank you to Dawn Gonda and her Fishes and Loaves team for providing some meals during this rough patch for the Smiths.  If you would like to serve with this ministry, please mark your connection card to help.

As a friendly reminder, for those of you who want your financial gifts to count towards this year’s tax purposes, they must be given by Dec. 31. Big thanks to the folks who are faithful with their giving to keep Revolution running smoothly even during this pandemic!

New Daily Bread devotionals books are free for the taking on the Connection Table, so make sure you take yours.

Next week is collection for the local food pantry.  Non-perishables can be left at the table at the back of the room.

Hugging and shaking hands is not advised at our church during the pandemic!  Masks and hand sanitizer are provided near the entrance if you forget your own.  We strongly encourage you to watch from home should you be feeling poorly. We are trying our hardest to protect each other from illness so we can all ring in New Year’s Day in good health.

Welcome, 2021.  Please be kinder to us!

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December 20, 2020:

 

 

Welcome, Family and Friends!

Thank you for joining us for Christmas worship! Welcome, visitors!

Today Pastor Billy continued his December sermon series, “Home Alone”, with a message called “Stranger Than Fiction” from Isaiah 7:14.  Songs were “Hark the Herald/In Excelsis Deo”, “O Come All Ye Faithful”, “Holy Night”, and our version of Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Carol of the Bells”. You can go to the main menu and click WATCH late Sunday evening to view our preaching service and past messages.

Thank you to the Hippenhammer clan for lighting the Candle of Love and reading our fourth Advent scriptures. The final candle will be lit on Thursday, Christmas Eve, during our 5 pm public candlelight service. Invite friends and family while the church is so beautifully decorated.  We expect it to last 45 minutes to an hour.

Church staff enjoyed their annual holiday meal together at Williamson’s Restaurant on Thursday.  Thank you, ladies and gentlemen for all you do to serve this church!

In lieu of our annual women’s Christmas Merry Mixer that wasn’t possible because of covid restrictions, our regularly attending women were surprised with deliveries of handmade mittens and handwarmers!  Special thanks to Darla, Miriam, Donna, Penny, Judy, Elena and Eileen for making them, wrapping them and delivering them in all directions!  How kind!

Pastor Billy’s Book of Acts online study happens on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm on his Face Book page.  Everybody is welcome to pop in and learn. He has NOT cancelled class during Christmas week.

Reagan Hippenhammer turned eight yesterday! Lainey Nordsell is fifteen this week! Bass player, Phil Graniczny has a birthday tomorrow! Camera guy Bruce Smit celebrates his birthday on Wednesday! (Maybe he will get a bigger sombrero from the Birthday Fairy.)  Happy Birthday wishes to the “Hostess With the Mostest”, our sweet Brenda Hajek who was born on Christmas Day! (Her brother, Harvey, said she was the best Christmas gift he ever got as a child!)

The Christmas stork has made an early delivery! Big congrats to Dan and Rebecca Rosendale on the birth of their second daughter, Claire Noelle! She was 6 lb, 1oz and 19 inches long!

As one life arrived on earth, another departed.  Condolences and much love going out to Tom and Ginny Williamson upon the death of his mother in Texas Saturday morning. A memorial service is tentatively planned for her birthday in June. Tom’s address is in the church photo directory if you’d like to send a card. 

Hugging and shaking hands is not advised at our church during the pandemic! Please do not! Masks and hand sanitizer are provided near the entrance if you forget your own.  We strongly encourage you to watch from home should you be feeling poorly. We are trying our hardest to protect each other from illness so we can all enjoy the holiday season in good health.  

As a friendly reminder, for those of you who mail in your tithes and offerings, if you want your giving to count for tax purposes, it must be postmarked by Dec. 31.

New Daily Bread devotionals books are free for the taking on the Connection Table, so make sure you take yours.

We hope to see everybody back for Christmas Eve at 5 pm. Please be prompt as the lights will be low, and you won’t want to miss even one carol. After service please seize the opportunity to have some family photos taken in front of the manger as it is the perfectly lit backdrop!  Have a blessed week and enjoy some much needed rest and family time! Happiness, peace and joy to you all! Merry Christmas!

 

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December 13, 2020:

 

 

Welcome, Family and Friends!

Today Pastor Billy continued his December sermon series, “Home Alone”, with a message called “Minor to Major” from the Micah 5:2 Messianic prophecy.  Songs were “Feliz Navidad”, “Joy to the World (Chris Tomlin version)”, and Who You Say I Am”. You can go to the main menu and click WATCH late Sunday evening to view our preaching service and past messages.

Thank you to Grant and Faith Cromwell for lighting the Candle of Joy and reading our third Advent scriptures.

Pastor Bob Smith shared with us how early this morning he was able to lead his 95 year old father to God.  What a precious honor to get to say the sinner’s prayer with his dad who is in hospice for end stage pancreatic cancer.  We all clapped and cheered at this blessing for the Smith family!  

Today was our annual Ugly Sweater Day where we showcased creativity and FUN!  Judges declared the winners for 2020 were Jamie Voustrous for all her sparkliness, Bruce Smit in his flowered poncho and sequin sombrero, and the entire Hippenhammer family (minus the bearded one who had to work) just for being so stinkin’ cute in their gaudy garb. Penny Knott won Honorable Mention for wearing the “safest sweater” – a snowman donning his covid mask. Winners took home gift certificates to support local businesses.     Wasn’t it good to laugh and have some merriment during these days of gloom and doom from the media? Round of applause for each good sport who participated. Watch Face Book later to see some funny sweater photos.

Kids sure had fun in children’s church! Magic Autumn was head to toe decked out for Christmas in all his fabulousness doing his thang with balloons on his head, and Pastor Miriam was finally able to return to church after a long bout with illness. Yay!

Now is the time to invite friends to come check out your church.  Mark your calendar for Thursday, Christmas Eve, for 5 pm for our public candlelight service. We expect it to last about an hour.

A very heavy box of unsigned holiday and assorted greeting cards was delivered to Chaplin Fr. Louis at Joliet Treatment Center last Sunday. Many thanks to all of you who donated for this Christmas project to remember the local inmates!

Remember that Pastor Julian has an ongoing collection of new socks for the homeless in a basket beside the camera table! Thank you to all who have already brought pairs to help keep the street people warmer and drier.

 As a friendly reminder, for those of you who mail in your tithes and offerings, if you want your giving to count for tax purposes, it must be postmarked by Dec. 31.

 Sign up at the Connection Table to schedule an interview with George Carroll in January if you would like to serve on our Safety/Security Team. If you haven’t met him yet, he is the guy who wore that super funky green Christmas suit today.

Pastor Billy’s Book of Acts online study happens on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm on his Face Book page.  Everybody is welcome to pop in and learn.  No charge. 

Something else that is no charge is our picture directory found on the Connection Table. Take home your copy to keep in touch with church friends. Some are using theirs now to address Christmas cards. Are you reaching out to those who are missing?  If you haven’t seen somebody in a while, especially our elderly, take a couple minutes and check on their wellbeing. It’s important that nobody falls through the cracks during this pandemic. 

Our happy doorman, Charlie Printy, was FINALLY released from the hospital on Thursday!  Thanks to those who are serving in his place until he is able to regain his strength. Happy healing to Leslie Graniczny who had a total knee replacement Wednesday! She is also back home now. Phil says her knee looks like the “Staples Center”!

Happy Birthday wishes to two of our young princesses:  Reagan Hippenhammer and Jo’lissa Williams!  Pat Baker reading this all the way down in Tennessee has her birthday on the 17th, so we hope she feels the love when she reads this!

The Christmas stork has made an early delivery! Big congrats to Dan and Rebecca Rosendale on the birth of their second daughter, Claire Noelle, born Thursday! She was 6 lb, 1oz and 19 inches long!

We strongly encourage you to watch from home should you be feeling poorly. We are trying our hardest to protect each other from illness so we can all enjoy the holiday season in good health.  Hugging and shaking hands is not advised at our church this time with the increase in covid cases in our communities. Masks and hand sanitizer are provided near the entrance if you forget your own.  Be safe and be smart! 

We hope to see everybody back next Sunday.  Be on time so as not to miss out on the Christmas worship! You will have to wait another whole year to hear the songs again if you come in late.  Between now and then, call us if you need us. Have a blessed week!

 

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