March 29, 2020:

 

Greetings, friends and church family!

Thank you for coming to this page to see “What’s Happening” here at Revolution Church as we enter week two of our Governor’s “stay at home” mandate to slow the spread of COVID-19. Besides the unexpected financial gut punch many of us have taken with sudden unemployment, are you alright otherwise?  Let us be diligent to check on each other and be generous with our words of encouragement and prayers for one another.  As counselor Mishel Rych says, “We can do hard things!”  Amen!  We CAN and we WILL!

Pastor Julian Sandoval delivered this morning’s message called “False Evidence Appearing Real”.  The Sandovals did a live interactive online Children’s Church service for our kids while his adult teaching was being aired!  Eileen DeSando’s “Daily Scriptures” devotions can be accessed online, too, and they are consistently inspirational! You can request to be added to her mailout list for free!

Our songs were “Open Up the Heavens”, “Grace Like Rain” and “Goodness Love and Mercy”. You can go to the main menu and click WATCH to view our music service along with today’s and past messages. The service should be up by 10 a.m. 

Special recognition to the worship team, our tech team, Pastor Billy and the Sandovals for going the extra mile to bring church to us online while Illinois is on lockdown. The hours it takes Pastor Billy to shoot and edit video each week are unbelievably tedious and time consuming, and that does not go unnoticed or unappreciated.  THANK YOU!

Graybars Project applauds the volunteers who worked hard to mail out inspirational, encouraging Easter devotional letters and cards to the inmates in our prison outreach. Holidays are the toughest times for incarcerated people. Remember them during this coronavirus crisis.  They cannot practice social distancing, have hand gel, or wash their hands as frequently as those of us living in free world. An outbreak among them could quickly be disastrous.

Cynthia Petersen and Larry DeSando deserve two thumbs up for finishing our new photo directories!  She did the digital work, and he did the printing and binding. They look great, and you can take one home the first Sunday the Governor permits us to return to church.

Sending love and condolences to the Craig Dombrowski family on the passing of Jan’s beloved sister, Maureen, who had been in hospice only a short time. Be good to this family during their time of grief.

Our sweet Freda Wolfenden has had another really tough week battling health issues.  Please remember her when you pray.  Thank you to the good people who continue to help provide meals to her through our Fishes and Loaves ministry!

We have TWO of our men celebrating birthdays on April Fools Day!  No kidding, no joke!  Happy Birthday, Pastor Julian and Kevin Chambers!  Kevin is fairly new to Revolution, and if you don’t know him yet, step over and introduce yourself when we are allowed to assemble again.  He is a fun guy! Birthday wishes are going across the miles to T.L. all the way down in GA.  She is another of our quiet but faithful supporters, and we love her! Belated birthday wishes to our favorite candy maker, Connie Schuler!

The work of this church goes on whether we are permitted to gather or not.  Each person who calls this place “home” should’ve received a letter and postage paid contribution envelopes this week to make giving easy.  You may also use PayPal on our main page. THANK YOU to those who have already sent in your offerings and tithes!  (Be certain your return address says 24520 S. U.S. Hwy 52, as a few were mislabeled.)  

Pastor will keep us updated with Face Book posts and email this week. This column will also keep you current on announcements and will be updated each Sunday.  Please let your friends know to watch both of these places so we will all be on the same page.

Remember to wash your hands and say your prayers, ‘cuz Jesus and germs are EVERYWHERE! 

 

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March 22, 2020:

 

 

Hello, friends and church family!

How are you doing out there living under the Governor’s “shelter in place” mandate that came down yesterday? We are dog paddling in unchartered waters this week, but we are all in it together, and it is only temporary, so we CAN do this!

Because of this week’s unforeseen coronavirus chaos, Pastor Billy detoured from his 1-2-3 John series and gave a reassuring message called “Worry, Anxiety and Stress”. Text was from Matthew 14 where Jesus walked on the water.  The Sandovals did a live interactive online Children’s Church service, because we wanted to include our Revolution kids!  How fun!

Our songs were “Love the Lord”, “Who You Say I Am”, and “I Stand Amazed”. You can go to the main menu and click WATCH to view our music service along with today’s and past messages. The service should be up by 10 a.m..

Today was to have been our special baptizing service, but that has been postponed until we can all come together again and cheer in person for those who are taking this next step in their faith journey. If you wish to be included or have questions, any of our pastors will be happy to talk with you so you can be ready when the new date is announced. 

St. Patrick’s Day corned beef luncheon for our senior ministry group had to be cancelled.  Let’s plan on a super-duper traditional holiday whoop-ti-do meal NEXT March, and we can eat DOUBLE to make up for this year’s cancellation.

Freda Wolfenden has been absent for months because of multiple health issues in her family.  Thank you to those who have blessed her with meals through our Fishes and Loaves ministry.  If you enjoy cooking and would like to bless those in our congregation who could benefit from some lovin’ from the oven when they are physically down, contact Dawn Gonda who will be so happy to teach you how this program works!

Lisa Jasinski has been recuperating from outpatient surgery this week, and we send her good wishes for quick healing. 

Samantha Jasinski is young and so far from her parents during this pandemic.  If you would like to send some love and encouragement to England where she is in college, here is her address:

165E Jamilah House

4-6 University Way

London, UK E16 2RD   (Remember extra postage will be required!)

Happy Birthday to Kristen Hippenhammer on Friday! After being sheltered in place with Jason, Jason’s beard, and five littles, she is probably hoping the Birthday Fairy will grant her an hour of quiet!

The work of our church goes on whether we are permitted to gather or not.  Each person who calls this place “home” should’ve received a letter and postage paid contribution envelopes this week to make giving easy.  You may also use PayPal on our main page. Thank you to those who have already sent in your offerings and tithes! 

Pastor will keep us updated with Face Book posts this week. "What's Happening" column will also keep you current on announcements and will be updated each Sunday.  Please let your friends know to watch both of these places so we will all be on the same page.

Fear not, pray hard, radiate love, and WASH YOUR HANDS!   See you back on this page next Sunday!

 

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March 15, 2020:

Hello, Beloved!

Oh. My. Goodness. What a week!  We’ve had a full moon, “spring forward” time change, Friday the 13th, snow, COVID-19/Coronavirus causing global panic, AND no toilet paper…. JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL! 

In all seriousness, in times of uncertainty and fear what better place to be than in the House of God where we can find comfort, peace, and respite from the craziness that is our world at the moment. We hope you were blessed by coming to worship and pray.

Pastor Bob led in prayer for healing of our land.  Pastor Billy continued the series, “The Letters of 1-2-3 John”, with a message called “The Sin That Does Not Lead to Death”. Text was 1 John 5:10-21.  Larry DeSando prayed the closing prayer.  You can go to the main menu and click WATCH to view this and other past messages. Today’s sermon should be up by Monday afternoon.

This morning’s songs were “Give Us Clean Hands” (how appropriate is THAT one?!) “Greatness of Our God”, “Where the Streets Have No Name”, and “Lord, I Need You”.

The proofs for our new directory are on the Connection Table.  It is your responsibility to view your contact info and either make corrections or put a check mark beside it if it meets your approval. If you are unhappy with your photo, let Cynthia Petersen know immediately as this is the final week for proofing.

Have you noticed the people wearing headphones during preaching?  They are taking advantage of our new service to help those struggling to hear the sermon.  We are super excited to offer those with hearing difficulties a downloadable app that will provide more volume and clarity in our services! You simply need to provide your own headphones, and then we can quickly teach you how it works! 

Did you take home a Blessing Bag from “Warm Their Soles” ministry?  Pastor Julian asked us to show mercy to our homeless brothers and sisters during this tough time and share a Ziploc of treats and small gifts should we see a person in need.  Thank you to those good folks who donate items and fill these bags!

St. Patrick’s Day senior holiday meal scheduled for March 18 has been postponed.  No corned beef, no cabbage, no little red taters for any of us on Wednesday.  Sorry about that!  

Have you been baptized?  March 22 during service will be our next baptizing, so if you wish to be included or have questions, indicate this on your connection card, and someone will be in touch.  We already have four people eager to take this next step, so don’t be shy if you would like to participate.  Remember your cameras, towels, and a change of clothes!

Mark your calendars now for Easter services! One of our most memorable services each year is Good Friday. Join us here Friday, April 10 at 7 pm.  Easter Sunday is April 12!  Ask your friends and family NOW before they make other plans.  

Happy 41st wedding anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Naughton!  Happy Birthday to Bob Brown turning 82 on St. Patrick’s Day!

It was a joy to see Robbie Fosen visiting today from Colorado.  We pray safe return travels for him as he drove near 1000 miles to surprise his mama.

Small group studies will continue until further notice, and church doors shall remain open for you and your family for as long as conditions allow. We have diligently wiped down surfaces in common areas, restrooms, and children’s areas. Hand sanitizer is throughout the building. The health of our church family is always our priority, and we are taking every step we can to safeguard you.

Please check on each other - especially our vulnerables - to be sure we all have enough of what we need in the coming weeks.  If you are unable to come to church, remember your tithes and offerings can be mailed to us at  24520 S. US HWY 52 Unit #8 Manhattan IL 60442 or given online using the PayPal option found on our website so the ministry can still move forward until all this dust settles. Thank you for being faithful to Revolution Church with your time, treasures, and talents.  We love you.  

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