July 18, 2021:

 

 

Hello, friends! Thanks for checking to see what’s happening here at the church this week. We had several visitors again today, and we hope all of you were made to feel welcome.

 

Today’s songs were “If We Are the Body”, ”Let The Praises Ring, “Goodness Love and Mercy”, “Holy Spirit You Are Welcome Here”, and “Bind Us Together”. 

Pastor Billy continued the “To Bee Or Not To Bee” series with a message called “Don’t Be A Jerk”.  Text was Matthew 25:13-39. Go to the main menu and click WATCH late Sunday evening to view today’s preaching and past messages.

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 about the Bible or current events, and perhaps he will use yours.  His “Worship Wednesday” videos are live at noon on Facebook, too. Tune in to hear a brief devotion and praise music. This week he played “The Hymn of Heaven” and welcomed a guest, Pastor Julian.

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 his mother, Elena Sandoval, shared about “Turning the Tide”.  This week’s guest is Penny Knott.

After over a year’s break because of covid restrictions Pastor Bob resumed Foundations Class today in our kitchen.  This study teaches the basics of Christianity and why we believe what we do.  Sign up at the Connection Table. Class is at 9:15 am each Sunday.

Gary and Donna are hosting a Welcome Back Picnic at their Elwood home on Wednesday, July 21 at noon. She is making sloppy Joes and we are to bring sides and desserts. All seniors are invited!

Summer Church Picnic is after service on Sunday, August 8 at Manhattan Central Park. Mark your calendar now.  Sign-up sheets for food will be provided closer to the date.

The Grifford’s pool party and potluck is the next Adult Connect event.  Sign up if you wish to attend and bring a dish to pass.  No Bible study, just eating and swimming if you want to hop into the water.  Saturday, August 14th, 1:00 pm, Manhattan.

Men’s Donuts and Devotional is the same day, but at 8:00 a.m. at the church.  Free!

Remember that Pastor Julian has on ongoing collection of bottled water, yarn, and socks for the homeless outreach.  The collection basket sits beside the camera table. He can provide you with a list of most needed items if you ask him.

We are needing help in the kid’s ministry and tech table areas during the summer months. If you would help serve even once a month, we will train you well, so there will be no stress for you.  Mark your connection card! Thanks to those who are already faithfully serving!

 

Did you pick up your free copy of Daily Bread from the connection table? Please take one or give one to a friend.

 

Thank you to the person who left the veggies on our Sharing Table!  If you have produce to share, wash it and leave it on the table. Take what you need.

Happy Birthday to Leslie Graniczny on July 19th! Happy Anniversary Darren and Mishel Rych!

Bob Brown was discharged home from rehab on Thursday.  Best wishes for continued improving health and strength!

Congratulations to Autumn Hensle for landing a good-paying job as a sorter at the Crest Hill Amazon!

That’s the news for today from Revolution Church.  Thanks for reading!  Have a blessed Sunday.  Get some rest!

 

 

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July 11, 2021:

 

Hello, and happy rainy, chilly Sunday! It certainly doesn’t feel like July this weekend. We had several first time visitors, and we hope all of you were made to feel welcome.

Today’s songs were “Glorious One”, “Medley:  Unclouded Day/Will the Circle Be Unbroken/Laid My Burdens Down”, “The Stand”, “Raise a Hallelujah”, and “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”. 

Pastor Billy continued the “To Bee Or Not To Bee” series with a message called “Don’t Be A Fool”.  Text was 1 John 2:15-17 and James 4:4. Go to the main menu and click WATCH late Sunday evening to view today’s preaching and past messages.

Adult Connection meal yesterday in Frankfort was well attended in spite of the incoming rain!  Thank you to all who brought a dish to pass, and thanks to the DeSandos for opening their home and grilling for us!  Their flower-filled deck was a little piece of paradise!

Donuts and Devotional had nine attending yesterday. Thank you, Pastor Bob for the devotional. Guys do this every month, so watch the bulletin if you want to come to the next one.

Penny’s new book club kicked off Wed. with about 17 women attending!  They are reading “The Prayer Box”. Talk to Penny for more info if you want to participate.

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 about the Bible or current events, and perhaps he will use yours.  His “Worship Wednesday” videos are live at noon on Facebook, too. Tune in to hear a brief devotion and praise music. This week he played “Raise a Hallelujah”.

Pastor Julian’s Thursday 6:30 pm online Bible study is on his Face Book page.  “Among Friends” features a different topic each week with Julian and various friends. Last week Tammy Smit was the guest and they spoke of ways our church can love the Last, Lost, and Least. Warm Their Soles homeless outreach, Graybars Project for prisoners, nursing home outreach, and Yarn Over Missions knitting and crocheting ministry were all discussed.  So many opportunities are waiting for those who would like to make a difference in the lives of people who can never pay you back.

Pastor Bob will resume Foundations Class before service on Sunday, July 18 at 9:15 am.  This study teaches the basics of Christianity and why we believe what we do.  Sign up at the Connection Table.  Space is limited.

Gary and Donna are hosting a Welcome Back Picnic at their Elwood home on Wednesday, July 21 at noon.  Sign up at the Connection Table to attend and get their address. All seniors are invited!

Summer Church Picnic is after service on Sunday, August 8 at Manhattan Central Park. Mark your calendar now.  Sign-up sheets for food will be provided closer to the date.

 

Remember that Pastor Julian has on ongoing collection of bottled water and socks for the homeless outreach.  The collection basket sits beside the camera table. He can provide you with a list of most needed items if you ask him.

Happy Birthday to Samantha Getty on the 14th!

Best wishes to Bob Brown who has been transferred from Silver Cross Hospital into rehab.  Send some encouragement to: Robert Brown  c/o  Alden Estates –Room #223 Bed 2,  710 West Black Rd.  Shorewood, IL  60404    815-230-8700 if you’d rather chat.

 That’s the news for today from Revolution Church.  Thanks for reading! 

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July 4, 2021:

 

 

Happy 4th of July! It was nice to see so many happy people in their patriotic garb this morning. We appreciate all who made time for worship together before firing up the grill and hitting the pool. 

Today’s songs were “I Am Free”, “Medley: America the Beautiful/God Bless America/Battle Hymn of the Republic”, “No Longer Slaves”, “God Bless the USA”, and “Amazing Grace My Chains Are Gone”.  Special thanks to our guest drummer, Bobby Smith, for playing with the band. (For those who don’t know, he is Bob and Heather’s son.)  

Pastor Billy turned over the pulpit to Pastor Bob Smith to continue the “To Bee or Not to Bee” series with a message called “Be Free”.  Text was Luke 4:16-19. Go to the main menu and click WATCH late Sunday evening to view today’s preaching and past messages.

Thanks, friends, for your contributions of non-perishables for our local community food pantries today!

CHANGE OF PLANS! Next Adult Connection scheduled for the Grifford’s home on Saturday, July 10, 1 pm. has been moved to the DeSando’s Frankfort home. If you have not already signed up, let them know you are coming, and bring a side dish to pass.

The next men’s Donuts and Devotional is Saturday, July 10 at 8 a.m. at the church.  This is free!  Just sign up so they know how many donuts to buy.

Pastor Billy’s online study is Tuesdays at 6:30 pm on his Face Book page. Tuesday he began his new study where he takes questions from his students and answers a few each week.  Email him your questions about the Bible or current events, and perhaps he will use yours.  His “Worship Wednesday” videos are live at noon on Facebook, too. Tune in to hear a brief devotion and praise music. This week he played “God Bless the USA” with text of Psalm 33:12, 18 and 22.

Pastor Julian’s Thursday 6:30 pm online Bible study is on his Face Book page.  “Among Friends” features a different topic each week with Julian and various friends. This week Tammy Smit will be the guest and will be speaking about Loving the Invisible as they discuss Warm Their Soles and Graybars Project.

Ladies, you are invited to join a book club here at the church! Penny Knott will be hosting the group beginning July 7, 6 pm.  The book is “The Prayer Box” by Lisa Wingate. 

Pastor Bob will resume Foundations Class before service on Sunday, July 18 at 9:15 am.  This study teaches the basics of Christianity and why we believe what we do.  Sign up at the Connection Table.  Space is limited.

Gary and Donna are hosting a Welcome Back Picnic at their Elwood home on Wednesday, July 21 at noon.  Sign up at the Connection Table to attend and get their address. All seniors are invited!

Summer Church Picnic is after service on Sunday, August 8 at Manhattan Central Park. Mark your calendar now.  Sign-up sheets for food will be provided closer to the date.

Happy Birthday to little Avery Hippenhammer on the 8th!  Standing ovation for Ron and Kay Schmidt who just celebrated SIXTY years of marriage! Bob and Heather Smith celebrated 46 years of marriage this past week! Happy Anniversary to our lovebirds!

Leslie Graniczny appears to be healing well after last week’s third knee surgery.

Best wishes to Bob Brown who has been transferred from Silver Cross Hospital into rehab.  He still can receive no visitors but can get mail.  Send some encouragement to: Robert Brown  c/o  Alden Estates –Room #223 Bed 2,  710 West Black Rd.  Shorewood, IL  60404    815-230-8700.

That’s the news for today from Revolution Church.  Thanks for reading!  Enjoy your Independence Day!

 

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June 27, 2021:

 

 

Hello again!  Thank you for stopping here to catch up on what’s happening with the Revolution Church family here on Communion Sunday! For the first time since Covid concerns forced us to use individually wrapped elements, we returned to our usual and preferred method of intinction for the Lord’s Supper.

We appreciate all who braved the monsoon tornadic weather this weekend to make time for worship together.  Today’s songs were “I’ll Fly Away”, “Open Up the Heavens”, “Jesus Messiah”, “We Fall Down”, and “Into My Heart”.  Pastor Billy continued the “To Bee or Not to Bee” series with a message called “Be Aloe”, a sermon about being useful.  Text was Ephesians 4:27-32 and Proverbs 16:23-24. June prayer meeting was held after service for those who wished to stay. Go to the main menu and click WATCH late Sunday evening to view today’s preaching and past messages.

Our church has a need, and YOU can help fill it!  Summer volunteers are STILL  NEEDED to help once a month in kids’ ministry to give our regular volunteers a bit of a break so they can sit in on preaching services, too.  That’s fair and reasonable to ask. If you are willing to be like aloe and be useful, mark your connection card or sign up at the Connection Table.

Next Adult Connection is at Phil and Michelle Grifford’s Manhattan home for a potluck meal and (optional) pool party on Saturday, July 10, 1 pm. Sign up at the Connection Table to be included and to bring a side dish!

The next men’s Donuts and Devotional is Saturday, July 10 at 8 a.m. at the church.  This is free!  Just sign up so they know how many donuts to buy.

Pastor Billy’s online study is Tuesdays at 6:30 pm on his Face Book page. Tuesday he began his new study where he takes questions from his students and answers a few each week.  Email him your questions about the Bible or current events, and perhaps he will use yours.  His “Worship Wednesday” videos are live at noon on Facebook, too. Tune in to hear a brief devotion and praise music. This week he played “Forever” with Revolution 19:11-16 text.

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

Ladies, you are invited to join a book club here at the church! Penny Knott will be hosting the group beginning July 7, 6 pm.  The book is “The Prayer Box” by Lisa Wingate.  Sign up at the Connection Table.

Pastor Bob will resume Foundations Class before service on Sunday, July 18 at 9:15 am.  This study teaches the basics of Christianity and why we believe what we do.  Sign up at the Connection Table.  Space is limited.

Gary and Donna are hosting a Welcome Back Picnic at their Elwood home on Wednesday, July 21 at noon.  Sign up at the Connection Table to attend and get their address. All seniors are invited!

Summer Church Picnic is after service on Sunday, August 8 at Manhattan Central Park. Mark your calendar now.  Sign-up sheets for food will be provided closer to the date.

Happy Birthday on Friday to Georgia Schmidt!

Best wishes to Bob Brown who has been transferred from Silver Cross Hospital into rehab.  He can receive no visitors for the first two weeks but can get mail.  Send some encouragement to: Robert Brown  c/o  Alden Estates –Room #223 Bed 2,  710 West Black Rd.  Shorewood, IL  60404    815-230-8700.

Next Sunday is food pantry collection, so please double bag your items and leave them at the back table.

Yes, next Sunday is 4th of July, and yes, we are still having church. Dress in red, white, and blue if you wish and come worship.  The lake, firecrackers, and the grill will be waiting for you after service, so make plans to join us. We had so many visitors today, and hope to see you all again Sunday.  Have a blessed week!

 

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June 20, 2021:

 

 

Hello again, friends!  Thank you for stopping here to catch up on what’s happening with the Revolution Church family here on Father’s Day 2021! Today we remember and celebrate dads, granddads, foster dads and men who are “like a dad” to us.  Some are still living, and some wait for us in Heaven.

Before service there were photo ops with a decorated 1930 Model A pickup truck and a 1930 Ford Tudor.  After service there were free rides for the adventuresome among us.  Thanks to Rich Benco and Bruce Smit for providing the cool vehicles today! That magnificent Harley on the stage was provided by greeter, Larry Dedman, and Pastor was seen roaring off around the building on it after service. Fun! Fun! Fun!

Penny Knott and Sandy Chambers were gracious to bring treat bags and Pop Rocks to share with our men this morning! Thank you, ladies!

As is our holiday tradition, we started the morning with “Born to Be Wild” just for fun for all the men in the crowd. Today’s worship songs were “Big House”, “Good Good Father”, and “Battle Belongs”.  Pastor Billy continued the “To Bee or Not to Bee” series with a message called “Be Unshakable”. Text was Luke 15, the story of the Prodigal Son. Go to the main menu and click WATCH late Sunday evening to view today’s preaching and past messages.

Our church has a need, and YOU can help fill it!  Summer volunteers are still needed to help once a month in kids’ ministry to give our regular volunteers a bit of a break so they can sit in on preaching services, too.  That’s fair and reasonable to ask. If you are willing to step up and help your church, please mark your connection card or sign up at the Connection Table. Thank you to those already busy serving!

Next Adult Connection is at Phil and Michelle Grifford’s Manhattan home for a potluck meal and (optional) pool party on Saturday, July 10, 1 pm. Sign up at the Connection Table to be included!

The next men’s Donuts and Devotional is Saturday, July 10 at 8 a.m. at the church.  This is free!  Just sign up so they know how many donuts to buy.

Pastor Billy’s online study is Tuesdays at 6:30 pm on his Face Book page.  He just finished the Book of Acts. Tuesday he begins his new study where he takes questions from his students and answers a few each week.  Email him your questions about the Bible or current events, and perhaps he will use yours.  His “Worship Wednesday” videos are live at noon on Facebook, too. Tune in to hear a brief devotion and praise music. This week he played “How He Loves” and discussed the five love languages.

Pastor Julian’s Thursday 6:30 pm online Bible study is on his Face Book page.  “Among Friends” features a different topic each week with Julian and various friends. This week’s show was cancelled since the Sandovals have been on vacation. Tune in next Thursday!

Ladies, you are invited to join a book club here at the church! Penny Knott will be hosting the group beginning July 7, 6 pm.  The book is “The Prayer Box” by Lisa Wingate.  Sign up at the Connection Table.

Summer Church Picnic is after service on Sunday, August 8 at Manhattan Central Park. Mark your calendar now.  Sign up sheets for food will be provided closer to the date.

Pastor Bob will resume Foundations Class before service on Sunday, July 18 at 9:15 am.  This study teaches the basics of Christianity and why we believe what we do.  Sign up at the Connection Table.  Space is limited.

Condolences to the Smiths as both of Pastor Bob’s parents will be laid to rest Monday in a private service at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood.

Our condolences to Judy Christensen on the passing of her godson, Eddie. He was removed from life support Thursday.

Bob Brown was admitted to Silver Cross Hospital Thursday.  We know how he loves to talk, so maybe give him a call and let him know we are thinking about him.

It was great to see Leslie Graniczny back with us following her knee surgery.  She will be wearing that brace til sometime in July.

Happy Birthday to Penny Knott on the 23rd! Happy 1st Birthday to little Henry Van Kuiken!  We are eager to meet this handsome little man in person!

The Graybars Project crew thanks each of you who signed Father’s Day cards to brighten the weekend for our inmates who are separated from their children.  Kindness is never wasted.  Men of Revolution, be blessed, get rest, and enjoy your holiday! If you still have a living father, please reach out today and show some respect and honor to him.  Everybody needs to feel appreciated and remembered.

 

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