June 2, 2019:

 

 

Hello again, friends and family! Thanks for worshipping with us.  No rain, no snow, only sun… How refreshing was THAT!

Today’s music was “Revival”, “Revelation Song”, "It Is You” and “No Longer Slaves”.

Pastor Billy opened his new June series, “Ten Commandments” with a message called “I Am the Lord Your God”, but probably better remembered as “Play in the Yard”! Text was Exodus 20:1-3 and Matthew 22:34:40. Joining him on stage to help illustrate the lesson were Matt and Jenny Penrod, Harvey Ferguson’s grandson and wife visiting from TN. You can see it a second time by clicking on WATCH on our main menu Monday afternoon.

We appreciate those who brought non-perishables for the local food pantry. The church received a thank you letter from the town telling us we are feeding 25 families.  Remember, we collect the first Sunday of the month.  Durk and Linda Lee are the contact people for this outreach.

“Spring Fling Women’s Luncheon” was yesterday with over two dozen attending!  Miriam Sandoval and Cynthia Petersen were in costume for the message/drama.  Flip-Flops were decorated, and there were fun giveaways. Thank you to the men who served and for all who helped with food, decorations, set up and clean up.

Next time you take a trip down the hall to the restroom, check out the giant cross on the wall.  This creation was a joint effort by Miriam Sandoval and Charlie Printy and was originally used in our Good Friday drama. Little by little Miriam is designing “The Romans Road” down that corridor.

Folks who are comfortable with a computer keyboard, you are being offered a fantastic opportunity to serve this church by helping us with the overhead lyrics during praise and worship. This is not a difficult job, and you will be well trained, so it will not be stressful. Pastor has always taught us to be generous with our time, treasures, and talents, so if you have the skill, now is the time to speak up and step up. Cynthia Petersen will answer any questions for volunteers.

There is a new small group beginning June 4 in Frankfort at Durk and Linda Lee’s home.  Larry DeSando will be leading a study on the book of Ephesians.  If you wish to attend these Tuesday 6:30 pm classes, sign up at the Connection Table.

June 8th, 8 am at the church is our next Men’s Quarterly Breakfast.  All men and male friends are invited.  There is no cost, but you do need to sign up for this one at the Connection Table.

June 8, 10 am, all the kind-hearted people who want to participate in Pastor Julian’s “Warm Their Soles” monthly homeless outreach will meet at the church for the day’s mission.  Just show up, and you will be put to work. Please refer to the insert from last week’s bulletin to see if you would like to donate any of the listed items for the “Blessing Bags” this group distributes. The Sandovals can answer any questions you have.

Baptisms are next Sunday, June 9th. If you want to take this next step, speak to any of our pastors so you can be included. You are reminded to wear a dark shirt and modest clothing if you are going to participate.

The first Adult Connection event of the summer is June 22, 3 pm at Greg and Judy Fash’s home.  We provide the main course, and you bring the sides.  Sign up at the Connection Table.

Get well wishes to Leslie Graniczny after her recent painful knee surgery. Little Kevin Ward has been released from the hospital after his emergency appendectomy.

Happy Birthday to Phil Grifford!

See you next Sunday a few minutes earlier than 10 am.  Come a bit sooner and enjoy a snack and hot coffee or tea at the hospitality table. Thank you for all you do to keep this church running smoothly!

 

 

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May 26, 2019:

 

 

Hello again, friends and family!

Thanks for worshipping with us this drizzly holiday weekend morning.  America recently celebrated Armed Forces Day to honor those actively serving in our military. Tomorrow is Memorial Day when we honor those who died while serving. Ron Schmidt, member of the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery Memorial Squad, explained to us what each fold symbolizes for a flag that was draped over a coffin. His talk was  interesting and informative as many of us never realized the folding meant anything other than a way to make a neat triangle for storage. Military decorated cupcakes were available after service.

Today’s music was “Spirit in the Sky”, “I Will Give You All My Worship”, “Let It Rise”, "Creed” for all of our Rich Mullins fans, “Nothing But the Blood” during Communion and "Come Holy Spirit". Speaking of Communion, we thank Larry DeSando for carrying the responsibility of preparing the bread, juice, and wine each month.  The new lit floral candle vases are so beautiful!

Pastor Billy completed his “Spirit” series with a message called “Holy Spirit”.  Texts included Acts 2:1-4, John 14:25-26, 1 Corinthians 14:22, and Ephesians 5:15-18.  Thanks to Darren Rych (Go Cubs!) for assisting with the sermon illustration on stage. (You can enjoy it again by going to the home page and clicking WATCH on Monday afternoon.)

Folks who are comfortable with a computer keyboard, you are being offered a fantastic opportunity to serve this church by helping us with the overhead lyrics during praise and worship. This is not a difficult job, and you will be well trained, so it will not be stressful. Pastor has always taught us to be generous with our time, treasures, and talents, so if you have the skill, now is the time to speak up and step up. Cynthia Petersen will answer any questions for volunteers.

“Spring Fling Women’s Luncheon” is Saturday June 1, 1 pm at the church!  Tickets are $15.  Pat Wozny can answer any questions about this fun fellowship event.

There is a new small group beginning June 4 in Frankfort at Durk and Linda Lee’s home.  Larry DeSando will be leading a study on the book of Ephesians.  If you wish to attend these Tuesday 6:30 pm classes, sign up at the Connection Table.

June 8th, 8 am at the church is our next Men’s Quarterly Breakfast.  All men and male friends are invited.  There is no cost, but you do need to sign up for this one at the Connection Table.

June 8, 10 am, all the kind-hearted people who want to participate in Pastor Julian’s “Warm Their Soles” monthly homeless outreach will meet at the church for the day’s mission.  Just show up, and you will be put to work. Please refer to the insert in today’s bulletin to see if you would like to donate any of the listed items for the “Blessing Bags” this group distributes. The Sandovals can answer any questions you have.

Our next baptism is Sunday, June 9th. If you want to take this next step, speak to any of our pastors so you can be included.

Our mucho cool drummer, Mikey Nordsell turns 41 on Saturday!  Happy 9th Birthday to his daughter, Kelly Nordsell, also! Happy Birthday to Colleen Rafacz on the 28th, and to Lori Fisher on the 30th!  

Congratulations to Noel Knott on her new job with Kurtz Ambulance!  Get well wishes to “Little Kevin” Ward who had an emergency appendectomy Thursday night.  His biggest concern right now is making it to his 8th grade graduation on Tuesday.

If you know of a graduate in our midst, please give that info to the piano player so they can be acknowledged in this column.  We are proud of our students!

See everybody back next Sunday by 10 am.  Come a bit early so you can leave your monthly donations for our local food pantry at the large table closest to the coffee pot and still have time to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with a snack before the first song kicks off. Enjoy your holiday weekend, and remember while “all gave some, some gave all.”

 

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May 19, 2019:

 

 

Hello again, friends and family! Thanks for dropping in on this blustery Sunday to find out “What’s Happening”. Today’s music was “Soul On Fire”, “Love the Lord”, “From the Inside Out”,  “Lord Our God” and "Oh How I Love Jesus".

Pastor Billy was back in the pulpit and resumed his “Spirit” series with a message called “Spirit, Soul, Body”.  Text was 1 Thessalonians 5:16, 23-24, and Hebrews 4:12.  Blaine, Calvin, Bob H., Todd, and Tom W. were the fellas participating on stage to help drive home the teaching. (You can hear it again by going to the home page and clicking WATCH on Monday afternoon.)

55+ Senior Luncheon was Wednesday with the theme “Everybody’s Birthday!”  Nearly two dozen gathered for ham and all the fixings, and then Magic Autumn Hensle entertained by making his fabulous balloon creations!  It actually WAS Sonia McHargue’s birthday, so he made her a gigantic flower, and then with the time remaining took requests.

Newcomers’ Dessert scheduled for Friday night has been postponed until later in the summer. 

Spring Fling Women’s Luncheon is Saturday June 1, 1 pm at the church.  Tickets are $15.  Sign up and pay at the tall table with the sand bucket beside the Connection Table. Pat Wozny can answer any questions about this fellowship event.

There is a new small group beginning June 4 in Frankfort at Durk and Linda Lee’s home.  Larry DeSando will be leading a study on the book of Ephesians.  If you wish to attend these Tuesday 6:30 pm classes, sign up at the Connection Table.

June 8th, 8 am at the church is our next Men’s Quarterly Breakfast.  All men and male friends are invited.  There is no cost, but you do need to sign up for this one at the Connection Table.

June 8, 10 am, all the kind-hearted people who want to participate in Pastor Julian’s “Warm Their Soles” monthly homeless outreach will meet at the church for the day’s mission.  Just show up, and you will be put to work.  The Sandovals can answer any questions you have.

Our next baptism is Sunday, June 9th. If you want to take this next step, speak to any of our pastors.

Happy 20th birthday to Zack Grifford!  Happy Birthday to Taylor Moore!  Amy Makita (also known as “Mikey the Drummer’s Mom) celebrates today! We pause for a minute to remember Rich Portwood’s birthday.  Even though he is no longer with us, he is forever loved and missed.

Remember to pick up your free, large print copy of the “Daily Bread” booklet at the Connection Table.  We don’t want these to go to waste. While you are at the table, check out all the clipboards and brochures for various opportunities for fellowship or serving. There are also numerous birthday cards on the Graybars Project table to sign for our inmates. Encouragement cards are found under each chair if you wish to send a note to members who need a verbal boost.  The church pays the postage for these, so just drop them in the Connection Card box.

Get well wishes to the many who were home feeling poorly this morning.  Have a blessed week, and remember to take time to sharpen your ax! (If you don’t know what that means, you should watch the sermon again!)  See you all back at 10 a.m. next Sunday for Communion.  Bring your spiritual marshmallows, because our pastor is on fire!

 

 

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May 12, 2019:

 

 

Hello again, friends and family! Thanks for dropping in to see “What’s Happening” on this Mother’s Day Sunday. Every woman attending our church today received a long stem rose to honor moms, stepmoms, foster moms, and “like-a-moms” on this earth, and to remember all our sweet mamas already in Heaven.   Today’s music was “Glorious One”, “ Open Up the Heavens”, “ God of Wonders”, “and “Here I Am To Worship”. 

Pastor Billy took a day day off and invited Miriam Sandoval and Pat Wozny to share his pulpit and tell what was on their hearts regarding this national holiday that brings the greatest joy for some, but the deepest pain for others.  (You can hear their talks again by going to the home page and clicking WATCH on Monday afternoon.)

Little Levi Cornelius Hippenhammer was dedicated to God today with family and friends in attendance.  Congratulations to Jason & Kristen and his four big sisters!

Men’s Donut and Devotional was May 11 at the church.  Instead of the traditional devotional, each man who attended the men’s conference in April was asked to briefly share what they learned there.   Later that morning 11 volunteers showed up to serve with Pastor Julian’s monthly ministry to the homeless.  This time the group went to Morning Star Mission in Joliet where they distributed blessing bags to the adults and Mother’s Day bouquets and gifts to the ladies there.  Children were treated to a small toy and a brief puppet show song. 

55+ Senior Luncheon will be at the church at noon on May 15th. Theme is “Everybody’s Birthday!” There is a sign-up sheet for food on the Connection Table. Kathy Felchlin can answer any questions for this fellowship event.

Newcomers Dessert is held at the Knott home in Manhattan on Friday, May 24th at 7 pm.  If you would like to attend, please sign up at the Connection Table.  There is no charge.

Spring Fling Women’s Luncheon is Saturday June 1, 1 pm at the church.  Tickets are $15 and will be available May 12.  Sign up at the tall table beside the  Connection Table.

There is a new small group beginning June 4 in Frankfort at Durk and Linda Lee’s home.  Larry DeSando will be leading a study on the book of Ephesians.  If you wish to attend these Tuesday 6:30 pm classes, sign up at the Connection Table.

Condolences to Harvey Ferguson on the loss of his wife, Clara. Her memorial service will be planned for a later date. You can mail Harvey a card of encouragement at:  7101 Prather, Millington, TN  38053.

Goodbye and best wishes to Janet Bernstrom, one of the most fearless women we know.  She has packed up and relocated herself to gorgeous Tennessee for her newest adventure in life.  Here is her new address should you wish to write her: 1310 Hochin Drive, Franklin, TN 37064.

Happy Birthday to Gene O’Brien today!  Happy 37th anniversary to Phil and Leslie Graniczny! Happy Golden Anniversary to Greg and Judy Fash!  Fifty years is a huge accomplishment!  YAY!  Happy Teacher and Nurse Appreciation Week to several hard-working folk in our congregation!

See you next Sunday at 10 am for Pastor Billy resumes his new sermon series called “Spirit”. Remember to pick up your free, large print copy of the “Daily Bread” booklet at the Connection Table.  We don’t want these to go to waste. While you are at the table, check out all the clipboards and the brochures for various opportunities for fellowship or serving.   Have a blessed holiday.

 

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May 5, 2019:

 

 

Buenas tardes, friends and family! Thanks for dropping in to see “What’s Happening” on Cinco de Mayo 2019!  Pastor Julian opened the service with a prayer in both English and Spanish in a nod to our Hispanic friends worshipping with us.  (For those who don’t know, this is a holiday that celebrates the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla in the Franco-Mexican war.)

Today’s music was “Happy Day”, “Let the Praises Ring”, “The Table”, “and “How Great Is Our God/How Great Thou Art”.  Special tip of the cap to Linda Delost for always being such a verbal encourager for our worship team.  Everybody likes to feel their efforts are appreciated, and she is all the time speaking gratitude and praise.  Linda, we think you are awesome, and we love you!

Pastor Billy kicked off his new May series, “Spirit”, with a message called “Human Spirit”.  Text included Genesis 1:26 and Romans 8:14-16. (You can enjoy this sermon again by going to the home page and clicking WATCH on Monday afternoon.)

We appreciate the large donation of non-perishables for the local food pantry! Thanks to the folks with muscles who loaded it all up for delivery after service.  Durk and Linda Lee can answer your questions about this monthly collection.

National Day of Prayer was May 2.  The church was open for 18 hours so people could come and pray. Thank you to all who showed up and also to all who honored the day and prayed from home. Thanks to Larry DeSando for leading this vigil.

Men’s Donuts and Devotional is Saturday, May 11, 7 a.m. at the church.  This is free and open to all men and their friends.  Later that morning at 10 a.m. anybody can show up to volunteer with Pastor Julian’s monthly ministry to the homeless. The group that went to Joliet last month really enjoyed the mission!

55+ Senior Luncheon will be at the church at noon on May 15th. Theme is “Everybody’s Birthday!” There is a sign-up sheet on the Connection Table. Kathy Felchlin can answer any questions for this fellowship event.

Newcomers Dessert is held at the Knott home in Manhattan on Friday, May 24th at 7 pm.  If you would like to attend and meet more people, please sign up at the Connection Table.  There is no charge.

Spring Fling Women’s Luncheon is Saturday June 1, 1 pm at the church.  Tickets are $15 and will be available May 12.  Sign up at the Connection Table.

Condolences to Harvey Ferguson on the loss of his wife, Clara, yesterday. Her memorial service will be planned for a later date. You can mail Harvey a card at:  7101 Prather, Millington, TN  38053.

Goodbye and best wishes to Janet Bernstrom, one of the most fearless women we know.  She has packed up and relocated herself to gorgeous Tennessee for her newest adventure in life.  Here is her new address should you wish to write her: 1310 Hochin Drive, Franklin, TN 37064.

Happy Birthday to Gene O’Brien next Sunday!  He is all the time finding ways to do good to others, and we respect that highly!

See you next Sunday at 10 am for Pastor Billy’s new sermon series called “Spirit”. Remember to pick up your free, large print copy of the “Daily Bread” booklet at the Connection Table.  We don’t want these to go to waste. While you are at the table, check out all the clipboards and brochures for various opportunities for fellowship or serving.   Have a blessed day!  Now get off the computer and go enjoy your tacos!  Adios!

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April 28, 2019:

 

 

Hello again, friends and family! Thanks for dropping in to see “What’s Happening” on this final Sunday of April!

Cardboard church piggybanks were returned today when our kids (and some adults) brought them forward to contribute to the Moriah Project building fund. Let’s help them refill their empty banks with coins over the next few weeks and fill up the giant jar on stage.

Today’s music was “Big House”, “Lord, I Need You”, “Love Ran Red”, “and “Lord, I Lift Your Name On High”.

Pastor Billy concluded his April series, “This Much”, with a message called “Look Up”.  Text included Acts 1:1-2, and 1st John 1:1. (You can enjoy this sermon again by going to the home page and clicking WATCH on Monday afternoon.)   We shared in Communion together, and after service there was prayer meeting for those who wished to stay.

Men’s conference in Wheaton was yesterday with a dozen of our guys attending.    In spite of that ridiculous surprise spring snowstorm, they said they enjoyed learning, eating, and worshipping together. Thank you, Pastor Bob, for handling all the arrangements. Next year’s event will be in Orland Park so even more can attend.

National Day of Prayer is May 2.  The church will be open for 18 hours that day so you can come and pray. There is a sign-up sheet for 30-minute slots beginning 6 a.m. and ending at midnight.  Commit to as much time as you want.  Prayer request slips can be left at the Connection Table. Larry DeSando can answer questions about this vigil.

Disaster Response Team Training will take place in Manteno, IL on May 3-4. Eileen DeSando can answer all your questions if you are interested in participating.

Men’s Donut and Devotional is Saturday, May 11, 7 am at the church.  This is free and open to all men and their friends.  Later that morning at 10 am anybody can show up to volunteer with Pastor Julian’s monthly ministry to the homeless. The group that went to Joliet last month really enjoyed the mission!

55+ Senior Luncheon will be at the church at noon on May 15th. There is a sign-up sheet on the Connection Table. Kathy Felchlin can answer any questions for this fellowship event.

Newcomers Dessert is held at the Knott home in Manhattan on Friday, May 24th at 7 pm.  If you would like to attend, please sign up at the Connection Table.  There is no charge.

Happy Belated Birthday to Larry DeSando! Happy First Birthday to princess Mia Moore!

Condolences to the Graniczny family on the loss of Eleanor, Phil’s mother. Her funeral was Friday.  Thank you to all who attended to show love and support.

See you next Sunday at 10 am for Pastor Billy’s new sermon series called “Spirit”. Remember to pick up your free, large print copy of the “Daily Bread” booklet at the Connection Table.  We don’t want these to go to waste. Also, remember to bring your non-perishables for the local food pantry, and leave them at the table nearest the coffee pot.   Have a fabulous week!

 

 

 

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April 21, 2019:

 

 

Hello again, friends and family! Thanks for dropping in to see “What’s Happening” on this gorgeous, sunny, Easter Sunday!  We had a packed house with many visitors, and three people came forward at the end of service to give their hearts to God. How can you ask for a better morning than THAT?

We thank Pat Wozny for beautifying the cross and for the spring pots at the entrance.

Today’s music was “Christ Arose”, “My Redeemer Lives”, “I Stand Amazed”, “Living Hope” and “Hallelujah For the Cross”.

Pastor Billy continued his April series, “This Much”, with a message called “Living Hope”.  Text included 1 Peter 1:3 and Matthew 28. You can enjoy this sermon again by going to the home page and clicking WATCH on Monday afternoon.

We appreciate all who came out for our candlelight Good Friday service! We remembered the crucifixion with Communion, scriptures, singing, video, and a time of nailing sins to the cross. Thank you to all who put in many hours of planning, rehearsals, set up, and putting the church back in order for today. Our youth did an excellent job with the reenactment and shadow drama!  Songs were “Old Rugged Cross”, “Lead Me To the Cross”, “At the Cross”, “How Deep the Father’s Love For Us”, and “Jesus Paid It All”.  Music included, “Just As I Am”, Were You There”, “Above All” and “Nothing But the Blood”.

Wednesday’s Senior Ministry Easter Brunch was such a treat! There was sooo much food, and the tables were so festive with Easter baskets and prize eggs! We appreciate all who came, set up, cooked, decorated, and cleaned up!

The one-day men’s conference in Wheaton is April 27!  Contact Pastor Bob for travel and meeting times.

National Day of Prayer is May 2.  The church will be open for 18 hours that day so you can come and pray. There is a sign-up sheet for 30-minute slots beginning 6 a.m. and ending at midnight.  Commit to as much time as you want.  You can fill out prayer request slips that are found on the Connection Table. Larry DeSando can answer questions about this vigil.

Disaster Response Team Training will take place in Manteno, IL on May 3-4.  If you did not get an info packet after church, see Eileen DeSando for one.  She can answer questions for this opportunity to serve your community in time of emergency.

Speaking of Eileen, are you aware you can read her online devotionals by going to our Home Page and signing up for “Daily Scriptures”?  These are well written and are FREE!

Men’s Donuts and Devotional is at the church on Saturday, May 11, 7 am.  Come for coffee, fellowship, and of course, free donuts!  Invite all your male friends!

Our Pastor Billy turned the Big 5-0 on Thursday!    Happy Birthday to Nick Golden, the boy with the perpetual million dollar smile! Birthday blessings on Ethan Fosen! Ann Nordsell’s birthday is TODAY!

Condolences to the Graniczny family on the unexpected passing of Phil’s mother, Eleanor.  Visitation is Thursday 3-8 pm at McKenzie Funeral Home 156th St./Cicero in Oak Forest. Funeral is Friday at 10 AM.

Cardboard church banks are to be returned on Sunday the 28th when our little ones will bring them forward to contribute to the Moriah Project building fund. Let’s help them fill their banks with coins over the next couple weeks!

Get some rest and have a blessed Easter holiday! See you all back here next week at 10 am ….. if you are not in a sugar coma from all the jelly beans, Peeps, and chocolate bunny ears!  But remember, it’s not about the bunny… It’s about the LAMB!

 

 

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April 14, 2019:

 

Hello again, friends and family! Thanks for dropping in to see “What’s Happening” on this first day of Passion Week at Revolution Church!

Our weather this Palm Sunday morning was absolutely ridiculous! Mishel Rych dubbed it “SprinTer”: a combo of spring + winter.  We never imagined we would get so much sideways snow piling up this late in April! Today’s music was “Jesus Messiah”, “I’ll Fly Away”, “Glorious Day”, “Hosanna” and “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow (Somewhere Else)”. Just kidding about that last one. Kinda…..

Pastor Billy continued his April series, “This Much”, with a message called “Palm Sunday”.  Text included John 12:9-11 and Luke 19:41. You can enjoy this sermon again by going to the home page and clicking WATCH on Monday afternoon.

Children had a super fun day in kid church with a costumed “Jesus” and a stack of palm branches. The older youth enjoyed an outing to The Creamery for sweet treats this week.  If you have children that are not involved here, please speak to the Sandovals to see how you can get them plugged into the groups.

Donuts and Devotional was Saturday at the church with 14 men attending.  We thank our Bob Hensle  (better known as “Autumn’s Grandpa”) for delivering the devotion! 

Pastor Julian kicked off “Warm Their Soles”, his monthly outreach to the homeless Saturday morning with a trip to Joliet to pass out Blessing Bags and chat and pray with street people.  Interested? Next outing is the second Saturday of May.  Speak with Pastor Julian for more info to see how you can help!

Cardboard church banks are to be returned on Sunday the 28th when our little ones will bring them forward to contribute to the Moriah Project building fund. Let’s help them fill their banks with coins over the next couple weeks!

Get your paperwork NOW from the Graybars Project table if you wish to attend Plainfield, Indiana prison revival on June 15th, as TB tests and mandatory background checks will take time. This invitation is open to anybody who wants to go worship with the men of faith behind bars. Leave complete applications NEXT SUNDAY in the manila at the bulletin board.

Pastor Bob has been collecting $56 from those 13 and older who are attending the one-day men’s conference in Wheaton on April 27.  The ticket includes lunch.  if you want to go, but are short of cash, speak with Pastor Bob since there is some scholarship money available. Hurry! 

Senior Ministry had a Kitchen Shower in March and accumulated quite a few items for the church.  The listing of still unpurchased items is found on the Connection Table.  Please take a peek and see if you would like to provide anything on this list.

Ages 55+ are invited to Senior Ministry’s Easter Brunch at the church at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17.  You need to RSVP and let Rita Brown know what dish you will bring.

National Day of Prayer is May 2.  The church will be open for 18 hours that day so you can come and pray. There is a sign-up sheet for 30-minute slots beginning 6 a.m. and ending at midnight.  Commit to as much time as you want.  You can fill out prayer request slips that are found on the Connection Table. Larry DeSando can answer questions about this vigil.

Disaster Response Team Training will take place in Manteno, IL on May 3-4.  If you did not get an info packet after church, see Eileen DeSando for one.  She can answer questions for this opportunity to serve your community in time of emergency.

Speaking of Eileen, are you aware you can read her online devotionals by going to our Home Page and signing up for “Daily Scriptures”?  These are well written and are FREE!

Our Pastor Billy turns the Big 5-0 on Thursday!  Little Kevin and Connor Ward, along with Jocelyn Meskin, will also be blowing out their birthday candles this week! Ann Nordsell and Gary Ellinger have birthdays this upcoming weekend.

Circle the dates for Good Friday service, April 19, 7 pm and Easter Sunday Service, April 21 at 10 a.m.  These are perfect opportunities to bring family and friends who have been curious to visit and take in a service.  We expect heavier crowds than usual, so you NEED to come a few minutes early to find a seat and be settled before the first song begins so visitors will not have us climbing over them during worship.  There are invitation flyers on the Connection Table for you to take and post in the community. Please do not let even one remain unshared. You can also help invite by sharing Pastor’s Face Book invitations to your circle of friends.  See you Friday!

 

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April 7, 2019:

 

 

Welcome back, family, friends, and visitors! Lenny the Therapy Dog also put in an appearance for those who needed some K-9 kisses and snuggles after church.

Today’s music was “Holy Is the Lord”, “Agnus Dei”, “Who You Say I Am”, and “Eye of the Storm”.

Pastor Billy began his new April series, “This Much”, with a message called “Jesus Predicts His Death”.  Text included Luke 9:1-6, 18-20, and Luke 18.  You can enjoy this sermon again by going to the home page and clicking WATCH Monday afternoon.

Once again, our collection for the local food pantry was successful! Thank you for being generous with your neighbors in need.  We appreciate the Lees for delivering your donations. Thanks to the folks who helped pack their vehicle full after service.  Remember, we do this the first Sunday of each month.

This afternoon Graybars Project Volunteer Sunflower Appreciation Luncheon was held at the Lees’ home in Frankfort. Thanks to all who attended and made the event special.  Get your paperwork NOW from their table if you wish to attend Plainfield, Indiana prison revival on June 15th, as TB tests and mandatory background checks will take time. Everyone is invited.

Thank you to all who cooked, set up, cleaned up, and helped in any way on Thursday with the memorial service and lunch for Shane Hasibar, Bob and Rita Brown’s grandson.  The food was plentiful, and the tables were beautifully decorated. We pray God will comfort this family during these rugged days.

Donuts and Devotional is Saturday, April 13, 7 am at the church.  All men are welcome, so come and bring buddies. This is free!

10 a.m. after Donuts and Devotional everybody is invited to show up and help Pastor Julian with his monthly outreach to the homeless, better known as “Warm Their Soles”.  He will be doing this the second Saturday of each month.  Interested?  Speak with Pastor Julian for more info to see how you can help!

Correction! Ages 55+ are invited to Senior Ministry’s Easter Brunch at the church at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17.  Sign up at the Connection Table. Rita Brown can answer any questions.

Pastor Bob is now collecting $56 from those 13 and older who are attending the one-day men’s conference in Wheaton on April 27.  The ticket includes lunch.  There are a few scholarships available, so if you want to go, but don’t have the funds, speak with Pastor Bob.

Senior Ministry had a Kitchen Shower in March and accumulated quite a few items for the church.  The listing of still unpurchased items is found on the Connection Table.  Please take a peek and see if you would like to provide anything on this list.

National Day of Prayer is May 2.  The church will be open for 18 hours that day so you can come and pray. There is a sign-up sheet for 30-minute slots beginning 6 a.m. and ending at midnight.  Commit to as much time as you want.  Larry DeSando can answer questions about this vigil.

Sara Moehle has a birthday Thursday, and Autumn Hensle has his Friday!  Both our pastor’s daughters, Noel and Jordan, have birthdays this week, too. Happy anniversary to the Knotts!

Mark your calendars now for Good Friday Service Friday, April 19, 7 pm and Easter Sunday Service, April 21.  These are perfect opportunities to bring family and friends who have been curious to visit and take in a service. There are invitation flyers on the Connection Table for you to take and share in the community.

See everybody back here next week by 10 am as we celebrate Palm Sunday.  There is 9:30 prayer in Pastor’s office if you’d like to participate, and snacks and coffee before service. 

 

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April 1, 2019:

 

Welcome back, family and friends!

Today was “Family Sunday”, Communion, and monthly prayer meeting, so we had a full house! Amongst all our visitors, we had one very special newborn who finally made his Revolution debut.  Did you all get to meet little Levi Hippenhammer?  We thank God he was born healthy and whole.  Congratulations to Kristen and Jason on finally getting a BOY after four girls!

Today’s music was “Open Up the Heavens“, "Stand in Your Love”, “I Surrender All”, and “10,000 Reasons”. We thank Bruce Smit for playing bass with the team today.

Family Pastor, Julian Sandoval, preached a message called “Roar”.  Text included 1 Peter 5: 8-9, James 4:7, and Luke 4:13. We thank Ezra, Mikey, Miriam, and Debbie for drama that brought to life the message. You can enjoy this sermon again by going to the home page and clicking WATCH Monday afternoon.

Correction! Ages 55+ are invited to Senior Ministry’s Easter Brunch at the church at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17.  If you show up at noon, you will be the only person here. 10 a.m.! Sign up at the Connection Table. Rita Brown can answer any questions.

National Day of Prayer is May 2.  The church will be open for 18 hours that day so you can come and pray. There is a sign-up sheet for 30-minute slots beginning 6 a.m. and ending at midnight.  Commit to as much time as you want.  Larry DeSando can answer questions about this vigil.

Senior Ministry had a Kitchen Shower in March and accumulated quite a few items for the church.  The listing of still unpurchased items is found on the Connection Table.  Please take a peek and see if you would like to provide anything on this list.

Joliet Treatment Center’s librarian was thrilled and grateful for your donations of many boxes of books, magazines and puzzle books for her inmates! Thanks so much for your generosity.

Pastor Bob is now collecting $56 from those 13 and older who are attending the one-day men’s conference in Wheaton on April 27.  The ticket includes lunch.  There are a few scholarships available, so if you want to go, but don’t have the funds, speak with Pastor Bob.

Your children will be bringing home a special cardboard piggy bank for collecting change so they can be involved with the Moriah Project to raise money to build our own sanctuary.  Extras can be found on the ledge above Kathleen’s desk nearest the double doors.

Pastor Julian has begun a monthly outreach to the homeless that is open to everyone. Just meet at the church at 10 am the second Saturday of every month if you wish to help.  He can give you many more details if this interests you!

Donuts and Devotional is Saturday, April 13, 7 am at the church.  All men all welcome.  This is free!

Mark your calendars now for Good Friday Service Friday, April 19, 7 pm and Easter Sunday Service, April 21.  These are perfect opportunities to bring family and friends who have been curious to visit and take in a service.

Pastor Julian’s birthday is Monday, April Fool’s Day…. No joke!

We are glad Larry Dedmon is out of the hospital. Get well soon, Larry! 

Much care and sympathy is extended to Bob and Rita Brown’s family after the unexpected passing of their grandson Saturday. Sometimes there are no words, so we just support, pray, and love the best we know how.

See everybody back here next Sunday by 10 am.  There is 9:30 prayer in Pastor’s office if you’d like to participate, and snacks and coffee before service. Remember on the first Sunday of each month we  gather non-perishables for the local food pantry.  Leave those donations at the large table closest to the coffee table.    Have a super-duper week!

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March 24, 2019:

 

 

Welcome back, family and friends!

Today’s music was “Unchanging”, “Sweet Bye and Bye”, “You Are So Good To Me”, “The Lord Our God”, “Our God Is An Awesome God” and “Let It Rain”. Pastor Billy continued his series, “1&2 Peter“ with a message called, “The Day of the Lord”.  The text was 2 Peter 3:8-9. You can enjoy this sermon again by going to the home page and clicking WATCH Monday afternoon.

Today was the final day for bringing magazines and books for our inmates in Joliet.  Huge thanks to all who contributed.  We have many cases of reading materials to share thanks to you! We are NOT accepting materials again until July.  The team also invites you to attend the Plainfield, IN prison revival in June.  See dates and admission requirements at the Graybars table NOW since background checks take time.

Pastor Bob is now collecting $56 from those 13 and older who are attending the one-day men’s conference in Wheaton on April 27.  The ticket includes lunch.  There are a few scholarships available, so if you want to go, but don’t have the funds, speak with Pastor Bob.

Your children will be bringing home a special cardboard piggy bank for collecting change so they can be involved with the Moriah Project to raise money to build our own sanctuary.  Extras can be found on the ledge above Kathleen’s desk nearest the double doors.

Pastor Julian has begun a monthly outreach to the homeless that is open to everyone. Just meet at the church at 10 am the second Saturday of every month if you wish to help.  He can give you many more details if this interests you!

Saturday was "Hello My Name Is" breakfast hosted by Eileen DeSando.  Our sweet Kathy Felchlin was the surprise guest speaker. Thanks to all who came out for a blessed morning.

Donuts and Devotional is Saturday, April 13, 7 am at the church.  All men all welcome.  This is free!

Ages 55+ are invited to Senior Ministry’s Easter Lunch at the church at noon on Wednesday, April 17.  Sign up at the Connection Table. Rita Brown can answer any questions.

Chris Meskin and our bashful friend, T.L. (who will read this online) both have birthdays on the 29th! New mama, Kristen Hippenhammer, celebrates her birthday Wednesday!  Special prayers for the family of Harvey Ferguson. He  had to rush back to Memphis Saturday after his wife had a stroke there and was placed in hospice care.

Mark your calendars now for Good Friday Service Friday, April 19, 7 pm and Easter Sunday Service, April 21.  These are perfect opportunities to bring family and friends who have been curious to visit and take in a service.

See everybody back here next Sunday by 10 am.  There is 9:30 prayer in Pastor’s office if you’d like to participate, and snacks and coffee before and after service .  Have a super-duper week!

 

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March 17, 2019:

 

 

Welcome back on this St. Patrick’s Day 2019! Some of us were slip-sliding all the way to church in this late-season snow that took many of us by surprise.  Hopefully, that will be the final one, and we can officially declare winter is behind us. Thanks for coming to worship with us instead of staying home in your green pajamas narfing down green waffles on this holiday morning that is so widely celebrated here in Chicagoland. People looked so cute today sporting all kinds of green clothing. Thanks to the unknown person who brought in the holiday snacks on the hospitality table.

Today’s music was “Glorious One”, “God of Wonders”, “Lord I Need You”, “We Believe” and “Lord Prepare Me”. Pastor Billy continued his series, “1&2 Peter“ with a message called, “Walk This Way”.  The text was 2 Peter 2:15-22. You can enjoy this sermon again by going to the home page and clicking WATCH Monday afternoon.

Jason and Kristen Hippenhammer and four big sisters welcomed Levi Cornelius into the world Tuesday evening.  He was 20 ½ inches and 9.8 lbs! YAY!  THAT is one big baby.  Rumor has it he got up off the delivery table and walked to the nursery.   If you would like to prepare a supper for this family, speak with Dawn Gonda who is in charge of coordinating meals for them through our “Fishes and Loaves” ministry.

 

While Kristen is on maternity leave, we now have openings for serving in the nursery. If you would like to help care for our tiny ones once a month, it would be a humongous help. Mark your connection card or speak with Miriam Sandoval to take a turn.

Speaking of children, yours will be bringing home a special cardboard piggy bank for collecting change so they can be involved with the Moriah Project to raise money to build our own sanctuary.  Extras can be found on the ledge above Kathleen’s desk nearest the double doors.

Next week is the FINAL DAY for bringing magazines, coloring books, paperbacks, and hardback novels to share with the men at the new Joliet Treatment Center that houses 150 mentally ill inmates.    Leave these at the Graybars Project table. We will not accept any more until July. Everybody is welcome to tour the Stateville prison in Crest Hill, IL with our team for free. They also invite you to attend the Plainfield, IN prison revival in June.  See dates and admission requirements at the Graybars table sign-up sheet.

Linda Lee is now heading up our Card Ministry.  If someone in this church is bereaved, sick, or in the hospital, Linda will be sending them a card if she is made aware of the need.

Pastor Bob is now collecting $56 from those 13 and older who are attending the one-day men’s conference in Wheaton on April 27.  The ticket includes lunch.  There are a few scholarships available, so if you want to go, but don’t have the funds, speak with Pastor Bob.

Senior Ministry hosted a St. Patrick’s Day lunch /Kitchen Shower Wednesday with almost 30 in attendance.  Thank you to those who prepared many traditional Irish dishes and desserts.  Many wore green, and the tables were beautifully decorated with shamrocks, gold coins and green carnation floral displays created by our favorite florist, Judy Fash.

Today singles are invited to the DeSando home in Frankfort for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration meal. We hope they have a house full for this holiday event! You know the food will be awesome!

There is a new weekly Tuesday night small group/Bible study starting March 19th at the Knotts’ home in Manhattan. It will begin with the book of James and then move on to Jude. Sign up at the Connection Table.

Ladies, Saturday March 23 at 9am is "Hello My Name Is" for women where someone will share their story. Breakfast /snacks /beverage provided. Please be sure to sign up at the Connection Table. You will be given the address at the time of sign up.

Bob Brown’s 81st birthday is today!  Happy Birthday to Bob Hensle, Linda Lee, and G.L. (who will see this announcement from across the miles and smile that he got a mention).  Mr. Brown and Carrie Grafrath are both home from the hospital now!

Sympathies are extended to Brenda Hajek on the loss of her family dog.  Anybody who has spent time at her home has surely met and petted Brighten.  Give Brenda an extra hug when you see her. 

See everybody back here next Sunday by 10 am. Be sure and pick up your large print copies of “Daily Bread” on the Connection Table.  We don’t want those to lie there unread.

 

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March 10, 2019:

 

 

Welcome back, friends!

Thanks for coming to worship with us! It was great to have Lakeda Vaughn and Freda Wolfenden back with us after weeks of illness.  Madison DesLaurier was also home on college break and came back to visit. We were glad to see several new faces in the crowd again this Sunday.

Today’s music was “Soul On Fire”, “Power In the Blood/Are You Washed”, “Heart or Worship”, and “Cannons”. Pastor Billy continued his series, “1&2 Peter“ with a message called, “Phoney Baloney”.  The text was 2 Peter 2:1-12 and 2 Peter1: 20-21. You can enjoy this sermon again by going to the home page and clicking WATCH Monday afternoon.

The next two weeks we are collecting magazines, coloring books, paperbacks, and hardback novels to share with the men at the new Joliet Treatment Center that houses 150 mentally ill inmates.  We also can use Easter cards with white envelopes.  Leave these at the Graybars Project table THROUGH MARCH 24th.  Everybody is welcome to tour the Stateville prison in Crest Hill, IL with our team for free.  See date and admission requirements at the Graybars table sign-up sheet.

Kristen Hippenhammer is almost ready to birth her son, so we now have openings for serving in the nursery. If you would like to help care for our tiny ones once a month, it would be a humongous help. Mark your connection card or speak with Miriam Sandoval to take a turn.   

If you would like to prepare a supper for the Hippenhammers, speak with Dawn Gonda who is in charge of coordinating meals for them through our “Fishes and Loaves” ministry.

Yesterday was our quarterly men’s breakfast at the church with several attending.  Thank you, Pastor Bob for leading the devotional! Teardrop Café in New Lenox catered for us. If you enjoyed the meal, patronize the restaurant.  Those folk are consistently good to us.

Pastor Bob is now collecting $56 from those 13 and older who are attending the one-day men’s conference in Wheaton on April 27.  The ticket includes lunch.  There are a few scholarships available, so if you want to go, but don’t have the funds, speak with Pastor Bob.

Senior Ministry is hosting a St.Patrick’s Day lunch /Kitchen Shower Wednesday, March 13th at the church at noon.  There is a sign-up sheet for food and needed kitchen items. Rita Brown can answer your questions.  If you are 55+ come and join us for corned beef, potatoes, carrots, cabbage, and the fixins!

Sunday, March 17th, singles are invited to the DeSando home in Frankfort for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration meal. Sign up at the Connection Table for this fun event.

There is a new weekly Tuesday night small group/Bible study starting March 19th at the Knotts’ home in Manhattan. It will begin with the book of James and then move on to Jude. Sign up at the Connection Table.

Ladies, Saturday March 23 at 9am is "Hello My Name Is" for women where someone will share their story. Breakfast /snacks /beverage provided. Please be sure to sign up at the Connection Table. You will be given the address at the time of sign up.

Happy Birthday, Greg Fash!  Bob Brown’s birthday is NEXT Sunday.   He and Carrie Grafrath have been in the hospital this past week.  Our in-house counselor, Mishel Rych is now home recuperating from painful arm surgery. Prayers that all our folks who are experiencing “technical difficulties” are soon back on their feet and feeling human again.

See everybody back here next Sunday by 10 am. Be sure and pick up your large print copies of “Daily Bread” on the Connection Table.  We don’t want those to lie there unread.

 

 

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