September 1, 2019:

Hello, and thanks for coming to this site to catch up on our latest church news on this holiday weekend!

This morning’s songs were “Old Time Rock ‘n Roll”, “Glorious One”, “Revival”, “In the Garden”, “All My Hope”, and “How Great Is Our God” .

Pastor Billy began his new series, “I DON’T LIKE YOU” with a message called “Unity in the Trinity”.  Text was from Matthew 28:18-20,1 Corinthians 12:11 and various other passages.  John Nordsell delivered 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 Tuesday afternoon.

Thanks so much for sharing your non-perishables with our local food pantry today!  You are a generous bunch who so often “pay it forward” to help our neighbors in tight spots.

Annual Manhattan Labor Day Parade is TOMORROW 11 a.m., and we will be having a puppet float, a music float, and walkers passing out candy and church info. If you can’t hoof it, then just sit on the curb and clap and cheer as we pass. Theme is “Superheroes”.  Some of us have worked long and hard on our costumes, so this will be mighty silly and fun!  If you forgot to bring your individually wrapped candy, just bring it with you to the parade route if you want.

Brenda Hajek hosted Saturday’s Adult Connection party at her New Lenox home, and thankfully, the rain held off! Over 30 attended, and there was sooo much good food.  Thanks to all who came out to join the fun!

Senior Ministry’s “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner” fellowship meal is at noon, Sept. 18th at the church.  Sign up if you wish to come and bring a dish to pass. There will be special drawings for prizes, so be sure to come and invite a buddy or two.

It was brought to our attention there are new sober living homes opening this month in our nearby community, and they are in need of men’s clothing, bedroom furniture, linens, and miscellaneous items to house the folks transitioning out of drug treatment programs.  Several of these people have been in the Dept. of Corrections, so for these reasons, HERO (Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization) and Graybars Project prison outreach are joining forces for this September project to gather needed items.  There are lists posted on the bulletin board if you have  items to share.

Men’ Quarterly Breakfast will be Saturday, Sept.7th, 8 a.m. at the church. You do need to sign up so we will know how much food to prepare.  This is free! Usually the men’s donuts are the same day as the homeless outreach, but not this time.

Warm Their Soles homeless outreach is 10 a.m. the second Saturday of each month.  Just show up at the church, and the Sandovals will put you to work when the group drives to Joliet. They are all the time needing new socks and bottles of water for their Blessing Bags if you’d like to contribute!

Kids’ Harvest Carnival (Hallelujah Hoedown) is Saturday, September 21 at 11 am at the church.  There will be a puppet show in the parking lot, jump house, music, and a chili cookoff!  If you want to help, speak to the Sandovals about volunteering.


 

Donations of upscale women's clothing are now being accepted for the second annual "My Sister's Closet" shopping extravaganza on Saturday Oct. 5 at the church.  There is a sign-up sheet if you'd like to help with the event.  Pat Wozny can give you more info. 

Did you get your Revolution Church bumper sticker yet? Be sure and pick up one from the Connection Table.  Darla and George Carroll created these just for us!  Darla also has made a how-to demo video found on our Face Book page to walk you through application should you have any difficulty.  Shine.FM decals are also free on the table.

Everybody say happy birthday to Linda Delost on Wednesday!  Happy 41st anniversary to Tom and Ginny Williamson!  Happy 5th Anniversary to Brad and Allison Merkel!

Robbie Fosen landed a new job as a computer programmer and left for gorgeous Colorado Thursday. If you want to drop him a card, mail it to: 3060 Mountain Lion Drive – Unit #305 – Loveland, CO 80537

Leslie Graniczny who was in the hospital much of the week with blood clots in her legs and lungs was in church today! YAY!  Knee surgery has been put on the back burner for now.  Best wishes to Freda Wolfenden who had eye surgery this week.

Next time you see Pat Wozny and Eileen Desando, be sure and thank them for the festive fall decor both inside and out!  Looks great!   Be safe and enjoy your Labor Day holiday! See you all back next Sunday at 10 a.m. 

 

 

 

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August 25, 2019:

 

Hello, and thanks for coming to this site to catch up on our latest church news! We had more first-time visitors who heard about us on Shine.FM last week!

This morning’s songs were “Open Up the Heavens”, “Lord, I Lift Your Name On High”, “Love the Lord”, “Living Hope”, and “I Can Only Imagine” during Communion.

Pastor Billy continued his new series, “ICTHUS” with a message called “All About Jesus”.  Text was from John 20:19-29.  Tom Wozny delivered the closing prayer. Monthly prayer meeting was held after service for those who wished to stay. 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.

Robbie Fosen has landed a new job as a computer programmer! He leaves for gorgeous Colorado Thursday. The church laid hands on him and gave him a spoken blessing before he begins his new adventure. We will post his new address as soon as he gets that to us.

Senior Ministry’s “Summer Bash” last Wednesday was fun with many turning out for Sloppy Joes and all the potluck fixings.  Thank you, Kathy Felchlin, for hosting us!  Next one is “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner” at noon, Sept. 18th at the church.  Sign up if you wish to come and bring a dish to pass. There will be special drawings for prizes, so be sure to come and invite a buddy or two.

HERO (Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization) “Your Light Still Shines”, an International Overdose Awareness Day Event, was well attended by the community Thursday.  Pastor Billy was one of the speakers. Several of our church folk showed up early and stayed late to offer support and prayer for those had lost loved ones to drugs.

At the event it was brought to our attention there are new sober living homes opening in our nearby community, and they are in need of clothing, bedroom furniture, toys, linens, and miscellaneous items to house the folks transitioning from treatment programs.  Several of these people have been in the Dept. of Corrections, so for these reasons, HERO and Graybars Project prison outreach are joining forces to gather needed items to get them on their feet.  There is a list posted on the bulletin board and also posted beside the HERO pamphlets if you have extra items to share. Pick up is available!

Brenda Hajek is hosting the next Adult Connection party at her New Lenox home on August 31, 3 pm.  You are asked to sign up for a side dish to share.  Address is provided when you sign up to attend. Find a babysitter now, as this is for 18+.

Men’ Quarterly Breakfast will be Saturday, Sept.7th, 8 a.m. at the church. You do need to sign up so we will know how much food to prepare.  This is free! Usually the men’s donuts are the same day as the homeless outreach, but not this time.

Warm Their Soles homeless outreach is 10 a.m. the second Saturday of each month.  Just show up at the church, and the Sandovals will put you to work when the group drives to Joliet. They are all the time needing new socks and  bottles of water for their Blessing Bags if you’d like to contribute..

Kids’ Harvest Carnival (Hallelujah Hoedown) is Saturday, September 21 at 11 am at the church.  There will be a puppet show in the parking lot, jump house, and a chili cook-off!  If you want to help, speak to the Sandovals about volunteering.

Annual Manhattan Labor Day Parade is September 2, and we will be having a puppet float, a music float, and walkers passing out candy and church info.  Theme is “Superheroes”.  Get into your creative zone and design a wacky costume if you wish.  We need bags of individually wrapped candy from you! There is a collection tub as you enter the church.

Did you get your Revolution Church bumper sticker yet? Be sure and pick up one from the Connection Table.  Darla and George Carroll created these just for us!  Darla also has made a how-to demo video found on our Face Book page to walk you through application should you have any difficulty.

Everybody wish little Scarlett Hippenhammer a happy birthday!

Get well soon wishes to Leslie Graniczny who has been in ICU much of the week with blood clots in her legs and lungs.  Knee surgery has been put on the back burner for now.

Best wishes to Freda Wolfenden who has eye surgery this week.

See everybody back next Sunday at 10 am when Pastor will being his new series about unity called, “I Don’t Like You”.  Remember to bring non-perishables for our community food pantry! Have a blessed week!

 

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August 18, 2019:

 

 

Hello, and thanks for visiting this page to catch up on our latest church news!

Today was super fun as the Shine.FM crew from Bourbonnais,IL was present since we were chosen as “Church of the Week”!  Perhaps you heard Pastor Billy’s interview on the radio the past few days? Even in the middle of a nasty thunderstorm and torrential rains, we still had first time visitors because of all this free publicity!  Network General Manager, Brian McIntyre, presented Pastor Billy with a keepsake desk award to remember this honor. After service folks were invited to the Shine.FM table for photos and to pick up free trinkets and local upcoming concerts information.

This morning’s songs were “Let the Praises Ring”, “I’ll Fly Away”, “The Greatness of Our God”, “Stand In Your Love”, and “I Am Who You Say I Am”.

Pastor Billy continued his new series, “ICTHUS” with a message called “The Kenosis”.  Text was from Philippians 2:1-11 and John 6:37-38. Larry DeSando delivered the closing prayer. You can go to the main menu and click WATCH to view this and other past messages. Today’s sermon will be up by Monday afternoon.

Did you get your Revolution Church bumper sticker yet? Be sure and pick up one from the Connection Table.  The multi-talented Darla and George Carroll created these just for us!  Darla also has made a how-to demo video found on our Face Book page to walk you through application should you have any difficulty.

“Hello My Name Is” breakfast had over 20 attending with our beloved Kay Schmidt as the mystery guest speaker. Thanks to all who provided food, and for Eileen DeSando for opening her gorgeous Frankfort home again to us!

Newcomer’s Dessert originally scheduled for August 23 will be rescheduled for later in the fall.

Ages 55+, you are invited to Senior Ministry’s “Summer Bash” on Wednesday, August 21, at noon at the home of Kathy Felchlin in Manhattan.  Sign up at the Connection Table for attendance and to bring a dish to pass.

Brenda Hajek is hosting the next Adult Connection party at her New Lenox home on August 31, 3 pm.  You are asked to sign up for a side dish to share.  Address is provided when you sign up to attend. Find a babysitter now, as this is for 18+.

HERO (Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization) has invited us back to the “Your Light Still Shines”, an International Overdose Awareness Day Event, at Lincoln-Way West High School in New Lenox on Thursday, August 22, 5:30-8:30 pm, with the main speaking event from 7-8 pm. Pastor Billy will be one of the speakers. Last year we mingled and prayed for people and have been asked to do the same again. Speak with Pastor Billy or the Dombrowskis for more info if you would like to comfort and bless the people who have lost loved ones to drugs. Visit www.newlenox.net for full service details.

Annual Manhattan Labor Day Parade is September 2, and we will be having a puppet float, a music float, and walkers passing out candy and church info.  Theme is “Superheroes”.  Get into your creative zone and wear a wacky costume if you wish.  We need bags of individually wrapped candy from you! There is a collection tub as you enter the church.

Happy belated 65th birthday wishes to Oscar Hammerburg! Our guitarist, John Nordsell, turned 67 today!  Happy Birthday to Rita Brown on Friday! Sweet little Zoelle Gibbs just turned ONE!  Happy 28th Anniversary to John and Carrie Grafrath! 

Thank you to all who worked hard and served in ANY capacity to make this such a special day. We all went home feeling joyful and refreshed! See everybody back next Sunday at 10 am when we will do it all again.

 

 

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August 11, 2019:

 

 

Hello, and thanks for visiting this site to catch up on our latest church news!

This morning’s songs were “Unchanging”, “Chain Breaker”, “The Table”, and “Lord I Need You”. 

Pastor Billy continued his new series, “ICTHUS” with a message called “The Eye of a Needle” about the rich, young ruler.  Text was from Luke 18:25 and Romans 8:5-7. Todd Bullaro delivered the closing prayer. You can go to the main menu and click WATCH to view this and other past messages. Today’s sermon will be up by Monday afternoon.

Super-duper news! Our church has been chosen to be “Church of the Week”. Now, how exciting is THAT?  Pastor Billy has been interviewed, and he will be promoting us daily for the next week on air. NEXT SUNDAY the crew from Shine.FM Christian radio will be with us for service. We expect several first-time visitors, so plan on being here on time so we can welcome them properly and not crawl across them finding seats during the worship!

There were two events yesterday that always fall back to back.  Thirteen men gathered at the church for donuts and an inspiring devotional led by Gene O’Brien Saturday morning.   A couple hours later “Warm Their Soles” team ministered to the homeless again at Morning Star Mission in Joliet.  They shared Blessing Bags and school supplies with students living there.  They were pleased to get an impromptu tour of the shelter! 

Ladies, “Hello My Name Is” breakfast /speaking event will be held Saturday, August 17, 9 am at Eileen DeSando’s Frankfort home.  This is FREE and always fun, but Eileen does need to know you are coming to have enough seats.

Ages 55+, you are invited to Senior Ministry’s “Summer Bash” on Wednesday, August 21, at noon at the home of Kathy Felchlin in Manhattan.  Sign up for attendance and to bring a dish to pass at the Connection Table.

Brenda Hajek is hosting the next Adult Connection party at her New Lenox home on August 31, 3 pm.  You are asked to sign up for a side dish to share.  Address is provided when you sign up to attend. Find a babysitter now, as this is for 18+.

Annual Manhattan Labor Day Parade is September 2, and we will be having a puppet float, a music float, and walkers passing out candy and church info.  Theme is “Superheroes”.  Get into your creative zone and wear a costume if you wish.  We need bags of individually wrapped candy from you!

Have you signed up to receive “Daily Scriptures”?  Eileen DeSando writes these devotionals, and they are excellent and quick reading.  Check them out, and tell a friend.

There is opportunity for ladies to have a one-on-one Bible study geared to their needs and interests.  Sign up at the Connection Table to get more information. This is free for you! While you are back there check out all the other pamphlets and opportunities to serve, fellowship, and learn. They are many.

Happy 70th birthday wishes are going out to our favorite florist, Judy Fash, and to Elder Tom Wozny!

Speaking of food, remember each summer we have a “Harvest Sharing Table” where you can leave your excess crops and take what you need.  We don’t want anything going to waste, so remember to check it out each week and take home a free treat. Diane Neakarse provided bell peppers and red and green tomatoes today.

Enjoy your Sabbath, and look after each other this week.  See everybody back next Sunday at 10 am. 

 

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August 4, 2019:

 

 

Hello, and welcome back friends!

Did you see the piles of food donated to bless our local food pantry?  You guys are awesomely thoughtful and generous to help your neighbors who can use a hand. We’ve been told our church is feeding over 20 families each month! Next collection is the first Sunday in September.

Speaking of food, remember each summer we have a “Sharing Table” where you can leave your excess crops and take what you need.  We don’t want anything going to waste, so remember to check it out each week! Qcomeburs and maters have been plentiful so far. Anybody with extree oak-ree, peech, taters, zookeenee, and yeller skwarshes can brang them in next Sunday.  Thanky much!  (Just funnin’!)  

While we are on the subject of generosity, Graybars Project thanks you for the hundreds of books and magazines donated for their summer book drive to restock library shelves at the following facilities: Clay Co. Detention Center in Hayesville, NC, Joliet Treatment Center and River Valley Juvenile Detention Center in Joliet, and Sussex State Prison in Waverly, VA! Special thanks to Bruce Smit, the Lees, and the Dombrowskis for extra efforts to make this outreach a success!

This morning’s songs were “Salvation Is Here”, “If We Are the Body”, “I Have Decided”, and “Break Every Chain”.  Pastor Bob led us in special prayer for our communities and nation in light of the particularly violent weekend of random shootings.

Pastor Billy – with his great big fishing net in hand-  began his new series, “ICTHUS” with a message called “Bumper Stickers”.  Text was from Mark 1:16-18, Matthew 4:18-22, John 1:35-42, Luke 5:1-11, and Mark 8:34. Kathy Felchlin delivered the closing prayer. You can go to the main menu and click WATCH to view this and other past messages. Today’s sermon will be up by Monday afternoon.

Super-duper news! Our church has been chosen to be “Church of the Week”. Now, how cool is THAT?  Pastor Billy will be interviewed, and we will be promoted for days prior, then Sunday, August 18th the crew from Shine.FM Christian radio will be with us for service. Plan on being here so we can have a full house!

Have you signed up to receive “Daily Scriptures”?  Eileen DeSando writes these devotionals, and they are excellent and quick reading.  Check them out, and tell a friend.

There is opportunity for ladies to have a one-on-one Bible study geared to your needs and interests.  Sign up at the Connection Table to get more information. This is free for you!

There are two events on August 10.  7 am all men and their male friends are invited for donuts and a quick devotional at the church.  Pastor Bob can answer your questions if you need more info for this free event.  At 10 “Warm Their Soles” will minister to the homeless again.  Pastor Julian is in charge.  Everybody is welcome to come show love and pass out blessing bags. Gather at the church, and we will caravan to the ministry location in Joliet.

Ladies, “Hello My Name Is” breakfast /speaking event will be held Saturday, August 17, 9 am at Eileen DeSando’s Frankfort home.  When you sign up at the Connection Table, you can also sign up for a food item to bring and get the address.  This is FREE and always fun.

Ages 55+, you are invited to Senior Ministry’s “Summer Bash” on Wednesday, August 21, at noon at the home of Kathy Felchlin in Manhattan.  Sign up for attendance and to bring a dish to pass at the Connection Table.

Newcomer’s Dessert will be hosted at the Knotts’ Manhattan home Friday, August 23, at 6:30 pm.  If you are new or want to meet more people, come out and fellowship for a while.  Some of the leaders will be present if you have questions about the church. You must sign up for this free event.

Brenda Hajek is hosting the next Adult Connection party at her New Lenox home on August 31, 3 pm.  You are asked to sign up for a side dish to share.  Address is provided when you sign up to attend. Find a babysitter now, as this is for 18+.

Happy Birthday wishes are going out to Deacon Blaine Petersen on the 8th and to Carrie Ann Grafrath on the 9th!  Happy 40th Anniversary to Craig and Jan Dombrowski…and Happy 29th birthday to Jan (wink-wink)!

Today at 4 pm, there is a remembrance to celebrate the life of Lisa Rizzo. If you knew or loved her or ever had the joy of riding her horses, you are welcome.  Slapshots Sports Bar & Grill, 14608 S. Cicero Ave, Midlothian, IL 60445.

Enjoy your Sabbath, and look after each other this week.  See everybody back next Sunday at 10 am.

 

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July 28, 2019:

 

 

Hello, and welcome back, friends!

Pastor Billy completed his Ten Commandments series and taught what the Bible says about coveting with text from Exodus 20:17 and Philippians 4:12-13. You can go to the main menu and click WATCH to view “The Green Eyed Monster” and other past messages. Today’s sermon will be up by Monday afternoon.

This morning’s songs were “Your Grace Is Enough”, “Enough”, “I Stand Amazed”, and “Come As You Are” for Communion.  As a special treat at the end of the service, Pastor Billy played his guitar and sang Third Day’s “Show Me Your Glory” to wrap up the sermon series.  There was a prayer meeting held after church for those who wished to stay.  

Super-duper news! Our church has been chosen to be “Church of the Week”. Now, how cool is THAT?  Pastor Billy will be interviewed, and we will be promoted for days prior, then Sunday, August 18th the crew from Shine.FM Christian radio will be with us for service. Plan on being here so we can have a full house!

Shady Oaks summer camp for people with disabilities was entertained by the Sandovals’ puppets and team Wednesday!  Three cheers for those who went the extra mile to spread joy and bless these special needs campers! 

Diane Neakarse is the generous gardener who brought tomatoes and cucumbers to share.  We hope you took a few home for supper.  Linda DeLost brought vouchers for free gallons of milk at the Circle K.  How thoughtful and kind!  Remember, if you have extra garden crops, bring them for the sharing table. Leave what you have, and take what you need.

Thanks to Phil and Michelle Grifford for hosting Saturday’s adult connection meal and pool party!  It is always fun to get together and have fellowship with friends.

There are two events on August 10.  7 am all men and their male friends are invited for donuts and a devotional at the church.  Pastor Bob can answer your questions if you need more info.  At 10, “Warm Their Soles” will minister to the homeless again.  Pastor Julian is in charge.  Everybody is welcome to come show love and pass out blessing bags. Gather at the church, and we will caravan to the ministry location.

Ladies, “Hello My Name Is” breakfast /speaking event will be held Saturday, August 17, 9 am at Eileen DeSando’s Frankfort home.  When you sign up at the Connection Table, you can also sign up for a food item to bring and get the address.  This is FREE and always fun.

Ages 55+, you are invited to Senior Ministry’s “Summer Bash” on Wednesday, August 21, at noon at the home of Kathy Felchlin in Manhattan.  Sign up for attendance and to bring a dish to pass at the Connection Table.

Newcomer’s Dessert will be hosted at the Knotts’ Manhattan home Friday, August 23, at 6:30 pm.  If you are new or want to meet more people, come out and fellowship for a while.  Some of the leaders will be present if you have questions about the church. You must sign up for this free event.

Happy 65th Birthday to Pastor Bob this upcoming week! Maybe he will unwrap more really funkadelic socks this year! Guitarist Grant Cromwell is also eating birthday cake this week!

Best wishes for a speedy recovery for George Carroll’s post-op hand!

Sunday, August 4th, 4 pm, there is a remembrance to celebrate the life of Lisa Rizzo. If you knew or loved her or ever had the joy of riding her horses, you are welcome.  Slapshots Sports Bar & Grill, 14608 S. Cicero Ave, Midlothian, IL 60445. 

See you next Sunday with your non-perishables to restock shelves at our local food pantry!  Watch for sales and specials this week when you are buying your own groceries.   Have a blessed week!

 

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July 21, 2019:

 

Hello, and welcome!

Pastor Billy continued with his Ten Commandments series and taught what the Bible says about stealing and lying with text from Exodus 20:15-16 and Proverbs 6.  You are always able to go to the main menu and click WATCH to view this and past messages. Today’s sermon will be up by Monday afternoon.

This morning’s songs were “Open the Eyes of My Heart”, the Newsboys newest hit, “Greatness of Our God”, Hello, My Name Is”, “Give Us Clean Hands” and “Cannons”.

Pastor reminded us of our ongoing Moriah Project and praised the children for faithfully collecting coins. We are actively scouting possible locations to build our permanent church home to give us more room to expand since we are growing. If you wish to leave a special offering for the building fund, you can drop it into the glass box at the connection table.

Today was the final day for donating books for the juvenile detention center and prisons in Joliet.  Because of lack of storage space, if you missed the deadline, we need you to hold on to your books until the next collection in November. 

Red, White, and Blue Party for 55+ ministry on Wednesday at Grant and Faith Cromwell’s home had near 30 in attendance with most wearing patriotic attire! Ron Schmidt and the cemetery honor guard gave a presentation on the graveside folding and presentation of the flag with Q&A following, and folks learned a lot.

The next adult outing is a pool party at Phil and Michelle Grifford’s home in Manhattan on July 27th at 3 pm. 18+, please sign up at the Connection Table to attend and to bring a dish to share with friends. Remember to pack a towel if you are planning to swim. Book your babysitters now, parents!

Ladies, “Hello My Name Is” breakfast /speaking event will be held Saturday, August 17, 9 am.  When you sign up at the Connection Table, you can also sign up for a food item to bring and get the address.  This is FREE and always fun!

Newcomer’s Dessert will be hosted at the Knotts’ Manhattan home Friday, August 23, at 6:30 pm.  If you are new or want to meet more people, come out and fellowship for a while.  Some of the leaders will be present if you have questions about the church. You must sign up for this free evening.

Super-duper news! Our church has been chosen to be “Church of the Week”. Now, how cool is THAT? Sunday, August 18th the crew from Shine.FM Christian radio will be with us for service, and Pastor Billy will be interviewed.  Plan on being here so we can have a full house!

Darren & Mishel Rych privately renewed their vows in celebration of their 10th anniversary this week! Happy 18th Birthday to Samantha Jasinski TODAY!  Congratulations to Mikey Nordsell, motivational speaker, as he begins working with the Forex market.  We wish him much prosperity and success with this new venture!

Thanks to Darren Rych for assisting with our overhead lyrics today.  We are still seeking a dependable person to put the words on the wall so our regulars can take a break now and again. Thanks to Greg Fash for videoing the message! There are always opportunities to serve here if you are willing to work.

See you next Sunday for Communion and to finish up the study on the Ten Commandments! Have a blessed week!

 

 

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July 14, 2019:

 

Hello, and welcome!

Pastor Billy took a break from the pulpit today and invited Bob Smith, Men’s Pastor, to speak. He continued with the Ten Commandments series and taught what the Bible says about the seventh commandment with a message called “No Adultery”. Text was from Exodus 20:14 and Genesis 2:21-24. You are always able to go to the main menu and click WATCH to view this and past messages. Today’s will be up by Monday afternoon.

This morning’s songs were “Open Up the Heavens”, “Let the Praises Ring”, “Because He Lives” and “10,000 Reasons” and "Oh, How I Love Jesus".

Graybars Project is delivering more books and magazines to the Joliet Treatment Center (male inmates) and to the juvenile detention center in Joliet (boys and girls 10-18).  Paperbacks, hardbacks, and magazines will be accepted through July 21 ONLY. which is NEXT SUNDAY.  No textbooks allowed! Nothing with highlighted passages, either. Please remove address labels from your magazines prior to leaving them at the church.

Because of health issues with the evangelist, the August revival scheduled for Rockville Women’s Correctional has been cancelled.  We are sorry to disappoint those excited about volunteering with this ministry event.

Men’s Donuts and Devotional was at the church yesterday with Tom Wozny giving the devotional.  Afterwards, Pastor Julian took his volunteers to Morning Star Mission in Joliet to minister to the homeless with ‘Warm Their Soles” outreach.  They were excited to give away over 50 gift bags.  Thanks to all who donated socks and other much appreciated treats.

The next Senior outing is a Red, White, and Blue Picnic on Wednesday, July 17th at noon at Grant and Faith Cromwell’s Manhattan home. Wear your patriotic attire, and join the fun.  You need to let us know you are coming and bring a dish to share.

The next adult outing is a pool party at Phil and Michelle Grifford’s home in Manhattan on July 27th at 3 pm. 18+, please sign up at the Connection Table to attend and to bring a dish to share with friends. Remember to pack a towel if you are planning to swim. Book your babysitters now, parents!

Happy 34th Birthday to Samantha Getty today! Leslie Graniczny celebrates hers on Friday! Samantha Jasinski is also preparing to blow out her birthday candles next Sunday. Happy Belated Birthday to Nathaniel Herrera and to 4-year old Avery Hippenhammer!

See you next Sunday! First song begins at 10 am, so come a bit early for coffee, snack, and fellowship.  Prayer is at 9:30 in Pastor’s office for those who wish to attend.

 

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July 8, 2019:

 

 

Hello, and welcome!

Pastor Billy continued with his Ten Commandments series and taught what the Bible says about murder with a message called “Thou Shalt Not Kill?” Text was from Exodus 20:13. You are always able to go to the main menu and click WATCH to view this and past messages. Today’s will be up by Monday afternoon.

Sunday morning’s songs were "Where the Streets Have No name",  “Glorious One”, “Love the Lord”, “God of Wonders” and “I’ll Fly Away”.

Yesterday was our annual church picnic, and we were glad to see so many come out to worship and then go have fun in Central Park in Manhattan. This was the biggest crowd we have ever had at our picnics! We provided fried chicken, and y’all brought the desserts and sides to share. Special thanks for Grant Cromwell for providing the PA and the mic this year.  Thank for the Sandovals for overseeing the children’s games. Thanks to Michelle and Phil Grifford for shouldering all the responsibilities of organizing this annual event!

We appreciate all who shared donations of non-perishables for our monthly food pantry collection this morning. It is only right to look after our neighbors who are in tight spots financially.

Folks, we are STILL in need of a dependable person who is comfortable on a computer keyboard to assist us with putting lyrics on the screen during our song service. If you have computer know-how, your church NEEDS you, even if once a month.  See Cynthia Petersen if this is an area where you would like to serve here at Revolution.

Graybars Project is delivering more books and magazines to the Joliet Treatment Center (male inmates) and to the juvenile detention center in Joliet (boys and girls 10-18).  Paperbacks, hardbacks, and magazines will be accepted through July 21 ONLY. No textbooks allowed! Nothing with highlighted passages, either. Please remove address labels from your magazines prior to leaving them at the church.

Men’s Donuts and Devotional is at the church on Saturday, July 13, 7 am.  No sign up necessary, just grab a buddy or two and come join the fellowship.  That same morning at 10 am, Pastor Julian invites any and all volunteers to come help minister to the homeless with ‘Warm Their Soles” outreach. It’s always a good time with this group!

The next Senior outing is a Red, White, and Blue Picnic on Wednesday, July 17th at noon at Grant and Faith Cromwell’s Manhattan home. Everything is provided, just wear your patriotic attire, and join the fun.  Sign up at the Connection Table.

The next adult outing is a pool party at Phil and Michelle Grifford’s home in Manhattan on July 27th at 3 pm. 18+, please sign up at the Connection Table to attend and to bring a dish to share with friends. Remember to pack a towel if you are planning to swim. Book your babysitters now, parents!

Happy Birthday to Samantha Getty next Sunday! Happy Birthday to Lelaina Leatherman today!

See you next Sunday! First song begins at 10am, so come a bit early for coffee, snack, and fellowship.  Prayer is at 9:30 in Pastor’s office for those who wish to attend.

 

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July 1, 2019:

 

 

Hello!

Yesterday in church we celebrated the 4th of July a tad early with several wearing their patriotic attire. Our medley was “America the Beautiful/God Bless America/Battle Hymn of the Republic”, following the presentation of the flag.  Other songs were “Stand In Your Love”, “Blessed Be the Name”, and “At the Cross” for our time of monthly Communion.

Since today was Family Sunday, children sat with their parents for the service, and Pastor Julian Sandoval delivered a lesson about honoring our parents called “Aw, Ma, Do I Have To?“ Text was from Exodus 20:12 and Ephesians 6:1-4. Several people won books in the end of service raffle. You are always able to go to the main menu and click WATCH to view this and other past messages. Today’s will be up by Monday afternoon.

Several stayed after church for our monthly prayer meeting.  Remember this is always held the final Sunday of each month, and everybody is invited.

This week the youth group held a picnic and swim party at Jan Golden’s great big awesome house.  Special guest was Diamond Torres all the way back from TX!  We have missed that sweet face for much too long!

Make plans now to join us directly after service for our yearly church picnic and games NEXT SUNDAY. This year we will be at Central park at 110 S Park St, Manhattan.  We will provide fried chicken, and we ask everyone to bring a side dish, dessert, or a drink.

Men’s Donuts and Devotional is at the church on Saturday, July 13, 7 am.  No sign up necessary, just grab a buddy or two and come join the fellowship.  10 am, Pastor Julian invites any and all volunteers to come help minister to the homeless with ‘Warm Their Soles” outreach. It’s always a good time with this group!

The next Senior outing is a Red, White, and Blue Picnic on Wednesday, July 17th at noon at Grant and Faith Cromwell’s Manhattan home. Everything is provided, just wear your patriotic attire, and join the fun.  Sign up at the Connection Table.

The next adult outing is a pool party at Phil and Michelle Grifford’s home in Manhattan on July 27th at 3 pm. 18+, please sign up at the Connection Table to attend and to bring a dish to share with friends. Remember to pack a towel if you are planning to swim. Book your babysitters now, parents!

Folks, we are still in need of a dependable person who is comfortable on a computer keyboard to assist us with putting lyrics on the screen during our song service. See Cynthia Petersen if this is an area where you would like to serve here at Revolution.

It was a surprise to see Sophie and Maria Bachelor visiting us all the way from Florida. We pray for safe travels home for them this week.

Justice Petersen had tonsils and adenoids removed and has had a rough weekend. We wish her a speedy recovery with no more unwelcome surprises.  Get well soon, Justice! We love you!

Thank you to Lisa Jasinski for her kind donation of two guitars to the music team! She has such a generous heart and finds joy in sharing with others.

Happy 50th Anniversary to Faith and Grant Cromwell!  They renewed their vows Sunday afternoon with a room full of children and grandchildren who came from far and near to honor them!  We applaud them and wish them another 50!

Happy 44th anniversary to Pastor Bob and Heather Smith! Happy 58th anniversary to Kaye and Ron Schmidt! Kaye says a few of the years were good. (She was joking, of course!) How special and wonderful to still be in love after all these decades of togetherness. Congratulations!  Happy Birthday to Jackie Strzelecki! You are loved and missed.

Have a blessed week, and enjoy your 4th of July responsibly.  We will see you all back next Sunday with your donations of non-perishables for our local food pantry! Kids, bring back your banks full of coins for Moriah Project, and Miriam will give you a new bank full of M&Ms!  Bye for now!

 

 

 

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June 23, 2019:

 

 

Greetings, and a big hello to our visitors checking out this column for the first time! Thank you for joining us for service.  Here’s a recap of what’s happening:

Miriam Sandoval reported to us that the children have contributed $305.42 to the Moriah Project!  She passed out containers filled with M&Ms and asked the children to fill them with coins when the candy is eaten.  When the container is full of money, they can exchange it for another filled with candy.  Sounds like a plan!

Today’s music was “Today Is the Day”, “Famous One”, “Here I Am To Worship”, and “All My Hope Is In Jesus”.

Pastor Billy continued his June series, “Ten Commandments” with a message called “Remember the Sabbath”. Text was Exodus 20:8-11 and Deuteronomy 5:15. You are always able to go to the main menu and click WATCH to view this and past messages. Today’s message should be up by Monday afternoon.

Aloha! About 18 people attended the senior Luau Luncheon at Bob and Connie Schuler’s home in Elwood. The tables looked tropical, and there was plenty of pulled pork and the fixin’s. Teresa Page even custom squeezed fresh lemonade drinks for guests! 

The next Senior outing is a Red, White, and Blue Picnic on Wednesday, July 17th at noon at Grant and Faith Cromwell’s Manhattan home. Everything is provided, just wear your patriotic attire, and join the fun.  Sign up at the Connection Table.

The first Adult Connection event of the summer was yesterday in New Lenox with near two dozen attending. Greg and Judy have the most beautiful back porch, flower gardens, and fountain! Some played bags while other relaxed in the swings, and we all ate til we were stuffed. We were pleased the sun decided to shine so we didn’t need to clomp around in ugly old galoshes.  Thank you to all who participated!

The next adult outing is at Phil and Michelle Grifford’s home in Manhattan on July 27th at 3 pm. 18+, please sign up at the Connection Table to attend and to bring a dish to share with friends.  Book your babysitters now, parents!

Make plans to join us directly after service for our yearly church picnic and games on July 7th. This year we will be at Central park at 110 S Park St, Manhattan.  We will provide fried chicken, and we will ask everyone to sign up online to bring a side dish, dessert, drinks, etc. The online sign up form should be available very soon!

Men’s Donuts and Devotional is at the church on Saturday, July 13, 7 am.  No sign up necessary, just grab and buddy or two and come join the fellowship.

Graybars Project invites you to attend another tent revival at the Rockville, Indiana women’s prison on Saturday, August 24th.  Anybody 18+ is invited to attend. Watch for sign-up sheets and mandatory paperwork coming soon! Save that date!

Our Sue Mulder is in town from Arizona, so enjoy her quickly before she hops back on that plane and flies home.

Happy 13th Birthday to Lainey Leatherman!  Happy Birthday, Judy Christensen! Happy Birthday TODAY to Penny Knott! After she prayed the dismissal, the crowd broke out into the birthday song.

Congrats to Jimmy Leatherman on his 8th grade graduation! Congratulations to Blaine Petersen who has a new job! Thank you, Lord, for answered prayers!

Get well wishes to Georgia Schmidt after her cataract surgery.

Blessings on the Sandoval family.  This is the first anniversary of Roger’s passing, and he will be forever missed and loved.  He was faithful to attend and support this church while he was able.

Did you get your free transparent Revolution Church vehicle decal from the Connection Table? If not, please take one next Sunday! Get rest, and have a blessed and peaceful Sabbath!

 

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June 16, 2019:

 

 

Greetings, and a big hello to our visitors checking out this column for the first time! Thanks for worshipping with us on this holiday weekend!  Today we honor dads, stepdads, foster dads, part-time dads, grandpas, and to those fathers already waiting in Heaven.   

 

Thanks to Rich Benco (RB) and Bruce Smit for blessing us with the antique Tudor and vintage Ford truck used for photos and quick rides around the building for the adventuresome after service. That was fun!

Today’s music was “Born To Be Wild”, “This Is Amazing Grace”, “Your Name”, “Good Good Father”, and “Who You Say I Am”.

Pastor Billy continued his June series, “Ten Commandments” with a message called “The Name of God”. Text was Exodus 20:7, Psalm 99:1-3, Leviticus 24:10-16 and Matthew 6:7. You are always able to go to the main menu and click WATCH to view this and past messages. Today’s message will be up by Monday afternoon.

Yesterday several of the Graybars Project volunteers traveled to Indiana to assist the evangelist with his summer revival at Plainfield Correctional Facility. Seven prisoners accepted Christ! Another trip is planned in August for the Rockville, IN women’s prison.  Folks over 18 are invited to participate. Watch for sign-up sheets and mandatory paperwork.

Aloha! Seniors 55+, you are invited to a Luau Luncheon at Bob and Connie Schuler’s Elwood home on June 19 at noon. There is a sign-up sheet for attendance and food on the Connection Table.  Maybe we can do some hula if anybody gets a wild hair and shows up in a grass skirt!

The first Adult Connection event of the summer is June 22, 3 pm at Greg and Judy Fash’s home in New Lenox. They have the most beautiful back porch and flowers in their yard! Sloppy Joes will be provided, and you bring the sides.  Sign up at the Connection Table.

Make plans now to join us directly after service for our yearly church picnic and games on July 7th. This year we will be at Central park at 110 S Park St, Manhattan.  We will provide fried chicken, and we will ask everyone to sign up online to bring a side dish, dessert, drinks, etc. The online sign up form should be available very soon!

Happy Birthday to Judy Christensen on the 18th!  Happy Birthday to Penny Knott on the 23rd!

Did you get your free transparent Revolution Church vehicle decal from the Connection Table? If not, please take one next Sunday! Have a blessed week.  Enjoy your Father’s Day!

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June 9, 2019:

Hello again, friends and family, and a big hello to our many visitors checking out this column for the first time! Thanks for worshipping with us, and for reading “What’s Happening”!

Today’s music was “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”, “Everlasting God”, “Give Us Clean Hands”, and “Living Hope”. Thank you to Justin Graniczny for filling in on drums!

Pastor Billy continued his June series, “Ten Commandments” with a message called “American Idols”. Text was Exodus 20:4-6 and Revelation 9:20-21. Sorry to disappoint all the faithful online watchers, but because of technical difficulties today, the sermon could not be recorded.  Please do not throw rocks or rotten tomatoes.  We expect to be up and running again next Sunday. You are always able to go to the main menu and click WATCH and view other past messages.

At the end of the service we were proud to hear testimonies from and see five folks be baptized!  Those being dunked were: Samantha Getty, Heather Hawn, Gail Agema, Crystal Carrasquillo, and John Baron.

We want to acknowledge our graduates:  Justice Petersen graduated from 8th grade.  Samantha Jasinski graduated from high school and is excited about college in the fall.  Jordan Knott just completed her pre-requisites at JJC, and has her sights set on mortuary college!  Brenda Hajek completed her degree from JJC at age 66!  How inspirational is THAT?  She was unable to walk the stage to pick up her diploma, because her grandson was graduating high school the same day, and she went to FL to clap and cheer for him.  If you know of other graduates 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!

Yesterday was our Men’s Quarterly Breakfast with all kinds of good food catered by Teardrop Café.  Fourteen attended, and Pastor Bob led the devotion.

Following breakfast, a dozen volunteers gathered for Pastor Julian’s “Warm Their Soles” monthly homeless outreach.  This time they hiked the woods and RR tracks searching for the notorious “tent city” to hand out “Blessing Bags” full of items donated by you, but nobody was there. Plan B took them to Morning Star Mission in Joliet to give their gifts to the men eating lunch.  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 bags. The Sandovals can answer any questions you have.

Saturday several of the Graybars Project volunteers will be traveling to Indiana to assist the evangelist with the summer tent revival at Plainfield Correctional Facility.  Be in prayer for their travel safety and that God will move in this service.

 

Seniors 55+, you are invited to a Luau Luncheon at Bob and Connie Schuler’s Elwood home on June 19 at noon. There is a sign-up sheet  for attendance and food on the Connection Table. Grass skirts are not mandatory!

The first Adult Connection event of the summer is June 22, 3 pm at Greg and Judy Fash’s home in New Lenox. They have the most beautiful back porch and flowers! Sloppy Joes will be provided, and you bring the sides.  Sign up at the Connection Table if you are 18 or older.

Make plans now to join us directly after service for our yearly church picnic on July 7th. This year we will be at Central park at 110 S Park St, Manhattan.  We will provide fried chicken, and we will ask everyone to sign up online to bring a side dish, dessert, drinks, etc. The online sign up form should be available very soon!

While you are at the Connection 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.

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.

Happy Birthday to Durk Lee! His son showed up on his doorstep all the way from the East Coast to surprise him!  Feliz Cumpleanos to Elena Sandoval who turns 80!  Happy Birthday to Jan Golden on the 14th!

Congratulations to Lisa Jasinski for landing a new job in a veterinary laboratory! Congrats to her daughter, Samantha, for also landing a position as a chemist in the same lab.  Both start Monday. Thank you, Lord, for answered prayers!

We will see everybody back next week for Father’s Day! Don’t you dare lay out of church.  That fishing hole and your BBQ grill will still be waiting for you after service.  Weather permitting, we hope to have some antique cars in the lot again for your enjoyment.  Have a blessed week!

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