March 8, 2020:

 

Hello again, friends and family!

Today was time change Sunday, and for those who “sprung forward” and rolled out of bed an hour early, we provided complimentary donuts, juice, and coffee.  For some of you, the clock in your car and your microwave will finally be right again.  Yay!

In the light of the global coronavirus concerns, we saw many light-hearted ankle and elbow bumpings rather than handshakes and hugs, and that is alright. Linda Delost was kind enough to leave copies of a DIY hand sanitizer formula on the Connection Table for those who are finding their stores sold out.

Pastor Billy continued the series, “The Letters of 1-2-3 John”, with a message called “The Spirit, the Water, and the Blood”. Text was 1 John 5:1-12. Diane McCullough prayed the closing prayer.  You can go to the main menu and click WATCH to view this and other past messages. Today’s sermon should be up by Monday afternoon 

This morning’s songs were “I’ll Fly Away”, “This Is Amazing Grace”, “We Believe”, “Even So Come”, and “Victory in Jesus”.

The proofs for our new directory are on the Connection Table.  It is your responsibility to view your contact info and either make corrections or put a check mark beside it if it meets your approval. 

A dozen men attended the Iron Sharpens Iron conference in Orland Park in February!  Pastor Bob asked each attendee to think on one thing they found inspirational from the classes and be prepared to share it at the next Donuts and Devotional at the church on March 14th. (Note the new 8 a.m. time!)  No charge. No sign-up.  Just bring a male buddy and show up!

Following the Donuts event Warm Their Soles volunteers will travel to Joliet at 10 a.m. to minister at Morning Star Mission.  This is open to anybody who has a heart for the homeless.  The Sandovals can give you more information!

St. Patrick’s Day senior ministry corned beef holiday meal will be at the church on March 18 at noon.  If you are 55 or older, you are invited. Wear green if you wish! If you haven’t already signed up at the Connection Table, please let us know you are coming so we will set a place for you!  Kathy Felchlin, coordinator, can answer any questions.  (Speaking of St. Patrick’s Day, consider venturing back to the prison outreach table and check out the holiday scriptures and Irish prayers display before it is gone.)

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

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

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

Happy Birthday today to little Levi Hippenhammer, and Monday to our keyboard player, Tammy Smit! Bob Hensle  (a.k.a. “Autumn’s Grandpa”) celebrates on the 11th!  Cathy Price seeing this online, we love you and hope you had a whoop-ti-do birthday! When you come back the area, come take in a service.  Special greetings going across the miles to one of our quiet supporters, Cornelius L. who faithfully reads this column! Thank you for loving us all these years, “Corny”.  We sure do appreciate you!

Durk Lee was in Silver Cross Hospital but was sent home last Sunday afternoon. He appeared to be back to his sweet self at church this morning.

We sure do miss our jolly Lakeda Vaughn and her granddaughter, Trinity!  Last week we printed a note she’d sent, and now we have her newest address. Feel free to get in touch and let them know they are not forgotten.

LAKEDA VAUGHN

16809 Pink Wintergreen

Conroe, TX 77385

It was a treat to see the Grafrath family walk through the doors! We have missed Carrie since she moved to New York!  Enjoy them while they are still in town.

Now that you are all caught up on our current events, shut down the computer and go outside and soak up this warm spring sunshine for as long as it lasts! What a glorious Sunday! Since so many of us have Irish roots, today we leave you with a traditional Irish blessing:

May the road rise to meet you,

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

The rains fall soft upon your fields,

And until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

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March 1, 2020:

 

 

Hello again, friends!  It feels like Winter and Spring have both been fighting for custody, and today Spring won! What a blessing to leave the mittens and snow boots in the closet and have sun on our faces on this beautiful Sunday morning.  This is the day the Lord has made, and we will rejoice and be happy!

Tomorrow marks the 6th year anniversary of the first public service of Revolution Church.  We met in the Founders Center in Frankfort for that kick-off service. We have lost some members to death, relocation, or simply finding a church that was a better fit, but many of our founders are still with us, still serving, still working hard and faithfully to help this church continue to grow.  Thank you to all who donate their time, treasure, and talents to help us thrive!

Pastor Billy continued the series, “The Letters of 1-2-3 John”, with a message called “We Love Because He First Loved Us”. Text was 1 John 4:7-21 and John 1:18. Penny Knott prayed the closing prayer.  You can go to the main menu and click WATCH to view this and other past messages. Today’s sermon should be up by Monday afternoon.

This morning’s songs were “Oh, How I Love Jesus/Thank You Lord”, “Stand In Your Love”, “You Never Let Go”, and “Everlasting God”.

Food Pantry collection was today, and we thank you for your generosity to our neighbors and friends in need. Durk and Linda Lee can give you more information should you have questions about this community outreach.

A dozen men attended the Iron Sharpens Iron conference in Orland Park last weekend and enjoyed it!  Pastor Bob asked each attendee to think on one thing they found inspirational from the classes and be prepared to share it at the next Donuts and Devotional at the church on March 14th. (Note the new 8 a.m. time!)  No charge. No sign-up.  Just bring a male buddy and show up!

St. Patrick’s Day senior ministry corned beef holiday meal will be at the church on March 18 at noon.  If you are 55 or older, you are invited.  Sign up at the Connection Table to attend and choose a dish to pass.  Kathy Felchlin, coordinator, can answer any questions. 

Have you been baptized?  March 22 during service will be our next baptizing, so if you wish to be included or have questions, indicate this on your connection card, and someone will be in touch.

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

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

We have three birthdays to announce: Justin Graniczny turns 35 on Monday. Deacon Darren Rych celebrates on the 3rd, and Greg Fash from our Security Team celebrates on the 6th!  Happy Birthday, men of God!

Durk Lee has been in Silver Cross Hospital this week.  At time of this newsletter, there is no update from family, so we hope he is already home or will be very soon!

We sure do miss our sweet Lakeda Vaughn and her granddaughter, Trinity!  Here is a note from her: “I send my love and miss everyone. I will see everyone soon.  I pray that God is moving in everyone’s lives as he is moving in mine. Living in the Chicagoland area made it very difficult for me to move to Texas.  It has been such a significant adjustment, but I have found a new church at the ARK.  It’s not Pastor Billy, but a close second.  I thank you for all of your love and prayers.  Revolution will ALWAYS be my church home.  I love you all!   -- Lakeda”

REMEMBER TIME CHANGE NEXT WEEKEND!  Roll your clock FORWARD an hour Saturday night!  COME EARLY, because we are serving donuts and orange juice before service.  What is better than donuts? FREE donuts!   See you here! Pre-service prayer is in Pastor’s office at 9:30, and anybody can show up.  Otherwise music starts at 10:00. 

 

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February 23, 2020:

 

 

Hello again, friends! What a warm and sunny Sunday to come out to God’s house for worship and to share in Communion! That itsy bitsy flicker of light at the end of the tunnel is SPRING!

Pastor Billy continued the series, “The Letters of 1-2-3 John”, with a message called “Test the Spirits”. Text was 1 John 4:1-4 and Ephesians 6:10-12.  You can go to the main menu and click WATCH to view this and other past messages. Today’s sermon should be up by Monday afternoon.

This morning’s songs were “Goodness, Love and Mercy”, “Love Ran Red”, “Open Up the Heavens”, “Trading My Sorrows”, and “Greater Is He That Is In Me”. Monthly prayer meeting was held after service for those who wished to stay.

A dozen men attended the Iron Sharpens Iron conference in Orland Park yesterday and enjoyed it!  Pastor Bob asked each attendee to think on one thing they found inspirational from the classes and be prepared to share it at the next Donuts and Devotional at the church on March 14th. (Note the new 8 a.m. time!)  No charge. No sign-up.  Just bring a male buddy and show up!

St. Patrick’s Day senior ministry corned beef holiday meal will be at the church on March 18 at noon.  If you are 55 or older, you are invited.  Sign up at the Connection Table to attend and choose a dish to pass.  Kathy Felchlin, coordinator, can answer any questions.

Seniors, are you aware there is weekly Bible study at the church each Wednesday just for you? More information can be found on the Connection Table! 

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

Sending a shout out to J.C. and Sonia McHargue.  J.C. is at home recovering from brain surgery, and we sure do miss seeing their smiling faces here!

The Sandovals are in Florida celebrating the marriage of their daughter.  Congratulations to Anthony and Gabriella Mengel! May you enjoy decades of happiness and love together!

We have some Happy Birthdays to announce: Jill Good’s is TODAY!   Calvin Petersen turns 18 Wednesday!  Our favorite candy maker, Connie Schuler, also celebrates Wednesday!  Lisa Jasinski is in England celebrating her birthday with Samantha who is in college there! (Let the piano player know a few days in advance if you have birthdays or anniversaries you would like to have mentioned here.)

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

See you next week! Pre-service prayer is in Pastor’s office at 9:30, and anybody can show up.  First song kicks off at 10 am!  Be sure to bring your non-perishables for the community food pantry with you as we collect the first Sunday of each month. Thank you for giving.  Thank you for serving.  You are appreciated and loved!

 

 

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February 16, 2020:

 

 

Hello again, friends! It was ANOTHER snowy, slushy, foggy Sunday, but we still had a good-sized crowd!  Only 30 more days til Spring!

Pastor Billy continued the new February series, “The Letters of 1-2-3 John”, with a message called “The Spirit of Antichrist”. Text was 1 John 2:18-27 and Matthew 24:3-14. Phil Graniczny prayed the closing prayer.  You can go to the main menu and click WATCH to view this and other past messages. Today’s sermon should be up by Monday afternoon.

This morning’s songs were “Friend of God”, “Love Is Here ”, “Open the Eyes of My Heart”, “Holy Spirit You Are Welcome Here”, “Amazing Grace”, and “He Is Lord”.

Little Whitney Mae Rosendale was dedicated to God this morning! She entered this world as a preemie, and there were some scary early days, but she is thriving now!  Proud parents are Dan and Rebecca Rosendale.  Several grandparents and other relatives came to be a part of this special day.  

Remember that 2019 Giving Statements are ready for pick-up in the plastic box at the Connection Table.  As the silly Face Book video says, “DON’T BE A CHARLIE!” (Seriously, they’ve been sitting there for three weeks.  Take yours home.)

Are you struggling to hear the sermon?  We are super excited to offer those with hearing difficulties a downloadable app that will provide more volume and clarity in our services! You need to provide your own headphones, and then we can quickly teach you how it works!  Please take advantage of this new service! 

“The Greatest Love” Valentine Luncheon was Wednesday with near 30 seniors attending. There was lasagna, salad, and a table full of desserts.  The tables were decorated so festively!  Kay Schmidt took home the giant prize basket! Special oldies love songs were performed by Grant Cromwell with Bruce Smit playing bass.  Thanks to the team of ladies who consistently provide quality senior meals! You can see photos on the church’s Face Book page.

St. Patrick’s Day senior ministry meal will be at the church on March 18 at noon.  If you are 55 or older, you are invited.  Sign up at the Connection Table.  Kathy Felchlin, coordinator, can answer any questions. 

Men’s Conference, Iron Sharpens Iron 2020, is Saturday February 22 in Orland Park. We have a dozen men attending. Pastor Bob can answer any last-minute questions about this event! 

Warm Their Soles homeless ministry team attended a meeting at Morning Star Shelter in Joliet last week.  The group was presented with many varied opportunities to volunteer there that would serve the neediest of people. Pastor Julian can tell you more details if you have the time and desire to help the last, lost and least in this county. Among other things, they need tutors, mentors, drivers, people who can cut hair, and people who can assist with chapel services, computer classes, crafts, and resume preparation.

We have a couple Happy Birthday wishes going out this week.  Greeter Beth Printy celebrates on Tuesday!  Jill Good who loves ministering at the homeless shelter has a birthday next Sunday! (Let the piano player know a few days in advance if you have birthdays or anniversaries you would like to have mentioned here.  We would never want to miss anyone!)

It was great to have Lori Fischer back greeting today.  She was in the hospital earlier this month, but looked like a million bucks this morning!

See you next week! Pre-service prayer is in Pastor’s office at 9:30, and anybody can show up.  First song kicks off at 10 am!

 

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February 9, 2020:

 

Hello again, friends! It was ANOTHER snowy, slushy Sunday. Only 42 more days til Spring!

Pastor Billy continued the new February series, “The Letters of 1-2-3 John”, with a message called “Love and Hate”. Text was 1 John 2:1-11. Tom Williamson prayed the closing prayer.  You can go to the main menu and click WATCH to view this and other past messages. Today’s sermon should be up by Monday afternoon.

Giving a nod to Valentine’s Day, today’s songs were “I’m A Believer”, “Love the Lord”, “How He Loves”, “Cannons”, “God of Wonders” and “For God So Loved the World”.

We are super excited to be able to offer those with hearing difficulties a downloadable app that will provide more volume and clarity in our services! You need to provide your own headphones, and then we can quickly teach you how it works!  

The 2020 Foundations Class began last week with a dozen attending, but you are not too late to join! This group meets each Sunday in the kitchen at 9 a.m. Pastor Bob and Heather can answer your questions for this course that teaches you the basics of Christianity. Sign up at the Connection Table. No charge!

“Soaking in God’s Presence”, a women’s night of praise and prayer was at the church on Friday with about twenty attending.  Thank you to those who showed up, to those who led, and to those who prepared the church.

Donuts and Devotional was at the church Saturday morning with a dozen men attending.  Pastor Billy gave the February devotional.

Warm Their Soles homeless ministry team attended a meeting at Morning Star Shelter in Joliet Thursday evening.  The group was presented with many varied opportunities to volunteer there that would serve the neediest of people. Pastor Julian can tell you more details if you have the time and desire to help the last, lost and least in this county. Among other things, they need tutors, mentors, drivers, people who can cut hair, and people who can assist with chapel services, computer classes, crafts, and resume preparation.

The next Senior event is “The Greatest Love” catered Valentine Luncheon Wednesday, February 12, noon, at the church. There will be a prize drawing, plus special music from some of our men. Kathy Felchlin can give you more information if you are 55+.

Men’s Conference, Iron Sharpens Iron 2020, is Saturday February 22 in Orland Park.  Cost is $66 and needs to be paid to Pastor Bob NOW.  Today is the final day to pay.

Remember that 2019 Giving Statements are ready for pick-up in the plastic box at the Connection Table.  Please get yours next week when you arrive. You will want it for your taxes.

We have several Happy Birthday wishes going out this week: Jo Ann Preston and Rebecca Rosendale celebrate theirs today! Thomas “The Believer” Williamson’s birthday is Saturday! It’s IMMINENT, Tom! (Let the piano player know a few days in advance if you have birthdays or anniversaries you would like to have mentioned here.  We would never want to miss anyone!)

Lori Fischer has been in the hospital this week but is now home.  We hope she will be able to be back with us next week.

 

See you next week! Pre-service prayer is in Pastor’s office at 9:30, and anybody can show up.  First song kicks off at 10 am! Remember that Friday is Valentine’s Day, so spread your love as thick as you would Nutella!

 

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February 2, 2020:

 

 

Hello again, friends! Last Sunday was snowy and dreary, but today feels like spring with temps near 50! That blinding ball of warm light in the sky is something called “THE SUN”!  How wonderful to have a reprieve from winter!

Pastor Billy began a new February series, “The Letters of 1-2-3 John”, with a message called “The Word of Life”. Text was 1 John 1:1-5. Ron and Kay Schmidt addressed the crowd, thanking us for support and prayers during her cancer surgery and serious illness and then prayed the closing prayer.  Monthly prayer meeting followed 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.

Today’s songs were “I Saw the Light”, “Hallelujah”, “Who You Say I Am”, and “Shout to the Lord”.

We are super excited to be able to offer those with hearing difficulties a downloadable app that will provide more volume and clarity in our services! You need to provide your own headphones, and then we can quickly teach you how it works! Bob Schuler let many of us experience it for ourselves by sharing his headphones during the business meeting last week.  

2019 Giving Statements are ready for pick-up in the plastic box at the Connection Table.  Please get yours next week if you didn’t do it today. You will want it for your taxes.

The 2020 Foundations Class began today with a dozen attending, but you are not too late to join! This group meets each Sunday in the kitchen at 9 a.m. Pastor Bob and Heather can answer your questions for this course that teaches you the basics of Christianity. Sign up at the Connection Table. No charge!

“Soaking in God’s Presence”, a women’s night of praise and prayer will take place at the church on Friday, February 7 at 7 pm.  Speak to Pat Wozny for more information. No charge!

The next Senior event is “The Greatest Love” Valentine Luncheon Wednesday, February 12, noon, at the church. Sign up to save your seat for this catered meal if you are 55+! There will be a prize drawing, plus special music from some of the attendees. Kathy Felchlin can give you more information.

The next men’s fellowship event is Donuts and Devotional at the church Saturday, February 8, 8 a.m., NOT 7 as it was last year! This is free, and we would like you to invite your friends so we can have a strong turnout.  It only lasts about an hour, so you will still have plenty of time to finish your weekend Honey-Do list.

Men’s Conference, Iron Sharpens Iron 2020, is Saturday February 22 in Orland Park! All men are invited to sign up at the Connection Table.  Cost is $66 and needs to be paid to Pastor Bob by this Saturday. A couple partial and full scholarships are STILL available for guys finding it too costly this soon after Christmas expenses. Please see Pastor Bob if you want to go.  He would like to take a lot more than what has registered. 

Warm Their Soles homeless ministry is collecting new socks each week, and during this brutally cold season, warm and dry feet would be a blessing to those folks on the streets. Travel size toiletries are always welcomed, too. Look for the collection bin near the Connection Table. 

Per rules of the Morning Star Mission, future volunteers accompanying the group to the shelter in Joliet must take their class first.  Thursday, February 6th, 5-7pm several from Revolution will meet there and attend.  No charge to go and learn. Ask the Sandovals for more info if you think you would enjoy this type of outreach!

We have several Happy Birthday wishes going out this week: Sweet Donna Windberg’s is TODAY! Tomorrow is Miriam Sandova;s 50th birthday!  Next Sunday Jo Ann Preston and Rebecca Rosendale celebrate theirs! (Let the piano player know a few days in advance if you have birthdays or anniversaries you would like to have mentioned here.  We would never want to miss anyone!)

Hip Hip Hooray!  Gary Ellinger and his new hip made it back to church today!

Freda Wolfenden, reading this from out of town where she is doing post-op caregiving for her family, we love you and are saving your seat. You are loved and not forgotten!  Greetings to Lakeda Vaughn and Trinity reading from Conroe, TX!

See you next week, the Sunday before Valentine’s Day! (That was a not so subtle hint to circle the 14th and plan ahead to do something special for your beloved. We’d hate to see any of you in the doghouse for forgetting.) Pre-service prayer is in Pastor’s office at 9:30, and anybody can show up.  First song kicks off at 10 am!

 

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January 26, 2020:

 

 

Hello again, friends! Grab a seat by the fire, and let’s see what’s happening at Revolution this snowy weekend! We appreciate those who braved the slush and ventured out this frigid morning.

Pastor Billy complete the series, “Psalm 23 - Fearless”, with a message called “I Will Dwell In the House of the Lord Forever”. Text was Psalm 23:6.     Brenda Hajek prayed the closing prayer. You can go to the main menu and click WATCH to view this and other past messages. Today’s sermon should be up by Monday afternoon.

 Today’s songs were “This is Amazing Grace”, “Worthy of My Praise”, “Nothing But the Blood” for taking Communion together, and the new Chris Tomlin hit, “Goodness, Love and Mercy”, which was based on the 23rd Psalm.

Following service was the annual business meeting, and all members were welcome to attend.  2020 Budget and Moriah Project building fund options were discussed. We also learned we had 36 salvations and a dozen baptisms in 2019!  (Cue the clapping and cheering here!  YAY!)

At the meeting we also learned Charlie Printy has been added to the church staff and will receive a stipend for tending to general church maintenance, and for the dozens of set-ups and tear downs for special events and studies held at the church.  This is the  wild and crazy hammer swinging guy on the almost famous “Charlie Breaks Stuff “ Face Book videos!

We are super excited to be able to offer those with hearing difficulties a downloadable app that will provide more volume and clarity in our services!  You need to provide your own headphones, and then we can quickly teach you how it works! Bob Schuler let many of us experience it for ourselves by sharing his headphones during the business meeting. 

Church Membership Class and pizza lunch was last Sunday after service.  Let us make welcome our newest members: Durk & Linda Lee, Ron & Kay Schmidt, Robert & Connie Schuler, Larry Dedmon, Joe Meskin, Dana Bullaro, John Baron, and Jamie Voustros!

2019 Giving Statements are now ready for pick-up in the plastic box at the Connection Table.  Please get yours next week if you didn’t do it today. You will want it for your taxes.

The 2020 Foundations Class begins February 2, 9 am each Sunday in the kitchen. Pastor Bob and Heather can answer your questions for this course that teaches you the basics of Christianity. Sign up at the Connection Table. No charge!

“Soaking in God’s Presence”, a women’s night of praise and prayer will be at the church on Friday, February 7 at 7 pm.  Speak to Pat Wozny for more information.

The next Senior event is “The Greatest Love” Valentine Luncheon Wednesday, February 12, noon, at the church. Sign up to save your seat for this catered meal if you are 55+!  Kathy Felchlin can give you more information.

The next men’s fellowship event is Donuts and Devotional at the church Saturday, February 8, 8 a.m., NOT 7! This is free, and we would like you to invite your friends so we can have a strong turnout.  It only lasts about an hour, so you will still have plenty of time to finish your weekend Honey-Do list.

Men’s Conference, Iron Sharpens Iron 2020, is Saturday February 22 in Orland Park! All men are invited to sign up at the Connection Table. The early bird cost is $66 which includes the conference AND lunch. Price drops to $57 if we have 10 or more attending.  A few partial and full scholarships are available if you find yourself with too much month at the end of your money. Please see Pastor Bob Smith for details.

Warm Their Soles homeless ministry is collecting new socks each week, and during this brutally cold season, warm and dry feet would be a blessing to those folks on the streets. Travel size toiletries are always welcomed, too. Look for the collection bin near the Connection Table. You are always welcome to accompany the group to the shelter in Joliet the second Saturday of each month.  Ask the Sandovals for more info if you think you would enjoy this type of outreach!

We have several Happy Birthday wishes going out this week: Erin Van Kuiken’s is TODAY! Justice Petersen celebrates on the 27th!  Donna Windberg’s is Feb 2!

See you next Sunday with your non-perishables for the local food pantry collection! Because of the business meeting, the prayer meeting scheduled for today was pushed back til after service NEXT week, so plan on staying a bit later if you want to participate in that.  Stay warm and safe until we meet again!

 

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January 19, 2020:

 

 

Friends, grab a seat by the fire, and let’s see what’s happening at Revolution this snowy weekend! We appreciate those who braved the slippery roads and ventured out this frigid morning.

Pastor Billy invited Pastor Julian to the pulpit to continue the January series, “Psalm 23 - Fearless”, with a message called “Speak, For Your Servant Is Listening”. Text included 1 Samuel 3:1-10, John 10:1-5, and Proverbs 12:1. Miriam Sandoval and Debbie Dobias helped on stage with the skit.  Diane McCullough prayed the closing prayer. You can go to the main menu and click WATCH to view this and other past messages. Today’s sermon should be up by Monday afternoon.

 

Today’s songs were “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”, “Greatness of Our God”, “The Table”, and “Here I Am to Worship”.

 

Thank you to those who worked hard taking down the Christmas trees and other holiday decor this week.  It was sure beautiful while it lasted, wasn't it?

The 2020 Foundations Class begins February 2, 9 am each Sunday in the kitchen. Pastor Bob and Heather can answer your questions for this course that teaches you the basics of Christianity. Sign up at the Connection Table. No charge!

The next Senior event is “The Greatest Love” Valentine Luncheon Wednesday, February 12, noon, at the church. Sign up to save your seat for this catered meal if you are 55+!  Kathy Felchlin can give you more information.

The next men’s fellowship event is Donuts and Devotional  at the church Saturday, February 8, 8 am. This is free, and we would like you to invite your friends so we can have a strong turnout.  It only lasts about an hour, so you will still have plenty of time to finish your weekend Honey-Do list.

Men’s Conference, Iron Sharpens Iron 2020, is Saturday February 22 in Orland Park! All men are invited to sign up at the Connection Table. The early bird cost is $66 which includes the conference AND lunch. Price drops to $57 if we have 10 or more attending.  A few partial and full scholarships are available if you find yourself with too much month at the end of your money. Please see Pastor Bob Smith for details.

Warm Their Soles homeless ministry is collecting new socks each week, and during this brutally cold season, warm and dry feet would be a blessing to those folks on the streets. Travel size toiletries are always welcomed, too. Look for the collection bin near the Connection Table. You are always welcome to accompany the group to the shelter in Joliet the second Saturday of each month.  Ask the Sandovals for more info if you think you would enjoy this type of outreach!

Gary Ellinger is home from hip replacement last Tuesday! We are thankful everything went well for him!

So many Happy Birthday wishes going out this week: Madison DesLaurier turns 23 Tuesday. Cynthia Petersen also will be chowing down on birthday cake (gluten-free, of course!) that same day! Thursday is Sandy Chambers’s birthday.  Joey Meskin celebrates Saturday, and the PREGNANT (still cheering over this long-awaited news) Erin Van Kuiken has a birthday next Sunday!

We begin the music at 10 am sharp, so come a bit early for hot tea and coffee and to get settled in your seat so you won’t miss any of the worship. There is 9:30 am pre-service prayer in the office if you want to come early. Remember our annual business meeting will be NEXT SUNDAY after church. If you are a member, you are invited to stay.  We will go over new business, explain objectives, and review the budget for 2020.

See you next Sunday! Stay warm!

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January 12, 2020:

 

 

Pull up a chair, friends, and let’s see what’s happening at Revolution this snowy weekend! We appreciate those who braved the slippery roads and ventured out this morning.

Pastor Billy continued the January series, “Psalm 23 - Fearless”, with a message called “Walking THROUGH the Valley” that included a quick detour that taught us how to cook an octopus! Imagine THAT! Text was Psalm 23:4-5.  Gene O’Brien prayed the closing prayer. You can go to the main menu and click WATCH to view this and other past messages. (Today’s sermon should be up by Monday afternoon unless Pastor dies from eating those creepy octopus tacos he’s been whipping up in his kitchen.  In that case, you’ll just have to click on a re-run and be content to watch that.)

 

Today’s songs were “Everlasting God”, “You Never Let Go”, “Friend of God”,  “Stand in Your Love”,and the classic hymn, "In the Garden".

White Elephant Lunch was lots of fun for our senior crowd! Thanks to all who prepared the soup/salad/dessert meal. There were lots of laughs over some of the goofy gifts circulating. Judy Fash had each table so decorated with fresh tulips that for a couple hours folks forgot it was gray, dreary January outside! Kathy Felchlin was acknowledged and applauded for superbly leading this monthly fellowship group.

The next Senior event is the ”Greatest Love” Valentine’s Luncheon Wednesday, February 12, noon, at the church. Sign up to save your seat for this catered meal!

Several Graybars Project members enjoyed the movie, “Just Mercy”, at the Emagine Theater followed by a meal at Mindy’s in Mokena Thursday evening. Many thanks to all volunteers who worked hard before the holidays to assure so many inmates received encouraging cards.

Men’s quarterly breakfast was yesterday with eight attending. Those out of town and stuck working were missed, but the guys that showed up ate their bacon for them, because that’s what friends are for! Food was catered by Teardrop Café, and Pastor Bob delivered the devotional.

The next men’s fellowship event is Donuts and Devotional  at the church Saturday, February 8, 8 am. This is free, and we would like you to invite your friends so we can have a strong turn out.  It only lasts about an hour, so you will still have plenty of time to finish your weekend Honey-Do list.

Church Membership Class will be NEXT SUNDAY, January 19, after service.  This is your opportunity to hear about the founding, the vision, and the values of this church. There is no obligation to join if you simply want to come and ask your questions. You must sign up for this!

Annual business meeting will be January 26 after church. If you are a member, you are invited to stay.  We will go over new business, explain objectives, and review the budget for 2020.

Men’s Conference, Iron Sharpens Iron 2020, is Saturday February 22 in Orland Park! All men are invited to sign up at the Connection Table. The early bird cost is $66 which includes the conference AND lunch. Price drops to $57 if we have 10 or more attending.  A few partial and full scholarships are available if you find yourself with too much month at the end of your money. Please see Pastor Bob Smith for details.

Warm Their Soles homeless ministry is collecting new socks each week. Look for their collection bin near the Connection Table. You are always welcome to accompany the group to the shelter in Joliet the second Saturday of each month.  Ask the Sandovals for more info if you think you would enjoy this type of outreach!

Speaking of the Sandovals, we might start referring to Pastor Julian as “The Incredible Shrinking Man”. This guy has been intentional about his caloric intake and has dropped 40 lbs in about a month!  Not four.  FORTY. That is truly impressive!

The Chambers family would like to acknowledge the first anniversary of the January 6th, 2019 passing of Ken Chambers, a marvelous man, father, Papa, husband, father-in-law, uncle, brother, brother-in-law, and friend to so many. Ken served in the United States Navy.   We ask a blessing over these people.  We are so happy to have Desiray and Sandy as part of our congregation!

Gary Ellinger goes in for hip replacement Tuesday.  Let’s pray for a successful procedure and super fast recovery for him so he can get back into the woods and hunt again! 

J.C. and Sonia McHargue, we have not forgotten about you! Sending get-well wishes to you today through this screen. Come back when you can.  We have saved your seats!

Congratulations to Deaconess Michelle Grifford for landing a new full-time position at Camp Manitoqua in Frankfort! What a lovely place to work! Those trees!

 

Happy Birthday to Desiray Chambers on Friday! The Birthday Fairy just gave her an early gift of another hamster as her beloved “Bubba” died this weekend.

 

Thanking God that sweet little Whitney Rosendale is thriving.  From being such a fragile preemie not long ago to being all healthy and smiley at church today, we can honestly say,"You've come a long way, Baby!"

We begin the music at 10 am sharp, so come a bit early for hot coffee and to get settled in your seat so you won’t miss any of the worship. There is 9:30 am pre-service prayer in the office if you want to come earlier. See you next Sunday!

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January 5, 2020:

 

 

Happy 2020! Welcome baa-aa-aaa-ck, friends!

Pastor Billy returned to the pulpit with a new series called “Psalm 23 - Fearless” and a message called “He Restores My Soul“, comparing us to sheep who need a shepherd. Text was the entire 23rd Psalm. Pastor Miriam prayed the closing prayer. You can go to the main menu and click WATCH to view this and other past messages. Today’s sermon should be up by Monday afternoon.

 

Today’s songs were “Unchanging”, “I’ll Fly Away”, “Draw Me Close”, “Good Good Father”, and “Living Hope”.

 

Thanks to those who contributed non-perishables today for our monthly food drive that benefits the local pantry! We do this the first Sunday of each month.

 

Senior Ministry's White Elephant Lunch is January 8th, so if you are 55 or older, bring something wrapped to re-gift, and be at church at noon for some fun and good food.

Men, you are invited to a fellowship breakfast at the church Saturday, January 11, 8 am. There is no cost to you, but you need to RSVP on the sign-up sheet at the Connection Table. Invite your male friends to share the MEAL. This is way more than donuts and coffee. Pastor Bob can answer any questions for this event!

Warm Their Soles homeless ministry is scheduled for Saturday, January 11.  No experience necessary.  If you would like to help, show up at the church by 10 a.m. The Sandovals lead this and can give you more information.

Church Membership Class will be Sunday, January 19, after service.  This is your opportunity to hear about the founding, the vision, and the values of this church. There is no obligation to join if you simply want to come and ask your questions. You must sign up for this!

Annual business meeting will be January 26 after church. If you are a member, you are invited to stay.  We will go over new business, explain objectives, and review the budget for 2020.

Men’s Conference, Iron Sharpens Iron 2020, is Saturday February 22 in Orland Park! All men are invited to sign up at the Connection Table. The early bird cost is $66 which includes the conference AND lunch. Price drops to $57 if we have 10 or more attending.  A few partial and full scholarships are available if you find yourself with too much month at the end of your money. Please see Pastor Bob Smith for details.

 

According to Face Book, Jason Hippenhammer (and his beard) turn 115 years old on Monday.  You know if you read it on internet it MUST be true, so when you see this old fossil, wish him Happy Birthday!

 

Remember we begin the music at 10 am sharp, so come a bit early for coffee and to get settled in your seat so you won’t miss any of the worship. See you next Sunday!

 

 

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December 29, 2019:

 

 

Welcome back! I see we all somehow managed to survive Christmas 2019 and come waddling in in our pants with the elastic waistbands and the smell of cookies and fudge on our breath. We hope you enjoyed some time to feast, fellowship, and simply rest during the world’s biggest birthday party for Jesus. Let’s see what’s been happening here at Revolution Church during this final week of the decade!

A very raspy Pastor Billy took a holiday breather, and Pastor Bob (also hoarse!) wrapped up December’s sermons on this Communion Sunday with a message called “One Year Ends Another Begins “. Portions of the texts included: John 16:33, Isaiah 54:17, and Romans 8:31-39. Closing prayer was by Heather Smith. 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.

Today’s songs were “Enough”, “God With Us”, “Hello My Name Is”, “Jesus Paid it All, and “Glory in the Highest”. After service was the monthly prayer meeting for those who wished to stay.

We appreciate all who came out for our candlelight Christmas Eve service. We welcomed several first-time visitors that evening. Brenda Hajek and Harvey Ferguson lit the final candle of Advent, the Christ candle. Thank you to all who took part to make it a meaningful service.

White Elephant Lunch is January 8th, so if you are 55 or older, bring something to regift, and be at church at noon for some fun and good food. We need you to sign up at the Connection Table indicating what you are bringing to eat.

Men, you are invited to a fellowship breakfast at the church Saturday, January 11, 8 am. There is no cost to you, but you need to RSVP on the sign-up sheet at the Connection Table. Pastor Bob can answer any questions for this event!

Church Membership Class will be Sunday, January 19, after service.  This is your opportunity to hear about the founding, the vision, and the values of this church. There is no obligation to join if you simply want to come and ask your questions.

Annual business meeting will be January 26 after church. If you are a member, you are invited to stay.  We will go over new business, explain objectives, and review the budget.

Men’s Conference, Iron Sharpens Iron 2020, is Saturday February 22! All men are invited to sign up at the Connection Table. The early bird cost is $66 which includes the conference AND lunch.  Please see Pastor Bob Smith for details.

Happy birthday to Mishel Rych and Sue Mulder this week! (By the way, Sue is here from AZ, so enjoy her fast before Christmas vacation is over!)

Debbie Struck was with us today following a very painful knee procedure a couple of weeks ago. It was good to see Pastor Julian back and in good spirits after his battles with a cantankerous gallbladder!

The Van Kuikens shared the most glorious news to wrap up 2019! While the rest of us were waiting for flying reindeer, THEY were waiting for a STORK!  Yep, Erin is carrying their first long-awaited child due in July!  YAY!  Thank you, Lord, for answered prayer!

Remember, we collect items for the local food pantry the first Sunday of each month, so your non-perishables can be left at the big table beside the coffee pot next week.

 

Behave, and have a safe New Year’s celebration!

In 2020 may you find yourself filthy RICH:

RICH in Adventure

RICH in Health

RICH in Laughter

RICH in Family

and RICH in Love!

 

See you next year!

 

 

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December 22, 2019:

 

Welcome back, friends! Let’s see what’s been happening here at Revolution Church!

Pastor Billy continued the December Advent series with a message called “All You Need Is Love “. Text was from Isaiah 9:6, Isaiah 7:13-14, and John 3:14-17.  Lakeda Vaughn and her granddaughter, Trinity, lit the Candle of Love in the Advent wreath.  Their scripture reading was John 3:16-17.  Closing prayer was by Pastor Bob Smith. 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.

Today’s songs were “Carol of the Bells”, “Go Tell It on the Mountain”, “Joy Unspeakable Joy”, “I Celebrate the Day”, and “Christmas Hallelujah”. 

There were gasps and tears when it was announced that our sweet Lakeda Vaughn and Trinity are moving to Texas! Today was their final Sunday with us. There was laying on of hands and a special goodbye prayer of blessing by the congregation.

Thank you to our hospitality team that always provides us with snacks. Thanks to whoever brought the citrus and Christmas cookies to go with the hot coffee this morning.

White Elephant Lunch is January 8th for seniors 55+. Sign up at the Connection Table for an event that often turns silly during the gift opening.

Men, you are invited to a fellowship breakfast at the church Saturday, January 11, 8 am. There is no cost to you, but you need to RSVP on the sign-up sheet at the Connection Table. Pastor Bob can answer any questions for this event!

Church Membership Class will be Sunday, January 19, after service.  This is your opportunity to hear about the founding, the vision, and the values of this church. There is no obligation to join afterwards if you are simply curious.

Annual business meeting will be January 26 after church. If you are a member, you are invited to stay.  We will go over new business, explain objectives, and review the budget.

Men’s Conference, Iron Sharpens Iron 2020, is Saturday February 22! All men are invited to sign up at the Connection Table. The early bird cost is $66 which includes the conference AND lunch.  Please see Pastor Bob Smith for details.

Debbie Struck is recuperating at home following a painful knee procedure. Continue to pray for JC McHargue who is now home following brain surgery.

We were tickled to pieces to watch Kay Schmidt walk through the doors all dolled up and sparkling for the holidays.  This woman has taken a lickin’ but kept on tickin’, and we pray she continues to improve after her cancer operation.

Robbie Fosen is home for Christmas! Enjoy him before he has to return to Colorado!

Happy birthday to Ken Poort on the 21st and Bruce Smit (AKA “The Camera Guy”) on the 23rd.  On the 25th –Christmas Day—we celebrate Jesus AND Brenda Hajek! Let’s just hope none of our friends listed here get served a fruitcake with a candle on top!

Invite friends to Christmas Eve service here at the church at 5 pm. It will last about an hour. There will be candles, scriptures, and special music to help us remember that JESUS is the reason for the celebration. Please share the church invitation on your Face Book page to reach as many eyes as possible.  We expect a lot of people, so COME EARLY to have a seat before the first song.

Have a blessed Christmas!

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December 15, 2019:

 

 

Welcome back! Let’s see what’s been happening here at Revolution Church!

Today was our 6th annual “Ugly Sweater Sunday”, and we had a lot of silly folks walking in wearing full bling-bling.  Here are our winners:  Honorable mention:  Desiray Chambers for “More  Cowbell”, 1st runner up: George and Darla Carroll’s daughter, Abi, for her red reindeer jumper, and 1st place: Darren Rych who had the nerve to show up wearing a Packers jersey.  Photos were taken of several participants, and these can be found on several members’ Face Book pages.

Pastor Billy continued the December Advent series with a message called “Good Tidings of Great Joy “. Text was from Luke 2:1-10.  Sandy and Desiray Chambers lit the Candle of Joy in the Advent wreath.  Their scripture reading was Luke 2:10-11.  Closing prayer was by Penny Knott. 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.

Today’s songs were “Feliz Navidad”, “Angels We Have Heard On High”, “Do You Hear What I Hear”, “I Stand Amazed”, and “Agnus Dei”. 

Women’s Merry Mixer was well attended Friday evening. Big thanks to all who served, decorated, cooked, cleaned, and took part in any way to help give our women a festive night out!

Seniors, note that there are no activities scheduled for you this month. Bible study will resume January 15th.  White Elephant Lunch is January 8th, so listen for more info about that in weeks to come!

Invite friends to Christmas Eve service here at the church at 5 pm. It will last about an hour. There will be candles, scriptures, and special music to help us remember that JESUS is the reason for the season. Invitations are found at the Connection Table and in your bulletin, so take some to share with your friends.

Church Membership Class will be Sunday, January 19, after service.  This is your opportunity to hear about the founding, the vision, and the values of this church. There is no obligation to join if you simply want to come and ask your questions.

Thank you to those good folks who donated items for the gift bags to bless eight ladies in their sober living house. They were very appreciative to be remembered here at Christmas! The volunteers associated with the HERO efforts sure do work long and hard to try to help addicts stay on the right path!

We are thankful that J.C. McHargue is home and recuperating following brain surgery! We were relieved to see Pastor Julian with us in service today following gallbladder removal this week. Debbie Struck has a knee procedure scheduled for this upcoming week, so remember her when you say your prayers.

Happy birthday to Pat Baker reading this all the way down in Memphis, TN! Happy Birthday to our jolly sombrero-wearing bass player, Phil Graniczny! Our littlest birthday princess is Reagan Hippenhammer!

Round of applause for our newest college graduate, Ethan Fosen!  This guy majored in MATH, of all things!  Best wishes to you, Ethan!

Sending much love and sympathy to Todd Bullarro's family as his sister passed away unexpectedly yesterday.

We will see everybody back again next week by 10 am. If you come a tad early, you can enjoy a snack and a hot beverage provided by our wonderful hospitality team volunteers! Thank you to every person who serves in any capacity here to help this ministry continue to run smoothly!

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