March 7, 2021:

 

Hello again, everybody!  Welcome back to “What’s Happening”!  Here’s what’s going on this week at Revolution:

This church looked so festive this morning! Thank you, Judy Fash, for bringing springtime to our sanctuary and to the cross! It looks so cheerful as we approach Easter! 

Pastor Billy continued the February series, “Indulgences” with a message called “Don’t Be A Worrier” from Matthew 6:25-34.  Worship songs were “Unchanging”, Trading My Sorrows”, “Hallelujah”, “Bless the Lord”, and “Seek Ye First”.  You can go to the main menu and click WATCH late Sunday evening to view our preaching service and past messages. We had audio difficulties last week, so, unfortunately, that awesome message about Lazarus was unable to be shared.  We apologize to our home viewers for that disappointment and hope to have the trouble fixed today. 

The first Sunday of each month we collect non-perishables for the local food pantry. Thank you for being generous today!  From now on, we are requested to double bag our contributions to prevent ripping and spilling.

We are serving coffee and cookies again! YAY! Come early and enjoy a treat before service or take one for the road. Coffee is usually left out until about 15 minutes after service.

Pastor Julian has begun his new Thursday 6:30 pm online Bible study on his Face Book page.  “Among Friends” features a different topic each week with Julian and various friends who are in different types of ministries. Upcoming topics will be posted in advance in this column. Thursday Pastor Randy Goudeau from Shreveport, LA spoke on the topic of “Where Does Revival Start?”.  This week’s topic is “Reaching Your Goals” with speaker, Victoria Bergstrom.

Pastor Billy’s Book of Acts online study happens on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm on his Face Book page.  “Worship Wednesday” videos are something posted at noon by Pastor on Facebook, too. Tune in to hear a quick devotion and live praise music. This week’s song was a knee-slapping bluegrass rendition of “I’ll Fly Away” for all the people listening who have country roots.  Can we get a “Yeeee-Haw” and a “Halleluyer?”

Concealed Carry class will be taught Saturday, March 13, 8am-4-pm at the church. Qualifying at the range will be 8 am-4pm on Saturday, March 20.  Class is $100 plus $15-20 range fee. Payment is to be made to the instructor.  Certification is good in IL and FL. Bring your own sack lunch.

Donuts and Devotional is cancelled Saturday because of the gun class.

Happy 29th Birthday (again!) to our piano player, Tammy Smit, on the 9th! Bob Hensle (AKA “Autumn’s Grandpa”) has a birthday on the 11th!

It was a sweet surprise to see Leslie Graniczny come strolling in sporting her brand new knee!  She has been absent for weeks following her surgery.

Special prayers for the Nordsell family as Sean is in the hospital following emergency surgery.

If you didn’t do so today, take a quick stroll over to the Graybars Project table for a sweet treat and read the St. Patrick’s Day bulletin board.  The weekly display was discontinued during 2020 covid closures and restrictions, so it is good to see it make a reappearance.

Yearly church business meeting was after church.  Only members and those planning to become members were invited. 2021 vision and budget were presented.

We hope to see all of you back for service at 10 am next Sunday. Remember to set your clock AHEAD one hour on Saturday night.

 

 

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February 28, 2021:

 

 

Welcome back to “What’s Happening”, family and friends! Pull up a chair and let’s see what is going on this week here….

Today was Communion Sunday. Pastor Billy continued the February series, “Indulgences” with a message called “Indifference” from Luke 16:19-31.  Worship songs were “Love the Lord”, “Lay ‘Em Down”, “Sea of Faces”, “Jesus Paid It All”, and “How Beautiful Heaven Must Be”.  You can go to the main menu and click WATCH late Sunday evening to view our preaching service and past messages.  

We are serving coffee again and cookies again! YAY! Thank you, Larry DeSando for set up and clean up today! Come early and enjoy a treat before service or take one for the road.

Pastor Julian began his new Thursday 6:30 pm online Bible study on his Face Book page with Pastor Miriam Sandoval speaking about “Harnessing Your Emotions”.  “Among Friends” features a different topic each week with Julian and various friends who are in different types of ministries. Upcoming topics will be posted in advance in this column. This week Pastor Randy Goudeau from Shreveport, LA will be speaking on the topic of “Where Does Revival Start?”.

Pastor Billy’s Book of Acts online study happens on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm on his Face Book page.  “Worship Wednesday” videos are something now posted by Pastor on Facebook, too. Tune in to hear a quick devotion and live praise music. This week’s song was “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)”.

Giving Statements for 2020 have been available for a month on the Connection Table.  Today was the final day to pick your up.

There is sign-up sheet for Concealed Carry class to be taught Saturday, March 13, 8am-4-pm at the church. Qualifying at the range will be 8 am-4pm on Saturday, March 20.  Class is $100 plus $15-20 range fee.  Certification is good in IL and FL. Bring your own sack lunch. There is a page of info for each student waiting on the Connection Table.

Yearly church business meeting will be after church on March 7th.  Only members and those planning to become members are invited.

Free Daily Bread devotional books are available at the Connection Table.  Please take one for yourself and a friend.  We don’t want even one to go to waste.

Calvin Petersen celebrated his birthday Thursday!  Lisa Jasinski had hers Wednesday! (Long time, no see, Lisa!) The Torres twins turn 17 on March 3rd, so Happy Birthday to Diamond and Destiny!  (We miss your smiling faces!) Deacon Darren Rych celebrates on March 3rd, also.  Security team member Greg Fash celebrates on the 6th!

Special prayers for Nick Golden who had MORE surgery Tuesday.

Condolences to the McHargue family.  Sweet J.C. passed away last Sunday after a long illness, and visitation was Friday. We send our love to Sonia and their children.

Please be using your picture directory to check on one another (Visit the Connection Table if you don’t have a copy.)  We salute those Snow Angels among us who drag garbage cans to the street, who salt sidewalks, and who shovel for those needing a hand. We have many single, frail, and elderly people at Revolution who struggle during this mess. Please keep your eyes and ears open for ways you can make life easier for each other until we can wave goodbye to winter. 

We hope to see all of you back for service at 10 am next Sunday. Remember to pack something to share in the food pantry collection, and from now on double-bag it if you will be so kind.  Thanks for helping!

 

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February 21, 2021:

 

 

Welcome back! If you are reading this, you have survived SNOWPOCALYPSE 2021! Good grief…..  Some of us have over two FEET of what southerners call “Devil’s Dandruff” in our yards with more forecasted for today!  Spring can’t come soon enough.

Today Pastor Billy continued the February series, “Indulgences” with a message called “Schadenfreude” from Ephesians 4:29-32.  Worship songs were “If We Are the Body” “Revelation Song”, “Greatness of Our God”, “There Is A Fountain”, and “At the Cross/Lord Prepare Me”.  You can go to the main menu and click WATCH late Sunday evening to view our preaching service and past messages. 

You surely noticed some changes to our stage appearance.  We appreciate Pastor Billy vision and Gene O’Brien’s  days of labor. We’ve heard many compliments on the string light walls. It certainly cheers up a dreary February!  Thank you for this!

We are serving coffee again! YAY! Thank you, Larry DeSando for set up and clean up today! Come early and enjoy a cup before service or take one for the road.

Pastor Julian will begin his new online Bible study on February 25th at 6:30 pm on his Face Book page.  “Among Friends” will feature a different topic each week with him and various friends who are in different types of ministries. Upcoming topics will be posted in advance in this column. This week Miriam Sandoval will be speaking on the topic of “Harnessing Your Emotions”.

Pastor Billy’s Book of Acts online study happens on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm on his Face Book page.  “Worship Wednesday” videos are something new posted by Pastor on Facebook, too. Tune in to hear a quick devotion and live praise music. This week’s song was “How Great Is Our God”.

Giving Statements for 2020 have been available on the Connection Table for a month.  TAKE YOURS as tax season is upon us.

There is an interest sign-up sheet for Concealed Carry class to be taught at the church.  Tentative date is Saturday, March 13, 8am-4-pm at the church. Qualifying at the range will be 8am-4pm on Saturday, March 20.  Class is $100 plus $15-20 range fee.  Certification is good in IL and FL. 

Yearly church business meeting will be after church on March 7th.  All members are welcome to stay.

Free Daily Bread devotional books are available at the Connection Table.  Please take one for yourself and a friend.  We don’t want even one to go to waste.

Special Ops Prayer Meeting is this Friday at 6:30 pm at the church.  Come and stay as long as you wish.  Pastor Bob can answer any questions about this event.

Happy birthday to both Jill Good and Angela Neakarse on the 23rd ! Happy Birthday to the “Turtle Queen”, Connie Schuler on the 25th!

Congrats and best wishes to Jamie Voustrous!  She is excited to announce she has accepted an offer to complete her internship for clinical counseling for children and teens at Essentially You Counseling and Wellness Services. She will begin near the end of May!

Special prayers for Nick Golden who is scheduled for more surgery Tuesday.

It was so good to see the Todd Bullaro family back worshipping with us.  We have missed them during this year of quarantine!

Please be using your picture directory to check on one another during this rugged season. (Visit the Connection Table if you don’t have a copy.)  We salute those Snow Angels among us who drag garbage cans to the street, who salt sidewalks, and who shovel for those needing a hand. We have many single, frail, and elderly people at Revolution who struggle during this mess. Please keep your eyes and ears open for ways you can make life easier for each other during this dangerous weather.  The last thing anybody needs is a broken hip.

We hope to see all of you back for service at 10 am next Sunday.  Remember that we have our February prayer meeting after service next Sunday for those of you who want to stay.

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February 14, 2021:

 

 

Welcome back!   Thank you for sharing your holiday Sunday with us! Special thanks to little Jolissa Williams for sharing all her handwritten Valentine cards.  The massive balloon flower bouquet at the entrance was created by our favorite designer, “Magic Autumn” Hensle.  If you liked what you saw, remember that he does custom orders, and aims to please. We are so glad he is part of Revolution Church!

Today Pastor Billy continued the February series, “Indulgences”. The message, “Life Is Like A Box Of Chocolates”, bounced off the movie Forest Gump with scripture taken from Ephesians 2:4-5.  The song set began with some lighthearted fun with Billy Ray Cyrus’s “Achey Breaky Heart” since Jesus truly cares that some of us are struggling with broken and heavy hearts on this holiday.  Worship songs were  “I Saw the Light” “Way Maker”, “One Thing Remains”, and “Oh, How I Love Jesus”.  You can go to the main menu and click WATCH late Sunday evening to view our preaching service and past messages. 

The cartoon, “Pilgrim’s Progress”, was shown after service for the children following a meal provided for them. Some really cool raffle prizes were also awarded. Parents were able to leave and enjoy some free time for a quiet Valentine lunch together. Special thanks to volunteers who stayed to help with child care!

The Sandovals are forming a Children’s Outreach Team! If you are interested in assisting in some fun community activities with the little ones, sign up at the Connection Table for more information.

Donuts and Devotional was yesterday at the church with nine brave men venturing out in ANOTHER snowstorm for some fellowship.

Pastor Julian will begin his new online Bible study on February 25th at 6:30 pm.  “Among Friends” will feature a different topic each week and will appear on FaceBook live with him and various friends who are in different types of ministries. Upcoming topics will be posted in advance in this column.

We now offer good quality Life Journals available for $8 at Kathleen’s desk. Have you gotten yours yet?  See Penny Knott to get your copy before they sell out.

Giving Statements for 2020 are now available on the Connection Table.  Take yours home as tax season is upon us. There are still MANY in the box after three weeks of announcements.

There is an interest sign-up sheet for Concealed Carry class to be taught at the church.  Date to be decided once we can determine how many are interested. 

Yearly church business meeting will be after church on March 7th.  All members are welcome to stay.

“Hello, My Name Is” brunch is hoping to resume meeting again once we have more of a handle on this pandemic.  We are currently looking for women willing to host at their house for when that time comes. There is a sign-up sheet on the Connection Table.

Happy birthday to Rebecca Rosendale!  We are eager to see her family of FOUR back to church as soon as there is a handle on the pandemic.  We are looking forward to meeting their second baby daughter in person.  Happy Birthday to both Tom Williamson and Jimmy Leatherman on the 15th! Beth Printy will be eating birthday cake on the 18th!

Get well wishes and much love going out to Oscar who is back home following surgery.  We look forward to the day we hear him come roaring up on his motorcycle again!

Pastor Billy’s Book of Acts online study happens on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm on his Face Book page.  “Worship Wednesday” videos are something new posted by Pastor on Facebook, too. Tune in to hear a quick devotion and live praise music by your favorite electric guitarist.

Thanks in advance for being your brother’s keeper! Please be using your picture directory to check on one another during this rugged season. Please keep your eyes and ears open for ways you can make life easier for each other during this dangerous weather.  We salute those Snow Angels among us who drag garbage cans to the street, who salt steps, and who shovel for those needing a hand. We have many single, frail, and elderly people at Revolution who struggle when there is snow and hazardous road conditions.

We hope to see all of you back for service at 10 am next Sunday.  Happy Valentine's Day! Spread love everywhere you go!  

 

 

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February 7, 2021:

 

 

Welcome back! Today is Super Bowl LV Sunday. On this day of parties and social gatherings for fellowship and food, we appreciate those who came to God’s house for worship first.

Today Pastor Billy kicked off the February series, “Indulgences”. The message, “What Is Your Flavor?“, was taken from Luke 18:18-27.  The song set was “Sweet By and By” “Love Is Here”, “Today Is the Day”, “The Blessing”, and “Into My Heart”.  You can go to the main menu and click WATCH late Sunday evening to view our preaching service and past messages. 

Pastor Billy’s Book of Acts online study happens on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm on his Face Book page.  Everybody is welcome to stop in and learn.  “Worship Wednesday” videos are something new posted by Pastor on Facebook, too. Tune in to hear a quick devotion and live praise music by your favorite electric guitarist.

Many thanks to each family who contributed non-perishables for the local food pantry today!

Donuts and Devotional is Saturday, February 13th at 8 a.m. Sign up at the Connection Table so Pastor Bob will know how many donuts to purchase.  This is free for all men!

On Valentine’s Day the cartoon “Pilgrim’s Progress” will be shown after service for the children with snack provided for them.  Parents are welcome to leave and enjoy some free time during the show. We will have nursery staff on site.

We now have good quality Life Journals available for $8 at Kathleen’s desk. See Penny Knott to get your copy.  If you cannot afford the $8, please indicate this on a Connection Card, and we will find a way for you to still own one.

Giving Statements for 2020 are now available on the Connection Table.  Take yours before or after service as tax season is upon us.

The Sandovals are forming a Children’s Outreach Team! If you are interested in assisting in some fun community activities with the little ones, sign up at the Connection Table for more information.

“Hello, My Name Is” brunch is hoping to resume meeting again once we have more of a handle on this pandemic.  We are currently looking for women willing to host at their house for when that time comes. There is a sign-up sheet on the Connection Table.

Good wishes are going out to our Pastor Miriam Sandoval who had a birthday on Wednesday! Sweet Jo Ann Preston celebrates her birthday on Tuesday!  Happy Birthday to Ron Schmidt!  Ron, you and your family are missed and spoken of often.

Get well wishes and much love going out to Jan Golden and family as Nick has been in a lot of pain at the hospital again this week. At time of this post, he is now home!

 Please be using your picture directory to check on one another during this rugged winter season. We have many single, frail, and elderly people at Revolution who struggle when there is snow and hazardous road conditions. Please keep your eyes and ears open for ways you can make life easier for them during this dangerous weather.  Thank you for being kind!

We hope to see all of you back for service on Valentine's Day at 10 am next Sunday.  Safe travels! 

 

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January 31, 2021:

Welcome back friends and family! 

 

Last night our part of the state was blasted with a major winter storm leaving many of our roads impassable.  For some, fresh snow continued to fall throughout the morning.  Many of our families were trapped in unplowed subdivisions, but some of the more adventurous ones with 4-wheel drive vehicles were able to make it to worship.  Thank you for your dedication!  Here’s what’s happening at Revolution Church on this ridiculously snowy weekend:

Today Family Pastor Julian Sandoval delivered the final sermon, in the January series, “Engage”. “This Is Your Year“ was based out of Exodus 33:15.  Since some of our musicians were trapped at home, the song set was recalculated to include: “Because He Lives” “Famous One”, “Enough”, and “At the Cross (Love Ran Red)” for Communion.  Monthly prayer meeting was immediately after service for those who wished to stay.  You can go to the main menu and click WATCH late Sunday evening to view our preaching service and past messages. 

Pastor Billy’s Book of Acts online study happens on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm on his Face Book page.  Everybody is welcome to stop in and learn.  Check it out if you haven’t participated yet.

On Valentine’s Day Sunday the cartoon “Pilgrim’s Progress” will be shown after service for the children with lunch provided for them.  Anybody can stay and watch, and parents are welcome to leave and enjoy some free time during the show.

We now have good quality Life Journals available for $8 at Kathleen’s desk. If you cannot afford the $8, please indicate this on a Connection Card, and we will find a way for you to still own one.

Giving Statements for 2020 are now available  on the Connection Table.  Take yours before or after service as tax season is upon us.

Good wishes are going out to sweet Donna Windberg who has a birthday on Tuesday! Happy 67th wedding anniversary to Durk and Linda Lee!  We miss these two lovebirds, but Durk is still home recuperating after some post-op complications from months ago.  (If you have a birthday or anniversary you’d like to see here, tell the piano player a few days in advance, and we can make it happen.)

Get well wishes and much love going out to Jan Golden and family as Nick has been in a lot of pain at the hospital this week.

Please be using your picture directory to check on one another so nobody falls through a crack during this winter season. We have many single, frail, and elderly people at Revolution who struggle when there is snow and hazardous road conditions. It has come to our attention that some of our younger and more able men have been clearing driveways and sidewalks for their neighbors.  Look how easy it is to be a blessing! Thank you for being kind!

Remember to bring non-perishables for the local food pantry and place them on the table in the rear of the sanctuary. We hope to see all of you back for service at 10 am next Sunday.  Safe travels!  

 

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January 24, 2021:

 

 

Welcome back! Thank you for checking out this page.  Here’s what’s happening at Revolution Church:

Today Pastor Billy delivered the sermon, “Being a Self-Feeder” from the series, “Engaged”.  Text was Matthew 4:1-4 and 2 Timothy 3:10 - 17. Special thanks to Judy Fash for sewing our sermon illustration props, and to fussy Baby Mikey Nordsell for giving us something to laugh about. Songs were “Soul On Fire”, “In the Garden” “Goodness, Love and Mercy”, and “Even So Come”. You can go to the main menu and click WATCH late Sunday evening to view our preaching service and past messages. 

The last Friday of this month is Special Ops Prayer Meeting at the church beginning at 6 pm.  Pray for a little while or stay the entire time.  Pastor Bob can give you more information.

Pastor Billy’s Book of Acts online study happens on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm on his Face Book page.  Everybody is welcome to pop in and learn.  Check it out if you haven’t participated yet.

On Valentine’s Day Sunday the cartoon “Pilgrim’s Progress” will be shown after service for the children.  Anybody can stay and watch, but parents are welcome to leave and enjoy some free time during the show.

Friends, we are in need of help at our tech table.  We need another volunteer to learn how to flash the song lyrics on to the screen during worship.  It is not difficult, and we will train you.

If you enjoy children and would like to serve now and again with our tiniest members of Revolution, see the Sandovals who would be happy to welcome you into their volunteer pool!

We have two Bibles and a nice leather journal in our lost and found at Kathleen’s desk. Are they yours? Speaking of journals, we now have good quality Life Journals available for $8. If you cannot afford the $8, please indicate this on a Connection Card, and we will find a way for you to still own one.

Giving Statements for 2020 will be available the on the Connection Table NEXT Sunday.

Remember that Pastor Julian has an ongoing collection of new socks for the homeless in a basket beside the camera table!  Keep your eyes open for sales because we have some rough winter weather rolling in soon! 

Lots of good wishes going out to those having birthdays this upcoming week: Diane McCullough on the 24th, Joe Meskin on the 25th, Erin Van Kuiken on the 26rd and Justice Petersen on the 27th! (If you have a birthday or anniversary you’d like to see here, tell the piano player a few days in advance, and we can make it happen.)

Condolences to the Julian Sandoval family upon the passing of his Aunt Esther.  We also extend sympathies to the Schuler family as Connie’s dad passed away at her home.  Rest in peace, Mr. James Rose. There are no arrangements for him at the time of this posting.

Special thanks to young K.N. who joyfully shoveled much of the parking area free from snow so folks could enter and exit more safely. I wish we could bottle that youthful energy and sell it! We appreciate you serving your church, K.!

We will see you back at 10 am next week for Communion Sunday!  Stay safe in the snow that is supposed to roll in here on Monday and Tuesday. Check on one another so nobody falls through a crack during this winter season. We need EVERYBODY!

 

 

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January 17, 2021:

 

 

Welcome back! Here’s what’s happening at Revolution Church:

For a snowy morning we still had a decent crowd and even had some first time visitors which was nice.  Special thanks to Mikey Nordsell for clearing a large portion of the unscraped parking lot with a shovel so nobody would slip and get injured trying to come inside for worship.

Today Pastor Billy delivered the second sermon, “E Pluribus Unum ” from the new series, “Engaged”.  Text was 1 Corinthians 12:12-20 and 1 John 4:18-19.  Songs were Canned Heat’s “Let’s Work Together” (led by Phil Graniczny), “All the People Said Amen” (NOT a-woman) “All My Hope Is In Jesus”, “Cannons”, and “Family of God”. You can go to the main menu and click WATCH late Sunday evening to view our preaching service and past messages.  (Last week’s message is unavailable because of audio difficulties.  Sorry about that.)

The last Friday of this month is Special Ops Prayer Meeting at the church beginning at 6 pm.  Pray for a little while or stay the entire time.  Pastor Bob can give you more information.

After 10 months of covid shutdowns and inconveniences group leaders are formulating plans to resume some of their activities! Pastor Julian’s Thursday evening small group will soon be on FaceBook live.  He is hoping to bring in guest speakers for topical classes vs verse by verse Bible learning.

Pastor Billy’s Book of Acts online study happens on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm on his Face Book page.  Everybody is welcome to pop in and learn. Three weeks ago he took a detour from Acts and taught about the congressional “Amen and Awoman” prayer, and near 1000 people watched! Check it out if you haven’t seen it yet.

On Valentine’s Day Sunday the cartoon “Pilgrim’s Progress” will be shown after service for the children.  Anybody is welcome to stay and watch, but parents are welcome to leave and enjoy from free time during the show.

We have two Bibles and a nice leather journal in our lost and found at Kathleen’s desk. Are they yours?

New Daily Bread devotionals books are free for the taking on the Connection Table, so make sure you take yours so none are wasted.

Remember that Pastor Julian has an ongoing collection of new socks for the homeless in a basket beside the camera table!  Keep your eyes open for sales. 

Happy Birthday to Desiray Chambers today!   On the 21st Madison DesLaurier and Cynthia Petersen both celebrate their special days.  Sandy Chambers will be eating birthday cake on the 23rd!

It was wonderful to see Charlie Printy back in service after many weeks of absence.  YAY!  Best wishes for continued recovery! 

Friends, put on your seatbelt and buckle up tight as we have a potentially tumultuous week ahead of us in this nation.  Everybody be safe and remember to do all things in love. Let’s not let the actions of the elephants and the donkeys make us forget that we all belong to the Lamb. Happy Martin Luther King day tomorrow, also!

We will see you back at 10 am next Sunday!

 

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January 10, 2021:

 

 

Welcome back! Here’s what’s happening at Revolution Church:

Today Pastor Billy delivered the first sermon, “Perseverence” from the new series, “Engage”.  Text was Hebrews 12:1-3.  Songs were “This is Amazing Grace”, “Blessed Assurance”, “I Raise a Hallelujah”, “Revival”, and “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”. You can go to the main menu and click WATCH late Sunday evening to view our preaching service and past messages.

Our sanctuary had looked so festive and sparkly for Christmas and New Year, but it was time to remove the holiday décor.  Judy Fash and her team of helpers did a lot of tear down and clean up Friday morning.  Big thanks to all who showed up to assist.

Donuts and Devotional was at the church yesterday morning with more than a dozen men attending. If you missed it, fret not, because the next one is February 13.

The last Friday of this month is Special Ops Prayer Meeting at the church beginning at 6 pm.  Pray for a little while or stay the entire time.  Pastor Bob can give you more information.

Pastor Billy’s Book of Acts online study happens on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm on his Face Book page.  Everybody is welcome to pop in and learn. Last week he took a detour from Acts and taught about the congressional “Amen and Awoman” prayer, and over 913 people watched! Check it out if you haven’t seen it yet.

We have two Bibles and a nice leather journal in our lost and found at Kathleen’s desk. Are you missing something?

Giving Statements for 2020 will be available the last Sunday of this month.

New Daily Bread devotionals books are free for the taking on the Connection Table, so make sure you take yours so none are wasted.

Remember that Pastor Julian has an ongoing collection of new socks for the homeless in a basket beside the camera table!  Keep your eyes open for sales!

Happy Birthday to Desiray Chambers on the 17th!  It was wonderful to see Kevin and Sandy back in service after many weeks of absences.  YAY!

Condolences to Kristen Hippenhammer and family on the death of her uncle.

 We will see you back at 10 am next Sunday! 

 

 

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January 3, 2021:

 

 

Welcome to our first service of the new year, friends!  We had to battle slush, ice and some unplowed streets, but the scenery along the way was stellar with heavy snow coating each branch and weed. It looked like a postcard!  Thank you to all who came out to worship!

Today Pastor Bob Smith delivered the first sermon of the new year, “Firm Foundation”, from Matthew 7:24-27.  Songs were “Forever”, “Open the Eyes of My Heart”, “Eye of the Storm” and “I Stand Amazed”. You can go to the main menu and click WATCH late Sunday evening to view our preaching service and past messages.

Thank you again for donating non-perishables for our monthly food drive to benefit the local food pantry! Sharing is caring, and now and again we all will need a hand up.  It’s always a smart idea to “pay it forward”. The Cromwells stepped up to deliver our donations this month.  

Graybars Project is so pleased with their last community service project! Pastor Billy read a letter of thanks from Fr. Louis Tosto, the chaplain at Joliet Treatment Center, to appreciate our church for donating the boxes of Christmas cards that inmates were able to send to their loved ones. They had enough left over to begin saving for Christmas 2021!

Our sanctuary has looked so festive and sparkly for Christmas and New Year, but it is time to remove the holiday décor.  Judy Fash invites all who want to help to be at the church at 10 am Friday.

Donuts and Devotional is at the church Saturday, January 9 at 8 am.  Every man and any of their male friends are invited.  There is no charge for this fellowship event.  Pastor Bob is in charge and can give you more info.

Sending out special loving wishes to the Chambers, Printy, and Lee families who would so love to worship with us but cannot at this time.  You guys are missed! We were delighted to see Jan Golden and Freda Wolfenden back after long absences!

Happy Birthday wishes are flying across the miles all the way to our sweet Sue Mulder down in Arizona on the 5th! Christine Duszka is reading her birthday wishes all the way down in Texas. (It was great to have Chris & Chris with us at Christmas Eve worship!)  Jason Hippenhammer and his beard celebrate another trip around the sun on Wednesday!

Special prayers are going out for Pastor Bob and Heather Smit who both lost a parent last weekend.  Heather’s mom, Irene Klein, will have a visitation Monday, January 4th, 9-11am, and funeral begins at 11 at Smits, DeYoung-Vroegh Funeral Home, 649 E. 162nd St., South Holland, IL.  Interment is at Holy Cross Cemetery in Calumet City, IL.  

There is no visitation planned for Robert “Smitty” Smith at the time of this publication. Donations to the Shriners Hospital for Children – Chicago or The Wounded Warrior Project in Mr. Smith’s name in lieu of flowers would be appreciated by the family.

New Daily Bread devotionals books are free for the taking on the Connection Table, so make sure you take yours so none are wasted.

Hugging and shaking hands is not advised at our church during the pandemic!  Masks and hand sanitizer are provided near the entrance if you forget your own.  We strongly encourage you to watch from home should you be feeling poorly. We are trying our hardest to protect each other from illness so we can all step into the new year in good health.

Remember, Pastor Bob gave us all a homework assignment to read Psalm 21 and Psalm 121 before next Sunday.  Do that, and we hope to see a church full of your smiling faces next week. 

Welcome, 2021.  Please be good to us. We pray in this new year we will all be filthy RICH: RICH in health, RICH in knowledge, RICH in adventure, RICH in family, and RICH in love!

 

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December 27, 2020:

 

Welcome, Family and Friends!  We hope each person reading this found joy and happiness on this most holy of weeks! It has been said that Santa makes a Naughty List and checks it twice, but Jesus forgives everything on that list if we just ask.

Thank you for joining us for Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship! We were pleased to see several first time visitors and the Duskas pop in from Texas! Our songs were “Go Tell It On the Mountain”, “Mary, Did You Know”, “Christmas Hallelujah”, and “Silent Night”.

 

Thank you to Harvey Ferguson and Brenda Hajek for lighting the Christ Candle and reading our fifth and final Advent scriptures.

Today Pastor Billy concluded his December sermon series, “Home Alone”, with a message called “Visitation”, the story of the Magi, from Matthew 2:1-12.  Songs were “Jesus Messiah”, Chris Tomlin’s “Joy to the World”, an encore of our version of Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Carol of the Bells” and “Glory In the Highest” for Communion. Monthly prayer meeting was held after service for those who wanted to stay. You can go to the main menu and click WATCH late Sunday evening to view our preaching service and past messages.

In lieu of our annual women’s Christmas Merry Mixer that wasn’t possible because of covid restrictions, our regularly attending women were surprised with deliveries of handmade mittens and handwarmers!  Special thanks to Darla, Miriam, Donna, Penny, Judy, Elena and Eileen for making them, wrapping them and delivering them in all directions!  How kind! Several women were seen wearing theirs today.

Happy Birthday to Dr. Mishel Rych on the 30th! Jessica Chicke, founder of (the almost famous) Merle’s Bakery, celebrates her big day on the 28th! Let’s hope she doesn’t have to bake her own cake!  Tommy Naughton turns 77 this week!

Bob Brown was hospitalized early in the week but was able to come to church this morning. Leslie Graniczny was discharged from the hospital again this week and is recuperating from knee replacement at home. Durk Lee is regaining strength and looking better but is bruised from a fall at his home Saturday.  

Freda Wolfenden was also in the hospital several days this past week. Give her extra love as not only has she been ill, but her seven year old great granddaughter, Zarhiah, died in her sleep.

Special prayers are going out to Pastor Bob and Heather Smit who both tended to parents in hospice care this holiday season.  Mr. Smith passed away Saturday, and today during church Bob received a message that Heather’s mom had also died. We are deeply sorry for their losses.

Thank you to Dawn Gonda and her Fishes and Loaves team for providing some meals during this rough patch for the Smiths.  If you would like to serve with this ministry, please mark your connection card to help.

As a friendly reminder, for those of you who want your financial gifts to count towards this year’s tax purposes, they must be given by Dec. 31. Big thanks to the folks who are faithful with their giving to keep Revolution running smoothly even during this pandemic!

New Daily Bread devotionals books are free for the taking on the Connection Table, so make sure you take yours.

Next week is collection for the local food pantry.  Non-perishables can be left at the table at the back of the room.

Hugging and shaking hands is not advised at our church during the pandemic!  Masks and hand sanitizer are provided near the entrance if you forget your own.  We strongly encourage you to watch from home should you be feeling poorly. We are trying our hardest to protect each other from illness so we can all ring in New Year’s Day in good health.

Welcome, 2021.  Please be kinder to us!

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December 20, 2020:

 

 

Welcome, Family and Friends!

Thank you for joining us for Christmas worship! Welcome, visitors!

Today Pastor Billy continued his December sermon series, “Home Alone”, with a message called “Stranger Than Fiction” from Isaiah 7:14.  Songs were “Hark the Herald/In Excelsis Deo”, “O Come All Ye Faithful”, “Holy Night”, and our version of Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s “Carol of the Bells”. You can go to the main menu and click WATCH late Sunday evening to view our preaching service and past messages.

Thank you to the Hippenhammer clan for lighting the Candle of Love and reading our fourth Advent scriptures. The final candle will be lit on Thursday, Christmas Eve, during our 5 pm public candlelight service. Invite friends and family while the church is so beautifully decorated.  We expect it to last 45 minutes to an hour.

Church staff enjoyed their annual holiday meal together at Williamson’s Restaurant on Thursday.  Thank you, ladies and gentlemen for all you do to serve this church!

In lieu of our annual women’s Christmas Merry Mixer that wasn’t possible because of covid restrictions, our regularly attending women were surprised with deliveries of handmade mittens and handwarmers!  Special thanks to Darla, Miriam, Donna, Penny, Judy, Elena and Eileen for making them, wrapping them and delivering them in all directions!  How kind!

Pastor Billy’s Book of Acts online study happens on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm on his Face Book page.  Everybody is welcome to pop in and learn. He has NOT cancelled class during Christmas week.

Reagan Hippenhammer turned eight yesterday! Lainey Nordsell is fifteen this week! Bass player, Phil Graniczny has a birthday tomorrow! Camera guy Bruce Smit celebrates his birthday on Wednesday! (Maybe he will get a bigger sombrero from the Birthday Fairy.)  Happy Birthday wishes to the “Hostess With the Mostest”, our sweet Brenda Hajek who was born on Christmas Day! (Her brother, Harvey, said she was the best Christmas gift he ever got as a child!)

The Christmas stork has made an early delivery! Big congrats to Dan and Rebecca Rosendale on the birth of their second daughter, Claire Noelle! She was 6 lb, 1oz and 19 inches long!

As one life arrived on earth, another departed.  Condolences and much love going out to Tom and Ginny Williamson upon the death of his mother in Texas Saturday morning. A memorial service is tentatively planned for her birthday in June. Tom’s address is in the church photo directory if you’d like to send a card. 

Hugging and shaking hands is not advised at our church during the pandemic! Please do not! Masks and hand sanitizer are provided near the entrance if you forget your own.  We strongly encourage you to watch from home should you be feeling poorly. We are trying our hardest to protect each other from illness so we can all enjoy the holiday season in good health.  

As a friendly reminder, for those of you who mail in your tithes and offerings, if you want your giving to count for tax purposes, it must be postmarked by Dec. 31.

New Daily Bread devotionals books are free for the taking on the Connection Table, so make sure you take yours.

We hope to see everybody back for Christmas Eve at 5 pm. Please be prompt as the lights will be low, and you won’t want to miss even one carol. After service please seize the opportunity to have some family photos taken in front of the manger as it is the perfectly lit backdrop!  Have a blessed week and enjoy some much needed rest and family time! Happiness, peace and joy to you all! Merry Christmas!

 

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December 13, 2020:

 

 

Welcome, Family and Friends!

Today Pastor Billy continued his December sermon series, “Home Alone”, with a message called “Minor to Major” from the Micah 5:2 Messianic prophecy.  Songs were “Feliz Navidad”, “Joy to the World (Chris Tomlin version)”, and Who You Say I Am”. You can go to the main menu and click WATCH late Sunday evening to view our preaching service and past messages.

Thank you to Grant and Faith Cromwell for lighting the Candle of Joy and reading our third Advent scriptures.

Pastor Bob Smith shared with us how early this morning he was able to lead his 95 year old father to God.  What a precious honor to get to say the sinner’s prayer with his dad who is in hospice for end stage pancreatic cancer.  We all clapped and cheered at this blessing for the Smith family!  

Today was our annual Ugly Sweater Day where we showcased creativity and FUN!  Judges declared the winners for 2020 were Jamie Voustrous for all her sparkliness, Bruce Smit in his flowered poncho and sequin sombrero, and the entire Hippenhammer family (minus the bearded one who had to work) just for being so stinkin’ cute in their gaudy garb. Penny Knott won Honorable Mention for wearing the “safest sweater” – a snowman donning his covid mask. Winners took home gift certificates to support local businesses.     Wasn’t it good to laugh and have some merriment during these days of gloom and doom from the media? Round of applause for each good sport who participated. Watch Face Book later to see some funny sweater photos.

Kids sure had fun in children’s church! Magic Autumn was head to toe decked out for Christmas in all his fabulousness doing his thang with balloons on his head, and Pastor Miriam was finally able to return to church after a long bout with illness. Yay!

Now is the time to invite friends to come check out your church.  Mark your calendar for Thursday, Christmas Eve, for 5 pm for our public candlelight service. We expect it to last about an hour.

A very heavy box of unsigned holiday and assorted greeting cards was delivered to Chaplin Fr. Louis at Joliet Treatment Center last Sunday. Many thanks to all of you who donated for this Christmas project to remember the local inmates!

Remember that Pastor Julian has an ongoing collection of new socks for the homeless in a basket beside the camera table! Thank you to all who have already brought pairs to help keep the street people warmer and drier.

 As a friendly reminder, for those of you who mail in your tithes and offerings, if you want your giving to count for tax purposes, it must be postmarked by Dec. 31.

 Sign up at the Connection Table to schedule an interview with George Carroll in January if you would like to serve on our Safety/Security Team. If you haven’t met him yet, he is the guy who wore that super funky green Christmas suit today.

Pastor Billy’s Book of Acts online study happens on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm on his Face Book page.  Everybody is welcome to pop in and learn.  No charge. 

Something else that is no charge is our picture directory found on the Connection Table. Take home your copy to keep in touch with church friends. Some are using theirs now to address Christmas cards. Are you reaching out to those who are missing?  If you haven’t seen somebody in a while, especially our elderly, take a couple minutes and check on their wellbeing. It’s important that nobody falls through the cracks during this pandemic. 

Our happy doorman, Charlie Printy, was FINALLY released from the hospital on Thursday!  Thanks to those who are serving in his place until he is able to regain his strength. Happy healing to Leslie Graniczny who had a total knee replacement Wednesday! She is also back home now. Phil says her knee looks like the “Staples Center”!

Happy Birthday wishes to two of our young princesses:  Reagan Hippenhammer and Jo’lissa Williams!  Pat Baker reading this all the way down in Tennessee has her birthday on the 17th, so we hope she feels the love when she reads this!

The Christmas stork has made an early delivery! Big congrats to Dan and Rebecca Rosendale on the birth of their second daughter, Claire Noelle, born Thursday! She was 6 lb, 1oz and 19 inches long!

We strongly encourage you to watch from home should you be feeling poorly. We are trying our hardest to protect each other from illness so we can all enjoy the holiday season in good health.  Hugging and shaking hands is not advised at our church this time with the increase in covid cases in our communities. Masks and hand sanitizer are provided near the entrance if you forget your own.  Be safe and be smart! 

We hope to see everybody back next Sunday.  Be on time so as not to miss out on the Christmas worship! You will have to wait another whole year to hear the songs again if you come in late.  Between now and then, call us if you need us. Have a blessed week!

 

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