August 12, 2018:

 

 

Happy Sunday afternoon!  Thank you for joining us for church today!

Pastor Billy continued “The Seven Churches of Revelation” series with a message called “Ephesus- All Head No Heart” with text from Revelation 2:1-7  We all got a big laugh out of the "Shopping For a New Church" video.  You can see this message Monday afternoon by clicking WATCH on our Home Page.   Today’s songs were: “Sweet By and By", “Love the Lord”, “The Heart of Worship”, “God of This City”, and good old “Amazing Grace”. 

Speaking of singing, would you like to serve this church by putting our lyrics up on the screen during worship?  The Tech Team is looking for folks with some computer abilities to help us once a month.  We will train you. Mark your connection card or speak to Cynthia Petersen.

Everybody on our email list should have received an online survey regarding ideas and preferences for future adult connection events.  Please take time to complete this so we can make these as enjoyable and as well attended as possible. 

Small Group sign ups began today for autumn.  Browse the Connection Table to purchase books or check out the topics/locations/dates/times that work best for you.  We have six classes in addition to one on one individual study opportunities for women.

Thank you to the Griffords for hosting yesterday’s summer connection event at their Manhattan home.  BBQ chicken, shredded Italian beef, and beverages were provided, and you guys brought the sides and desserts. Their pool was open for those wanting to take a dip. About 28 attended.

“Hello, My Name Is” potluck brunch/fellowship, will be Saturday, August 18th, 9:00 am in Manhattan at the Knott home.  The speaker is always a surprise.  Who will it be? Sign up at the Connection Table.  Sorry, no kids for this one. Direct questions to Penny for this event.

Singles 18+ will meet at Concerts on the Green on Kansas St. in Frankfort next Sunday, August 19th, 5 pm. Bring a dish to pass, and enjoy a free music show afterward. “Rosie and the Rivets” is performing.  Look for the flag in the back. 

Seniors 55+ are gathering for a BBQ at noon on Friday, August 24th at Kathy Felchlin’s Manhattan home.  This is free, but you need to sign up and indicate what dish you will take to share.

Our young people will host a community carwash in our parking lot on Saturday, August 25th.  How fun!  If you’d like to assist or want more info, speak with Pastor Julian.

There is a five minute meeting at the bulletin board immediately after church next Sunday for all who are going to the tent revival in Plainfield, Indiana on August 25.  Travel arrangements, prison rules, and dress code will be addressed.  We don’t want anybody to be turned away at the gate for an infraction after traveling so far.

While you at the bulletin board, consider signing some cards for our inmates.  We have lots of August birthdays.  One of our more local, young prisoners is being released next month.  There is a basket on the table for those who would like to bless him with toiletries or very basic items to get him on his feet.  There is a list of needs there for those who would like to show grace to one of our “Last, Lost, Least”.

“HERO” (Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization) is hosting a conference Thursday, August 30th from 5:00-8:30 pm in New Lenox. Pastor Billy is participating in the presentation.  The group is seeking folks who are willing to pray and are willing to minister to families of addicts.  Sign up or speak with Larry DeSando if you want to help or go.  There are pamphlets on the Connection Table for more information about this organization.

Seniors 55+ are planning a trip to Noah’s Ark and the Creation Museum in Kentucky! Itinerary, hotel information, payment requirements and sign-up sheets are found on the Connection Table.  $232.50 per person covers your lodging and tickets.

Labor Day is just around the corner, and we are marching in the Manhattan parade again.  Last year we ran out of candy, so we are collecting earlier this year.  There is a collection bin at the back of the church.  Thanks to those who have already contributed!

The Garden Sharing Table is making a comeback!  Last year our gardeners brought extra crops, and those who wanted or needed could take home fresh produce for free!  If you would like share your fruits, herbs, or veggies, please wash them and bring a few bags for carrying home.

Jason and Kristen Hippenhammer have announced they are expecting their fifth child! “Baby ?” is due mid-March!  Congratulations!

Enjoy your weekend, and we will see you back in church next Sunday.  Service starts at 10, but there is hot coffee , fellowship, and even a 9:30 prayer circle in the office for those who wish to come early.

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August 5, 2018:

 

 

Happy Sunday afternoon!  Thank you for joining us for church today!

Pastor Billy began his new series, “The Seven Churches of Revelation” with text being the entire first chapter of Revelation. You can watch this message Monday afternoon by clicking WATCH on our Home Page.   Today’s songs were:  “Holy Is the Lord”, “I’ll Fly Away”, “Sea of Faces”, and  “Revelation Song”.  We are proud of our new keyboard! Our other one was beginning to show signs of wear and tear, and nobody likes to be surprised with “technical difficulties” during worship, so this shouldn’t be a concern anymore. 

Twenty men gathered for breakfast at the church Saturday morning.  Teardrop Café catered bacon, eggs, hashbrown casserole, and pancakes.  Pastor Bob gave the devotional.   Thanks to Pastor Billy for doing all the set up, and thanks to all who stayed late to clean and leave the sanctuary presentable for service.

Everybody on our email list should have received an online survey regarding ideas and preferences for future adult connection events.  Please take time to complete this so we can make these as enjoyable and as well attended as possible. 

The Griffords are hosting the next summer connection event at their Manhattan home on Saturday, August 11, 2:00 pm.  BBQ chicken, shredded Italian beef, and beverages will be provided.  You bring the sides to share.  Their pool will be open if you want to swim. Sign up at the Connection Table. Sorry, no kids for this one!

“Hello, My Name Is” potluck brunch, fellowship, and testimony by one of our women will be Saturday, August 18th, 9:00 am in Manhattan at the Knott home.  Sign up at the Connection Table.  Sorry, no kids for this one, either. Direct questions to Penny for this event.

Singles 18+ will meet at Concerts on the Green on Kansas St. in Frankfort on Sunday, August 19th, 5 pm. Bring a dish to pass, and enjoy a free music show afterward. Look for the flag in the back. 

Seniors 55+ are gathering for a BBQ at noon on Friday, August 24th at Kathy Felchlin’s Manhattan home.  This is free, but you need to sign up.

Our young people will host a community carwash in our parking lot on Saturday, August 25th.  How fun!  If you’d like to assist or want more info, speak with Pastor Julian.

Graybars Project registration is now closed for the tent revival at Plainfield, Indiana on Saturday, August 25th.  All who completed the background check MUST visit the bulletin board to read posted prison rules and dress code.  We don’t want anybody to be turned away at the gate for an infraction after traveling so far.

“HERO” (Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization) is hosting a conference Thursday, August 30th from 5:00-8:30 pm in New Lenox. They are seeking folks who are willing to pray and are willing to minister to families of addicts.  Pastor Billy is participating in the presentation.  Sign up or speak with Larry DeSando if you want to help or go.  There are pamphlets on the Connection Table for more information about this organization.

Seniors 55+ are planning a trip to Noah’s Ark and the Creation Museum in Kentucky! Itinerary, hotel information, and sign-up sheet is found on the Connection Table.  

We will be marching in the local Labor Day parade again, so we are collecting candy early.  There is a collection bin at the back of the church.  Remember, only individually wrapped candies are permitted!

Would you like to serve this church by putting lyrics up on the screen during singing?  The Tech Team is looking for folks with some computer abilities to help us once a month.  We will train you. Mark your connection card or speak to Cynthia Petersen.

Happy Birthday, Carrie Ann Grafrath!    Happy 52nd Birthday, Deacon Blaine Petersen!

See you next Sunday!

 

 

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July 29, 2018:

 

Hello again!   Welcome, visitors! 

Children and Family Pastor, Julian Sandoval, delivered the message this morning.    His sermon was called, “Where Is God When the Bottom Drops Out?” with text from Ephesians 6:13.  Special thanks for Mason, Autumn, and Todd for water gun blasting special effects to simulate the scene where Jesus calmed a stormy sea.  Julian dedicated this message to his late father, Roger.

Song set was “Blessed Be the Name”, “Eye of the Storm”, “Come As You Are”, and “You Never Let Go” during Communion. The July Prayer Meeting was held after service for those who wished to stay.

The paperback drive for the Joliet Juvenile Detention Center was so successful we have enough books to also share with two women’s correctional facility libraries.  Thank you for being generous!  Lisa and Sam Jasinski went the extra mile to make this prison ministry project shine!

We appreciate Greg and Judy Fash for hosting the Senior Ministry Potluck Lunch on Friday.  Thanks to all who came out and to every person who brought a dish to pass.

Men’s FREE hot breakfast is at the church next Saturday, August 4th, 8:00 am.  RSVP at the Connection Table if you want us to save you a seat and some bacon as this is a popular event, and we want to set up enough tables for you and your guests.

The Griffords are hosting the next summer connection event at their Manhattan home on Saturday, August 11, 2:00 pm.  BBQ chicken, shredded Italian beef, and beverages will be provided.  You bring the sides to share.  Their pool will be open if you want to swim. Sign up at the Connection Table. Sorry, no kids for this one!

“Hello, My Name Is” potluck brunch, fellowship, and testimony by one of our women will be Saturday, August 18th, 9:00 am in Manhattan at the Knott home.  Sign up at the Connection Table.  Sorry, no kids for this one, either. Direct questions to Penny for this event.

Singles 18+ will meet at Concerts on the Green on Kansas St. in Frankfort on Sunday, August 19th, 5 pm. Bring a dish to pass, and enjoy a free music show afterward. Look for the Revolution flag in the back.  

Seniors 55+ are gathering for a BBQ at noon on Friday, August 24th at Kathy Felchlin’s Manhattan home.  This is free, but you need to sign up.

“Wednesday Night Live” youth group has a new name: “The Altar”.   Our young people will host a community carwash in our parking lot on Saturday, August 25th.  How fun!  If you’d like to assist or want more info, speak with Pastor Julian.

Graybars Project invites those not involved with the carwash to attend a Prison Tent Revival at Plainfield Correctional Facility in Plainfield, Indiana on Saturday, August 25th. We are guests of the evangelist and his prison ministry team that will be with us at all times.   Mandatory background check forms are at the bulletin board. Next Sunday is the final day to sign up. Bring driver’s license for photo copy next Sunday.  Expect a 9-10 hour trip as we will eat supper on the road. 

“HERO” (Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization) is hosting a conference Thursday, August 30th from 5:00-8:30 pm in New Lenox. They are seeking folks who are willing to pray with and pray for those attending who might want spiritual help.  Sign up or speak with Larry DeSando  if you want to help or go.  There are pamphlets on the Connection Table for more information about this organization.

We will be marching in the local Labor Day parade again, so we are collecting candy early.  There is a collection bin at the back of the church.  Remember, only individually wrapped candies are permitted!

If  you have any technical background, and would enjoy serving your church by putting slides on the screen during singing and the sermon, do we have a job for you on our Tech Team!  Serving just once a month would be a big help.  Mark your connection card, or speak to Cynthia Petersen who is often sitting at the computer table.

Elena Sandoval fell and broke her right arm and is 50 shades of purple with all the bruising.  We hope she heals quickly. Happy Birthday today to Pastor Bob!  

See you next Sunday when Pastor Billy begins a new series: “The Seven Churches of Revelation”.  Thank you for your support and for all you do here.  Have a blessed week!

 

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July 22, 2018:

 

 

Hi, friends!

Thanks for coming out to worship on this rainy Sunday! Again, we had several new faces in the crowd, and strong attendance.  If you are a first or second time visitor, be sure and pick up your welcome gift from the back table.

Pastor Billy’s message was called “The Unforgivable Sin” with text from Matthew 12:31-32, Hebrews 2:3, Hebrews 6:4-6, and Mark 3:20-34. He  also broke down the C.S. Lewis quote, “Jesus was either a liar, a lunatic, or the Lord.”  You can watch this message Monday afternoon by going to our Home Page and clicking WATCH.

Worship team welcomed guitarist, Grant Cromwell, to the stage for the first time, and he did a real nice job!  Song set today was “Unclouded Day”, “Unchanging”, “This is Amazing Grace”, ”Lord, I Need You”, “Shout To the Lord”.  End of service music was “He Is Lord”.

Did you see the impressive balloon creations the kids were sporting after service?  Autumn Hensle was busy with his magic hands in the children’s area this morning.   This guy truly has a unique talent!

Thank you to the Knotts for hosting Friday’s adult connection meal.  The weather did not cooperate, so they opened their house and set up tables in the garage to keep everyone dry. We hope you enjoyed yourselves!

Thank you to the Woznys for hosting a BBQ for Singles at their home this afternoon in spite of the gloomy skies.

Lunch for Seniors 55+ is at the Fash home in New Lenox on Friday, July 27th at noon.  Bring a dish to pass.

Men’s FREE breakfast is at the church Saturday, August 4th, 8:00 am.  RSVP at the Connection Table.

Griffords are hosting the next summer connection event at their Manhattan home on Saturday, August 11, 2:00 pm.  BBQ chicken, shredded Italian beef, and beverages will be provided.  You bring the sides to share.  Their pool will be open if you want to swim. Sign up at the Connection Table. Sorry, no kids for this one!

“Hello, My Name Is” light potluck brunch, fellowship, and testimony by one of our women will be Saturday, August 18th, 9:00 am in Manhattan.  Sign up at the Connection Table.  Sorry, no kids for this one, either.

Graybars Project invites you to attend a Prison Tent Revival at Plainfield Correctional Facility in Plainfield, Indiana, Saturday August 25th. We are guests of the evangelist and his prison ministry team that will be with us at all times.  There is a mandatory background check to pass for admission, so sign up quickly if interested.  Expect a 9-10 hour trip as we will eat supper on the road.   Also, next Sunday is the final day to bring in your paperbacks for the Joliet Juvenile Detention Center’s library.  Leave them in the basket at the bulletin board.

We will be marching in the local Labor Day parade again, so we are collecting candy early.  There is a collection bin at the back of the church.  Remember, only individually wrapped candies are permitted!

Happy Anniversary, Darren and Mishel Rych!  Leslie Graniczny and Sam Jasinski are birthday girls this week! Happy 19th birthday, Nathan Herrera!  Pastor Bob has a birthday next Sunday!

Aloha to Joe Meskin enjoying his high school graduation trip to Hawaii!  Congratulations, Joey!  We hope you bring us back a suitcase full of fresh pineapples! We also hope you will not be swallowed up by hot lava, because we need you on the tech team!

Speaking of the Tech Team, if you have any technical background, and would enjoy serving your church by putting slides on the screen during singing and the sermon, do we have a job for you!  Serving just once a month would be a big help.  Mark your connection card, or speak to Cynthia Petersen who is often sitting at the computer table.

Thank you to everybody who volunteered in any area of ministry today.  Thank you for pulling your weight so some other hard-working person could take a breather. Remember, if we all do a little, nobody has to do a lot.  See you next Sunday. Have a blessed week!

 

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July 15, 2018:

 

 

Hello, friends!

Church was nearly full this morning, with several first-time visitors again. We have certainly not experienced the summer slump most church have during July. Thank you for being faithful to Revolution on these sunny Sundays when it is tempting to go play outside.

Pastor Billy’s message was titled “Faith That Doesn’t Save” with texts from James 2: 14-17, Romans 3: 28-30, and Ephesians 2:8-10. After Pastor urged us to actually ACT when we are made aware of needs, we heard of at least four people who stepped up to aid  two very deserving folks.  Thank you for caring. Thank you for sharing.   God keeps excellent records!

The music set today was “Revival”, “He Reigns”, “All My Hope Is In Jesus”, “I Stand Amazed” and “Tis So Sweet” for the invitation.

 

Special thanks to Oscar Hammerberg for knowing just what to do when the AC went out in the children's department this morning.  He has been out sick for weeks, and we were so happy to see his smiling face again.

Welcome to our newest members: Grant and Faith Cromwell, Charlie and Beth Printy, Mike Nordsell, and Bob and Rita Brown!  We are proud to have all of you aboard!

Graybars Project is collecting paperbacks for 5th -12th graders for the juvenile detention center’s library through the end of the month.  Leave in the basket at the bulletin board. The group also invites everybody to attend a tent revival inside the grounds of Plainfield Correctional Prison in Plainfield, Indiana on August 25th, 11:30 am.  We will be guests of the evangelist and his team of experienced prison ministers. Background check is mandatory, so sign up right away if you want to attend this joyful and blessed service.  

 

We will be marching in the Labor Day Parade for the third year and are seeking candy donations early.  Last year we ran out, and we don’t want that happening again. Treats must be individually wrapped.

We have a lot of food socials coming up! Which of these would you like to attend? Sign up at the Connection Table where you will get specific locations and more information:

Friday, July 20, 6:00 pm—Adult evening with burgers, dogs, water and lemonade provided. You bring a side or dessert to share. Hosted by the Knotts in Manhattan.

Sunday, July 22, 5:00 pm – Singles BBQ.  Bring a side dish to share.  Hosted by the Woznys in Frankfort.

Friday, July 27th, noon – Senior 55+ Lunch hosted at the Fash home in New Lenox.

Saturday, August 4th, 8:00 am – Men’s Quarterly Breakfast at the church.  Free!

Happy Birthday to Leslie Graniczny on Thursday.  The Big 55!

Church starts at 10 am. Pre-service prayer circle meets in the office at 9:30, and anybody who wants to come in is welcome. See you next Sunday!

 

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July 8, 2018:

 

 

Thanks for coming here to learn “What’s Happening”!

Welcome to our visitors who joined us for this morning’s service.  Thank you to all who rolled out of bed on this lazy summer Sunday to be faithful to the Lord’s house.  We appreciate all who serve in their various areas of ministry so the rest of us can sit back and enjoy a comfortable service. Every week there are those among us who come early and stay late to be sure Revolution Church runs smoothly.

Pastor Billy was back in the pulpit today with a sermon called “Did Jesus Really Descend Into Hell?”  His text was from 1 Peter 3:18-20.  This can be viewed by clicking “WATCH” on our Home Page.  Today’s song set was “Where Streets Have No Name”, “Because He Lives”, “Let the Praises Ring”, “Here I Am to Worship”, and a new one, “I Could Sing of Your Love Forever”.

Our brother, Todd Bullaro, was installed as our newest deacon this morning. He is a good, decent, and down to earth man, and it is believed he will serve this congregation well in his new position. Congratulations, Todd!

Membership Class was held after church, and applicants were treated to a pizza lunch.  New members will be officially welcomed later in the month.

Thanks to all who are bringing paperbacks to restock the Joliet Juvenile Detention Center’s library.  Leave your books at the Graybars Project table or at Frankfort Foot and Ankle Clinic on the corner of Elm St/Rt. 30 beside of Aurelio’s Pizza in Frankfort before the end of the month.

“Six Week Seminary” taught by Pastor Billy runs from Wed, July 11-Wed, Aug. 15.  This is free, but you must be able to attend all six sessions if you commit. Sign up at the Connection Table. This will be a large class, and you will learn volumes!

Adult Summer Connection Group is at the Knott’s Manhattan home Friday, July 20th at 6 pm.  Burgers, hot dogs, lemonade, and water will be provided, and you are asked to bring a side dish or dessert to pass. Sign up at the connection table for this free event.  Remember, this is a childfree evening.

Singles Connection Group will gather Sunday, July 22, 5 pm in Frankfort for a BBQ.  You must sign up and bring a side dish to attend. The Woznys are hosting.

Senior Ministry invites ages 55+ to attend lunch at Greg and Judy Fash’s New Lenox home on Friday, July 27 at noon.  Sign up and get more details at the Connection Table.

Happy Birthday to little Avery Hippenhammer who turns “three fingers old” today!

Goodbye to Harvey Ferguson who returns home to Memphis this week.  We hope he will come visit us again soon!

Have a great week.  See you next Sunday!

 

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July 1, 2018:

 

Happy 4th of July weekend!  Thank you for coming to church even though your swimming pool and the hammock looked mighty tempting on this lazy Sunday.  Welcome visitors! We had more than double the number of people in attendance today as exactly a year ago!

The worship team dressed in patriotic clothing and did a beautiful medley of “America the Beautiful”, “God Bless America” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic” with Pastor Billy even throwing in a bit of Elvis  on the “glory, glory, hallelujah” part at the end. The man needed a satin cape and a bedazzled jumpsuit to make it perfect!  Army veteran, Harvey Ferguson, Jr., carried in the American flag, and Deacon Chairman, Larry DeSando, led in a prayer for our nation.  Besides the patriotic music, other songs in the set were “You Are Good”, “Love the Lord”, and “Your Grace Finds Me”.

Evangelism Pastor, Bob Smith, delivered a message called, “Will a Man Rob God?” with text from Malachi 3: 8-12, Deuteronomy 28:8, and Luke 5:1-6.  You can view this sermon again by going to our home page and clicking WATCH Monday afternoon.

People, let’s fill up the basket on the Graybars Project table with paperbacks to replenish the shelves at the Joliet Juvenile Detention Center.  This is our fifth book drive and is a gift to our neighboring community’s incarcerated youth.  Books for ages 10-17 are needed.  When you are thinning your children’s shelves at home, keep us in mind. We are only collecting through the end of the month.

Special blessings on the Sandoval family as they have laid Rogelio to rest.  Thank you to all who attended his service, to those who shared food, and to all of you who supported these good people with your expressions of love.

Next Sunday following the service is Church Membership Class.  If you are interested in joining or just want to learn more about what we believe, you are welcome.  Please let us know you will attend in advance.

“Six Week Seminary” taught by Pastor Billy runs from Wed, July 11-Wed, Aug. 15.  This is free, but you must be able to attend all six sessions if you commit. Sign up at the Connection Table.

Adult Summer Connection Group is at the Knott’s Manhattan home Friday, July 20th at 6 pm.  Burgers, hot dogs, lemonade, and water will be provided, and you are asked to bring a side or dessert to pass. Sign up at the connection table for this free event.  Remember, this is a childfree evening.

Get well wishes to Durk Lee who was hit by a foul ball that fractured his shoulder.  He will get to enjoy July in a sling.  Oh, boy!

Happy 43rd Anniversary to Pastor Bob and Heather Smith! Happy Birthday to sweet little Lainey Leatherman on the 7th! Happy Birthday to Jackie Hernandez on July 2! Sending lots of love and extra special birthday greetings out to Danny Hajek who will view this on a cellphone from his hospital room where he is taking cancer treatments.  Danny, we hope you have fantastic week.  Best wishes with the radiation.  You are loved!

We hope to see all of you back at church Sunday. There will be a new deacon installed, so come out and support him.  Have a blessed week!

 

 

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June 24, 2018:

 

 

Hello, Friends!

Today was Communion Sunday, and we had a good crowd including several new faces. Our song set today was “God of Wonders”, “Cannons”, “Communion”, and “Jesus Paid It All”.  Pastor Billy continued with the series “Does the Bible Really Say That?” with a message called, “Eat My Body, Drink My Blood”.  Text was from John 6:53-56.  You may view this message by going to the Home Page and clicking watch on Monday afternoon.

At the end of the service Pastor Billy ordained Miriam Sandoval and Pat Wozny as licensed ministers. Both were presented with roses. The congregation was invited to lay hands on them as he blessed them. Cookies were served after their ceremony.  Following this, was the church’s monthly prayer meeting.

Graybars Project prison ministry is hosting their 4th Annual Paperback Book Drive to help restock library shelves at the Juvenile Detention Center at Joliet. Books suitable for ages 10-17 are what we need.  Keep in mind many of these youth read below grade level.  Leave your books in the basket on the table at the bulletin board through the end of July.

If you are interested in becoming a member or would simply like more information about this church, sign up for Membership Class.  This is will be after service on Sunday, July 8th.

Foundations Class, taught by Pastor Bob Smith in the kitchen Sundays at 9 am, is free and open to all who want to learn the basics of Christianity.

A six week intensive seminary level class on various topics will be taught by Pastor Billy on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm from July 11-August 15.  Please do not sign up unless you can attend all six classes.

The next adult summer connection group will be at the Knotts’ Manhattan home on July 20th at 6:00 pm.  Burgers, hot dogs, lemonade and water will be provided.  You are asked to bring a dessert or a side dish to share.  Sign up at the Connection Table.

We are looking for a few friendly people to man the Connection Table for 15 minutes prior to and 15 minutes after service once a month.  Volunteer with Penny Knott or mark your connection card.

Happy 40th anniversary to Deacon Tom and Ginny Williamson!  Happy Birthday to Jackie Hernandez!

Pastor Bob and Heather Smith’s son, Bobby, got married yesterday with Bob officiating. Their photos looked like something from a magazine cover! Congratulations to Bobby and Jesse!  We just love happy endings!

Although our hearts are sad, our brother Roger Sandoval experienced his own happy ending Saturday morning as He went back home to God. Well done, good and faithful soldier of the cross!  Prayers for Elena, his wife of 57 years, Pastor Julian and Miriam, and the rest of the family.

Visitation:  4:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Tuesday June 26, 2018
3:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Wednesday June 27, 2018
Lawn Funeral Home - Burbank
7909 State Rd.
Burbank, IL 60459

Service: 10:00 am on Thursday June 28, 2018
Lawn Funeral Home - Burbank
7909 State Road
Burbank, IL 60459

Cemetery: Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL

We hope to see you back next Sunday.  Wear your patriotic colors if you wish as it will be 4th of July holiday week.  

 

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June 17, 2018:

 

Hi, friends!

Thank you for joining us on this steamy Father’s Day! We recognize fathers, stepfathers, foster dads, granddads, our sweet daddies in Heaven, and all the single moms out there pulling double duty. Revolution Church always does something fun for the men on this day.  This morning you noticed a couple of our folks rode in on some sharp looking motorcycles, and Bruce Smit and Rich Benco displayed a 1930 Model A “rooster truck” and a 1930 “Just Married” Ford Tudor and gave rides after service.  Thank you, fellas!  That was a lot of effort on your part.

Keeping with the Father’s Day focus, the worship team led us in “Good Good Father”, “Salvation Is Here”, “Because He Lives”, and as a holiday treat for all our country folk out there, they threw in “Devil Went Down to Georgia”.  Amazing how one can turn an electronic keyboard into a fiddle with a touch of a button.

In Pastor Billy’s series, “Does the Bible Really Say That?”, he preached a sermon called “Hate Your Mother and Your Father?” with text from Luke 14:25-35.  You may watch the video by going to the home page and clicking WATCH on Monday afternoon.

We want to thank the Lees for hosting the Senior Ministry Banana Split Party last Friday. 13 attended, and it was a super fun evening.

The next adult summer connection group will be at the Knotts’ Manhattan home on July 20th at 6:00 pm.  Burgers, hot dogs, lemonade and water will be provided.  You are asked to bring a dessert or a side dish to share.  Sign up at the Connection Table.

“Experiencing God” small group will be taught on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Sign up at the Connection Table.  Book costs $13.  See Tom Wozny for more info.

If you are interested in becoming a member or would simply like more information about this church, sign up for Membership Class.  This is will be after service on Sunday, July 8th.

Foundations Class, taught by Pastor Bob Smith in the kitchen Sundays at 9 am, is free and open to all who want to learn the basics of Christianity.

A six week intensive seminary level class on various topics will be taught by Pastor Billy on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm from July 11-August 15.  Please do not sign up unless you can attend all six classes.

We are looking for a few friendly people to man the Connection Table for 15 minutes prior to and 15 minutes after service once a month.  Volunteer with Penny Knott or mark your connection card.

Special love is going out to the Sandoval family.  Roger has been discharged from the hospital  into the care of hospice.  We sure do miss him and Elena.

Happy Birthday wishes going out to Judy Christensen, Penny Knott, Hannah Rogers and Nichole Arnott who is reading this all the way down in Carolina!

Have a blessed week.  We hope to see you all back next Sunday!

 

 

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June 10, 2018:

 

 

Hello, Folks!

Leave your muddy galoshes and dripping umbrellas at the door. Come sit, and hear all that went on today at Revolution Church!

Many of us woke to what looked like monsoon season coupled with an unseasonably chilly June day. It was tempting to stay home in sweats and a hoodie, but we had a good crowd in spite of the weather.  Thank you for being faithful to support your church! We saw many new faces, several of them from Florida who were up visiting family.  Welcome! We hope you stopped at the Connection Table and claimed your visitor gift bag.

Today’s music was “Your Love Never Fails”, “Chainbreaker”, “This is Amazing Grace”, and the golden oldie classic hymn, “In the Garden”, better known to some as “The Andy Song”…… “Andy walks with me, Andy talks with me, Andy tells me I am His own…”   Too funny!  Music during the invitation was “Lord Prepare Me to Be a Sanctuary”.

In the June series, “Does the Bible Really Say That?”, Pastor Billy’s message was “Generational Curses”. Text was Exodus 34:4-7 and Exodus 20:1-6. Among other things, we learned the meaning of iniquities, transgressions, sin, and repentance.   If you were absent, this message can be viewed Monday afternoon by going to the home page and clicking WATCH.   PayPal is also available there if you would like to contribute tithes and offerings online if you must miss church.

Immediately after service 78 of us gathered across the road at the Round Barn in Manhattan for our annual church picnic.  An old proverb says, “Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of shape.” This is true, because while it wasn’t the hot, sunny day we’d hoped for, we still made it work. Miriam Sandoval set up a game area for the kids, and they had a whoop-ti-do time under the trees. We devoured nine pounds of pulled pork, 30 hot dogs, and 90 pieces of fried chicken, not to mention all the delicious side dishes and desserts provided by our guests. The weather held out and turned out to be a wonderful time of fellowship and connection.  Special thanks to Phil and Michelle Grifford for shouldering much of the weight for this gathering.  There is a lot of responsibility involved in reserving a park, setting up and cleaning up after so many of us.  Thank you to all who helped make this afternoon a success!

Friday, June 15th 6:30 pm is the Senior Ministry Banana Split Party in Frankfort.  Durk and Linda Lee are hosting.  Admission is free, but it would be thoughtful to bring an ice cream or topping to share if you are able. The church can provide the address if you are 55+ and would like to attend.

Kevin Ward invites anybody who wants to attend his GED graduation to Moraine Valley College on June 12th.  He says he went back to school all these years later to set a good example for his little boys.  That is an honorable achievement, Kevin.  Congratulations to you!

“Experiencing God” small group taught by Tom Wozny begins Thursday, June 21 at 6:30 pm.  Book costs $13 dollars.  Sign up at the Connection Table.

"Foundations", taught by Pastor Bob Smith in the kitchen Sundays at 9 am is free and open to all who want to learn the basics of Christianity.

A six week intensive seminary level class on various topics will be taught by Pastor Billy on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm from July 11-August 15.  Please do not sign up unless you can attend all six classes.

If you are interested in joining Revolution Church, there is a MEMBERSHIP CLASS after service on July 8th. Sign up at the Connection Table.

We wanted to wish greeter, Elena Sandoval, a happy birthday in person today, but she was at the hospital with extended family supporting Roger.  He is seriously ill, and needs our prayers at this rugged time.  We ask God to strengthen his body and to bless his loved ones who are at bedside and are traveling to come show him some love. 

Happy Birthday to Jan Golden on Thursday! Her son, Nick, has special needs, so in honor of her birthday, if anyone wishes to contribute, she is raising money to support Shady Oaks, a local summer camp for children and adults with disabilities.

 

You will not want to miss church next week, because it is Father’s Day!  We will have a couple of antique vehicles available for photo opportunities, and you can even take a quick ride after church if you are up for a bit of fun.  

 

Worship starts at 10 am, but if you come early, we have coffee and snacks. While you are sipping, take a minute and check out the prison ministry bulletin board, and sign a birthday card for some of our participants who seldom get mail. Explore the Connection Table pamphlets and clipboards to see fellowship and study opportunities. There is prayer at 9:30 in Pastor’s office for anybody who wishes to join the circle.   Have a blessed week!

 

 

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June 3, 2018:

 

 

Hello, and happy June!  What a gorgeous Sunday it is.  Thank you for being faithful to this church on summer days when you have so many other outside options.  We appreciate you putting God first.

After months of being in the Gospel of John, Pastor Billy began a new series called “Does the Bible Really Say That?” with a message called “I Can Do All Things”.  Text was Philippians 4:4-13.  You can view it Monday afternoon by going to the home page and clicking WATCH.

The new guy taking a turn on the drums is Mike Nordsell, son of John Nordsell, the guy taking a turn on the guitar.  You will be hearing both play on a rotating basis.  Today’s song set was “Power in the Blood/Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”, “Trading My Sorrows”, “Enough”, and “Always”.  

Family Pastor, Julian Sandoval, gave an update on the youth and children’s ministry.  In a nutshell, the numbers are growing, and we need room to expand. YAY!  Chairman of Deacons, Larry DeSando, asked our Deacons to stand, and encouraged us to call him at any hour if there is a need.  His number is 815-351-8378.  Other deacons are Blaine Petersen, Michelle Grifford, Tom Williamson, Darren Rych, and Todd Bullaro. If you are unsure who your Deacon is, Larry can tell you.

Our annual CHURCH PICNIC is June 10th – NEXT SUNDAY- at the Round Barn in Manhattan right after church. This is a free event, but let us know you are coming so we can provide enough chicken.  You need to bring a side dish or dessert to share.

Speaking of “good eats”, let’s show some love to Connie Schuler.  She is the person responsible for making the homemade turtles found on the hospitality table!  They are so creamy and yummy, I am surprised we all don’t weigh 800 lbs!

Senior Ministry for ages 55+ invites you to Durk and Linda Lee’s Frankfort home for a banana split social on Friday, June 15 at 6:30 pm.  Sign up at the Connection Table.

“Experiencing God” small group taught by Tom Wozny begins Thursday, June 21 at 6:30 pm.  Book costs $13 dollars.  Sign up at the Connection Table.

Foundations class, taught by Pastor Bob Smith in the kitchen Sundays at 9 am is free and open to all who want to learn the basics of Christianity.

A six week intensive seminary level class on various topics will be taught by Pastor Billy on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm from July 11-August 15.  Please do not sign up unless you can attend all six classes.

If you are interested in joining Revolution Church, there is a MEMBERSHIP CLASS after service on July 8th.

Get well wishes are going out to Kay Schmidt who is still recuperating from surgery and to Danny Hajeck  who is having a rough go, but is trying his best to take all his cancer treatments. Roger Sandoval, we miss you, too!  Get well, brother!

Birthday wishes are going out to Darla Carroll, Colleen Rafacz, Lori Fischer, Sonia McHargue  and Phil Grifford.  Happy 40th to Mike Nordsell! Next Sunday is greeter/hugger Elena Sandoval’s birthday.

Happy High School graduation to Tech Team member, Joey Meskin, and Happy Jr. High graduation to his brother, Chris Meskin! Congratulations to Chris Meskin (the dad) for landing a job at Curry Motors Ford in Frankfort! Congratulations to Bruce Smit for a Skype appearance discussing school bullying on Daily Blast Live morning news show!

See everybody next week for worship and the picnic!

 

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May 28, 2018:

 

Happy Memorial Day weekend! We appreciate all who joined us for worship today when there were countless opportunities to be outside playing and enjoying the sunshine instead.  We sang “America” to remember and honor all our military men and women who are no longer with us.  This is also Military Appreciation Month.  It has been said not all heroes wear capes.  Some wear dog tags and combat boots. Giving a special nod to our brother Ron Hajek. We haven’t stopped remembering or missing you, Ron.

The worship team thanks Bruce Smit for playing bass today. We will be seeing more talent rotated in weeks to come.  The song set was “Open Up the Heavens”, “Hello, My Name Is”, “Redeemed”, and “Nothing But the Blood” for the Communion portion of the service.

Pastor Billy preached from John 21:24-25 and John 8:1-11 with a message titled “Pericope Adulterae”, or more familiarly, the story of the woman caught in adultery. You may see this sermon by clicking WATCH on the home page Tuesday afternoon.

If you crave more advanced teaching, perhaps you would like to sign up for a Wednesday night study group called “Six Week Seminary” with a variety of deep topics taught at a seminary level by Pastor Billy. Listen for more details in coming weeks.

Revolution’s “Wellness Check Up” was delivered by Pat Wozny. In a nutshell, attendance is up with an average of about 90 and there are 194 attenders on our roll.  (Just look what we could be if all of us came every Sunday!) The number of small groups has increased, and there is $23,587.47 in our new Moriah Project fund.  Envelopes were inserted into the bulletins to give all of us an opportunity to pledge to the building fund if you wish to contribute.

Thank you to the Knotts for hosting the Newcomers’ Dessert Friday evening.  28 guests and staff attended.

Thank you to those who stayed after service for the monthly churchwide prayer meeting.

Our annual church picnic is June 10th at the Round Barn right after church.  We need you to sign up so we can provide enough chicken, and so other families can see which desserts and side dishes they should bring. This is a free event.

VBS — “Quest for the Armor of God” is June 11-June 14, 6:30pm -8:00 pm.  This is FREE for ages 4-12.  Sign up NOW as a participant or to volunteer.  Pastor Sandoval and Miriam can answer any questions about VBS.

Senior Ministry for ages 55+ invites you to Durk and Linda Lee’s Frankfort home for a banana split social on Friday, June 15 at 6:30 pm.  Sign up at the Connection Table.

“Experiencing God” small group taught by Tom Wozny begins Thursday, June 21 at 6:30 pm.  Book costs $13 dollars.  Sign up at the Connection Table.

If you are interested in joining Revolution Church, there is a MEMBERSHIP CLASS after service on July 8th.

Reagan Hippenhammer graduated preschool! Diamond and Destiny Torrez graduated 8th grade.  Madison DesLaurier graduated with honors from Joliet Junior College. Kevin Ward’s GED graduation is June 12th at Moraine Valley, and we all are invited to show up and applaud!

What a blessing to look up and see Kay Schmidt coming through the door looking like sunshine in her yellow dress! She has been recuperating many weeks from surgery, so this was a huge step of progress!

Happy 10th birthday, Micah Meskin! 

We will see you all back next Sunday at 10:00 am.  Have a blessed holiday weekend!

 

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May 21, 2018:

 

Hello again!

We had a joyful and special day here at Revolution Church this morning!  Pastor Shawn Roberts, Pastor Billy’s best friend in the ministry, was flown in from Washington to be our guest speaker, and he was excellent and so comical at times!  His sermon was called, “Are You Living in Grasshopper Land?” with Numbers 13 being the bulk of his text.  He reminded us that we do not have to live in the land of anxiety, insecurity, regret, and missed opportunities, because we are wonderfully made by God to be powerful and to shine brightly and live a victorious life.  You will not want to miss this message online.  You can go to the Home Page and click WATCH Monday afternoon to see it again.    Safe passage home, Pastor Shawn!  Thank you for visiting us!

Mike Nordsell played drums and tambourine during our worship for the first time today.  We welcome new talent and appreciate him serving with the team!  Noel Yost helped with vocals, and it is always a joy to have Pastor’s daughter visit us.  We hope you were blessed by the new music today.  “Big House” by Audio Adrenaline was a classic and fun oldie.  “There Is a Fountain” was a remake of the traditional hymn.

Did you get to officially meet Taylor and Brad’s baby girl, Mia Grace?  Today was her first time being brought to church.  What a beauty!

Three cheers for Pastor Bob who made the long awaited announcement that he is finally CANCER FREE!  Yay!  We can no longer call him “Chemo-Sabe”.   Thank you, Lord, for this good report!

Please keep Roger and Elena Sandoval in your prayers.  He has been in the hospital this past week, and was just sent home. We sure do miss this couple.  Get well soon, Roger!  We are also sending love to Kay Schmidt who is still out recuperating from surgery.  We miss the Schmidts!

Thank you to the Lees for hosting the Senior Ministry Italian Potluck supper this past Friday. Some of you went to much effort to set up tables and cook.  We appreciate all who attended this gathering.

Newcomers are invited to the Knotts’ Manhattan home for dessert and to meet our pastors and some of the staff on Friday, May 25th at 6:30 pm.  They will provide the food for this fellowship event. Please RSVP!

Our annual church picnic is after church on June 10th! Please join us at the Round Barn across the road from the church for food and games.  This is free!

Who wants to help with VBS? “Quest for the Armor of God” is the theme this year.  Sign up ASAP if you want to volunteer or if your children or their friends aged 4-12 wish to enroll.  June 11-June 14, 6:30 pm-8 pm.  Pastor Julian and Miriam can give you more info.

Tom Wozny will be teaching a Thursday Bible study called “Experiencing God”.  Class will begin June 21, and you will need to purchase a book.  Sign up at the Connection Table!

Graybars Project prison ministry table now has an acrylic stand up box that will hold each week’s mail for our pen-pals.  Please check this box and claim your letters each Sunday.  We are also in need of postage stamps, if anybody feels led to share some for this outreach to the Last, Lost, and Least.

Happy Birthday to Elissa Hively, Taylor Moore, and Anne Nordsell!

Have a blessed week!  See everybody back in church Sunday at 10 am!

 

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