Holy Week Activities

Palm Sunday, April 13.  Special music and palms for everyone.  Library Open House.

Maundy Thursday, April 17.  7 pm Worship Service with choir cantata, “Song of the Shadows” by Pamela and Joseph M. Martin.  The music follows the journey from Palm Sunday to the crucifixion on Good Friday and portrays beautifully the passion and turmoil of the season.  As the mood darkens so does the sanctuary as candles are put out through the tenebrae service and the lights are dimmed.

Good Friday, April 18.  Tenebrae service at First Congregational Church of DeKalb; Pastors Amy and Dennis are participating.

Easter Sunday, April 20.  Special celebration of word and music featuring the handbell choir, chancel choir and women’s ensemble.  Easter Egg Hunts for all ages will follow the service.

Study of Hinduism

Pastors Amy and Dennis will lead a three-week discussion on Hinduism beginning April 22 at 7pm in the chapel.  There will be presentations and stimulating discussions.  No reservations needed.  Details are in the March newsletter.

Thrift Sale / Plant Sale / Bake Sale

Our annual Thrift Sale will be held on Saturday, May 3 from 9 am to 3 pm.  Clothing for all ages, household items, toys and games will be available.  We will also have a “Garden Party” sale with various plants (weather permitting) and garden accessories available.
New this year is a Kids’ Club Bake Sale to help our kids go to church camp this summer.

Proceeds from the Thrift Sale go toward funding the School Supply Backpack Project.  In the past twelve years, we have helped many hundreds of needy local school children start school with a new backpack full of school supplies.

Spring Salad Supper

Our Spring Salad Supper will be held Wednesday, May 14, at 6:00 pm.  Tickets are $5 or $20 per family.  Tickets go on sale April 27 after church or from the church office.  Bring a favorite salad to pass; dessert, rolls and beverages will be provided.  The Sycamore High School Jazz Choir will provide the entertainment.

Spring Potluck & Party

The Membership & Fellowship Board sponsored a “Think Spring” all-church celebration on Sunday, March 23, after church.  Following a potluck luncheon, there were face painting for Kids’ Club kids and fun spring activities for the adults.

Adult Faith Study

“Embracing An Adult Faith” is an exciting, five-session adult formation resource for those seeking a richer understanding of issues in contemporary Christian practice and theology:  Who really was Jesus?  What is salvation?  How do we practice our faith?  How do we live in community?
The group met in the chapel each Tuesday from 7 to 8 pm.  Topic schedule was as follows:
March 11 – “God”
March 18 – “Jesus”
March 25 – “Salvation”
April 1 – “Practice”
April 8 – “Community”

Bunco Rescheduled

Due to our harsh winter weather this year, Membership & Fellowship Board rescheduled Saturday night Bunco to Sunday morning, February 22, following the 10am worship service.  A good time was held by all; there were four tables in the rotation and many newcomers enjoyed learning the game.  Due to the limited time-frame we didn’t get through all three sets, but we did have the obligatory snack break between sets #1 and #2.

Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of Federated Church was held on Sunday, January 19, following the 10:00 am worship service.  Board chairs will reviewed their work from 2013 and new board members and church officers were elected and installed.  2013 Yearbooks were distributed with highlights of the year and the membership directory.