Summer worship activities at our church:
June 1: We share flower communion and the sacrament of communion.
June 8: Pentecost, the church’s founding birthday, is celebrated. (Wear red symbolizing the flames of the Holy Spirit).
June 15: Pentecost continues (please wear red again!) as we observe Education Sunday and the awarding of college scholarships. The Father’s Day sermon that day is based on the movie, “Field of Dreams.” Its title is “Want to Make a Grown Man Cry?”
June 22: Kids Club car wash during worship. All proceeds go to our summer camp fund. Last year we sent 17 of our children.
June 29: “Retirement/Redirection Sunday.” We will honor those who have retired from their jobs, their vocations on this special day.
All through the summer we will have special music. Please make some room for us in your summer schedule. We are always a better church when you are present!
The annual Sue Lyon Book Sale was held June 5 – 7. Used books filled Dutton Hall on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday morning. Proceeds went to fund the church ministries.
Our Spring “Salad Supper for The Girls” was held Wednesday, May 14, at 6:00 pm. A delicious assortment of salads was enjoyed and three lucky ladies won plants to add to their gardens. After dinner, the Sycamore High School Jazz Choir entertained us with a wonderful assortment of music.
Pastors Amy and Dennis led a three-week discussion on Hinduism from April 22 to May 6 at 7pm in the chapel. There were presentations and stimulating discussions.
Our annual Thrift Sale was held on Saturday, May 3 from 9 am to 3 pm. Clothing for all ages, household items, toys and games were available. We also had a “Garden Party” sale with various plants (weather permitting) and garden accessories available.
New this year was 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.
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.
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.
“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”
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.
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.