Saturday Worship Service

On Pumpkin Festival Weekend, October 25-26, the congregation will worship on Saturday evening at 5pm Saturday INSTEAD OF on Sunday morning.  All visitors are cordially invited to join us for a special Halloween-themed service.  Everyone is invited to wear a costume; children will trick-or-treat then go to Kids Club for Halloween activities.

Adult Bible Study

Studying the Book of Job

Pastor Dennis Johnson will lead a seven-session adult education course on the book of Job, beginning September 23. The series will run on Tuesday nights, from 7:00 to 8:15 at the church. Titled “The Every Person: Job and the Life of Faith,” topics will include an Introduction to Job the Book and the Person, An Ancient Story of Every Person, Job’s Impatience, When Familiar Answers Fail, Closing Arguments, The Voice of the Whirlwind, and Life Within Our Limits.

The book of Job cuts straight to the heart of what it means to be human. It is the most profound exploration of the life of faith ever written, and wrestles with some of life’s most perplexing questions: Why do bad things happen to good people? Why do good things happen to bad people? Is there a correspondence between sin and suffering, obedience and blessing? Can God be trusted? Why should we serve God if there are no guarantees?

There was never a time when the book of Job was not relevant, but it is especially relevant in a post-9/11 world. This is not because the book of Job has changed, but because we have. We may be more ready to listen now, less certain of our own answers. Perhaps every generation has an experience that makes this possible. In any case, when Job asks, “Why?” we, too, strain to hear any answers. And if answers are not forthcoming, then we, like Job, at least need to know how to live without them.

The book of Job takes a deep journey into human suffering. It has been called, at the least, “challenging.” It is one of the most difficult books as well as one of the most important books of the Bible. During this study we will try to meet that challenge.

A $5 donation is requested to help cover the cost of materials. Please call the church office at 815-895-2706 for more details or to request a scholarship. You don’t need to “know the Bible” to attend this series. This is adult education: another step in a lifetime of learning, and all “inquiring minds” are welcome.

Parking is available behind the building.

 

Rally Day

On Sunday, September 7 the Federated congregation celebrated Rally Day. The morning began with 10:00 am worship. During the service the congregation celebrated their safe journeys and reunion with “water communion” – sharing water collected from summer activities and travels. Rally Day is the start of the fall Sunday School program known as Kids’ Club and there were lots of children attending.  Nursery care was available for the youngest little ones.

Following the service, the Board of Religious Education hosted games and activities for all ages. Topping off the morning was a potluck in Dutton Hall. The Board of Membership and Fellowship  providee beverages; members and friends brought a dish to share and their own table service.

A god time was had by all.

Fall & Winter Clothing Sale

A Fall & Winter Clothing Sale will be held on Friday & Saturday, Sept. 26-27.  A variety of used warm clothing will be available including pants, shirts, sweaters, sweatshirts, coats, jackets, hats, scarves, gloves, boots and shoes.  Hours on Friday are 9am – 5pm.  Hours Saturday are 9am – 1pm.  Prices will be very reasonable.

June worship schedule

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!

June Meditation

My Grandpa Kilduff was an avid Cubs fan. He worked as a railroad engineer and probably could give Mark Twain a run for his money, as far as stories are concerned. He was, from the 1930′s on, a true bleacher bum. He tried to work his work schedule so he was gone when the Cubs were on the road. I remember going to Wrigley with him in 1970. It was magic. No more words need describe it. He adored Ernie Banks, the ivy on the wall, and the neighborhood. But one thing he never forgave the Cubs for was their June swoon fall from first in 1969. He specifically targeted the Cubs’ manager, Leo Duroucher. My grandpa also blamed God since summer that year seemed particularly humid and it obviously affected the players, with all day games.  To his dying day in 1981, he decided that it was, like Voldemart in Harry Potter, “the season that shall not be named.”

Paul writes about running a race in his first letter to the church in Corinth. He says that, “You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line. I’m giving it everything I’ve got.” (1 Corinthians 9:24,26)