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)

Sue Lyon Book Sale

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.

Spring Salad Supper

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.

Study of Hinduism

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.

Thrift Sale / Plant Sale / Bake Sale

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.

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.