In this series, we’ll explore where Disciples came from, where we are, and where we are headed. Halfway through the series we will celebrate the 128th birthday of Central Christian Church!
We will be having a baptism & membership class for youth and adults beginning September 8, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. Come and learn what Disciples believe and what it means to be baptized. Let Pastor Robert know if you are interested in attending or if you have any questions about it. The dates for the classes are as follows:
- September 8
- September 22
- October 13
- October 27
- November 3
- November 17
On November 24 we will celebrate baptisms and affirmations of faith!
On September 8 we’ll begin our new sermon series about what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. This series will take us on a journey in the gospel of Luke, while mixing in some letters, Hebrew scripture narratives, and prophets. During this journey, we’ll learn that it is not just what we believe that matters, but how we live out those beliefs in how we practice our faith.
Jesus says, “Follow me.” Are you ready to go on the journey?
We currently meet for worship on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. We are located at 310 Main St. NW, Bourbonnais, IL 60914, and our phone number is (815) 939-4433. Our office is open Tuesday-Thursday 9 a.m. – Noon
We Are a Pro-Reconciling /Anti-Racist Movement
The Pro-reconciliation/Anti-Racism Initiative was founded upon the need to make visible God’s beloved community. It invites the church to listen to the once silenced voices of its racial/ethnic communities, learn from their wisdom and gain insight from their leadership. It calls the church to discernment and prayer, study of the scriptures and reflection, dialogue and table fellowship. The true goal is to transform, strengthen and deepen the church’s spirituality, resulting in a community that understands its mission to be about bringing justice and salvation to the world.
We Welcome All to the Table of the Lord
All are welcome to the Lord’s Table for the sake of mission and for the sake of the world as the one family of God. Most congregations do this by celebrating communion every Sunday. That’s why we use a chalice as our logo.
We Share in Ministry Together
By virtue of baptism in the church, every Christian enters into the corporate ministry of God’s people. Within the corporate ministry, each Christian fulfills her or his own calling as a servant of Christ sent into the world to minister. The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) shall seek to provide all of its members with opportunities to exercise this ministry. From The Design of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
We Answer God’s Call for Justice
We move to answer God’s call for justice particularly in the areas of care for the earth, the challenges for women and children, poverty and hunger and immigration. We seek to do this work in cooperation with other people of faith. Some say we “get dirty for Jesus” as a way of conveying the hands-on mission orientation of many of our faith communities.
We Study Scripture for Ourselves
We are called to study and read scripture for ourselves. Rather than having tests of faith or creeds, we critically and thoughtfully study scripture, taking into account the history and background – the context – in which it was written.
We Are a Re-Formation Movement
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) grew out of two movements seeking Christian unity that sprang up almost simultaneously in western Pennsylvania and Kentucky – movements that were backlashes against the rigid denominationalism of the early 1800s. We are an American born movement for unity and wholeness, reforming the body of Christ by bringing healing, hope, compassion and justice to a world fragmented by hate, violence, war, greed, poverty and oppression.
Disciples of Christ, United Church of Christ leaders speak up for Muslim sisters, brothers
A joint statement of the leadership of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the United Church of Christ
December 9, 2015
As people of faith, we are called to “love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind, and with all our strength.” Jesus charges us to “love our neighbor as yourself,” telling us that “there is no other commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:29-31). We are called to be peacemakers (Matthew 5:9), and to “pursue peace with everyone” (Hebrews12:14).
Recognizing that all people are created in the image of God, and heeding the words of our sacred scripture, we are disturbed and concerned as we witness the divisive discourse in our country concerning our Muslim neighbors. The rhetoric of exclusion and vilification runs absolutely counter to our understanding of God’s oikos, which is an inclusive fellowship of God’s children and creation.
As leaders of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), we offer our ongoing solidarity with and support for all those who are increasingly fearful for their safety and well-being as a result of the heightened vitriol. And we commit to continuing to pursue peace, to promote better understanding among our communities, and to pursue justice in all that we do.
We are witnessing the convergence of a massive global refugee crisis, not limited to the displacement of over half the Syrian population due to the tragic war there; a sentiment of fear resulting from heinous attacks in many places in the US and globally; and the relentless nature of a US presidential campaign in which candidates exploit circumstances and fears to put forward ever more restrictive and exclusivist programs to address perceived threats. In this combination of circumstances, Islam and Muslims as a whole community experience an escalation in violent rhetoric and action that is misplaced and unjustified—and that does not represent the ethos of nurturing stronger and deeper intercommunal ties in our society that we seek to promote.
Our two churches are vocal and consistent in our condemnation of all forms of violence, including terrorism; in our hope for a peaceful and swift end to the war in Syria; in our unwavering advocacy for humane and welcoming attitudes and policies towards refugees; and in our clear denunciation of language and actions that insult and harm people of any identity, including religious, and specifically Muslims.
Daily we see the destruction of human life caused by people who employ ideologies, policies, systems, and sometimes, religion. There are forces in the world that would choose death and destruction to life with abundance; and we stand in clear opposition to those forces. Many victims of injustice go unreported, hidden, or denied. God knows their pain; they do not go unnoticed. We are called to work for God’s kindom in this world.
In this moment, we own our Christian responsibility to lift up our voice once again to express our love and concern for our Muslim sisters and brothers. We stand in solidarity with communities of faith in our abhorrence of the xenophobic and racist attitudes that motivate such hate speech and actions. We live with the hope that peace and justice will prevail for all of God’s children.
|Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer, General Minister and President||Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, General Minister and President|
|Rev. Dr. J. Bennett Guess, Executive Minister, Local Church Ministries||Rev. Dr. Ron Degges, President, Disciples Home Missions|
|Rev. Dr. James Moos, Executive Minister, Wider Church Ministries||Rev. Julia Brown Karimu, President, Division of Overseas Ministries|
|Rev. Dr. Bentley DeBardelaben, Manager, Justice and Witness Ministries|