We are on a Journey of Transformation

We are celebrating our 30th Anniversary at our current location in the Village of Bourbonnais. For three decades we have seen both growth and decline in membership as the Village expanded further north and west of our location. In 2010, when our current governing documents were most recently updated, we were not growing as a congregation in membership, mission or ministry. We began our Journey of Transformation as a Congregation in October 2012 as we sought God’s vision for the future of Central Christian Church. Our Vision Leadership Team explored our history, the current demographics of our community, options for the future of our congregation as an effective witness for Christ, recent trends in mission and ministry with newer generations and the structure of our ministry together. In 2014 we proclaimed God’s vision for Central Christian Church is to be an authentic Welcoming Community of Disciples of Christ. In 2015 we took another step on this journey as the VLT was transformed into a Constitution and ByLaws Committee by Board appointment to review our current governing documents in light of our vision and the current demographics of our congregation and community. The Committee which has met bi-weekly since September 2015 has recently completed the task of revising our governing documents. Congregational Listening Sessions were help on February 7th & 21st to offer opportunities for feedback from members.


A Congregational Meeting was held Sunday, March 13th and the Proposed Amendments to the Constitution & By Laws of Central Christian Church were Approved.  Revised Constitution

 We thank the members of the Constitution and By Laws Committee for their commitment and efforts:

Lois Bangs, Teri Bushey, Lisa Garcia, Elaine Gray, Shirley Herberger, Mary Joubert, Roger Schultz, Chair & Rev. Robert Bushey, Minister


Local Missions

Providing Weekend Nourishment to School Children on the Federal Free and Reduced Meal Program

Typical Backpack Food Items

The backpacks, distributed weekly, include ready-to-eat, kid-friendly, nutritious, non-perishable and easy-to-prepare food items such as granola bars, peanut butter, tuna, cereal, crackers, mac & cheese, juice boxes, etc.

Nourished Kids Ready to Learn

Students who participate in the Blessings in a Backpack program show marked improvement in school attendance, test scores, behavior, and health. Food is an essential building block, and in this case truly is a blessing, especially to a hungry child!

How You May Be Involved

Volunteers are needed to help pack the bags, distribute the bags to the schools, pick up grocery orders, stock and organize the pantry, help with fundraising and creating public awareness.

To Get Involved Contact:

Robert Bushey (815) 939-4433

Email: BIBRVC@gmail.com


 Kankakee Public Schools

Mark Twain, Edison, Steuben & Taft Elementary Schools

Kennedy & ML King Middle Schools

 Bourbonnais Elementary Schools

Alan Shepard, Noel Lavasseur & Shabbona Elementary Schools

Liberty Intermediate School & BUGC

Camelot Therapeutic Day School

 CONTRIBUTIONS   $100 = 1 Student /School-year

 Payable to: 

Blessings in a Backpack

Mail to: Blessings in a Backpack

PO BOX 403

Bourbonnais, IL 60914

  OR Donate Online at www.blessingsinabackpack.org

 Important – Write In Memo/Comments: River Valley Communities IL


100% of all monies raised go directly to feed children locally.

Donations are Tax Deductible.

Sponsored By the Churches of the River Valley Clergy Alliance

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