In Person Worship
We are so excited to be meeting in person in our sanctuary again starting this coming Sunday, September 20th. Please remember that due to Covid-19 restrictions, you will need to register ahead of time for each service you plan to attend. You can do that online, through the Church Center app, or by calling the church office at (815) 939-4433. We will make sure to have socially distanced seating and ask that you wear a mask. Temperatures will be taken when you arrive, and if it is 100.4 or above, you’ll need to return home (where you can always access virtual worship). You can read the other guidelines here or in The Challenger you received in the mail.
Text Message Updates
We are implementing a text-messaging system for announcements and updates that are time-sensitive. If you would like to receive these, please fill out this form or let Pastor Kelly know the information she needs–your cell phone number and provider. This will enable us to increase communication about important reminders or when worship is cancelled due to weather. We’ll be sending out our first reminder later this week!
We hope you’ve been getting your weekly bulletin/news in your inbox, but if you haven’t or if it’s been sporadic, it could be due to gmail addresses being sent to spam. We’ve recently changed the email address for that to email@example.com, so hopefully if you haven’t seen it, you will now. If you want to make sure that you are on the email list (it’s opt-in, so you have to request it), please check with Pastor Kelly and she’ll get you added if you aren’t on it.
Are you a part of our online community? Be sure to like our Facebook page if you haven’t already. You can also ask to be added to our chat group there (for announcements and information) or our online prayer group to ask for prayer requests and give support to those who need it. We also have a presence on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube if that’s what you prefer.
With the heavy rain and lightning we are having and forecast to have through noon, we are canceling live worship this morning in the interest of safety. Pastor Robert and Pastor Kelly will will host a chat on Messenger at 9:45 from the church. Please enjoy virtual worship this morning at 10:30 on FB or anytime on YouTube and we hope to see you on the lot next Sunday.
In the Beginning: a series on creation care: July 12 – August 23
The first day: Bearers of Light
The second day: Faithful Followers
The third day: Seekers of Peace
The fourth day: Wisdom Builders
The fifth day: Messengers of Grace
The sixth day: Community Creators
The seventh day: Time to Rest
On June 21 & 28 Rev. Bushey will have a conversation with Rev. Barbara Lohrback from St. John’s UCC about LGBTQ Inclusion Listen in as these pastors and friends for nearly a decade dialogue about what it means to have an Inclusive Table and to be Open & Affirming or Welcoming as a congregation for LGBTQ persons.
In light of recent events and unrest in our communities we plan to use our next couple weeks to have a “conversation” about our Disciples’ priority of Becoming a Pro-reconciling/Anti-racist church in light of the protests and violence we have witnessed. Join our Sr. Minister Rev Robert Bushey and the Rev Vincent Clark, CEO of KCCSI and former pastor of Mt. Olive Baptist Church for a two part candid conversation about racism and reconciliation. Rev Bushey & Rev Clark are both natives of Kankakee and have known and worked together in our community for social justice for the last decade.
As a congregation we have claimed to be a welcoming community of Disciples of Christ. What does that mean when our black and brown neighbors cry out in our streets, in many cases joined by all other races, for justice?
We do hope you will tune in to these opportunities to grow in our understanding and our faith as we seek to build bridges of inclusivity in the name of Jesus.
Our Spring Worship Series is focusing on the Emotions experienced by the early followers of Jesus in the shadows of the cross and resurrection.
3/15/20 Update: this event has been canceled.
Beginning March 15th we’ll have a Supper & Study series each week at 5:00 pm to talk about the importance of Easter and people’s encounters with Jesus leading up to it.
Lent is a time for reflection, remembrance, repentance, and a lot of other “re” words, leading to a renewal and resurrection at Easter. Take this Lenten journey on Sundays at 10:30 am and find renewal in your own life.
There’s a lot of information and ideas about leadership, with neat and tidy checklists of how to be a good leaders and what good leaders do. But how does one’s identity in Christ factor in? In this series we’ll explore connections between leadership and spirituality from a different angle, beginning with Jesus’ own baptism. This series will begin on January 12, 2020 and run through February 23, 2020. We’ll also be doing a group study of a brand new book Another Way: Living and Leading Change on Purpose, which will be released for publication on January 21st. That study will begin the week of February 9.
Our Christmas Eve Candlelight service will be on Tuesday, December 24 at 7:00 pm. During Advent, we’ve been exploring nightmares. Come on Christmas Eve to see how the hopes and fears of all the years culminate in Jesus.