You Are All One

Our two-week miniseries on Galatians will explore what it might mean to all be one, based on Paul’s well-known verse in Galatians 3:28:

There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. 

This series will run November 15 and 22, 2020.

News, Announcements, and a Big Welcome Back!

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!

Mailing List

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, 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.

Virtual Community

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.

Parking Lot Worship Today –9/6/2020–is cancelled

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

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

A Conversation on Racism

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.