Central Christian Church

Trunk or Treat – October 30th

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Discover the Disciples: A Movement for Wholeness


   We Are a Pro-Reconciling /Anti-Racist Movement

One of the Four Priorities of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

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

We Practice Unity and Inclusion at the Lord’s Table

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.

Thirty Years in Bourbonnais

A Full Day of Celebration and Remembrance

We celebrated recently the 30th Anniversary of the Dedication of our current worship space to the glory of God (Sept. 14, 1986). Our thanks to the Rev. Dr. Teresa Dulyea-Parker, CCIW Regional Minister who was our Pulpit Guest for our 10:30 AM worship which included a re-dedication litany.


After worship we gathered for an ALL Church & Community Dinner

We concluded the day with a Prayer Service for our First Responders and Remembrance of those whose lives were lost on 9-11 fifteen years ago. Members of the Bourbonnais Police and Fire Departments joined us for lunch and the 9-11 Remembrance service. They also helped raise our new flag.

Thanks to all who helped make our 30th Anniversary Celebration and 9-11 Remembrance truly a day to remember!


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#CCCBus16 Competed at the Kankakee County Fair


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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


Disciples Statement on Religious Hate

Discdocucciples of Christ, United Church of Christ leaders speak up for Muslim sisters, brothers

Last Updated 12/09/15

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


Farmer’s Market & Bake Sale

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

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

Donations are Tax Deductible.

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