Tuesday, May 2, 2017

From the Pastor - May 2017

Dear Friends in Christ,

April Fool’s Day somehow became the entire month for me.  Among other things, I showed up for a funeral a week early (you can have a lot of fun with that one!), destroyed the clutch in my motorcycle, stumbled on a great deal on a replacement only to fall and damage my rib cage which means it’ll be a while before I can begin to enjoy it. At least the pace of funerals dropped from six to three, although one of them was for a close friend.  I’m not sure I’m looking forward to being taken by any surprises May might bring.

Churchwise April was a pretty good month.  There seemed to be a very special spirit at our Maundy Thursday worship.  Perhaps the washing of the hands ceremony touched those present. Our  Easter celebration was very well attended.  Regular Sunday attendance has also held up well.  We’ve even had two or three interested visitors, but no membership requests yet May will bring Mother’s Day (aka “Festival of the Christian Home”) and Memorial Day.  Both are services which combine celebration and sadness. Mother’s Day brings celebration for the mother’s who still share our lives, sadness for those who have died and pain for those who want to be mothers, but aren’t.

Memorial Day (aka “Decoration Day”) was begun to honor Civil War dead, but has since become a day to remember all our loved ones who have died but with a special emphasis on those who have died in the service of our country.

Both of these days are secular events, but have long since been incorporated into the traditions of most Christian Churches in the USA.  While I honor both of these traditions, I find it interesting that secular celebrations regularly migrate into the church’s life, but seldom, if ever, does the opposite occur.  And when it does the celebrations are so bastardized as to be unrecognizable — consider Christmas and Easter. ‘nuff said!

So what might the merry, merry month of May surprise us with at the Community Church?  I haven’t any idea — that is after all the definition of  “surprise.”  But this I do know, Our Risen Lord will be with us no matter what.

Yours in Christ’s service,
Dr. Walt


Sunday, June 4 at 3 p.m.

We had such a successful walk last year that we have decided to do it again! 

Please join us in helping to end hunger in Elburn and World-wide. Benefits Elburn Food Pantry and Church World Service. 

Sign-up and raise funds through sponsoring friends.

Vacation Bible School 2017

Save The Date: Vacation Bible School

June 19 – 22,  2017  •  9:00 am – 11:30 am  
4 years old – 6th grade in the fall

We will be having VBS at our church this year.  We are using the Group Publishing curriculum entitled Thailand Trek.  At Cross Culture Thailand Trek VBS, participants will experience the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of the Thai culture with kids in our community.  We will discover God’s eternal love for the world!     

Our goal is to create confident, faith-filled kids who understand the power of Jesus’ love in a diverse world. Registration forms and more information will be posted on the bulletin board later in May.

Volunteers! Youth and Adults: WE NEED YOU
Contact Theresa at 630-212-5747 or tbiddle2018@gmail.com

Upcoming Events - Calendar Highlights - May 2017

  • May 4:  Church Council Meeting •  7:00 p.m.
  • May 5:  Women’s Fellowship  •  12:00 p.m.
  • May 7:  Blessing of the Bikes  •  11:45 a.m.
  • May 14:  Mother’s Day
  • May 22:  Christian Education Meeting •  4:30 p.m.
  • June 4:  Crop Walk •  3:00 p.m.

Moderator's Musings - May 2017

Inapoticum forgetanamia. In case you’re wondering, those of us who divide flowers into dandelions, roses, and “other” find this nice botanical-sounding plant name to be very useful. The Growing Place, Menards, Home Depot, Lowe’s, and many other businesses are selling lots of In-a-pot... this year.

Spring is finally busting out all over, and the world isn’t black-and-white anymore! If you haven’t made the yearly trip to Hanson Road, go take a look at their flowers. It’s worth it. Or for that matter, there seem to be blooming trees, flowering bushes, and flower beds just about everywhere you look. That nice green grass background is a welcome change from the brown stuff, too. Don’t waste it – appreciate it! And that’s the message for May – gratitude and appreciation.

It’s not too soon to start thinking about Elburn Days. Clean out a closet or two and bring some things you don’t need any more for our rummage sale. And, then, come to the sale and find that treasure that somebody else donated. Also, plan to give us some time helping out. Not only that, but sign your name on the dotted line so that we all know for sure you’ll be there, and when. This is important – it rescues the committee chairs from worry, hair-tearing, and heart failure at the thought of too-few helpers. We don’t want committee chairs to become an endangered species, so be good to them!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Holy Week Schedule

April 9th   10:30 am
Palm Sunday worship followed by a processional through the downtown.

April 13th   7 pm
Maundy Thursday Worship: A Service of Tennebrae. A service of reflection with Holy Communion.

April 14th   12-3:00 pm
Sanctuary open for personal worship/reflection, a printed meditation guide will be available.

April 16th   10:30 am
Easter. A service of celebration.
Everyone is asked to wear some symbol of joy (an Easter bonnet, a butterfly pin, a new spring outfit, etc.) No Sunday School.

April 2017 Church Calendar

Calendar Highlights: 
April 1:  Family Game Night •  5-7:00 p.m.
April 6:  Church Council Meeting •  7:00 p.m.
April 7:  Women’s Fellowship  •  12:00 p.m.
April 13:  Maundy Thursday Worship  •  7:00 p.m.
April 14:  Good Friday - Sanctuary Open  •  12-3:00 p.m.
April 16:  Easter Worship  •  10:30 a.m.
April 24:  Christian Education Meeting •  4:30 p.m.
April 30:  Blessing of the Bikes & Fellowship Potluck