Lent in the wilderness

Join us as we seek to deepen our spiritual walk with various activities over the next 40 days. Our theme is Lent in the Wilderness, exploring the idea of Wilderness as a transformative place.

Feb 21, First Sunday in Lent: Wilderness as a Place of Complications

Feb 28, Second Sunday in Lent: Wilderness as a Place of Clarity

Mar 7, Third Sunday in Lent: Wilderness as a Place of Correction

Mar 14, Fourth Sunday in Lent: Wilderness as a Place of Conviction

Mar 21, Fifth Sunday in Lent: Wilderness as a Place of Conversion

Mar 28, Palm Sunday: Wilderness as a Place of Confession. Livestream Worship will be followed by a Palm Parade. Please meet at the CBC at 12:30 PM.

Apr 3, Maundy Thursday

Apr 2, Good Friday

holy week observances at home

The Worship Team will be assembling “Holy Week at Home” bags that will be available for pick-up or delivery the week before Palm Sunday. These bags will include
  • Palm fronds for Palm Sunday
  • A soup mix for a congregational Zoom dinner party on Maundy Thursday
  • Stations of the Cross prayer project for Good Friday
  • If you would like Communion elements for Easter, please let us know and we can include those in your bag as well

Easter Sunday, April 4, Sanctuary Re-Opening

We plan to worship in person, as well as continue livestream on Easter! Please note that masks will be required, as well as a number of other health and safety precautions. We look forward to joyously reuniting in person! Please see The Buzz or our weekly email update for more information.

Tuesday Evening Lenten Services

We will gather online via Zoom every Tuesday during Lent, 7-8 PM, for a time of reflection, prayer, and discussion. These will be joint services with First Baptist Church LaGrange and Christ Community Church in Wheaton. Please contact the church office at 630-393-9609 for Zoom meeting log on information.

black history month

February is Black History Month. The theme this year is African Americans Who Have Shaped Our Country. Every Sunday in February, we’ll feature a short presentation of a significant African American figure in history. We’ll also spotlight game changers and history makers in the weekly meditative moments.

Sun, Feb 7: Mary McLeod Bethune

Sun, Feb 14: Shirley Chisolm

Sun, Feb 21: Amanda Gorman

Sun, Feb 28: Charles Drew

Live Streaming of Services

We will gather in spirit, since gathering in person isn’t possible right now. Click on our homepage link to join us live every Sunday at 10:30 AM. The video will remain on our website, so you can watch whenever the spirit moves you!

COVID-19 Updates: Discontinuing Public Worship but Staying Connected

In order to do our part and slow down the spread of the COVID-19 as best we can, the Coordination Team and Pastor Annette have made the difficult decision to discontinue worshipping in person throughout March. The Worship Team will be assembling Holy Week “Worship at Home” bags which will be available for pick-up or delivery the week before Palm Sunday. We hope to be able to gather in person for Easter on April 4th, with appropriate safety and hygiene protocols. We will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions based on public health guidance.

In the meantime, Karyn is staffing the church office from 11:30-2:30 Monday through Friday to get the mail, answer the phone, and provide support as needed. Pastor Annette is working from home, but is available to connect by phone, email, snail mail, or yelling encouraging things from your driveway. So if you have a question or concern, please don’t hesitate to let one of us know. Also, if you’d like to submit your tithe or other offering by check or would like to be set up for automatic withdrawal, let us know and we’d be happy to let you know how best to do that.

While we may not be together in one place, we’re relearning the ancient truth that the church isn’t a building. As the body of Christ, the church is the relationships and connections we share with one another. These connections are what hold us together in times of crisis and uncertainty. So as we continue to take things one day at a time, know that I’m praying for you and am available if you’d like someone to talk to. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or anxious, know that you’re not alone. Continue to take deep breaths, check in with one another, and stay grounded in love.