COVID 19 Vaccine update from Pastor Annette
As a healthcare worker, David Owen recently received the second dose of the COVID vaccine. Other than a slight soreness around the injection site, we’re happy to report that he’s not experienced any other adverse side effect.
As states around the country work to prioritize and distribute the vaccine, we continue to pray for those affected and grieve with those who’ve lost loved ones. As we wait our turn to receive this promise that will make it possible for us to safely gather together once more, we continue to rely on the One that unites our spirits and binds our hearts together.
For more information about Illinois’ Vaccine Distribution Plan, click HERE
In the meantime, while the tighter restrictions and mitigation measures have helped to curb the positivity rate in our area, the Coor Team is continuing to follow the recommended guidelines and will reassess the situation at their meeting on January 26. We’ll continue to livestream Sunday morning service at 10:30. You can continue giving your tithes and offerings by mailing them to the church.
As we wait, you’re always welcome to call me if you’re going through a hard time and need someone to talk to. I pray you and your loved ones stay, safe, warm, and well.
Hear from some of ABC’s Global Servants
International Ministries, American Baptist Churches planned a big mission conference for 2020. It has been transformed into an on-line, live-stream conference, which has the advantage of making it available to many more people – including you and me. Every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:00-5:30 p.m., from July 14 through July 28, you can watch a 30-minute presentation by some of our missionaries (now more properly called global servants). You can learn about ministries to those who have been trafficked, health ministries, theological education, etc. We will hear from global servants serving in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
The Diselbergs who are serving in Thailand, and Katie and Taku Longkumer, who minister in India, attended Northern Seminary and are known to some members of the congregation. The Longkumer’s attended Community Baptist Church during at least part of their time in Illinois.
In order to tune in to these informative and inspiring sessions, you need to register so International Ministries can email you the links to the live-streams. To register and to see a list of the presentations, click HERE.
Book Study: White Fragility by Barbara DiAngelo
Why is Talking about Racism So Hard? A note from Pastor Annette: As I shared last week, I’ve started reading this book for my own education. Before diving into difficult conversations about racism, I thought a good first step would be to first understand why conversations about racism are difficult. I invite you to join me on this journey. If you don’t have time to read or can’t get a hold of a copy right now because it’s in such high demand, the following video is reading and talk by the author.
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 worshiping in person until further notice. Instead of setting an arbitrary date for when we will meet again in the sanctuary, we will continue to monitor the situation and will follow the advice of health experts moving forward.
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.
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!
5th Thursday at the Food Pantry
On Thursday, April 29th, at 5:00 PM, join our volunteer crew at the Warrenville Food Pantry. Newbies welcome, it’s fun and with a quick training you’re ready to go.
Ongoing Food & Toiletries Drive
The Missions Team is sponsoring a food drive for the Warrenville Food Pantry on the first Sunday of each month. Donation of non-perishable food items are welcome. Priority items at the moment are condiments, dessert mixes, icing and other baking supplies (except canned pumpkin). All types of toiletries are also in high demand – toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, soap, shampoo, diapers of all sizes, and toilet paper. Collection box is located by the coat racks.
Food Pantry Volunteers
Volunteers are needed for the community food pantry at Immanuel Presbyterian Church on Batavia Rd in Warrenville. Workers are needed when the pantry is open on Tuesday mornings, Thursday evenings, and Sunday afternoons, as well as for food rescue and shelving on Friday and Saturday mornings. To volunteer, or for more information, please contact Renee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cans for Agapè
Tom G. continues to collect aluminum cans for recycling with the proceeds going to our Agapè Preschool. You may support this ministry by depositing your empty cans in the labeled bin in the Education Building.