Worship Services – New in-person guidelines & Continuation of livestream
Moving forward, as we continue to worship in person in conjunction with the livestream, the Coordination Team has decided to roll back some guidelines while maintaining others. We will continue to review our guidelines each month and make changes as we continue to care for the safety and well-being of everyone.
Starting in June, we’ll discontinue the online sign-up sheet and blocking off every other pew. We’re not at risk of exceeding any capacity limits and everyone has been good to space themselves out.
Continuing through June, we still ask that you wear a mask in the sanctuary. Extra masks will be available in the narthex. Offering plates will continue to be on the front table and individual Communion elements will be available on Communion Sundays. Fellowship food and coffee service will remain suspended through June.
The Coordination Team will review these guidelines at the next meeting in June to decide on any changes for July. With all these changes taking place, the Coordination Team made the decision to continuing worshipping at 10:30 AM through the Summer rather than switching to an earlier time.
As always, we appreciate your prayers and are grateful for your support during this time of discernment.
Grace Gathman Memorial Service
On May 25th, we’ll remember and celebrate the life of Grace Gathman with a virtual Memorial Service. You are invited to share a memory of Grace with a written message or video HERE. Please submit your memories by May 1st. Please contact the church office to receive the Zoom info to join the Memorial Service.
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our sanctuary is open – In-person services are back!
We’re so excited to have resumed in-person services! We will continue to livestream services as well, so you can still join our worship even if you aren’t attending in person. Please note, we’ll be taking the following precautions for in-person attendance to help mitigate the risk of infection spread.
- Masks will be required and available.
- Every other pew will be closed to maintain physical distance.
- If we need extra space, we’ll set up chairs in Fellowship Hall.
- Weather permitting, we’ll keep the doors of the church open and you’re welcome to sit on the church lawn.
- Please sign up online. This isn’t to limit attendance, but rather so folks can see how many people will be present and can make an informed decision about whether to come. The link to the online sign-up form can be found in the weekly email. You can also contact the church office to sign up.
Services will also continue to be a little different. For the time being, we will not pass offering or Communion plates. Offering plates will be available on the front table. Individual Communion elements will be available as you enter the sanctuary. During hymns, we ask you to please sing or hum quietly. Scarves, bells, and shakers will also be available to help you make a joyful noise. We will try to limit services to 45 minutes. While you’re welcome to fellowship outside after church, we won’t be offering coffee or food after service.
Congregational Care Ministry
A newly revitalized Congregational Care team will be launching a couple new initiatives in February to help keep us better connected and cared for. They have divided up the church directory and will be reaching out to contact everyone in the church to check in and see how you’re doing. Any highlights, updates, or messages that aren’t prayer requests you’d like to share with the church will be sent out in a weekly email on Tuesdays. This email will also spotlight one member or friend of CBC in a more in-depth conversation so we can get to know each other a little better. So don’t be surprised if Sandy, Kailash, Nancy, or Wendy calls you and starts asking questions. We’re not trying to steal your identity. We’re just connecting, caring, and sharing as the body of Christ.
america for christ offering
We will be accepting contributions for our America for Christ Special Offering over the next few weeks. Thanks to America for Christ (AFC) Offering contributions, American Baptist Home Mission Societies (ABHMS) supported communities distressed by the devastation of COVID-19 last year, as the pandemic swept our country and Puerto Rico. We also helped families who lost homes to floods, wildfires and storms, along with children living on the edge because of poverty, and seminarians preparing to devote their lives to sharing the Good News. These are just a few of the ways we minister to those in need; there are many more. Check out America for Christ for more information.
Please make checks payable to CBC with America for Christ noted in the memo section. Donations may be placed with the offering during worship, or mailed to the church office.
Offering Envelopes 2021
2021 Offering Envelopes are now available in the church library. Call the church office at 630-393-9609 to make arrangements to come by and pick them up or request they be mailed to you.
Thank you all for your continued support and generosity
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.
5th Thursday at the Food Pantry
On Thursday, July 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 email@example.com.
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.