Passing of the Peace: A Video Project
Since we miss seeing your faces, Pastor Annette would like to put together a “Passing of the Peace” video. We’d like as many people as possible to participate, so please consider offering your peace in one of the following ways:
- A short video saying hello or offering a short greeting
- A picture of yourself with a written message
- A picture of yourself with a recorded message
- A short written message
Please send your greeting via text message or email to Pastor Annette by Wednesday night, April 29. If you have questions or would like help figuring out how best to be a part of this project, please contact Pastor Annette. Many thanks for your help with this project.
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!
18th Annual Flower Sale – Pre Orders Only
Our flower and plant delivery is scheduled for May 2. Under current stay-at-home restrictions, sales of plants are allowed. We anticipate that our order will be delivered, but there will be strict safety guidelines for pick up. Please follow all instructions received in advance or on site on pick up day. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation to protect the safety of all.
5th Thursday at the Food Pantry
On Thursday, April 30th, 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.
Inclement Weather Procedures
It’s that time of year again, and winter has made an early appearance. In the case of bad weather or hazardous conditions, the most important thing is for everyone to be safe. Please do not travel to CBC for worship services or activities if you feel that doing so would be unsafe.
CBC facilities will close and activities will be cancelled if the following conditions exist:
- Severe weather warnings have been issued by the National Weather Service for conditions such as snow, ice, tornado, flood, wind chill, extreme heat
- Significant power outages in the area or at church facilities
- State of emergency declared by local, state or federal government
For Sunday School, Sunday Worship and mid-week services such as Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, etc., the Coordination Team will communicate closings and cancellations as follows:
- An announcement in two spots on the website: on the homepage as an “Event” and right here on The Buzz
- An announcement through our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/CBCWarrenvilleIL/
- An announcement on the CBC office voicemail: 630-393-9609
- A Coordination Team member will make every effort to telephone or email each CBC member that has provided contact information
Evening activities (e.g., Choir Practice, Youth Group, Ministry meetings, etc.) at church will be cancelled at the discretion of the person in charge or leading the activity. That same person is responsible for contacting participants.
Hurricane Dorian Relief
CBC supports One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS), an ecumenical effort to provide disaster relief funds around the world with an annual offering. American Baptist International Ministries has used OGHS funds to provide an initial emergency relief grant for hurricane survivors in the Bahamas. Those wishing to support relief efforts can do so through a designated donation to CBC, through American Baptist International Ministries online portal, or by sending checks directly to International Ministries. Please designate your contributions “OGHS–Bahamas Relief” on the memo line of your check. If donating online, please select “Hurricane Dorian (Bahamas)” from the drop-down support menu.
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.