You Raise Me Up_ Highlighted Summer Events -dawn by nyut545e2


									 BRIDGES               S ta r S N e w s l e t t e r                          Dawn Clark, Director of Disability Ministries
                            Colle ge Church in W h e a t o n                 Phone: (630) 668-0878, ext. 265
                                           May–June 2010                     E-mail:

       Highlighted                             You Raise Me Up!
     Summer Events                                                                         of all the groups that participated. As
       Save the date!                                                                      a parent of a Special Olympian, I was
                                                                                           grateful for the willingness of all to
May 15, 6–9 p.m., Mom’s Night
 Mom’s Night at Gigi’s Playhouse in Aurora
                                                                                           contribute to that cause. And as a STARS
 sponsored by our own Liita Forsyth and the                                                parent, I was totally swelled up with
 Little Bits Workshop.                                                                     pride in the personality and sincerity
                                                                                           they demonstrated. They were shining
May28–31, Family Retreat
 Memorial Day Weekend.
                                                                                           up there. And “You Raise Me Up”
 Utica, IL.                                                                                left me with all my makeup running
                                                  “You raise me up so I can walk on        down my face! It was truly a magical
June 11-13, Summer Celebration                       mountains                             afternoon!”
  All-Weekend: Friday-Sunday                      You raise me up to walk on stormy
  –Dinner: 5:30–7 p.m.                                                                     The following week, on April 18,
  –Just for Kids: 7–8 p.m.
                                                  I am strong when I am on Your            the STARS music groups led the
  SonQuest Rainforest Vacation Bible School
  Special For: Friday, June 11                       shoulder                              congregation at College Church in
  –Special Insterest classes, 7–8 p.m.            You raise me up, to be more than I       worship at Disability Ministry Sunday.
  Special For: Saturday, June 12                     can be.”                              Many in our congregation say that it is
  –Run for the STARS: 8 a.m.
                                                                                           one of their favorite Sundays and that
  –Dash for the STARS: 8:45 a.m.
  –Play: Beyond the Chariots 7 p.m., Meet in
                                               On April 10, the STARS chorus joined        our congregation is blessed to have
  the Sanctuary.                               three choir groups, NGOMA, Chicago          STARS in our church family.
  Special For: Sunday, June 13                 Accapella and the Glen-Ellyn Wheaton
  –Sunday Guest: Peter Baker                                                               The STARS music groups have gained
                                               Chorale in the “You Raise Me Up”
                                                                                           a bit of a reputation in the Disability
June 11 & 25, July 9 & 23:11 a.m.–1 p.m.
                                               concert to benefit Special Olympics
                                                                                           Ministry Community and we were
  Moms and Kids in the Park                    Illinois. As I watched our group perform,
                                                                                           invited to present a workshop at the
                                               the following verse came to mind, “You
July 3, Cardboard Regatta                                                                  Accessibility Summit at McLean Bible
                                               go before me and follow me. You place
 Contact: Al Seagren,                                                 Church in McLean, VA on April 24. This
 Alyce Belgio,
                                               your hand of blessing on my head.”,
                                                                                           is a national conference and attracted
                                               Psalm 139:5. God did raise them up to
                                                                                           over 500 people who came to learn
July 24, 5–7 p.m., Young STARS Picnic          be more than they could be. The Shining
  Seven Gables Park, 5–7 p.m.                                                              more about doing disability ministry
                                               STARS sang, “What a Wonderful World”
                                                                                           in the church. Kristin Knosp, music
July 27, 6–8:30 p.m.,
                                               and “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.” Then
                                                                                           coordinator, I presented a “Praise in
STARS Olympic Dreams                           the Shooting STARS joined them for an
                                                                                           Action” workshop to over 50 people,
  Commons Gym                                  All-STARS chorus rendition of “He’s Got
  STARS eight-years-old and up! Relay games,                                               which was well received. We also sold
                                               the Whole World in His Hands.” The
  cheers, mini-soccer, obstacle courses and                                                a few copies of the Music Manual that
  more! Sponsored by Rick McKinley and the
                                               audience then rose to their feet and
                                                                                           Kristin worked on as our summer intern
  Chicago Eagles.                              gave them a standing ovation.
                                                                                           last year.
August 6, 7 p.m., Kane County Cougars
  Discounted tickets at $5 each. All STARS     Following their performance, I received
                                                                                           May God continue to bless the STARS
  family night for parents, STARS and          the following email from a STARS
  siblings.                                                                                Music programs so that “Every STAR
September 3, 6–8 p.m,                                                                      that has breath may praise the Lord!”
                                               “What a praise indeed for the STARS
  STARS Fall Kick Off

September 12, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.,
                                               and the concert this afternoon and the                              -dawn
                                               joy and love that was present in that
  STARS Ministry Worker Training
                                               room! As a musician, I really appreciated
                                               the talents, presentation and selections
                                               STARS Volunteers Rock!
STARS new                                      by Cathryn Lyon
                                               When I reflect on Peter’s experience in Boys’ Brigade at College

Administrative                                 Church, I smile and think of Bob Lefley. Bob has been Peter’s STARS
                                               volunteer buddy and friend at Boys’ Brigade this past year. What a
                                               wonderful year it has been!

Assistant                                      Soon after Bob Lefley entered our lives as a STARS volunteer, he
                                               began making an impact. In a “Getting to Know Peter” summary
                   Ashley Korol                that Bob wrote for the adult team members of Boys’ Brigade, he
                                               outlined some of Peter’s abilities and disabilities, and cast a faith-
                                               filled vision of what it might look like to have Peter participate
                                               in Boys’ Brigade. He explained how the team members could
                                               approach Peter in a comfortable, natural way. We saw the results
                                               of Bob’s efforts as we observed the positive way the Boys’ Brigade
                                               team related to Peter.

                                               Each week, Bob faithfully showed up at Boys’ Brigade, helping Peter to have a blast by dodging
                                               balls, working on a pinewood derby car and hanging out with other boys as they learned
Hello, my name is Ashley Korol and I am        together what it means to know and follow Jesus Christ. It was one of the highlights of Peter’s
excited to introduce myself to you as Dawn     week, especially when the Lefley-Lyon team car finished in second place in the third and fourth
Clark’s new administrative assistant for       grade division! Sweet!
the STARS Ministry. Our former assistant,
Brandy Noteboom, is pregnant and has           It hasn’t always been easy, for sure. Recently, Peter began a “silly laughing leads to throwing
been blessed with the opportunity to stay      up” cycle. Peter threw up several times at church, and his clothes, wheelchair and church
at home and raise her child. She will still    carpet, were a big mess. Bob stayed positive and calm, and helped me get Peter and his brother
be working on special projects with us for
a while.                                       to the van. As I was loading up the kids, Bob offered simply, “I’ll pray for you.” Those words
                                               brought great courage and strength for the moment, and helped me face the clean up job at
A little bit about myself…
                                               home with a better attitude. Praise God for our STARS Ministry volunteers!
I grew up in Wheaton and have attended
College Church since 1997. I have been
blessed with the opportunity to grow up in
                                               Caseys Go to the Dominican Republic
a Christian home and church that taught        by Mary Atkison
me about Jesus and His unconditional love      Kevin and Carol Casey will be going to the Dominican Republic
for each and every one of us. In 2006,         (DR) on a STAMP missions project for two weeks in June 2010.
I started working with WDSRA as a part-
time support staff; I have enjoyed meetiing    The first week they will join College Church missionaries,
many of our STARS through their programs.      Jeff and Ann VanDerMolen and Vic and Leslie Trautwein,
I graduated from Baylor University, in         ministering to the children of the Ark, an orphanage in
Waco, Texas, with a degree in elementary       Jarabacoa, DR. The Caseys and their team will develop, plan
education in May of 2009. At Baylor I was      and lead a Bible school program for the children of the Ark.
also a pole-vaulter on the Women’s Track       They will also share in the ongoing construction projects there.
and Field team. This year I have also been     The second week the group will serve the city of Constanza,
able to help out at the STARS and Twice Is     located in a mountainous region farther south.
Nice Resale shops as support staff.
I am very excited to be a part of the STARS    When Carol went to the DR the first time, she was able to bring a double stroller as a chair that
ministry, and I look forward to meeting        Hope Schmidt had outgrown. These gifts changed the lives of the families of three STARS in
and working with you all! Thank you for        the community where the VanDerMolens and Trautweins serve.
everything that you do!
To ensure that you continue to receive         Preparing for a missions trip can be daunting, especially if your vision is to enlarge the hearts
our e-mails, please remember to add my         of your children…all seven of them! Over the last ten years, the older Casey kids have served in
contact information to your e-mail system.     many places. This time Kevin and Carol plan to take Ruthie, Libbie, Ben and Natalie to minister
                                               in the DR.
Most e-mails about activities will contain     We can share in this venture!
words “Register Here!” By clicking on
those words, you should be automatically                1.) PRAYER: The Caseys ask for our prayers as they prepare:
linked to a registration page. If you do                         –That they would be wise with their time and resources.
not see those words, then a message                             –That the team would love Jesus and one another, working well together.
should contain a sentence beginning, “To                        –That Jesus would be glorified in the VBS ministry and the construction work.
register” with instruction on where to find                     –That STAMP DR would have opportunity to serve the STARS of the DR.
the registration link on our website. If you
                                                        2.) FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS:
do not have an e-mail and cannot register
                                                                 Write a tax deductible check, payable to College Church.
online, call me at the office.
                                                                 On the memo designate the gift for STAMP Dominican Republic, June 2010.
If you have any questions, comments, or                          (Do not put the Caseys’ name anywhere on the check.)
concerns you can contact me at the church,
        (630) 668-0878 ext. 178.               As of April 28, 2010, the STAMP Dominican Republic team has met 59% of their costs.
You Raise Me Up
 April 10, 2010
Calendar                                                            Summer Celebration
 May                                                                Run for the STARS is part of the exciting Summer Celebration.
                                                                    Check out the College Church website for all the details:
 7        Talent Show, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
                                                           If your child with special needs is
 8        Support on Saturdays, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.                      interested in being included in SonQuest Rainforest, please
 15       Mom’s Night, 6–9 p.m., Gigi’s Playhouse, Aurora.          contact Shelly Swanson,

 28-31 STARS Family Retreat, Memorial Day Weekend.
 30       Sunday Morning STARS Classes 9:30 a.m.                    Run For The STARS
          ONLY for Teens and Adults, no DMT.                        It’s just around the corner, so tell all your friends and family
 June                                                               to come out and RUN or WALK to benefit the STARS and
                                                                    their families. The 5K race starts at 8 a.m. followed with
 11       Moms and Kids in the Park, 11a.m.–1 p.m.
                                                                    the Dash for the STARS at 8:45 a.m. Sign up online by going
 11-13 Summer Celebration                                           to We also need more corporate
 11       Special Interest Classes, 7–8 p.m.                        sponsors, so if you have any leads, please contact Mark
                                                                    Cragg, (631) 827-1203 or Tony Solis, (630) 777-4750.
 12       Run For The STARS, 8:00 a.m.
 12       Dash For The STARS, 8:45 a.m.
 12       Play, Beyond the Chariots, 7–8 p.m.                       Sunday Summer Schedule
 13       Summer Service Schedule begins, 9:30 a.m. classes only    Remember that on June 13, we go to our Sunday summer
                                                                    schedule at College Church. Inclusion and classes for all
 13       Special Guest Speaker for STARS                           STARS (teens, adults and young STARS) will be only at the
 13       Summer Celebration Speaker–Peter Baker, 7–8 p.m.          9:30 AM hour until September.
 25       Moms and Kids in the Park, 11a.m.–1 p.m.
Praises For                                                         May
•	    STARS Mom Beth Chase’s mother, Julia, who has made
      great progress and was able to leave the hospital.            Gale Wicker                May 13
•	    A Wonderful Disability Ministry Sunday! Praise God for        Lillian Kardasz            May 15
      testimonies from STARS moms Kathy Brinker and Karen           Catherine Seeland          May 20
      Sutherland.                                                   Emma Seeland               May 20
•	    STAR Dennis Helledy is improving and is out of the hospital   Joseph Kenny               May 22
      but is still recovering.                                      David Quattrochi           May 26
•	    Dawn’s successful conference with Shelly Swanson and
      Kristin Knosp at the Accessibility Summit at McLean Bible
      Church in McLean, VA.
Prayer For                                                          Melissa Beltramelli        June 1
•	    STARS mom Jan Johnson, mother of STAR Karilyn Johnson,        Emma Kuzera                June 6
      for treatment of thyroid cancer and wisdom for further
                                                                    Caleb Matrisciano          June 9
                                                                    Evan Miller                June 10
•	    STARS mom Barb Doppelt’s daughter, Becky, is having           Kira Barnes                June 13
      serious medical tests.
                                                                    Ethan Schultz              June 25
•	    STARS intern Katie DeJong as she completes her project on
      using the STARS gifts at church.
•	    STAR volunteer Bruce Callahan for relief from back pain.
•	    STAR volunteer Ruth Leaf for recovery from removal of a
      beign ovarian cyst.
                                                                     1072 COLLEGE AVENUE,
Talent Show                                                          (630)682-1499
Friday, May 7, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This time it is DESSERT only      Mary Quiggle, manager
and we have a special guest appearance by the Shepherd’s             Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
                                                                     Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ministries Handbell group.
                                                                     Donations accepted till 3 p.m.

STARS                “Seeking To Always Reflect the Savior”

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