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                                                                                                                                                                                  Increasing Our Love
                                                                                                                                                                                  for God & Neighbor

                                                                                                    The Congregational United Church of Christ
                                                                                                                                                                                        April 28, 2011 • Issue 6

                                                                                                           Worship Schedule                                Welcome Tricia Steele
                                                                                                  May 1 – Confirmation Sunday & Communion                        Please welcome Tricia Steele
                                                                                                            One service at 9am begins this Sunday                 to the church office staff!!!
                                                                                                            Sunday School through 7th grade
                                                                                                                                                    Many of you know Tricia as the Nursery Coordinator on
                                                                                                  May 8 – Mother’s Day Worship                      Sunday mornings. Tricia has been in that role for many
                                                                                                            One service at 9am. No Sunday School    years; in fact, the first children she helped care for in our
                                                                                                            God’s Puppet Troupe performs
                                                                                                                                                    church nursery are now in fifth grade!! As of April 25,
40W451 Fox Mill Blvd • St Charles IL 60175 • 630-584-0929 • office@uccstc.org • www.uccstc.org




                                                                                                  May 15 – Music Appreciation Sunday                Tricia joins the church office staff helping to fill the posi-
                                                                                                            One service at 9am                      tion previously held by Jackie O’Brien, but additionally
                                                                                                            Sunday School through 7th grade         she will also be learning many of the tasks Carleen Bart
                                                                                                  May 22 – Teacher Appreciation Sunday              performs such as creation of our Highlight newsletter and
                                                                                                            One service at 9am                      weekly worship bulletins. Tricia will be working part time
                                                                                                            Sunday School through 7th grade         in the office on Mondays and Thursdays - and yes, she will
                                                                                                  May 29 – Sunday, Memorial Day Weekend, 9am        also be continuing on in her role as Nursery Coordinator
                                                                                                            Beginning of Summer Sunday              on Sunday mornings. Welcome Tricia!!!!!
                                                                                                                 School through 3rd grade
                                                                                                            One Worship at 9am will continue
                                                                                                            through Sunday, September 4.




                                                                                                                         Help us Solve the Puzzle
                                                                                                 Last year, in an effort to navigate through a tough economic environment, our church held three
                                                                                                 fund raisers – Michigan Cabin Raffle, Nifty Fifty Club, Florida Vacation Raffle – and this congre-
                                                                                                 gation stepped up to make these a success. We were able to end the year with a balanced budget.
                                                                                                 We cut expenses but did not cut staff – a big accomplishment, given the situation.
                                                                                                 This year, I am happy to report that our financial picture has improved. We are not yet out
                                                                                                 of the woods, but it is our intention to meet this church’s 2011 financial goals while holding
                                                                                                 one fund raiser for the entire year. We will need everyone’s help to make this a success,
                                                                                                 So………



                                                                                                    •
                                                                                                                           Picture this
                                                                                                        A beautiful 3 ft by 5 ft professional photo of our church – Donated
                                                                                                    •   This photo is divided into 400 equal sized “puzzle pieces”
                                                                                                    •   Each $50 donation will purchase one puzzle piece
                                                                                                    •   Every week we will add the pieces purchased until the puzzle is complete
                                                                                                    •   You will see the photo come to life as we hit our goal
                                                                                                    •   The end product will be a beautiful, permanent addition to our church

                                                                                                    Watch for a mailing soon. This event will run throughout the month of May 2011.
                                                                                                     Please join in this effort to complete our financial puzzle – one piece at time.
                                                       To everyone who remembered us in their prayers, sent lovely
                                                       cards and delivered delicious, nutritious meals to us, we
                                                       thank you sincerely. Our church family could find their
                                                       pictures next to the words kind and thoughtful in the
                                                       dictionary.                  Sincerely, Ivy & Norm Johnson


    Please Pray For                                                       A GREAT BIG THANK YOU
                                                          Have you noticed that it is easier to see what you are stirring into
             Gayle Degnan                              your coffee at the Coffee Fellowship lately, and for your shopping at
             John Hundley                              the rummage sale? We owe our thanks to Ted Heise and also to the
             Cynthia Lilke                             other Ted Heise–Sr. and Jr. These gentlemen brought a lift to church
                                                       with them one day and changed all of the light bulbs of the lower tier
             Hunter Sneed
                                                       in Fellowship Hall.
            Cynthia Withey                                We are grateful to them for making things brighter for us all.
            Dee Zimmerman                              That magic lift sure beats trying to do it from a wiggly step ladder
                                                       (according to slim Dudley).
     Our Sympathy to John & Kathleen
                                                                                                    Dave Mack
     Speck. John’s sister, Marty Rubin,
               passed away.                                               Thank you for the Altar Flowers
                                                                     Thank you to all who donated toward our
               Dixie Hogan                                             Palm Sunday and Easter decorations.
        Heritage Manor, Room 407
         1200 University Avenue                                     Thank you to Sue (Flower) Peterson for the
          Carlinville, IL 62626                                  beautiful Easter decorations. (She plans, purchases,
                                                                   delivers, arranges, removes & then cleans up.)
              Frank Lagowski
       Provena Geneva Care Center                      Nicholas Odman will once again be performing
     1101 E State St., Geneva, IL 60134
                                                       on the piano prior to the performance of the southern
                 Elly Slater                           gospel group, The Inspirations, June 24-25, 2011
       Provena Geneva Care Center                      at Shipshewana, Indiana.
     1101 E State St., Geneva, IL 60134
                                                                                     New to Manna
                                                       $25 Groupon gift cards are now available from Manna. Check out
                                                       the new Manna order form. Questions? Visit the Manna table in
                                                       Fellowship Hall during coffee time each Sunday.

Thank you for the prayers, cards,                                      Mission Committee News
well-wishes and appreciation for my                    At the April meeting of the Mission committee, a donation of $1000
return on Easter Sunday. You support                   was approved for the high school youth spring break work tour. This
                                                       donation came from funds made possible by the Manna gift card
and care held me up throughout the                     program. Thank you to everyone who buys Manna cards. The profit
service, even though Suzy and Mary                     from the gift cards allows us to fund non-budgeted mission items.
Ann had a stool ready for me to deliver                Many thanks to all who provided requested items for the Love &
a “flower side” chat. This is a wonderful,             Action Easter project. Thanks too for helping to assemble the Easter
                                                       baskets at the Palm Sunday Lenten event. Small gifts, Easter candy,
caring congregation and I am privileged                grocery gift cards and a ham or turkey were delivered to 4 Fox Valley
to be part of it.      Thank you, John                 area families (7 adults and 14 children!) on Thursday, April 21. What
                                                       a caring way to show our love for God and neighbor.
                                                                                                 Mission Committee

                            April 28, 2011 • The Congregational United Church of Christ, St. Charles IL • Page 2
                                                                                          Thank You Deb
 One Great Hour of Sharing                                                    After serving as Financial Manager for our church for
                                                                          the past 8 years, Deb Dieckmann has accepted a full time
      Sharing Brings Joy                                                  position at Colonial Corporate Headquarters beginning
         Thank you $2,135                                                 in mid summer. Deb’s competency and willingness to
                                                                          do whatever was needed has been a great gift to our
                                                                          church. The Church Council will have a difficult time
                                                                          replacing her. If you would be interested in this part-time
                                                                          financial position please contact the church office.
                                                                                                           Thank you, John


               Thank you. $2,194
                                                                                                             The CUCC Mothers
                                                                                                             Group RSVP and
                                                                                                             questions answered at
    International Mission Trip                                                                               cuccmoms@gmail.com
         Nov. 5-12, 2011                                                  The CUCC Mothers Group has a lot of events coming up
We are returning to the Dominican Republic to work                        in the next few weeks and we hope you will join us.
again with our friends at Community Service Alliance.
Please talk to Suzy if you are interested and willing!                    1 – The CUCC Mothers Group Annual Fundraiser
Specific projects, costs and locations are dependent on                         We are asking any of you who are willing to make
numbers. Watch for more information.                                      cookies for our fundraiser on Mother’s Day to please
                                                                          sign up. Cookies need to be at church by that Saturday
                                                                          morning so we can package them for Sunday. Last year’s
       Swing Set Preschool                                                cookie sale was a tremendous success – we actually ran out
Swing Set has openings for 3’s & 4’s. Forms are available                 of cookies to sell! If you are interested in baking cookies
in the Swing Set hallway. Registration forms accompanied                  please contact me before April 26 so that we can divide
by a nonrefundable registration fee ($75.00 for new stu-                  the cookie counts through the group.
dents and $50.00 for returning students) may be mailed
or dropped off at the school or left in the church office.                2 – Mommy-n-Me Retreat
Any questions, please call Sue Farr at 630-443-8570.                             Our 3rd annual Mommy-n-Me retreat will be at
                                                                          Tower Hill Friday, May 20 to Sunday, May 22. The kids
                                                                          and moms all get a lot out of these retreats. There are
                                                                          activities and crafts and even a beach (weather permitting)
 Jesus Has Left                                                           for the kids and you are in an environment of fellow
                                                                          moms all working together to keep the kids safe and
  the Building                                                            happy. All meals (except Friday night’s dinner out) and
                                                                          snacks will be provided for you through the moms group’s
         Are you being called to serve? Are you wanting to                funds. All you have to pay for is the lodging (if you need
do something for the community but not sure where to                      assistance paying for lodging please contact either myself
start? Not wanting to go work on a project alone? The 5th                 or Suzy). If you are interested in attending there will be
Sunday is for you! July 31 (the 5th Sunday) we are going                  signup sheets in the office.
to mobilize our congregation to ‘go and do.’ We will start                3 – Summer Activities are Back!
with a gathering commissioning prayer, then head out                             We will soon be posting a schedule of this year’s
into the world to increase our love for God and neighbor                  summer activities – another fire station visit is definitely
through a variety of projects we have lined up.                           in the works! In fact we are working on a whole morning
         Watch the Highlight for more info as the time                    event for that day that should be a lot of fun! Most if not
gets closer. If you have a mission idea or would like to be               all of the events will be free. A follow up email will be
involved in the planning of an event please come to the                   coming your way with those events in May.
meeting Friday, April 29 at 11am. If you are unable to                          Again we look forward to seeing all of you and your
come then and would still like to be in the planning please               families at our events. If you have any ideas for summer
contact Bob Brautigam or Suzy Daly.                                       activities or questions please contact either myself or Suzy.
                                                                                                     Sincerely, Tracy Richter
                              April 28, 2011 • The Congregational United Church of Christ, St. Charles IL • Page 3
                                                  Our Easter Pilgrimage



            Mary Anne Rebernak, RN
                                                          With our eyes
                                                          we see the beauty of Easter,
                                                          with our ears
                                                          we hear the sounds of spring,
                                                          with our hands
                                                          we pick the fragrant hyacinths,
                                                          with our hearts
                                                          we feel the miracle of God’s love –
                                                          and on the wings and prayer and meditation
                                                          we make our Easter pilgrimage to Him.
                                                                                                Helen Steiner Rice




The AED–Automated External Defibrillator–is located just outside the office door. Look for
         the overhead AED sign. The phone is on the adjacent wall. To call for help, dial 9-911.

                                     April 28, 2011 • The Congregational United Church of Christ, St. Charles IL • Page 4
                                                                                 W ho’s in the
                                                                                 Yo uth Ro o m?
       YOUTH                                                            • Kaylee Wessel is a freshman at SCN and the eldest daugh-



      GROUPS
                                                                        ter of Sue and Jerry Wessel. She believes she was in the
                                                                        fourth grade when she began coming to Congo and now she
                                                                        appreciates how accepting our church is of people. At SCN
                                                                        she runs cross country. Kaylee comes to GF because she likes
                                                                        the games and activities. She comes to GF to see people
GF (9-12th Graders),                                                    and to meet more people. If Kaylee could change one thing
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:15                                                   about the world she would eliminate judging people on their
May 4, 11, 18, 25                                                       beliefs. In her free time she likes to run and hang out with
Confirmation class invited to attend                                    friends. Something people don’t readily know about Kaylee
GF beginning May 4.                                                     is that she has a younger sister.
                                                                        • Kirby DeBates is a sophomore at Burlington Central High
Confirmation (8th Grade & older)                                        School. She is the daughter of Teri and John and began com-
April 30, Confirmation practice 9-10 Sanctuary                          ing to this church in 8th grade. She likes how open and wel-
May 1, Confirmation service at 9am                                      coming it is. At BCHS Kirby is in band, Academic Bowl and
        God’s Blessings to our Confirmands                              Student council. Kirby likes GF as she gets to hang out with
   Amy Burgholzer, Jacob Carlson, Adam Diorio                           her friends and help people. Her favorite GF activity is work
   Ashton Gregory, Jessica Kathe, Emily Lorenz,                         tour. She comes to GF on Wednesdays to meet kids from
  Betsy MacNeille, Emma Oberle, Kz Plamondon,                           other schools and having fun. If Kirby could change the
            Hunter Sneed, Adam Vial                                     world she would stop world hunger. As an adult Kirby sees
                                                                        herself doing volunteer work. Kirby claims she is not athletic
TGIJ ( 6th-8th Graders) (5-6:15pm)                                      in any way but she loves to meet new people.
May 11
May 25 with dinner, RSVP to Suzy                                        • Shannon Eichler is a junior at SCE and is the eldest
                                                                        child of Janel and Bob Eichler and thinks she was about
Helping Hands                                                           10 when her family began coming to our church. In high
(4-5th Graders, 5-6pm)                                                  school Shannon participates in girls swim and dive team and
May 18                                                                  FCCLA. Shannon says the people in our church are fun and
                                                                        not boring. She likes GF because of the atmosphere, it is fun
                                                                        and everybody is friends with each other. If Shannon had a
       GF Plant Sale Pickup                                             chance to change the world she would get rid of mountains
   The pickup is on Saturday, May 7                                     because she doesn’t like mountains at all. Hills are fine. As an
  from 9 to 10am behind the church.                                     adult she would like to be a pastry chef/cake decorator. As
                                                                        for what makes her unique, Shannon says she is blunt. She
                                                                        doesn’t mean to be mean but she simply says what is on her
    Westphal Scholarship                                                mind.
     Submit your application before May 16 for the                      • Dakota Acosta is a senior at STE and the son of Rudolfo
Westphal Scholarship Award. Forms are now available                     and Heather. He has been coming to this church since he
in the church office and on the church web site uccstc.                 was a baby. He likes our church because people are friendly
org. Any member of the congregation who is planning                     and appreciate the musical ability he has to offer. At STE he
to enter post-high school education is eligible for the                 is involved in the turkey drive, which donates food to fami-
scholarship. This may include, but not be limited to,                   lies for thanksgiving who are less fortunate. What he likes
four-year college, community college and trade or                       about GF are the group activities involving discussion about
professional schools. Members currently enrolled in                     questions that generate various theories and opinions. His
these programs are eligible to apply, providing they are                favorite GF activity is the discussions of exotic topics and
not completing their education this spring. Criteria                    questionable theories. Dakota comes on Wednesdays for the
for the award will include financial need, academic                     company of people his own age, “Sometimes I get candy, and
achievement and church involvement.                                     other times I get the reward of sharing ideas with my peers.”
     Contributions to the scholarship fund, established                 In his free time he likes to philosophize and play music. If
in 1994, are encouraged and appreciated. The annual                     Dakota could change the world he would change history.
scholarship award is funded by the interest portion                     As an adult he would like to perform piano music around
of the account only, so that the principal may grow                     the world in as many nations as possible. What makes
and fund additional scholarships in the future. Please                  Dakota unique is that he can play the piano and he used to
consider giving to this worthwhile cause that directly                  have a wonderful sister.
benefits members of our congregation.
                               April 28, 2011 • The Congregational United Church of Christ, St. Charles IL • Page 5
 Christian Education
VBS Vacation Bible School                                                              God’s Puppet Troup Performances
                                                                                  Mother’s Day, May 8, 9am
Mark your calendars and plan to join us for a fun week. VBS
will be July 11-14 from 9-11:30am and also on Thursday                            Puppet King Solomon will be at our Mother’s Day
                                                                                  service. He will be joined by two computer repair
evening for family activities, including dinner and a program                     puppets to figure out the computer issues in the
from 5-6:30pm. Shake It Up Café–Where Kids Carry Out                              church, while sharing God’s wisdom. There will be
God’s Recipe is the theme for this year, including a raccoon                      guest musical appearances along the way. He looks
puppet named Scraps who tells the kids about some secret                          forward to seeing you on Mother’s Day!
ingredients. Kids, 4 years old through 5th grade, will rotate
through stations – storytelling, science experiments, mission                     King Solomon will also be appearing at Marklund
                                                                                  in Batavia on Monday, May 2, where he needs help
stories, crafts, games, snacks, music and more.                                   bringing the residents to see his show. If you can help
                                                                                  us that night by pushing residents in wheel chairs
           Sermon Recorders needed                                                to the performance and back to their residences
Do you want to help record the sermon on Sundays? We                              afterwards please sign up on the Christian Ed board.
can train you. You do not have to do it every week. Please let                    We will be needing 30 people (must be at least 14
Charlie Peterson at charpete@sbcglobal.net know if you are                        years of age) to be at Markland at 5:30pm until about
interested. We want to get a summer schedule put together.                        7:30pm. Thank you in advance. Contact Jeanne
                                                                                  Humke with questions at 630-584-7108.
         VbS Puppeteer opportunity                                                                         God’s Puppet Troupe
Do you want to help with Vacation Bible School and stay for
lunch and have puppet activities in the afternoon? We prac-
tice in the afternoons and perform for the younger kids in
the mornings. Anyone 6th grade and older can register for the                           Camp Scholarships Available!
program for $15. Call Sue Peterson to sign up or with ques-
tions.                                                                                The Christian Education Committee would like
                                                                                 to remind anyone considering participation in any of
       Teach Summer Sunday School                                                the Tower Hill or Pilgrim Park camps this year, $75
Can you help teach summer Sunday School for one or two                           scholarships are available through the generosity of
Sundays? Please check the list on the Christian Education                        the Linder-Colson Scholarship Fund. To receive your
bulletin board to sign up to teach. Books will be provided to                    scholarships simply ask Pastor Suzy or Sue Peterson to
read to the children each week. You may add a little craft or                    sign your camp application. It’s that easy!
game to go with it. Call Sue Peterson with questions. Thanks                          The purpose of the Linder-Colson Scholarship
for helping.                                                                     Fund is to provide support and assistance for church
                                                                                 members to attend church sponsored camps and
                                                                                 learning experiences. The primary focus of the fund is
                                                                                 the youth and children of the church, although, when
    uCC outdoor Ministries Camps                                                 funds are available scholarships may be offered to
            at Pilgrim Park &Tower Hill                                          adults or families.
 Information is on the Christian Ed board.                                            Some of the past favorites include the Tenderfoot
         Or visit www.il-odm.org                                                 Camp for kindergarten to 2nd grade, Worship &
      for a complete listing and costs                                           Wonder camp for 3rd -10th graders, Jr. High Sports
                                                                                 Camp and the Grandparents & Me Camp. You can
• Junior High Sports Camp for those completing 6th-9th grade                     learn more about all the camp possibilities by stopping
         June 12-18. Directed by Rev. Suzy Daly,                                 in the church office and asking to see the Camp
         Scott Urban, Marc Urban                                                 Guide.
• Grandparents and Me Camps (4+)                                                      Whether you are considering any of these options
       July 16-18 or July 14-16 Pilgrim Park                                     or the many others that are offered, please make sure
       July 7-9 or July 11-13 Tower Hill                                         to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity.
                                                                                                        Christian Education committee

                               April 28, 2011 • The Congregational United Church of Christ, St. Charles IL • Page 6
                         Church 1st
                                                                                 Lazarus House May 18, 6:45pm
                         Quarter Financial                                 Sign up on the Mission board to prepare and deliver food.
                         Update                                            Questions? Contact Amy & Melinda at 630-377-7362 or
                                                                           wisdomweaver@att.net.
                  actual         budget
YTD Income $151,562            $160,422 <8,860>                                 Lazarus House Hosts July 4th Benefit
YTD Expenses $156,217          $159,769 <3,552>                            Lazarus House welcomes runners and walkers to register
                                                                           for its 8 AM July 4th Great Western Freedom 4 Benefit
It’s the end of the 1st quarter 2011, and we want to keep                  to be held at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles.
you fully informed on our financial condition as we                        The event offers a competitive 4-mile CARA Certified
progress thru the year.                                                    run on a USATF certified course on the Fox River Trail
Thanks to you and your generous support our church                         Runners Circuit and a 2-mile scenic walk. Registration is
continues to grow and thrive. While our percentages have                   open at www.signmeup.com. Participants are encouraged
improved over last year, our total income for the church                   to collect pledges. Sponsorships are also welcome.
is 6.6% under budget. Quarterly contribution statements                    The event is a great way to lend support to people in
have been mailed and we respectfully ask you to make sure                  our community who need help to gain their freedom
that you are up to date on your pledges.                                   from homelessness. All proceeds will benefit Lazarus
                                                                           House, a community shelter. For participation cost,
As we move into the summer months, please also consider                    sponsorship information and other details, visit www.
using direct debit for your pledge dollars. This greatly                   lazarushouseonline.com or call Donna at 630-587-2144.
helps the church maintain a more stable cash flow during
the slower summer months. The church office has the
                                                                                                 Food on the 4th
forms needed.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Trish                          On Sunday, May 22, please bring
Thompson, Church Council Treasurer, at 630-373-0655                          non-perishable food for the St. Charles Salvation Army
or Mark Molloy, Church Council President, at 630-253-                        & Elburn Food Pantries. The theme is baby supplies and
5659.                                                                        toiletries. (Please bring baby wipes, diapers, shampoo,
                                                                             toothpaste and lotion.)

                                                                              2011 Adult Work Camp, October 1- 8
                                                                               Sign up for this year’s Adult Work Camp to Back Bay
            Tuesday, April 19                                                     Mission in Mississippi is on the Mission board.
                                                                               We are limited to 20 people. Sign up soon if you plan
         It was a dark and stormy night – oops, not a                             on participating. There are only a few spots left.
good way to begin a story! But, it really was a cold, windy
and stormy night when Janet Nickols, Chuck Harvey,
Ginger Krichbaum, Jane Batte, Ann Richards and Grace
Caldwell left St. Charles to meet Janet’s son, Tommy, and
then went on to join the Night Ministry staff at Belmont
and Halsted to serve meals.
                                                                                                     Novel
         The chili you made warmed hands and stomachs
on that cold night and could not have been more fitting.
                                                                                                   Approaches
Because the weather was harsh, we served fewer meals
than anticipated, approximately 50, but the leftover food                                             Water for elephants
was saved and intended for use the next night. The Night                                             by Sara Gruen
Ministry staff planned on taking the food to its newest                                     Friday, May 20, 7:30pm at the home of
location in Rodgers Park, Wednesday evening. They were                                       Tom & Mary Anne Rebernak. All those
very happy to have a meal for the neighbors because there                    who have read the book are welcome to attend. Sign up
was no group coming with food.                                               on the Congregational Life board. This is the last meet-
         It was gratifying to see most folks had proper
coats, although we did see one or two garbage bag “rain-                     ing of Novel Approaches for the program year so we will
coats.” In spite of buckets of cold rain coming down, we                     be choosing books for next year. Come with your ideas
saw smiles, heard laughter and always received a “thank                      and suggestions.
you” or “God Bless You.” Thank you friends for shop-
ping, baking, cooking and packing supplies for our trip to
the city on Tuesday, April 19. Our participation is truly
appreciated.                               Grace Caldwell
                               April 28, 2011 • The Congregational United Church of Christ, St. Charles IL • Page 7
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        Church Garden Flower Donations




                                                     Please return this form to the office with your donation by May 1, 2011.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This donation to the church will be recorded on your giving statement.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I would like to donate $___________for Garden Flowers.

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             Mother’s Day – May 8




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                                         the Memorial Garden, the Quiet Garden and around
                                         donations to provide annual flower plantings around


                                         of or/and in honor of a special lady in the life of you
                                         the church. Your donation may be made in memory

                                         or your family. Your donation will be printed in the
                                         The Building and Grounds committee is accepting




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                                         bulletins on Mother’s Day, May 8.




                            The Congregational united Church of Christ, St. Charles
                 S h a k e i t U p C a f e • W h e r e k i d s c a r ry o u t G o d ' s r e c i p e
                                                If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2 Corinthians 5:17a
2011 Vacation bible School Registration                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        4 years old through 5th grade
                                              July 11-14, 9 – 11:30am InCLuDInG Thurs. night July 14, 5-6:30pm
Name
                                                               Last                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         First                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     (Preferred)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Male/Female
Address _____________________________________________________________________________________
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           City                                                                                                                                       ZIP
Home phone_________________________Birthdate________________Age_________Grade Entering ________
Parent(s) Guardian_______________________________________Email__________________________________
               Are you available to help? Yes_____ No_____ Nursery available for children of teachers / assistants.
Cell Phone________________________________________ Church Member________                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Friend________
Allergies or other conditions which may limit activity____________________________________________________
In case of emergency, contact________________________________________________________________________

 One form per child $15 ATTACHED $_______________ (You can write one check for more than one child.)
             Make check payable to: Congregational UCC, 40W451 Fox Mill Blvd., St. Charles IL 60175
    Mark VBS on Memo Line of Check.          Questions? Call Sue Peterson at the church office, (630)584-0929
                                                                                                                                                                                             (Office–Credit Account # 3112 Cash__________ Check Number________ Initial_______

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         Advertising Opportunity
      We are in the process of updating our annual Guide Book
& Directory for the Church. This book will be the Who, What,
Where, When, Why and How of our congregation. The book                                         A big thank you to everyone
is being provided at no cost to our church, including the mail-
ing directly to each family, and again is being subsidized by local                                who helped with the
businesses that advertise in it. If you own or manage a business                                 Spring Rummage Sale!
and would like to find out about advertising in our book, please
call the church office at 630-584-0929                                                       The grand total from the sale as of today
      Recent survey results by Guide Book Publishing show that                         is $5,869.13! What an accomplishment for one
92.1% of families would rather patronize a Guide Book & Di-                            week’s work! It’s amazing what can result from
rectory advertiser over a non-advertiser. It “will pay” to advertise                   a dedicated group of adorable church ladies and
in our new Guide Book & Directory.                                                     charming church men (all who either helped set
                                                                                       up, worked at, baked for, or cleaned up); and
     Update Membership Information                                                     from all the donations of our extremely generous
Does our Church database have YOUR family membership                                   church family! Congratulations everyone! Now
record correct? Here is your chance to update YOUR record                              the fun begins - we’ll distribute the proceeds
for our annual Guide Book & Directory (if you haven’t already                          from the sale to the many missions that Women’s
done so). It is time for us to update our database with any changes,                   Fellowship supports, at our May meeting; and
additions, or deletions that may have occurred in YOUR family                          then spread the good news to everyone in an
over the past year. Have you changed your phone number? Have                           upcoming Highlight.
you moved? Are you preparing to move soon? Are all of your                                   May is the last month we meet before we
children still at home and are they all included in your member-                       break for the summer; so if you’re an adorable
ship record? Do you want your record published? If you have                            church lady (not a charming church man) and
not already informed the Church Office about changes to your                           would like to see what Women’s Fellowship is all
record, please let us know now so that the information in the                          about, please come to the meeting Wednesday,
Guide Book & Directory is correct.                                                     May 4 in the church parlor! We gather at 9
The Church Office number is 630-584-0929.                                              a.m. for refreshments and fellowship, and the
Thank you for your help!                                                               meeting begins at 9:30. We’d love to see you! -
                                                                                       Women’s Fellowship
                     Brunch Bunch
       Sunday, May 15, 10:45-ish Papa G’s in Elburn                                    highlight newsletter PDF
       Please let me know by Wednesday, May 11,                                        Each Highlight newsletter mailing through the
             whether or not you can join us.                                           US post office costs the church about $55.
                  Hope to see you there!                                               375 are mailed at a cost averaging about
                                                                                       .15 cents each, using USPS discount mail.
      Pat Kitner 630-584-1205 or chatwpat@att.net
                                                                                       We are now e-mailing 291 Highlights
                                                                                       newsletters. It’s in color, and you can always
Taoist Tai Chi ™ Health Recovery Classes are                                           print it yourself if you don’t like reading it on
specialized adaptive classes to enable people with chronic                             the computer screen. Or pick up a paper copy
illnesses, or those who are recovering from injuries, to                               at church on the hutch near the office.
incorporate Taoist Tai Chi™ internal arts and methods into
their recovery as a complementary means to promote and                                 Contact the church office at office@uccstc.org
improve holistic health. Movements can be adapted for those                            to receive the PDF Highlight via e-mail.
with reduced mobility and most can be done seated. Learn
with us in a fun, social atmosphere. Membership fee required
for ongoing participation.Weekly classes begin Wednesday
April 27, 1:30pm-3:00pm, meeting at the St Charles School                                               Men’s Fellowship
of Dance, 1429 W Main St, St Charles. For details, e-mail
westsuburbanchicago@taoist.org call (630) 268-9152 or visit                                              7am, Tuesdays, May 3, 17
http://midwest.usa.taoist.org. For those not in need of adaptive
classes, we have a new beginner class starting June 1st 6:30-8pm.
                                April 28, 2011 • The Congregational United Church of Christ, St. Charles IL • Page 9
     The congregational united church of christ
                          40W451 Fox Mill Blvd., St. Charles, IL 60175 • 630-584-0929
                                     office@uccstc.org • financial@uccstc.org                                               Handicapped
                         uccstc.org (Highlight PDF’s, sermon recordings and email staff members)                             Accessible


                                                YOu ArE WElcOME
                Striving to increase our love for God and neighbor, we welcome persons of every age, health
              condition, race, marital status, economic status, sexual orientation and religious background.
                 We encourage you to become an active member of our church, sharing your God-given                                 ucc.org
                           gifts in all areas of church life: worship, education, mission & ministry.

                                                                                                                        church
                                                                                                                        Office
        SuNDAY WOrSHIP ScHEDulE                                                                                         Hours
                                                                                                                Mon. - Thurs., 8am to 3pm;
                  Beginning Sunday, May 1 through                                                                  Fri., 8am to noon

                     Sept. 4, labor Day Weekend
                      one Service each Sunday at 9am
                          with Sunday School & nursery Care


               STAFF                                     MISSION STATEMENT
  Rev. Dr. John R. Rodgers–Senior Minister
              jrrucc@sbcglobal.net                 We, as a community in Christ, shall provide and
    Rev. Suzy R. Daly–Associate Minister       administer a continuum of opportunities for worship,
            suzyqdaly@sbcglobal.net             education, fellowship & outreach. It is our mission
  Rev. Patricia G. Kitner–Assistant Minister
                 chatwpat@att.net                to serve individual, local, national & world needs.
   Mary Anne Rebernak, RN–Parish Nurse
        cuccparishnurse@sbcglobal.net
Sue Peterson–Children’s Ministry Coordinator
        susanmpeterson@sbcglobal.net
                                                 Please pray for them on their May, 2011 birthdays.
        Carleen Bart–Office Manager
                office@uccstc.org              Sally Anderson 2       Kristina Jones    10      Judy Lukaszuk     18
     Deb Dieckman–Financial Manager            Aaron Williams 2       Sara Corcoran     11      Samantha Samuelson 18    Carole Vander Weyden 25
              financial@uccstc.org             Joshua Dieckman 3      Brian Englert     11      Steve Sobieski    18     Matt Wainwright 25
      Jim McCullough–Music Director            Griffin Harland 3      Robert Luehring 11        Dakota Acosta     19     Christie Weber 25
            mcfamily.4@gmail.com               Tommy Nickols 3        Ellie Passow      11      Bridget Cho       19     Reiker Cho        26
         Dennis Beiermann–Organist             Rob Lord          4    William Schultz 11        Darby Nafziger 19        Allison Holing 26
      dbeiermann@burlington.k12.il.us          Rod MacNeille 4        Chloe Daly        12      Carie Schultz     19     Kristi Kobleur    26
   Denise Beiermann–Bell Choir Director        Shannon Nore      4    Brenna Haeseli 12         Nicholas Vervynck 19     Tracy Ridgway 26
         denise@beiermannmusic.com             Mike Plamondon 4       Tess Hargrave     12      Nicole Amstadt 20        Tim Fagenholz 27
                                               Garrett Rickard 4      Cathy Lorenz      12      Dennis Beiermann 20      Bill Nagy         27
      Mark Molloy–Council President            Allison Stephens 4     Jim McCullough 12         Gwen Miller       20     Kelvin Peterson 27
   John Speck–Christian Education Chair        Stefanie Stephens 4    Tom Nickols       12      Charles Roots     20     Veronica Peterson 27
       Bob Brautigam–Mission Chair             Aerika Haeseli    5    Olivia Englert    13      David VenHorst 20        Brock Wodrich 27
      Charlotte Surta–Worship Chair            Ginger Weber      5    Christopher Megliola 13   Dale Lorenz       21     Jerry Fagenholz 28
Karen Masus – Women’s Fellowship President     Gerda Boone       6    Aimee Miller      13      Storie Nafziger 21       Brittany Greaux 28
                                               Jono Klopcic      6    Michael Lauber 14         Kim Vervynck      21     Jack McKittrick 28
Joy Barker Shurts–Congregational Life Chair    Carol Klopp       6    Kaylee McInnis 14                                  Mikayla Prigge 28
                                                                                                Lois Rodgers      22
        Jeff Graham–Youth Director             Edna Cline        7    Stefanie Reed     14      Bryan Wnek        22     Jean Brinkmeier 29
   Melinda Weaver–Middle School Leader         John Kleba        7    Christian Fernandez15     Eamon Baloun 23          Diane Kleckner 29
       Dave Mack–Facilities-Building           Meg MacNeille 7        Kim Schulze       15      Theresa McDonald 23      Eleanor Slater    29
                                               Collin Prentiss 7      Sue Wessel        15      Jaclyn Scheithe 23       Tyler Gibson      30
     Charlie Peterson–Facilities-Grounds       Frances Thompson 7     Dylan Holtsford 16                                 Liz Mozzocco      30
   Rev. William L. Nagy–Pastor Emeritus                                                         Shelby Tsakiris 23
                                               Caroline Wadington 7   John Masus        16      Kelly Horan       24     Brett Prigge      30
           All Members–Ministers               David Morlock 8        Matt Hahn         17      Barbara Klosowski 24     Jamice Webster 30
                                               Tina Nilles       8    Chris Higgins     17      Janet Nothnagel 24       Jack Bata         31
                                               Katie Bata        9    Brian Kobleur     17      Margie Johnson 25        Joshua Lauber     31
                                               Hannah Borst      9    Troy Tams         17      Nila Kannankeril 25      Penny Walsh       31
           Swing Set Preschool                 Keely Manda       9    Jeff Cameron      18      Hayley Nothnagel 25      Michele Weidl     31
       630-443-8570 • Sue Farr, Director       Barbara Wiebmer 9      Katelyn Keck      18      Olivia Schneider 25
        swingsetpreschool@uccstc.org
          2011 The Congregational United Church of Christ                                 40W451 Fox Mill Blvd • St Charles IL 60175
                                                                                      630-584-0929 • UCCSTC.org • office@uccstc.org

                                                                                             KEY FH – Fellowship Hall                 P – Parlor
                                                                                                 CO – Congregational Life Cm          S – Sanctuary
                                                                                           	     C		–	Choir	Room	                     O		–	Office	Conference	Room
                                                                                                 CE – Christian Education             TF – Task Force
                                                                                                 Cm – Committee                       GF – Youth Group
                                                                                                 RE – Rehearsal                       Room Numbers on Lower Level

   Sunday                   Monday                Tuesday                Wednesday                  Thursday                     Friday                Saturday
         MAY             9am Yoga (S)           7am Men’s Fellow-        9 Women’s                 9-3pm Swing Set          9-3pm Swing Set          Fox Valley & CMA
    Communion                                   ship                     Fellowship (P)            Mom’s teas (FH)          Mom’s teas (FH)          Association Mtg.
  CONFIRMATION           5:30pm Puppeteers
  BEGIN SUMMER                                                           Noon-Swing Set set
     SCHEDULE            perform at Markland    7:30pm Orla Fallon                                                                                   AM Mothers bake
                                                                         up Fellowshp hall
  9AM ONE WOR-                                  concert at ECC                                     6pm Bells (S)                                     cookies (K)
  SHIP SERVICE &         1pm Gustafson Bible                             6:30pm GF with            7pm NAMI (117)                                    9-10 GF Plant Sale
 SUNDAY SCHOOL           Study                                           Confirmands                                                                 Pick up
     Jr. Worshp                                                                                                                                      4:30-6:30pm Puppet
 1pm Curtains Play                                                       6:30pm Mission Cm 7:30pm Choir
  (Norris-STC East                                                       6:30pm Tai Chi (FH)                                                         dress rehearsal (S)
         HS)                                                             6:30pm CE (Old
                     1                      2                        3   Towne Pub)        4                            5                        6                        7
MAY                      9am Yoga (S)                                    5-6:15 TGIJ               6pm Bells (S)            Steel Beam Theater
Mother’s Day             10 Prayer Shawl                                 6:30pm GF                 7pm Wasco Sanitary
                         Ministry (P)                                    6:30pm Worship &          (115)
9am Worship              1pm Gustafson Bible                             Congregational Life       7pm Fox Mill
with God’s Puppet        Study                                           (McNally’s)               Homeowners (FH)
Troupe
                                                                         6:30pm Tai Chi (FH)       7:30pm Choir
No Sunday School         5-7pm Puppet End
                         of Year Party

                     8                      9                   10                        11                        12                       13                       14
MAY                      9am Yoga (S)           7am Men’s Fellow-        9-3pm Swing Set           9-3pm Swing Set          Mommy & Me               Mommy & Me
Music Sunday             Noon Highlight         ship                     Field Day (FH)            Field Day (FH)           Retreat Tower Hill       Retreat Tower Hill
9am Worship              Deadline                                        1pm Hegland (P)
9am Sunday School                                                        5-6pm Helping             9:30pm Mail              7:30pm Novel
through 7th grade        7pm Church Council                              Hands                     Highlight (P)            Approaches
                         (P)                                             6:30pm GF                                          (Rebernaks’)
11am Brunch Bunch                                                        6:30pm Tai Chi (FH)       6pm Bells (S)
(Papa G’s, Elburn)                                                       6:45pm Lazarus            7pm Swing Set Bd
1:30-8pm Beier-                                                          House                     7:30pm Choir
mann Recital (S, P)
                  15                      16                    17                        18                         19                      20                       21
        MAY              9am Yoga (S) (Ends)                             5-6:15pm TGIJ pot         6pm Bells (S)            Swing Set Gradua-        1-6pm Rental (FH)
9am Worship                                                              luck                      7:30pm Choir last?       tion 9-3pm (FH)
9am Sunday School                                                        6:30pm GF Pot Luck
through 7th grade                                                        (FH???)
1:30-8pm Recital                                                         6:30pm Tai Chi
(S, P)                                                                   (FH??)
2-4pm Rental (FH)

Mommy & Me
Retreat Tower Hill
                  22                      23                    24                        25                         26                      27                       28

       MAY                                                                      JUNE               4-6pm Beiermann          4-6pm Beiermann          1-4pm Spolum
Food on the 4th           Memorial Day                                   9-3pm Women’s             (FH)                     (FH)                     Recital (S)
                                                                         Fellowship                6pm Bells (S)
9am Worship
                          Office closed                                                            7pm NAMI (117)
                                                                         Luncheon (FH)
9am Summer
Sunday School                                                            6:30pm Tai Chi (FH)
through 3rd grade                                                        6:30pm Mission Cm
                                                                         (O)


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