CUCC Update

WORSHIP

Sunday Service

Rev. Josh Kuipers, October 2nd, 2022

Join us in the sanctuary at 9:30 am.

All our sermons can be heard via Sermon Podcasts.

Sermon Podcasts

NEW SERMON SERIES
The book of Judges is an interesting read, to say the least! It is filled with stories of God raising up local leaders or judges because the people had begun to fall away, drop balls, and royally mess things up. It honestly recounts one of the darkest seasons in the Bible. In fact, it gets so dark that the final sermon of this series isn’t even appropriate for a Sunday morning. From a left-handed assassin, a fiery female prophetess, and the world’s strongest man, we’ve got some fantastic stories to read together!

Join us, starting August 28, as we jump back into our journey through the Bible and continue to find ourselves and our world in these ancient stories!

SEARCH COMMITTEE

SEARCH COMMITTEE UPDATE
Over the past few months we have received and reviewed applications from interested candidates. Last week, we began holding initial Zoom interviews and are really encouraged by the candidates thus far. Thank you for trusting the Search Committee. We believe in this process and are excited for what God has in store for CUCC!

GET INVOLVED

LAZARUS HOUSE
We will be providing a meal for Lazarus House on Tuesday, October 25 and are looking for 3 volunteers to help. Each volunteer will provide an entrée, side (starch such as rice/potato/noodle, vegetable or salad), and dessert for 8-10 people. All items can be home cooked or store bought. Meals will need to be delivered to Lazarus House by 6:00 PM, hot and ready to serve. Please consider volunteering to help our neighbors in need by signing up here.

NEW MEMBER WELCOME EVENTS
We are excited to offer several upcoming opportunities for new members. If you have been participating in the life of the church for a while and are considering becoming an “official” member of the church, please consider joining us at one or all of the upcoming events.

New Member Potluck
October 19
6:30 PM

New Member Sunday Service Welcome
October 23
9:30 AM

CALLING ALL MUSICIANS
We are ready to re-unite our church band! If you are in Middle School, or haven’t reached your 90th birthday yet, and play a band instrument – come join us. We are looking for flute, clarinet, french horn, euphonium, and tuba players, along with trumpet, sax, and trombone musicians to become part of the group. Even if you haven’t played in a while, with a little practice and the guidance, you will be a contributing force. For questions, please contact Bruce Cameron.

MEN’S BIBLE STUDY
The Men’s Bible Study will resume meeting via ZOOM on October 8 at 8:30 AM. Meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. Meetings are a casual time of fellowship, reading scripture, and discussing its relevance in our daily life. We also share our joys and concerns, seeking God’s guidance for the weeks ahead. A discussion guide and ZOOM invitation will be provided prior to the October meeting. For information, contact Ed Werneke.

*UPDATE* WORLD RELIEF DONATION DRIVE
CUCC has partnered with World Relief to settle a refugee family in our area. We will be aiding in their settlement by furnishing a 3-bedroom apartment with good quality, used household goods.

We have two collections taking place:

WELCOME KITS
Welcome kits will include household necessities. To sign up for donations, click here. Only welcome kit items can be dropped off at church in the Mark and Matthew closets (near the office). Donations are due October 7.

FURNITURE DRIVE
If you are willing to donate any of the items below, please snap a picture and send to Debby Graham for further instruction. Please do not drop off furniture at the church. Items will be collected after September 24.

Furniture Needed:

  • Dressers (3)
  • Night Stands (3)
  • Lamps (5)
  • Couch/LoveSeat/Living Room Chair (seating for 6)
  • Dining Table (1)
  • Dining Room Chairs (4-6)
  • TV (1)

BACK BAY MISSION TRIP
Our church is traveling to Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, MS November 2 – 12. Join us for a great week of service and fellowship! We will be assigned a specific home rehabilitation project and work as a group with supervision from the BBM Housing Rehab construction staff. For more details, let us know here.

An informational meeting will be held at Old Towne Pub in Wasco on September 21 at 6:30 PM. Please contact Bob Brautigam with questions..

COFFEE FELLOWSHIP

We are looking for people on Sunday mornings to prepare coffee fellowship and greet people as they arrive for worship. If interested, please sign up here.

ALTAR FLOWER DONATIONS
If you would like to donate flowers to beautify our sanctuary, or to commemorate an event, please sign up for a Sunday here. You will be contacted by the office to confirm the details.

CARE TEAM MINISTRY

CARE TEAM MINISTRY CELEBRATION
Wednesday, October 12
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

If you are interested in Care Ministry, or have already participated, join us for an evening of inspiration, affirmation, celebration and of course, good food! When you visit or call a homebound or hospitalized church friend, take a meal, write notes, deliver gifts, make prayer shawls, serve at a funeral, etc., then you have been a part of our Care Ministry.

We will begin with a light supper in Rodgers Hall at 6:00 PM, followed by music, communion and commissioning in the sanctuary at 7:00 PM.

Click here to RSVP. For questions, contact Sue Peterson 630-751-6655 or Janet Bell 630-262-3923.

CARE TEAM SUPPORT
Do you have a need, or wish to have a contact from Pastor Josh or the Care Team? Please let us know by clicking here.

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

NURSERY CARE POSITION
We are adding to our nursery care staff. Reach out to Julia Kuipers if you or someone you know is interested in working with our littles on Sunday mornings.

Requirements: Age 18 or older, experience working with children ages 0-3 years old, available 1-2 shifts per month (shifts are Sundays 9:00 AM-10:30 AM)

Compensation: $25 per shift

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY SIGN UPS

Community News

HOLIDAY GREENERY FUNDRAISER
Boy Scout Troop 56 will be back this year on Sunday, October 9 for their holiday wreath and greenery fundraiser. Orders can be placed at the troop table outside the church office, following service. Available items can be viewed here. Delivery will begin mid-November.

YOGA IN THE SANCTUARY
Peaceful Heart Yoga with Donna Burg fall classes will be October 10, November 14 and December 12 in the sanctuary from 1:30 PM to 2:45 PM. Cost is $12 at time of class.

To register, please email Donna. Please bring your yoga supplies (mat, blanket, strap and blocks, if preferred). Contact Donna 630-309-0614 with questions.

COMMUNICATION REQUESTS

Do you have information you’d like to communicate to the congregation with a Sunday morning announcement, an email blast, or social media post? If so, please submit requests here.


CONTACT INFO:

SENIOR PASTOR
Rev. Josh Kuipers
josh.kuipers@cuccstc.org
OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR
Anne Ferguson
office@cuccstc.org
ASSISTANT MINISTER
Rev. Pat Kitner
chatwpat@att.net
CONNECTIONS COORDINATOR
Trish Thompson
connections@cuccstc.org
DIRECTOR OF ENSEMBLES
Joe Blomquist
joe.blomquist@cuccstc.org
FINANCIAL MANAGER
Kristen Foley
financial@cuccstc.org
ORGANIST
Carol Latimer
carol.latimer@cuccstc.org
CHURCH COUNCIL
Kim Wascher, Council Chairperson
council@cuccstc.org