CUCC Update

WORSHIP

Sunday Service

Rev. Josh Kuipers, June 19th, 2022

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PASTOR SEARCH COMMITTEE

PASTOR SEARCH COMMITTEE
Council approves! The Local Church Profile has been sent to the Conference for final approval before the job opening is posted. Until then, here’s a fun snip it of ‘Who Are We Now?” from our profile.

SEMI-ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING JUNE 12
As we prepare for our first in-person June Congregational meeting, we want to let you know what you can expect. While the January Congregational Meeting focuses on the church’s governance (budget, bylaw revisions, and operational needs), the June meeting will focus on the ministries and volunteer leaders of the church. This year, instead of holding a “town-hall-style” meeting following worship, we will incorporate all parts of the meeting into the service itself.

By June 5, you will receive the slate for upcoming Council and Committee leaders. Then on June 12, during the worship service, we will (1) pause to recognize Council and Committee members who have completed their service, (2) confirm incoming leaders, and then (3) prayerfully install all of our leaders to guide the congregation in the upcoming year. Additionally, we will produce and circulate a written reflection celebrating CUCC’s many accomplishments from the 2021/22 programmatic. We will also create space within the service to recognize the many volunteers and teams that support the church’s ministries. We hope that this will be a moment of celebration for the whole church!

If you have any questions leading up to June 12, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Church Council or Pastor Josh.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Scholarship applications are now open for our High School seniors and current college students. While there are two scholarships available (Westphal Scholarship and the Caldwell/Benter Scholarship), students only need to fill out one application to be considered for both. Scholarships are based on need, GPA, perceived potential, and church involvement.

The scholarship application deadline is THIS Sunday, May 22, and recipients will be announced Sunday, June 12. Students may apply here.

SEM (Summer Experience in Ministry) APPLICATION

We are excited to relaunch our church’s SEM (Summer Experience in Ministry) internship program and are confident that it will be a rich experience for the participant(s). The SEM interns will join a program of action and reflection, exploring both “what we believe” and “how we live our faith.” There will be specific projects in ministry, occasions for leadership, invitations to be creative, and chances for recreation and fun!

The program is open to graduating high school seniors, current college students, and any church member under the age of 25. It will run approximately eight weeks over the summer and will be stipend thanks to our West Chicago FCC Internship Fund.

If you are interested in participating in this program, please reach out directly to Pastor Josh for more information.

GET INVOLVED

FOOD ON THE FOURTH
Donations for Salvation Army will be Sunday, May 22. This month, donations of baby supplies and toiletries would be appreciated. Examples include baby wipes, diapers, shampoo, toothpaste, lotions, etc. The grocery cart will be at the sanctuary doors.

MEMORIAL GARDEN PLANTING DAY
Please join us May 23 at 9am to beautify our church by planting flowers in the Memorial Garden. Bring your favorite tools, gloves, a yard bag and lots of energy! For questions, contact Anne Graham 630-306-5352.

UCC SPORTS CAMP
Still looking for a great summer camp for your kids finishing 6th-9th grades? UCC SPORTS CAMP runs this summer from June 26 – July 2 at Pilgrim Park near Princeton, IL. For more information, click here. For questions, contact Mike Tilden.

CALL FOR PHOTOS
The church office is currently building a new website and is in search of photos of all things CUCC. Activities and events, building and grounds – we will take them all. Photos must be from the last five years (2017-present), and in their native digital format (no screenshots, copies, crops, social media posts, etc.). Please email your photos directly to the office, or if you have bulk photos to send, let the office know and a Dropbox link will be provided.

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.

SUNDAY MORNING VOLUNTEERS
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.

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

SUNDAY SCHOOL
We will learn about Jesus’ friend, Thomas. If the weather allows, we’ll certainly take any excuse to be outside with the kiddos again!

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY: SUMMER 2022
Although CUCC will not be hosting a VBS this year, we are THRILLED to continue Sunday School throughout the summer! Your kids can expect more games and outdoor fun on Sunday mornings, so dress to play as we continue to build friendships while leaning into our mantra- Love God. Love our neighbors. Love ourselves. Stay tuned for upcoming summer fun at CUCC.


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