Celebrating the Journey
Church at Home Edition
July 2020
Worship Services
Our regular Worship Services
are cancelled due to the
State and Federal Quarantine Restrictions.
But ...
We are Worshipping Together!
Update from the Return to Church Task Force

The Return to Church Task Force
has made its recommendation
to the Church Council
for the restart of worship
at our church.

The Council will make its final decision on July 12th.
The Congregation will receive
phone calls and letters of notification
giving all the details for our reopening.
Church at Home ! (link)
We continue to provide for you
at our "Church at Home" web page
where you will find links to:
  • Adult Bible Studies
  • Devotions (prayer and scripture weekly)
  • Our Sunday Worship Service (YouTube)
  • Christian Ed page for the kiddos!
  • Laugh at Home, for some comic relief from the children and youth of CCA
Tuesdays with the Pastor
We are meeting on Zoom
with the Ray Vander Laan
study With All Your Heart ,
6 Lessons on
Being God's Presence to our World.

The honeymoon is over. Do you remember where your blessings come from? In Exodus, God warned Israel to remember him when they left the dry desert and reached the fertile fields of the Promised Land. But in this, the 10 th volume of That the World May Know , we will discover how quickly the Israelites forgot God
and began to rely on themselves.
If you'd like to join this group, and have not done so already, contact the church office to get set up!
These Groups are Meeting in Fellowship Hall!
Small Groups of 10 or fewer are now allowed to gather in church.
You Must Wear a Mask.
Social Distancing Rules Apply!
Groups desiring to meet must give notice 2 weeks in advance to secure location.
Starting Wednesday, July 8, 2020
10:00 am in Fellowship Hall

Meets the 2 nd and 4 th Wednesdays monthly
Starting Monday, July 6, 2020
10:00 am in Fellowship Hall

Meets 1 st and 3 rd Mondays monthly
Are you Zooming ?
Many of our ministries and study groups
are now meeting with Zoom !
We'd love to hear how it's going.
Share your ideas / successes / failures

Pastor's Blog
In the upcoming fall election, we are being asked to vote for more than just personalities. We are being asked to choose a vision for the future of our country and our society. In essence we are not deciding upon Donald Trump or Joe Biden; we are making a decision about how we see ourselves as a society together, and what our vision for the world will be. Our own church does not give us this much responsibility when it presents leaders for us to choose... click here to continue
Members Speak!
Speak up  for those who cannot  speak  for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.  Speak up  and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” Proverbs 31:8-9 (NIV)
Our members are incredible thinkers and doers. We want to hear from you! We are starting a new page on our website to share members’ thoughts. You can submit a video, an essay, or just a note. Submittals may be sent to the church office. We want you to share your stories, thoughts, feelings and opinions. We reserve the right not to publish any offensive material. 
Speak up -
Our differences make us stronger!
Dick Elke
Your Member-at-Large
As Member-at-Large,
Dick wants to remind you that
anyone with comments about the church
or questions for the Council
may reach him directly
at his email address linked below

There is also a box in the Narthex for your notes.
2020 Summer/Fall
Reading Challenge
July 1-October 31, 2020
  • Using the link below, record each book you have read (your name, book title and author)
  • 1 Point for each book you complete
  • 2 Points for books of a religious nature
  • Prizes will be awarded at the end of the challenge for the Most Books Read
  • Adult Category
  • Children/Youth Category
brought to you by
The Ministry of Christian Education
If you have any questions, contact Connie Wodziak
using the pink button
link below to her email
Get Involved! (link)
Financial donations
can be made directly to
ALITH Interfaith Food Pantry
or by sending them to the church along with your pledge donations .

You may also drop off food donations - recommended are:
  • Personal Hygiene Items
  • Shelf Staple Items
such as peanut butter, canned meats, Hamburger Helper, dry noodles, rice, instant potatoes, pasta and sauces
small tents, men's sleeping bags
tarps, pads or air mattresses
small collapsible umbrellas
mosquito spray, sunscreen
men's new white socks
protein bars
peanut butter sandwich crackers
cheese sandwich crackers
gas cards
You may always opt
to send a financial contribution.
Make your check payable to "CCA".
Note in memo section
"For PADS".
Make your checks out to CCA, and mark the memo Fair Trade. We don't always catch the ones made out to me to endorse them .
She will get them
your order to the church
for you to pickup
at your convenience.

You Can Order Any Time!

It's July and it's feeling like it!
It's been a while since we did a Fair Trade Sunday, so let me know what you might be low on.
I do need to let everyone know that we haven't sold any chocolate bars since February. Well, not counting the ones Dennis and I buy for ourselves (and Mom!) lol. We have nearly every kind in stock.

We also have honey, since I'm at
the Farmer's Market nearly every week.
32 oz. jar for $14.30
16 oz. jar for $7.70

Stay Cool everyone!

Nancy Kneip
Social Justice and Witness
An Announcement
from the Conference
The Illinois Conference Welcomes
The Reverend Molly Carlson
as our New Conference Minister!

Month Ending June 30, 2020
  • MTD $16,865.80
  • YTD $154,935.06
  • MTD $24,323.30
  • YTD $134,320.60
  • MTD ($7,457.50)
  • YTD $20,614.46

Mortgage Balance $126,552.97
Questions about this report should be directed to Steve Guenther, Treasurer
Did You Play
"Unmask the Masked Member"?
15 people gave us pictures of themselves both wearing a mask and not.
Those same people
got to guess who the others were.
Ken and Pat Thime correctly guessed
14 of the 15 masked members!

Congratulations Ken and Pat

We'll be unveiling the masked members
at an upcoming Online Worship Service.
Keep your eyes peeled!
Overwhelmingly EVERYONE
got this one wrong!

The Congregational Church
of Algonquin
109 Washington Street
Algonquin, IL 60102