Celebrating the Journey
Get Involved Edition
January 2020
Pastor's Blog
If you haven't had a chance to view Rev. Cope's blog, take a moment today.

You can find this on our website: Algonquinucc.org under the Contact Us tab. Mark it as a favorite!

Wish List Items for January

Ketchup, Mustard & Pickles

Algonquin/Lake in the Hills
Interfaith Food Pantry
The Food Pantry also welcomes
donations of personal care items.

Non-perishable food Items
are always appreciated.

Donations can be placed in the
grocery cart near the elevator.

Want to remember our shut-ins with a card or a phone call?
You can obtain an updated copy of this roster in the Church Office!
Please remember those of our members and friends who were hospitalized and/or entered into rehab in the past month.
Howard Dittmann, Pat Kramer, Genie McCully, Rick Stauffer and Helen Stauffer.
Thank you for your ongoing support for the Home of the Sparrow. Your donation in November ($75) was matched, making it go twice as far! Home of the Sparrow programs guide clients toward long-term, sustainable, permanent housing.
Debbie DeGraw
Vice President Marketing & Development

Tutor Update
New year, new decade and of course New Year’s resolutions. Mine is to continue being a “Life Long Learner”. As a tutor there are many opportunities to learn, but perhaps the best are the workshops offered by the Elgin Literacy Connection.

February 8, 2020
8:30 to 11:30 am
a workshop on Lesson Plan Strategies
will be held at AMITA Health
St. Joseph Hospital
77 N. Airlite St, Elgin, IL
St. Luke Conference Room

Sign up online through a recent email link
or contact the Elgin Literacy Connection
at (847)742-6565 .
Join me in keeping
my New Year’s resolution! 

JoAnn Schindler- Tutor Coordinator
Would You like to Become a Tutor?
You only need to be certified! You can do that by taking tutor training classes. Brochures are available at the Literacy Tutor Display located in Fellowship Hall.
If you would like more information about tutoring, you can speak with Pastor Cope or JoAnn Schindler, or visit the agency websites provided below - just click on the name.

The Literacy Connection This site also contains the most current training schedule
70 N. Grove Avenue, Elgin
8900 US Hwy 14, Crystal Lake
Kids Hope Update
This program is off and running! Our mentors have begun to visit with the children.; however, there are children still in need of a mentor. Training and resources are available any time you want to learn more. Please prayerfully consider becoming involved with Kids Hope!

There are three ways to support this ministry:
  1. Become a Mentor
  2. Become a Prayer Partner to one of our Mentors
  3. Become a Financial Supporter- $15 per month
For more information, see Sally Cope!
Click on the Kids Hope USA button to join our team as a scholarship provider! Making an online contribution is both secure and automated.
We Welcome Volunteers at the Heavenly Attic!
Give us a Call

307 South Main Street
Algonquin, IL 60102
Phone: 847-854-4552

Hours: Tuesday thru Friday 10 am - 4 pm
Saturdays 10 am - 2 pm
Faith in Action
Child Sponsorship
We've recently received letters from our two sponsored children in India. Stop by and read the letters posted on the Missions Bulletin Board. Maybe you want to write to them?
There are three Global Mnistry Elder Sponsorship sites:
  • Elders at Family Village Farm
  • Elders at the Tibetan Refugee Self-Help Centre
  • Ajyal "Generations" Senior Care Program in Bethlehem
Elder Sponsorship
The Ministry of Missions is asking the congregation to help contribute to the sponsorship fee ($35 a month).
  • Drop a few dollars into the donations can on the Narthex table
  • Write a check payable to CCA and designate it "Elder Sponsorship" in the memo.
Take some time to review the Justice and Peace Bulletin Board in Fellowship Hall!
United Nations
Rights of a Child
  • The Right to live in a Family Environment
  • The Right to a Stable Loving and Nurturing Environment
  • The Right to Healthcare and Nutrition
  • The Right to Clean Water, Electrical Power and a Safe Environment
  • The Right to a Quality Education
  • The Right to Equal Opportunities
  • The Right to Guidance From a Caring Adult.
Rubble and Resilience
10 years after Haiti was shaken
On January 12, 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti, killing 250,000 people and displacing 1.5 million. Ten years have passed since the day Haiti was shaken, but we have not forgotten.

Haiti is resilient, but she still needs us.

the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness

Our Faith Community:
Soup for the Soul
Learning Together in the Midst of Grief
Your faith communities are invited to come to Soup for the Soul, a new grief support program. The next session will be on Sunday, January 19, 2020. 
St. Barnabas in Cary, Bethany in Crystal Lake, and Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington have collaborated to form this program. There have been two previous sessions, and those who have attended have had a very positive response.

Please pass this along!

New Beginnings?!?
Faltering Steps in Grief
When: Sunday, January 19, 2020 
5:00 - 7:00 pm

Bethany Lutheran Church
76 W Crystal Lake Ave
Crystal Lake, IL 
Room: Luther Hall
Where in the World can I Get Involved?
For some up-to-date information internationally, take a few minutes to review the Get Involved page on the Global Ministries website.

Illinois Conference Updates
Read the latest IL Conference
Outdoor Ministries
Ministry of Missions announces an opportunity to support Pilgrim Park and Tower Hill church camps. Last year saw an increase in campers, but also in scholarship money for them. By providing money to the camps, we help individual young people and adults go to camp, and/or provide upkeep to buildings and grounds. 
The Outdoor Ministries of the Illinois Conference is offering 3 ways to support the camps. 
  1. Donations
  2. Put your skill to work, such as helping open flower beds in spring, updating plumbing or electrical, or sewing. 
  3. Most importantly, use the facilities!

Last year, several of us attended the Women's Fall Retreat, and one person helps every year with HUG Camp. The retreat was in a building with private bathrooms, carpeting, and linens provided. There's a Grandparent and Me Camp, and lots of kids' camps at both sites throughout the season. They are great places for family reunions and church gatherings, too. 

So give it some thought, and check out the schedule for camps that interest you. Donations can be given directly or through our church. Check the bulletin board. 

-Ministry of Mission members Outdoor Ministries for IL Conference
What is OCWM?
OCWM is the name we give to congregational gifts that support wider UCC ministry in the national and global setting as well as in the Conference setting.
The United Church of Christ emphasizes God’s continuing testament in the world, the extravagant welcome of our churches and changing lives. The ideal way to have the most impact is for UCC settings to all work together. Your gifts to OCWM help the UCC spread God’s love to more people in more places than any one of us can do alone.
Our Church's Wider Mission Basic Support
funds all the ways we strive together to be the church the world needs.
Together we are stronger, our reach is wider,
and our commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ is Deeper..

No matter who you are,
or where you are on life's journey,
YOU are welcome here !
The Congregational Church of Algonquin
109 Washington Street
Algonquin, IL 60102