Celebrating the Journey - Get Involved Edition
October 2019

Algonquin/Lake in the Hills
Interfaith Food Pantry

Wish List Items for October
Pancake Mix and Syrup

The Food Pantry also welcomes
donations of personal care items.
Donations can be placed in the
grocery cart near the elevator.
(L to R) Art Nesser, George Roby, Bob Benjamin
 (Seated) Joe Scheske
(Not pictured) Steve Guenther, Whitey Hemmingsen. Dick Roggeveen, and Loren Twarling
In 2000 the Algonquin/LITH Interfaith Food Pantry was incorporated as a 501c3 entity, and our church was one of its charter members. The Pantry's goal is to provide food assistance for those in need, and for ten years The Pantry provided mainly canned goods for its recipients.
In 2010 The Pantry became a member of the Feeding America program under which retail grocery stores started to donate perishable food products to local food pantries. To obtain these food items, our church is a member of the Direct Connect program, which has 40 volunteers who pick up donations six days a week from several local grocery chains. The eight men listed above are a part of that group.
Using their own vehicles, the men load the food donations at the stores, then unload them at The Pantry.  They then help weigh, sort, label, check inventory, and put things away on shelves, in refrigerators or in freezers as required.
      Algonquin Lake in the Hills
Interfaith Food Pantry
Volunteers and donations are needed!
Food donations are collected at the church on the first Sunday of each month and may be left in the cart near the elevator anytime.
To volunteer call 847-854-1904

  Sandy Ferguson,
for the Ministry of Missions
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?
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.
Kids Hope Opportunity
Kids Hope USA is a ministry outreach opportunity to mobilize interested members from the Congregational Church of Algonquin to participate in a mentoring program that matches volunteers with at-risk students who attend a local public school.
This is an opportunity to build a caring,
one-on-one relationship with a child and to experience the positive impacts that will take place in that child’s life!
Click on the Kids Hope USA button to join our team as a scholarship provider! Making an online contribution is both secure and automated.
Kids Hope USA recently developed a collection of resources for mentors and students called Life Together. These three groups of resources focus on learning, character growth, and life-skill readiness. Combining these resources and program support strengthens both the relationship value between a mentor and student, and increases the benefits for our church-school partnership!

Please consider providing a scholarship of just $180 annually or $15 monthly for one of our church’s mentor-student relationships. This scholarship covers Kids Hope USA’s per-child organizational cost and provides valuable mentoring resources and support. Every scholarship strengthens an existing relationship and helps Kids Hope USA reach more students.

On behalf of the students our church reaches, thank you!
We Welcome Volunteers at the Heavenly Attic!
Give us a Call
The Heavenly Attic
is Having a Sale!
Sale Flyer for Heavenly Attic
307 South Main Street
Algonquin, IL 60102
Phone: 847-854-4552
Tuesday thru Friday 10 am-4 pm
Saturdays 10 am-2 pm
Tutor Update
Have you ever really listened to yourself when you talk? What if you had to write exactly what came out of your mouth? You might be surprised that your language includes contractions that you are most likely unaware of, words that might confuse your English language learner.  
Your learner knows the verb go and going but “gonna or gotta”, maybe not. I have to write in proper English in order to be understood but if I said “I gotta write this article so I can meet the publishing deadline” any native speaker of English would know what I meant. “Gonna”, “gotta” and “hafta” are common examples of speech contractions used in informal occasions. Going to = gonna, got to= gotta and have to= hafta; a topic “I’m gonna hafta bring up next time I tutor!”
JoAnn Schindler
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
Faith in Action
Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ

Fox Valley Assn.
Fall Meeting

October 20, 2019

The Annual Fall Meeting is on Sunday, October 20, 2019 from 1:30 pm- 5:00 pm in Downer's Grove. This year's theme is  "Truth Telling" To Make More Visible God's Love & Justice"  with the Rev. Scott Oberle as our worship leader and keynoter. There will be two energizer sessions focusing on one of our several Justice & Witness topics, followed by a fellowship meal at 5:00 pm .

There will be two energizer sessions focusing on one of our several Justice & Witness topics, followed by a fellowship meal at 5:00 pm .
  • Disagreeing Productively: Reviving Civility in a Presidential Election Year
  • Domestic Violence in Our Congregations and Communities
  • Exploring Single-Use Plastics Alternatives
  • Stopping Family Separation
  • Pre-Trial Incarceration - Why So Many Are Incarcerated Without Trial
Bread for the World Sunday
November 17, 2019
On Bread for the World Sunday, we join others in offering prayers for those who suffer from hunger in our own country and abroad - and for our decision makers who can change the policies and conditions that allow hunger to persist.

We will have a letter station set up for your help in sending a message to our decision makers!

Bread for the World Sunday, November 17, 2019
You can donate to Bread for the World at any time,
by dropping a check in the offering plate with the memo line "Bread for the World"

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