Sunday, June 19, 2022
Rev. Susan Phillips, Preaching

9:00 Sunday - Online in Zoom
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10:45 Sunday - Onsite in the Sanctuary

6:00 Wednesday - Worship in the Garden
5:30 Social Time
6:00 Worship Service

We will continue to mask for one another's well-being.
Check Out Our New Church Website!
The Communication Committee has been working hard on revising our church website. We have made it more user friendly and would love for you to check it out!
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s first hybrid General Assembly
For the first time in four years, General Assembly commissioners will gather in person – at least for committee meetings – for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s first hybrid assembly, built around the theme “From Lament to Hope.” The assembly will be longer than usual: stretched out from June 18 to July 9, three action-packed weeks instead of one, with 471 commissioners and 111 advisory delegates. Committees will meet in newly-renovated space at the PC(USA)’s national offices in Louisville with mandatory masks and COVID-19 vaccinations. 

Chaplain Tim Haworth will be serving as a ruling elder commissioner at this year's assembly. He will be serving on the Policies and Procedures committee. Tim would appreciate your prayerful support as he seeks God's leading on the many items to be discussed and decided.

Plenary sessions will be online — including a Juneteenth worship service on June 19, commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. An online “Hands and Feet” event July 7 will focus on ending cash bail. 
The business coming this year reflects public policy concerns – from racism to gun violence to global warming – as well as internal issues facing a denomination such as declining membership and a growing number of small but faithful congregations. Here’s some of what to expect. 

Celebration of Life for Paul Schanbacher Sun., June 19
Please join Paul's family including Bill and Susan Enlow as they celebrate her dad's life on Sunday, June 19th from 3:00 - 6:00 at Motorheads Bar and Grill, 600 Toronto Road.
Antiracism Training For Churches Wednesday, June 22nd
A New Opportunity to Explore our Q+ Faith Journeys, Saturday June 25th
We are all on our own journeys of self discovery and self expression. It is a joy that our paths have intersected!

One ancient spiritual practice that highlights such journeys is the use of labyrinths for walking meditations. Labyrinths are not mazes. You cannot get stuck or lost. There are no dead ends. There is simply your path to the center and back out. Later this month, you are invited to come walk, meditate, pray, and wonder as we wander the labyrinth at Lincoln Park, 2040 N. 5th Street at 10:00 AM, Saturday, June 25th.

While labyrinths are ancient and appear on six continents, they have returned to churches in the US in the past forty years. Some are in sanctuaries, some outside, some are portable, some very temporary. I mowed my first labyrinth into the prairie grasses at my Wisconsin home fifteen years ago. I've been walking these prayer paths for about 25 years.

Bring your questions, curiosity, and contemplation. The journey is what you make it! This is one way we celebrate Pride!
~Pastor Susan
Happy PRIDE Month to Everybody!
June is PRIDE Month. It is an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments made toward greater equality and to identify and recognize the challenges ahead.

We believe that everyone is created in God's image and we affirm the goodness of Q+ folx as members, leaders, and staff. We are working towards the full participation of Q+ folx in the life, witness, and ministry of the church.

Happy PRIDE!
We Need Help Keeping the Micropantry Stocked
Stocking our micropantry is a way we love our neighbors. 


Drop off food and hygiene items ANYTIME you want. You may place them directly in the micropantry cabinet or the basket in the narthex.

If you have any questions contact Chaplain Tim at

Thank you!
Reach Team Update
60 family units have pledged $880,998.05

• 50 pledging units have donated $441,690.60.
• 5 family units donated $6,650
• 11 family units have donated 100% of their pledge

Donations received through today (6.3.2022)
equals $448,340.60.
Renovation and Healing Space
Our Renovation Team continues working with the Samuels Group (architects) and O'Shea (builders) on creating new spaces that are faithful, beautiful, and accessible. One approach which has been especially helpful is to think about how our church is a place of healing. We each need some kind of healing: body, mind and spirit. Here is a short article that explains how and why attention to creating healing spaces aligns with our life-giving gospel. Our vision is for each person who enters our church to see, feel, and sense blessings of wholeness and compassion the Spirit pours out and the comfort of God's presence.
Juneteenth Celebration This Weekend
PCUSA Matthew 25 Learning Opportunity July 28

Throughout the pandemic, the coordinator of Vital Congregations in the Presbyterian Mission Agency has been meeting with leaders of the Urban Presbyteries Network (UPN) who have a large footprint in metropolitan areas around the country. Their conversations have centered on the three foci of the Matthew 25 initiative, on how to build congregational vitality by working to dismantle structural racism and eradicate systemic poverty in their communities.

The Presbyterian Mission Agency and Urban Presbyteries Network are putting together a hybrid learning opportunity on July 28. We are hoping to register as a group for this conference to learn how other Presbyterian churches are addressing urban ministry including homelessness.

Please contact Chaplain Tim if you are interested in registering so we can get the group rate.
Can You Help With Shelter Meals?
Our church continues to serve evening meals at two shelters for people experiencing homelessness. Team members donate or prepare menu items and help serve. If you would like to help with this, please contact Barb Olson, JoAnne Durkee or Chaplain Tim Haworth.   
Join Us For Wednesday Worship in the Garden!
Join us in our beautiful garden for Wednesday worship. We gather at 5:30 pm to visit and services begin at 6:00 pm. Pastor Susan and Chaplain Tim lead the services while Emily Wheeler provides music. 
Looking to Volunteer?
If you are looking for a way to be more involved in the church, join a committee. Here is a description of each committee. If one speaks to you email and she will put you in touch with the committee chair. READ MORE
Reaching our Staff by Phone
We have new phone and internet systems at work.
Please call 217.528.4311 to reach our staff and use these extensions.

Pastor Susan Phillips ext. 1020

Chaplain Tim Haworth ext. 1030

Administrative Assistant, Michelle Hastings ext. 1010

Bookkeeper, Tara Kaeding ext. 1050

Facilities Manager, Tom Melton ext. 1040

Share your work with us! We would love to see and display your creativity and talent. Send us your colored pictures (scan, email, regular mail) and we will share them on Sunday mornings and maybe also on our Facebook page.
Just a reminder that another way to be kept up to date on the happenings of the church is to check out our Facebook page.
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All events are via Zoom unless otherwise specified.

Renovation Team Meeting 7:00

Sanctuary Tours 11:00 - 2:00
Worship and Music Committee Meeting 5:30

Wednesday Worship 6:00 in the Garden

Sanctuary Tours 11:00 - 2:00
Personnel Committee Meeting 2:30

Pastor Susan to lead worship in zoom at 9:00, sanctuary 10:45

NOTE: Links to all events are attached to items on the church calendar found at If you click on any item in the calendar, the Zoom invitation will open.
You can also find weekly church events on the homepage and on the worship page you can click on the image of a computer or smart phone and it will take you to that Zoom meeting.
If you would like some personal assistance learning Zoom, please consider joining us before worship at 10:00 on Sundays, 5:00 on Wednesdays or email for other times.
How to Join a Zoom Meeting
From your computer, cell phone or tablet:
Click the link provided.

To join a Zoom meeting via telephone:
Dial number given for the meeting.You will be prompted to enter the meeting ID provided followed by #.
Church Contact Information
Pastor Susan Phillips
217.528.431 ext. 1020

Chaplain Tim Haworth
217.528.431 ext. 1030

Bookkeeper, Tara Kaeding
217.528.431 ext. 1050

Office Manager, Michelle Hastings
217.528.431 ext. 1010
321 South Seventh Street, Springfield | 217-528-4311
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