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Faithful Fridays

Friday, September 16, 2022

Re-Connect: Youth Leader Retreat

Pilgrim Park Camp, October 14-15

Over the last 2 years, you have found ways to care for and support our children and youth in the midst of a pandemic, lock-downs, virtual school and socially-distanced youth gatherings… thank you! We appreciate what you have done and are doing!


Our gift to you is an opportunity to step away from it all so that you can reconnect with colleagues, with yourself, and with Creation. Through a generous grant from Living Legacy Endowment of the Congregational Church of Deerfield, you are invited to come to Pilgrim Park for a special 2 day/1 night, all expenses paid Retreat.


Enjoy delicious meals, wonderful conversations and take a tour to Echo Bluff, a nearby recreation area: https://www.echobluff.org


Come learn more about how we can support your ministry to youth. The Pilgrim Park Staff are all fully vaccinated and follow the Bureau County Health Department guidelines. All participants must be fully vaccinated to attend.


Space is limited so register soon! Click here to register online.


Questions? Please contact Tara Cade, Registrar, Outdoor Ministries Administration, at 815-447-2390 or email Tara directly.

Security Resources for Protecting Places of Worship

September 21, 1:00 PM CST


As part of National Preparedness Month, the DHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships coordinated a "Protecting Places of Worship Week of Action" between September 14 – 25. CISA Infrastructure Security Division is supporting this Week of Action by conducting a webinar on September 21st. This webinar is focused on security capacity building with an emphasis on active shooter preparedness, how to use the houses of worship self-assessment tool, bombing prevention, and other relevant topics. The information provided will benefit community leaders leading up to the 2022 Non-Profit Security Grant Program application process. Click here to download the flyer for more information about the webinar, information on how to register, and a list of resources.


National Preparedness Month is an observance each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. Learn more here.

Women's Retreat

September 30 - October 1


This 23-hour getaway is an opportunity to relax while engaging God’s Holy Spirit as we reconnect with old friends, make new friends, and even bring some friends along. There is plenty of time to unwind, study the Bible in experiential ways, get to know one another, work on a service project tentatively planned for Project Linus, walk around the park and the labyrinth, take a nap, and shop the great selection from Global Villages. The cost is $140/person. Scholarships are available. The deadline to register is Monday, September 19View the flyer here.

Register Online Here

2022 Annual Celebration October 19-22

Registration is OPEN!

$50 per person

Learn More/Register Here

Solar Forum

September 26, 7:00 PM


The Justice and Witness Ministry Team of the Chicago Metropolitan Association of the Illinois Conference will present a Solar Forum, which is open to all Illinois UCC members and friends. This will be an informational event about the positive impact that churches and their members can have by moving to renewable energy sources.

  • Learn how your church can benefit from long term and short-term solar solutions
  • Explore how this can work for our communities
  • Gain an understanding of the costs associated with this transition
  • Recognize the role renewable energy plays in creation justice
  • Appreciate church members as part of the solution


Guest presenters include representatives from Core Technologies, Legislative Perspectives and Faith in Place. For more information, email Rev. Harriet Cavanah Dart, Chair.


Join Zoom Meeting Here

Meeting ID: 899 4418 0320

Passcode: 460122

Neighbors in Need Offering

October 2, 2022


In 2022, the Neighbors in Need “BEHOLD!” offering focuses on economic justice. With inflation impacting all of our households, we wanted to provide a way to discuss this through a faith lens. Join us by promoting this year’s NIN “Behold!” campaign at your church. As you may recall, one-third of the offering supports Council for American Indian Ministry (CAIM). Two-thirds are used by Justice and Witness Ministries to provide grants to UCC churches and organizations as well as supporting a variety of justice initiatives, advocacy efforts, and direct service projects. 


Most churches collect the offering on October 2, 2022, as part of World Communion Sunday, but contributions can be made at any time.


The Neighbors in Need promotional kit includes leader guides, bulletin inserts, digital marketing materials and more. Click here to access to the resources.


Learn more about the offering here.

Upcoming Church Anniversary Celebrations!

Christ Church UCC in Des Plaines 

130th Anniversary

Saturday, October 1, 2:00 PM


Christ Church United Church of Christ invites you to commemorate its 130th anniversary of living out Christ's ministry. We'd love to celebrate with you as we look onwards to the next chapters of our church community. Invite your neighbor, relative, or friend to come along. Our event will showcase an array of performers, followed by a light reception.


Performances: 2 pm in the sanctuary

Food & Music: 4 pm in Wobbe Hall

RSVP online here.

St. John's UCC in Mokena

100th Building Anniversary

Sunday, October 2, 9:45 AM


You are invited to join community friends at St. John's UCC to celebrate the 100 years of the St. John's Church Building. Worship is at 9:45 a.m.


At 11 a.m., following worship, we will open the Cornerstone Time Capsule. The contents of the time capsules of 1922 and 1987 will be viewed at our Community Center. 


Refreshments and homemade cookies from our past decades of published cookbooks will be served. 

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