Celebrating the Journey
Joys & Concerns Edition
March 2021
In-Person Services & Livestreaming
we began our return with
Palm Sunday, March 28 at 10:00 am.

We require reservations for all services
going forward. At this time we only offer
one in-person service each week.
If we are full when you call in,
you can be "wait listed".

We will be Livestreaming as well
which means you can always watch us at home!
You are required to wear a mask at all times when inside the building.

Reservations are required to ensure we can maintain social distancing while worshiping. When we reach capacity, we offer "wait list options".

All services will be LIVESTREAMED so you can join us in worship from your home.
Reservations are Needed to join us for In-Person Services. You can also follow this service as we LIVESTREAM at 10:00 am on Facebook & YouTube.

Thursday, April 1, 7:30 pm
Maundy Thursday

Friday, April 2, 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Good Friday - the Sanctuary will be open for reflection and prayer

Easter Sunday 10:00 am
All in-person seating has been filled at this time for the Easter Service.
You can be added to a wait list.
Join us for the LIVESTREAM!

Questions about this report should be directed to Steve Guenther, Treasurer
Month Ending
February 28, 2021
  • MTD $ 18,662,90
  • YTD $38,102.6
  • MTD $15,919.18
  • YTD $37,143.58
  • MTD $2,743.72
  • YTD $ 959.02
Mortgage Balance $119,571.53
Remember our Shut-Ins
and those in need of prayer.
Please remember our shut-ins
with a card or a phone call.

Contact the Church Office
for an updated list.
You can also request
a birthday or anniversary list!

Shirley Basler
Dorothy Bogaard
Louise Dahm
Fred & Nancy Ekstrom
Elsie Fry
Dede & Gary Gray
Joyce Horn
Betty Imhoff
Ron Martens
Claudette Treadwell
Mary Westerbeck
Valoyce Williams

Remembering those who were hospitalized, entered or continue in rehab this past month:

Alison Kelley, David Weitz,
Ken Thime, Sandy Lindgren,
Karen Varhula, Sandy Ferguson

Also, please remember
All those affected by COVID-19, hurricanes, tornados, flood and wildfire damage,
as well as those who are victims of shootings, and their families.
McHenry County general info
& the link for vaccine enrollment

Kane County general info & the link for

For up-to-date information on the vaccine distribution, here are the the links for your county.

Each county listed has a general information page as well as one for enrollment.
Be sure to check regularly, as the guidelines are changing!
We need your help!
The Ministry of Christian Education
is asking for
donations of candy
and plastic Easter eggs
for our "Family Easter Event."
Please drop off donations
at the church kitchen
in the bin provided just for this!
A sample egg is there as well.

Family Easter Event
Saturday, April 3, 10:00 am
A fun, family event with a
take-and-make craft, story time and Easter eggs!

Registration is required.

No more than
1 adult per child.

Masks will be required for children over the age of 2, AND all adults.
Memorial Donations may be made at any time.
Simply designate in whose memory
your contribution is made.
Donation envelopes can be turned in
with your normal offering.

In Memory of Ed Brandwein: Dave & Janet Aggen, Rick & Judy Stauffer

In Memory of Helen Stauffer: Rev. and Sally Cope
If you sent in a memorial donation and it hasn't been acknowledged, give the office a call.
We may not have been informed as of the publishing of this newsletter.
2021 Scholarships - Apply Now
Scholarship Applications are now available. Contact the Church Office,
or visit our website for up-to-date information on the application process.

  • High School Seniors entering College in the fall
  • Currently Enrolled College Students, continuing in the fall
Senate Bill S.1
"For the People"
An information sheet presented to the Congregation from the
Social Justice Advocates Committee.
In order to present the congregation with unbiased information about current social issues, the SJA committee is offering this Fact Sheet and information on how to contact US Senators concerning this Bill.

According to Open Secrets, a non-partisan website that presents political information in an unbiased manner, S.1 is a ‘bill that aims to tackle corporate influence, “dark money,” foreign attempts to influence American elections and voter suppression practices in the wake of the 2020 election cycle, which broke campaign spending records.” (link)

Please read the Social Justice Advocates’ letter, which includes a sample letter to mail to US Senators below.

"Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms." 1 Peter 4:10
to Serve on Ministries!
Are you looking to serve and learn about a new area - how our church functions as a congregational church? All ministries have openings available beginning July 2021.

Church Council (Vice Moderator)
Christian Education

Please prayerfully consider being part of a ministry! Contact the Church Office or our Vice Moderator.

Church Council
One Great Hour of Sharing
If you didn't get a chance to make your donation, you can always include it with your next offering submission! Just make a notation for OGHS!
Remember Our Military!
Cody Colbert
Cole Guenther
Eric Hertel
John (Jay) Hogrewe
Jake Korbecki
Ben Sprouse
Do you know persons currently serving in the military?
Please let the Church Office know,
so we can keep them on our prayer list!

  • Email: revcopecca@gmail.com
  • Church Office 847-658-5308
  • Pastor's Cell: 224-535-1778

Would you like to hear
from Rev. Cope?
Just let him know!
While we are unable to visit you personally, the Pastor would certainly like to hear from you.
If there is anything
you need help with,
please do not hesitate to call!
Don't think that he is too busy,
or that you are interrupting him.
This is part of his job
as your minister.
Feel free to call him any time!
It's never too late to order healthy, organic chocolate, especially when your purchase is good for the grower too!
Coffee, tea, nuts; it's all available.
Nancy's always taking orders; don't forget to stock up!

The Heavenly Attic Board
continues to monitor the status of
COVID-19 to determine
when it can safely re-open the shop.
At present we do not
have a scheduled re-open date.

We are NOT accepting donations

Please note, cribs, pack-n-plays, and car seats
cannot be accepted by any resale shop.
Topics include:
Alcohol & Drug Effects
Sexual Assault & Stalking
Social Media Safety
Dating Violence
Bullying & Peer Pressure
Suicide Prevention
Special Guest Speakers
and more!
Open to males and females, ages 12-16 years old (sensitive material). Space is limited.
Pre-registration is required. Priority registration will be given to LITH residents; non-residents also welcome.

Instruction is provided in a hybrid format with participants having the option to select during registration.

Call 847-658-5678 or email at
Interested in doing a puzzle? (click!)
Let's Do a Puzzle Together!
The next time you are in the church, stop by the Library. Take a minute or two to add a couple of pieces to the puzzle on the new Library Table. Sign in so we know you were here! When it's done, we'll post how long it took and who contributed!

While you are there, browse the selection of Take-and-Make Puzzles. Help Yourself!
The Office is Closed on Fridays

The Church Office is staffed on
Monday through Friday
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
The Congregational Church of Algonquin
109 Washington Street
Algonquin, IL 60102
No matter who you are,
or where you are on life's journey,
YOU are welcome here!