Newsletter, March 2020

In the March Newsletter, read about:

  • Service of Wholeness March 15 at 6 pm in the Sanctuary;
  • What we are doing to help make our facilities germ free for our members and guests;
  • Updates from Children, Youth & Family;
  • Holy Week Schedule…Easter is Sunday, April 12, with 3 services that morning;
  • Mission news including how our Environmental Team is marking the 50th Anniversary for Earth Day;
  • How you can help with the kitchen renovation.


Newsletter, February 2020

In the February Newsletter, read about:

  • Annual Meeting of the congregation will be held Sunday, February 16;
  • Ash Wednesday imposition of Ashes Wednesday, February 26, 5-7 pm in the chapel;
  • Upcoming Adult Education Opportunities including a special Lenten Study and Grief Seminar/Obituary Writing with Matt Matthews;
  • Update on kitchen renovation;
  • Youth news;
  • Mission updates;
  • Stewardship 2020 update.

Newsletter, January 2020

In the January Newsletter, read about:

  • Max Libman, 8th grader from Countryside, will present “The Holocaust” on Wednesday, January 22, at 6:30 pm at Countryside School in Champaign.  You might remember Max from when he and Matt did a dialog together.
  • Adult Ed opportunities this new year.
  • Youth updates.
  • Opportunities throughout area to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Mission news…including ESL highlights.
  • Continuation of Matt’s Cuba Journal.
  • Meditation from Christmas Eve from Eric.

Newsletter, December 2019

In the December Newsletter, read about:

  • December Worship schedule including Christmas Eve services;
  • Service of Wholeness this Sunday, December 8, at 6 pm;
  • Adult Ed Advent opportunities;
  • Children, Youth & Family updates along with a copy of their recently updated Mission Statement;
  • Mission news…Styrofoam Sunday is January 5, 2020
  • WOW what a great ESL Thanksgiving potluck!
  • Matt’s Cuba Journal;
  • Financial update.

Newsletter, November 2019

In the November Newsletter, read about:

  • Upcoming Adult Education opportunities;
  • What’s happening with family ministries;
  • Local agencies that will be supported by this year’s Angel Tree;
  • ESL updates;
  • Walk this Saturday, November 9, at 11 am from Cafe Kopi to get to know our neighbors without addresses;
  • Finance update.
Download The Visioning Report, summarized in the newsletter.

Newsletter, October 2019

In the October Newsletter, read about:

  • World Communion will be celebrated this Sunday, October 6, with a combined worship service at 9 am;
  • Backstage observations from Matt Matthews following the Bob Nutt/Blytham Ltd Memorial Concert this past weekend;
  • Fall Adult Ed Opportunities;
  • Join or sponsor our Confirmation Class for the CROP Walk on Sunday, October 13;
  • Sunday School needs volunteers;
  • Trunk or Treat Sunday, October 27;
  • All Saints Remembrance planned for Sunday, November 3;
  • Upcoming Fair Trade Rug Event October 17-20;
  • Upcoming Earth Care Seminars;
  • ESL updates;
  • October is Stewardship focus.

Newsletter, September 2019

In the September Newsletter, read about:

  • An Amazing Day on Sunday, September 15, with John Williams and the Austin College Activators beginning with worship and a continental breakfast concluding with an ice cream social and story telling that afternoon;
  • Adult Ed Classes return beginning this Sunday with Faith in the Real World by Peter Yau…Amazing Grace–My Faith Journey;
  • A tribute concert Saturday, September 28, at the Virginia Theater with proceeds going to CU at Home;
  • Sunday School classes start this Sunday along with a Confirmation Class;
  • Mission updates;
  • Youth Club reunion Saturday, September 28, at 4 pm preceding the tribute concert at the Virginia Theater.

Newsletter, August 2019

In the August Newsletter, read about:

  • Sholem Fest this Sunday, August 11, 6 pm…Bring a side dish or dessert to share AND your lawn chairs!
  • Worship change coming September 1!
  • Senior High Youth Club reunion Saturday, September 28, followed by the Bob Nutt Memorial Concert at the Virginia Theater;
  • Southwest farm property sale update;
  • Send in your suggestions for 2020 church officers;
  • Children, youth and family update;
  • Mission news.

Newsletter, July 2019

In the July Newsletter, read about:

  • Service for Wholeness this Sunday, July 14, at 6 pm in the Sanctuary;
  • Interfaith Alliance Family Picnic Sunday, July 28, 4 pm at Crystal Lake Park;
  • Be sure to pick up your Pictorial Directory from the church office;
  • Youth and leaders are traveling to Purdue University for the Youth Triennium;
  • Updates from Mission.

Newsletter, June 2019

In the June Newsletter, read about:

  • International Taste of First Pres is June 23 from 4-7 pm.  Story telling, music and fellowship.  Bring food from your culture or country of origin to share.
  • The church is seeking a wedding coordinator.
  • Pictorial Directories are here.
  • Vacation Bible School Sunday afternoons during June.
  • Southwest Farm Sale update.
  • Mission news.
  • ESL Program update.