Trinity Sunday - Sunday, June 14, 2023
Worship – In-person and Streaming in the Sanctuary at 9:30 a.m.
We Welcome to the Pulpit Sunday the Rev. Deborah Chassy-Slack, a minister member of the Presbytery of Southeastern Illinois and Staff Chaplain with Carle Hospice in Champaign.
Relaxation of COVID-19 Mitigation Measures: Assuming our Community Level remains low, masking is optional. Those who wish to continue masking are most certainly welcome to do so, with the support and understanding of all of us. If, however, you are not feeling well, we still encourage you to remain home and enjoy the live stream of the worship service.
Celebration of Communion Online: Session has authorized those worshipping with us online to celebrate communion at home.
● We invite you to prepare a special place in your home for communion, where you can participate and watch the service online.
● We invite you to place a Bible there, a candle or two, a cross, if you have it. Place the bread on a plate ready to share, and grape juice, or wine, or another festive beverage.
● We invite you to print out the bulletin for joining the service on Facebook or Zoom.
● If you need gluten-free, please let us know in the office. We have gluten-free wafers and will be happy to see that you have them.
Celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Communion: We celebrate an open communion believing that Jesus Christ has invited not only members of this congregation, but all others who wish to know the presence of Christ and to share in the community of faith. All are welcome to partake of this sacrament of grace.
The Church Office is usually open Mondays – Wednesdays, and Fridays 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Tracy works from home on Thurs.) Tracy will be taking the day off on Monday, June 12, so the office will be closed that day.
Join Us for Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Worship, in-person in the Sanctuary and streamed online.
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Midday Prayer is on Summer Break
Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, June 11 after church – Fun Fellowship & Membership Committee wants to cook breakfast for you! We will host a pancake breakfast – complete with pancakes, fruit, and sausages! RSVP to the church office (email@example.com or 217-367-8357) by THURSDAY, JUNE 8 so we have an idea of how much to make. A sign-up sheet is in the Narthex, this Sunday.
Food & More Program Item of the Month: For June the item is deodorant. Please place donations in the Food & More box near the church office.
Best Places on Campus to Bring Your Parents! Twice Is Nice Thrift Shop has just received accolades from The Daily Illini’s Buzz Community for being one of the Best Places on Campus to Bring Your Parents. We are the first place listed in the online article. The authors loved the friendly volunteers; funky, historic atmosphere and earth stewardship. Thank you for sharing our Facebook posts, bringing new customers to the shop, getting the word out, bringing in donations and volunteering. It’s because of your support that we can fulfill our missions! Read the article: dailyillini.com/buzz-stories/2023/05/22/best-places-to-bring-parents/
The shop always accepts gently-used, good condition clothing, household items office supplies, electronics, and other donations, which can be dropped off any time the shop is open: Tuesdays and Saturdays, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Special Offering for Malawi Disaster Assistance: Our partners at Jeanes CCAP invite us to join them in providing food, household supplies and other necessities to families in southern Malawi who have been displaced by flooding in the aftermath of Cyclone Freddy. Jeanes CCAP has three prayer houses in the Zomba district. A group of 13 villages (the Namaslima villages) have particularly been hit hard by the storm, with 540 families affected and 1,500 homes damaged or washed away. More than 3,000 villagers are now living in seven temporary camps that have been established, some on school campuses. Compounding the problem, a deadly cholera outbreak looms; children cannot attend classes because their schools are being used as shelter for flood victims; and crops have been washed away. The Government of Malawi has declared a state of natural disaster in the ten most-affected districts. As international humanitarian partners, including the Red Cross and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, coordinate their responses, Jeanes CCAP is working to provide local assistance and has mobilized its congregants who are motivated to contribute to the church what little they have. The response has been overwhelming such that Jeanes has been able to provide immediate lifesaving food assistance by distributing maize flour, peas, beans, rice, sugar and salt for porridge, potatoes, cassava, and kitchen equipment, plus second-hand clothes. First Pres Urbana has also responded quickly by sending $5,000 to support the purchase of food and other necessities for those living in the camps, with $2,500 coming from Malawi Mission Fund and $2,500 from the Lucille Carlyle Mission Fund. Because the Kessler Fund has been earmarked to support the partnership’s ongoing programs over the next five years, funds have not been taken from that particular fund. Our Session has authorized a special offering to collect additional funds to send to Malawi for this effort. Please consider making a donation to the Malawi Special Offering to support the partnership in urgently helping displaced families.
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