The Adult Sunday School class is studying Mark Scherer’s “The Journey of a People: The Era of Reorganization, 1844 to 1946.” On Sunday, the class discussion will finish discussing the “New Translation” of the Bible (discussed in Chapter 8, “On to Plano, Illinois”) and begin covering Chapter 9 (“Institutional Development”). Jonathan Bacon will lead the class discussion.

If you do not own the two-volume set (The Journey of a People) church history written by Mark Scherer, there is still a copy in the church library (back shelf) that is available for purchase ($59.95 for the 2-volume set—just add to your offering with a special notation that you’re paying for the church history books). If no one wishes to purchase, the books are available to borrow. If you borrow, we ask that you keep the books out no more than 1-2 weeks at a time.


The next meeting of the All Good Books discussion group will be held on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 7:00 PM in the Church Library. At that time we’ll discuss “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt.

It is a lengthy book, 771 pages, so start reading soon! We look forward to discussing this 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Literature book.

Note: see http://www.litlovers.com/reading-guides/13-fiction/9396-goldfinch-tartt for a summary, reviews and discussion questions for “The Goldfinch.”


Please see Debbie Rushfelt if you are available to help at the Congregational Celebration Picnic on July 4. We will have two great Bouncy Houses again this year; one will have an obstacle course again! Helpers are needed, so please sign up for the 4th of July fun activities. The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board.


Plans are starting to shape up for Vacation Bible School (VBS) scheduled for the evenings of July 12, 13, 14 and 15, 2015. Please add these dates to your calendar.

Each evening will start with a dinner at 5:30 PM with children moving to their classes around 6:00 PM. This year we’ll offer an adult track with learning new hymns between 6:30-7:00 and then a speaker for the adults between 7-8 PM.

Please remember to talk to Karen Birkby about how you’d like to assist with vacation Bible school. Volunteers are invited and welcome!

Consider reaching out to families with young children with a special invitation to attend.


A baby shower will be held for TJ and Kirk Barnhard on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 2:00 PM at the home of Eloise and John Snider. Please plan to attend.


A wedding shower will be held on August 23, 2015 at 2:00 PM for Alisa Morse and Bill Johnson in the church library. Please plan to attend.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 7:00 PM – The Prayer Circle meets in the quiet of the Church Library.

Sunday, June 28, 2015, 9:00 AM – Breakfast (Marge & John Trinkl), join the informal conversations in the Fellowship Hall.

Sunday, June 28, 2015, 9:30 AM – Sunday School Classes for children and adults.

· Nursery available – 9:30-11:30 AM in downstairs Nursery.

· Children’s Sunday School class – 9:30-10:15 AM taught by Robin Payne

· God’s Kids – 9:30-11:30 AM – Children’s Library (First Sunday of the Month Only)

Sunday, June 28, 2015, 10:30 AM – Nadine Bennetts will speak on the theme “Act in Faith” with Kennetha Kuttler presiding. Avis Garrett Baptist will serve as worship planner. Pennie Bunkers will provide the ministry of music.


If you (or someone you know) are not receiving the (almost) weekly email announcing church news and events, please contact Jonathan Bacon in person or at jonathanpbacon with your email address so you can be added to the "announcement only" list. You won’t be bombarded with email, typically only one message a week is sent.


Our congregational worship audio recordings are hosted online at https://copy.com/ej21J9e1xKOCiJwX

Recently added audio recordings include:

Ken Sewing message presented on May 3, 2015, filename 20150503-KSewing.mp3

Ron Millard message presented on May 10, 2015, filename 20150510-RMillard.mp3

Larry Winters message presented on May 17, 2015, filename 20150517-LWinters.mp3

Jonathan Bacon message presented on May 24, 2015, filename 20150524-JBacon.mp3

Baptism and Confirmation Service of Morgan and Logan Scott, filename 20150531-Baptisms-L&MScott.mp3

Greg Mann message presented on May 31, 2015, filename 20150531-GMann.mp3

John O’Neal message presented on June 7, 2015, filename 20150607-JONeal.mp3

Dorothy May message presented on June 14, 2015, filename 20150614-DMay.mp3

The beginning numbers of each filename indicate the Sunday of the audio recordings. The first 4 digits represent the year; the next two digits indicate the month and last two digits represent the day of the month. In most cases, the date is followed by a dash and then the first initial and last name of the speaker.

Audio recordings from previous years are located in folders corresponding to the year (2005, 2006, 2007, and so on). If you missed a Sunday, this provides you a way to hear the music and the message.

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