Recent Posts by Andi Kinsella

Rescue in the Night - Children's Cantata

Connection, Chorister and Cherub Choirs

Present

RESCUE IN THE NIGHT

The Story of
Daniel in the Lions’ Den

Sunday, May 5 at the 9:30 & 11:00 Worship Services

Please come to worship on Sunday, May 5 to hear our children sing about the story of Daniel in the Lions' Den (with the Cherubs being the ferocious lions!). You are guaranteed to enjoy this lighthearted but faithful performance of the Biblical story of courage and obedience.

Chancel Choir Cantata - John Rutter's "Psalmfest"

PsalmfestThe Chancel Choir will be presenting Psalmfest by John Rutter with a special guest orchestra ensemble on Sunday, April 21 at the 9:30 and 11:00 worship services. This cantata contains psalm settings written by Rutter over a twenty year period, with the addition of two settings written especially for this work. They contain some of Rutter's most attractive music, with a mix of rhythmic vitality and melodic beauty, finishing with a sparkling rendition of Psalm 148.

This presentation provides an ideal time to invite family and friends to visit our church and enjoy the beautiful sounds of choir and orchestra.

Spring Tea - Quilt Stories

The Annual Spring Tea will be held on Saturday, April 6th from 2 to 4 pm in the church gym.

We will enjoy tea and refreshments (including tea sandwiches and chocolate fountains!) as we celebrate quilts. Chris Hudson will talk about how she creates beautiful quilts. We will have quilts on display from many of the talented quilters in our congregation. If you have a quilt you would like to share with us, bring it along and tell your story. Attendees will decorate fabric squares which will be made into a commemorative quilt, and we will have special activities for children.

Bring your friends with you for an afternoon of fun and fellowship. Tickets, which are $15 for adults and $8 for those 12 and under, will be available Sunday mornings in the parlor beginning March 10th.

Proceeds from this year’s tea will benefit the Worship Work Area and the Guatemala Connection group.

If you have a teapot or two you would be willing to lend us, please let us know.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Andi Kinsella or Nancy Bifulco. We hope to see you there!

Location: 
Gym and Fellowship Hall
Date: 
Saturday, April 6, 2013 - 2:00pm

Spring Tea - Quilt Stories

The Annual Spring Tea will be held on Saturday, April 6th from 2 to 4 pm in the church gym.

We will enjoy tea and refreshments (including tea sandwiches and chocolate fountains!) as we celebrate quilts. Chris Hudson will talk about how she creates beautiful quilts. We will have quilts on display from many of the talented quilters in our congregation. If you have a quilt you would like to share with us, bring it along and tell your story. Attendees will decorate fabric squares which will be made into a commemorative quilt, and we will have special activities for children.

Bring your friends with you for an afternoon of fun and fellowship. Tickets, which are $15 for adults and $8 for those 12 and under, will be available Sunday mornings in the parlor beginning March 10th.

Proceeds from this year’s tea will benefit the Worship Work Area and the Guatemala Connection group.

If you have a teapot or two you would be willing to lend us, please let us know.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Andi Kinsella or Nancy Bifulco. We hope to see you there!

Nativity Open House

Do you have a favorite tabletop nativity scene that you would like to share with our church family? Does it have a story? How old is it? Has it been passed down from your Grandparents or someone else or did you buy it new? Is it from a different country?Tell us about your nativity and then we would love to display your tabletop nativity at our Nativity Open House on December 9th!  

Here’s the scoop:

What:

Your tabletop nativities, along with your name, phone or email and the story, if there is one. (No story? That's fine!) You can use the form located below or email the information to Andi. Please keep nativity stories to 25 words or less. 

How:

  • Bring your nativity to Room 116 between Saturday, December 1 and Saturday, December 8.
  • You will need to call Andi or the church office at 630.968.7120 to let us know when you will be coming as we'll need to let you into Room 116 (the room will be locked all week)
  • Pick up your nativity after 1:00 on Sunday, December 9 or on Monday, December 10.

When:

The Open House display will be available for church members to view on Sunday, December 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Worship Committee will oversee the nativities during the Open House to make sure they stay safe.

Choir Dedication Sunday

Music for worshipOctober 28th - 9:30 & 11:00 Worship Services

Angel, Cherub, Chorister, Connection, Chapel and Chancel Choirs will be singing!

Bells will be ringing!

Please come and enjoy a wonderful service filled with music

IL-ACDA Community/Church Honor Choir

On Saturday, October 20th, several Chancel Choir members attended the Illinois-American Choir Directors’ Association Community/Church Honor Choir held at North Central College in Naperville, IL. The program included 3 hours of rehearsal on Friday evening, 4 hours on Saturday, and concluded with a concert on Saturday at Wentz Hall on the campus of North Central College.

Our Chancel Choir was represented by Melinda Bergstrom, Pennie Crinion, Bill Crowther, Allen DeBraal, Sally DeBraal, Scott Hudson, Jim McDonald, Karen Owen, Jamie Postlewait, and Dave Sandfort. Our own Brett Goad served as Conference Chair for this event, and is very active in the IL ACDA, having served as president of the board last year. The director of the Honor Choir was Paul Rardin, Director of Choral Activities at Temple University and a wonderfully creative and talented director, whom all enjoyed very much. The repertoire was varied and wonderful, from Mendelssohn to "Camptown Races".

Thank you and congratulations to our church choir members who well-represented our church and Chancel Choir and I’m sure had a great time while learning wonderful music and making new friendships.

Choirs have begun!

We had an exciting children's choirs first rehearsal and registration on Wednesday, Sept. 12th. With the Sweet Repeat set up going on we had registration in the Open Door. It was fun to see so many faces full of surprise and wonder at our inviting, spacious, modern Open Door (Youth Lounge). Maybe we should have registration in there every year so we can show off the space available to our future junior high and high school youth!  Seventy-six children have been registered to sing in our choirs! Woo-hoo! Hopefully there are more to come as our kids find time for church choir throughout the year in their active lives.

The high school Chapel Choir and adult Chancel Choir are in full swing, rehearsing each Wednesday or Thursday and singing every Sunday morning for worship. What a joy to have so many voices in these wonderful choirs!

Bell Choirs are also back and ringing in worship once per month. It was great to hear them last Sunday!

How wonderful to hear our Sanctuary organ again! Thank you to our Board of Trustees for all the volunteer  time it took to coordinate the huge undertaking of repairing our magnificent organ.

Thank you to all our directors - Debbie Phillips, Becky Kriz, Chad Goetz, Diane Hires, Pattie Barnes and our accompanists - Dave Sandfort, Chris Hudson, Bobbi Mielcarski, Pattie Barnes and our organists - Maureen McDorman and Pattie Barnes and all our singers and ringers - too many to name -- for the beautiful, meaningful music we hear each week!  Our Choir Dedication service will be on October 28th at both services. Try to attend worship that day! It will be full of music and should prove to be a great experience.

Choirs have begun!

We had an exciting children's choirs first rehearsal and registration last Wednesday, Sept. 12th. With the Sweet Repeat set up going on we had registation in the Open Door. It was fun to see so many faces full of surprise and wonder at our inviting, spacious, modern Open Door. Maybe we should have registration in there every year so we can show off the space available to our future junior high and high school youth!  Seventy-six children have been registered to sing in our choirs! Woo-hoo!

Choirs are starting up!

It's almost time for the start of choir rehearsals! I hope everyone saw the information in the Tower Bell or picked up a brochure from the kiosk at the entryway. Choir is a fun way for children to get used to coming to church -- and it gets the parents here and involved and getting to know one another too.

Choirs are not limited to children! We have the Chapel Choir for any interested high schoolers -- a wonderful way to get to know other high school youth . They tour every spring and fuse many friendships.

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