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York Center Church closed for all activities until further notice

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has extended the meeting restrictions as part of the state’s effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. In response, the York Center  Church of the Brethren building will be closed to all worship services, meetings, and activities until further notice. The Board will periodicaly analyze the situation to make a decision about re-opening or continuing to keep the building closed.

This decision was made in an effort to protect those among us who are most vulnerable to contracting this disease. We are concerned about the common good and the health and wellbeing of those who use our church building. Although we know this decision will be an inconvenience to many, we believe that this is the best action at this time. Even though many of us are healthy and could withstand this virus, there are those among us who could not.

Healthcare professionals are asking us to limit gatherings so that we can limit the spread of this pandemic, give them time to care for the sick, and prevent future outbreaks. We believe that we are called to care for our neighbors and limiting contact at the church is one way we can do this.

Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. we will meet via video conference for a time of worship, connecting, and prayer.

Here is what you can do during this time:

  • Pray: for healthcare professionals, those who are ill, family members who are unable to visit their loved ones, those who are afraid, leaders making difficult decisions.
  • Check on your vulnerable neighbors and family members.
  • Be informed by reading reputable news sources, including the Centers for Disease Control website: gov
  • Don’t panic. We are being proactive now so we can all stay healthy.
  • Let me know if you become ill and need support.
  • If you are staying home out of fear of the virus and need groceries or human contact please let me know and someone from the church will be there to support you.
  • Please mail your church offering and Brethren Service Offering (for Camp Emmaus in April) to the church office (1south 071 Luther Avenue, Lombard, IL 60148). We have ongoing bills to pay. We are committed to continuing to pay our staff during this time and we need your help to do that.
  • Donate food to the Lombard Food Pantry located at the First United Methodist Church, 155 South Main St, Lombard.
  • Consider this time of isolation as Sabbath time- rest, read, talk with loved ones, eat good food, pray, exercise.

Blessings,

Pastor Christy

Compelling vision recommendation to Annual Conference is released.

The following is the compelling vision recommendation from the Compelling Vision Team that will be presented in July to the 2020 Annual Conference of the Church of the Brethren.

“Together, as the Church of the Brethren, we will passionately live and share the radical transformation and holistic peace of Jesus Christ through relationship-based neighborhood engagement. To move us forward, we will develop a culture of calling and equipping disciples who are innovative, adaptable, and fearless.”

It is accompanied by an interpretive document that unpacks the scripture and theology behind each significant word or phrase in the vision. The full interpretive document can be found at www.brethren.org/compellingvision .

IL/WI District Participation in Brethren Disaster Ministries

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10, NIV)

The Illinois/Wisconsin District of the Church of the Brethren participated in a Brethren Disaster Ministries activity in the Lumberton, NC, area the week of February 2-8, 2020. In addition to those from the District, the volunteer team included persons from the Indiana South/Central  Districts of the Church  of the Brethren, plus leadership persons provided by BDM.  The response of the team was uniformly positive given that all volunteers worked well together, the food was more than  adequate, the accommodations in Lumberton were excellent, and being able to help families suffering loss felt like a privilege.

    

The next scheduled IL/WI BDM assignment is November 29 through December 5, 2020. The location is to be determined. Persons with a potential interest in being part of that team, or wanting more information should contact the BDM District Disaster Coordinator, Loren Habegger, at ILWI.DDC.LH@gmail.com .

Also, a person from York Center  traveled to the Virgin Islands, January 6-19, 2019, to assist in their clean up from Hurricane Maria (2017) that devastated the island. Following the hurricane, many places were wrapped with tarps and are still waiting for clean up and restoration assistance.