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THE CHRISTIAN CHALLENGER

September 15, 2012 Growing in Faith, Touching Lives, Sharing our Gifts

Central Christian Church – Bourbonnais IL

September Worship Series Based on James Continues Following Jesus shapes the way we live our daily lives. Sometimes, we forget to allow God to set the agenda for today and tomorrow. And, we may even feel like we are failing as a disciple of Christ. Maybe, you’re in need of a “spiritual makeover” to help you truly give your life to God. Extreme Makeover Disciple Edition: our September Worship Series is based on the Letter of James. Sunday, September 16th Tamed Tongues James 3:1-12 Sunday, September 23rd Bent Backs James 3: 13-18; 4:13-17 Sunday, September 30th Worn Knees James 5: 13-20

Elders Fest SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14TH AT 4:00 P.M. Meat and Dessert will be provided. Please bring a salad or vegetable to share. Entertainment will be provided by the Spirit of Illinois Barbershop Chorus Come join us for a time of food, fellowship, and good music.

CHURCH CALENDAR SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 8:00 a.m. Cheerful Survivors 9:15 a.m. Joyful Path (K-6) 9:15 a.m. Open Door & Shema 10:00 a.m. Coffee Fellowship 10:30 a.m. Worship Service TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 9:30p.m. Prayer Shawl Group 11:00 a.m. Book Discussion WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 6:00 p.m. Board Meeting THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 6:30 p.m. Choir Rehearsal SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 8:30 a.m. Elders Meeting 9:15 a.m. Joyful Path (K-6) 9:15 a.m. Open Door & Shema 10:00 a.m. Coffee Fellowship 10:30 a.m. Worship Service MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 Challenger News Articles Due THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 11:00 a.m. Nominating Committee 6:30 p.m. Choir Rehearsal SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 9:15 a.m. Joyful Path (K-6) 9:15 a.m. Open Door & Shema 10:00 a.m. Coffee Fellowship 10:30 a.m. Worship Service TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2 7:00 p.m. FREE Movie: The Line


Children, Youth & Family Ministry News

Bonfire!! - Sept. 23rd All Youth Grades 3-12 are invited to the Bushey home for a wiener roast, s’mores and more. Fun will begin at 4PM and end at 7PM.

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hanks to all who helped organize and operate the Rummage Sale last week! And to all who donated their “treasures” for the sale. hank You to All my Church family for all the prayers, cards, calls and visits. They touched my heart and brightened my days! - Jeannie Burkhalter

Let Us Sing Unto the Lord!!! Chancel Choir has resumed their rehearsals THURSDAY’S at 6:30 p.m. It is great to have our choir back with us as they participate in worship, the last Sunday of each month. We have room for more singers – come join us!

Librarian Needed Central Christian Church needs someone to take on the important role of church librarian. Training will be provided. If interested please contact Suna Miller.

The great pumpkin patch Trip Oct. 21st Leave after worship for a day at the Great Pumpkin Patch in Arthur, IL. Admission is $4 for Children $7 for 12 -Adults. Five mazes, haunted crib, homestead bakery, tower of pumpkins and much more.

TRUNK OR TREAT OCTOBER 30TH 4-6PM An Alternative Trick or Treating for families of all ages held in the parking lot. Wear your costume, decorate the trunk of your car and bring candy to share, or just come and enjoy hot dogs, chips, cider and crafts.

Church Directory Time We are currently in the process of updating the Church Membership Directory. If any of your information has changed or you were not listed in the last directory and would like to be added, please forward your address, telephone, email address (for e-newsletters not for print) and birthday (month and day are enough). We hope to have all the information by October 22nd.

Voter Registration Opportunity The Kankakee County Clerk’s Office will host Voter Registration at the Kankakee Public Library on Saturday, September 29th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. To be registered to vote a person must be a U.S. Citizen and 18 years old by Election Day, have residence in a precinct at least 30 days, not currently be in jail or be registered in more than one precinct. The last day to register for the November 6th General Election is October 9th. Information provided by the YWCA of Kankakee County.

Nominating Committee Calling The Nominating Committee chaired by Lois Bangs will be requesting members to serve Central as an officer of the Congregational Board, an Elder, Diaconate or Trustee. Please hold the committee and all who are asked in your prayers as we hear God’s call to serve the Lord!


Robert’s Reflections I was recently saddened but not surprised by a friend’s experience at a major university football game. My friend, his wife and their son who is the same age as our Nicholas were set for a great day at the season home opener one week ago, a gift from their employer. The gift allowed them to tailgate in a reserved section just outside the stadium. When they returned to their vehicle after an exciting game of football they found their BMW covered in mustard, ketchup, buns and hot dogs, etc. Smeared on the windows, the condiments made driving to the nearest gas station difficult to say the least. No other cars in the lot had been vandalized, not even a drop of mustard on the cars on either side. My friend recalled how when his family stepped out of their car it seemed as if everything slowed down around them, all eyes turned toward them as if to ask what are YOU doing here? Suffice it to say not another person in the special reserved section where they parked looked like my African American friend and his beautiful family. So, some sad soul with an ignorant view of the world decided to unleash immaturity on a 12 year old boy who had to ask his dad why someone would do such a thing on the frustrating drive home. My friend had every right to respond with anger, malice, and hatred since racism is nothing new to him, but he chose to invite his son to ask himself if someone has Jesus in their hearts would they be able to do that to anyone? His son wisely answered no. My friend taught his son that while racism has a long, painful history and there are some people who choose to treat people of color badly based solely on the color of their skin, the bigger issue is sin. And, a twelve year old boy lost his innocence of the world around him, of the “free” country he was born in, of the humanity God created him to be a full member of and even of the security of his family car. My heart hurts for my friend and his family. I was taken back to the second chapter of James when I began to write to you. When you show

favoritism (partiality) you deny the faithfulness of our Lord Jesus Christ. As we discovered the author is addressing classism in the Christian community, and racism denies the gospel of Jesus as well. In fact, whenever we become the judge, whenever we buy the old familiar lies as Big Daddy Weave sang to us on Sunday, whenever we fail to honor all people as we are charged to each week we deny the good news of Jesus. The sins of racism and classism and most all “isms” are fueled by our own ignorance, our sheltered understanding of the diversity of creation, and/or our lack of experience with people who are different from us in some way. We may take one small snapshot of the world, one first impression or someone else’s trusted advice and conclude another is unworthy or our inferior. Or, we simply hear it over and over again from our peers, family members, teachers, fellow worshipers, and our chosen media sources telling us how “those” people are. The tongue, says James 3:6, is a world of evil at work in us. I believe a significant call of ministry is to stand against ignorance and intolerance in the name of the Lord of hope and love. As part of our Reconciliation Ministry emphasis at the end of September and beginning of October, I am hosting a screening of a movie produced by Sojourners along with several other faith-based organizations fighting hunger and poverty in the US and globally. The Line: Poverty in America It’s not What You Think is scheduled to premiere in Washington DC and Bourbonnais, IL on Tuesday, October 2nd at 7PM. A groundbreaking documentary chronicling the new face of poverty in America, the film shares real-life stories of the struggles millions of Americans face and asks what the faith community can do about the crisis. I have invited local churches, community organizations and other Disciples congregations to join us. I hope you will too. Peace & Joy, Rev. Robert Bushey, Jr.


CHURCH OFFICE HOURS Monday - Thursday 9:00a.m – Noon 310 Main ST NW, Bourbonnais, IL 60914 CONTACT US: Staff: Dianna Clem, Administrative Secretary; Ken Bade, Organist; Phone: (815) 939-4433 Email: Website: Rev. Robert Bushey, Jr. Minister Mobile: (815) 662-7771 Email:

Reconciliation Offering The Reconciliation Special Offering is used to fund our Church’s mission priority to become a pro-reconciling/ anti-racist church through experiential education, inclusive worship and intentional dialogue across racial/ethnic difference. Funds from this offering are providing for leadership development in our camps, our communities and our congregations as well as providing resources to promote small group study and community-action. Your giving is changing lives and building hope for realm of God for our children and for Christ's Church! Offering Received Sept. 30th & Oct. 7th.


THE CHRISTIAN CHALLENGER

October 1, 2012 Growing in Faith, Touching Lives, Sharing our Gifts

Central Christian Church – Bourbonnais IL Our Mission Statement Empowered by the Holy Spirit and guided by Christ’s teachings, we will provide opportunities to grow in understanding and faith, touch people’s lives with Christian love, and share our gifts and resources within and beyond our congregation.

SERVING IN WORSHIP GREETERS: Oct 7 – Merwyn Cook; Wilma & Larry Hastings Oct 14 – Elaine & Steve Gray; Bob & Kay Smith Oct 21 – Lisa & Aurelio Garcia; Michelle & Steve Garrett Oct 28 – Betty Conard & Marilyn Vanden; Jeanie & Mary Jane Burkhalter

ACOLYTES:

Katelyn and Nicholas Bushey

WORSHIP LEADERS: Oct 7 Oct 14 Oct 21 Oct 28

Noah Garrett Mary Joubert Bob Smith Teri Bushey

CHILDREN’S HOMILY Lisa Garcia Lois Bangs Rev. Bushey Rev. Bushey

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE ELDERS Bob & Kay Smith DIACONATE: Servers: Jim Bushey, & Bill Cheffer Preparers: Judy & Mark Whitehead

Birthdays 1-Elijah Rickenberg 13-Shirley Herberger

20-Daniel Gray 27-Luke Garcia

BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS TO ALL!

CHURCH CALENDAR TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2 9:00 a.m. Cluster Clergy @Rantoul 7:00 p.m. FREE Movie: The Line THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4 6:30 p.m. Choir Rehearsal SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7 9:15 a.m. Joyful Path (K-6) 9:15 a.m. Open Door & Shema 10:00 a.m. Coffee Fellowship 10:30 a.m. Worship Service MONDAY, OCTOBER 8 7:00 p.m. Faith/Joy Circle TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9 9:30 a.m. Miriam Circle THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11 6:30 p.m. Choir Rehearsal SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14 9:15 a.m. Joyful Path (K-6) 9:15 a.m. Open Door & Shema 10:00 a.m. Coffee Fellowship 10:30 a.m. Worship Service 4:00 p.m. Elders Fest 5:00 p.m. Youth Meeting TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16 9:30p.m. Prayer Shawl Group 11:00 a.m. Book Discussion WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17 6:00 p.m. Board Meeting THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18 6:30 p.m. Choir Practice


Children, Youth & Family Ministry News Youth Meeting Sunday, Oct 14th 5-7PM pumpkin patch corn maze Trip Oct. 21st We will leave after worship for the afternoon at Bengston’s Pumpkin Farm in Homer Glen, IL. Admission is $9 for Children and-Adults. 3.4 acre Corn Maze, giant slide, kiddie rides (extra), plenty of children’s activities, pig races, pumpkin chucking, hayrides and more. Tuesday, Oct 23rd 4:30-6PM Neighborhood Canvas for Trunk or Treat. Volunteers Needed

TRUNK OR TREAT OCTOBER 28TH 4-6PM An Alternative Trick or Treating for families of all ages held in the parking lot. Wear your costume, decorate the trunk of your car and bring candy to share, or just come and enjoy hot dogs, chips, cider and crafts. Donations of Candy/Treats will be Accepted each Sunday in October

Notes and News Sympathy of the congregation is extended to the family of Jonathan Love, grandson of Richard Love, who died September 7th. Thank you to Shirley Herberger & Betty Conard for planting the wonderful autumn mums at both entrances recently. Thank you to Suna Miller who faithfully brews coffee each Sunday morning for Sunday School and Coffee Fellowship. Thank you to Property Chair, James Bushey who has been cleaning the church since September 1st while we begin the search for a new Custodian. Stephanie Gilbert ended her cleaning contract at the end of August.

Librarian Needed Central Christian Church needs someone to take on the important role of church librarian. Training will be provided. If interested please contact Suna Miller.

Church Directory Time We are currently in the process of updating the Church Membership Directory. If any of your information has changed or you were not listed in the last directory and would like to be added, please forward your address, telephone, email address (for e-newsletters not for print) and birthday (month and day are enough). We hope to have all the information by October 22nd.

CWF Circles The Faith/Joy Circle will meet Monday, October 8 at 7 p.m. in the church parlor. Sandy Wadley will present the lesson (Chapter 2 in Cultivating Contentment). Elaine Gray will provide refreshments. The Miriam Circle will meet Tuesday October 9 at 9:30 a.m. at the Bourbonnais McDonald's. If you don't care to or are unable to come for breakfast and/or coffee, you may just come to the church library at 10:00 for the lesson. Betty Conard will present the lesson (Chapter 3 in Cultivating Contentment). If you need a book, see Lisa Garcia or Lois Bangs. If you don't wish to purchase a book, are only able to come occasionally, or forget to bring your book, we try to keep a couple of extras on hand. All women are invited to attend either one or both circles. Also, don't worry if you can't make all the meetings. Come when you are able, and enjoy some informal fellowship (and refreshments). If you want to or need to, you may just attend whichever circle happens to fit into your schedule for that particular month. We'd love to have you.

Book Club Will meet on Tuesday, October 23rd immediately following the Prayer Shawl. Bring a sandwich to share and be ready for hearty discussion. The book selection this month is Her Mother’s Hope by Francine Rivers.


Robert’s Reflections Last month, I wrote to you about a proposal before the Congregational Board to begin a visioning/transformation process for the future of Central Christian Church as we seek to hear and respond to God’s call to be Christ’s church in this time and place. For most of one year, we have prayed and thought together as we considered what our next steps would look like. Board members and I gathered in retreat, attended webinars and seminars, read material from church coaches and consultants and studied a proposed process for transformation and vision. With some adjustments, the board adopted the Extreme Church Makeover (ECM) design which will begin on All Saints Day, November 1st and conclude sometime in early summer of 2013. We have an incredible journey ahead of us, through places we will enjoy and some we may not, a leap of faith with Jesus all the way! Before we begin our visioning process, we have much to prepare. The Nominating Committee is inviting faithful members to lead our congregation as Elders, Diaconate, Trustees and Board Officers in the coming year and beyond. Please, respond to their calls as faithfully as you may. My prayers are with all who will be asked to serve as they discern God’s call upon them. The Stewardship Committee will be working on preparation of the 2013 Operating Budget and soon be inviting folks to pledge their financial support of Central’s mission and ministries. And, a Visionary Leadership team will be assembled to begin our ECM well. Oh yes, and there is a Regional Assembly in there too! In the midst of all of the above, we will observe World Communion Sunday and Week of the Ministry in October. Our Elders will treat us festively. And, we will, for the second time, invite our neighbors and the community to our church

parking lot for a safe alternative Trick or Treating at our Trunk or Treat on Sunday, October 28th. Last year we had a wonderful event with many Central folks bringing treats to share with our guests. This year, we are hoping for an even larger group of families. We are making connections through our neighborhood elementary schools and even some neighborhood canvasing. We will need your support again this year. Some may say, well, the church is sure asking a lot these days, my money, my time, my abilities for leadership. And, you are correct. The church, the body of Christ, needs fully devoted disciples to bring Christ’s love into the world, to enact the gospel and to equip the saints for ministry. As we decide our place in the life of Christ’s body, we do our best when we remember what the Letter of James taught us: every good gift, every perfect gift, comes from above…from the Father, the creator of the heavenly lights. As disciples of Jesus according to Romans, we are not called to be conformed to the selfish wants of the world but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds and offer ourselves as living sacrifices, which is our true worship. So, yes, Jesus does ask much of those who say they follow him. Yes, the church must ask for your devotion of money, time and abilities. Yes, because God created us to love us, we may respond, yes, Lord, send me. May God’s grace be with you from shared bread to carved pumpkin! Peace & Joy, Rev. Robert Bushey, Jr.

The Line at Central Oct. 2nd Rev. Bushey is hosting a screening of a movie produced by Sojourners along with several other faith-based organizations fighting hunger and poverty in the US and globally. The Line: Poverty in America It’s not What You Think is scheduled to premiere on Tuesday, October 2nd at 7PM. A groundbreaking documentary chronicling the new face of poverty in America, the film shares real-life stories of the struggles millions of Americans face and asks what the faith community can do about the crisis. Local churches, community organizations and other Disciples congregations have been invited to join us.


CHURCH OFFICE HOURS Monday - Thursday 9:00a.m – Noon 310 Main ST NW, Bourbonnais, IL 60914 CONTACT US: Staff: Dianna Clem, Administrative Secretary; Ken Bade, Organist; Phone: (815) 939-4433 Email:cccbourbonnais@gmail.com Website: http://www.cccbourbonnais.com Rev. Robert Bushey, Jr. Minister Mobile: (815) 662-7771 Email: revbushey@gmail.com

Elders Fest SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14TH AT 4:00 P.M. Meat and Dessert will be provided. Please bring a salad or vegetable to share. Entertainment Will be provided by the Spirit of Illinois Barbershop Chorus Come join us for a time of food, fellowship, and good music.


THE CHRISTIAN CHALLENGER

October 15, 2012 Growing in Faith, Touching Lives, Sharing our Gifts

Central Christian Church – Bourbonnais IL

CCIW Regional Assembly 2012 Scenes from the Regional Assembly of the Christian Church in IL/WI in Normal, IL Oct. 12-13. Left: Rev. Dr. Teresa Dulyea-Parker, Regional Minister and President spoke to the Assembly flanked by large banners inviting everyone to be On the Journey with Jesus. Below: Central Christian folks participating in the World Café session Saturday after lunch led by CCIW youth. 350 Disciples gathered at the Marriott for just over 22 hours last weekend. See Minister’s Column for details.

CHURCH CALENDAR TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16 9:30 p.m. Prayer Shawl Group 11:00 a.m. Book Discussion WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17 6:00 p.m. Board Meeting THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18 6:30 p.m. Choir Practice SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21 8:00 a.m. Cheerful Survivors 9:15 a.m. Joyful Path (K-6) 9:15 a.m. Open Door & Shema 10:00 a.m. Coffee Fellowship 10:30 a.m. Worship Service 12:00 p.m. Pumpkin Fest Trip TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23 4:30 – 6 p.m. Neighborhood Canvas

Central Youth are hosting our second Trunk of Treat on Sunday, October 28th from 4-6pm. Last year more than 100 people attended and this year we are expecting a larger crowd. We need your help to make this a great, safe, and fun event for our community. This year we are expanding our event to include a walk through our “spooky” pine grove. We need cars/trucks/vans with “trunks” of treats to hand out to be on the parking lot by 3:30PM. We need volunteers to help with making caramel apples, serving hot dogs, setting up and cleaning up. We are in need donations of Halloween treats and outdoor decorations. Don’t miss this great opportunity to witness our friendship and offer our hospitality to our neighbors! Sign up to help or call the office today.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25 6:30 p.m. Choir Practice SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28 8:30 a.m. Elder’s Meeting 9:15 a.m. Joyful Path (K-6) 9:15 a.m. Open Door & Shema 10:00 a.m. Coffee Fellowship 10:30 a.m. Worship Service 4:00 p.m. MONDAY, OCTOBER 29 Challenger Articles Due THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1 6:30 p.m. Choir Practice SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3 1:00 p.m. Birthday Party TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6 9:00 a.m. Cluster Clergy Gathering (Danville)


Children, Youth & Family Ministry News P U M P K I N PATCH

corn maze Trip Oct. 21st

We will leave after worship for the afternoon at Bengston’s Pumpkin Farm in Homer Glen, IL. Admission is $10 for Children and-Adults. 3.4 acre Corn Maze, giant slide, kiddie rides (extra), plenty of children’s activities, pig races, pumpkin chucking, hayrides and more. Tuesday, Oct 23rd 4:30-6PM Neighborhood Canvas for Trunk or Treat. Volunteers Needed

Notes and News Eighty is… Please join us in celebrating the 80th birthday of Mary Jean Burkhalter on Saturday, November 3, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Central Christian Church. No Gifts, Please! Kindly reply by October 26th Kelly Greenberg – Call or Text (312) 320-2555

…the new Seventy! The Sympathy of the congregation

is extended to the Family of George “Gus” LaRoche who died October 9th at home under hospice care and surrounded by family. Services were held at Central Christian Church on Monday, October 15th. Gus was 91. Memorial Contributions may be given to Central Christian Church or Kankakee Valley Hospice.

Thank you

to all who sent me birthday wishes as I turned the big milestone of 50 years of age! I am humble and grateful to my Lord and Savior for giving me another chance to get help and become a much better disciple for Him! I truly miss all of you and really look forward to coming back to Central soon! I’m busy 3days a week in Bible Study Courses, which I love so much! God bless you all for your Love, thoughts and prayers!

-Dean Feller

Thank you

TRUNK OR TREAT OCTOBER 28TH 4-6PM An Alternative Trick or Treating for families of all ages held in the parking lot. Wear your costume, decorate the trunk of your car and bring candy to share, or just come and enjoy . Donations of Candy/Treats will be Accepted each Sunday in October

all for the many prayers sent up on behalf of my daughter, me and my family. - Dianna Clem

Church Directory Time We are currently in the process of updating the Church Membership Directory. All changes and updates must be turned in by October 23rd.

All Saints Sunday Central Christian will observe All Saints Sunday on Sunday, Nov. 4 during the morning worship service. Members of Central who have died since last November will be remembered. A candle will be lit in memory of the following: Helen LeSage 12/11/2011, Calhoun, TN. William Burkhalter, 1/14/2012 Louise Baron, 2/15/2012, Murphy. N.C. Stanley Kaminski 2/28/2012 Daniel Liddell June 14, 2012 George LaRoche October 9, 2012 Members of the congregation will be invited forward to light a candle in memory of one of Central's faithful who have passed in years before.

Aluminum Can Collection & Rummage Sale Recently Central received $55.40 for the Aluminum Fund for building Maintenance. The September Rummage Sale raised $658.


Robert’s Reflections

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n Thursday morning as we were trying to prepare this newsletter and I was busy with last minute details for the Regional Assembly, the electricity went out. Fortunately, only one computer file was damaged beyond repair, this one. We were forced to let go of the deadline for this newsletter and resolve to begin again later, frustrating as that was. Friday morning I loaded my car to travel to Normal, IL. As Vice Moderator of CCIW, the Regional Assembly was my responsibility. After nearly two years of organization and planning, the Assembly was scheduled to kick off on Friday afternoon. I started the car and Low Tire on my dashboard remained lighted. Sure enough a front tire was low on air. My arrival time would have to wait, but eventually I was on the way. On Friday evening we honored congregations who have added new members and gave to Disciples missions, and recognized individuals whose life of commitment to CCIW has been exceptional with Disciples of Merit awards. After the scrumptious banquet we gathered in worship led by the spiritual gifts of many Disciples from across the region including an awesome hand bell soloist, flag drill team, praise band, singers and a dramatic presentation of scripture. Then, the Rev. Dr. William “Bill” Lee proclaimed the truth of the good news, that whatever our journey, wherever we are on the way, we have a Cosmic Companion who walks with us, indeed carries us along the way. In the midst of outer dangers I have felt an inner calm and known resources of strength that only God could give. In many instances I have felt the power of God transforming the fatigue of despair into the buoyancy of hope. I am convinced that the universe is under the control of a loving purpose and that in the struggle for righteousness [humanity] has cosmic companionship. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Saturday we adopted a new Constitution and By-laws to re-organize our region for mission and ministry in this time and place, we approved a budget for 2013, elected new officers for the next two years, renewed our Global Mission Partnership with Guatemala, and participated in Holy Conversations led by our youth as we seek God’s guidance for the future of CCIW. I was impressed by the youth leadership and the healthy conversations. Formerly a three-day, two night event, the 22hr assembly concluded on-time and we were sent to join Jesus on the Way! Upon my return, it was time to prepare for Sunday worship and a Monday funeral. And, I was briefed on the tragic event that had unfolded in our community while I was away. We may never understand the why’s of evil that takes place in our midst. Murder is a senseless act. And yet, as disciples of Jesus we walk with God, who mourns violence and tragic death with us. We face this, not alone or dependent on our own strength. We lean on the everlasting arms filled with mercy and love. May God’s peace be with all who suffer as a result of this tragedy. At the end of this month we will explore the Faith of Job and I invite you to dust off and read this interesting story from the Old Testament before the 28th. As we prepare for a season of discerning God’s will for the future of our congregation, we will be invited to journey together in the presence of God, seeking vision for the future God desires for us. Eventually, everything needing to be done was completed, even this newsletter and I was reminded once again that my plans are not controlling the universe! Thank goodness! And, sometimes we need to step out of the way and let the Spirit of God lead us through the frustrations, delays, losses and game changers into the new life God desires for you and even me. Peace & Joy, Rev. Robert Bushey, Jr.


CHURCH OFFICE HOURS Monday - Thursday 9:00a.m – Noon 310 Main ST NW, Bourbonnais, IL 60914 CONTACT US: Staff: Dianna Clem, Administrative Secretary; Ken Bade, Organist; Phone: (815) 939-4433 Email: cccbourbonnais@gmail.com Website: www.cccbourbonnais.com Rev. Robert Bushey, Jr. Minister Mobile: (815) 662-7771 Email:revbushey@gmail.com

Called Congregational Meeting The congregation of Central Christian Church will meet after worship on Sunday, November 11th to vote on the recommended slate of officers and budget of $126,593 for 2013. Our By-Laws require written notice be given at least 10 days prior to a Called Congregational Meeting. Recommended Slate of Officers MODERATOR VICE MODERATOR CLERK ASSISTANT CLERK TREASURER ASST. TREASURER FINANCIAL SECRETARY

Aurelio Garcia Shirley Herberger Gayle Robins Lisa Garcia Bill Cheffer Bob Smith Shirley Herberger

ASST. FIN. SECTS.

Kay Smith, Mary Joubert

TRUSTEE – Class of 2015. Lois Bangs ELDERS – Class of 2014. Elaine Gray, Marilyn Vanden, Teri Bushey DIACONATE – Class of 2014. Jim Bushey, Jerry Colbert, Michelle Garrett, Steve Garrett, Steve Gray, Marcia “Pat” Posing, Roger Schultz, Judy Whitehead, Mark Whitehead ELDERS EMERITUS Jeannie Burkhalter, Larry & Wilma Hastings, Betty Sebastiani, Robert Smith DIACONATE EMERITUS Bill & Irma Cheffer, Ida Mae Cuprys


THE CHRISTIAN CHALLENGER

November 1, 2012 Growing in Faith, Touching Lives, Sharing our Gifts

Central Christian Church – Bourbonnais IL Our Mission Statement Empowered by the Holy Spirit and guided by Christ’s teachings, we will provide opportunities to grow in understanding and faith, touch people’s lives with Christian love, and share our gifts and resources within and beyond our congregation.

CHURCH CALENDAR SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3 1:00 p.m. Birthday Party for Jeannie Burkhalter

SERVING IN WORSHIP GREETERS: Nov 4 – Clarence & Lois Bangs, Gordon & Marilyn Bear Nov 11 – Sandy Wadley & Ellie Guenette, Iris Robinson & Nancy Campbell Nov 18 – Sharon Sovinski & Ida Mae Cuprys, Janet Bushey & Earline Larson Nov 25 – Mark & Judy Whitehead, Pat Posing & Barbara Simmons

ACOLYTES:

Joyful Path (K-6) Open Door & Shema Coffee Fellowship Worship Service

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8 6:30 p.m. Choir Practice

Demetia and Daniel Gray

CHILDREN’S HOMILY

WORSHIP LEADERS: Nov 4 Nov 11 Nov 18 Nov 25

9:15 a.m. 9:15 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m.

Michelle Garrett Bill Cheffer Nancy Campbell Bob Smith

Lisa Garcia Lois Bangs Rev. Bushey Rev. Bushey

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE ELDERS Merwyn Cook & Nancy Campbell DIACONATE: Servers: Pete Peterson, Collin & Mary Ommen, & Carolyn Pickering Preparers: Elaine & Steve Gray

9:15 a.m. Joyful Path (K-6) 9:15 a.m. Open Door & Shema 9:30 a.m. Suna’s Farewell Recept. 10:00 a.m. Coffee Fellowship 10:30 a.m. Worship Service 11:30 a.m. Congregational Meeting MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12 7:00 p.m. Faith/Joy Circle TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13 9:30 a.m. Miriam Circle THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15 6:30 p.m. Choir Practice Noon

1-Merwyn Cook 2-Jeanie Burkhalter 5-Gordon Bear 5-Leo Phillips 7-Rachel Peterson 8-Kay Smith

11-Chad Peterson 14-Sue Elias 15-Pete Peterson 27-Betty Spreen 27-Yvonne Burnett 28-Jaysen Peterson

BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS TO ALL!

REMINDER CALLED CONGREGATIONAL MEETING SUNDAY NOVEMBER 11TH AFTER WORSHIP

Turkey Pot-Luck Dinner (Bring Side or Dessert)

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28 6:00 p.m. Board Meeting – Note Date Change


Children, Youth & Family Ministry News Youth Meeting Sunday NOV 11th & 25th 5-7PM October Wrap-up Pumpkin Fest Nineteen youth and adults from Central traveled Bengston’s Pumpkin Fest near Homer Glen mid-month to join thousands for harvest fun. Photos are online! TRUNK OR TREAT Thirteen creatively decorated Trunks lined the East Parking Lot filled with treats for dozens of children from the community on one of the chilliest days of Fall so far! Forty volunteers prepared and served over 100 caramel apples, hot dogs, cups of hot chocolate, decorated the pine grove, passed out treats, greeted our guests and made the event possible. Thank you to all who supported our Trunk or Treat making our church relevant to the community around us!!! (Photos on Website & Facebook)

Greetings from Betty Puckett, Owensboro, KY., former Christian Education Director at our church on Oak Street. Congratulations to Alyssa Breckenridge, granddaughter of Connie Malone. She will graduate from the Army National Guard as an M.P. on November 8th. We are so proud of her. CCC Family, I would like to thank each & everyone for such a beautiful luncheon in honor of my George T. LaRoche (Gus). ~ Linda Sais & Randy LaRoche Address Change for Suna Miller: 6256 S. Gold Medal Drive #30 Taylorsville, Utah 84123. Her phone number and email will stay the same. Thank You so very much for allowing us to use the hall for our end of the year award banquet. ~ Girl Scouts Troop #150

All Saints’ Day November 1st is the day Christians remember and give thanks for all the good people God has placed in their lives, especially those who are already with God in heaven. We give thanks for God’s unending goodness and grace. All Saints Sunday will be observed on November 4, 2012.

Farewell Reception for Suna Miller The Prayer Shawl Group will host a farewell breakfast for Suna Miller in the fellowship area on Sunday Nov. 11th from 9:30- 10:15 AM. Suna is moving back to Salt Lake City, Utah. Please plan to come and enjoy a lite breakfast and visit with Suna. Suna has been a member of Central Christian only 6 years but during this time she has been very busy. She revitalized the church library, adding many new books. She has served as elder and on the diaconate. She chaired the Missions Committee while being an active member of the Prayer Shawl Group, Miriam Circle and Book Discussion Group. She also arrives at church every Sunday morning at 8:30 AM to prepare coffee and items for the Coffee Fellowship Time that meets at 10 AM. She will be missed by the church and all of her friends. Cards are welcome. Sparky plans to be at church that morning also. Come, enjoy the fellowship and visit with Suna.

Highlights of October Congregational Board Meeting Everyone had a good time at Elder Fest. A Cookie Exchange is being planned for December. The Church Board voted to recommend the Slate of Officers and Proposed Budget for 2013 to the Congregation for vote on November 11th after worship.


Robert’s Reflections As we approach All Saints Sunday, when we will honor the memory of those saints of the church who have entered into eternal life and rest with God, my mind is taken back to the days of my youth at old Central on Oak Street in Kankakee. So many of the saints, who helped build the legacy of this congregation, have passed over to the other side, and gone to be with the Lord. Recently, the church received a copy of the 1968 pictorial from Beverly Hartman, still wrapped in the brown paper to protect the cover. The Rev. John “Jack” Canedy was the Senior Minister as Central Christian Church celebrated her 75th Anniversary. Paging through the directory, I remembered families and faces, those whose witness to their faith as teachers, worship leaders, choir members, youth and men’s ministry leaders, greeters, ushers, etc. encouraged my peers and I to be faithful servants of the Lord. Many of you are pictured in the book. Such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding me from the past and now! We will remember our saints this Sunday and for several this will be a difficult day. We will ring a chime and light a candle for each one who has died in the past year. Our list this year includes two men who were “unofficial” members of our congregation. One of the men attended each worship service and graced us with his talent on the piano, gave of himself cheerfully to our congregation, visited the sick and shut-in, and we claim him as he claimed us, a member of the body of Christ. The other man attended faithfully when he was able, generously supported the ministries of our church before and after his death, expressed to me on many occasions his desire to join the congregation and “make it official” when his health would allow it. Unfortunately, his health never recovered enough to be present in worship and proclaim his desire to join you in membership. We claim him as he claimed us, a member of the body of Christ. On Sunday, November 4th you will be invited to light a small candle during the Pastoral Prayer in memory of one of the saints of Central Christian Church who has touched your life as you journey in faith. In the coming weeks we will launch our Extreme Church Makeover Visioning Process seeking God’s purpose for Central as we celebrate 120 years of ministry in 2013. A Visionary Leadership Team will begin training and by the end of this month,

having given thanks to God for the countless blessings of the heritage of faithfulness passed on through Godly lives and proclaiming Christ the King of all our lives, we will be ready to discover God’s future vision for Central Christian Church. Research says the fastest growing religious affiliation in America is “None,” which has now reached 46 million people by some estimates. One of my professors in church history taught us if just one generation of Christians are silent, the church will lose herself in the culture and cease to exist. Extinction is not the legacy we wish to leave as the living saints of the church. Hope for the future may be found in the details of current research which says that of the “Nones,” who are mostly folks born after 1965, about half believe in god/God. They just do not affiliate with any organized religion or church. They are spiritual but non-religious. One of the questions before us then may be “What will Central be called to do, to be a living witness to the Good News in our community?” I pray you will be a part of writing the next chapter in the legacy of Central Christian Church. Peace & Joy, Rev. Robert Bushey, Jr. RSVP Sunday for the Thanksgiving Pot-Luck on November 18th at Noon. Bring a Side or Dessert to Share. Turkey, Dressing, Rolls & Drinks Provided.

Women’s Ministry News Circle Meetings The next Faith Joy Circle meeting will be Monday November 12 at 7 p.m. in the church parlor. Elaine Gray will present the lesson and Lesley Osback will provide refreshments. The next Miriam Circle will Tuesday November 13 at 9:30 a.m. at the Bourbonnais McDonald's, (or if you choose not to come for refreshments, at 10:00 in the church parlor). Suna Miller will present the lesson. Cookie Exchange Attention all ladies! We hope to see you at the annual cookie exchange. Please mark your calendar for Saturday December 8 at 2:00 p.m. This is an opportunity to enjoy cookies and socialize, as well as take home a variety of cookies for holiday serving and gifts. More details will follow in upcoming Challengers.


2012 Thanksgiving Offering November 11th & 18th The Thanksgiving Offering for Disciples Mission Fund benefits the colleges, universities, seminaries, and divinity houses affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). These learning communities are an extension of the Church. Most importantly, your support helps Disciples raise up servant leaders! Rev Robert & Teri Bushey are alumni of Disciples’ Culver-Stockton College in Canton, MO and Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, IN

CHURCH OFFICE HOURS Monday - Thursday 9:00a.m – Noon 310 Main ST NW, Bourbonnais, IL 60914 CONTACT US: Staff: Dianna Clem, Administrative Secretary; Ken Bade, Organist Phone: (815) 939-4433 Email Website Facebook Rev. Robert Bushey, Jr. Minister Mobile: (815) 662-7771 Email Submission Deadline for Next Edition: Nov. 12th


THE CHRISTIAN CHALLENGER

November 15, 2012 Growing in Faith, Touching Lives, Sharing our Gifts

Central Christian Church – Bourbonnais IL

Mary, Servant of Hope & Deliverance Our Advent/Christmas Season (see insert) theme will focus on Mary’s Story. In light of this, we will highlight projects for mothers and children in our community. New this year will be a partnership with the Baby Talk Project through the literacy program at KCC. Baby Talk introduces the importance of early literacy to parents of newborns. Trained volunteers take books to new mothers at the local hospitals. We will be asking for donations of children’s books that include rhythm and repetition such as nursery rhymes, photos of babies, textures – touch and feel books, bold bright pictures. Reading, singing and talking to babies stimulate brain growth. We will have a small tree and a special place to place the books. We will be able to place a sticker in the book stating it is a gift from Central Christian Church. Each year we invite you to bring a Christmas card for your Central family to hang on our Card Tree along with a donation of the amount of money you would have spent on postage to send cards to members (nearly $30 in today’s postage if you sent everyone a card in the directory!). We will list all the greetings in the January 1st Challenger. This year, money from the Card Tree will be donated to Harbor House, which provides a safe place for survivors of domestic violence, women and their children.

Christmas Family Donations We are accepting donations for the Christmas Families Outreach Project again this year. Last year we were able to purchase gifts for four families, consisting of 15 children and 5 adults. We give each child an outfit of clothing, a pair of pajamas and a toy. We purchased a sweater for each of the adults. We also gave each family grocery gift cards. Volunteers furnish all the wrapping paper and ribbon so all of the money collected is used for gifts. This year we hope to share our Christmas Spirit with two families from the Kankakee School District and two families from Bourbonnais School District. Specially Marked Envelopes are available for your gifts or you may simply mark your gift FAMILIES. We will dedicate the gifts during worship on December 16th.

CHURCH CALENDAR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18 8:00 a.m. Cheerful Survivors 9:15 a.m. Joyful Path (K-6) 9:15 a.m. Open Door & Shema 10:00 a.m. Coffee Fellowship 10:30 a.m. Worship Service Noon Turkey Pot-Luck Dinner (Bring Side or Dessert to Share) TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20 9:30 a.m. Prayer Shawl Group 11:00 a.m. Book Discussion

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25 8:30 a.m. Elder’s Meeting 9:15 a.m. Joyful Path (K-6) 9:15 a.m. Open Door & Shema 10:00 a.m. Coffee Fellowship 10:30 a.m. Worship Service WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28 6:00 p.m. Board Meeting 7:00 p.m. Poems & Prayers ONLINE THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29 6:30 p.m. Choir Practice SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1 9:00 a.m. Deck the Halls FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT DECEMBER 2 Poinsettia Orders Received 9:15 a.m. Advent Study & Coffee Fellowship 10:30 a.m. Worship Service & Hanging of the Greens Noon Youth Bell Ensemble 2:30 p.m. Vision Leadership Team SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8 2:00 p.m. Cookie Exchange


Children, Youth & Family Ministry News Sunday, November 18 Children are invited to a showing of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving in the Sanctuary following the Turkey PotLuck.

Sunday School News All Sunday School classes will dismiss for the Advent & Christmas Seasons. All are invited to join Singing Mary’s Song: An Advent Message of Hope & Deliverance in the Fellowship Hall each Sunday at 9:15a.m. Activities will be available for any children who attend.

Notes and News 80th Birthday Thank You… A special thank you to my church family, friends, and family for my 80th birthday party and for the many cards, flowers and gifts. It was a special day to remember.

- Jeanie Burkhalter Dear Friends, we have arrived safely in Arizona despite the very windy driving conditions. We are now settled in and enjoying the warm weather. Thinking of all we have to be thankful for and remembering our Central Family. Happy Thanksgiving to ALL with love! - Larry & Wilma

Fundraiser for Harbor House Harbor House is having a Butter Braid/Gourmet Cookie Dough fundraiser. Last year Central's participation allowed Ellie Guenette to be the #3 seller. The dates are November 11th -November 25th. Delivery of the items is December 14, 2012. Checks may be made payable to Harbor House. All items are $12.00 each. The order blank will be in the Narthex during the 3 Sundays in November. The items speak for themselves - Yummy!!! They also make great gifts. Harbor House thanks you in advance for participating in this yearly fundraiser.

Singing Mary’s Song – Begins December 2nd 9:15AM

Youth Bell Choir Youth Grades 5-12 (Must read Music) are welcome to join our hand bell ensemble for Christmas. Rehearsals with director, Ken Bade will begin on Sunday November 25th Noon-1PM. The Youth Bell Ensemble will be Performing in Worship Sunday, December 23rd.

Soon after the angel Gabriel announced to Mary the astonishing news that she would bear the long-awaited Messiah, Mary went to visit her cousin Elizabeth, who was also expecting a child. Mary responded by singing a song of praise to God, commonly known as the Magnificat. Her song, recorded in Luke 1:46-55, was not a sweet lullaby sung in anticipation of the baby Jesus’ birth, John Stroman says. Instead, it was a message of deliverance and hope. Mary’s song proclaimed deliverance and hope to a dark and fearful world. It continues to bring challenge and hope to us today. Join us the four Sundays of Advent at 9:15AM and discover God’s message of hope and deliverance for your life. Copies of the book are $10.

Cookie Exchange Attention all ladies! We hope to see you at the annual cookie exchange. Please mark your calendar for Saturday December 8 at 2:00 p.m. This is an opportunity to enjoy cookies and socialize, as well as take home a variety of cookies for holiday serving and gifts. More details will follow in upcoming Challengers.


Robert’s Reflections s I write this column, I’ve got turkey on my mind. I’m hoping the four birds are thawing for ease of roasting for the Turkey Pot-Luck Dinner on Sunday. I’m always a little nervous about cooking turkey. You see, back when Teri and I were newlyweds we hosted our parents for Thanksgiving Dinner in our cozy apartment on the second floor of an old brick home in the German neighborhood of Quincy, IL. I pulled out all the stops as they say. Homemade noodles from my dad’s recipe, dressing like my mom made it, candied yams, fresh rolls, we had the whole nine yards. Only one glitch that year; the turkey took much longer to bake than expected. We later found that the oven needed recalibrating and was cooking about 30 degrees shy of what the setting said.

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Then, there was the dinner, some years later after the boys were born, in Decatur, IL. I believe we had about twenty coming for dinner cooked in our newly remodeled kitchen of our first home. Again, we went all out. I think the bird was 24lbs. which should have taken about 3.5hrs in a cooking bag. However, in the midst of cooking other dishes with help from other family members, the timer on our new stove completed its cycle indicating a pie that was baking with the Turkey was finished. Someone stopped the timer, or at least they thought they stopped the timer, when in fact they had canceled the oven setting as well. Alas, the turkey was sitting in a cooling oven! Problem solver that I am, I loaded the roaster into the car and off to the church we drove where new high speed convection ovens awaited. The turkey was more than slightly off schedule, and I was once again foiled in my attempt at the perfect Thanksgiving Feast. Of course, a perfect dinner is not what Thanksgiving is all about, although it helps! Our annual blend of the secular and religious on the fourth Thursday in November gives us pause to recognize the abundance our lives have been blessed with during the past year. The harvest is mostly in now, the gardens all but turned for winter, the leaves and the nuts all gathered, the flocks nearly migrated and we may look back over the former seasons of growth and produce with gratitude for all that bounteous earth has brought forth. We give thanks for all the people whose lives have inspired us, given us encouragement in the present and granted us hope for the future. We

honor and remember those who will not sit with us at our feasts this year and we welcome those new to our tables. We sense we are not really alone on this journey after-all, we belong to the human family, the body of Christ as we break bread giving thanks and asking for God’s blessing. I believe this is the perfect time to begin our journey of discovering God’s vision for our future as a community of faith. We begin this journey having honored our Saints and offered our Thanks to God for all the blessings we have inherited as members of Central Christian Church, for the faithfulness of the pioneers of this movement for God’s grace who began our mission in 1893, for those who built the church as a witness for Jesus in Kankakee County, and for all who have shared their gifts and devotion to enact the gospel together for 119 years. With the Election of our 2013 Officers and the Approval of the 2013 Budget last Sunday, I am thankful for our Visionary Leadership Team who began their work that day as well. The VLT represents all adult age groups in our congregation, a mix of women and men, all on a spiritual journey to help lead us as we seek God’s vision for this congregation. They are charged with guiding all of us on this journey. Everyone has something to contribute. I am confident the process and the journey will not be perfect. We will encounter challenges and detours along the way. And I pray you will respond to their leading in the weeks and months ahead. The members of Central’s Visionary Leadership Team, chaired by Vice-Moderator Elect Shirley Herberger, are Lois Bangs, James Bushey, Teri Bushey, Nancy Campbell, Bill Cheffer, Lisa Garcia, Michelle Garrett, Elaine Gray, Mary Joubert and Roger Schultz. We will begin each of our meetings with personal and corporate prayer time as we open ourselves to God’s leading. Please, hold us in your prayers as we listen for God’s calling and seek God’s vision for Central Christian Church. Meanwhile, have a blessed Thanksgiving holiday! Peace & Joy, Rev. Robert Bushey, Jr. Rev. Bushey’s Blog Robert’s Reflections


December 16TH – Christmas Offering

December 2ND – Poinsettia Orders

9:15AM Singing Mary’s Song 10:30AM – Dedication of Christmas Gifts Rev. Teresa Dulyea-Parker - Pulpit Guest Rejoicing in Our Rescue Luke 1: 51-52

9:15AM Singing Mary’s Song 10:30AM - Hanging of the Greens Accepting the Challenge of Advent Luke 1: 26-40 God’s Promises Fulfilled In Unexpected Ways

God Delivers Us from All Bondage

December 8th – 2P.M. Cookie Exchange

December 9TH – Poinsettia Orders 9:15AM Singing Mary’s Song 10:30 AM – Christmas Offering Now is the Time Luke 1: 46-50 God Comes Into Our Lives at the Right Time

Wassail Bowl Fellowship –After Worship

December 23RD – Christmas Sunday 9:15AM Singing Mary’s Song 10:30AM - Good News for All People Youth Bell Choir & Choir Anthem Luke 1:53-55 Jesus Brings Wonder & Expectation Into Our Lives

Christmas Caroling – 2P.M.

December 24TH – 6:00PM Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion And, the Angels Sang! Luke 2:1-20 Come and Experience the Gift of Light and Love Born for You!

Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 310 Main ST NW, Bourbonnais, IL Website 815-939-4433 Rev. Robert Bushey, Jr. - Minister

Join Us Online @ 7:00PM Wednesdays, Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12, & 19 Christmas Poems, Prayers & Readings Livestream Channel


DECK THE HALLS! -

December 1stEveryone is invited to participate as we deck the halls for our Advent-Christmas season! We will be putting the Christmas trees up and preparing decorations for Hanging of the Greens on Sunday morning. There is something for everyone to do! On Saturday, December 1st we’ll meet at 9:00 a.m. Coffee and donuts will be provided. Copies of Partners in Prayer Advent Devotionals will be available on November 25th.

Mid-Week Poems & Prayers Rev. Bushey and friends plan to be Live Online each Wednesday evening at 7:00P.M. Nov. 28th, Dec. 5th, 12th & 19th to share Christmas poems, prayers and readings. The 20minute program will be streamed on our LiveStream Channel which you may connect to on our website or at Recorded versions will be available for viewing and/or sharing after the livestream. We hope to bring the spirit of hope, peace, joy and love through our online Christmas ministry.

CHURCH OFFICE HOURS Monday - Thursday 9:00a.m – Noon 310 Main ST NW, Bourbonnais, IL 60914 CONTACT US: Staff: Dianna Clem, Administrative Secretary; Ken Bade, Organist; Phone: (815) 939-4433 Email: Website: Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Rev. Robert Bushey, Jr. Minister Mobile: (815) 662-7771 Email:


THE CHRISTIAN CHALLENGER

December 1, 2012 Growing in Faith, Touching Lives, Sharing our Gifts

Central Christian Church – Bourbonnais IL

SERVING IN WORSHIP GREETERS: Dec 2 – Mary Jane & Jeanie Burkhalter, Merwyn Cook & Marilyn Vanden Dec 9 – Lisa & Aurelio Garcia, Bob & Kay Smith Dec 16 – Bill & Irma Cheffer, Elaine & Steve Gray Dec 23 – Betty Conard, Ron, Mary Jane & Collin Ommen Dec 30 – Janet Bushey, Earline Larson, Shirley Herberger & Mary Joubert

ACOLYTES:

Noah and Delanie Garrett

WORSHIP LEADERS: Dec 2 Dec 9 Dec 16 Dec 23 Dec 30

Teri Bushey Clarence Bangs Josh Bushey Mary Joubert Kay Smith

CHILDREN’S HOMILY Lisa Garcia Lois Bangs Rev. Bushey Rev. Bushey

SERVING AT THE LORD’S TABLE ELDERS Lisa & Aurelio Garcia DIACONATE: Servers: Jerry Colbert & Emily Osback Preparers: Irma Cheffer & Nancy Campbell

7-Nicholas Bushey 20-Jerry Colbert 8-Marilyn Vanden 21-Larry Hastings 16-Mary Gilbert 21-David Herberger, Sr. BIRTHDAY BLESSINGS TO ALL!

CHURCH CALENDAR SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1 9:00 a.m. Deck the Halls FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT DECEMBER 2 Poinsettia Orders Received 9:15 a.m. Mary’s Song 10:30 a.m. Worship Service & Hanging of the Greens – Bring an Ornament for the tree 12:00 p.m. Youth Handbells TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4 9:00 a.m. Cluster Clergy Gathering WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5 7:00 p.m. Poems & Prayers Online THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6 6:30 p.m. Choir Rehearsal SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8 10:00 a.m. Memorial Service For Richard Goodrich

2:00 p.m.

Cookie Exchange

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9 Christmas Offering 9:15 a.m. Mary’s Song 10:00 a.m. Coffee Fellowship 10:30 a.m. Worship Service 12:00 p.m. Youth Handbells 1:00p.m. Youth Ornament Shop 2:30 p.m. Vision Leadership Team WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12 7:00 p.m. Poems & Prayers Online THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13 6:30 p.m. Choir Rehearsal

December 2nd – Accepting the Challenge of Advent First Sunday of Advent & Hanging of the Greens -10:30AM Luke 1: 26-40 God’s Promises Are Fulfilled In Unexpected Ways December 9TH – Now is the Time - 10:30 AM Luke 1: 46-50 God Comes Into Our Lives at the Right Time

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16 Christmas Offering & Dedication of Gifts for Christmas Families 9:15 a.m. Mary’s Song 10:00 a.m. Coffee Fellowship 10:30 a.m. Worship Service Rev. Teresa Dulyea-Parker Pulpit Guest 11:30 a.m. Wassail Bowl Fellowship

Come and Worship!


Children, Youth & Family Ministry News Sunday School News All Sunday School classes will dismiss for the Advent & Christmas Seasons. All are invited to join Singing Mary’s Song: An Advent Message of Hope & Deliverance in the Fellowship Hall each Sunday at 9:15a.m. Activities will be available for any children who attend.

Ornament Shop December 9 - Youth Grades 312 will meet at 1PM to make ornaments for a special mission project.

Youth Bell Choir Our Christmas Youth Handbell Ensemble rehearses with director, Ken Bade on Sundays from Noon-1PM. The Youth Bell Ensemble will be Performing in Worship Sunday, December 23rd.

"Y.O.L.O" (You Only Live Once For God)

The time has come! This event, for teens in grades 6-12 (Chi-Rho & CYF) is an overnight event with workshops, worship, swimming and sports and much more! Where: University Place Christian Church 403 S. Wright St., Champaign, IL When: 11:00am on Saturday, January 26 - 2:00pm on Sunday, January 27, 2013 Cost: $15.00 Deadline to Register: (postmarked by) January 15, 2013Download the registration form.

Poinsettia Orders We will be taking Poinsettia orders on Sunday, December 2nd & 9th in the Narthex. Poinsettias may be purchased in Memory of or in Honor of your loved ones. The plants will grace our sanctuary on December 16th & 23rd and may be taken home after worship on the 23rd.The cost is $5. Orders are also being received on our website.

Singing Mary’s Song – Begins Dec 2nd 9:15AM Soon after the angel Gabriel announced to Mary the astonishing news that she would bear the long-awaited Messiah, Mary went to visit her cousin Elizabeth, who was also expecting a child. Mary responded by singing a song of praise to God, commonly known as the Magnificat. Her song, recorded in Luke 1:46-55, was not a sweet lullaby sung in anticipation of the baby Jesus’ birth, Stroman says. Instead, it was a message of deliverance and hope. Mary’s song proclaimed deliverance and hope to a dark and fearful world. It continues to bring challenge and hope to us today. Join us the four Sundays of Advent at 9:15AM and discover God’s message of hope and deliverance for your life.

Cookie Exchange Would you like a variety of cookies for serving over the holidays or for gift giving? Or would you just enjoy some nice social time, a brief Christmas service, and a few delicious cookies with a drink? All ladies are invited to the CWF Annual Cookie Exchange December 8th at 2:00 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Bring a half dozen to a dozen cookies to share. These can be brought on a tray of your own, ready to serve, or we can place them on a tray for you. For the exchange, bring as many cookies as you would like to take home with you (in a container that can be set out on the table.) Be sure to bring an extra container for collecting the cookies that you will choose to take home. Feel free to bring friends. Have any questions? Talk to Lisa Garcia. We hope to see you there!

Wassail Bowl Fellowship! Sunday, December 16th in the Fellowship Hall following the Worship Service. Cookies and Cider will be served. Our newest members will be recognized. This year we will NOT be collecting gifts for the church during December. We will collect items for the church on Epiphany, Jan 6th.

NOT MEETING IN DECEMBER… Miriam Circle and the Book Discussion will NOT meet in December. See you in January. Enjoy the Christmas Season!

DECEMBER FOOD PANTRY COLLECTION: Rice, Pasta & Stuffing Mixes


Local Missions Corner

Robert’s Reflections

Christmas Familes Outreach We are accepting donations for the Christmas Families Community Outreach Project again this year This year we hope to share our Christmas Spirit with two families from the Kankakee School District and two families from Bourbonnais School District. Specially Marked Envelopes are available for your gifts or you may simply mark your gift FAMILIES. We will dedicate the gifts during worship on December 16th.

When the days were still long and warm with daylight, the Worship Committee met to envision our Advent observance. I brought a couple ideas for themes and we chose to focus our season on one of the main characters of the Christmas story, Mary the mother of Jesus. I was fortunate to find a new book Singing Mary’s Song by John Stroman to help create our 2012 Advent/Christmas Worship and Study Series: Mary Servant of Hope. We will begin with Hanging of the Greens and light the first candle of Advent as we explore how God’s promises are fulfilled in unexpected ways. Through Mary’s Song our study, conversation and coffee at 9:15a.m. led in part by members of the Visionary Leadership Team, and our morning worship we will discover how God uses unlikely vessels to bring hope and deliverance to the world. We will ask how God is using Central as a vessel of hope in our community. We will gather around the sanctuary Christmas tree with ornaments we brought to share for the season as we sing Deck the Halls. Our Advent journey of waiting and anticipation of the new and wondrous things God is doing in our midst through Jesus will begin this Sunday! Mary’s story has often taken a back seat to the other characters in the two Gospel accounts of the birth of Jesus, like the stories of countless women throughout history dominated by male historians. Even the shepherds, the lowest working class of men, have often been given more honor than the unwed, teenage mother of the Lord. As Disciples of Christ, we have embraced the role of women in ministry for many decades and I am excited to be focusing on Mary this Advent. I am also excited to invite the Rev. Dr. Teresa DulyeaParker, Regional Minister & President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in IL/WI to our pulpit on December 16th. We will dedicate our gifts for the Christmas Families that morning and our Christmas Offering for CCIW will be received as well. I hope you will make every effort to prepare yourself for the coming anew of Jesus into your life and the world during these four weeks before Christmas. And, I pray Mary’s story will inspire you to be a messenger of hope and deliverance. Peace & Joy, Rev. Robert Bushey, Jr.

Books for Baby Talk New this year will be a partnership with the Baby Talk Project through the literacy program at KCC. Baby Talk introduces the importance of early literacy to parents of newborns. Trained volunteers take books to new mothers at the local hospitals. We will be asking for donations of children’s books that include rhythm and repetition such as nursery rhymes, photos of babies, textures – touch and feel books, bold bright pictures. Reading, singing and talking to babies stimulate brain growth. We will have a small tree and a special place to place the books. We will be able to place a sticker in the book stating it is a gift from Central Christian Church. Christmas Card Tree for Harbor House Each year we invite you to bring a Christmas card for your Central family to hang on our Card Tree along with a donation of the amount of money you would have spent on postage to send cards to each member (nearly $30 in today’s postage if you sent everyone a card in the directory). We will list all the greetings in the January 1st Challenger. This year, money from the Card Tree will be donated to Harbor House, which provides a safe place for survivors of domestic violence, women and their children. Mitten Tree for Local Schools New mittens, gloves and hats will be collected for local school children. Look for the tree in Fellowship Hall.

PS: Check-out Poems & Prayers for Christmas Online on Central’s Website. Live Weds @7PM


2012 Christmas Offering - December 9th & 16th The good news of God coming to dwell among us is given to shepherds where they went about their daily labor. Today, where we live and daily labor, we are bearers of the good news of God with us in Jesus Christ. This good news is ours to share through: Guatemalan Partnership, Regional Elders, and Regional Ministry Team. The Rev. Teresa Dulyea-Parker, Regional Minister will be our Pulpit Guest on Sunday, December 16th. Thank you for giving as generously as you are able.

CHURCH OFFICE HOURS Monday - Thursday 9:00a.m – Noon 310 Main ST NW, Bourbonnais, IL 60914 Phone: (815) 939-4433

Rev. Robert Bushey, Jr. Minister Mobile: (815) 662-7771

Staff: Dianna Clem, Administrative Secretary; Ken Bade, Organist NEXT CHALLENGER DEADLINE: DEC. 11TH

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THE CHRISTIAN CHALLENGER

December 15, 2012

Merry Christmas

Growing in Faith, Touching Lives, Sharing our Gifts

Central Christian Church – Bourbonnais IL

Mary, Servant of Hope & Deliverance Our Advent/Christmas Worship Series focus on Mary’s Story continues.

CHURCH CALENDAR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16 8:00 a.m. Cheerful Survivors 9:15 a.m. Mary’s Song 10:00 a.m. Coffee Fellowship 10:30 a.m. Worship Service TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18 9:00 a.m. Prayer Shawl Group (Village Grill)

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19 12:00 p.m. Staff Christmas Lunch 7:00 p.m. Poems & Prayers THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20 6:30 p.m. Choir Rehearsal

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December 23 – Good News for All People! Luke 1:53-55 Youth Bell Choir & Choir Anthem We will light the fourth candle of Advent as we hear the wonder & expectation the birth of our Lord and Savior brings. Christmas Caroling to member’s homes will begin at 2:00 p.m.

DECEMBER 24 – And, the Angels Sang! Luke 2:1-20 Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion 6:00 p.m. Bring your family for Candlelight Communion on Christmas Eve. at 6:00 p.m. We will celebrate the birth of Jesus. Gifts for Mary (hand & body lotions) for YWCA of Kankakee County will be received. Come and experience anew the gift of Light and Love born for you!

DECEMBER 25 – Merry Christmas! Celebrate Christ’s birth with Carols and Prayers at 10:30 a.m. The brief service will conclude before the community Dinner begins.

FREE Community Christmas Dinner! Enjoy a Complete Holiday Feast (catered by LaVilletta Restaurant), Family, and Friends on Tuesday, December 25, 2012. Serving from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Reservations are Required! Call 815-295-1610 (toll free) until Friday, December 21st (Monday – Friday).

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23 9:15 a.m. Mary’s Song 10:00 a.m. Coffee Fellowship 10:30 a.m. Worship Service 2:00 p.m. Christmas Caroling MONDAY, DECEMBER 24 6:00 p.m. Candlelight Communion TUESDAY, DECEMBER 25  10:30 a.m. Cards & Prayers 11:00 a.m. Christmas Day Dinner SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30 10:00 a.m. Coffee Fellowship 10:30 a.m. Worship Service TUESDAY, JANUARY 1


Children, Youth & Family Ministry News

Sunday, December 23  The Youth Bell Ensemble will be Performing in Worship.  Everyone is invited for Christmas Caroling at 2:00 p.m. The youth will deliver cookies & ornaments that they made to the shut-ins.

"Y.O.L.O" (You Only Live Once For God)

The time has come! This event, for teens in grades 6-12 (Chi-Rho & CYF) is an overnight event with workshops, worship, swimming and sports and much more! Where: University Place Christian Church 403 S. Wright St., Champaign, IL When: 11:00am on Saturday, January 26 - 2:00pm on Sunday, January 27, 2013 Cost: $15.00 Deadline to Register: (postmarked by) January 15, 2013. Download the registration form at CCIWDISCIPLES.ORG

News from Members & Friends DEAR FRIENDS AT CENTRAL- We think of you frequently and miss the many wonderful people that we grew to love during our life at Central. We are adjusting to MN and beginning to feel at home here. We are attending, but have not joined, a small Disciples of Christ Church, where the people are welcoming and friendly. It’s easy for us now to see that one of Central’s wonderful gifts is accepting and encouraging new people into fellowship. Nurture that gift; it’s very important for newcomers to feel included and valued. As we continue through Advent, let’s focus on the hope, peace, joy, and love that the Christ Child offers. We’ll be thinking of you. May God bless you as you carry on God’s work: Growing in faith. Touching lives. Sharing our gifts. In Christian love…Bonnie &

Loren Flouhouse

Sympathy of the congregation is extended to Juanita Goodrich and family following the November 28th death of Richard “Dick” Goodrich. Memorial service was held at Central on December 8th. Memorial gifts may be given to Central Christian Church. Stewardship is More than Money… Thank you to Iris Robinson for making bows and placing greens at both entrances recently. Thank you to Pete Peterson for repairing the front entry light recently. Thank you to Teri Bushey for producing the children’s worship clipboards and bulletins each week and for helping with our living portraits of Mary during the Advent Christmas Season.

CWF/Ladies Ministry News Thanks to all who helped make this year's CWF Cookie Exchange a delightful social event. Fifteen were in attendance on December 8th. We enjoyed delicious cranberry punch, coffee, and quite a variety of delicious baked goods. After socializing, while sampling the goodies and drinks, we gathered around the lighted Christmas tree in the fellowship hall to hear a story. The story, The Littlest Christmas Tree, is a touching war-time story of homeless boys who "adopt" an abandoned little girl and give her the first Christmas tree she's ever seen. In the story, on Christmas Eve of every year, the Lord's Son goes to the Celestial Forest (containing every tree chosen for His Son's birthday) to choose the most loved tree for his Birthday Tree. The scrawny, stunted, scrub tree the boys decorate with bits of broken glass and other discarded items is quite an unexpected choice. The story, of course, gives the background for why this scrawny little tree is indeed the most loved tree that year. After the story we each chose an assortment of cookies to take home with us.


Robert’s Reflections

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ur Advent-Christmas worship series, Mary Servant of Hope has reached mid-way as we ponder the powerful, hopeful words of Mary’s Song from the first chapter of Luke. This Sunday, December 16th we welcome the Rev. Dr. Teresa Dulyea-Parker, Regional Minister and President of the Christian Church in IL/WI as our pulpit guest. Teresa has become a trusted colleague and friend in a short time. I was privileged to serve on her transition/welcome team to help provide her with a great start as our Regional Minister. I was also privileged to serve with her on the Regional Assembly Planning Committee as Vice Moderator of CCIW. Teresa is our region’s first female Regional Minister and President and her leadership represents what is great about the Disciples of Christ. All are welcome and encouraged to serve the Lord, women and men, young and old, clergy and laity, and every hue of skin color. As Disciples we celebrate the ministry and leadership of women in congregational and denominational life. I am delighted Teresa has accepted our invitation to be in worship with us this Sunday. Her message, Rescue Missions continues our series based on a portion of the Magnificat and the story of Mary & Joseph’s flight to Egypt from Matthew 2. Welcome, Teresa! Speaking of our series, you may have noticed the living portrait of Mary each week during worship. I am grateful for the girls and young women of Central who have agreed to serve as Mary through the season. Each week our Mary grows with size, costume and props as we approach the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. And, speaking of Christmas, I am looking forward to our annual Christmas Eve Candelight Service with communion at 6:00p.m. on December 24th. We will celebrate the birth of Jesus with readings, carols and candles. As a host site for the Christmas Dinner, Inc. free community dinner on Dec. 25th, we will be offering a brief service of Carols and Prayers at 10:30a.m. Christmas Day. Both services will receive free-will offerings of hand and body lotions for the YWCA of Kankakee County (Teri Bushey serves on the YWCA’s Board). Finally, a story of how Central became a servant of hope recently. On Wednesday, when I was supposed to be writing this column, Benjamin Alan Best arrived at the church on his well ridden

bicycle. I wouldn’t normally use his real name, but I have his permission and he’s sort of famous. For the past several years, he’s been riding across America, two and one-half times, honoring military veterans. His tour produced a blog about his journey. And while his tour ended some time ago, his journey hasn’t. He’s homeless, broke and this week without clean clothes and in need of a place to clean up. He sleeps in a sleeping bag in fields or woods, sometimes motels when a church will put him up for the night. He has survived through the generosity of others who have helped him. Ben was on his way west with hopes of parking the bike for a while and going back to regular employment. Faced with decisions of how best to help and knowing the current lack of community collaboration for meeting his needs, I contacted a couple members. Through the generosity of the church we were able to offer him the use of our shower, a hot-meal from my stash of micro-foods, coffee, clean sweats and socks to change into, a ride to the closest Metra station, and fare for the train ride. And, most importantly we offered hospitality, compassion and hope (for the complete story, see my blog post.) Some will say we were duped, only enabling Benjamin to mooch off others and they may be correct. And, of course we do not have the resources to meet every need. Being disciples of Jesus, however, I only recall once when Jesus sent someone away with nothing, a rich young man who wouldn’t stop hording his wealth. Thank you to Shirley Herberger and Aurelio Garcia for being our Servants of Hope for a sojourner who knocked on Jesus’ door. Peace & Joy, Rev. Robert Bushey, Jr.

Disciples in Mission The Missions Committee recently gave gifts from their 2012 budget to Gift of God Street Church Homeless Ministry, Harbor House and Salvation Army in Kankakee, to Week of Compassion for Hurricane Sandy relief and to Global Ministries for our Regional Mission Partners in Guatemala following a recent earthquake. A special gift will be presented to CCIW on Dec. 16th from mission funds received through our Policy on Undesignated Estates from the family of Stan Kaminski.


Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! From Your Church Staff Ken Bade, Dianna Clem, and Rev. Robert Bushey, Jr.

CHURCH OFFICE HOURS Monday - Thursday 9:00a.m – Noon 310 Main ST NW, Bourbonnais, IL 60914 Phone: (815) 939-4433

Rev. Robert Bushey, Jr. Minister Mobile: (815) 662-7771

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