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Thursday, April 5, 2018
Grace Community Church celebrates one year of recovery program A local rehabilitation program is preparing to celebrate its one-year anniversary. Pastor Chuck Giacinto said Grace Community Church’s Celebrate Recovery program has been a huge success for the congregation. Giacinto explained its a Christ-centered, faith-based organization recovery program that is available across the globe and supports those dealing with addiction, abuse and more. “There’s a tremendous need in the area and thankfully there are many other programs that have been available to people along the way,” Giacinto said. “We just want to add to that and be a part of it.” The church will hold a concert to support the program at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Grace Community Church, 1634 Route 23 on the edge of Streator. Singer and songwriter Randy Stonehill will perform a variety of Christian music and Giacinto hopes the public will attend to learn more about the program. They will also celebrate their anniver-
Grace Community Church ADDRESS: 1634 Route 24, outside of Streator PHONE: 815-672-7700 WEB: streatorgrace.church HOURS: Church services are 10:15 a.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Celebrate Recovery meets at 6 p.m. Mondays for dinner with the formal meeting beginning at 7 p.m.
sary during the regularly scheduled meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, April 30. Ministry leader Randy Adams said the program serves those with a variety of needs and helps them navigate the long and occasionally difficult road to recovery. “It’s for anyone with a hurt, hang-up, habit or addiction,” Adams said. “It can be of any sort. It can be for spousal abuse, child abuse, drugs, alcohol and eating disorders. It deals with a wide range of hurts, habits and hang-ups.” Adams said the program has been a hit thus far. The program incorporates a combination of 12 steps, eight principles and their
Biblical comparisons wellrounded approach to life’s hurts and struggles. The initial program takes around nine months to a year, but can last indefinitely and he hopes those that participate can stick around and help others. Adams estimates it’s just as helpful for the leadership and greater congregation as it is for those looking for help. “Going through this process we’ve benefited from it about as much as any of the people coming,” Adams said. “When it was announced, I wanted to be a part of it,” he added. “My heart kind of leapt because
Pastor Chuck Giacinto and wife Lynette, celebrate Recovery Ministry with Ministry Leader Randy Adams. I, myself, came from addiction and I wanted to use that past to help others.” The group meets at 6 p.m. every Monday for dinner and begin the formal meeting around 7 p.m.
Adams said he hopes those in need are able to find the program useful and looks forward to seeing its growth in the years to come. “God heals and teaches
that you don’t have to carry these burdens yourself,” Adams said. “He carries those for us.”
Thymeless — Helping put a touch of personality in your home Want to change things inside your home? Thymeless, a family owned business and one of downtown Ottawa’s newest additions, helps you do just that. The store offers a variety of handcrafted items including repurposed wooden signs with witty sayings such as “Grandkids spoiled here because nobody will spank grandpa” or a barnwood sign saying “What I Love Most About Our Home Is Who I Share It With.” Thymeless specializes in handmade wreaths, wooden toilet paper cabinets, curtains and rugs, among other things. “Many of the items in our store have a story. We just don’t know what that story is in many cases. These items are given a new breath of life and live on in someone’s home from generation to generation,” Sharon said. “It could be as simple as a piece of barn wood that finds a new use in someone’s home.” In November, co-owners
THYMELESS ADDRESS: 728 Columbus St., Ottawa PHONE: 815-617-9595 FACEBOOK: ThymelessOttawa HOURS: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday (although it will be open on Sundays during Special Events and the Fall and Christmas seasons)
Sharon Kassman and her mother, Pat Almy, opened Thymeless at Columbus and Jefferson streets in downtown Ottawa. But the duo have much experience in the business. They operated a similar store called A Walk in Thyme in the suburbs for more than two decades. Sharon and Pat said they belong to an artistic family which includes both of their husbands lending a helping hand at all times. “My passion has always been in natural products,” said Sharon, who worked under a master gardener for five years. “We search
high and low for unique works from artists we’ve worked with.” Sharon lives in Ottawa, while Pat, who remains in the suburbs, works at the store two days a week. “Our ideas inspire each other,” Sharon said. The “thyme” in the store’s name refers to the spice. “We’re well-seasoned,” Pat joked. “We try to appeal to the five senses.” Sharon and Pat talked about their store revolving around customer service. “We are about making this an attainable experience, so the customer
Mucci & Kirkpatrick provides repairs second to none Mucci & Kirkpatrick Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration has been keeping customers cozy in winter and cool in summer for 30 years. They are dealers of dependable and efficient Armstrong Air Conditioning and Heating products, providing residential and commercial units. Mucci & Kirkpatrick also offers residential zoning equipment, which allows a customer to have one furnace but multiple thermostats to control temperatures in different areas and save energy. For air filtration and humidification, Mucci & Kirkpatrick offers Space Gard air filters and Aprilaire humidifiers. However, much more than just new heating and AC equipment is available at Mucci & Kirkpatrick. William Mucci gives free estimates and consults with customers to select and install the proper equipment and ductwork for their application. Sheet metal is individually fabricated at the Mucci & Kirkpatrick shops for the requirements of each job. In addition to selling and installing air-conditioning and heating equipment, Mucci & Kirkpatrick provides maintenance and repair service that is second to none. Mucci & Kirkpatrick also installs commercial refrigeration units for restaurants, such as freezers and walk-in coolers.
Mucci & Kirkpatrick offers more than just new heating and AC equipment. William Mucci gives free estimates and consults with customers to select and install the proper equipment and ductwork for their application. They also provide maintenance and repair service.
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Pat Almy and Sharon Kassman, owners of Thymeless, offer a variety of handcrafted items including repurposed wooden signs at their downtown Ottawa store. can come in here and be comfortable and creative,” Sharon said. “We encourage the customer as we work with them to
be expressive with their creative thoughts.” “Our customer base has evolved into a constant flow of faithful customers
who bring their friends,” Sharon said. “Mom and I both feel that is the biggest compliment you can give us.”
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