Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Third Sunday of Advent

We have 4 special worship opportunities coming up:
Sunday, December 14--3rd Sunday of Advent--Worship with Joy--10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, December 17--Christmas Celebration--7:00 p.m.
scripture, prayer, carols, candlelighting, and communion
Sunday, December 21--4th Sunday of Advent
Morning Worship at 10:00 a.m.
Echoes of Praise (formerly Alleluia Singers)--4:00 p.m.
Cantata: Mary, Did You Know?
supper following
Join us for any and/or all--we'd love to see you!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Annual Christmas Vespers and Alleluia Singers

Come, celebrate the Advent season with us as we enjoy our annual community Christmas Vespers. This wonderful event with specials from our area churches sets the tone for our Advent season, preparing our hearts for the coming of Christmas and our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Vespers start at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 7, here at our church. Following the service is a time of food and fellowship for all. Please join us.
Also, on December 21 at 4:00, we will host the Alleluia Singers who will present a Christmas cantata. This group always has a good musical program. We will have a light supper afterwards for all who attend and wish to stay. Put this special event on your calendar too.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

All Church Wiener Roast

Our all-church wiener roast sponsored by Women's Fellowship was a great evening of relaxation and fun. The evening was perfect. The Kussart yard provided an enjoyable spot.
Dawna Carter and Mike and Kathy Gentry
Time to roast some hotdogs for Nancy (watching) and Harold Martin and Norm Starr.

More folks get into the act, including Clyde Fansler, Kathy Gentry, Betty Sue Laird, and Carl Cable.

Mary & Ellis Hissong get a turn at the fire.
We enjoyed conversation, a meal, and singing as the night grew dark. What a wonderful fellowship time for those of us who attended!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Sign up time for New Directory

The photo sign-up button is ready for use! Click on the button on the right and follow the directions to sign up for your session. You don't even have to belong to our church. Sign up and receive a free 8 x 10 photo from your session. If you don't belong in our congregation (yet, we hope), you may elect to not have your photo placed in our directory. Please sign up as soon as possible. Sign-ups will also be taken before and after Sunday morning worship. Our session is September 22. Hope to see everyone there. Further questions: call the church office at 217-763-8641.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Photo Directory

     Stay tuned for details, but we are preparing to have photos taken for a new church directory.
     Anyone may get a photo taken, even if you don't belong to our church, and you will not have to be included in our directory. There is even a free photo for everyone who sits for photos. What a deal!
     We think this will be a wonderful way to let the community find out a little more about us. Sign-ups will be available soon on this web page.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Come Worship with Us

We want your presence with us!
At our semi-annual congregational business meeting last week, the congregation voted to move worship and Sunday School times for the summer.
Starting June 8, we will have Sunday School beginning at 9:00 a.m.
and Worship beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Join us! We welcome all.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Easter Sunday--Jesus is Alive!

What rejoicing takes place Easter morning as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ!
We had a lovely service that morning with scripture, song, and word that all celebrated our Christ.
Holy Week also included 2 other important events: Love Feast on Maundy Thursday when we come together to follow Christ's example at the Last Supper and then to take the bread and cup in remembrance of Him.
Our Good Friday service centered on the cross draped in black and the crucifixion of Christ.
The bare altar except for the cross and the lilies helped us focus on that message.
Sunday School is 9:30 Sunday mornings, followed by worship at 10:30.
We have a weekly Bible Study on Tuesday morning at 9:30.
You are welcome to join us as we seek to follow Christ--peacefully, simply, and together.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Chicken Noodle Supper

Women's Fellowship sponsored a community chicken noodle supper last night,
 March 1.
While the weather forecast was not good, the snow held off, and for that, we thank God.
Our crowd was still small but those who came enjoyed the dinner and the fellowship.
Those who did not come missed out--come next time!
Our young people helped pick up dishes and clean trays.
The serving line: we served chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, green beans. tossed salad, and a variety of desserts.
Some of the folks who came to eat, including our pastor and his wife, Tim and Betty Sue.

More youngsters enjoying their work--we greatly appreciate their efforts!
Activities like these help hold together our family for the work of Jesus. Come, join us, as we worship and participate in a variety of projects and activities as part of the church of Jesus Christ.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Do These Bones Live?

At the Cerro Gordo Church of the Brethren, we are working to "Let the Bones Live" by following Jesus' example and teachings.
One way we do this is by serving others.
The Women's Fellowship sponsored a work day at church this past week. Our goal was to make as many blankets as possible to give to shelters and others in need.

Sometimes we ironed fabric (of which our quilt room holds plenty) and some of us pieced quilt squares (some are laid out on the table in the above photo.

Some of us tied quilts.

Some of us tied fleece blankets.

We finished 5 blankets and have 3 more in various stages of completion.
We also enjoyed devotions on Dorcas, a loved and respected woman, who Peter raised from the dead.
What a joy it is to work together for Christ!
All are welcome to join us in worship and in work! Please come!