Faith Community United Church of Christ of Bensenville, Illinois

192 South Center Street, Bensenville, IL 60106

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Sunday, August 7, 2022

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  Faith Community United Church of Christ Bensenville

192 S. Center Street, Bensenville, Illinois 60106
(630) 766-1141

Email: faithcommunityucc@sbcglobal.net

Office Hours: Monday – Thursday 8:00am – 2:00pm

Friday 8:00am -12:00 noon

Sunday Worship Service 10:00am

Faith Community In Action

 
Christmas Pageant
 

Vacation Bible School 

 
 
 
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We Are OPEN! We Are Safe! WE MISS YOU!
Faith Community’s doors are open for in-person “LIVE” worship.  We know that some of you have enjoyed watching us on Facebook live and Zoom.  Would you consider joining us on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. in the church?
Matthew 18:20.  “For when two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.”

 GOD IS GOOD – ALL THE TIME!

LIVE WORSHIP IS ALIVE AND WELL!

COME AND BE INSPIRED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT!

MASKS ARE OPTIONAL! ********************************************************************
The members of Faith Community UCC greet you, and thank you for visiting our Faith Community United Church of Christ website.  FCUCC is a congregation of caring and loving people who together are committed to be the embodiment of Christ’s loving and compassionate ministry in the Bensenville community and beyond.  This is a church where all are welcomed to share with us in experiencing (or discovering for the first time) what it is to be a faithful follower of Jesus the Christ.  While we know that we are not perfect, we do try to be loving and welcoming to everyone who joins us in striving to find a better relationship with Jesus, each other and our world.
Whether you are just visiting the Bensenville area or are exploring our village churches in search of a new faith community to call your home, we hope that you will consider Faith Community United Church of Christ.  You are always invited to drop in and experience our worship celebration with us on Sunday morning, and to learn more about what FCUCC has to offer you.  

August 2022 Lectionary & Worship Schedule

***10:00 am In Person Worship and Virtual Worship on Zoom and FB Live***

7th ~ Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

 10:00 AM Worship Service

 Sacrament of Holy Communion

 Luke 12:32-40

14th ~ Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

   10:00 AM Worship Service

   Luke 12:49-56

21st ~ Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

   10:00 AM Worship Service

          Food Pantry Sunday

          Luke 13:10-17

 

28th ~ Twelfth Sunday +after Pentecost

   10:00 AM Worship Service

              Luke 14:1, 7-14
 
****Special message about in person worship ***
1.) On Sunday morning masks will be optional. Please be respectful of other’s choices.
2.) Communion will be served and held in front of each person rather than passing. Communion ‘packets’ will also be available in the Narthex, if preferred.
3.) As you enter, the offering plate will be on a stand by the sanctuary door – please leave your offering in the plate.
4.) Live singing is back! Join us in ‘lifting our joyful voices in song!’
5.) Please continue to use good health practices while you are in church.

E-Giving at Faith Community

We have an exciting new way of giving at Faith Community. You can now set up your offerings to be made directly to the church from your checking or savings account, eliminating the need to write a check. Offerings can be made at any time and to whatever ministry of the church that you choose (i.e., General Fund, Building Fund, Christmas, Easter, church missions). You can set up your offerings weekly, monthly, or at any interval you choose. You can set up an account today by clicking here.
Our partner in e-giving is Vanco Services. Vanco is the financial technology company that has been chosen by the United Church of Christ. It provides secure electronic giving to more than 10,000 churches. Your information provided to Vanco Services is safe and is kept strictly confidential.
Vanco is integrated with our church software, and your offerings are automatically recorded in your giving record. It eliminates the need for our church office to manually record your offerings.
If you have any questions, please call the church office at 630-766-1141

 

Greetings From Pastor Philip Price, Interim Minister

I am so excited to have been selected to be your transitional minister! 

This “in-between” time is a critical time in the life of a church.  The work that we do now helps the church to know itself and to make the right choice.  Being clear on who you are is the most important factor in finding someone who will be a great match for your church.  We have remembering, dreaming and connecting to do.  Remembering will help us to mine the rich history of Faith Community UCC as there are elements of your past to be celebrated and reexamined.  Some of them may become beacons or guiding lights into your future.  Others may have lived out their purpose and are no longer expedient or necessary and must be let go to reach for ministry opportunities that are in front of us right now.  Dreaming will help us to be open to the Spirit and will remind us that God never expects us to be perfect or powerful, only available.  We will also work on strengthening the bonds between the members, with our denomination and with our community.   When Spirit meets available hearts, amazing things happen! 

My wife Vicki, and I, live in Glen Ellyn.  We have six children, most of them launched, one still in university.  And, we have five grandchildren!       

I have served large and small churches in Canada, California, Florida, Georgia, Texas and Illinois.  I have been the called minister in many of them and an Intentional Interim in several.

I am looking forward to getting to know you and together creating the vision and doing the work of discernment that will bring the next chapter of your ministry in Bensenville into being.

Pastor Phil     

                                           Memorial                                   

Christine “Chris” T. Albiniak ~ December 9, 1952 – December 25, 2020
Christine “Chris” Albiniak; loving wife of Michael Albiniak, beloved mother of Michael (Sarah) J. Albiniak, Katharine T. Albiniak, Jacob C. Albiniak, cherished grandmother of Benjamin and Emily Albiniak, aunt and cousin to many. Chris was a lifelong musician who loved making and teaching music both as band director and music teacher in elementary schools for 22 years and as the music director in church for 18 years.
Lovingly submitted by Katie Albiniak 

Chris spent 18 years of her life being a part of the Faith Community Family.  Know that she treasured every moment.  Music was her life – and had been since she was child.  She started playing for Church services when she was in grade school.  For her to continue to use her talents at Faith in service to God and in service to this congregation was a delight to her.

She loved every time any of you would come up to her after worship and express your appreciation for her music choices.  She always made a note of who liked what, either to play it again for a special occasion or to find similar pieces you might like just as much.

To Voices of Faith Vocal and Bell Choir – Know that Chris loved working with you all.  Your dedication to her, your enthusiasm, and your willingness to learn and try new music amazed her.  She spent many hours listening to and finding music you would enjoy and pieces that would challenge you because she knew you could do it.  She was so proud of you and loved you all.

Her favorite quote was a simple, but profound one, “Long after the toys of childhood are forgotten, the gift of music will remain.”  Chris’s legacy to Faith Community is the joy of music she brought to so many of you.

Memories

Chris Albiniak was a wonderful friend and mentor to many musicians in our church.  She directed our vocal and bell choirs, and played piano and organ for church services.  She was a great accompanist who knew how to follow the person doing special music, changing the piano part to bring out the talents of the soloist.  She also drew out the best from the choirs, whether the members were experienced musicians or not.

Chris spent many hours scouring the online music websites for anthems that would showcase the choirs’ talents.  She also spent much time finding “just the right song” when we were to sing a memorial piece for a specific member of the congregation.

Chris helped us catalog the choir pieces into a vocal choir database that could be put in order by title, subject, number of vocalists, etc.  It is a great aid when we’re searching for music for specific times of the church calendar year. 

Chris was the rehearsal pianist for the church’s Quartet of Faith, and The Vagabond Singers when we were out singing professionally.  She helped us learn many complicated songs, and kept a look out for new quartet pieces that we could provide for our church services.  She even helped us by accompanying The Vagabond Singers when our performances included songs that were not suitable as a cappella music.

As friends, Chris and I could be found talking for hours on the phone in the evening, probably at least once a week.  We’d talk about music, families, and life in general.  I greatly miss her, and her talents of playing piano, finding wonderful music, guiding our musicians, and helping us bring out the best in all our endeavors. – Diana F.

 

Chris was a good friend and mentor to all of us but especially to me. I enjoyed her silly kid jokes she liked to pull on us. She new her music and she knew how to get us to be our best in vocals and bells. She is sorely missed.

-Cheryl R.

 

We were so blessed to have Chris be our music director for 18 years.  She enjoyed finding new music for us, playing for our services and directing our choirs. Our Bell Choir was challenging for many of us but she was encouraging with lots of humor. We especially enjoyed the cantatas that were presented for many Christmas seasons. Chris was very dedicated and rarely took time off.  -Sue S.

~ Chris was always so willing to have the children participate in the service.  Rowan always enjoyed talking to her and she was always so patient.  -Sondra O

~ Wonderful friend who shared her talents with our church.  – Robin T

~Chris Albiniak was more than a choir director.   She was a great friend.  She led a busy life with students and church duties, but I could still call her when she was off duty, and she was genuinely glad to spend time listening and talking about music, life, and our church.  She was a night owl like most musicians and when I could not sleep, I knew Chris was still up till early in the morning and we would have some of the best conversations.  We would laugh about the antics of her pets and new songs either of us had heard that might be fun for the choir to do.  In a world of texting and voicemails people do not genuinely get to know each other anymore.  Genuine people like Chris are rare.  I already miss her and will continue to miss her.  – Al Thurkow

Here’s where you’ll find us

Faith Community
United Church of Christ
192 S. Center Street
Bensenville, Illinois 60106
(630) 766-1141 
 
Office Hours:
Monday – Friday
8:00am – 12:00 noon
 
Services:
Sunday Worship 10:00am
 
 
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             Mission Moment for August 2022           

August 2022             “Healing Reign”             Luke 13:10-17

For eighteen years the woman in today’s story suffered an ailment that kept her bent over and in pain. Jesus knew how to bring healing to the woman who suffered, but those around him wanted him to wait until after the sabbath. Jesus knew that suffering could not wait. If healing was available and ready at once, then it should be enacted.

Look around. What kind of suffering do you see in your region or neighborhood? Is there suffering that has been allowed to linger because it seems that it is never the right time to heal? What kind of healing can you and your congregation bring to those broken places?

Pray this prayer as you open your heart and mind to the suffering in your midst and the healing that might be available to alleviate that suffering.

Jesus, our friend and brother,

We breathe in and we breathe out.

With each breath in,

we receive the suffering of our neighbors.

With each breath out,

we exhale your healing power.

With each breath in,

we pray for courage and insight

With each breath out,

we become more like you.

With each breath in,

we feel your strength and clarity

With each breath out,

we step forward, reach toward.

Jesus, our friend and brother,

Guide us, we pray, as we breathe, pray, become, feel, step, reach, heal. Amen.

July 2022                                                 “Caring Neighbors”             Luke 10:25-37

This scripture is the story of the Good Samaritan. Listen to the story in the words of those who experienced it:

The Religious Official speaks

I always believed there are two kinds of people in the world – good ones and, well, not-good ones.  I, of course, have been blessed by birth and by training to be one of the good ones. I help when I can, but I tell myself that you can’t help them all. And so that day, I rushed right by that person lying beaten on the side of the road, as I had rushed so many times before. In my rush to get where I was going and do the “good” thing I had planned, I think I missed a chance. I can’t stop thinking of him and wondering if there was something more I could have done, wondering if “you can’t help them all” is just a justification to not help anyone. Since that day, I’ve been thinking that maybe the world is not so easy to divide into good people and bad ones.

The Man Beaten by Robbers speaks

I always knew that there are two kinds of people in this world – those who suffer and those who make others suffer. Until that day, I made sure that I was the one who made others suffer, so they couldn’t hurt me. Everyone feared my fists, and that’s why they hired me to walk that dangerous road. But that day, I let down my guard for a moment, and others found me, and beat me.               I thought I would die there, but instead I felt a cool cloth on my head, a gentle hand to bandage my wounds. Since that day, I’ve wondered if maybe the world is not so easy to divide into assailants and victims. The person who picked me up and helped me that day had no reason to help, he just did. Maybe the world isn’t all about avoiding suffering or inflicting it. Maybe there is another way to live – healing and helping – that I hadn’t noticed before.

The Samaritan speaks

Look, there are two kinds of people in this world. The right ones, like me, who know that God dwells on the holy mountain and the wrong ones, like him, who think God lives in a box in the city. When I saw him lying by the side of the road that day, I knew that he was one of the wrong ones. But in that moment, I also saw his pain was just like mine would have been. I saw that his blood was red just as mine is. And for some reason, I couldn’t walk away. Since that day, I’ve wondered if maybe God could be both in my mountain and in their city. Maybe the world is not so easily divided into us and them.

June 2022                                                 Gathered and Scattered”             Acts 2:1-21

Strengthen the Church Offering

The church year begins with Advent – the four weeks before Christmas. Then there is a short season of Christmastide, followed by Epiphany. Lent is the next season of the church year, which culminates in Holy Week and Easter. Eastertide, the season that follows   Easter ends with Pentecost, which is Sunday, June 5, 2022. After this, the church is in the long season known as Ordinary Time that lasts until Advent begins again in midwinter.

In thinking of the church year, for many churches, Easter is the high point of the year.  With its majestic music, resurrection message, shiny new dresses and egg hunts, it can feel like it’s all downhill from there. Pentecost can be easy to miss, just a stop on the way to the long stretch of ordinary time. But what if we framed it in a new way? What if Pentecost day – TODAY – was not a steppingstone but the culmination of all that we have been preparing for and the beginning of a new adventure?

On the first Pentecost Day, the disciples, mourning the perceived loss of Jesus and the life they had known with him, were ready to give up. Then the Spirit arrived! When they felt the Spirit’s presence, they were infused with new energy. New gifts flowed from them, giving them the power to speak to their neighbors of all languages. Even Peter, who had barely been able to put a sentence together until now, suddenly preached with flowing eloquence. The church received the Holy Spirit on Pentecost day, and everyone paid attention.

Like the disciples, we, in these post-pandemic days, are mourning what we have lost and are trying to adjust to the new normal of the lives we have now. Now, more than ever, let us receive the power of the Holy Spirit. Now, more than ever, let us perceive how that Spirit is already at work, empowering the gifts of our congregation. Now, more than ever, let us speak in the languages that those around us need to hear – a message of salvation and love that only we can tell.

Sunday, June 5th many churches will receive The Strengthen the Church (STC) Offering. STC reflects the shared commitment of people across the United Church of Christ to cooperatively build up the UCC. Conferences and the national setting equally share the gifts given by members and friends through their local congregations. The funds raised support leadership development, new churches, youth ministry, and innovation in existing congregations. By your generosity to this offering, you build up the Body of Christ.

 
Faith Community United Church of Christ is supported by the
Fox Valley Association
and
Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ

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