Newsletter- Tidings

Elk Grove Presbyterian Church

Striving as Christians to make a difference in the world by serving God and all God’s children through our faith, words, and actions

Women’s Bible Study

Bible Study is going strong.  We are learning about the Book of Acts.  We share joys & concerns.  We take time out to celebrate a 90th birthday and we will be going out to celebrate a Christmas brunch.  It is an amazing group of ladies.  We meet Tuesday from 9:30-11 am

November Session Meeting Highlights

  • We welcomed Rev. Judy Hockenberry as our moderator for our meeting.
  • We accepted Mead Killion as a new member of our church.
  • We are grieving the loss of two members, George McKillop and Gil Wishon, and are grateful for those who have reached out to help their families.
  • Bob Russow is now our treasurer.
  • We will be working with Rev. Barb Gorski on possibly being our Stated Supply pastor.
  • We will have a Congregational Meeting on December 9th to elect the new Session members and Corporation officers.

Good Stewardship of Our Utilities

As we move into the colder weather, we need to be aware and conscious of turning the thermostat down when a room is not in use or turning out lights when a room is unoccupied.   Each of us are stewards of the church expenses, and need to be thoughtful of our utility usage.

Thank you for your watchfulness.


Thank you to everyone who donated to Ashton’s family by either buying Butterbraids or making a donation.  We raised around $200 for her family to use for Christmas.  Our last Mission projects for this year will be our annual Pine Ave children’s gifts and our Christmas Joy Offering.  We are currently waiting for a list of children from Pine Ave, but once we receive it, we will put the tags on the tree near the office.  Wrapped gifts will be due by December 16th.  We will also be taking donations for the Christmas Joy Offering throughout December.  Please mark all donations as “Christmas Joy” and/or use the Christmas Joy envelopes that are found in your offering envelopes or in the pews.  Our annual Christmas Joy Bake Sale will be in Fellowship Hall on December 16th.  Please donate baked goods and/or buy baked goods.  All proceeds will go to the Christmas Joy fund.  In closing, I would like to thank everyone for all of their generosity this past year.  With your help, we have touched the lives of many of God’s children.  It has been a pleasure serving on Session these past 6 years, and I am grateful to have worked with a wonderful group of women on the Missions committee.  Thank you Nancy, Jan, Ella, Sandy, & Barb!   Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas season and a Happy 2019!

Cantata Time

 Yes, it is time again for our annual Christmas Cantata.  The choir has been working on getting it ready for December 16th.  Again, it will be one of our own composition.  The narration has been composed by Barb Singlemann and the title is “Tell the News.”  That does sound sort of like Evangelism.  We will be joined again by bass player Rich Armandi and drums by Bob Rummage.  It will be a wonderful celebration.  Bring some friends and share in the Christmas story!

Christmas Play

We are very excited for the annual Christmas Play “A Christmas to Believe In”.  It is a wonderful story with beloved Christmas songs.  The congregation will be joining with some of the favorite songs.  It is Sunday 12/23/18 as part of the church 10:15 service.  And of course it is followed with the yummy Potluck.  Don’t miss it.  Mark your calendars.  Invite your friends!

Below is a list of pastors for each Sunday

Dec 2     Rev David Ezekiel with communion

Dec 9     Rev Beth Collier

Dec 16   Cantata

Dec 23   Christmas Play

Dec 24   Rev Dianne Shields with communion

Dec 30   Rev. Colin Eversmann

Judy Hockenberry, the Associate Pastor from Arlington Heights, First, is our moderator for session

Julie Peterson, Pastor at Hoffman Estates is our committee on Ministry representative.


The Village is accepting unused and non-working holiday string lights and extension cords as part of the SWANCC.  Holiday Lights Recycling Program.  SWANCC and participating communities have partnered with Elgin Recycling Inc. to recycle the lights and cords.

Residents can drop off holiday lights and extension cords now thru March 31, 2019.  The Village cannot accept garland, live greens, wreaths, or other non–recyclable materials.  Call 847-357-4220 for more information.

Community Development Counter

Village Hall, 901 Wellington Ave.

Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 p.m.


Did you know that Thanksgiving (and the day before) as well as Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are the peak days for home cooking fires?

To keep your family safe this holiday season, follow these tips:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Do not leave home with a turkey cooking in your oven.
  • Keep children away from the stove.  Children under age 5 are most likely to be hurt by touching hot cooking equipment or scalded by hot liquids.  The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working.  Test them by pushing the test button.

Submitted by:  Barbara Britton


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