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Dear Church Family,

Last Sunday proved that winter is here to stay for awhile! When I drove into the church parking lot, all I saw was a glistening sheet of ice covering the entire blacktop, I knew it was going to be challenging for anyone to walk into the church. Please know that your safety is the highest priority and on Sunday’s when the weather is inclement, it might be best for you to stay home. Now that we livestream all our services, you can worship right at home,

I just read this poem by Ted Loder in Guerrillas of Grace  titled “Grant Me Your Sense of Timing.” I thought I would share it with you as we move with confidence into this new year.

“O God of all seasons and senses,
grant me your sense of timing
to submit gracefully
and rejoice quietly
in the turn of the seasons.

In this season of short days and long nights,
of grey and white and cold.
teach me the lessons of waiting:
of the snow joining the mystery
of the hunkered-down seeds
growing in their sleep
watched over by gnarled-limbed, grandparent trees
resting from autumn’s staggering energy;
of the silent, whirling earth
circling to race back home to the sun.

O God, grant me your sense of timing.

In this season of short days and long nights,
of grey and white and cold,
teach me the lessons of endings;
children growing,
friends leaving,
jobs concluding
stages finishing,
grieving over,
grudges over,
blaming over,
excuses over.

O God, grant me your sense of timing.

In this season of short days and long nights,
of grey and white and cold,
teach me the lessons of beginnings;
that such waitings and endings
may be a starting place,
a planting of seeds
which bring to birth
what is ready to be born—
something right and just and different,
a new song,
a deeper relationship,
a fuller love—
in the fullness of your time.

O God, grant me your sense of timing.”

New Year Blessings,
Pastor Barbara







Luke 3:1-18
3 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah,
The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth, and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’” John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our ancestor’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”
10 And the crowds asked him, “What then should we do?” 11 In reply he said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” 12 Even tax collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, “Teacher, what should we do?” 13 He said to them, “Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you.” 14 Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what should we do?” He said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation and be satisfied with your wages.” 15 As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, 16 John answered all of them by saying, “I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17 His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”
18 So, with many other exhortations, he proclaimed the good news to the people.








Annual Report for the Congregational Meeting has been emailed to active members. A printed copy of this report is available in the church office.




A big thank you to everyone who showed up for the undecorating of the church!






Your Per Capita payment goes to support the greater church…the work of our Presbytery and Synod and General Assembly. We have personally benefited from our connection to the Chicago Presbytery through our “Salary Supplement Grant.” Please consider giving the Per Capita amount of $36.00 per person! Thank you!





Thank you to ISBS and Sales Manager Phil Zangara for hosting a food collection for our Food Pantry!




Kerry Foods not only sponsored a food drive for us for also blessed our church and food pantry with a $5,000 check! Thank you!!








December Financial Report



A New Year’s Poem submitted by Melodee Russow!






Barb Singelmann’s grandson Peter visiting her family over Christmas!











To keep our prayer list up-to-date, we will keep people on the prayer list for three weeks. If after three weeks you would like them to remain on the prayer list, just let Barbara Wilson, Val Heller or Pastor Barbara know! 




Prayers for Our Church Family
Melodee Russow continued healing of knee
Lois Thompson for healing of fractured pelvis

Prayers for Those Who Have Died and Their Families

Jean Campbell’s family on her death

Prayers for Family and Friends

Eugene Drake’s surgery for cancer went well and continued prayers for Carol who has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimers (extended family of Barbara Britton • Prayers for shut-ins (Char Algozin, Mary Clarbour) • Homeless and Hungry in Busse Woods • Prayers for our church with God’s guidance on a bold new vision • Prayers for Elk Grove and their support of our Clothing Ministry and Food Pantry.

General Prayers

Prayers for our President • Prayers for those serving in the military (Barbara Singelmann’s grandson Peter) • Healing of our country • Prayers for shut-ins (Char Algozin, Mary Clarbour) • Homeless and Hungry in Busse Woods • Prayers for our church with God’s guidance on a bold new vision • Prayers for Elk Grove and their support of our Clothing Ministry and Food Pantry.


Prayers Answered
Judy Hockenberry (friend of Pastor Barbara)

Rebecca Reynoso cancer free
Eugene Drake’s successful surgery
Hank and Rachel Krusec recovering from car accident

Special Celebrations!

Linda & Bruce Byus’ Anniversary – January 12th
Ron Ford’s Birthday – January 12th
Aubree Rhoads’ Birthday – January 12th
Eve Muir-Wilson’s Birthday – January 12th
Lois Ford’s Birthday – January 17th
George Wishon’s Birthday – January 17th







Food Pantry Updates!



The EGPC food pantry continues to serve our community and our volunteers remain faithful in their service to us. We are committed to adhering to all precautionary measures to ensure no cross-contamination with clients. The Food Pantry Donation drop box always seems to be filled. As you check on your neighbors, please share with them that our food pantry is open and ready to help anyone who needs food!

Food continues to appear in our food box.  Almost daily there is something donated and many times from people we don’t even know! I want to send a special thanks to all those faithful shoppers who each week pick up the special things we need. It is an ongoing blessing to be so graciously supported by your donations and donations from our community.

Current items needed by the food pantry:
Coffee (small cans both regular and decaf),
Pancake mix and Syrup,
Condiments such as mustard, mayo, ketchup, pickles, salad dressing,
Spaghetti Sauce, One Dish Meals (Spaghettios and Ravioli),
Paper Napkins and Cereal

Thank you!







Thank you faithful friends and members of
Elk Grove Presbyterian Church!




NEWS from the Session!

Here are the latest things you should know:

  • Session is studying the book “Crucial Conversations.”  
  • Worship survey has been completed. Results will be shared with congregation during the congregational meeting. 
  • Mission Committee is “on fire” and generating lists of possible new mission projects!
  • Our next Session meeting will be on Tuesday, January 18th. If you have anything you would like to bring to session please let any of the session members know. 




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