Thanksgiving Offering 2022

Nov. 13 and 20 the Disciples of Christ are collecting a special Thanksgiving Offering.  The Thanksgiving Offering supports Disciples colleges, universities and theological institutions. This offering provides a direct connection to 15 colleges and universities, seven seminaries and theological programs. Gifts from this offering continue the Disciples tradition of developing leaders for our communities and the church. What do these colleges and universities of The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) have in common? These institutions, including Eureka College here in Illinois, enjoy:

  • A commitment to academic excellence and the liberal arts;
  • An environment of open inquiry;
  • An inclusive, welcoming community that respects all people and cultures;
  • A focus on character, service, and leadership; and
  • A passion for social justice.

The Thanksgiving offering supports everything from scholarships, to religious life offices, to faculty growth and development. By giving, you are helping our institutions invest in students as they prepare themselves to become leaders.

Please give generously. Your gift makes a difference in the lives of our students, and it makes a difference in the world. You may place this special offering in the brass bowl in the Narthex area or simply give online or mail to the church.  Please note DMF Thanksgiving Offering on your contribution.

in Faith

Sign Up for “What Can’t Wait” Advent Devotional Book


Believe it or not, Advent is right around the corner!  The Advent season comprises the 4 Sundays prior to Christmas and... since Christmas is also on a Sunday this year, Advent begins November 27.  Our theme for Advent is “What Can’t Wait” and we will have much more to say about this next week.  In fact, we will be publishing a full list of our Advent activities in next week’s Visitor so that you and your household can participate in as many of our events as possible. 


Advent is a time to prepare ourselves spiritually for the coming of Christ.  To that end, we will be publishing an Advent Devotional Book for anyone who wants it.  Each day of Advent there will be something to read, reflect upon, pray about and/or do (see the pictures below for a sample devotion).  The book is free but we will only be printing copies for those who wish to receive one. Please let us know by Tuesday, November 22 if you would like a book.  We will have your copy(ies) ready for your when you come to worship on Sunday, November 27. 

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Christmas Cookie Exchange

All women of the church are invited to a Christmas Cookie Exchange! It will be December 5th, at 6:00 PM, in the Friendship Center area. Please bring 3 dozen cookies to share. We will play games and enjoy snacks and door prizes. Please RSVP to the church office by Friday, December 2nd, to help us plan for snacks and door prizes. (photo by Yulian Karadzhov on

Christmas Care and Share

Christmas Care and Share

Decatur is coming together for Christmas. Let’s do our part.

Christian Action Community Service (CACS) and the Prayer Shawl Ministry are joining together to collect for the Dove, Inc., Christmas Care and Share!

Christmas Care & Share is the Annual Christmas Drive sponsored by Dove, Inc. Also this year, 70-75 seniors in nursing homes will receive gifts.

This is a combined effort with the Northeast Community Fund, Salvation Army, and Dove, Inc., and is supported by hundreds of churches, businesses, and groups throughout the community. A Dove and NECF partnership started in 1972 and the Salvation Army joined in 2020. Traditionally the drive provided food and gifts to over three hundred households each holiday season. They became the local distributor for Toys for Tots in 2019.

CACS will collect items and The Prayer Shawl Ministry is making hats. Please join them in coming together with our community to support those in need!

Here is a list of items to be dropped off in the Connection Café

between November 27th and December 7th:

UNWRAPPED gloves, mittens, scarves (infant to adult sizes), toys, gifts, books, board games (for kids up to 17 years old & seniors in nursing homes),wrapping paper, rolls of tape, large garbage bags, Ziplock bags, toiletries (toothbrushes, shampoo, lotions, etc.).