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Bringing Back Liturgists!

This month, we would like to bring back the role of Liturgist in our worship services.  The Liturgist leads the congregation in the call to worship and offers the invocation at the beginning of worship.  The Liturgist is a lay person (non-staff) and serves on a rotating basis.  Prior to the Covid pandemic we utilized Liturgists like this on a weekly basis.  When we moved to virtual-only worship in March of 2020, the Liturgist role was filled by a staff person and we’ve never stopped doing this.  But now it is time to bring back the Liturgist!  If you are interested in being on the Liturgist rotation, here is what you need to know:

  • We have Liturgists for both traditional and contemporary worship. The traditional worship Liturgist serves at both the 8:00 and 10:30 services.  The contemporary worship Liturgist serves at 9:15 only.
  • Ministry staff will provide the Call to Worship. The Liturgist is asked to supply the prayer (Invocation).
  • Everyone interested in serving as Liturgist is asked to attend an orientation meeting in early August (date TBD).

For now, if you are interested in serving as Liturgist, please let the office know (217-428-4336 or ).

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DOVE Clothing Room to Open at Central: Volunteers Needed


Dove will open their Children's Clothing Room at Central Christian in mid-August.  The Room was formerly housed at Prairie Avenue Christian Church, and we are proud to have it now added to Central.

The Room will be open on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m., is open to the public, offering good, used clothing for children of all ages free of cost.

Dove volunteers will work the Room and Central is asking for volunteers to greet customers at the West Entrance to offer directions to the new facility.

If you are interested in helping in this valuable community ministry, please contact Sandy Garver at 217-877-0800 or

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Drivers Wanted

With the onset of the Covid pandemic, we naturally suspended our program of offering rides to Sunday worship. But two years later, we have people who would like to come to worship but are unable to do so due to age, health, and/or some combination of the two.  If you are willing to be a volunteer who brings someone to and from worship (on either a regular or periodic basis), we would love to know who you are.  Please contact the church office and let us know.  You would need only to:

  • Tell us which service you prefer to attend, and we would match you up with someone who would like to attend that service.
  • Provide us a copy of your driver’s license and proof of personal auto insurance.

Many thanks for considering.  The people who want to come to worship but are unable to, really want to come, and this will no doubt be a blessing to them.

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More volunteer opportunities

The Good Samaritan Inn is seeking volunteers on specific dates in May and June. Shifts are 9 a.m.-11 a.m. and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. You can volunteer for one or both shifts. If you can help on any of the dates below, please contact Good Samaritan directly, (217) 429-1455 or 

Saturday, May 21
Monday, May 23
Tuesday May 24
Wednesday, May 25 (a.m. only)
Friday, May 27
Sunday May 29
Tuesday, May 31
Saturday, June 4
Sunday, June 5
Saturday, June 11
Wednesday, June 15
Saturday, June 18
Sunday, June 19
Wednesday, June 22
Friday, June 24
Monday, June 27
Tuesday, June 28

Also, The University of Illinois Extension office is looking for groups to assist with gardening and other outdoor work at Crossings Healthcare every 2nd Saturday during the growing season for things like planting, mulching, winterizing, cleanup, etc. For more information, email Allison at


And…  As always,  cereal is still needed at Northeast Community Fund.  Also in the summer time, we try to collect  foods that kids can prepare for themselves.  Please help fill the grocery cart in the Connection Café.  The next collection will be June 5.  Thanks for your generosity.