The Sauk Valley UNITE Service camp is a hometown mission experience. UNITE is for students from 8th-12th grade. Youth from our community will be painting houses for people in the area who are unable to do it themselves. This mission opportunity is brought to you by the seven churches that have come together for CommUNITY VBS. Cost for students is only $50 (scholarships are available) and includes housing, great food, crazy games, motivational speaker, and an awesome swag bag filled with good stuff! We’d love to talk to you about it... just ask! We’ll be seeking out some donations and hope you feel called to help. We’ll need monetary donations, food, painting supplies, and other assorted items. Look for posters around church or ask me how you can help!
Some conversations are difficult to begin, especially when they concern questions about the end of life. But they are conversations we need to have with our loved ones – whether about ourselves or with an aging parent. Four years ago, we offered a summer series on issues around the end of life. It was very well-attended, but some people couldn’t come, and we’ve had requests to repeat it.
So this June 13, 20, and 27, we will once again hold a special three-week program for the community – to help people begin the crucial conversations about such important questions. For three Wednesdays, you can have a light supper and talk with local experts about how to have these crucial conversations. The series begins on June 13 with “Let’s Talk Before the Crisis: Health Care Decisions.” On June 20 we will be discussing comfort care and hospice. And on June 27, “Tell Me How I Say Goodbye” opens the conversation about funerals and memorial services.
This series is open to anyone who needs help with beginning to talk about these serious questions that will affect every one of us. Your call will let us know how much food to prepare, but all are welcome, even without reservations. Make plans to attend, and invite your friends. Come be a part of these crucial conversations, have supper, and you’ll already have a great parking place for the band concert across the street!