We are approaching a confirmation year in our every-other-year cycle. The next confirmation Sunday will be November 2016. Therefore, I hope to start classes before the New Year. Confirmation is generally for junior highers, so participants for this cycle will mostly have been born in 2002 or 2003. Kids or their parents can let me know if they are interested. Classes are Sundays about twice per month, 5:00-6:30 pm. We get an overview of the Christian faith and its central beliefs and practices with a goal of each student taking ownership of their own faith, rather than merely inheriting it from their parents.
Our last church directory (with pictures) was put together in 2006 and distributed in 2007. We’re planning an updated one, but rather than using an outside group, we’re putting this together ourselves using our church database software. We will be announcing opportunities to take pictures to be included in the directory. This will also be a good time to get everyone’s updated information.
We have several initiatives this year to help raise money for the Mark Fuchs Scholarship Fund. Each year we strive to provide scholarship assistance to members and sometimes to regular attenders of Garfield Park UCC. The amount given varies from year to year, depending on the number of applicants, the level of interest rates, and the amount raised to put back into the fund. If you think this applies to you, ask me and I can email you an application.