Spring 2017 Events/Activities
For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. – Song of Solomon 2:11-12
April 1st- Saturday- April Fool’s in Paradise Fundraising Dinner & Auction
Live music!
Annual UCB Spring Fundraising Dinner with Silent and Live Auctions
April 1st, Saturday
Starts at 6 PM
$10 admission
All funds raised at this year’s dinner are designated for replacement of the cabinets in the Fellowship Hall kitchen.
Music will be played by Pastor Jesse and his friend!
*Donations for the auction is currently being accepted at the church’s main office. Fundraising Committee requests that only new items be donated for auction. Thank you!
April 2nd – Sunday – School Supply Kit Drive
For the fifth consecutive year, the Missions Committee is coordinating a community wide effort to raise funds to purchase school supply kits for kids in first through fifth grade at Mary Morgan Elementary who qualify for free school lunch.
A family of four’s annual income cannot exceed $31,590 in order for children to receive a free school lunch. Currently 150 1st-5th grade children qualify for free or reduced-price lunch at the school.
All money donated by April 23rd will be totaled and given to the school so they can have plenty of time to purchase and put together the kits for the coming school year!
Thank you to all who are helping our community’s kids have a bright start to their school year!
United Church of Byron
701 W 2nd St
Byron, IL 61010
March 5th we kicked off the School Supply Kit Drive and during the April 2nd Worship Service we continue to collect funds!
On April 2nd during the 10:30 AM Worship Service UCB kids will be collecting loose change (or bills) to donate towards funding these school kits for the Fall 2017 school year.
Donations can also be made through special offering envelopes included in the March 5th and April 23rd bulletins or a school bus coin bank which is available at the Guest Center in UCB. You can also send or drop off a check or cash donation to the church which specifies it be donated to the “School Supply Kit Drive.” Please make checks payable to UCB. 
April 13th – Maundy Thursday Service
What is Maundy Thursday?

The word “maundy” comes from the Latin word “maundatum” which means “commandment.” It refers to Jesus’ words to his disciples during their final evening together, when he tells them to love one another as he loves them.

Maundy Thursday is most often remembered by Christians as the day that Jesus shared the Last Supper with the disciples, but the Gospel of John doesn’t have such an account of the institution of Communion like the other Gospels do. According to John’s gospel account, the defining sacred moment was Jesus’ washing of the disciples’ feet, an act that has since become both sign and symbol of Jesus’ love-one-another commandment. To this day, throughout the Christian faith, the image of a water basin and towel are highly symbolic of discipleship and servanthood.

6:30 PM
Fellowship Hall
Worship Service
with a soup supper
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” – John 13:34
April 14th – Good Friday Community Worship Service
What is a Good Friday Community Worship Service?
An ecumenical gathering of churches from Byron, Winnebago, and Seward
to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

          Where will it be held?                                                  When will it be held?

          Middle Creek Church                                               7:00 PM
          12743 Montague Rd
         Winnebago, IL
April 16th – Easter Sunday
9AM – 10 AM
Easter Breakfast
Come celebrate Christ resurrection with us by having a delicious breakfast in our fellowship hall. We are looking forward to seeing you there!
9:30 AM
Easter Egg Hunt
Kids are invited to bring their Easter baskets and take part in an Easter Egg Hunt on the churches’ lawn!
10:30 AM
Easter Service
Pastor Jesse will be sharing his special Easter message during the regularly scheduled Worship Service.
April 23rd- Game Night
4 PM
Come join us for Mexican Dominoes, ping pong, air hockey, foosball, and any other game you think would be fun!
Each family should bring a snack to share!
May 14th – UCB Community Garden opens (Reserve now)
UCB Community Garden
It’s that time of year again! Have you been thinking about your gardening this year? The UCB Missions Committee is sponsoring the community garden by offering 27 raised bed plots on a first-come, first-serve basis. In addition to the  4×8 plots this year, there will be three, 4×4 wheel chair accessible plots and a small mason bee hive to increase pollination of our garden. Mason bees are small, stingless pollinators native to the America’s. Plots will be ready in time for Mother’s Day planting and are $20 each (consideration will be given for those unable to pay the fee). Applications are on the table in front of the church office. Please return completed forms to the office. Norm Metz will schedule construction/clean-up days.