Kindergarten/1st Grade Bibles & Kids Ministry Drive Thru

Kindergarten/1st Grade Bible Presentation 
Parents presenting Bibles to their kids communicates its great value. What a joy to hear parents share what the Bible means to them and why they want to give it to their kids. Please pray for these families as they seek to make it real and relevant in everyday life. A big thanks to Beth Firestone and Katie Schmidt as they shared with the kids as well. Check out these fun pictures. Congratulations to the kids who received Bibles: Raven K, Nancy K, Mia B, Gaven R, Boris D, Alex R, Leah C, Grace C.
Kids Ministry Drive Thru- Summer Program Kick Off
Sunday, May 31, 3-4 pm at North Sub
Bring the family and Drive Thru to pick up your summer kick off bag, recite Psalm 23 for a prize (optional), and get some ice cream! It will be fun to see you even though it will be 6 feet away and with masks on… I wonder if your family will be able to guess who’s behind each mask? If your kids have colored the picture sent out earlier, please bring it!

CRAT Update and Survey 5.28.2020

It is highly likely that we will move into Phase 3 of Restore Illinois on Friday, May 29, which means that public gatherings of 10 or fewer will be allowed. CRAT has determined that Life Groups, small group ministries (e.g., Finally Free, Divorce Care), and church office operations can resume, but all groups must follow the Phase 3 guidelines provided by the Illinois Department of Commerce (IDEC) for offices (see link here: Phase 3 guidelines for offices). CRAT is currently working on additional guidelines which are specific for these three groups and expect to distribute these guidelines on Monday, June 1.   Note: the health of our church family and community is of utmost importance, and therefore, if groups can continue to meet virtually, they should do so.
Also, CRAT would like to gauge your current thoughts and feelings about returning to regular church activities when our government lifts its ban on public gatherings of 50 or fewer people during Phase 4 of Restore Illinois, which could happen as early as late-June. Everyone at North Sub is encouraged to complete the survey which is located at this link: North Sub Survey. The last day to submit your survey answers is Sunday, June 7.

Virtual Baby Shower Sunday, June 7, 2020

This Sunday, June 7, there will be a virtual baby shower honoring Sarah and David Nonnenmacher and Heather and Drew Barnes. It will take place via Zoom from 4-5pm. To be part of the Zoom Shower please email Stefany Nilsen at and you will be emailed a Zoom Link as well as game cards for the games that will be played during the shower to print out at home. If you would like to give a gift to the couples, they are each having a baby girl. The Barnes’ are registered at and the Nonnenmachers’ have requested diapers of various sizes or children books of all ages with a personal note written inside for the baby. Any gifts can be dropped off at North Sub from 1-2pm on Saturday, June 6th in the parking lot and Anna Lichtwalt will be there to pick them up. If you cannot drop gifts off during that time please feel free to contact the couples ahead of time and drop them off to them or contact Stefany Nilsen to coordinate a pick up time. Any questions please contact Stefany Nilsen.

Covid-19 Re-entry Advisory Team Update 5.22.2020

The Covid-19 Re-Entry Advisory Team (“CRAT”), consisting of Ed Mar, Louise Bell, Chung Koh, Alex Rodriguez, Jayne Eclov, and Joshua Mesec, met on May 5 a few hours after Gov. Pritzker announced the Restore Illinois 5-phase plan. Currently we are in Phase 2 and it is anticipated that we will move to Phase 3 on May 29 where public gatherings of 10 or less are allowed . After May 29, we expect to communicate guidelines to Life Groups and small group ministries. Gatherings of 50 or less will be allowed when we move to Phase 4 which could happen as early as late-June. Gatherings of more than 50 people will be allowed when we move to Phase 5, the timing of which is indeterminate given it will occur only when a vaccine or any other effective treatment is widely available. Our team is currently determining what modifications to our facility and to our regular ministry activities are needed with the mindset of mitigating the risk of virus transmission to ourselves and to our community. Please look for a survey in the coming week to be sent out to the congregation in order to gauge your current thoughts and feelings about returning to regular church activities when our government lifts its ban on public gatherings.

Associate Pastor, Youth and Family Ministry Search Team Update 5.21.2020

Dear North Sub Family,

As you may recall, the Search Team was created by Pastor Tim Higgins in April 2020 to advise on how best to plan and execute a smooth transition of Church leadership from our existing pastoral staff structure to the planned new structure of one full-time Senior Pastor and one full-time Associate Pastor. Chaired by Derek Sammann, the Search Team membership includes Sharon Krone, Sarah Nonnenmacher and Ken Bryan. Our overall goal is to try to have a candidate lined up to step into this new role as early as August 1st when Alex Rodriguez steps down from his role here at North Sub, so we have been working backwards from that day to set up our timeline.

To source the best candidate, two of the key deliverables of this team were to develop a list of “Qualification Criteria” for the ideal candidate as well as a specific Job Description for this newly-created role. Developing both of these documents for this unique role involved seeking input and feedback from multiple key stakeholder groups within our congregation including: Pastor Tim Higgins, the Deacons & Deaconesses, Youth Team leaders, parents, and select students. Having gathered detailed feedback from representatives from each of these groups of folks, we have now finalized these documents.  We want to share these with you as we prepare to post these documents externally to officially kick off our search process, so here are the final Qualification Criteria and Job Description documents that the Search Team has developed.

We are currently on track with our planned timeline, and we will now pivot to the next steps in this process.  This will involve posting this Job Description and a summarized version of the Qualification Criteria on our website as well as on multiple other sites where we believe we can source the best candidates. We have established a thorough candidate vetting process including multiple opportunities for different stakeholder groups to engage with potential candidates throughout the process, and we have set up a planned communications timeline to keep the Congregation updated on progress.  In the meantime, we would like to ask that you please raise this whole process up in prayer as a reminder that the Lord is sovereign in all of this.

Faithfully submitted,

The Search Team,

Sarah, Sharon, Ken and Derek

Zoom Potluck 5.31.2020

How to join the Zoom Potluck
Sunday, May 31, 11:30am
Our first ever virtual potluck will be held over Zoom. Make yourself some lunch to bring it to your computer or smartphone and join us as we have breakout groups for discussion and get-to-know you time (think “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” but socially distanced!).  See the Highlights email from 5.28.20 for Zoom meeting link and ID.
If you need help getting hooked up with Zoom, here are some instruction of how you can join. There are three ways to join Sunday’s potluck. The first two options require the Zoom app; the third does not.
To download Zoom to your computer or smart phone, follow these steps:
If you don’t have an account, go to and create a free account.
Download Zoom to your computer by clicking here, then clicking the “Download” button for “Zoom Client for Meetings.” Follow instructions to complete installation. (Download Zoom to your phone by finding the Zoom app wherever you get your apps.)
See instructions for each of the three options below.
OPTION 1: Join this Sunday’s Zoom potluck from a computer [requires the Zoom app]
Click on the invitation link above.
OPTION 2: Join this Sunday’s Zoom potluck from a smart phone [requires the Zoom app]
Click on the invitation link above. You will have options to join with audio and/or with video.
You can also use one tap, which works for iPhone or Android. Copy this entire string of characters: 13126266799,,87952779559# and paste to wherever you would normally type a phone number. Your phone will automatically call in and dial the meeting ID for you to get you in.
Basic Zoom Meeting Instructions (for Those Using Options 1 or 2)
You will find the following icons at the bottom of the Zoom computer screen:
Microphone – used to mute or unmute oneself. The host might mute everyone as a group so we do not talk over each other.
Camera – used to hide your face or let others see your face (if your computer has a camera).
Participants – lets you see who is at the meeting; this is also where you “raise your hand” to ask a question.
Chat – a place where you can type in questions or statements.
There are a few different views available, including speaker view (see whoever is speaking) and gallery view (see everyone). Some computers don’t support gallery view, in which case you can use your arrow buttons to scroll through screens of participants.
To request to speak when muted: click on the “Participant” box at the bottom of the screen. (Move the mouse near the bottom for the choices to appear.) When you click the participant box, you can see participants’ names. Next to your own name, select “Raise Hand.” Eventually, the host will unmute you so you can speak. You can select “Lower Hand” if you no longer wish to speak.
OPTION 3: Join this Sunday’s potluck from a landline
On your phone, call 312 626 6799. If you are asked for the Meeting ID, it is 879 5277 9559.
If you would like to speak while muted, to “Raise Your Hand” , press *9 (star 9). The host will be notified that you have a question. Listen for your name/phone number so you’ll know when it is your turn to talk. If you no longer wish to speak, press *9 again to “Lower Your Hand.”
You can call the church 847-945-4630 and leave a message or email with any questions or issues.