A NEW SEASON

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A NEW SEASON

On Wednesday evening, Deacon Chairman Dave Westberry presented the interim staff transition plan to our church. I’m so grateful to Dave, Personnel Chair Joan Cassels, Deacon Chair-elect Stuart Pearce, our personnel committee, and all of our deacons for their careful deliberation and prayerful consideration of this plan. As we enter this interim season, it’s comforting […]

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A NEW CHAPTER

Thank you again for your notes and encouragement over the past few weeks. You’ve lightened the burden of saying goodbye through your support and prayers. I’m even more grateful for our church. Your love continues to lift me. I wanted to share about this new chapter in our lives so you can pray specifically for […]

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A TIME TO REFLECT AND WORSHIP

Lent begins Sunday, February 14. Lent is the traditional 40-day Christian season of prayer, fasting, and repentance prior to Easter. As Jesus entered into the desert at the beginning of his ministry for 40 days, so we withdraw intentionally, confess our sins, and experience God’s amazing grace and forgiveness. We begin our season together with […]

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A WEEKEND TO CONNECT

On Sunday, we called Suzette Mason as our new Minister of Children. I’m so excited that Suzette is joining our staff. She begins her journey with us in March. Pray for Suzette as she moves from Raleigh, North Carolina; and welcome her when she arrives. This week is a powerful time in the life of […]

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LETTER FROM BILL

As I shared Sunday, I will be meeting this week with the Northern Baptist Seminary community. This historic institution is located outside of Chicago. The main campus is in Lombard, and an extension campus is located Lawndale. Northern has been training ministers to serve the local church for over 100 years. The seminary is supported […]

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Praise God

Praise the Lord for his abundant blessings in 2015. After I wrote to you in November, you as a church family stepped up your financial support to the budget and Thanksgiving offering. Our staff reduced spending, and we were able to finish last year in great financial shape. Let me share a few details with […]

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Strong Homes

In Luke 8:20, Jesus’ biological family interrupted his teaching. “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.” Jesus replied by describing a strong Christian home: “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.” On February 5-7, for our annual Connections Weekend, our church will […]

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Beginnings

The book of Exodus offers one of the earliest records of unsolicited advice from in-laws. Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, told Moses that he needed help. It would not be the last time a spouse’s parents chimed in with suggestions. Jethro recognized that godly Leadership as a solo person should actually be spelled godly WEadership. Just as […]

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The Witnesses of Christmas

The Witnesses of Christmas Luke 2:25-40 The Spirit falls on people who regularly worship and witness to what they have seen and heard. Each heart has been broken open to the world’s pain. Jesus’s birth heals them. Luke’s Cast of Christmas Characters in Luke 1-2: Zechariah and Joseph (Fathers) Elizabeth and Mary (Mothers) Worshipers and […]

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Strong Homes: A Sermon Series on 1 Peter

Strong Homes: A Sermon Series on 1 Peter

Each Sunday in January, Dr. Shiell will be preaching through the book of 1 Peter. This fascinating study will address an issue that most Christians share with Peter’s day. How do we live like a Christian when we serve people in homes, offices, and society who are nonbelievers? How do we behave in a Christian […]

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