Pastor Mike’s Blog for December: Treasures for the King

My family’s tradition is to wait until after Thanksgiving before we decorate for Christmas or start playing carols in our home. A month of Christmas celebration is plenty, and a shorter season makes it that much more special. However, as a pastor, I need to start thinking about and planning for Advent long before December. I typically plan my preaching … Read More

Birthdays & Anniversaries for December

Birthdays 3 Richard Peterson 4 Carl Ecklund Emily Lorbach 5 Mark Montoya 6 Crystal Burdick 13 Aidan Breese 14 Brandon Melin Ryan Melin 15 William Evans 17 Jill Page 18 Mario Torres 19 Christi Melin 20 Nancy Ilgen 21 Christopher LeJuene Noelle Mirakian 22 Claire Gray 25 Dylan Pronti 26 Noah Melin 27 Shelby Holmertz 28 Kay Forsen Jeanine Parker … Read More

60 Plus for December

Join 60 Plus, December 18th (Wednesday), 11:30 for lunch at Tavern on Clark, 755 Clark Rd. Following lunch we will go to church for a Christmas Carol sing-a-long followed by dessert. Please call your reservations to Judi, 815-222-8971 by Sunday, December 15th and let her know if you need a ride. Remember to invite others to join us. Be thinking … Read More

Mission Board Report for December

Merry Christmas from the Mission Outreach & Evan-gelism Team!! This month please pray for the follow-ing local ministries that we support: Rock River Food Pantry: “They fight hunger in the community by providing nutritious food to those in urgent need.” One of the ways you can help the food pantry is by donating peanut butter. We continue to collect peanut … Read More

Pastor Mike’s Blog for November: A Season of Gratitude and Giving

The harvest season has long been a time to give thanks, to rejoice in the good things God has provided. From feasts of celebration in Old Testament times to today’s Thanksgiving meals with loved ones, times of abundance have always moved people with good hearts to express their gratitude to our gracious and generous God. In the same way, this … Read More

Events Update for November

Thanksgiving Baskets We will begin collecting non-perishable food items and cash donations for the Thanksgiving baskets. These baskets are for any member of the church in need and for friends of our church family who need a little extra help at this Thanksgiving time. To recommend a family, call the office with names, addresses and number of people. Please drop … Read More

Church Plant Celebration!

I was born and raised in Guatemala City. I studied Business Administration during college, where I met my wife Patty, and we got married in 1997. God gave us two children despite the medical diagnosis that we could not have children. My oldest son Mario Josue studies communications in college and my youngest son Jonathan is in his first year … Read More

Pastor Mike’s Blog: Encouragement from the Letter of Joy

From time to time, we need to re-calibrate our hearts, to make sure our souls are still tuned in to God, to clear away the debris left by life’s storms, and to shake out the dust that settles in our minds as we live in a culture that so often rejects the good news of Jesus. In large part, that’s … Read More

Men’s Bible Study

The Men’s Bible Study will resume Thursday, September 5 at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Mike leads this weekly gathering that includes fellowship, prayer, discussion of current events and an in-depth study of God’s word. This fall, the men will study the Gospel of Luke. No Bible study experience needed, and you won’t be put on the spot to read out loud. … Read More

WM Christmas Banquet December 3

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for the 2019 Women’s Christmas Banquet on Tuesday, December 3 at 6:15 pm. Check the No-vember Messenger for details. Tickets will be on sale the first 3 Sundays in November. Plan to invite a friend.