Pastor Mike’s Blog: Jesus Came for Us

During Advent, I will preach a sermon series called “Jesus Came for Us” about why Jesus came into the world and who He came to save. Of course, Jesus came into the world to save sinners, to rescue people like you and me who would be forever lost without God’s grace offered through Jesus Christ. Through the four Sundays of … Read More

Birthdays & Anniversaries for December

Birthdays 3 Richard Peterson 4 Carl Ecklund Emily Lorbach 5 Mark Montoya 6 Crystal Burdick 13 Judy LeGault Aidan Breese 14 Brandon Melin Ryan Melin 15 William Evans 17 Jill Page Amy Berg 19 Christiana 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 … Read More

Mission Board Report for December

This month please pray for our local missions that we support either through our budget or donation of items: Rock River Food Pantry: They “fight hunger in the community by providing nutritious food to those in urgent need. The families that they serve have income at or below the poverty level. They struggle to stay afloat and one medical bill, … Read More

60 Plus for December – “Thunder Bay”

Join 60 Plus, December 18th, 11:30 for lunch at Thunder Bay on East State Street. Following lunch we will go to church for a Christmas carol sing-a-long followed by dessert. Please call your reservations to Darlene, 815-398-3902 by Sunday, December 16th and let her know if you need a ride. Remember to invite others to join you. Be thinking of … Read More

Pastor Mike’s Blog: Thankful for the Blessings We Share

As we approach Thanksgiving, I am reminded that gratitude nourishes our souls and expressing thanks, espe-cially in public ways, brings honor to our Lord and edifies our brothers and sisters in faith. In other words, it’s good for us and it pleases God when we give thanks. We will take time as a congregation to express our gratitude during the … Read More

Men’s Bible Study

The Thursday morning Men’s Bible Study resumes September 6. Picking up from where we left off in the spring, Pastor Mike will lead the group through the second half of John. All men are encouraged to join us Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Pastor Mike’s Blog: What Happens in Your Soul

Sweet nectar pools deep in the heart of an angraecoid orchid, a flower so intricately designed that only one species of long-tongued moth can reach the nectar and thereby transfer the orchid’s pollen. Deep in the human heart dwells a soul, so wonderfully made that only its Creator can reach its depths and know perfectly the life it contains. Your … Read More

Pastor Mike’s Blog: We Don’t Do Faith Alone

Jesus asks a lot of His followers. Deny yourself. Take up your cross. Give to those in need. Pray for those who persecute you. Following Jesus leads to blessing, but it’s still hard. Love one another. Remain in Me. Forgive. Yes, Jesus asks a lot of us, but He doesn’t expect us to do it all on our own. In … Read More

Pastor Mike’s Blog: Reading the Bible Anew

We love the Bible and don’t make excuses for that. We believe in the life-transforming truth of God’s word. We believe the stories told in the Bible are both real and meaningful. We read, study, teach, preach, pray, memorize and obey scripture, because we have found it beautiful, powerful and inspiring. This fall we will put new action and commitment … Read More

Pastor Mike’s Blog: Remember Who Lives Inside Us

For almost 30 years, I have carried my grandfather’s obituary folded up in my wallet. He was a remark-able man, and that little slip of paper, tucked behind my driver’s license, reminds me of him and how his life impacted mine. I haven’t read the obituary in years, but I know it’s there. Maybe it’s time to read it again. … Read More