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

Youth for November

We had a beautiful day to visit Edwards on Columbus Day, and several youth joined us for fun and donuts. This month, the youth will gather after worship (around 11:45 a.m.) on Sunday, Nov. 4 for food, games and a devotion. If you know any young people, grades 6-12, who might want to join us, please invite them and let … Read More

60 Plus for November

Plan to join 60 Plus for lunch November 13th (different week because of Thanksgiving) at Stone Eagle, 6445 East State Street at 11:30. Call your reservations to Darlene, 815-398-3902 by November 11th and let her know if you need a ride.

Mission Board News for November

This month please pray for Congo Technical Assistance. This ministry was started by Bob and Janet Thornbloom to help improve the lives of the people of Congo. Their son Marc now leads this ministry. Congo Technical Assistance works to improve infrastructures that will link villages to better markets and allow trucks to travel easily be-tween markets. They also help widows … Read More

Birthdays & Anniversaries for November

Birthdays 3 Ramani Jones 4 Karen Holmertz Sarah Gray 6 Judy Sowl Richard Slack 7 Royce Cates Karen Knox 8 Donna Davis 15 Timothy Clark 17 April LeJuene Kara Woodrow 19 Christine Bauer 20 Milo Starr 22 Phil Adams, Sr. Bill Forsen 23 Marthe Kingambo Lillian Slack 25 Audrey Jacobson 29 Barbara Carlson 30 Bud Johnson Sevren Jones Anniversaries 12 … Read More

Women’s Ministries: A Miracle Birth

You are invited to the Women Ministries Christ-mas Banquet Tuesday, December 4. We will gather at 6:15 pm for dinner. The program will be presented by Bobbi Smith. She is a neonatal nurse and will share with us the miracles she has experienced. Tickets will be on sale before and after church November 11, 18 and 25 for $15.00. We … 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