Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We worship a faithful God. As I reflect on this past year, I see the Lord’s hand at work in our midst. I rejoice as I see the transformation that is taking place in your lives, your families, and in our congregation. This is a testimony of God’s abundant grace and continued faithfulness among us. Deuteronomy 7:9 says, “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.” He is the God who never abandons us, but proves his faithfulness to us year after year. As we begin this new year, let us do so relying on our covenant keeping God whose faithfulness upholds us daily as we seek to be a people who bring glory to his name.
New Sermon Series on Proverbs
This Sunday, we begin a new sermon series. The book of Proverbs teaches us that every aspect of life, whether worshipping at church, changing diapers, or paying bills, is to be done in a way that is pleasing to the Lord. The Bible knows nothing of a divide between the “secular” and “sacred.” In the midst of the busyness, struggles, and temptations we encounter everyday, we don’t need simply a few self-help principles; we need wisdom. The book of Proverbs trains us in wise living, and covers everything from major life decisions to the daily details of life. I look forward to beginning our new series this Sunday entitled, Proverbs: Glorifying God in Everyday Life.
New Members Class: February 22, 29, 9am-Noon
What is church membership? Why is it important? For those interested, we will be offering a membership class the last two Saturdays in February. The class offers the opportunity to learn more about the distinctive beliefs and characteristics of our church and denomination, as well as to explore the advantages and opportunities membership provides. Attending the class doesn’t automatically require you to make a membership commitment; we recommend the course for anyone interested in learning more about FCC. Even if you are already a church member, you are welcome to attend. The class will meet next door to the church at the Austin’s (880 Main St, West Chicago) from 9 am until noon both Saturdays. If you are not able to attend the February session, we will hold another class in the late summer or early fall. To sign up for the class please contact me or our church office at (630) 231-8230.
Finally, this Sunday during our worship service we’ll come together for the Lord’s Supper. I encourage you to set aside a few minutes for prayer and meditation asking the Lord to prepare your heart to meet with him at his table on Sunday morning.
May the Lord bless you and give you strength as we begin this new year!