Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The second petition of the Lord’s Prayer is: “Your kingdom come.” The Lord’s Prayer is a kingdom prayer. When we pray the Lord’s Prayer we are praying a God-sized prayer; we are asking for something that only he can do. We are praying that the Lord would use us–his people–to advance his kingdom through spreading the good news of salvation to our community and world. What a privilege!
As we shared recently at our Vision Night, the first step on the path to flourishing is becoming a church of kingdom prayer. This fall launches our monthly Kingdom Prayer Small Groups. The prayer focus of these gatherings will be to ask the Lord to use our church to be a part of the expansion of the Gospel in our communities.
On Sunday, October 23 (4:00-5:00pm) we will have our first small group meetings in homes. The homes where our Kingdom Prayer small groups will take place are the Evans’, the Huggins’, the Wetherington’s, and the Dobbs’. Light refreshments will be provided. A sign-up sheet will be available for you to write your name down for the small group you plan to attend; or you can sign up by contacting the church office. Kingdom prayer small group meetings will also take place on Sunday, November 27 (4:00pm) and Sunday, December 18 (4:00pm).
This Sunday we continue in our series Kingdom Prayer, focusing on the second petition, “Your kingdom come” in Matthew 6:9-13.
Click here to access the livestream of this Sunday’s service (9:30am).
A Word of Thanks
Thank you to everyone who participated in our fall cleanup day to make it a success!
This Saturday: Women’s Ministry Embracing Hope Gathering
Please join us for our next Embracing Hope gathering this Saturday, October 8 from 9:30am to 11:00am. It will be held at Katie Wetherington’s home. Valerie Austin will be sharing her story of hope. Please RSVP to Amy Paglia.
Klingberg Memorial Service: Saturday, October 8
This Saturday, October 8, a memorial service will be held in honor of Beth Klingberg, Joanne Klingberg’s daughter-in-law, at Norris-Segert Funeral Home in West Chicago (132 Fremont St, West Chicago, IL 60185). Visitation will be held from 2:00-4:00pm and the memorial service will begin at 4:00pm. The Klingberg family invites family friends and members of Faith Community Church to attend.
Men’s Lunch: Next Wednesday, October 12
All men are invited to attend a Men’s Lunch next Wednesday, October 12 at noon. The lunch will be at Pal Joey’s in West Chicago (440 Roosevelt Rd, West Chicago, IL 60185).
Caring Network Annual Celebration and Fundraiser Dinner: Thursday, October 20
On Thursday, October 20, Caring Network Illinois will host their Annual Celebration & Fundraising Dinner at Drury Lane in Oak Brook. Our church supports them through the Baby Bottle Drive and prayer. “The Battle for Life Intensifies” is the title of this night’s event, with keynote speaker Benjamin Watson, NFL Superbowl champion and Advocate for Life. Dinner is complementary. A freewill offering will be taken. Amy-Jo Wierenga and Jackie Huggins are table hosts and would love you to join them. The sign-up poster is located outside the Worship Center. Please contact Amy-Jo (630-220-1543) or Jackie (630-260-6728) for more details.
Providing Meals for Sharon Vaughn
If you would like to provide a meal for Sharon Vaughn as she recovers from back surgery, the Mercy Ministry Team has provided a way for you to do so. Meals will be provided M/W/F through Wednesday, October 26th. If you are interested in providing a meal, please go to: takethemameal.com, click on “Find a Meal Schedule,” enter Last Name: Vaughn, Password: (password in email). If you need assistance with signing up, please contact Don Johnson or the church office.
Nick and Cornelia Popescu: Please pray for healing for Nick Popescu who has pneumonia following a Covid diagnosis; pray for Cornelia as she completes the initial testing for upcoming surgery in November.
Klingberg family: Pray for the Klingberg family after the loss of Joanne’s daughter-in-law, Beth Klingberg.
Steve and Terri Roberts: Praise God for the birth of a new granddaughter, Brenna Nicole, on October 2.
Larry and Pat LaBelle: Pray for continued strength for Larry who returned home from the hospital last week after being admitted for an irregular heartbeat; pray also for Pat as she recovers from shingles; praise God for the birth of Larry and Pat’s great-granddaughter, Natalie Brooke.
Karla and Gary Van Der Molen: Please pray for continual encouragement for Karla as she manages ALS.
Sharon Vaughn: Pray for continued recovery for Sharon following a recent back surgery.