Posts by Valerie Austin

Posts by Valerie Austin

Midweek Update: September 15, 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters, What a delight to welcome seven new members into our congregation this past Sunday! It was a joy to celebrate our new members and to show hospitality to friends and neighbors through our Sunday meal together. Many of you helped in various ways to decorate, set up, prepare, and cook. Thank you for all the ways you served our church and our guests…

Midweek Update: September 8, 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters, This Sunday we officially begin our fall ministry season at Faith Community Church. During our worship service we will have the joy of receiving new members into the Faith Community Church family. In addition to welcoming our new members during the service, following the worship service this Sunday we will hold an outreach lunch at 11:00am. As…

Midweek Update: September 1, 2021

Dear Faith Community Church Family, This week the elders have prayerfully considered the wisest path of response to the statewide mask mandate currently in place. We truly appreciate the input we have received from you and are thankful for your prayers as we have sought the Lord’s guidance regarding how best to gather for worship and fellowship during this time. While our…

Midweek Update: August 25, 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters, People have always wanted to make a name for themselves. You probably know the Tower of Babel story from Genesis 11: “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves.” (Genesis 11:4) We know how that story ends. The ambitious building project was a failure as God confused the…

Midweek Update: August 18 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters, The Austins had a wonderful and safe trip to New Mexico. We enjoyed our time in the mountains (and deserts) of the Southwest, and even got to go kayaking on the Rio Grande. I’m thankful for Don Johnson’s faithful preaching of the Word these past two Sundays in my absence. This Lord’s Day we will continue the sermon series in the book of Acts,…

Midweek Update: August 5, 2021

Brothers and Sisters, In the letter of 1 Peter, the Apostle says this about spiritual gifts: “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace” (1 Peter 4:10). Let’s take a closer look at what Peter is saying in this verse. First, each person has received a spiritual gift from God and it is given to them freely…

Midweek Update: July 28

Dear Faith Community Church Family, Last Sunday we tracked the Apostle Peter’s travels from Jerusalem to the town of Lydda, where Aeneas, a paralyzed man was miraculously healed by the power of the risen Jesus. From there we followed him to Joppa on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, where God worked through Peter to restore the life of a godly disciple named…

Midweek Update: July 21

Dear Brothers and Sisters, One of Luke’s purposes in the book of Acts is to demonstrate how the works that Jesus did in his earthly ministry continue even after his ascension into heaven. This Sunday’s sermon text, Acts 9:32-43, details two remarkable miracles; one of healing and the other of restoring life. Though Peter is present at both events, Luke…

July 14 Midweek Update

Dear Brothers and Sisters, This past Sunday, Isaac and Erin Evans shared an opportunity for our church to pray for Haiti as it undergoes a significant crisis. As of now, our presbytery’s mission trip to Haiti has been cancelled, with the hopes that we will be able to travel to Haiti within the year. In the meantime, our brothers and sisters in Haiti are in a…

Midweek Update: July 7, 2021

Brothers and Sisters, On Sunday, we read these words from the Apostle Paul: “For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:3). This is one of the most comforting passages in the New Testament that speaks to our security and protection in Jesus Christ. As a church, we have been partnering with Chicago Friends of Haiti and the Haitian…

June 23 Midweek Update

Dear Faith Community Church Family, This Sunday, we’re looking forward to welcoming Phil Smith to share God’s Word with us from Matthew 21:12-17, a powerful passage which beautifully portrays Jesus’ heart for the lowly and downcast. Phil, an FCC-supported missionary, will also be updating us on his transition from WordPartners (Leadership Resources International) to…

Midweek Update: June 16, 2021

Dear Faith Community Church Family, This Sunday we come to a turning point in the book of Acts. A wave of persecution toward Christians arose in Jerusalem following the death of Stephen. Many of them fled north to Samaria, but they kept speaking about Jesus. Luke makes a point of telling us that “those who were scattered went about preaching the word.” (Acts 8:4) One of…

June 9 Covid-19 Midweek Update

Dear Faith Community Church Family, This year has felt like a rollercoaster to say the least. We’re thankful to our great God for his continued faithfulness and goodness to our church over this last year. Despite the hardships we have experienced, his blessings have been abundant toward us. This Friday, the state of Illinois will be moving into Phase 5 of the Illinois…

Midweek Update June 2, 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Over these last weeks we have seen that the early followers of Jesus were frequently bombarded by challenges and temptations as they sought to live obediently as God’s redeemed people. These threats came from the outside, as they were opposed by the powerful religious elites in Jerusalem. They also, however, came from the inside, as Ananias and…

May 26 Midweek Update

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Each one of us desires to be deeply joyful in our lives. Not just happy when things are “going our way,” but truly joyful. This is because God has created us with this desire for joy. In fact, the first question in the Westminster Shorter Catechism addresses just this: “What is the chief end of man? Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to…

May 19, 2021 Midweek Update

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Last Sunday’s sermon text demonstrated how the early followers of Jesus “were of one heart and soul” (Acts 4:32). We saw that both their convictions and their actions were unified. They were convinced that Jesus is the resurrected King and that they were called to bear witness to his rule even in view of threats and persecution. The…

May 12 Midweek Update

Dear Faith Community Church Family, As the gospel bears fruit among God’s people, the work of God’s grace begins to infiltrate every area of our lives, including our possessions and pocketbooks. In this Sunday’s sermon text, Acts 4:32-5:11, we are presented with a contrast between the generous landowner Barnabas and a married couple, Ananias and Sapphira, who…

May 5, 2021 Midweek Update

Dear Brothers and Sisters, The early Christians knew that Jesus had given them a calling: “You will be my witnesses” (Acts 1:8). They also knew that they didn’t have it in themselves to meet the demands of this call. When Peter and John are told not to speak in the name of Jesus anymore, they boldly tell the leaders that they must obey God rather than men. They then…

April 28, 2021 Midweek Update

Dear Brothers and Sisters, The sermon text for this Sunday (Acts 4:1-22) continues the powerful story of the healing of the lame man at the temple in Jerusalem. While Peter and John are still speaking to the amazed onlookers, the temple leadership arrest the apostles specifically because they are offended by the message of the resurrection and the teaching about Jesus.…

Midweek Update: April 21

Dear Faith Community Church Family, Our God does great things we sometimes simply don’t expect. He works surprises that lead to great joy. In Acts 3:1-26, Peter and John come upon a man, lame from his birth, begging for money. Peter and John stop to help this poor man by giving him something even greater than a little cash. By the power of the resurrected Jesus, Peter…
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