“To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” Matthew 28: 19-20a spells out the task of this mission. We seek to fulfill that mission by becoming an ‘inviting, welcoming, nurturing, and serving community of Christ.’ We invite you to join us in that endeavor. We eagerly want to be in ministry with you, sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 12:00 PM
"God loved everything into being. Love is the foundation of creation. Love is the driving force behind every miracle."* Come to a 30 minute worship at Noon on Wednesday, March 27th, in the Chapel and hear Rev. Calvin Culpepper speak on ‘The Miracle of Love.’ Afterwards, get a light lunch in the Dining Room for a free-will donation. We will continue with mid-week services on Wednesdays at noon in the Chapel through the Lenten season. All are invited. * Mike Slaughter, 'Made for a Miracle', p. 54
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 12:00 PM
"Being a Christian is less about cautiously avoiding sin than courageously and actively doing God's will."* Or as Mike Slaughter states in his book, 'Made for a Miracle,' " It really comes down to the lifestyle choices that we are willing to make. We live more simply so that others may simply live!" Come to be challenged and gain a deeper understanding of miracles by Rev. Dr. Norma Lee Kerns Barnhart at this noon worship service. *Eric Metaxas, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 12:00 PM
Join us in the Chapel with Rev. Norma Lee Kerns Barnhart for two Wednesdays, March 13 and March 20, as we listen to her share with us how 'You Were Made for a Miracle' and 'Miracles Come with a Cost'. Both topics are from Mike Slaughter's book, 'Made for a Miracle: From Your Ordinary to God's Extraordinary.' All are welcome!
(Rockford, IL) During the 40 days of Lent, we will be meeting in the Chapel each Wednesday at noon for a 30 minute worship service. We hope this reminds us that the journey of Lent comes to us as a gift. It is a reminder to us to slow down, unplug ourselves, and be still and quiet in your presence.
Lord, it takes discipline for us to do this. We are addicted to instant access and immediate response. We are so used to being "on" that we have lost sight of our need for rest, for renewal and especially for you.
So, we thank you for the spiritual discipline of Lent. We lay aside our calendars and "to do" lists and focus instead on your gifts and blessings. We stop long enough to say "thank you" instead of running hurriedly and unappreciatively through our day.
We acknowledge the work of your grace in our lives -- and the reality that it is anything but "cheap." And, we wait. We wait expectantly and patiently for you to speak and to make yourself known to us in new and surprising ways. To this we commit ourselves this day, for the sake of Christ. Amen.
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(Rockford, IL) At some time in our lives, most of us have prayed for or hoped for a miracle—an event that seems impossible but is brought about by God’s transcendent power. But when miracles occur, did you know that you have a role to play?
If that’s true, what’s the catch? What do we have to do? What’s it going to cost us?
Popular author and pastor Mike Slaughter examines the two components of every miracle: divine action and human responsibility. For a real miracle to take place, we must act with God, using whatever gifts, talents, and abilities we have and directing them toward God’s work. We need to follow the examples of Mary in the birth of Jesus, Jesus’ followers when he healed them, and Jesus’ disciples after he rose from the dead.
This Lent use your God-given gifts and talents for God’s glory, and get ready to be made for a miracle. You are invited to a video-based study by Mike Slaughter:
Sunday • March 10 • 11:30 a.m. • Church Parlor
Pastor Cal, facilitator
Friday • March 15 • 1:00 p.m. • 1812 Meadows Circle
Books are available for $14 through the church office
Scholarships are available
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(Rockford, IL) An evening of Court Street members and guests, musical and theatrical performances, games, and the GREAT GRILLED CHEESE GRILL-OFF is planned for Friday, March 1st, at 6:00 p.m. Dig out your purple, gold, and green clothing, don a mask, beads, and any other glitzy jewelry, and join us in the Church Dining Room. Free-will offering will be taken. Anyone interested in performing at the festivities please see Mr. Jim by February 15.
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