Christus Victor

Making Christ Known

We are an Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) congregation growing in the likeness of Christ by:

Worshiping, praying, and studying God’s word;
Being together with other people; and
Acting in faith through words and deeds both inside and outside our church walls.

 A Word from Pastor Stefan

June 2017

Invitation to Celebrate

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Grace and peace to you in the name of our risen Lord!

I would like to invite you to our Mission Appeal Celebration weekend on June 3 and 4.  During the past three years, we were able to start and implement new ministries as well as improve our church facility to better serve our community in God’s mission through Christus Victor.  Thanks be to God and to you.  Because of generous giving, we resurfaced our parking lot, started a Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) ministry, seed funded a Nursery Coordinator position, supported projects in Tanzania, remodeled our front welcome area, and installed a new projector for our weekly services. We also gave outreach ministry gifts to the Kenneth Young Center, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI), and Wings.  We have good reasons to celebrate as well as thank you and God for the many blessings we shared.

We would like to accomplish our last goals from the Mission Appeal:  replacing our flooring and remodeling our bathrooms.  I am so thankful to God and to you that, together, we were able to share God’s love in our community and beyond. I am very hopeful with the committed giving to our Mission Appeal we will reach our final goals of installing new flooring and remodeling our bathrooms this summer. Then we can all be proud of our church facility when we have PADS (food and overnight emergency shelter to the homeless) guests staying overnight or have approximately one hundred children during Vacation Bible School (VBS) walking and playing on the new flooring and using our newly remodeled bathrooms.

Please join us on Pentecost weekend, June 3 and 4, to celebrate the completion of our Mission Appeal.  Please prayerfully consider using one of the Mission Appeal offering envelopes located in the pews to help us finish the Mission Appeal strong by replacing the flooring and remodeling the bathrooms to update our church facility. 

We are the church. The world needs what we have. It says in Hebrews 3:6 “Christ was faithful over God’s house as a son – and we are his house if we hold firm the confidence and the pride that belong to hope.”  Let us together be the church where people find hope and faith in God. Our church building represents God’s welcome through us and we are a house of hope.  Let us make God’s house a beautiful place of worship and ministry, as a gathering place for all people who are looking to connect with God.

Thanks and blessings to you for all your support!  May all our hearts be filled with God’s joy.

Faithfully together in Christ,

Pastor Stefan