Dear VCL Family, On October 30th, I wrote a letter explaining why the elders decided not to follow Governor Pritzker’s latest mitigation restrictions (Tier 2) and to continue worshipping together. At that time, we believed our precautions were sufficient to protect ourselves and our community. Since then, we’ve watched the positivity rates and case numbers rise steadily in our region, as well as across the state and country. The governor has ordered a new

Brothers and Sisters, For my family, the summer has brought a much-needed reprieve from many of the constraints of COVID. Parks, playgrounds, family bike rides—these are just a few of the ways we’ve enjoyed a somewhat “normal” existence without having to bother with masks, distancing, and the rest. Best of all, we’ve been able to gather with friends and family in the safety of the great outdoors. As the weather cools, getting together will

The following update comes from our Transition Team Chair, Kirsten Sittler: This fall, the Transition Team is hard at work with an ambitious schedule. It was almost a year ago that we started on the process to Explore, Encounter, and Envision God’s work at Village Church of Lincolnshire (VCL). Our first few meetings were a bit frantic as we had the looming deadline of Lee’s departure. During the Explore phase, we investigated and

Dear Brothers and Sisters, The moment we’ve been waiting for is fast approaching. This Sunday, July 5, we will gather at 10:30 AM to worship the Lord in our church building. As you could imagine, we’ll have to do things differently than we used to. I’ll share the specifics below, but I wanted to take a moment to share the heart and mind behind the decisions that have gone into planning this service. At

In case you missed it, yesterday's sermon focused on the personal access we have to God's heavenly throne room. It's specifically on account of Jesus' sacrifice that we enjoy this incredible privilege. But, to paraphrase Ben Parker: with great privilege comes great responsibility. Because we've been granted this privileged access, Hebrews admonishes us to draw near to God in full assurance, hold fast to our confession, and consider how to stir each

In accordance with the State of Illinois’ Shelter-in-Place order, Village Church of Lincolnshire (VCL) has not met as a congregation since March 8th, 2020. As Illinois follows Governor Pritzker’s reopening plan, VCL will be taking every precaution to keep its congregants and local communities safe. Because of this, the elder board is moving forward toward reopening according to Governor Pritzker’s plan, which is broken up into five phases:  Phase 1: Rapid Spread High

How did you make these decisions? As we thought about what was next for us as a church, three realities became apparent.  The first is the calling of the church to be together, “stirring one another up to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Heb 10:25). A vital part of

“The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 For the better part of a year, I’ve worked diligently with the elders and transition team to craft and execute a plan for the future of our church. Throughout that time, not a few people have reminded me of Pr. 16:9. Planning is a good thing (21:5; etc.), but we must always hold our plans loosely. It is

On March 27th, President Trump signed the CARES Act, which includes a direct payout for individuals and families. For some in our church, this money comes as a lifeline. For most, however, it’s a bit like the bacon on a cobb salad—most welcome, yet not quite necessary. That leaves us with a question: if we don’t really need the money, then what should we do with it? For this week’s letter, the most

He is risen! This Easter promises to be one to remember. For many years, you'll probably be saying to your kids, "remember when we couldn't go to church on Easter because of coronavirus?" And they will. But, during this strange passion week, I wanted to encourage you. Everything we are doing right now is a compromise, but that doesn’t mean it has to be fruitless. In this season of new responsibility, take a deep breath, have grace