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

Like John, "I have much to write you, but I do not want to do so with pen and ink" (3 John 13 ESV). Regardless, I have no choice but to use digital ink for now. In this week’s letter, I have a few important items to share about corporate worship, giving, community needs, and prayer. Meeting Together  It feels like ages since the elders announced the decision to close our doors as an

Especially in times of economic anxiety, it's crucial that we remember where our ultimate security lies. By giving sacrificially, we remind ourselves that God is the Provider of all we need. The act itself trains our bodies to entrust our material resources into the hands of our loving Father who gives us every good gift. Below, we've written out instructions to make giving online as smooth a process as possible. Step-By-Step Giving Instructions 1.

I have a confession to make: we were late to church yesterday morning. Sophie needed to eat, Cesar had a pile of blocks to deal with, and Ellie was… somewhere. We started off strong. The kids loved singing along with Jacob and they enjoyed the kids’ Bible story we threw in after the Old Testament reading. Once it came time for Papa to preach on the TV, of course, they were ready

Yesterday was a strange day for us at VCL. The church building sat empty as we gathered individually and in small groups. I was glad to hear from so many of you that the home liturgy we provided was helpful. We’ll continue to provide those for as long as we’re unable to gather for worship, along with plenty of other resources to help you connect with God and neighbor. Keep your eyes

March 13th, 2020 In light of the dangers surrounding a community-wide spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and the subsequent disease it causes (COVID-19), Village Church is officially enacting the following measures to ensure that we continue to provide a safe environment for congregants, visitors, and members of the wider community: All services and gatherings are canceled, effective immediately. The elders will review the situation after three Sundays (the 15th,