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Village Church of Lincolnshire

Guide for Home Worship: 11/15/20

The Grace to Endure

Today, we’re worshipping the God who meets us in every affliction and uses His church to give us the strength to persevere. Pastor Kenny will be preaching a sermon from Acts 14:19-28 that deals with the trials every Christian faces and the people God appoints to help them press forward.

General Announcements

A Pearl of Great Price—Parables of the Kingdom Sunday School Class Starts 11/15 – Join Pastor Casey for four Sunday mornings (11/15, 11/22, 12/13, and 12/22 from 9:30-10:15) as he leads a deep dive into some of Jesus most well-known (and often misunderstood) parables from the gospels. We’ll look at how Jesus took the stuff of everyday life and drew important, timeless, and profound lessons for both his first-century listeners and us. If you can’t make it in-person, you’ll be able to watch it live on YouTube as well.

Operation Christmas Child: YOU can make a difference! During the next few weeks, you will have the opportunity to pack a shoebox (or more than one) with a variety of gifts that will be given to a child who is in a desperate situation.

This year, related to the pandemic, Samaritan’s Purse is encouraging people to build a box online at https://build-a-shoebox.samaritanspurse.org/view/83f23096-5328-482f-b47b-a82bf1d73ebc Just go to the link and follow the directions. We as a church can track our progress at this same link toward our goal of 125 shoeboxes total.

If you choose to buy your own gifts and fill a shoebox, please return it to VCL by Sunday morning, November 22. You can pay for the shipping ($9.00 suggested) online and follow your box at https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/follow-your-box/ to see the country of its destination.

Empty shoeboxes and labels are available in the foyer (look for the balloon) either Sunday mornings or during weekly church office hours until Sunday, November 22. Please remember, due to custom regulations, toothpaste and candy are no longer permitted in shoeboxes. Questions or concerns, contact Pamela Hedges @ 224-365-9405 or dphedges@comcast.net

We are asking that families take a picture as they pack their shoebox and send to it to office@evcl.org.

Annual Congregational Meeting: On December 6 at 6 PM, we’ll be gathering for our annual meeting. This year is especially important. In addition to voting on our budget for next year and other regular items, we’ll be reviewing the Transition Team’s final report, voting on by-law changes, and electing a pastoral search committee. We’re asking that all members make it a point to attend either at VCL or online. If you choose the former, we’ll follow the same protocols as we do on Sunday morning. If you choose the latter, we’ll have ways for you to ask questions, offer feedback, and vote along with everyone here in person.

Pastoral Search Committee: We’re still looking for volunteers and nominations for the search committee. If you’re a member interested in serving or you know someone who is (and is willing to be considered), please send an email to Josh Harrison (joshuaharrison@alum.northwestern.edu) by November 20. 
Upcoming By-Law Changes: We’ll be voting on several changes to the by-laws at our annual meeting. If you haven’t yet had a chance, please review the changes and reach out to Bryan Just at bajust@tiu.edu with any comments or questions. You can find the proposed changes along with a letter of explanation in an email Pastor Kenny sent out on 11/2. If you can’t find that, email office@evcl.org and we’ll be happy to send you another copy.
VCL Women! Our Thursday group will begin our book study on January 7, 2021! We’re excited to study the video/book series entitled “Breathe” by Priscilla Shirer! The book can be purchased for $12 (exact change please!) on November 19, December 3, or in the church office during the week. If paying by check please make payable to Village Church of Lincolnshire. On January 7 we will go back to our normal schedule of 9:30-11:00. In the meantime though, we’re continuing to meet 9:30-10:30 each week with fellowship, a devotional, and prayer together.

Also, Jan Carlson is hosting a prayer circle to pray specifically for Revival.  For more info or to let Jan know you’re interested in praying with her, please email her at jandcarlson@icloud.com  The prayer circle takes place after our Thursday morning gathering.

As always, Covid guidelines are continuing to be followed with masks and social distancing.

Is God Calling You To Lead a Growth Group? Now as much as ever, we need community. Growth groups at VCL are groups where we can get together to pray, read God’s word, and fellowship together as brothers and sisters in God’s family. They are a vitally important part of church life, as well as our individual discipleship. We find ourselves in need of new growth group leaders, people want to learn from experienced leaders what it would look like to be part of forming new groups. You don’t need to have any prior knowledge or experience, all you have to have is the desire to help people grow spiritually in community. If you’d be interested in helping out or finding out more, please contact Pastor Casey at cdwyer@evcl.org.

Would you like to use the Great Room? The Great Room is now available for groups of 25 or less to use throughout the week. To keep things safe and sanitary, you’ll need to reserve a time and follow a set of guidelines we’ve developed. For more information, please email office@evcl.org.

Not-So Daily Office: Pastors Kenny and Casey are on Facebook Live at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. During this time they will read a scripture passage and have a time of prayer. Copies of these times of worship will then be posted on our website: evcl.org/daily-office

Offering: During this time, it’s more important than ever that we continue to embody our trust in the Lord’s provision through faithful, sacrificial giving. Please visit http://evcl.org/give/ and make your offering as an intentional act of faith. Although online giving is preferred during this time, you may also write and mail your checks to Village Church of Lincolnshire, 201 Riverwoods Rd, Lake Forest, IL 60045

 

Financial Update

General Fund Giving for October 2020

Budgeted Monthly General Fund Giving: ………………….……… $48,508

Actual Monthly General Fund Giving: …………………………..…. $31,729

YTD actual income through October 31, 2020: ……..…….…..…. $417,312

YTD actual expenses through October 31, 2020: ..….…………… $394,995

YTD net income through October 31, 2020: ……………………….. $22,320

 

Worship (In-Person or Live-Streamed)

Whether you’re worshipping at VCL or at home, please download today’s Order of Worship and either print it out or open it on your phone. Song lyrics included with Order of Worship.

This Sunday’s stream will be available on 11/1 at 10:30 AM. You can access it any time by clicking here.

 

Get in Touch!

If you’d like to know more about our church, or if you’d like someone to pray for you, please contact us today.

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