This has been a rough year. Even now with things reopening we feel the weight of a thousand strange, unique, and  painful experiences over the last several months taking their toll. We are not the same people we were in February 2020. Like the Israelites on the banks of the Jordan, we find ourselves wilderness-weary, confused, and afraid to hope. Now is the time to think hard about what we want our lives

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And lest us consider how to stir up one another 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. Hebrews 10:23-25   We are excited to be returning to a time when we can focus,

Parents' quick guide: We are shifting our focus in children's ministry to equipping parents, including children in worship, and growing intergenerational relationships. Starting June 13th, all children age 4 and over will be with their parents during the worship service. Starting June 13th, children ages 4-11 will be learning the New City Catechism during Hour in the Word (formerly "First Hour Connections"). Details, including information on the 2's and 3's Sunday school,

Brothers and Sisters, By now, I’m sure you’ve heard about the updated guidance from the CDC. To sum up the new guidance (which you should definitely read for yourself), fully vaccinated* people can now resume activities in which they participated before the pandemic—mostly without masks. Governor Pritzker has affirmed this new guidance and has also announced that the state will be entering Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois plan on June 11. *People are

Disclaimer: None of what you’re about to read is intended as medical advice. Before embarking upon any course of treatment, please consult your healthcare provider. Brothers and sisters, As more and more of our friends, neighbors, and family members get vaccinated, it occurred to me that it’d be helpful to offer some biblical guidance on the topic. As Christians, we must take every thought captive to Christ (2 Cor 10:5) as we consult both

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