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June 1 - Pray First

May 31 - Worship Service


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Online Sunday School 
The first time you try to access the lessons, you’ll need to create an account with LifeWay. Preschool and Kindergarten // 1st-5th grade

Coloring pages: Ages 3+ | Ages 7+
Sermon Notes for Kids
Family Devotional

May 30 - A Note from Pastor Scott

Church,

I was so grateful to hear the Governor’s announcement on Thursday and to read the helpful safety guidelines for reopening churches in Illinois provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)! We are now busy getting ready to welcome you back from this long hiatus away from in person worship services.

Since our capacity will be much lower than normal, look for an email from your pastor on Wednesday with a link to Save Your Seat in church for next weekend. We have changed our schedule, adding times and even days, so that we can serve everyone who wants to attend. And we will add more if necessary! Please do not attend unless you have saved your seat online. It is the only way we will be able to keep our attendance under the threshold. 

It is also important for you to have a sense of your responsibility as a participant. So, there will be guidelines for you to read when you save your seat. For example, one guideline strongly encouraged by the IDPH and the CDC is to use face coverings. For those of us who do not think that masks are necessary, rather than debate the science, please simply consider the many of us who do think they are helpful, and wear a mask. Romans 15:2 is an important reminder in this regard, “Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, ‘The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.’” The application of that verse in our context seems clearly to be: Wear a mask even if you are convinced they don’t serve any health purpose at all. Because, by not wearing one, you may cause undue anxiety for the many who will be wearing them and think that they are vital to their safety.

Pray First
I’m not sure there’s a better way to apply Pastor Colin’s current series on the Lord’s Prayer than to participate in this month’s Pray First. It is designed with Six Things to Ask of God in mind. Join us on Monday, June 1 at 6 p.m. You can watch (and pray) on the website, Facebook or YouTube.

Worship
Our service is available on the website, Vimeo, and YouTube. You can also watch it on Facebook at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Join us then, or at whatever time works best for you this weekend.

Sunday School 
Preschool and Kindergarten // 1st-5th grade

Worship tools for kids:
Coloring pages: Ages 3+ | Ages 7+
Sermon Notes for Kids
Family Devotional

Warmly in Christ,

Scott Lothery
Lead Pastor

May 29 - A Note from Jeff Rylander

Dear Church,

I am very encouraged to share that the Church Board met last night and voted to reopen our Arlington Heights, Barrington, Itasca, Marengo, and Northfield locations on the weekend of June 6 and 7. We made this decision shortly after the Illinois Department of Public Health shared new and helpful safety guidelines for reopening churches in Illinois.

As we resume in person worship, we will begin by opening with a maximum capacity of 100 worshipers in each service at Arlington Heights, Barrington, and Northfield; Itasca and Marengo will open with a maximum of 50 each service. We are delaying the opening of our Chicago location at this time but look forward to sharing some news about what reopening will look like for this congregation in the days ahead.

We believe it is wise to take a phased approach as we meet once again. We will begin by limiting our gathering to the worship service only--Sunday school and nursery will not meet at this time. We also believe that it is the responsibility of all of us to gather safely. We love each other well as we look not only to our own interests but also to the interests of others. Tomorrow you will receive an email from Lead Pastor Scott Lothery that will include the guidelines that will allow us to meet and worship safely.

And while many of us will embrace the opportunity to meet in person once again, others will not yet be ready to do so. That is okay. We are happy to continue to provide our online worship service. We welcome each individual and family to return to in person worship when they are ready to do so.

May the Lord continue to guide us as we seek to honor Him in all we do.

For His Glory,

Jeff Rylander
Church Chairman 

May 27 - Reopening Plans

We are hoping to be able to gather again for worship in the next few weeks. Please read this document to help you prepare for what that might look like.

Resources

  • Worship with your family - Take sermon notes and discuss with your family afterward. 
  • Check out these video devotionals and questions from The Bible Project.
  • Read this article about redeeming the time during quarantine.

Previous Updates


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Online Sunday School 
The first time you try to access the lessons, you’ll need to create an account with LifeWay. Preschool and Kindergarten // 1st-5th grade

Coloring pages: Ages 3+ | Ages 7+
Sermon Notes for Kids
Family Devotional

Church,

The President’s announcement yesterday that churches are essential was an encouraging development. Perhaps we will be able to gather for in-person worship sooner than June 27/28. We are monitoring the situation closely and will inform you if our plans change.

I also want to make our position on the vulnerable population more clear. CDC guidelines identify that persons 65 years of age and older and those with underlying medical conditions are at greater risk should they contract the virus and therefore should take extra precautions. During early stages of re-opening church, the guidelines recommend that such individuals should continue to shelter in place. As we re-open, we will provide both in-person and online worship opportunities so that each person can worship in the manner they choose. We leave such decisions about whether to attend in-person worship to each individual. We will not restrict registration to those 65+, nor will we check IDs at the door, or turn away anyone who we know is over that age. Everyone will be warmly welcomed! I guess as warmly as one can do that in a mask.

A Celebration of Hymns
I know some of us are missing the classic style service at Arlington Heights. Good news! There is an opportunity to sing hymns with Pastor Dan Wells and friends on Sunday, May 24 at 7 p.m. Join us on Facebook or the church website.

Worship
Our service is available on the website, Vimeo, and YouTube. You can also watch it on Facebook at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Join us then, or at whatever time works best for you this weekend.
 
Sunday School
Preschool and Kindergarten // 1st-5th grade

Worship tools for kids:
Coloring pages: Ages 3+ | Ages 7+
Sermon Notes for Kids
Family Devotional

Warmly in Christ,

Scott Lothery
Lead Pastor

Dear Church, 

The Church Board met on Tuesday night to pray about and discuss our next steps and projected timeline for in-person worship. After significant discussion, we made several decisions that I would like to share with you.

First, when we re-open, we plan to follow the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidelines set forth for faith-based facilities and houses of worship. We are glad to have these guidelines to help keep all of us as safe as possible.

Second, we are going to communicate to and seek dialogue with our governing authorities concerning the current Restore Illinois Phase 4 restrictions on gathering size of 50 or fewer. We believe that gathering size should be determined by each facility’s capacity to follow IDPH guidelines rather than a “one-size-fits-all” number. For example, while 50 or fewer may be a reasonable guideline for a smaller facility, it seems overly restrictive for our 950-seat sanctuary in Arlington Heights. Given that Phase 4 could last for over 12 months, we believe petitioning governmental leaders regarding this restriction is an important next step.

Thirdly, we are planning to gather for in-person worship starting June 27/28 with services of 50 or fewer people. In order to manage the number of people, we are going to ask you to register in advance of the weekly worship service. You will receive a registration link in one of your pastor’s weekly emails in early June. It is possible we’ll be able to gather sooner if restrictions ease. Conversely, we may have to wait a few weeks if restrictions are lengthened, but we will we keep you informed.

Finally, we want to share that we plan to continue to provide online worship for the future and even beyond the time that we resume in-person services. We have seen the Lord use these to literally reach the world with the Gospel and are excited to continue to use this medium to provide worship opportunities for those unable to attend in person.

We trust that these steps of planning to gather once again and of communicating with governmental officials our strong desire to see Phase 4 size restrictions loosened will be an encouragement to many. May the Lord continue to give us all wisdom and discernment as we seek to honor Him in all we do.

In Christ,
Jeff Rylander


Connection Card
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Online Sunday School 
The first time you try to access the lessons, you’ll need to create an account with LifeWay. Click on the link for the appropriate age group below and then click Register. Preschool and Kindergarten // 1st-5th grade

Coloring pages: Ages 3+ | Ages 7+
Sermon Notes for Kids
Family Devotional


Connection Card
 | Give online | Lyrics

Vimeo | YouTube

Online Sunday School 
The first time you try to access the lessons, you’ll need to create an account with LifeWay. Click on the link for the appropriate age group below and then click Register.
Preschool and Kindergarten
1st-5th grade

Coloring Pages: Ages 3+ | Ages 7+
Sermon Notes for Kids
Family Devotional


Connection Card
 | Give online | Lyrics

Vimeo | YouTube

Online Sunday School: The first time you try to access the lessons, you’ll need to create an account with LifeWay. Click on the link for the appropriate age group below and then click Register.
Preschool and Kindergarten
1st-5th grade

Coloring Pages: Ages 3+ | Ages 7+
Sermon Notes for Kids
Family Devotional