An Invitation to Easter

I want to send out a personal invitation to join one of our Christ Church congregations to remember and celebrate this Easter weekend. We will reflect on the power of the cross during our Good Friday gatherings and will celebrate the life promising resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday in LaPorte, Michigan City, and Chicago.

GOOD FRIDAY | APRIL 14TH
Each of our congregations will gather to remember Christ’s death on our behalf on Good Friday.

• La Porte: 6:00pm
Chicago: 7:00pm
Michigan City: 8:00pm

EASTER EGG HUNT | APRIL 15TH
Christ Church will host an Easter Egg Hunt and a reading of the Easter Story on Saturday, April 15th. Bring your kids, an Easter basket, and your friends and neighbors!

La Porte and Michigan City: 11am at Creek Ridge County Park
Chicago: 11am at Trebes Park

EASTER | APRIL 16TH
Each of our congregations will be celebrating Easter with a special worship gathering on Sunday, April 16th. Worship gatherings will take place at normal times.

Michigan City: 9:00am
Chicago: 10:00am
• La Porte: 11:00am

 

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Sermon: Teach Them Love

I had the privilege of preaching at Redeemer Church in Bloomington, IN this past Sunday.  Redeemer Church is a church plant in Bloomington, IN led by Pastor Chris Jones.  Chris and his wife Krystal have been such a source of encouragement to both Davena and I over the years we have partnered with them in ministry.  Please keep Redeemer Church in your prayers as they continue to love the city of Bloomington with the gospel in both word and deed.  I hope this sermon entitled Teach Them Love  will be a source of encouragement to you.

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Why Gather for a Night of Prayer?

Christ Church is hosting a number of nights of prayer during this season, and I’d thought I’d share a few reasons why the church should gather to pray.

We gather to pray in the joy and peace of community.
The church in the book of Acts was intentional to be together to enjoy times of teaching, fellowship, and prayer. The fruit of their pursuit of community is evident in Luke’s writing in Acts. “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” Acts 2:42

We gather to pray for boldness to love our neighbors through the sharing of the Gospel.
Scripture gives us the example of the people of God passionately loving each other and their neighbors with the good news of Jesus. In the face of persecution and uncertainty they prayed that the Lord would make a way for them to continue in Gospel ministry with boldness.

“And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.” Acts 4:29-31

We gather to pray for the sick.
May God grant us faith to pray for those who are sick and to ask for prayer when confronted with the brokenness of our own bodies. Hear the counsel of James in James 5:13-15(a): “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up.”

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Celebrating Our Fall Kickoff

My heart is still full of joy and thanksgiving for the wonderful Fall Kickoff we enjoyed last weekend in La Porte and Michigan City. It was so encouraging to worship together, witness the commitments of parents to raise their children in the instruction and discipline of the Lord, and to share an afternoon of resting, eating, and playing together. It reminds me of the truth found in Hebrews 10:14-15 – “And let 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.” I am always encouraged by our church family on days like Sunday.

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Our Chicago Fall Kickoff is coming up on September 25. I know this will be a great day as well. Please be praying expectantly for this important day.

As we jump into the fall season, I want to encourage you to enjoy the benefits of fellowship of our weekly Sunday worship gatherings and our small groups that meet throughout the week. If you are not a part of a small group, you can sign up here or at the Info Booth at any of our gatherings.

Lets also continue to pray for those parents and children who were dedicated last Sunday. Parents in Chicago can still dedicate their children at the Chicago Fall Kickoff. You can sign up here if you haven’t already.

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I look forward to worshipping with you this Sunday as we jump back into our series on Acts. Please come ready to worship and bring a friend!

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Kevin

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Why Fall Kickoff?

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A new season is upon us bringing countless blessings from the Father full of opportunities to minister to our communities. I hope your summer was full of wonderful memories and some rest. Our church’s Fall Kickoff is just days away and I want to share a few thoughts with you about this annual event.

While making plans for our Fall Kickoff Sundays, a thought has come to my mind. “Why do we do a Fall Kickoff when we really don’t stop any Christ Church ministries in the summer?” Whether or not you have ever considered that thought, I’d like to share some reasons why we do what we do and the importance of it.

Our annual Fall Kickoff is important because:

  • The fall season is normally a time for folks to return to regularly gathering with a church after a busy summer.
  • It is a great on-ramp for newcomers to engage in the life of a church in a new season of the church.
  • Kids are back in school and families are adjusting to normal weekly rhythms that allow them to commit to the rhythms of the local congregations.
  • Our child dedication service is a great reminder of God’s care and love for us as our Good Father. It is a great opportunity for families to invite friends and family to witness their commitment to raise their children in the ways of the Lord.
  • The celebration at the park is good for our souls. It is a time for us to feast together and to rest for an afternoon with our church family. Eating and resting together is a foretaste of the promise of the fullness of God’s Kingdom that is to come. It is also a great opportunity to invite friends and family (those who you are praying for in our Acts Campaign) to join us in a fun and safe environment.

If you call Christ Church your home, please make every effort to be a part of this fun and important day. Bring a dish, a friend, and your bean bag toss skills for a great time “kicking off” a new season with your Christ Church family. I look forward to seeing you there.

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Kevin

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