Hooray! After almost a year, we’re excited to offer a modified Kids Crossing experience! For the months of March and April, nursery and one Kids Crossing class will be provided on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month (March 14/28, April 11/25). (Decisions regarding a schedule for May will be made once we are closer to that time.) We can’t wait to see the kiddos of MDC ...Keep Reading
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Hooray! After almost a year, we’re excited to offer a modified Kids Crossing experience! For the months of March and April, nursery and one Kids Crossing class will be provided on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month (March 14/28, April 11/25). (Decisions regarding a schedule for May will be made once we are closer to that time.) We can’t wait to see the kiddos of MDC again!...
According to our Book of Church Order, an elder is called an overseer of the flock and household of God. This means that the elders are required to govern and rule over all the affairs of the church. “It belongs to the office of elder, both severally and jointly, to watch diligently over the flock committed to their charge, that no corruption of doctrine or of morals enter therein” (BCO 8-3). This overseeing work involves meeting frequently to deal with matters that require a great deal of biblical discernment and wisdom. Most church members do not realize how important this overseeing function is or realize how great are the sacrifices our elders make for the well-being of this church. Be praying for your Session as they meet tonight....
Yesterday morning I spent some extended time in our sanctuary praying for each of you by name. As your pastor and as a fellow human walking through this strange and extremely disruptive and exhaustive season, I want you to know that am concerned for each of you. I know the condition of my own heart (see this Facebook post) and I think I can safely assume it maybe be true of yours in one way or another as well. ...
This Sunday we will be singing a new song together. Way Maker was originally written by a Nigerian songwriter/artist Sinach (her full name is Osinachi Okoro) and has become an anthem for many during the COVID-19 pandemic has also been sung by demonstrators marching for racial justice, calling out for God as a “way maker, miracle worker, promise keeper, light in the darkness.” This song fits beautifully into our Advent series as its simple lyrics remind us of our God who is truly with us!...
Scripture and the Book of Church Order charge the Elders of Missio Dei Church "to watch diligently over the flock." This is a daunting task, but it is for your good, the good of the whole church, and for God's glory....Keep Reading
After careful and prayerful consideration for the safety and well-being of our church family, those that we love, and those we do not yet know, the Session has decided that in-person public worship will be suspended for one Sunday: December 27....Keep Reading
After taking a brief, one-week pause on in-person worship, the Session of Missio Dei Church has decided that we will be cautiously be gathering in-person this upcoming Sunday, December 6. ...Keep Reading
Pastor Paul is doing some reading for our next mini-series on shame which will start on Sunday, January 3. He is reading the book The Soul of Shame: Retelling the Stories We Believe About Ourselves. You can check out the book for yourself!...Keep Reading
Yesterday morning I spent some extended time in our sanctuary praying for each of you by name. As your pastor and as a fellow human walking through this strange and extremely disruptive and exhaustive season, I want you to know that am concerned for each of you. I know the condition of my own heart (see this Facebook post) and I think I can safely assume it maybe be true o...Keep Reading
Lord's Day Worship November 29, 2020 Before You Start Pick a time and place. We know that disruptions may come up, but do your best to preserve this time. It is powerful when we slow down, take time to worship, and pay attention to the way God is moving. Put phones and other distractions away. Designate a leader to transition through the elements of the liturgy. Port...Keep Reading
With the increases of COVID-19 transmission that we are seeing in our region and our local high schools having 100 confirmed covid cases, 600 in quarantine, and returning to blended learning, the Session wants to encourage all those who attend in-person gathered worship to exercise extreme care. We do not want any of our church family, those what we love, nor our community...Keep Reading
Tuesday, June 16 Good morning, friends and family! Missio Dei Church is cautiously and excitedly moving towards a return to gathered worship on Sunday, July 5. I cannot express to you how excited I am about this. I hope you are too! Our fellowship promises to be sweet with one another and the Lord. What a delight it will be to greet friends again, hear familiar voices li...Keep Reading
Friends, I want to thank all of you who responded to the survey from the Elders. Your feedback was very helpful. Here are the results from your brothers and sisters regarding when they feel comfortable returning to a modified form of gathered worship at our normal location (some answered as a household and some answered individually): Now: 51.7% Mid-June: 13.8% Mid ...Keep Reading
For the past couple of years, I have had the personal privilege of serving as the chairman of the Shepherding Committee for the Chicago Metro Presbytery.The committee has a plethora of administrative duties (transferring pastors in and out, making recommendations to the presbytery regarding calls, providing advice to churches, etc.). Ultimately, the committee is challenged...Keep Reading
My church held a congregational meeting this morning, centered around its vision for the future and the legacy we want to have as a community of believers. Such topics can be heavy for anyone, and when ingredients like budget projections and capital campaigns are added to the mix, a palpable tension may even be felt in the room....Keep Reading
I will never forget my first encounters with Todd Paben. He was a squirrelly teenager with Jimmy Neutron styled hair who was dating a girl who attended my youth ministry at Peace Community Church. I'll never forget how God grasped his heart one particular evening during a series on relationships. I won't forget the countless hours poured into discipling a young man who rav...Keep Reading
The Coming King is a series of four Christmas messages that will explore the everyday humanity and glorious death of Jesus. In this Advent series we will see why we can hope in him, how Jesus is the power of God to transform our bleak situations, how the glory of the Son of God calls our hearts to genuinely soul-satisfying worship, and what difference it makes in our lives...Keep Reading
So, with Pastor Appreciation Month kicking off October 1, can I encourage you to do something with me? Pave the way for excellence and health in your pastor by shepherding your shepherd. Yep. You can do that....Keep Reading
This month is Pastor’s Wife Appreciation Month. Can I encourage you to encourage her? Be creative! Go nuts with how you do it (just dont ask for too much of her time)! Bless her with a simple and yet encouraging text, email or Facebook post, a cup of coffee (Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks), prayer, a date night with her hubby, etc....Keep Reading
You know how it happens. You have every intention of being with the church on Sunday. In your mind it is all planned out. Then, you wake up late. Or, your baby has a last-minute blow out. Or, streets are closed. Maybe you arrive on time, but you’re distracted. She took my seat. Is that guy sleeping? Did I wear this outfit last week too? Where is my pen? Is that a new fam...Keep Reading
We have been released from the Reformed Church in America to the Presbyterian Church in America! As we looked to the future, our vision and mission, convictions, and consciences drew us to our new denominational home, the Presbyterian Church in America. Knowing that there is no such thing as a perfect denomination, we believe we will find greater unity on issues that we co...Keep Reading