“Christ is Risen, Hallelujah!”
I hope you are in amazing grace and love from the risen Christ. Spring is coming to us soon. I like the spring season because new seeds awaken from a long winter sleep and sprout here and there on the earth. In fact, the winter in Chicago is such a cold, long, and depressing season because we could not often see the warm and nice sun. However, because of the cloudy winter weather of Chicago, we may possibly realize the importance of a soft, warm spring sun.
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From late autumn, my wife and I have made war with bugs called “Box Elder.” I think most of you are familiar with the bug, but we had never seen them before. We have seen a lot of box elders in our church and parsonage. Especially, the bugs frequently appeared in a warm bedroom, kitchen, living room, and even the bathroom during the cold winter season. It was a very strange situation for us because generally we had not seen other bugs during the winter before. Therefore, one of my daily works for this past winter was to kill the box elders. However, even though I killed many bugs all day, they were seen inside our house the following day again. The more I caught the bugs, the more they increased their members like weeds. Through their horrible propagation power, I got a big spiritual lesson; “Why do harmful things for a human being have a strong influence on one’s life?”
I believe that our spiritual war is also similar. We have already confessed Christ Jesus as our Lord and personal Savior in our faith. Through God’s unconditional grace, we have received salvation and became the followers of Jesus Christ. Nevertheless, we are still struggling with problems of sin, a guilty conscience, and difficult life challenges in our daily life. Why? Because even if we have already experienced conversion, we do not yet imitate the image of Jesus Christ fully. We are still holding secular greed and old practice in our mind, so we are fighting against those problems which are persistent in one’s will to live. If so, how can we achieve a victory in this spiritual war? We can receive a good lesson from Joshua’s words, “But if
serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD” (Joshua 24:15, NIV). Joshua encourages us to make a
good decision about whom you will serve, and then you have to fight with your enemy in spiritual war according to your decision. We can never go forward to Christian perfection without the grace of God and guidance of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, we are still fighting a good fight against the spiritual forces of evil in our spiritual war through favor from God. If Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection are meaningful for you and if you have already experienced undeserved, unmerited, and unconditional grace from God, let us be soldiers of Christ who put on the full armor of God to achieve a victory in our spiritual war. When we throw away the foreign gods that are among us and when we yield our hearts to the LORD, risen Christ will be with us in our daily life. I eagerly hope grace for you who love
our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love. †
Grace andPeace in Christ. Pastor Jin-Ho Hong
Swimming with our church friends!
A Night ofFun, Faith and Fellowship Ladies - Save the Date! Saturday, May 11th at 5:00 we are serving you dinner. It is a women's night out. A delicious meal served by the men. Entertainment and good fellowship. A time to relax and refresh. This evening is open to any lady ofthe church and community that would like to come. And it's all free! â€
Breakfast andEasterEgg Hunt
Our new Praise Band member!
Beverly Hevrin lives at Franklin Grove nursing home. She is orginally from Rockford, Il and born ofSwedish parents. Her mother passed away when she was around 13. When she was 18 she sought comfort with the Salvation Army where she was saved and learned to sing. The Salvation Army had a lot ofSwedish speaking people at that time so she sang in Swedish on a radio broadcast. On March 12 she was asked to sing at the nursing home as an activity outreach, so Charlene asked YunHee ifshe would play the piano for her. â€
Every year has a new set of challenges, as well as goals, that we attempt to meet and fulfill. One of those for our church is our “Raise The Roof” campaign. Since the start of this fund raiser, we have been successful at raising $3,381 .00. This campaign is an ongoing project that has been established to help off set the cost of a new roof for the church, when it is determined that one is needed. Envelopes of different denominations, for which contributions may be made, hang on the display in the sanctuary. In an effort to successfully meet this challenge, please consider taking an envelope, as you are able, during the months that follow. †
A check for $767.00 was presented to Joey Sagel, AFC Elementary School Principal, to be used for student emergency needs. Individuals in the picture are those who helped with the supper. Thanks to everyone who helped make this possible. â€ Issue 1
Not present for the picture above were Dawn Summers, Valerie Fair, Amy Hammond, Patti Forrester, Karen and Ed Baylor.
"Murder at the Pie Auction" Dinner Theater Saturday, April 1 3th at 6:00 p.m. Sunday, April 1 4th at 4:00 p.m.
After years of trying unsuccessfully to persuade Mother Mabelâ€™s Pie Baking Competition to come to Mynute , Alaska , Phoebe Muffet and Minaret Towers finally land the big contest when a Mother Mabel secretary mistakes Mynute for Minot. Without the media and publicity, the contest is bound to be a disaster. Adding to the tension is the fact that one of the competitors is writing a tell-all book that threatens to make everyone else look bad by exposing petty jealousies, the seamy side of pie baking, and blackmail. Hours before the contest begins, the pie judge goes missing and turns up dead during the bidding for the pies baked by the contestants. With an ample serving of motive and all the right ingredients for murder, Murder at the Pie Auction is the perfect dinner theatre recipe for big laughs, outrageous characters, and audience participation in a wild pie bidding. â€
Pastor's Bible Study
I would like to invite all who want to participate in a study of Christian’s timeless topic; PRAYER. This is a six weeks Bible study with six video sessions. The Bible study will begin on April 21st, 2013 and meet every Sunday or Tuesday night from 6:30 p.m. ~ 7:30 p.m. at the Church. We will use the material, “Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?” by Philip Yancey. A main participant’s guide book is $8.79. However, I would like to recommend another suggested reading book by Philip Yancey. The suggested reading book is of the same title and the price is $11.55. The deadline will be Sunday, April 7th for ordering the books. Both books will cost $20.34, which can be paid by check to Jin-Ho Hong. If you will be participating in this study, or if you have any questions, please contact Pastor Hong at 847-722-6357 or HYPERLINK "mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org" email@example.com
Community Garden Spring will come!!! The broccoli is ready to plant as soon as the snow is gone. Cabbage, peas and onions will follow close behind. We are hoping to use the garden as a way to supply food to the school age childrem in Franklin Grove. We hope to have a lunch program on Fridays using food from our garden. The plan is to send a supply offood and plants home to help with other meals during the week. Ifyou have leftover seeds from last year or this year, think about donating them to our garden. A few seeds can make a big difference to the diversity ofthe garden. We would love to try to grow as many different things as possible. We are also looking for pine (untreated) 2"x6" boards to create some raised beds. We will show people the concept ofsquare foot gardening. The raised beds will also give us the opportunity to enrich the soil. Thank you in advance for your support. â€
Alone we can do so little Together we can do so much! Third Sunday Lunch will be April 21 st, following church service. The menu will be meatloaf and mashed potatoes. The money donated towards the luncheon is used to support the general Sunday School fund, which helps buy curriculum and support Sunday School activities. After this one, May will be the last one for this Sunday School year. â€ Issue 1
Eulalia Ann Sokol 7lbs. 8 oz. Feb. 3rd
They say "the thirdtime is a charm"but for Ann andKarlSokol, it was the fourth time. Theirlittle girlwas welcomedhome by big brothers Isaiah, Obadiah andAthanasius. â€
Bryan Maurice Bishop God's
9 lbs. 7 ozs. Jan. 28, 201 3 2:00 AM
Bryan was welcomed home by his big brothers and sisters Jordan Denzell Jasmine Bryana â€
DearFriends, A Night of Fun, Faith and Fellowship Thankyou forremembering us by your many acts ofkindness. We appreciate the care you've shown us through your phone calls, cards, visits, lunches and Valentine basket.
Thanks again, HaroldandLeVaun Risdon
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