The last few months have been really exciting at Village Church. Sure, there are challenges, but God is showing His faithfulness at every turn. We felt we needed a few more things in place structurally and with our equipment before we launched any sort of formal outreach. In the meantime our church grew from 18 to 60 in just a couple of months! It’s exciting because the people who are joining us are Christians who are serious about impacting this community. They want to live godly lives so they can earn a chance to tell others about Jesus. I’ve been so blessed by people I didn’t know 3 months ago but now consider family. We’re mobilizing these people to adequately serve Oak Park and the surrounding communities so things are all set when we initiate some formal outreach.
I’ve known my limitations from the start of this project. But toward the end of the summer it became clear that these weaknesses were going to hamper the ministry right at the start. Amazingly God provided the right man at just this time. His name is Tom McElroy and in September he joined us as Associate Pastor. Tom has extensive experience as a church planter, worship leader, and associate pastor. His family is wonderful too. They’re a great addition and I look forward to partnering with them for a long time.
If you haven’t checked out our church website give it a try. www.villagechurchoakpark.com. There you’ll find info on the church, our team, and even my sermons (be gracious please!).
We’re looking forward to the end of the year as I have planned a sermon series in December taking a look at Jesus’ birth and life through the eyes of his mother. Imagine her emotions: fear, worry, excitement, joy. I’m really excited about seeing the Christmas story in a new way.
As I mentioned above, God is being faithful. He guides and provides for us every day. I still can’t believe I’m on this journey, but it’s wonderful. Thanks so much for your prayers and encouragement!