Dear Member of Faith Church,
We, the leadership team of Faith United Church of Christ have the joyful task of letting you know that on Sunday, November 17, 2019 5pm-8pm, at Porretta’s Banquets located at 3718 N. Central Avenue, you all are invited to a banquet to celebrate with other members of Faith UCC and those attending from the organizations who will be the recipients of our legacy gifts.
Please RSVP to Anne Mette or to this email at firstname.lastname@example.org by November 10 to let us know if you will be able to attend this banquet dinner.
We hope that you and yours can attend to celebrate our church and Faith Church’s legacy gifts to the recipient organizations and support the furtherance of their missions and celebrate our missional presence in the Portage Park community for so many years.
Yours in Christ,
Faith UCC Leadership Team
The vote of the Congregation on 10/9/2019 unanimously affirmed the sale of our building and property.
The last scheduled worship and communion service of Faith UCC was held at 10:30AM on 9/15/19!
It is with discernment and sorrow we share with you the promptings of the Holy Spirit to dissolve the institution of Faith UCC. God has revealed to the Leadership Team and congregation – individually and corporately – that in order to steward our time, talents and treasures most effectively for the Kingdom we will need to close. It is a big and hard ask from The Lord; but one we have stepped out in faith to say “yes” to.
Thus, we celebrated the life of Faith UCC during our last regular weekly service with a communion service and a meal with our gathered friends and members on June 30, 2019 at 10:30 AM. It was the homecoming of a faithful compelling Christian community that has served Jesus and the Portage Park community for the past century.
September 15 was our last worship and communion service, it was followed by a fellowship meal and celebration of Pastor Julie Jane Capel as our pastor.. The church building and property are being sold. An offer is being negotiated. As events unfold in that process we will post information here. Thanks for those of you have been with us during this part of our congregation’s faith journey in worship and in prayer. We all are going out…
Matthew 28:19-20 New International Version (NIV)
19 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Rev. Dr. Vertie Powers, the Associate Conference Minister of the Chicago Metropolitan Association, Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ, attended and participated in our Homecoming service on behalf of the UCC.
Her remarks may be found here.
FAITH CHURCH EVENTS
IN THE PAST YEAR
The Praying Pelican Missions trip for Hosanna Lutheran Church (Mandeville, LA) called Faith Church home in Chicago from 6/15-6/21, 2019 as they served various community needs in Chicago.
We had a Good Friday Evening Service "Way of the Cross Service"
Also we had dinner after the service at the Irish-American Heritage Center’s Fish Fry
Our Leadership Team for 2019
THE LAST S’MORES AND MORE OF 2018 WAS …
THURSDAY EVENING 10/18/18
Sunday, September 30th…after worship we had a…
...was September 9th...for our annual 'picnic' and following the Spirit we had a community time for reflection on our church’s future and reality.
Pastor Julie was installed and celebrated as the ordained Pastor of Faith United Church of Christ after her sermon Love, Light and Life on 7/15/18.
Rev. Julie Jane Capel was 0rdained by the Evangelical Covenant Church on 6/23/18 at it's annual meeting in Minnesota!
We hosted the folks from the Albert Lea Church - A United Methodist Community in Minnesota June 18-24, 2016!
We hosted the folks from Hillside Bible Church Praying Pelican Mission Group from Michigan 7/7/18-7/13/18!
We hosted the folks from Lakeside Community Church from Michigan 6/23/18-6/29/18!
We hosted folks from Hosanna Lutheran Church, from Louisiana, June 15-21, 2019!
Our Statement in Response to Events of Hate and Violence in our Country and the World has been posted