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.
Services at Faith will alternate every other week over the summer so members can visit other churches beginning away on 7/7/19 and ending away on 9/1/19. The last two worship services at Faith will be September 8, and September15.
The rising local and national toll of deaths from gun violence has us as a congregation, and community grieving. The evil choices to take away precious life are grieving our hearts intensely. Lord have mercy...pour your peace upon those lost and wounded as well upon their friends, colleagues, and families. Lord, hear our prayers.
The UCC’s response to the 2-14-18 school shooting...
OUR CONGREGATIONAL MEETING WAS February 4th following worship
Our Leadership Team for 2018
From Left to right...Rev. Julie Jane Capel; Sara Seagren; Anne Mette; Chris Salas; Susan Brohlin; David Billingham; Barbara Kazlauskas
Denominational Responses to the Massacre in Las Vegas
UCC General Minister and President John Dorhauer prayed. He also noted..."Every lost life is a name, a history, a hope, a story - an unfulfilled future. Every lost life leaves behind loved ones who mourn and grieve and piece together a future of their own torn asunder by matters we cannot comprehend. I can't find words to capture this pain, this collective grief and anger. I cannot reach deep enough into my soul to express fully the pain, the anger, the rage, the confusion, the anxiety, the emptiness. When will it end?" In Rev. Dorhauer's prayer, he stated "Moved by grief, let us transform our pain into action. Let us set our hearts and our minds and our hopes on a future of meaningful action that seeks to undo (violence like) this and restore onto us a tomorrow filled with hope and promise."
Evangelical Covenant Church President Gary Walter released a statement in response to the massacre in Las Vegas: “We grieve the horrific loss of life in Las Vegas. Gun violence continues to take too many lives and wound too many psyches. We see it vividly here in the largest mass shooting in US history, but it is insidiously experienced in numbing regularity in communities across our country. We pray for the families of those who have perished, and we pray for victims recovering from wounds seen and unseen. May we be light for a different way, knowing Jesus says being peace-makers is a trait of the family of God.”