WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
Our Statement of union:
We covenant one with another to seek and respond to the Word and the Will of God. We propose to walk together in the ways of the Lord, made known and to be made known to us. We hold it to be the mission of the church to witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ in all the world, while worshiping God, and striving for truth, justice and peace. We depend on the Holy Spirit to lead and empower us. We pray for the coming of the kingdom of God, and we look with faith toward the triumph of righteousness and eternal life.
we COULD not put into motion god's plan on our own effort...
During this time, we are in an eagerly waiting and powerfully praying period. A time where we are asking the Spirit to descend upon us.
In Scripture we see that at Jesus' ascension, the disciples knew all the facts and figures about Jesus that they were going to and they knew his last instructions were to go out. (Matthew 28:18-20)
And yet… God asked them to WAIT! God asked them to wait because they needed something more. They needed to be empowered. They NEEDED the Holy Spirit!!!!
Acts 1:4 “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me talk about.”
The disciples could not witness without the Holy Spirit. And neither can we.
Pray with us as we invite the Holy Spirit to mold, inspire and build us, and guide us in our faith journeys into our futures with Him.
OUR CURRENT REALITY…
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 will be celebrating 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 starting at 10:30 AM. 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 September 15.
Please come and join us to celebrate the homecoming of a faithful compelling Christian community that has served Jesus and the Portage Park community for the past century.
As you prayerfully discern nudges from the Holy Spirit, we would love to hear from you!