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Leadership Training, Part 2 - Session 1

The attached are the slides from our class presentation....

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End-of-Summer Financial Update

We hope you and your family are well and enjoying a relaxing summer before the fall season starts with its hectic schedule. We are excited to kick off Back to School with our Wednesday@Willow program starting on August 21st and we hope to see many of you there! Willow Creek is our home and we are very blessed that God has placed us here in this community to be a light and ...

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A Note from Pastor Kevin - August 2019

Late last month, Molly, the kids, Cali (our Golden Retriever), and I enjoyed a restful vacation with family back in Pennsylvania and New York. It was especially restful due to the pulpit ministries of Pastor Drew Taylor and Joe Lucero, our Director of Student Ministries, as well as the ongoing ministries of our staff members and church leaders. Molly and I kept apprised ...

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New City Catechism - Week 31

Every Sunday, we feature a QA from the New City Catechism in our worship bulletin. Here is a brief video explaining this week's teaching in bit more detail. ...

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Reformed Answers - "Was Jonah Really Swallowed by a Whale?"

Yesterday, we began our four-part sermon series in Jonah. As I preached, you might have been wondering, "Was Jonah really swallowed by a great fish?" Here is a thoughtful response to that question from our friends at Third Millennium Ministries, one of our premiere ministry partners. Enjoy!...

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Fall Kick-Off Luncheon

Join us on Sunday, September 8th, for a single combined worship service at 10:45 AM followed by a church-wide luncheon from Noon - 2:00 PM. Visit our registration form for all the information!...

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New City Catechism - Week 30

Every Sunday, we feature a QA from the New City Catechism in our worship bulletin. Here is a brief video explaining this week's teaching in bit more detail. ...

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New City Catechism - Week 29

Every Sunday, we feature a QA from the New City Catechism in our worship bulletin. Here is a brief video explaining this week's teaching in bit more detail. ...

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Men's Fellowship Dinner (July 31, 2019)

On the last Wednesday of the month, men from Willow Creek gather for dinner at an area restaurant. This month, on July 31 at 6:30 PM, we will meet at Mission BBQ in Oviedo, FL. Come out and join us. Deacon Rick Rienecker and Elder Brett Butler will serve as table hosts. Questions?Drop us an email....

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A Note from Pastor Kevin - July 2019

As we enter the especially hot and humid "dog days" of summer, I want to thank you for your continued partnership in the gospel. Your faithfulness to "gather big" in worship, "gather small" in small groups and Bible studies, serve, and give throughout the year keeps all phases of our ministry going strong. Thank you. Fresh back from their week of ministry with Common Gro...

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New City Catechism - Week 28

Every Sunday, we feature a QA from the New City Catechism in our worship bulletin. Here is a brief video explaining this week's teaching in bit more detail. ...

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Paul Tripp and David Powlinson - How to Care for Someone Battling Anxiety and Depression

This morning, looking at Matthew 6:25-34, we considered worry and anxiety. In this brief video, Paul Tripp and David Powlinson offer helpful counsel for those caring for those battling anxiety and depression. ...

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Guy Richard - "What Is Baptism?"

This brief article from our friends at Ligonier Ministries expands on some of the ideas we discussed during the final message of our recent series, "Baptism: Why, Who, and How?" Enjoy!...

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New City Catechism - Week 27

Every Sunday, we feature a QA from the New City Catechism in our worship bulletin. Here is a brief video explaining this week's teaching in bit more detail. ...

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Church Work Day

Join your deacons on Saturday, July 27th, from 8AM - 12PM, as we care for our facility this quarter. We have both indoor and outdoor projects. No special knowledge or experience necessary. Everyone can help. Simply register in the lobby after worship!...

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Family Skate Night

Join us on Thursday, August 1st, from 5:30PM - 7:30PM at Semoran Skateway. It is only $6 to skate. This is open for all ages. Bring friends and enjoy a great evening of fellowship and fun as we wrap up the summer!...

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New City Catechism - Week 26

Every Sunday, we feature a QA from the New City Catechism in our worship bulletin. Here is a brief video explaining this week's teaching in bit more detail. ...

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New City Catechism - Week 25

Every Sunday, we feature a QA from the New City Catechism in our worship bulletin. Here is a brief video explaining this week's teaching in bit more detail. ...

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New City Catechism - Week 24

Every Sunday, we feature a QA from the New City Catechism in our worship bulletin. Here is a brief video explaining this week's teaching in bit more detail. ...

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Dr. Richard Pratt - "Why Do We Baptize Our Children?"

As we continue our sermon series on baptism, this helpful video from Dr. Richard Pratt explains why we, along with the majority of Christians throughout church history, baptize our children. ...

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New City Catechism - Week 23

Every Sunday, we feature a QA from the New City Catechism in our worship bulletin. Here is a brief video explaining this week's teaching in bit more detail. ...

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Rebecca McLaughlin - When 'I Don't Know' Is a Good Answer and When It's Not

This brief post encourages Christians to love their neighbors with their minds while referencing two kinds of 'I Don't Know' statements. It makes a challenging and worthwhile point. Read here....

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Shop with AmazonSmile and Support Willow Creek Church

You can support Willow Creek Church while shopping with AmazonSmile! Simply add the word "smile" before "amazon.com" and choose "Willow Creek Church" as your designated charity. When you use AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to Willow Creek Church. You can also bypass the charity selection process by just clicking our unique charity link:https://...

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Compassion Experience Coming to Willow Creek Church

The Compassion Experience is afree event featuring an interactive journey through the true stories of children living in developing countries like the Philippines, Kenya, Uganda and the Dominican Republic.In over 2,000 square feet of interactive exhibit space, visitors will step inside homes, markets and schools without getting on a plane. Each child's story starts in pov...

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New City Catechism - Week 22

Every Sunday, we feature a QA from the New City Catechism in our worship bulletin. Here is a brief video explaining this week's teaching in bit more detail. ...

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Paul Tripp - How Suffering Reveals Your True Self

In this article, Paul Tripp talks about our response to suffering. He provides an interesting perspective, one with fresh insight. Read the article here....

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New City Catechism - Week 21

Every Sunday, we feature a QA from the New City Catechism in our worship bulletin. Here is a brief video explaining this week's teaching in bit more detail. ...

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Kevin DeYoung - "Why Christians Should Give Thanks for Memorial Day"

In this helpful post, Kevin DeYoung shares some insight about Christian participation in military service and observance of holidays like Memorial Day. Read the article here....

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Neil Shenvi and Pat Sawyer - "The Incompatibility of Critical Theory and Christianity"

Perhaps you've heard the terms "critical theory," "intersectionality," "cultural Marxism," and so on batted about in the media and conversation. In this helpful and thoughful post, Neil Shenvi and Pat Sawyer explain these concepts and provide a clear and charitable analysis of them for Christians.Read the article here....

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William P. Smith - "7 Things to Do When You've Blown It (Again) with Your Kids"

Yesterday, I made a passing reference to how difficult Sunday mornings can be for parents and families with children, perhaps especially those with young children. It's not easy to get kids up, fed, dressed, and out the door for church. These parents sometimes arrive to worship frazzled and, if we're honest, full of regret for losing their patience on the way to church. T...

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New City Catechism - Week 20

Every Sunday, we feature a QA from the New City Catechism in our worship bulletin. Here is a brief video explaining this week's teaching in bit more detail. ...

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New City Catechism - Week 19

Every Sunday, we feature a QA from the New City Catechism in our worship bulletin. Here is a brief video explaining this week's teaching in bit more detail. ...

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Austin Gohn - "The One Thing I Tell Moms of Wayward Children"

In this post, and looking to the life of Augustine, Austin Gohn shares some encouraging insight with moms (and dads) of wayward children. Read it here....

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Nancy Guthrie - Biblical Theology Workshop for Women

We have an excellent study opportunity for women in our neighborhood this September 27-28 at Reformed Theological Seminary in Oviedo. I highly recommend any and all Willow Creek women to attend. Here is a description from the event organizers: No matter how much you already know or don't know about the Bible, if you are a woman who wants to know your Bible better, this ...

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Carson and Kruger - Persistent Myths about the New Testament

There are many myths offered to erode confidence in the New Testament as the inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word of God. In this brief video, scholars D.A. Carson and Michael Kruger address some of the most prominent. These are two rigorous and faithful scholars to whom you can turn for helpful counsel in navigating these issues. ...

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New City Catechism - Week 18

Every Sunday, we feature a QA from the New City Catechism in our worship bulletin. Here is a brief video explaining this week's teaching in bit more detail. ...

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Recommended - "10 Things You Should Know about Reformed Theology"

This article, by Paul Smalley and Joel Beeke, provides 10 insights about Reformed theology - the theology of our congregation....

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New City Catechism - Week 17

Every Sunday, we feature a QA from the New City Catechism in our worship bulletin. Here is a brief video explaining this week's teaching in bit more detail. ...

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New City Catechism - Week 16

Every Sunday, we feature a QA from the New City Catechism in our worship bulletin. Here is a brief video explaining this week's teaching in bit more detail. ...

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New City Catechism - Week 15

Every Sunday, we feature a QA from the New City Catechism in our worship bulletin. Here is a brief video explaining this week's teaching in bit more detail. ...

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Steve Brown at Willow Creek - April 28, 2019

Join us on Sunday, April 28th! Steve will be speaking at both worship services at 9am (Chapel) and 10:45am (Worship Center)....

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New City Catechism - Week 14

Every Sunday, we feature a QA from the New City Catechism in our worship bulletin. Here is a brief video explaining this week's teaching in bit more detail. ...

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Vision Partner - Third Millennium Ministries

One of our closest ministry partners is Third Millennium Ministries. Not yet familiar with Third Mill, as we call it? Watch this brief video to find out more! ...

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Recommended - "Help! I Keep Losing My Temper" by J. Alasdair Groves

Find yourself losing your cool? Struggle to control those angry emotions in certain settings? This article provides helpful insight and counsel. Read article...

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New City Catechism - Week 13

Every Sunday, we feature a QA from the New City Catechism in our worship bulletin. Here is a brief video explaining this week's teaching in bit more detail. ...

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Officer Training, Supplemental Notes (Module 1, Session 8)

In this session, we discussed our identity as a Presbyterian congregation. Please review the following resources for supplemental information. Who is the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA)? Articles A Brief History of the PCA ...

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Two Great Ways to Serve - April 6, 2019!

We have two great ways to serve our church and community on Saturday, April 6th! Walk for Life You can join us for the Walk for Life on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Blue Jacket Park! At this family friendly event we'll have a 1 or 2 mile walk/run, kid's activities, live music and more! Local churches and other groups can participate by recruiting walkers who raise sponsor...

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Officer Training Supplemental Notes (Module 1, Session 5)

Last week, we completed the fifth session of officer training with a look at revelation, biblical authority, the canon, and so on. Here are the supplemental resources for the session. If you're completing the class, please review these at your leisure....

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Officer Training Supplemental Notes (Module 1, Session 4)

Last night, we continued our spring 2019 session of officer training. Here are the supplemental resources for the session.If you're completing the class, please review these before next week....

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Officer Training Supplemental Notes (Module 1, Session 3)

Tonight, we'll continue our spring 2019 session of officer training. Here are the supplemental resources for tonight's session.If you're completing the class, please review these before next week....

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Officer Training Supplemental Notes (Module 1, Session 2)

Tonight, we'll continue our spring 2019 session of officer training. Here are the supplemental resources for tonight's session.If you're completing the class, please review these before next week....

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Officer Training Supplemental Notes (Module 1, Session 1)

Tonight, we'll begin our spring 2019 session of officer training. Here are the supplemental resources I mentioned in class. If you're completing the class, please review these before next week's session....

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Leadership Training Begins Wednesday, January 30, 2019

As a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America, Willow Creek Church is an elder-led congregation. Assisted by deacons in caring for the flock entrusted to their care, our elders also work closely with our women's ministry leadership. Our desire is for all leaders at Willow Creek, whether holding an ordained office or not, to receive thorough and ongoing training ...

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