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New City Catechism - Week 3

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 a bit more detail. ...

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Super Bowl Sunday - Donuts with Dad!

Join us for our annualDonuts with Dad (Super Bowl Edition) event! A time of fun, fellowship, and family! The children's ministry invites all dads and father figures who have children in our pre-school and children's ministry to gather in the gym for some delicious donuts and quality time with their children. The event is free, it is in between worship services, and will ...

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New City Catechism - Week 2

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 a bit more detail. ...

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Mark Your Calendars - Church Picnic

Don't miss our annual church picnic! This year, we're changing the venue to nearby Trotwood Park for improved seating, shade, and amenities for the whole family. Here's our schedule: Sunday, March 8, 2020 10:00AM - Combined Worship Service Picnic immediately following This will be the morning of Daylight Saving Time so plan ahead! Watch for more information later thi...

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New City Catechism - Week 1

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 a bit more detail. ...

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The Twelve Days of Christmas!

Join us on Sundays, December 29 and January 5, as we continue our celebration of Christmas at Willow Creek Church! Pastor Drew Taylorwill preach on "How to Cure the Post-Holiday Blues" and then Larry Gwaltney, Vice-President of New Initiatives at Third Millennium Ministries, will preach on Epiphany Sunday! I'm so excited to hear their messages! I'll begin a new three-par...

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New City Catechism - Week 51

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 a bit more detail. ...

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Willow Creek Men's Series Begins This February

For the past few months, a very dedicated group of leaders and I have been prayerfully planning the next season of men's ministry at Willow Creek Church. As we approach 2020, I wanted to let you know about one of our newest offerings: the Willow Creek Men's Series. The Series will take place over six Friday-evening gatherings a year, three in the spring and three in the...

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New City Catechism - Week 50

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 a bit more detail. ...

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New City Catechism - Week 49

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 a bit more detail. ...

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New City Catechism - Week 48

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 a bit more detail. ...

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The Least You Can Do Is Everything

I'm not the first to suggest that the Parable of the Good Samaritan might be the best known, but least understood, of all the parables of Jesus. All-too-often, we portray this beautiful gem of gospel truth as one more burden, not the blessing Jesus intended. So, what is the true meaning of this parable? Let's take a look. [Read my full post at Key Life Network]...

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Steve Brown at Willow Creek

Dr. Steve Brown will be our guest on the second Sunday of Advent, December 8th. Join us at either 9:00 AM or 10:45 AM for It's not always easy to believe that God can love us. It's often hard to trust that he can use us for his glory. Even so, that's our hope - that God loves and has a purpose for every one of his children. This Advent, we'll look to four women mentioned...

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New City Catechism - Week 47

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 a bit more detail. ...

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"A Thrill of Hope" - Advent at Willow Creek

It's not always easy to believe that God can love us. It's often hard to trust that he can use us for his glory. Even so, that's our hope - that God loves and has a purpose for every one of his children. This Advent, we'll look to four women mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus Christ, remembering that God is making things right even when everything seems to be going wrong...

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New City Catechism - Week 46

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 a bit more detail. ...

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New City Catechism - Week 45

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 a bit more detail. ...

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New City Catechism - Week 44

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 a bit more detail. ...

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New City Catechism - Week 43

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 a bit more detail. ...

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Creative Director Position

We are searching for a part-time Creative Director. This might be nice side job for a talented freelance professional or an opportunity for a talented student looking to develop professional experience. The Creative Director has overall responsibility for production of photos, videos, graphics, bumpers, and other creative elements for Sunday services, promotions, the webs...

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New City Catechism - Week 42

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 a bit more detail. ...

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New City Catechism - Week 41

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 a bit more detail. ...

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New City Catechism - Week 40

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 a bit more detail. ...

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New City Catechism - Week 39

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 a bit more detail. ...

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New City Catechism - Week 38

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 a bit more detail. ...

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New City Catechism - Week 37

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 a bit more detail. ...

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Dr. Greg Perry to Preach at Willow Creek

I'm so pleased to let you know that Dr. Greg Perry will be our guest preacher on Reformation Sunday (October 27, 2019). He will preach at both scheduled services - 9:00 AM and 10:45 AM. Please join us and invite a friend! Dr. Gregory R. Perry is President of Thirdmill Seminary and Vice President of Strategic Projects at Third Millennium Ministries where he was a founding ...

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Steve Brown to Preach September 22nd

It's our joy to have Dr. Steve Brown preach several times a year at Willow Creek Church! On Sunday, September 22nd, he will preach at both services. Join us at 9:00 AM or 10:45 AM and bring a friend - or three! ...

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New City Catechism - Week 36

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 a bit more detail. ...

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Bahamian Relief Effort

We're following the lead of our sisters and brothers at Church Together in Casselberry as they partner with Missionary Flights International in providing relief to our neighbors in the Bahamas. If you have extra supplies from this list that you'd like to donate, please bring them to church this Sunday! We'll receive them in the foyer of the main building. Please rememb...

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New City Catechism - Week 35

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 a bit more detail. ...

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Leadership Training, Part 2 - Session 1

The attached are the slides from our class presentation. Audio will be posted as soon as possible....

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Leadership Training, Part 2 - Session 2

The attached are the slides from our class presentation. Audio will be posted as soon as possible....

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New City Catechism - Week 34

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 a bit more detail. ...

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New City Catechism - Week 33

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 a bit more detail. ...

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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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New City Catechism - Week 32

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 a bit more detail. ...

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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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