Luke 6:17-23 (click to display NIV text)
Feb. 24, 2013: Second Sunday in Lent
Pastor Dwight A. Nelson

“Looking at his disciples, he said: ‘Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the Kingdom of God.’ “

When Jesus announced his ministry in the synagogue at Nazareth, he said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim Good News to the poor…,” and then he ends by saying, “to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke goes on to present to us Jesus the teacher of God’s Word, Jesus the prophet mighty in word and deed, and Jesus who is Messiah, Lord and Savior. Now in chapter 6, we hear Jesus teach. Read more

  • Our Sticky Faith Team (Pastor Brian, Caren Vollrath, Dave Anderson) at a conference
  • Brady DeJong at Lurie Children’s Hospital
  • Jim and Linda Krueger as they mourn the loss of her mother, Mary Zeagler
  • The Chang Family as they mourn the loss of Peter’s father, Paul Chang
  • Angela Kocinski and Pauline Raia on the sudden death of Angela’s uncle, Tom Kocinski
  • The Winter Fest Retreat
  • Our Pastoral Search Committee and those considering serving
  • Beverly Johnson, Dave Enquist’s mom, who is in hospice care
  • Bill Purtzer, brother of Ann Frost, having lung surgery this week
  • Family and Friends of Walter White as they gather for a memorial service on Saturday

Luke 5:17-26 (click to display NIV text)
Feb. 17, 2013: First Sunday in Lent
Pastor Dwight A. Nelson

“When Jesus saw their faith, he said, ‘Friend, your sins are forgiven.’ The Pharisees and teachers of the Law began thinking to themselves, ‘Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?’ ”

Jesus is the Savior. The angel says to the shepherds, “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you.” Now Luke reveals Jesus who is the Savior. How will Jesus express his role as Savior? It is by forgiving sins and healing and leading people to faith.

First we need to understand Jesus’ ministry of healing. The ancient world had a view of healing that was somewhat different than our modern medical understanding. Read more


Covenant Point and Covenant Harbor Summer Camps fill up fast & the Early Bird Discount Deadline is March 15th. LCC Scholarship/Discount Forms are at the Information Desk.



Check the camp websites for details or  We want to know which weeks your kids will be at camp this summer.

  • Jim and Linda Krueger as they mourn the loss of her mother, Mary Zeagler
  • Peter Chang and Kathy Khang as they mourn the loss of his father, Paul S. Chang
  • Bill Purtzer, brother of Ann Frost, as he faces surgery next week
  • Beverly Johnson, mother of David Enquist, who is in hospice care
  • Those attending the “Sticky Faith” Conference this coming week
  • The Winter Fest Retreat at Covenant Harbor next weekend
  • The Pastoral Search Process as we select a committee

If you would be willing to serve as a delegate to our Central Conference Annual Meeting in Dolton, IL, April 26-27, 2013 or to our Denominational Meeting In Detroit, MI, June 27-30, 2013, please contact the church office or Trevor James ( as soon as possible.

  • Beverly Johnson and the Enquist Family traveling to Nebraska
  • Doug Johnson in Guatemala
  • Linda Johnson, sister-in-law of Vern and Maggie
  • Intervarsity
  • Prayer of thanksgiving for Craig and Sarah Nelson as they welcome Jack Bradley into their family
  • Prayer of Thanksgiving as Chuck goes off dialysis

Luke 5:1-11 (click to display NIV text)
Feb. 10, 2013
Pastor Dwight A. Nelson

“When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.’ ”

Jesus is Lord. That is the message that Luke opens up to us in chapter 5. He began his Gospel by telling us that Jesus is the Son of God, the Messiah, and the Savior. Then he showed us Jesus the teacher of the Word. In chapter 4 he revealed Jesus as the prophet, mighty in word and deed. Now he says “Jesus is Lord.”

The people of Nazareth did not accept Jesus, especially in his role as prophet. They tried to kill him. But Jesus walked through them and he went to Capernaum, where he taught the people. There he silenced and cast out an evil spirit in a man, and then he healed Peter’s mother-in-law from a high fever, and healed many others. The demons recognize him as the Son of God, but they are resisting him and not accepting him. Jesus goes on to proclaim Good News in the villages of Galilee.

Now in chapter 5, the narrative changes. Read more