Coronavirus Updates

October 1, 2020


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July 29, 2020

Faith Church Family & Friends - 
 
A highlight for me this past weekend was the opportunity to sit down with our Missions Director Corrie Vos to give you an update on local and global missions. In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s easy to focus on “local” - what’s happening in your community, church campus, region. But it’s really important for us to know how COVID-19 is impacting global missions. In this Missions Update video, I asked Corrie to share highlights, challenges, updates on our impact areas and prayer needs. Check out the video, which is an extended version of the one you saw during the weekend service, July 25/26. 
 
We were made to be in community. I know I’ve said this regularly throughout COVID-19 but it’s on my heart to share again. Whether you are an extrovert or introvert, quarantine and the coronavirus pandemic has taught us how much we desperately need people in our lives. It’s a blessing for us to be able to worship together in-person again. Just seeing people (six feet apart) is refreshing to me. Hearing others singing God’s name along with me is something I truly needed. What’s an equal blessing is being able to gather with our Faith community through Facebook Live; I really encourage you to contribute in the chat to engage with others who are virtually participating. 
 
As in-person worship continues and ministry gatherings pick-up, we do want to remind you that no matter the occasion for visiting a Faith Campus, please follow our recommendations for mask-wearing. We encourage you to: 

  • Wear a face mask or covering when entering and leaving your campus.
  • Maintain at least six (6) feet of distance between individuals who are not of the same household.
  • Wear a face mask or covering when you are not able to maintain at least six (6) feet of distance, this includes during worship service.
  • Consider wearing a face mask or covering during worship (i.e. singing) as a precaution.

 
We are all entitled to our opinions. So no matter your stance on COVID-19 or mask-wearing, I want to remind you - and ask of you again - to please show grace toward one another. Before our campuses opened for in-person worship, the pastoral team asked for grace, and now I’m asking for you to show your fellow congregants the same courtesy. Let’s show respect toward and love our neighbors, even if our opinions differ. 
 
Back to better,
Pastor Bob


July 22, 2020

Faith Church Family & Friends - 
 
On Monday the Lake County Department of Health issued a public health order for people to wear masks/face coverings in indoor spaces when they are not able to maintain a social distance of six (6) feet; this matches a similar order already implemented in Illinois. We wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of our recommendations for mask-wearing while at a Faith Church campus. We encourage you to:

  • Wear a face mask or covering when entering and leaving your campus.
  • Maintain at least six (6) feet of distance between individuals who are not of the same household.
  • Wear a face mask or covering when you are not able to maintain at least six (6) feet of distance, this includes during worship service.
  • Consider wearing a face mask or covering during worship (i.e. singing) as a precaution. 

These recommendations apply to in-person weekend worship, which we will continue to have, but also ministry gatherings at any of our Faith Church campuses. If you have any questions, please contact your Faith Church campus directly. 
 
Faith Over Fear,
Pastor Bob


July 13, 2020

Dear Faith Church Family & Friends - 

This upcoming weekend, July 18 & 19, we will be partaking in Communion together. This will be the first time we celebrate communion since before quarantine. Please intentionally set aside time this week to prepare your hearts to receive this offering. In a former blog post, Pastor Brian articled how we can Prepare For Communion

Depending on how you’ll choose to worship with us, please read the following instructions below. 

Worship In-Person
There will be individual prepackaged juice cups and wafers that will be safely distributed at each campus. Note: The prepackaged wafers are not gluten-free. Those assisting with the distribution of the elements will wear masks and have freshly washed hands. If you have specific questions, please contact your campus during office hours.

Worshiping Online - Pick Up Communion Elements THIS WEEK
If you will be participating in worship on your Campus Facebook Live page OR through our Online Ministry, we invite you to stop by your physical campus during regular office hours this week to pick up the prepackaged elements to take communion. Note: The prepackaged wafers are not gluten-free. Please contact your campus office with questions. Here is a list of office hours:

  • Beecher: Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 9 AM - 2 PM
  • Cedar Lake: Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 8 AM - 4 PM  |  Friday 8 AM - 2 PM
  • Dyer: Monday through Friday 8:30 AM - 4 PM
  • Highland: Tuesday through Friday 9 AM - 2 PM
  • Munster: Tuesday & Thursday 9 AM - 4 PM  |  Friday 9 AM - 1 P
  • Schererville: If you attend Faith Schererville, please pick up your elements at one of the other five sites.

Lastly, I wanted to take a moment to highlight some exciting news that was included in the email sent out yesterday from our pastors in preparation for worship. We’ve launched Faith Church Online Ministry, which will serve to intentionally connect and grow those who choose to continue to gather through digital media and do not have a specific Faith Church campus home. We will continue to provide quality services and opportunities to connect as well as further grow our online small group communities and our engagement options. Services are held at 9 & 11 AM on WeAreFaith.tv

Back to Better,
Pastor Bob


July 2, 2020

Dear Faith Church Family & Friends - 

Yesterday, Indiana Governor Holcomb announced a new stage in the state’s reopening plan, 4.5, putting a pause on increased capacity at certain venues. This announcement does not impact churches directly and therefore, we, Faith Church, will continue with our decision to open for in-person worship this Sunday, July 5.

As I’ve stated in previous emails, we have been planning and putting systems in place at each of our campuses to reduce risk as much as we can for gathering together. You can assist us with our efforts by reviewing the attached document, Faith Church COVID-19 Re-entry Protocols

Campuses will resume their pre-quarantine service times, which can be found at here. If you do not feel comfortable attending in person, we will continue to provide an online experience here, and the following campuses will be streaming their services live on Facebook - Faith Beecher, Faith Cedar Lake, Faith Dyer, Faith Highland and Faith Munster.

Faith over fear,
Pastor Bob


July 1, 2020

Dear Faith Church Family & Friends - 

While I’m not eager for summer to fly by, I have been anticipating the month of July. This coming Sunday, July 5, we will be reopening our campus doors for in-person worship! Our goal is to make it as normal as possible. 

I met earlier today with our pastoral team and my words can’t do justice to express how much we’ve missed being together in fellowship with you at our campuses. Our time together was spent praying - for protection over Faith Church as we gather for worship, for our congregants to feel no anxiousness as they come to our campuses, for the plans we’ve made to reduce risk and the spread of germs as much as we can, for Satan’s voice to be silenced, for the coronavirus to cease spreading and dissipate, and most importantly, for the Holy Spirit to be moved and stirred in us as we worship (whether online or in-person) so our faith would grow stronger even through our fears.

For those that are preparing to gather physically to worship, here are two resources to help you better understand what precautions Faith Church campuses are taking as well as how you can help us reduce risk. 

  • Watch last week’s update video below with John Bivona, Senior Biosafety Officer at the University of Chicago. 
  • I’ve also attached a helpful document - Faith Church COVID-19 Re-entry Protocols - which outlines our guidelines for re-entry to worship.

If you do not feel comfortable gathering at your physical Campus, it is OK! We will continue to provide an online experience here. The following campuses will be streaming their services live on Facebook - Faith Beecher, Faith Cedar Lake, Faith Dyer, Faith Highland and Faith Munster - and will continue to have online engagement with you.

God bless you, Faith Church,
Pastor Bob


June 24, 2020

Dear Faith Church Family & Friends, 
 
Faith Church campuses will be opening our doors for in-person worship in 11 days, on July 5! I understand people have very different feelings about gathering in larger groups. Some are eager to fellowship and hug friends they haven’t seen, while others want to maintain at least a six-foot circumference. Neither is wrong. The coronavirus isn’t gone and it won’t be for a while, but we are doing our best here at Faith Church to plan and reduce risk as much as we can for gathering together.
 
In this week’s update video, I sat down with John Bivona, Senior Biosafety Officer at the University of Chicago, to discuss precautions we will be taking at each campus as well as how you can help us reduce risk while gathering physically to worship. We touch on - Are masks required? Will we be singing in worship? How many seats apart should we sit? Will there be giving plates? Are kids welcome in service? Additionally, please take the time to review the attached document - Faith Church COVID-19 Re-entry Protocols - which outlines our guidelines for re-entry to worship. 
 
Please know, if you do not feel comfortable gathering physically for worship, that is OK. We will continue to provide an online experience at WeAreFaith.org/livestream and the following campuses will stream their services live on Facebook: Faith Beecher, Faith Cedar Lake, Faith Dyer, Faith Highland and Faith Munster.
 
All in all, there is one thing each of our campuses requests of you - grace. We aren’t going to get everything right. You might disagree with our conservative efforts for a touchless experience. You may desire for the one church style of worship we’ve come to love these last 14 weeks. There are seasons of change and we will all get through them together, as we have shown to do so during quarantine. 
 
I love you Faith Church and whether you choose to worship online or in person, together, we will most importantly worship our great God - our father, the prince of peace, our comforter, promise keeper, the beginning and the end. He loves you yesterday, today and tomorrow!
 
Faith over fear, 
Pastor Bob

View Re-Entry Protocols


June 23, 2020

 



June 17, 2020

Faith Church Family & Friends - 
 
Last month I became a Papa for the ninth time as we welcomed another granddaughter into our family! This “shout it from the mountain tops” news ignited an idea - let’s celebrate what NEW things God is doing in and through Faith Church during this pandemic. We’ve been gathering a list together and I’m eager to share some highlights with you: drive-by birthday parties for Reflectors families, worship team members caroling to shut-ins, the placement of Faith Over Fear yard signs across Northwest Indiana and South Chicagoland, reaching numerous households with God’s Word throughout the world (United Kingdom, Brazil and the Netherlands, to name a few), and worshipping as one church!
 
Church has looked a lot different these last 13 weeks. Something that really sticks out to me during this season though is creativity, the uniqueness that each service has brought to really make us feel together even though we’ve been apart. In this week’s update video, I want to highlight some of the folks behind the scenes that helped bring this ambiance to life, watch it here
 
And speaking of creativity - how about the video from last weekend’s service that told the story of Joshua and the city of Jericho. Many have asked if we purchased this video. We did not! It was created by three members of Faith Church - Cole (19), David (18) and Emma (9). It’s an incredible video that I’ve watched at least five times myself. It’ll be the best 2 minutes of your day! Watch here
 
Looking ahead to Sunday, June 21

  • A friendly reminder that it’s Father’s Day this weekend. Here are some tools from Faith Kids to help celebrate: ideas to celebrate Dad when your kids are small; a card for your kids to decorate; and a sheet for Dad to fill out to see how he would feel most appreciated. 
  • We will continue in our Faith Over Fear series as we explore how our actions can sometimes be the basis of our fear, causing us to careen down a slippery slope. 

 
Faith over fear,
Pastor Bob


June 16, 2020




June 10, 2020

Dear Faith Church Family & Friends -

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? - Micah 6:8, ESV

Last Sunday I had the opportunity to gather with brothers and sisters in Christ in a Prayer March in Hammond. The theme for the march was the passage above. It’s hard to put into words the way the Holy Spirit was moving. I was overwhelmed with emotion, to march alongside my wife, friends, acquaintances and people I didn’t even know, but all for the same purpose of justice, unity and love, and taking action against the sin of racism. It was powerful, friends. God was certainly present. I encourage you again, if you haven’t already done so, to watch last week’s video of Dee & Jen Wilson, two of our worship leaders, candidly sharing with us their hearts.

Changing gears here to touch on a date I am very much looking forward to - July 5. This is when all six Faith Church campuses will be opening our doors for in person worship! We are so excited to be able to physically gather again. We have been taking measures to prepare each campus: from distributing hand sanitizer in common areas, to installing foot door openers in bathrooms, to organizing disinfecting between services, to thinking through the flow of traffic, and much more. Faith’s Executive Director John Clausing joins me in this week’s update video to share about processes we are taking to get ready to reopen our doors. Please know, for those who will not be comfortable attending in person, we will continue to stream services online and on Facebook.

This upcoming Sunday we will continue in our Faith Over Fear series as we March On - Sometimes God’s ways don’t make sense to us. But if we lean in and listen for His direction, if we move when He says move, our obedience will perpetuate a faith that crushes fear. As the countdown is on to July 5, let’s be grateful to gather as one church online (Faith Beecher, Faith Cedar Lake, Faith Dyer, Faith Highland, Faith Munster, Faith Schererville or via livestream).

Praying for you,
Pastor Bob


June 9, 2020

 


June 3, 2020

Dear Faith Church Family & Friends - 

My heart is grieving for the pain the sin of racism is causing in our country right now. Our church has not been silent but we haven’t spoken enough. Before we can continue speaking, we need to listen and learn. I’ve asked my friends Dee & Jen Wilson, two of our worship leaders, to candidly share with us their hearts, the grief they are feeling in this time as well as a call to action from us, Faith Church. Please take time this week to watch this video.

Also, here are two reminders:

Affirmation Voting - Today, June 3, is the last day to participate in affirmation voting. Please click here to complete an electronic nomination ballot. (Quick refresh - earlier this year we asked the congregation to nominate elders and deacons; the Nomination Team interviewed the leaders nominated and now those individuals are being presented to the church for affirmation.)

New Series - We kicked off our newest series, Faith Over Fear last weekend. During the next several weeks, I encourage you to visit our Faith Over Fear page here to utilize resources we have created to accompany the series: 

  1. A Spotify playlist created by our Worship Team.
  2. Scripture graphics - Images with Bible verses for you to use in posting to social media. All you have to do is right-click and download. Encourage your family, friends and followers with God’s Word.
  3. Testimony is a great way to show others how God is working in your life. Do you have a testimony of when your faith conquered your fear?

Trusting in Him,
Pastor Bob




May 27, 2020

Faith Church Family & Friends - 
 
I want to start off the email with encouragement. My oldest granddaughter recently told her mom, “If I saw God I would give him a hug….even if he had coronavirus.” A beautiful sentiment during this time of social distancing and it put a smile on this pastor’s face!
 
Last weekend we wrapped up our Big Questions series. Using God’s Word, we tackled some really big questions, which you can always reference here. On Sunday we answered YOUR questions about God. Since we received over 100 questions, we were not able to address all of them during the service. Pastor Brian (our resident theologian) will review the remaining questions in upcoming blog posts on our website. He wrote one just this week, click here.
 
You’ve hopefully seen our Faith Over Fear signs (see image above) around town or from our social media posts. Life is full of moments when your faith is put to the test - I’m sure one just popped into your mind as you read this. Uncertainly can unnerve us but through God, we can be strong and courageous. Why? Because faith trumps fear. 
 
We have some great resources to accompany the series, which you can check out here

  1. Our Worship Team created a Spotify playlist - give it a listen.
  2. Scripture graphics - Images with Bible verses for you to use in posting to social media. All you have to do is right-click and download. Encourage your family, friends, and followers with God’s Word.
  3. Testimony is a great way to show others how God is working in your life. Do you have a testimony of when your faith conquered your fear? Share it with us!

 
Lastly, I wanted to remind you that this coming Sunday, May 31 we will begin affirmation voting. Quick refresh - earlier this year we asked the congregation to nominate elders and deacons; the Nomination Team interviewed the leaders nominated and now those individuals are being presented to the church for affirmation. You can review the list of leaders for each campus here. We are thankful for all of the volunteer leaders of our church who give of their time, energy, and gifts to help lead at Faith.
 
Faith over fear,
Pastor Bob

P.S. We will gather online for worship this weekend at 9 & 11 AM on your Campus Facebook page and here.


May 20, 2020

Faith Church Family & Friends - 
 
Week after week we have been encouraging you to call your Faith Church campus with any prayer requests, care needs, or simply just to talk with someone about whatever you are feeling during this time (anxiousness, depression, isolation, grief, etc.). Know we are here for you and that you are not alone in what you are feeling! 
 
This week’s video update - below - features Women’s Ministry Director Myra Lindquist and Care Pastor Andy Nearpass. Both of these individuals have spoken with many people throughout the past couple of months. Myra and Andy get very real with what people are feeling and experiencing. As believers and doers of God’s Word, both share words of hope that our sovereign God upholds us through it all.
 
Some phone calls we’ve received at our campuses as well as directly to Myra and Andy have been about marriage tensions, which can certainly escalate in quarantine. We are blessed there is a ministry called The Ravines, a place where couples (from all across the country) find hope and healing for their marriage. While the ministry typically hosts an in-person Banquet, this year it is going virtual and all are invited to participate. This is a great way to get to know The Ravines as they share more about the work they do as well as hear from a couple who has been directly impacted by attending.
 
For the past five weeks, we have been encouraging you to submit questions you have about God anonymously here. We received over 100 questions! During the service this upcoming Sunday, we will be answering YOUR questions. As part of the message, we will be looking at some of the most frequently asked questions. For those we aren’t able to get to, Pastor Brian (our resident theologian) will review the questions in an upcoming blog post in June. 
 
And lastly, a quick reminder - Faith Church has joined together with numerous other churches around the Calumet Region to launch Pray For The Region, a dedicated online prayer movement for our respected hospital and healthcare workers and emergency first responders. Encourage your family and friends working on the frontlines to submit a prayer request at PrayForTheRegion.org
 
Please know I’m continually praying for you, Faith Church!
 
Faith over fear,
Pastor Bob


May 18, 2020




May 13, 2020

Dear Faith Church Family & Friends - 

As I shared this weekend during our services, the Leadership of Faith Church has been praying and discerning the opening of our campuses with consideration of governmental regulations and guidelines for both Illinois and Indiana. We are thankful for your continued prayers and support. 

I’d like to reiterate our proposed plan for our Faith Church campuses in Indiana moving forward: 

  • Worship Services - Our target date for in-person worship services is July 5 and we will continually evaluate this date as we get more data about the spread of the virus. When we do open our doors for in-person worship, we have plans for keeping our campuses sanitized as well as continuing to offer online services for those who are not comfortable coming physically to a campus for worship. 
  • Small Gatherings - We are excited for smaller groups to begin meeting over the next couple of weeks: small groups of 25 or less can begin gathering as early as this week and ministry gatherings of 100 or less can begin meeting May 25. Social distancing guidelines must be maintained at any group gathering. 
  • Faith Kids and the Reflectors Ministry will be following school recommendations and both ministries will wait to decide their opening date. 

If you have specific questions with regards to your Faith Church campus, please call: Beecher (708) 232-8898 | Cedar Lake (219) 232-6274 | Dyer (219) 230-6358 | Highland (219) 209-3679 | Munster (219) 209-3646 | Schererville (219) 209-3675.

Earlier this year you may recall nominating elders and deacons to serve your Faith Church campus. Leaders nominated by the congregation were interviewed by the Nomination Team, and are now being presented to the church for affirmation. We are so thankful for our church’s volunteer leaders! You can review the list of leaders for each campus by clicking on the attachments; the PDFs include a photo of each leader as well as information to get to know him/her better. Affirmation voting will begin May 31 and all members will be emailed an electronic ballot.

The power of prayer is strong, friends. Have you felt it during this time? Know that we are continuing to fast and pray for the needs related to the coronavirus. Each Thursday after dinner we begin our fast and break at dinner on Friday. At 12:12 PM on Friday we pause and pray as one. Please consider being part of this with us. 

Faith over fear,
Pastor Bob


May 12, 2020




May 6, 2020

Dear Faith Church Family & Friends - 

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. - Matthew 6:9-13

During this time of the coronavirus pandemic, God has surely given us ample time to pray. Have you found yourself praying more? Maybe even crying out to Him more? Pastor Charlie introduced me to a unique way of praying the Lord’s Prayer -- praying each line at various times throughout the day. Take a look at the video below of Pastor Charlie and I talking through what this means. There is also a downloadable resource for guidance. I encourage you to try it out as I am so certain you will grow in your intimacy and awareness of God in your daily life. 

Continuing on the topic of prayer, I’m sure we all know of at least one person who is a frontline worker (medical professional, first responder, etc.). Faith Church and numerous other churches around the Calumet Region have launched a dedicated online prayer movement for our respected hospital and healthcare workers and emergency first responders. Please help us spread the word by encouraging your friends and family working on the frontline to submit prayer requests at PrayForTheRegion.org. We want to be lifting them up in prayer; we want them to know how much they are loved and valued. 

Looking ahead to the weekend, there are a few things I want to keep you informed on:

  • As I communicated in last week’s email, our church leadership is meeting to review and discern Indiana’s updates from last week with regards to safely reopening the state over the next couple of months. An update will be shared during the weekend services as to what these changes mean for our Faith Church Indiana locations as well as our Beecher, Illinois location. We covet your prayers at this time.
  • We will be having an all campus worship service online at 9 & 11 AM on Sunday, May 10 on our Campus Facebook pages and here.
  • Our BIG Question for the weekend is hard-hitting - Why would I want to be a Christian when the Christians I’ve met are not the kind of people I’d ever want to be? I really want to encourage you to have your Bibles with you during service. Our Question takes us to the Book of Matthew. 
  • Speaking of May 10 - it’s Mother’s Day! Faith Kids has a special giveaway to help kids celebrate the mom in their life. Stop by a Faith Church Campus between 10 AM and Noon this Saturday, May 9 - drive up, stay in the car and there will be a bag for each child 5th grade and under. The Faith Kids team hopes to see you there!

Faith over fear,
Pastor Bob


May 5, 2020

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April 30, 2020

Faith Church Family & Friends - 

I have been spending time reflecting on God’s goodness during this crisis. I wanted to share these thoughts with you so you can see that even in the midst of our current circumstances, His light is shining! Last weekend in our online service, Dawn Downing, a Christian licensed mental health counselor, shared some great tools for us to use to help us cope with adjustment disorder, something we can experience when we are having a hard time handling the changes in our lives. If you missed it or need a refresher, please watch the video below. Additionally, please know these resources are available to you right now:

  • National Suicide Prevention (24 hour hotline) - Provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call (800) 273-8255 or visit suicidepreventionhotline.org.
  • Psychology Today - Search for licensed therapists in your area by visiting Psychologytoday.com/us.
  • Faith’s Care Ministry - If you have prayer requests, spiritual questions, care issues or struggles, don’t hesitate to give your Faith campus a call. Use these phone numbers: Beecher (708) 232-8898 | Cedar Lake (219) 232-6274 | Dyer (219) 230-6358 | Highland (219) 209-3679 | Munster (219) 209-3646 | Schererville (219) 209-3675.

I believe that through social distancing we’ve all realized how much we need community with others. We aren’t meant to do life alone and need people to walk alongside us through life’s joys and sorrows. We invite you to join one of our newly formed online small groups! Click here to see the various dates and times available.

Looking ahead to the weekend - We are currently in our Big Questions series, wrestling with life’s most perplexing questions, and this Sunday, May 3 we will be tackling, Can science and faith coexist? Join s at 9 or 11 AM on your Campus Facebook page (Faith Beecher, Faith Cedar Lake, Faith Dyer, Faith Highland, Faith Munster, Faith Schererville) or at WeAreFaith.org/livestream.
 
Lastly, I wanted to fill you in on two more things: 

  • Flyers: We created a Faith Over Fear flyer (click here to view), similar to the yard signs, in case you’d like to print one off to put up in places like the grocery store or work station, or to give to a neighbor, etc. 
  • Fast & Pray: Know many of us are continuing to fast and pray for the needs related to the coronavirus. Fasting begins on Thursdays after dinner and breaks at dinner on Fridays. At 12:12 PM on Fridays we pause and pray as one. 

 
Faith over fear,
Pastor Bob


April 28, 2020




April 27, 2020




April 22, 2020

Faith Church Family & Friends -

A colleague of mine shared a meme with reference to the coronavirus, Some of you waited 108 years for a championship. You can do this. While I don’t appreciate the personal dig to my favorite baseball team (Cubs), the statement itself does remind us of a valid point - we persevere! So far we’ve completed four full weeks of “stay at home” orders. It’s been hard. There are many emotions to experience during a time like this - depression, anger, anxiety, helplessness. I, myself, struggle with anxiousness because as you know I’m an extrovert, I like being around people and actively doing things, and obviously there isn’t a whole lot of that happening right now.

We could all use encouragement and so I want to pass along an idea that’s cliche but something Laurie and I try to do daily at the dinner table - can you find something good to share about your day? Maybe challenge yourself to think of something you may not have been able to do if you weren’t social distancing and staying home.

I had a conversation with Dawn Downing, a Christian licensed mental health counselor, who shared about adjustment disorder, something we can experience when we are having a hard time coping or handling life during crisis. Check out the video below. She will also be sharing tools to help us cope in an interview during the upcoming weekend service. We invite you to join us at 9 or 11 AM on Sunday, April 26 as we. tackle our next Big Question - Is there proof God actually exists?

I am excited because I have heard of many stories of neighbors of our church family who have been watching our church services. We want to encourage you to continue to extend invitations to our services and we have two new ways you can do that:

  • Yard Signs - We created yard signs that look like the picture above but are customized for each campus. Would you be willing to display one in your yard? The signs are available at each campus for pick up. Check your campus Facebook page for pick up information (Faith BeecherFaith Cedar LakeFaith DyerFaith HighlandFaith MunsterFaith Schererville). 
  • Watch Party - Invite your family members and friends who are disconnected from God to a watch party to gather together for the weekend service. This is easy to do with a simple click of the “share” button on the Facebook service for each campus.

One last thing - don’t forget that during our Big Questions series, you can submit questions you have about God anonymously at here. On the last weekend of the series, we will be looking to address some of the questions we receive as part of our service.

Faith over fear,
Pastor Bob




April 21, 2020




April 15, 2020

Faith Church Family & Friends -

What a beautiful Easter weekend we had remembering and celebrating our Savior! The same God who made the constellations, knows every hair on your head. He loves us so much that He gave the ultimate sacrifice so we could spend eternity together. What a gift it is to honor Him and celebrate His love for us.

Faith Church, you are called to be on mission to transform the world one relationship at a time. And we can certainly see you all doing your part. This past weekend, we had over 8,000 people gathering in worship with us online. Every soul matters! Thank you for extending an invitation to those in and out of your networks, so they know that even through “stay at home” orders, it doesn’t have to stop us from joining together as a church to worship Jesus.

Here’s another great reason to invite people to worship with us. This weekend we are going to begin a new series called, Big Questions - Wrestling with Life’s Most Perplexing Questions. We all have them, big soul questions. Take, for example, “ If God is good, why do bad things happen to good people?” We are going to dive right in and wrestle through that question on Sunday, April 19 at 9 & 11 AM. Gather with us on your Faith Church Campus Facebook page (Faith Beecher, Faith Cedar Lake, Faith Dyer, Faith Highland, Faith Munster, Faith Schererville) or  here. We will use the truth of God’s Word to guide our teaching.

During this series, if you have questions about God, we strongly encourage you to submit them anonymously here

Two weekly reminders:

  • Prayer & Fasting - We will continue to fast and pray for the needs related to the coronavirus. The fast will begin Thursday after dinner and break (fast) at dinner on Friday. At 12:12 PM on Friday, we will pause and pray as one (after Romans 12:12 - Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer). 
  • Campus Numbers - If you have prayer requests, spiritual questions, care issues or struggles, we have specifically created the following numbers if you want someone to talk to. Please don't hesitate to give your Faith campus a call. Use these phone numbers: Beecher (708) 232-8898 | Cedar Lake (219) 232-6274 | Dyer (219) 230-6358 | Highland (219) 209-3679 | Munster (219) 209-3646 | Schererville (219) 209-3675.

God Bless,
Pastor Bob




April 14, 2020




April 9, 2020




April 8, 2020

Dear Faith Church Family & Friends - 
 
You’ve seen it across the news that this next week our country is to face an unprecedented number of coronavirus deaths. It’s being referred to as our “Pearl Harbor” moment. It’s not hard to hear news like this and understand we are living in a very fearful world right now. But at the same time, in the midst of this very difficult time, a time of uncertainty across the world, we are about to celebrate the greatest invitation of hope. There is nothing coincidental about the timing of this week coinciding with Holy Week, friends. Jesus is the hope that holds steady no matter what we are facing, even the coronavirus. 
 
I’m not discrediting what we are experiencing, what people are facing - isolation from loved ones, financial struggles, spiritual warfare, the loss of loved ones or loved ones being on the front lines, etc. But - there needs to be a but - now more than ever people are seeking an answer and the only answer is a risen King! We have the opportunity to share the gift of hope and what Jesus did for us on the cross 2,000 years ago. 
 
We invite you to not only join us but help us spread hope to your family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, socially distant cashiers at essential grocery stores, etc. Celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with us! It’s a time for us to show the world that we can’t be broken when our hope is in the one whose name is most high. It doesn’t change the circumstances around us but it can give us the hope to not live in fear.
 
Good Friday - April 10
Each Faith Campus will host its own Good Friday service. Connect with your Campus Facebook page at 5 or 7 PM to remember and reflect on the sacrifice of Jesus (Faith Beecher, Faith Cedar Lake, Faith Dyer, Faith Highland, Faith Munster, Faith Schererville).
 
Easter - April 12
Gather your family together - whether dressed in pajamas or your Easter best - and be filled with hope as we worship together as one church in celebration of the resurrected King. Gather with us at 9 or 11 AM on your Faith Church Campus Facebook page (Faith Beecher, Faith Cedar Lake, Faith Dyer, Faith Highland, Faith Munster, Faith Schererville) or here
 
Easter looks different this year in the sense that we aren’t celebrating physically in 
person together or having big family parties. The meaning of the day is no different though; we’d love for you to snap a picture of your family worshipping and celebrating with us. Share it with hashtag #wearefaith 
 
Please know - whether you are struggling right now (emotionally, spiritually, financially, all of the above) or you have questions - we are here for you. Just reach out! We are never too far away! Below you can find a new video that features John Bivona, a senior biosafety officer at The University of Chicago. He shares practical ways to protect your health at this time. 
 
Further, the previous two weeks you have been invited to fast and pray for the needs related to the coronavirus. This will be a weekly practice moving forward. Will you join me? It will begin every Thursday after dinner and break (fast) at dinner on Friday night. Also, at 12:12 PM on Fridays we will pause and pray as one (after Romans 12:12 - Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer).
 
And now to close. Our preschool children learned a new song last weekend as part of the Faith Kids online curriculum. The lyrics go a little something like, “I don’t need to be afraid no more, afraid no more, God I’m yours.” God loves you, friends, today and every day. Find rest in Him! 
 
For the glory of God,
Pastor Bob 




April 7, 2020




April 2, 2020




April 1, 2020

Dear Faith Church Family & Friends - 
 
From our pastors, to staff, to worship leaders, to Faith Kids and Reflectors teams - we all miss you. We have missed the opportunity to physically see each of you in-person these last couple of weeks. I feel I include this a lot in my emails, but I truly am so grateful that we have technology that can keep us connected, as one church, reaching across the world even from our couches. 
 
As we honor and participate in the rules of social distancing, we will continue to host weekend worship services online. All Faith Church campuses will worship as one body on Sundays at 9 & 11 AM, and the service will be available on each campus Facebook page and here.
 
This upcoming weekend is Palm Sunday, when we commemorate the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem with palm branches. The service will include a message for kids, so we have a palm printout for you to access. Parents - could you print this out so your child(ren) can color it and cut it out to have as part of the service? We thank you in advance!
 
While it may seem difficult to stay connected, we really want you to be in community with others and with us. Please watch the latest video below, which includes an update from Highland’s Associate Pastor Tim Huizenga and myself. Tim shares helpful tools as to how you can stay connected with your Faith campus as well as how now is a better time than any to be participating in a small group. Campuses are also hosting midweek devotions, worship nights, prayer gatherings and also sharing other updates on their Facebook pages; check out your campus page to find out more (Faith Beecher, Faith Cedar Lake, Faith Dyer, Faith Highland, Faith Munster, Faith Schererville).
 
Lastly, I’d like to invite you to join me in fasting and prayer this Friday, April 3. Eat supper on Thursday and break (fast) at supper on Friday night. We will pray during meal times for healing, care, wisdom, our country’s leaders, the elderly and a miraculous end to the coronavirus. Will you join me? 
 
This unusual and difficult time does bring about its own sort of beauty; have you noticed yet in your own life, at home, while driving for essential groceries, while watching the news? I asked my Facebook friends what good they’ve experienced - family dinners, spending time outdoors, the stresses of school and sports schedules fall from my children’s faces, leaning into ‘today is a gift’, reconnecting with yourself, connecting with family we don’t regularly check in with, among many others. Be encouraged, friends. We serve a big, BIG God. God can produce good out of bad (James 1:1-4). 

Pastor Bob
 
P.S. – If you have any questions, just ask.




March 31, 2020




March 26, 2020




March 25, 2020

Dear Faith Church Family & Friends - 
 
Within the last five days, both Illinois and Indiana governors issued ‘stay at home’ orders through April 7. In these times, I think it’s easy to wonder, “How am I supposed to live out my faith while I am at home?”, and I wanted to share a couple of significant ways God can use you right now even in the midst of all this.

  • Video Chat: I have seen so many incredible uses of video chat! Rather than sending text messages, people have more time to video chat others to (re)connect. Personally, I’ve used video chat to talk to my friends in Florida, in work meetings each day, and even in continuing to have our small group gatherings.
  • Livestream: We have the incredible privilege to gather as a church - and also invite people to gather with us. There are numerous churches across the country who do not have livestream capabilities. You have the fortunate opportunity to let people know they can gather with us on the weekends to hear God’s Word. Trust me, people need to hear it especially in these times, they need hope!
  • Quiet Time: How many extra minutes do you have in your day now to sit quietly with the Lord? How many more minutes in the day do you have to call upon the Lord (looking at you parents who are home with your kids 24/7!)? Perhaps, in the midst of this, God is breaking you from your routine, your jam-packed schedule, because he desires to spend more time with you. What if you set aside time - even as a family - to be off your devices and spend time in God’s Word, in your own ways as I know it can be hard for families with young ones.
  • Grow: Last weekend we shared on grow, personal growth. You see, God calls for us to move forward in life and its challenges, continuing to grow as we examine His truth and ask for His guidance (any of this resonating in these particular times). I wanted to iterate two specific assets that can help you in your growth: our 4 Year Bible Reading plan, which sends you a daily scripture and devotional, and a Spiritual Health Survey so you can evaluate your current strengths and growth areas. Further, we’d like to invite you to join us for a day of fasting and prayer starting after dinner on Thursday, March 26 and break the fast at dinner time on Friday, March 27. We will skip breakfast and lunch on Friday to pray for those affected by the coronavirus - for the sick to be healed, for those feeling anxious and worried, for first responders and medical teams, etc. 

While we can’t invite you to our physical campuses, we want you to continue to gather with us, at least weekly. This coming Sunday, March 29 at 9 & 11 AM we will host another all-campus worship service, which will be available on all of our Faith Church Facebook pages (Faith Beecher, Faith Cedar Lake, Faith Dyer, Faith Highland, Faith Munster, Faith Schererville) and here. Interact with others from your campus, including pastors and worship leaders. Fun fact - last week, 2,258 households viewed the worship services on our Facebook pages! 

I’ll close with a scripture I needed this week in Psalm 62 - God is my ROCK (steady foundation), God is my FORTRESS (a wall of protection), God is my SALVATION (a loving hand to save us). I shall not be SHAKEN!
 
Bless you, friends.
Pastor Bob




March 24, 2020




March 20, 2020




March 18, 2020

With regular announcements being made both federally and locally, please know our Leadership Team is meeting daily to discern what this means for worship, ministry gatherings, building openings, etc. We promise to continue to keep you informed on the measures Faith Church is taking during this time.
 
In regards to the coming weekend (March 21 & 22), we will have an all-campus worship service available on our Faith Church Facebook pages (Faith Beecher, Faith Cedar Lake, Faith Dyer, Faith Highland, Faith Munster, Faith Schererville) as well as on WeAreFaith.org on Sunday, March 22 at 9 & 11 AM. I’m so grateful for technology, that even now while we can’t gather in-person, we are able to worship together as one church. I really want to encourage you to participate with us this weekend - “go” to church at 9 or 11 - on Facebook so you can interact with others from your campus, including pastors and worship leaders.
 
We will continue in The 4G Life series on Grow. While we are being asked to limit our interactions and social gatherings, we still need to grow daily in our walk with God. What better time than now, in a world currently filled with anxiety and fear surrounding the coronavirus. God calls for us to move forward in life and its challenges, continuing to grow as we examine His truth and ask for His guidance in our lives. 
 
For families with children in Nursery, Preschool and/or Elementary, the Faith Kids video lesson is available here and on the Faith Kids Facebook page. Have fun and worship together! Additionally, Brian Dennert, Faith Church’s own resident theologian, wrote a great blog about church history and mass illness. We can learn from Christians in previous times of health crises. Take a read


March 12, 2020

Yesterday, the Indiana and Illinois governments gave guidance on how to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, which included canceling large gatherings of people. Given these directives, we will not be having in-person worship gatherings at any of our Faith Church campuses this weekend and will reschedule the baptisms, professions of faith and welcoming of new members that were planned for the weekend.
 
Participate in Weekend Worship from Home
While we cannot gather together in person, we believe it is important to hear from God and respond to Him in song in all circumstances - especially in this time with much uncertainty and anxiety - so we will have online options. 

  • Our Dyer Campus will have an online service available starting at 5 PM on Saturday, March 14 and throughout the weekend here and on the Faith Church app
  • Our Highland Campus will stream on Facebook at 9 AM on Sunday, March 15.
  • Our Cedar Lake Campus will stream on Facebook at 9:30 AM on Sunday, March 15.

 
Since there will not be an offering in services, we wanted to remind you that you can give online here. The Faith Kids video lesson for Nursery/Preschool and Elementary is available here, and resources for families will be available on the Faith Kids Facebook page.
 
Small Group Gatherings
Because the government directives concern large gatherings, at this point smaller gatherings (those of less than 100) are allowed. Other classes and groups may still meet if proper measures are taken concerning hygiene, cleaning, physical contact and social distancing of participants. Please check with your ministry or group leader if you have questions or concerns about a particular meeting.
 
Future Updates from Church Leadership
Since this is a constantly changing and fluid situation, we will continue to provide updates on the status of church activities as well as spiritual guidance at this time. Please continue to check your email, our website and Faith Church social media channels for updates. 
 
Living as People of Faith 
In this season in which we must limit our physical contact with others to help prevent the spread of disease and demonstrate love towards others, may we continue to connect with God and each other in the ways that we are able. Let us: 

  • Continue to pray to God regarding these circumstances, for those whose health is affected and for those seeking to guide us through this time. Let us turn to His Word for guidance and hope in this season with so much uncertainty; reading in the book of Psalms as part of our 4 Year Bible Reading Plan has brought comfort and confidence in God at this time. 
  • Use technology to stay connected with and encourage others in the faith - call or text someone to let them know you are thinking of them or praying for them. We can also find ways to continue to gather in small groups in this season (or connect in groups on video calls).
  • Remember that the church is not a building or a worship gathering but rather God’s people who gather and scatter. Let us live as God’s people in this world who turn to Him and show love and kindness to others.

 
Trusting in Him,
Pastor Bob, on behalf of the Faith Church Leadership Team