St. Paul's Evangelical

330 Highland Drive
Chicago Heights, Illinois 60411

Church Office: 708-754-4493

We go forward in Witness, Mercy, Life Together.

Sunday Worship Service
10:00 a.m.
 Sunday Adult Fellowship/Bible Study  
9:00 a.m.

Sunday Youth Bible Study
9:00 a.m.

Sunday School
 9:00 a.m.

Monday Evening
 Worship Services
7:00 p.m.
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Message from the Pastor

pastor_croonSt. Paul's Ev. Lutheran Church
Pastor’s Column
June, 2017

“Everyone Engaging the Entire
Community for Christ”

“Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near.”   Matthew 24: 32

We know by seeing things in full bloom around us--from the flowers to the trees--that summer is near. We know that by the warming temperatures (hopefully) that       summer is near. Swimming pools in our areas are open, many children are already enjoying summer recess. Lawn mowers continue to be heard throughout our neighborhoods, along with the smell of barbecues over the fence. Yes, we know that summer is near! Many of us will be blessed with the chance to travel at a time that is most opportune: summer!

When Jesus spoke to His disciples about the signs of the end of the age, He used the above verse from Matthew to help better illustrate it. After He spoke these words, He also stated that even with what the end times would bring, “… My words will never pass away,” Matthew 24: 35b. With summer soon upon us, will we still acknowledge that Jesus is near us, and that we still need to be fed and nourished with His Word and Sacrament throughout the summer months? Many of us “catch our breath” from the activities that the preceding months have brought, and often that includes our catching our breath from church. Not that there should be, but the nearing of summer often has us thinking that over the coming weeks we can have a slight “vacation” from church, since we regularly attend during the remainder of the year.

May that not be! Satan still pursues us through the summer months, we still need to hear of the joy of God’s word, to confess our sins, to partake of His Son’s true body and blood. If the summer weeks find you traveling, please seek out a house of worship to attend. The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod web site has a “church finder” section to aid you with wherever you may be traveling.

Also, as summer nears, continue to pray for St. Paul’s. Pray for your Pastor, pray for your Deaconess, pray for your church leaders, pray for your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Pray that God will bless us in all avenues of our ministry at St. Paul’s. Especially as summer nears and many of us will have the opportunity to be outdoors frequently, pray that we can engage our neighbors in the love of the Lord.

May God be with you as summer nears, knowing that the Lord is near and that He will not abandon us, for His words will never pass away!

Pastor Croon