Thursday, May 03, 2007

Collaboration in Lake County

Allow me to take a moment to reflect on the last few weeks and what God has done through His Church (One Church, Many Congregations) in Lake County:

38 Alpha Churches! Over 200 of us came together at our last Catalyst Quarterly Gathering on April 13th at Immanuel Church in Gurnee. Pastor Joe Boerman and his team served us well as we gathered to mobilize the church of Lake County! Alpha USA’s president, Todd Hunter, talked to us about “Evangelism and the Future of the Church” – it was challenging, informative, and motivating! That morning over 16 new churches signed up to be an “Alpha Church” this fall for the Lake County Alpha blitz! Praise God! If you are still interested in learning more about Alpha and the blitz, go to or email Rebecca at

Prepping the Parks. The churches in the Central Lakes District got together and asked their community how they could help! Guess what? The community answered! As a result, over 100 servants of Jesus Christ stormed the neighborhood parks in Round Lake on April 28th and made them clean and ready for spring use! They filled almost 300 bags of trash; initially the Round Lakes Parks Director was hoping to have volunteers collect about 40 bags. The Church of Lake County (us!) did what the Parks & Recreation officials did not have the resources to do… we were glad to serve them with the love of Christ! Thank you God! Find out when your district is meeting next à May Catalyst District Gatherings

Christmas In April! Over 140 volunteers in the Northeast District (Zion, Winthrop Harbor, Beach Park) converged on April 28th to make an eXtreme difference on 7 houses badly in need of repair! The churches, under the coordination of Rebuilders Ministry, worked on new floors, new paint, new electrical wiring… you name it. “This Old House” has nothin’ on the body of Christ in “This New Wineskin”!!! Thanks for allowing us to remember the elderly, Lord! Find out when your district is meeting next à May Catalyst District Gatherings

County Covered by Prayer. More than 200 prayer warriors turned out to pray for Lake County on April 21st at our quarterly When We Pray. Our youth led the entire second half in an energetic display of our dependence on God through prayer. Mark your calendars for the summertime WWP and make it a part of your personal and church corporate prayer strategy! When We Pray - July 28

Marriage Mentors Building Strength Into Lake County Marriages! Over 50 couples have signed up all ready to participate in a landmark “Webinar” (free internet conference) with relationship expert Dr. Les Parrott. Dr. Parrott and the Christian run eHarmony Marriage team are very interested in what is happening in the Churches of Lake County, and are going to help us mobilize to make a difference inside and outside the walls of the church. If you have not done so already, join us Wednesday, May 16th at 1:30pm for this internet conference (phone option available too). Let’s change Lake County one family at a time!!! Thank you Lord for waking the sleeping giant in your church! Register à>

These are just a sample of the things God has done in our midst the last few weeks! What a God we serve! Join us in the revolution!!!

Bill Yaccino

Executive Director, Catalyst Lake County

(847) 281-3370

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