Dear TRC members, attendees, and supporters,
Can you believe it has been nearly seven years since TRC held its first church service? That means seven years of God’s unceasing grace has been poured upon us. As Paul says, this ministry is the result of the mercy of God: “Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart.” (2 Corinthians 4:1) Also, he reminds us: “What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?” (1 Corinthians 4:7) Every growth, every ministry, every mission trip, every increase in finances, everything in life and ministry – there is no boasting on our part since we have received it all. We are indeed creatures of grace.
As God has been building our church (Matthew 16:18), we believe we are responsible to prayerfully make organizational and missional adjustments in step with the Spirit. We started TRC Sunday services at Naperville Presbyterian Church in 2010, and later moved to our current location at National Louis University in 2014. With steady growth since then, we have now arrived at a point where a second service is possible and, in many ways, needed. We are excited to announce that starting September 17, 2017, a second service will be starting at Merit School of Music (38 S. Peoria St. in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood). To accommodate both services, the Lisle service will be bumped up to 9:15 a.m. and the city service will start at 11:15 a.m.
Even though the possibility of a service in the city was mentioned during our 2016 retreat, some of you may be quite surprised at the news. Please rest assured that while discussions concerning the city service went dormant, it was never far from our mind and prayers. The decision to start the city service was not made lightly, and only done so after careful consideration and prayer. We are confident that God will raise up the necessary manpower to make the service in the city a success.
We recognize the congregation will understandably have concerns with this change, especially as different people commit to different services. But through such sacrifices, many potential ministry opportunities will be birthed for both services. We believe that by starting a second service, there will be a multiplication of evangelism, discipleship, and ministry opportunities for both the Lisle service and the city service. In short, we believe the increased ministry opportunities through multiple services outweigh the costs, and we are greatly excited for TRC’s increased participation in God’s redemption story. It is our prayer that you share this excitement too as we start this new chapter of our church.
The Executive Team:
Rev. Jong Park
Questions & Answers:
How can I help with the city service?
First, you can pray. Second, you can commit (to the city service). Third, you can visit.
If you would like to commit to praying, we will have dedicated prayer meetings at 7-8 p.m. on Sunday evenings (8/13, 8/20, 8/27, 9/3, 9/10) at Robin and Janet Yang’s home (email us for address). Additionally, we’ll be praying at Merit School of Music on Thursday nights at 7:30 – 9:15 p.m. starting August 24. If you would like to help out at the city service, we will have sign-ups in the back or you can email us.
How will having two services affect children’s ministry?
It won’t change anything for the Lisle service. The city service will have limited childcare at first. Calvin and Lizz Chu will oversee and organize Sunday School teachers for both services. Nursery, headed by Yumi Wu, will only be at the Lisle service for the time being.
Will Pastor Jong Park be preaching at both services?
Yes. He will be preaching at the Lisle service and then driving to the city service to preach there. He will commit to doing this for one year at least, possibly two years. We will look for additional staff in the meantime.
Will there be any joint events for both services?
Yes. Although the specific joint events are still in discussion, we anticipate meeting together as an entire church for special services and events such as Easter and Christmas services, summer retreat, etc.