January 26, 2014 Schaumburg, IL
The Chicago District congregations of Addison, Brookfield, Des Plaines, North Aurora, North Barrington, and Palatine have come together in a new congregation named Schaumburg. This new congregation is experiencing an attendance of 300 for Sunday services and 100 at Wednesday evening services.
On January 26th over 400 gathered for the dedication service of Chicago's new Flagship congregation, Schaumburg. A ribbon cutting, children's choir, Holy Communion, Holy Communion for the Departed, and a divine service based on John 1:39 - He said to them, “Come and see.”They came and saw where He was staying, and remained with Him that day (now it was about the tenth hour). In the service the congregation was encouraged to Come to the Lord, See the Lord, and remain with Him.
For the ribbon cutting a word was used from Isaiah 51:11. The wish for the congregation is for the sorrow and sighing to flee and that the congregation shall be one of joy.
Prior to the act of Dedication, District Apostle Kolb shared a thought with the congregation from 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 - The Greatest Gift.
As a part of this new start in Chicago, 3 District Evangelists and 5 Evangelists were re-commissioned into the Priest ministry. In total 20 Priests and 14 deacons recommitted to serve along in the Schaumburg congregation.
District Elder John Diem was commissioned as Rector for Schaumburg and Priest Matthew Raich was commissioned as rector for the Calumet City congregation.