1The Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, and for seven years he gave them into the hands of the Midianites. 2Because the power of Midian was so oppressive, the Israelites prepared shelters for themselves in mountain clefts, caves and strongholds. 3Whenever the Israelites planted their crops, the Midianites, Amalekites and other eastern peoples invaded the country. 4They camped on the land and ruined the crops all the way to Gaza and did not spare a living thing for Israel, neither sheep nor cattle nor donkeys. 5They came up with their livestock and their tents like swarms of locusts. It was impossible to count them or their camels; they invaded the land to ravage it. 6Midian so impoverished the Israelites that they cried out to the Lord for help.
7When the Israelites cried out to the Lord because of Midian, 8he sent them a prophet, who said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I brought you up out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 9I rescued you from the hand of the Egyptians. And I delivered you from the hand of all your oppressors; I drove them out before you and gave you their land. 10I said to you, ‘I am the Lord your God; do not worship the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you live.’ But you have not listened to me.”
11The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. 12When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”
13“Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.”
14The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”
15“Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”
16The Lord answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.”
17Gideon replied, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, give me a sign that it is really you talking to me. 18 Please do not go away until I come back and bring my offering and set it before you.”
And the Lord said, “I will wait until you return.”
GriefShare is for people grieving the death of someone close. Sessions are combined with confidential group discussion and a manual designed for reflection and journaling. Whether your loss is recent, or the pain is still overwhelming long after, you are welcome.
Be the Church
June 11 & 18 | All Campuses
Want to feel more connected with others? Come serve! Check out all of the volunteer positions available. This is a great opportunity to use your time, gifts and abilities to help build up the church.
Young Professionals Baseball Game
Tuesday, June 13 | 6:05 PM | The Duck Pond
Join us at the Duck Pond as the Mallards take on the Dock Spiders. Your ticket includes 90 minutes of all-you-can-eat pre-game picnic and your seat. Tickets must be purchased by June 6.
Our speaker will be Connie Weyh, who will be sharing information concerning the individual dimensions of wellness (social, environmental, physical, emotional, spiritual, etc.). The importance of nutrition in a seniors diet will be addressed, along with a discussion on the role of exercise in improving balance, strength and flexibility. A salad lunch will be provided following the program.
Care Partners Info Meeting
Monday, June 19 | 6:30-7:30 PM | Sprecher Road Campus
Care Partners provide support to those that are experiencing loneliness, a faith crisis, discouragement, a major life change, etc., who could use one-on-one support from a Care Giver. Learn more at this info meeting!
Disc Golf Tournament
Saturday, June 24
We have a fun tournament happening—our 18-hole Disc Golf Tournament! Your registration fee includes coffee & donuts, lunch, a player pack with three free discs as well as other prizes.
Chicago Eagles Soccer Camp
July 10-14 | 9 AM-12 PM | Door Creek Sports Fields
We’re excited to invite all kids, ages 5-14, to be part of a fun, safe soccer opportunity! No soccer experience is required. Have room to host coaches? They have their own transportation, you provide a room and a couple of meals. Contact Candy to learn more.
Check out the full calendar for all of our upcoming events and group opportunities.
If God has saved you, we invite you to be baptized to publicly acknowledge what God has done in your life. These summer baptisms will be happening during our Outdoor Worship Night.
Check out the resources we have to connect you to ministries, to care for physical and spiritual needs, spiritual growth resources and more—all in one place.
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