A Welcoming Introduction

Welcome! We are a “19th Century Church, with a 21st Century Message”

Pastor Kris welcomes you

On behalf of the members of Ivanhoe Congregational Church, it is my privilege to welcome you to this website and thank you for inquiring about “Who We Are.”

We are part of the United Church of Christ and you can read more about “What We Believe” if you follow this link:http://www.ucc.org/about-us/what-is-the-united-church-of.html

We are the oldest organized church in Lake County, Illinois. We have believed in serving the broader community from our earliest days, when we were a stop on the Underground Railroad. We reach out in love to all God’s children, and welcome all to worship God and serve God’s people.

Ivanhoe Congregational Church was founded on February 20, 1838 by 16 people meeting in the log cabin home of Alfred Payne. The church building was placed on the Illinois Register of Historic Places in 1973. The sanctuary, done in authentic New England style by settlers from the eastern U.S., was built in 1856. When the educational addition was built in 1957, workers discovered many hand-hewn timbers used in the original construction. The present sanctuary, expertly remodeled in 2001, is highlighted by its generously framed focal point – a beautiful stained glass window centered over the altar.

Over the years the Church congregation has changed from a rural to a suburban membership. The membership is quite diversified drawing from a rather large geographic area and representing a broad spectrum of talents, education, vocations and age groups.

What I believe is important about our brand and style of church is that we focus on living our faith, following the example of Christ. It is my prayer that when you worship with us, you will experience a warm and friendly welcome and you will receive the good news message of God’s grace in a way that is relevant for your life.

May God bless your faith journey,
Pastor Kris

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Adult Education Study Groups – 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Ivanhoe Church is celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation by holding a four-session, small-group study. By lifting up some of the Reformation’s central claims, this study celebrates the United Church of Christ’s Reformation heritage.

Matt Fitzgerald, a Chicago-area UCC pastor, notes in the foreword to our Study Guide that, “[This study] celebrates the United Church of Christ’s Reformation heritage by lifting up some of the Reformation’s central claims. There is beauty here. And, ugliness too. Inasmuch as ideas can thrill, these ideas are thrilling. Brace yourself!

We will discuss topics such as: Guess What? You’re a Priest; Which Do You Prefer, an Angry God or a Cheap Gospel?; Total Depravity; Luther’s Sins—and Ours; and, The Protestant Principle.

Study and discussion sessions:
Tuesdays @ 12:30 p.m., Oct 3, 10, 17, 24.  led by Pastor Kris Hewitt
Thursdays @ 6 p.m. = Oct 5, 12, 19, 26 lead Pastor Kris Hewitt
Sunday @ 9 a.m. = Oct 8, 15, 22, 29 led by Rev. Phil Ferguson

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