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Volume 69, Issue 1 January 2018

I’ve never been much of a singer. So I felt a little uneasy about our plan. I wasn’t sure if my voice would drive the elderly folks back into their rooms, or possibly help bring some Christmas cheer. Thankfully, I was not caroling alone at the Caseyville Nursing Home that Wednesday even-ing. Sally Horstmann and Kira Grindstaff led our youth through the halls singing carols such as “Joy to the World,” “Silent Night,” and others. During our time there, we…

Volume 69, Issue 1 January 2018

ONE LAST WORD How often have you heard it said, “Winstanley is not like any other church I know”? That is what I was told when I came here as pastor seventeen years ago, and I still believe it to be true. I know Winstanley is not like any other church I have pastored. With its choir, unique missions focus, openness to the community, and unique collection of believers, so far as I know, it is not like any other…

Volume 68, Issue 11 November 2017

To My Winstanley Family: You hear it from me often. “I am grateful to be your pastor.” You are my people and I love you. I love your stories, your laughter over meals shared, your obedient service to Christ, your compassionate ministering. I love how you make up after squabbling. I love watching you grow in love for Jesus. I love your praise, your music-making, and your worship. I love mis-sion tripping with you. I love to hear you pray.…

Volume 68, Issue 12 December 2017

From the Minister to Students and Education This past month our youth spent some time volunteering at the Fairview Heights Food Pantry for the Canned Food Drive. We are especially thankful to Nancy Idoux for alerting us to this opportunity to serve the community.  If you have never worked at the Food Pantry, you might wonder exactly what we do there. Let me take a second to fill you in. When we arrive at the Pantry, there are gobs and…
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Volume 68, Issue 12 December 2017

ONCE MORE, AT CHRISTMAS I hardly need to remind you how special Advent and Christmas are at Winstanley. Most of you know by virtue of having lived through it before. You are aware of much that is coming. This year, however, the season already has been accentuated by a powerful missionary message from our longtime friend and Executive Director of Woman’s Missionary Union, Sandy Wisdom-Martin. When she spoke to us last Sunday, November 26, she memorably set the tone for…

Volume 68, Issue 11 November 2017

From the Minister to Students and Education Over the past couple of months, I have profited greatly from study-ing Scripture with a small group of Winstanley men. Every Tuesday evening we gather in my home for about an hour and a half to study the book of Colossians before ending with a short time of prayer. I have found our discussions to be rich and meaningful as we seek to better understand God’s word and apply it to our lives.…

Dr. Steve’s Retirement Announcement

To the Winstanley Family: You hear it from me often.  “I am grateful to be your pastor.”  You are my people and I love you. I love your stories, your laughter over meals shared, your obedient service to Christ, your compassionate ministering.  I love how you make up after squabbling.  I love watching you grow in love for Jesus.  I love your praise, your music-making, and your worship.  I love mission tripping with you.  I love to hear you pray.…

Volume 68, Issue 10 – October 2017

From the Minister of Student and Education  One of my tasks as a youth minister has been to “seek an effective leadership team gifted in build-ing relationships with students.” In my first several months at Winstanley I felt a bit of anxiety over whether or not I would be able to recruit such a team of volunteers. But I am happy to tell you that the Lord has provided faithful leaders who really care about students and our youth program.…

Volume 68, Issue 10 – October 2017

On Following Jesus I am at that juncture in life when I find it useful to re-read books that have particularly impacted my life. One such book is Dallas Willard’s The Divine Conspiracy. I should tell you upfront that it is an extremely challenging book. The late Willard was professor of philosophy at the University of Southern California. He took a backseat to no one in terms of his understanding of philosophy and occasionally that fact bleeds through. At the…
From the Minister to Students and Education  It’s back to school season. Actually, students have already been back in the classroom for about two weeks by now. This is a time for new beginnings and fresh starts. Teachers and coaches will challenge kids to grow academically, socially, and physically this year. As adults, we ought to recognize our own need for growth as well, particularly in our spiritual lives. One way this growth occurs is through consistent Bible study and…