Sending Red Brick Teens Off to Camp

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Our church is reminded on a regular basis of the opportunity we have to encourage young people from Stillman Valley, Byron, Davis Junction, Oregon, Rockford, Rochelle, and other surrounding communities. I was not able to go to Camp Forest Springs this week. But I was able to pray with a group of teenagers before they left for camp. And I … Read More

Thinking Three Moves Ahead at the Red Brick Church

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At our church, we continue to pray as we reach out to Stillman Valley, Byron, Oregon, Rochelle, Davis Junction, Rockford, and the other communities represented in our church. Along with praying, we need to think ahead. Leading a church is like chess. If you only think of the next move, checkmate won’t be far away. While I am not playing … Read More

Name Tag Sunday at the Red Brick Church on July 15

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Maybe if everyone was from Stillman Valley, we wouldn’t need name tag Sunday. But with so many new faces in our church from Byron, Oregon, Rockford, Davis Junction, Cherry Valley, and other surrounding communities, we really need to work on names again. So on July 15, we are having another name tag Sunday. It is easy. Show up. Write your … Read More

The best thing to come out of northern Illinois is . . .

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In this video I talk about why I am so excited to be a pastor in Stillman Valley with people from Byron, Cherry Valley, Rockford, Davis Junction, Oregon, and many other towns attending our church. Christianity.com: How can a church best serve families, children and teens?-Chris Brauns from christianitydotcom2 on GodTube.

What to Bring to the Red Brick Church Tailgater (6/24, 5-7PM)

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Where: The park in Stillman Valley – – just west of the north grain elevator – – about a block north of the church and on the north side of the junior high. If you park by the church, and roll down your window, you can probably hear us. When: Sunday, June 24, from 5-7:00 PM or until we get … Read More