Family Note – I am the True Vine – 11/7/21

November 7, 2021

Pastor Li-Shang will wrap up his series on Jesus’ “I Am” proclamations with “I Am the Vine” from John 15:1-8.

I recall a few years back, a major ice storm hit the Chicago area right on the last day of MTC.  The fast freezing and persisting sleet laid a think layer of ice on trees and put great weight on the branches.  I have never seen so many tree branches littering the roads in the days that followed.  I thought to myself, “wow, this ice storm has really revealed the strength of the connection between branches and their trunks (or vines).

The pandemic seems similar to that ice storm, in that it revealed the strength of our connection to the Vine and our commitment to the body of Christ.  But the difference between the pandemic and the ice storm is that this revelation has also strengthen the connections of many.  This comes about by the power of the soft-heart – it brings out greater strength in the midst of greater pressure.  This is God’s heart and we pray that you will be strengthened and not lose heart.


Please check the tithing page for ways to make your tithings to God’s house.  May our church be a testimony of the blessings of Malachi 3.


If you cannot attend in person, the online stream will be available at around 10:45 AM, Central Time

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Experience Emmanuel!