I am delighted and blessed to have been called to serve the good people of Christ Lutheran Church. I live in Stockton with my wife, Michelle Knight-Gebo, who serves as Vicar of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Warren, IL.
Since I started at Christ Lutheran in July of 2019, we have seen exciting opportunities for growth in ministry.
Our church has a state-of-the-art audio and video system, and we are discovering new ways of using electronic media to enhance your worship experience. Our goal is to create a more contemporary model of church celebration without sacrificing those elements of worship and fellowship that make us Lutheran.
This time of the COVID-19/Corona Virus pandemic has been a challenge for everyone, and the church is no exception. We are facing restrictions and limits regarding the sizes of group gatherings; we need to wear masks, use hand sanitizer, and practice social distancing; and we must be ever-mindful to care for the health and safety of our community, especially our elderly and those who are most at-risk. At Christ Lutheran Church we see these changes as wonderful opportunities for us to be creative and imagine new ways to "do worship." Until we deem it safe to gather in person, we have suspended worship services at the church. But in their place we are offering online services, live-streamed on our Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/ChristOnMainSt
Be sure to "Like" us on Facebook to receive notifications whenever we Go Live. You can view our regular worship services, Saturdays at 5:30 pm and Sundays at 10 am,
as well as Morning Prayer, Monday through Friday at 8 am, and my Evening Message each weeknight.
And coming soon: Drive-in Worship in the church parking lot, with services broadcast to your car radio (AM 1620)!
In the months to come, I look forward to having many conversations about how we can expand our ministry, both within our walls and beyond, in and with the Stockton/Jo Daviess County communities.
Would you like to part of these conversations? I would love to meet you and hear your thoughts and ideas. You are welcome to reach out to me via phone or text message: (815) 858-0941 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
You might even find me and my wife out and about, taking a walk or enjoying a meal at one of the local restaurants. Stop by and say hi; I'd love to meet you and maybe chat over a meal or a good cup of coffee!
God bless you all,
and welcome to Christ Lutheran Church!
~ Pastor Paul Gebo
Christ Lutheran Church is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
We confess the Triune God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We proclaim Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
In our preaching and teaching, we trust the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.
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