Pastors Marcus Bieschke, Dave Smith, and team welcome you to Willow Crystal Lake Sunday services. Each service features compelling, biblical teaching; progressive music; creative elements utilizing the arts; fantastic programs for kids and students—and plenty of opportunities to get involved.
Beginning January 27 | Journey
The Journey through John series begins on Sunday, January 27, with a message from Pastor Mike Breaux.
Then on January 28, we begin a daily journey through the gospel of John where every day we set aside space in our lives to experience God’s Word. Each reading will help you understand the context and meaning of the text, and reveal how John can help us understand more about who God is and the story He continues to write in our world today. You can even journey as a family with four specifically designed books for a variety of ages and through a daily podcast.
Jesus’ first words in the book of John are a question: What do you want?
At first glance, these words are simply Jesus’ way of asking a couple of well-meaning men why they were following him. But Jesus’ questions almost always ask after deeper truths. If we were to sincerely ask ourselves that question, what would we answer?
I want peace from anxiety. I want a reason for being here. I want to know what’s true. I want a better world. I want to be loved.
Jesus is all we could ever want or need, but our view of him is often clouded by misconceptions and distortions. Through this series we hope to see the real Jesus—the one who invites, includes, satisfies, serves, unites—the one who rose from the dead! We need to see this Jesus. Our friends need to see this Jesus. Our world needs to see this Jesus.
Journey through John is an opportunity to introduce people to the real Jesus and to give them a chance to hear and respond to the really good news.
Journey books and family guides will be available beginning January 19/20, and a digital plan will begin January 28 on the app.
January 27 | Mike Breaux | Come & See
John 1:35–39 | John’s book begins like a movie. A dramatic and poetic prologue sets the scene. A supporting player summons us to anticipate the arrival of a promised hero. And then, as that hero steps into the light, we wonder who he might be, awaiting his very first line. Those first words come in the form of a question: What do you want? That question is closely followed by an invitation: Come and see. Over the next six weeks, let’s try to answer Jesus’ question and even accept his invitation to come and see who he really is.
February 3 | Jo Saxton | More Than Enough
John 6:1–15 | A massive crowd is following Jesus, and they’re hungry. As is often the case, Jesus is the first to perceive their need. He turns to his disciples, “What do you think we should do?” They scramble. Then they come up with a hopeless plan. But Jesus has a plan too, he’s had it the whole time, a way to use their meager efforts to make something much bigger. Jesus can provide in ways we cannot foresee, cannot even imagine. Where do we need him in our lives? And might he have even more to offer than we realize?
February 10 | Steve Gillen | A Sign of Things to Come
Jesus’ friend, Lazarus, has died. When Jesus arrives, he’s already been in the tomb four days. Lazarus’ sister, Martha, tells Jesus, “You’re too late.” But Jesus knows he’s come at the perfect time. As with all of the miracles John mentions in his book, this one points to a deeper truth, unveils some part of who Jesus is. Jesus holds the power over all things, including death. In his words, in his tears, and in his miracle we get a glimpse of Jesus’ whole purpose. He offers life to all of us!
February 17 | Danielle Strickland | Do As I Do
John 13:1–17 | Garbage. Sewage. Filth. The streets Jesus and his friends walk aren’t pretty. Neither are their feet. And yet Jesus, disregarding every cultural norm, gets down on his knees and washes the feet of his followers. Jesus’ whole mission on earth was one long act of service, one that shouldn’t ever end because it continues to this day… in us. We’re called to serve the poor, the hurting, the disenfranchised, and our brothers and sisters in the faith. Will we accept the challenge to do as he has done?
February 24 | Albert Tate | All of Them One
John 17:20–23 | Three years of teaching, ministering, provoking, healing, and friendship are drawing to a close. Jesus and his closest friends are gathered for a final meal, a fact only Jesus fully understands. At the end of the meal, he looks heavenward and starts to pray: Father, make them one. He knows that the coming hours will challenge them. He knows that the coming centuries will be a challenge for all of us, one that continually threatens rip the church apart. But the church can be one, united in Spirit and purpose!
March 3 | Steve Gillen | I Have Seen the Lord!
John 20:1–31, 11:25; Romans 6:4 | The tomb is empty. His followers are stunned. Then Mary Magdalene sees him, followed by most of the disciples, and finally, Thomas. The crestfallen, the terrified, and the incredulous have all become convinced: Jesus has risen! John makes his intentions clear. He’s shared this story so “that you may believe… and by believing you may have life.” For all of those who, like Mary, cry out “I have seen the Lord!” baptism is a symbol of the resurrection that has occurred in our own lives.
What to Expect
If you’re new to Willow Crystal Lake we hope you’ll feel welcomed and at home, even if you’ve never been to church before.
At our services, we present the ageless truths of the Bible in a compelling, easy-to-understand format—through spoken word, multimedia presentations, progressive music, dance, and practical messages. We work to create environments and experiences where you can encounter God in the midst of your life.
Dress casually and come as you are. Whether you’re a spiritual seeker who’s just starting to ask questions about God, or you already have a mature relationship with Christ, you will find a home here at Willow Crystal Lake.
Sundays at 9 and 11 a.m.
We'd Love to Meet You
We know getting connected in a new church can feel overwhelming. We'd love to help. On any given Sunday look for our team at the Info Bar or the Next Here? Desk, located by each of our entrances. They are are ready to answer your questions and show you around.
You can check out all we have to offer here.
Kids & Students
Willow Crystal Lake places high value on your children. Check out our fantastic weekend programs for kids and students:
PROMISELAND: 6 weeks old–grade 5
ELEVATE: Grades 6–8 (Sundays at 9 a.m.)
STUDENT IMPACT: Grades 9–12 (Sundays at 11 a.m.)
SPECIAL FRIENDS: Kids and teens with special needs