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Fox River Lutheran Church Staff
Kevin Garner
Senior Pastor
Pastoral Intern
Andrew Haines

Youth Pastor

Linda Ness

Office Administer

Kathy Sandness

Media Specialist

Jane Vogt


Fox River Lutheran Church is a Member of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations (AFLC).

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Below is a statement of their fundamental principles.


AFLC Fundamental Principles

(Guiding Principles of the Lutheran Free Church)

1) According to the Word of God, the congregation is the right form of the Kingdom of God on earth.

2) The congregation consists of believers who by using the means of grace and the spiritual gifts as directed by the Word of God, seek salvation and eternal blessedness for themselves and for their fellow men.

3) According to the New Testament, the congregation needs an external organization with membership roll, election of officers, stated times and places for its gatherings, and other similar provision.

4) Members of the organized congregation are not, in every instance believers, and such members often derive false hope from their external connection with the congregation. It is therefore the sacred obligation of the congregation to purify itself by the quickening preaching of the Word of God, by earnest admonition and exhortation, and by expelling the openly sinful and perverse.

5) The congregation directs its own affairs, subject to the authority of the Word and the Spirit of God, and acknowledges no other ecclesiastical authority or government above itself.

6) A free congregation esteems and cherishes all the spiritual gifts which the Lord gives edification, and seeks to stimulate and encourage their use.

7) A free congregation gladly accepts the mutual assistance which the congregations can give one another in the work for the advancement of the Kingdom of God.

8) Such assistance consists partly in the mutual sharing of spiritual gifts among congregations through conferences, exchange visits, lay activities, etc., whereby congregations are mutually edified, and partly in the voluntary and Spirit prompted cooperation of congregations for the accomplishing of such tasks as exceed the ability of the individual congregation.

9) Among such tasks may be mentioned specifically the training of pastors, distribution of Bibles and other Christian literature, home missions, foreign missions, Jewish missions, deaconess homes, children's homes, and other works of mercy.

10) Free congregations have no right to demand that other congregations shall submit to their opinion, will, judgment, or decision; therefore, domination by a majority of congregations over a minority is to be rejected.

11) Agencies found desirable for conducting the joint activities of congregations, such as conferences, committees, officers, etc., cannot in a Free Lutheran Church, impose any obligations or restrictions, exert any compulsions, or lay any burden upon the individual congregation, but have the right only to make recommendations to, and requests of congregations and individuals.

12) Every free congregation, as well as every individual believer, is constrained by the Spirit of God and by the privileges of Christian love to do good and to work for the salvation of souls and the quickening of spiritual life, as far as its abilities and power permit.  Such free spiritual activity is limited neither by parish nor synodical bounds.

Fox River Lutheran Church Views on Communion and Baptism

Communion is a memorial of Christ’s suffering. The bread is a symbol of Christ’s body that was sacrificed for us. The wine (grape juice) is a symbol of Christ blood that was poured out to save us. Communion is a time where a believer examines their heart and experiences forgiveness.

Baptism is an outward testimony that a person has come to saving faith in Jesus Christ. It is symbolic of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ Jesus. It is in no way a requirement for salvation. Baptism is an expression of the new life in Christ Jesus.

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2785 E. US 52

Sheridan, IL 60551

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