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    Worship Experience for July 12, 2020 - 7/9/2020
  • Dear friends in Christ,

    Worship experience specifically prepared for this Sunday, July 12th, is available now on our website.  Click on "Sunday Worship."  On the "Sunday Worship" page, you will find the past Sundays on the left-hand side of the screen, while the current week is on the right-hand side.

    You are also invited to come to the church facilities for in-person worship whenever you are ready. Our Sunday services are at 10:15am, and precautions continue to be taken to ensure proper social distancing and sanitization. The nurseries are not yet open nor are there any Sunday School classes meeting, but our worship time is happening, and it has been helpful to all who have gathered since we reopened on May 17.

    The Lord bless you as you continue to receive His gifts and celebrate His presence, especially during these difficult and uncertain times!

    Pastor John

    Pastor's Weekly Note - 7/8/2020
  • July 8, 2020

    Dear friends in Christ,
    My son and daughter-in-love are getting a new black Labrador puppy! Actually, my three granddaughters are getting a new black Labrador puppy! But, we all know who will actually take care of her?.
    The funny thing is, and many of you know this, as much as they will be taking care of their new puppy, their new puppy will also be taking care of them. If everything goes as normal, for the next 10-14 years this addition to their family will provide more physical and emotional support than they can possibly imagine. When one or more of them is having a bad day, guess who will be so excited to see them? When one or more of them feels rejected by others, guess who will come a’wagging? When one or more of them has done something really stupid, guess who will nestle up next to them without a thought or word of judgment?
    Yeah . . . this will be a big deal for them, as it is for all who have had the God-given pleasure of having a loving dog.
    I have said it before, and I still believe it: the love of a dog mimics the love of God in so many ways. Jesus once said, “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) His invitation is real. It holds no judgment or expectations. It simply invites us to unload on Him and, in exchange, He will slow our heart rate and our breathing, so that we can rest in His forgiving love.
    I am hoping to see my new granddog for the first time over Labor Day weekend. Currently she has no idea what she is in for with her family-in-waiting . . . three little girls who just can’t wait to touch her and hug her and kiss her. But as much love as those girls give to her, that little puppy is going to give it back BEYOND measure!
    I am so excited for them! AND I am so excited that God has given me another way to help those girls understand His boundless love for them in Christ!
    Celebrating with you God’s boundless love for us all!
    Pastor John

    Message from the Congregational President - 6/26/2020
  • July Update: Covid-19 & Church Procedures

    To give you an update, while the State of Indiana is set to move into Phase 5 (which means most things are back to fully open) beginning July 4th, the Church Council at our Zoom meeting on June 21st decided we are not quite ready to just open everything back up yet.  So, for the month of July we will continue with the current plan we have in place now, with some minor tweaks and easing. 

    While masks are still a good idea in these times, masks are optional.  We have noticed that most of you are still wearing your masks.  We will continue to practice Social Distancing by leaving portions of the pews closed through July.  It is still a good idea to begin seating from the front, however the Ushers will be more flexible in allowing you to choose where you want to sit in the sanctuary.

    The Church Council will continue to monitor the news on how Indiana is doing and will be making decisions month-by-month as to changes in these procedures.  While some South and Southwest states have seen an up-tick in Covid-19 cases, Indiana (and surrounding states) seems to be doing relatively well.  We are hopeful that by September we can begin reopening Sunday School and many other gatherings, however it is still unknown until we get closer to that time.

    Please continue to pray for our leaders as we make these decisions and for the safety and health of all our members and community of friends.  If you have any concerns or questions, always feel free to talk with Pastor or a Council member at any time.

    God’s blessing of Peace be with you,
    Brian Poore, President

    PHOTOS - Our First Sunday Back! - 5/17/2020
  • Sunday, May 17th, was our first time to come together as a church family to worship since the beginning of March!  Click the link below to see pics from our time together.

    Our First Sunday Back!


    Covid-19 Guidelines and Procedures UPDATED - 5/17/2020
    May 17, 2020

    In order to ensure the safety of our congregation and all those attending worship, Church Council, Board of Worship, and Board of Trustees have developed guidelines that will enable us to return to corporate worship services while maintaining a safe environment for all concerned.  Implementation of these guidelines will be done in phases beginning now with a very restrictive approach.  As the threat of exposure to Covid-19 diminishes, less restrictive phases will be implemented.

    The following are guidelines that will be in effect for resuming services on May 17, 2020.

    Safety Precautions

    • If you are in a high-risk group (individuals who are 65 and above or who have an underlying at-risk health condition) or have been in contact with any individual who is, you should consider delaying attendance.

    • If you are currently feeling ill, have a fever, or have been in contact with a person who has tested positive for the Covid-19 virus, church attendance should be delayed for at least 14 days.

    • Masks/face coverings are highly recommended.

    • Hand sanitizing stations are located throughout the Gathering Room.

    • Please practice social distancing, staying at least 6 feet from others.

    • Entrance to the church building will be only through the Main Entrance at the front of the building.

    Worship Service Considerations

    • Worshipers will be seated by ushers, beginning in the front of the sanctuary.  Please keep a safe distance as you wait to be seated.

    • Bulletins will be in the pews for your convenience.

    • We ask that personal items such as coats and jackets be kept with you during the service.

    • Please follow instructions as given by Pastor for receiving Communion.

    • The congregation will be dismissed by row beginning with the back pews.  

    • Offering plates will be placed at the side doors for giving at the close of the service.

    • We ask that you move to the exits as quickly as possible to avoid congestion in the Gathering Room.

    Other Considerations

    • During this phase, there will be no Sunday School for any age group.

    • The only areas of the church open for use on Sundays are the Sanctuary, the Gathering Room, and the upstairs restrooms.

    • No Nursery facilities are available at this time.

    • If children are in Worship, they should remain in the pew with their parents during Pastor’s Children’s Talk.

    • Little Worship is suspended until Fall.

    • All other small group meetings are cancelled at this time.

    • The areas used in the church building will be cleaned and sanitized between services.

    This is an unprecedented time for all of us.  Please be patient and considerate as we work through this time together.  Things will be changing as conditions allow.  We will be letting you know of revisions as they occur.

    Please be praying for an end to this pandemic and a return to normalcy.  But no matter what happens, we are assured that THE LORD IS WITH US ALWAYS!