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Peace I leave with you;

my peace I give to you.

Not as the world gives do I give to you.

Let not your hearts be troubled,

neither let them be afraid.

John 14:27

Members and Attenders of Immanuel,

All schools in the state of Illinois closed down on Tuesday and will not re-open until at least March 30th. These missed days will not be made up because the closure is due to what they refer to as an “act of God.” We believers know that this unusual time is indeed from the hand of our sovereign Lord. And we trust that he has wise yet mysterious plans for this disruption to our daily lives. We will be doing much reflection on what those might be in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

For now, we wanted to communicate some important information with everyone.

Sunday Services – After much prayer, thinking, counsel, and deliberation, we have decided to suspend our regular Lord’s Day gathering starting this Sunday (3/22). This was not an easy decision. But the state of Illinois has now mandated the cancellation of events of more than 50 people. As a church of 88 members plus children, regular attenders, and visitors this does not allow us to all assemble together, nor does it seem wise at the moment. We want to preserve the unity of the body and promote the safety of our city, and so we are regretfully taking this extreme but temporary measure. We will re-evaluate this decision every week as the circumstances are constantly changing.

We also have decided not to do a ‘livestream’ of a service. We are not judging other churches that have chosen this option, but we feel like it would be wisest not to allow anyone to think that such an activity can replace what is meant to happen in the assembly of the saints. During this season we pray that you would remember fondly all the sweet times we’ve had together at The Meeting Place and long deeply for our future reunion there.

We will be giving you more guidance and resources for how to be spending your time on Sunday mornings (and all the other days).

Small Groups – Hopefully you already received communication from your Small Group Leaders that we have asked Small Groups not to meet physically together for the time being. Each group, however, is encouraged to communicate regularly, share updates, and even experiment with different ways of sharing insights from the Bible Reading Plan and staying in touch via technology. Your Small Group will be a great way to still be connected with other people in the community during this time.

Prayer Ministry – We are working on different ways to have online prayer meetings and organize prayer walks. We are mobilizing our Intercessory Prayer Team to ensure that everyone is covered in prayer. And please reach out to them at prayer with any items you need specific prayer for!

Children’s Ministry – Our Deacon of Children’s Ministry is working on getting curriculum and activities for you to use at home with your children. And the Elders will be sharing more resources for Family Worship.

Koinonia – Our Deacon of Koinonia is working on some creative and fun ideas for ways to still foster community life during this season. Stay tuned…

Member Support and Mercy Ministry – Our budget has funds built in to meet tangible needs inside and outside our church community. If you have or know of any financial needs during this time that the church can help meet OR if you would like to contribute extra money to this fund, please contact the Elders!

We will be communicating with you regularly as we go through this together. For now, we encourage you to keep up a regular schedule, keep reading the Bible Reading Plan and good books, keep memorizing and meditating on Psalm 1, pray… and (as was said in last Sunday’s sermon) do all this before and more than you watch the news and Netflix.

Your Pastors,

Nathan & Theo

Families in the City with ERLC

Our very own Paulo has volunteered to put on a free soccer clinic for the kids of IBC and their friends this fall and see what it might turn into next year!

For the next four Sundays (9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14) after our worship service he will be teaching skills to the kids. Parents and other adults are welcome to come help out or fellowship on the sidelines.

Pack a lunch or grab some tacos and head over to Harrison Park by 1:00 PM. Please bring your own soccer ball if you have one.

It will culminate in a scrimmage held behind The Meeting Place after our next Table Talk on 10/21, which will hopefully turn into a church-wide game!

If you could reply to Paulo at soccer at uicarea dot com with how many kids you’ll be bringing and their ages as soon as possible that will help.

2017 Easter Egg

Periodically we have Families in the City events to encourage and equip those raising kids in our great city. Our next event will be on Friday, September 16th, at 6:30 PM at The Meeting Place. We will be done by 8:00 PM.

Dinner will be served and then there will be popcorn and a screening of a new animated film based on the children’s book – The Biggest Story. You can check out a trailer here.

Please RSVP so we know approximately how much food to order. And please invite other families that might enjoy this film!

 

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Hi IBC Family!

It’s that time again! I am putting together the volunteer schedule for the fall and need your help!

If you are currently serving on one of the volunteer teams, you should be getting an email this weekend and can respond to that email. If you are not currently a volunteer but would like to be, please email me or let me know at church this Sunday! We could always use help with the Children’s Ministries and with Tear-Down.

Thanks so much!

Cassie

admin at immanuel dash baptist dot net

Hi Everyone,

The Summer Retreat is less than a month away! If you are interested in helping with childcare at the Retreat, please let me know. I will prepare the lessons and supplies. You just have to come to the Retreat and get your instructions there. 🙂 Thanks!

Andrea

kids at immanuel dash baptist dot net

Immanuel Parents:

The catechism question for this Sunday is – “What is God?”

And the children’s answer is – “God is the Creator of everyone and everything.”

Be working on this with your kids for this Sunday.

Parents: Make sure you’re working on Question 1 from the New City Catechism with your kids this week!

Q – What is our only hope in life and death?

A – That we are not our own but belong to God.

If you don’t have kids, you can follow along if you like! Check out here for a more detailed explanation of what this is and why we’re doing it.

From @immanuelchicago on Twitter

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