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Secret Church is an intensive Bible teaching and prayer time. It was designed to raise awareness of persecuted Christians around the world who are often prevented from meeting regularly. When they are finally able to gather, they do so secretly and for several hours, as they are desperately hungry to soak up God’s Word.

During the season we find ourselves in, where we are feeling the lack of regular gathering, this event can take on new meaning. We can experience greater solidarity with our brothers and sisters who have had to deal with hardships all the time.

Last year was our first time participating in Secret Church. We were already planning to do it again via livestream on 4/24 from 6:00 PM to midnight. But due to the ‘stay at home’ order we will need to do this in separate locations.

If you would like to participate, please reply to this email by the end of next Wednesday (4/8). IBC will then pay for your registration which includes a simulcast link and a booklet which will be mailed to your address so you can follow along from home on Friday the 24th.

Secret Church is an annual gathering to study God’s Word and pray for the persecuted and the lost. This year’s topic is “Prayer, Fasting, and the Pursuit of God.” It will be held Friday, April 26th, @ 6:00 PM and normally goes for about 6 hours (4 hours of study + 2 hours of prayer). It’s a bit of a time commitment, but even if you can’t stick around for the whole thing, it’s still encouraged for you to join. It’ll be a rich time of studying God’s Word in the context of seeing the glory of Christ multiplied to the ends of the earth.

If you’re interested in watching the live simulcast, please contact internationalmissions at immanuel dash baptist dot net or talk to Jaden before April 15th. The cost will be $10/person which pays for the simulcast and the corresponding study guide. The number of people who respond will determine where we it will be hosted.

There are a few people that are planning to read through and discuss Let The Nations Be Glad by John Piper starting this Saturday (6/16). If you are interested in joining in (even if you aren’t able to make it this Saturday) please email Jonathan M.

Here are the details for the upcoming meeting:

Saturday at 7:00 AM at Do-Rite Donuts (181 N. Morgan Street, Chicago, IL 60607)

Reading Intro through Chapter

Every December we take up a special offering that goes directly to International Missions. It’s called the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.

We will be collecting the offering on Sunday, December 24th. Would you pray about directing some of your year-end giving to enable missionaries to be sent to make disciples and multiply churches among unreached peoples and places for the glory of God? More information will be shared this Sunday.

This Sunday we will be having regular service at 10:45 AM. Before service Sunday School for ages 6 and up is CANCELLED.

Also, this week is the last chance to give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering if you haven’t already. 100% of all donations go directly to the mission field. Check out here for inspirational videos and more info.

As in previous years, IBC will be collecting a Lottie Moon Christmas offering, 100% of which goes directly to support missionaries with IMB. We will be collecting a Lottie Moon offering again this year and ask that you prayerfully consider end of year giving towards this cause.

If you’re writing a check, please put “Lottie Moon offering” in the memo line, or use one of the envelopes we’ll have available in the back of church and drop it off with the offering.

Find out more here:

This Sunday after the service there will be Thai food and a presentation from our missionaries to Thailand with more details about their work!

Lydia is having the Hongs (one of our international missionaries) over to her house for dinner on Monday (11/16) at 6:30 PM. She has room for about 10 more people around her table, so if you want to get to know the Hongs better this would be a great opportunity.

RSVP to Lydia.

This Wednesday is the first Wednesday of August, which is when we’ve been having All-Church Prayer Meetings. This month’s is going to be a special one.

We will start at 6:00 PM (instead of 6:45) and have dinner together. There will be lamb kabobs and food from Ghareeb Nawaz!

Then we will be hearing from the Larsons and Ennises about the places and people groups they will be going to as missionaries and spending some dedicated and focused time praying for God to move there.

We’d like to get a rough headcount, so please email Vivian at internationalmissions at immanuel dash baptist dot net if you plan to be there.

This coming Sunday (4/19) we will be hearing from one of our international partners! Being the third Sunday of the month, we’ll also be having lunch together after the service. Plan to stick around and fellowship with others and hear about what God is doing in the global church.

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