Thanksgiving Eve service at 7 pm. Click the button below to get a copy of the Worship folder.
Education Hour from 9 – 9:50 am – Adults only.
Our Fall Sunday Adult Study is The Theology of Communication and Politics. In-person or Zoom: for Zoom, use the Sunday Morning Bible Study link from the Zoom page. Materials for all Adult Bible Studies may be downloaded by clicking here. New handout for this week on Church and World: click here for this week’s handout.
A Note about Kids’ Sunday School
We wanted to let you know that at this point we are suspending kids’ Sunday school classes at least through the end of the calendar year. This decision is based not only keeping the health of our teachers and students in mind but actual attendance in the building over the last three weeks.
In conjunction with this decision, we also announce that we will not be hosting a children’s Christmas program. I do have some ideas I am thinking on for children to participate in an actual church service or in a virtual way, so I will be reaching out again soon regarding that.
If you have not received your family’s advent materials yet, they will be delivered in the next week by the Borgers or myself. I will also send out digital SS materials that can be used if you wish to do some home study with your family.
Watch for announcements on when we might begin to hold in person classes. For those of you who were able to join us this fall, it was great to see you. For those of you we didn’t see, we miss you!
Many blessings for a wonderful Thanksgiving and Advent season,
Krista Hunt – Sunday School Coordinator
Worship Options for Sunday at 10:15 am.
Communion is offered 3 ways by St Peter at this time.
- In-person, Sunday morning.
- By appointment at church or at home. Contact Pastor Borger at email@example.com.
- Zoom Communion, approximately once a month. Contact Pastor Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org.
COVID numbers are up and local hospital capacity is near its limits; the governor also has backed us down a stage and pleads for everyone to follow safety protocols closely. In order to care for the Body and our neighbors, and to keep in-person worship going, we ask you to observe and tighten our core protocols in worship as follows:
- Continue to practice good hand-washing / hand-sanitizing
- Everyone should be wearing masks when moving around in the church building
- Ensure social distancing
- One person sitting directly behind another in the pews is only about 3-4 feet of distance, so please do not sit directly behind someone. Instead, sit “zigzag” so there are 6 feet or more between you diagonally.
- Also feel free to move to open spaces if you realize you’re sitting too close
- Follow the standards set by our health departments for all public venues: If you or a member of your household is sick with a possible COVID symptom, please stay home for 10 days from onset or until you have a negative test. If you have known exposure to someone COVID-positive (contact traced) but no symptoms, quarantine for 14 days or until a negative test.
Thanks to all, and may the Lord quickly bring a vaccine and end to all this mess!
ADVENT DEVOTIONALS ARE AVAILABLE NOW!
Prepare ye the way of the Lord, the prophet Isaiah announces to us. This devotional by Reed Lessing for this sacred season show us ways to prepare for our coming King. Each reflection focuses the history and meaning of a beloved hymn or carol sung in the Church in the weeks leading up to Christmas. The poetic and profound daily messages found in these tunes of old help us to recognize how we can best prepare for Jesus, the Christ Child, in our hearts today. Each daily devotion includes scripture, reflection and a prayer.
WORSHIP FOLDERS NEEDED
Worship folder teams of 2 people each are needed to fold and staple Worship Folders once a month. The Worship Folders are ready to fold on Friday mornings by 10 am (and are often ready on Thursday Afternoons).
Responsibilities: At least one person on each team must be willing to: (1) Use a church key to enter the building and (2) Learn to operate the Alarm. Folding and stapling training will be provided.
Contact: If you used to do this and would like to continue and/or if this is area of service you are interested in please contact Jenna Trethewey at the church. email@example.com
MAC FOOD PANTRY
This week we collected 701#! This week the pantry is in need of mixed veg, jelly and jello.
Additional item requested for Hannah’s House: gift card for a home improvement store to help with maintenance of the property. If interested in contributing, please email Amy Smessaert, firstname.lastname@example.org.
RSVP BY this SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29 for Advent by Candlelight to Jenna at email@example.com
A Detailed Reference Guide and Quick Reference Guide are available on the blog at the following link: https://splcm.org/zoom/. Leaders, if you need another copy of the leader guide, please email PC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GIVING DAY FOR RLA DECEMBER 8
What is the First Annual “Giving Day for RLA?” It is a 1 day fundraiser to be held annually to help RLA supplement their needed finances.
Why are they having a “Giving Day for RLA?” The pandemic has drastically affected RLA and their income by at least $12,000; like most private schools, most of their traditional fundraising efforts have had to be either curtailed or cancelled. So, an annual 1 day fundraiser to address the following needs was created: Scholarship Support, Technology Updates, Maintenance & Safety Supplies & Measures, Playground Upgrades and General Use Funds. All of these will allow for a greater implementation of a Christ-centered education in a safe environment.
How can I participate in the “Giving Day for RLA?” Either send a donation to RLA to arrive by December 8th or put your donation in a separate envelope marked “Giving Day for RLA” and drop it in the collection plate on Sunday, December 6th. Want to give online? Go to rlasouthbend.com/giving-day.
RLA – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
- We need an office volunteer who can work M, W or F, on a fairly regular basis. Morning or afternoon would be great. This person will answers phone, hand out band-aids and those sorts of easy (fairly unskilled) tasks can be handled to free up our admin director to take on some projects without regular interruptions. J Since this person is there during the day, they would have to go through the background check.
- We also could use folks to help after the school day (3:45-5:00) to help sanitize classrooms. This is a huge burden for our teachers and any help we could give would be great. Kids are gone, so no background check is necessary to help with this. We are going to be setting up a sign-up genius for this.
THIS MONTH’S RLA PRAYERS
- God’s continued provision for the safety and health of staff, students and their families.
- For the two new students from India for their adjusting to life in the US as well as protection over the children as they navigate a new school and a new life here.
Ministry Coordinator’s Regular Office Hours: Tuesday – Thursday 9 am – 2 pm. However, her schedule will be more of a “flex schedule” through, at least, the end of the year due to some unforeseen circumstances. Prayers for her and her family are appreciated. Thank you for your patience during such a weird, crazy time in our lives.
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