NO GATHERINGS OR PODCAST THIS WEEKEND (SUNDAY, AUGUST 20)We’re taking a Sabbath break and encourage you to enter into some practice of rest, whatever that looks like for you. Our offices will also be closed from August 14th through the 20th.
In light of what we are hearing about hospital capacity and severe breakthrough cases as well as overall Covid numbers climbing, we’re going to fully masked gatherings until further notice – regardless of vaccination status. This change will be effective for this Sunday’s gatherings, our Christmas Eve candlelight gatherings, and continuing when we resume in the New Year.
Please take a look at the special message from our lead pastor, Jason Miller, on the upcoming changes to our in-person gathering protocol.
Some things to note with this change:
– Masking will be required for everyone inside the building – in kids’ classrooms and adult gatherings – The mezzanine will remain an option for those who wish to be more physically distanced, and masks are also required there. – Coffee will still be served, and everyone should remain masked unless actively drinking.
Our goal in this decision, and all other decisions throughout the pandemic, is to live out our mantra “Everyone an icon” to value and protect those who are most vulnerable in our community.
If you have any questions or would like to give feedback on this decision, please reach out at email@example.com – we would be grateful to hear from you!
Christmas 2021 giving
Each year at Christmas, we express gratitude as a community by giving from our financial resources together toward several initiatives. Here are this year’s categories that we are hoping to fully fund by reaching our giving goal of $75,000. We’ll be talking through each of these initiatives in more detail during our gatherings this month, but if you have any questions, you can always email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to contribute to our Christmas offering, please designate your checks with “Christmas 2021” (in gathering or by mail to: P.O. Box 1578, South Bend, IN 46634) or select the “Christmas 2021 Fund” online.
BOOK OF BELONGING An updated Bible story book being created for modern and mindful kids (Full funding toward this goal will provide 100 books for families in our community and 100 books to be given away on scholarship.)
BUILDING EXPLORATION Architectural fees and code analysis associated with pursuing a future home
STAFF SUPPORT Added financial support for our current staff team
SBCSC TEACHER WISH LISTS Fulfillment of all of the current wish list items for teachers in our South Bend Public Schools
REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT Support for local nonprofit Neighbor to Neighbor as they lead the formation and training of volunteer relational support communities that will walk with our new neighbors through crisis transitions
TELOS SCHOLARSHIP FUND Continuation of scholarships for trips with the Telos Group, an organization that helps form and equip communities of peacemakers to heal intractable conflict (It’s our goal to provide peacemaking pilgrimages to Israel/Palestine, the American South, eventually Northern Ireland, and even here in South Bend as part of our global focus. You can find more information on our scheduled trip to the American South here.)
Christmas Eve candlelight gatherings
Friday, Dec. 24
at Studebaker 112
4 P.M. – with childcare for 0-5 years
11 P.M. – no childcare
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