• May 14, 2020

    Starting next Sunday, May 24, we will be having multiple services on Sunday mornings for those who wish to worship in person. We will have a traditional service at 8:30 am for senior adults only and a contemporary service at 10:50 am for anyone. After getting feedback from you in our recent church-wide survey, we felt the need to offer a worship service that was specifically geared for our senior adults. We know that some of our senior adults are not ready to come back just yet. But for those who are ready, we want them to be able worship with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that we are doing everything we can to help mitigate their risk.


    One way we are also doing so is by thoroughly cleaning the church. We are having the carpet professionally cleaned and we will also be wiping down the pews after each service and making sure that the sanctuary & restrooms have been properly sanitized.


    When you arrive next Sunday, we are asking that you enter through one of three primary entrances: the front door to the sanctuary, the main door to the CLC, and the glass doors by the church office. Each door will be propped open so that you won’t have to open or close a door. We’re also asking that all the parking spots next to the office be reserved for our senior adults or those who need handicap parking so that they can easily access the elevator without having to use any steps. The handicap ramp is also finished and the door at the top of it will be open for those who need to use it. At each entrance, there will be hand sanitizers as well as masks in case you forgot yours or do not have one.


    Once inside the sanctuary, we are asking that you sit six feet apart unless you are sitting with your family. Should we run out of room, we will have the Fireside Room set up as an overflow room where you can watch the worship service with chairs that are set up six feet apart.


    In His Service,

    Bro. Bob

  • May 7, 2020

    Starting next Sunday at 6 pm, we will be broadcasting from the sanctuary an interactive question and answer session about the Sunday morning sermon.  Different members of the staff will take turns each week interviewing me about the sermon as well as taking questions that have been submitted online by you.  I hop you will make plans to tune in on either the church's Facebook page or Spectrum channel 376 and be sure to ask a question!  I will do my best to answer any questions you may ask either about the sermon or anything else!


    Don't forget that we will be conducting another drive-in service this Sunday, May 10 at 10:50 am.  After listening to you, we are going to try parking cars somewhat differently this time to help persons not only see better but exit better too.  Safety team members will be on hand to help you park and assist you in any way they can.  I hop to see you this Sunday!


    Last but not least, we are planning to resume in-person services on Sunday mornings only beginning Sunday, May 24.  Everything else will remain online for the time being.  More details about the worship services on Sunday mornings will be announced in the coming days.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as we put together a plan that is safe and orderly for those persons who are ready to come back and worship in person.


    In His Service,

    Bro. Bob

  • April 30, 2020

    As the governor announced yesterday, churches will be able to resume in-service gatherings with a reduced seating capacity beginning May 20.  As we think about how to best re-open our church, we would like to hear from you.  Inside this week's Messenger you will find a ten question survey that will only take a few moments to complete.  An electronic version is also being sent today via Flocknote.  Your feedback will be extremely helpful as we develop a plan that will accommodate the needs of our membership in a way that is safe and orderly.  Questions address person's readiness to return, the precautions we as a church should take, and even the idea of offering a worship service for senior adults only, similar to what stores like Kroger are doing in order to accommodate those at the highest risk.  Please fill out the electronic version or mail the printed version of the survey to the church office as soon as possible.  Of you have any questions or wish to express any concerns or suggestions that you may have, feel free to call or email me


    I cannot express how grateful I am for the flexibility you have shown over the past two months!  You continue to encourage me by how many of you are worshiping online or watching our services on cable television, connecting with others by calling and checking on one another, and by continuing to give regularly, generously, and sacrificially.  Thank you for all that you a re doing during these challenging times to see the ministry of our church not only continue but also grow!


    In His Service,

    Bro. Bob

  • April 23, 2020

    Starting this Monday, demolition is set to begin on our existing children's building.  Built in 1953, it has been used for nearly 70 years to minister to countless children and their families with the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Many of you, in fact, have shared stories with me of how you attended Sunday School as a child in that building.  Even my own kids have fond memories of the '53 building with my youngest daughter, Kenlee Hope, having been in every Sunday School class in that building, starting with the nursery.


    As we celebrate the legacy of the '53 building, we have compiled pictures that were taken over the years and will be posting them to our church Facebook page.  In addition, we have asked several individuals who have taught Sunday School or volunteered in the nursery in the children's building to record a video of any special memories they have.  Last but not least, we have uncovered a time capsule from behind the cornerstone of the building and plan to open it during the conclusion of this Sunday's worship service.  Be sure to tune in to see what artifacts from 1953 were left behind for us!


    Last but not least, let me update you about our plans for our Mother's Day service on Sunday, May 10.  After consulting with our TV Ministry Team, we will be able to televise our drive-in service live on both the church Facebook page and Spectrum channel 376.  Thus, we have decided to have the drive-in service at 10:50 am that morning.  We hope that you will join us for what should be a special service and make plans for your mom to worship with you in your car or perhaps the car next to you!


    In His Service,

    Bro. Bob