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November 2021 Community Church Newsletter

 NOVEMBER NEWS
FROM COMMUNITY

Dear Family:
When I began writing this newsletter, I looked back to see the last time I communicated to you in this way. The answer: February 2020. We were enjoying incredible testimonies in our services, our worship was powerful, our attendance was strong, we were building momentum in Bible study on Wednesdays and then…
 
COVID. Loss. Shutdowns. Cancellations. Life certainly threw us into some unexpected stormy waters! I don’t know about you, but sometimes I find myself holding my breath. As things begin to seem familiar, it still feels like the other shoe is going to fall. It gets us asking questions like: How do we do what we call “church”? Where did everyone go? Will it ever be the same?

Would you use holy imagination with me and consider that, in many ways, this must have been what it was like in the days of the early church? Even before the church began, really. The disciples were in their “routine” with Jesus which, let’s be honest, was never “routine.” They had expectations and hopes and dreams about the future and what their Master would accomplish and do and then…

Jesus was crucified. The disease of sin crept into the hearts of the religious leaders of the day and they had Jesus handed over to His death. Total loss. Shutdown of life as they knew it. The cancellation of “following” Jesus. When Jesus died, the disciples had no one to follow anymore.

But the story wasn’t over. Jesus rose from the grave. Appeared to the disciples many times. Spoke peace. Broke bread. Commissioned them for a future of disciple-making and Kingdom building. Gave instruction to wait for Holy Spirit power. And just about the time the disciples were thinking, We’re back to normal!, Jesus ascended to the Father. They were alone… again. Hope diminished. Life confused. What do we do now? Where did He go? Will it ever be the same?

Until Pentecost. When God’s promised Holy Spirit filled the disciples, it shook their corner of the world so powerfully no one would ever be the same. Peter starts preaching the Good News of the resurrected Jesus and in one day, the church grew by 3,000 people! (Talk about revival!) Suddenly, Will it ever be the same? wasn’t the most important question. Instead it was What will God do next?

As we stand 18 months on the other side of COVID, the questions must still be lingering. How do we do what we call “church”? Where did everyone go? Will it ever be the same? Your elders and I are constantly praying about those questions, but not in despair. Because we HAVE the promised Holy Spirit who never left us. The church is God’s, and He has not forsaken us. We believe we’re seeing God’s answers.

First, we know what to do. We have a commission: go make disciples, teach them what Jesus commanded, baptize them in the name of Father, Son and Spirit, and do it all with Him! This includes you, friends. Who can you share the Gospel with today?!!

Second, we may not know where “everyone” went but we know we’re called to make people aware they have a place in the family of God. Who can you invite into the family? People are isolated and lonely and looking to find “home.”

Third, quite honestly, many things will never be the same. But we believe they can be something more than we ever imagined. Before Pentecost, there were people who believed in God and prayed, but after Pentecost, the church was moved to action. Growth came because the Good News was shared, and those impacted by it (the new disciples) told other people, met in homes together, talked about Jesus and built community. If we act on what we know to do, I believe God will grow His church.

This, friends, is our call. In a way, a great awakening has come because of COVID. We are no longer sleepwalking in our faith. We are awake to a new day and time, and the Spirit of God is still with us. Let’s not get bogged down with the questions that keep us shackled to the past but look ahead with hope. God is with us, and He is sending us. May this personal confession of Paul encourage you to keep looking forward: “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Phil 3:13-14).

You are loved,
Pastor Joy

 
Church Family,

I pray this finds you well!  I wanted to share just a bit with you about Student Ministries here at Community. I started here mid-June and we launched Wednesday night ministries for all ages birth - senior adult in mid-September with a Back-to-School Bash.  We had a wonderful time together as a Church family and shared some great food!  I also learned the hard way not to challenge Pastor Joy to the obstacle course unless you want to be shown up!  Since then, we have had a wonderful group of people who have been serving our children and students on Wednesday evenings.  In addition, at that time we launched Sunday night youth ministry as well.  Julie Merritt and Audra Keepes are doing a wonderful job coordinating our
Wednesday night and Sunday morning kids ministries!  Be sure to thank them for all of their hard work!  The youth group has taken several "Destination Unknown" trips over the past two months and we look forward to more coming soon.  Currently on Wednesday nights, we are studying a series on "Identity." Sunday nights we are looking at Leadership from the book of Nehemiah. I have enjoyed teaching through these series and have felt the Lord speaking.  We do have some upcoming events I wanted to let you know about. November 5th-7th we will be attending the Illinois State Youth Convention in Springfield.  Also, on Friday December 17th, we will be having a youth Christmas Party at my house.  I also wanted to let you know that beginning in January, we will be going through "True Love Waits" with our 6-12th grade students (stay tuned for more information, including a date for a student/parent meeting).  Big things are happening here at Community Church and we need everyone in partnership with us!  You are loved Church!

Great Blessings,
Pastor Jonathan
Pastor of Student and Family Ministries

Important Dates for November:
•  Sundays @ 9:00-9:50am – Adult Sunday School
•  Sundays @ 9:30am – Common Grounds Coffee, Donuts & More
•  Sundays @ 10:00am – Morning Worship
•  Wednesdays –  Midweek Ministries @ Community - meal (first Wednesday of the        month) @ 5:15pm; 6:15-7pm – classes for kids, students and adults.  Meal is              free. Donations are accepted.
•   Friday, Nov. 5 thru Sunday, Nov. 7 – Illinois State Youth Convention at Springfield
•   Saturday, November 6 @ 10am - Shoebox Packing Party
•   Sunday, November 7 @ 2am - Daylight Savings Time Ends -- turn your clocks            BACK one hour 
    before going to bed on Saturday)
•   Sunday, November 7 & 14 - Operation Christmas Child drop off dates
•   Sunday, November 21 @ 6pm -  Annual Thanksgiving Dinner
•   November 25 & 26 -  Church Office Closed - Thanksgiving Holiday

Everything is “Falling” into place at Wee Kare Preschool as we are moving right through the year!  How fast time is going for all of us.  We are very excited to be getting closer to having our new playset installed on our 4–5-year-old playground.  Our little preschoolers can’t wait to play on it.  The preschool is beautiful with all of the new updates that were completed this summer.  We receive many comments about how nice everything looks.  If you haven’t had a chance to see it, please stop by after church on Sunday and take a peek.  WE are very proud of it!!!!

This year I have been blessed with a wonderful school board that has helped navigate the re-opening of Wee Kare.  I could not have done it without all of their help.  If you see John Evans, Chris More, and Kelsey Beckerman please give them a “pat on the back” for a job well done. I am so thankful for them and the sacrifices of their time they have made to help me.  We try to meet at least once a month to continue good communication regarding day-to-day activities, and to brain storm and plan new ideas to make Wee Kare Preschool the best it can be.  A special thanks to those on the Elders Board for all of their help also.  It has definitely been a team effort!!!  “Team Work Makes the Dream Work”! You are so appreciated.  

Chris More set up a “Wee Kare Preschool Amazon Wish List”.  If you would like to donate items to us, we would really appreciate it.  We will be adding to the list as the year goes on.  If you have any questions please text or call me at 618-263-7220.  You can also email me at cmobley@mtccommunity.church.  

Wee Kare Preschool will be closed for Fall Break the week of November 22nd -26th. Thank you for praying for us this year; we really appreciate your love and support!

Thankfully Yours,
Cynthia Mobley, Preschool Director
 
COMMUNITY BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
November 7   Wyatt Margelin
November 8   Zeme Moore
November 8   Elijah Sherman
November 15 Trey Beckerman

 


November 17  Jerry & Cynthia Mobley
November 18  Mark Mobley
November 24  Bob & Diana Christie
November 25  Terry Beckerman
November 29  Jerry Mobley
 
 
 ANNUAL THANKSGIVING DINNER

The Annual Thanksgiving Dinner will take place on Sunday, November 21st @ 6pm in The Commons.  Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, and rolls will be provided.  Please bring vegetable dishes, salads and/or desserts to share.  Come and enjoy spending the evening with your Church family.
NEWSLETTER & BULLETIN DEADLINES:
We want to include as many events as possible in our email and printed newsletters, along with the weekly bulletin. In order to do that effectively, please understand that some deadlines need to apply.

- Monthly Newsletters (Email & Print): The 20th of the preceding month.
- Weekly Newsletter: Noon on Monday
- Bulletin (this includes on-screen Sunday announcements): Noon on Wednesday

We'd like to thank you for both your help, and your understanding.
Jackie Pixley @ 618-263-3561
Terry Beckerman @ 618-263-2093
 
HOW CAN WE HELP?
If you have or know of individual needs, prayer requests or questions, we want to help.  In non-emergency situations or during office hours (M/F – 8am to 12:30pm) you may contact the office by:
Phone: 1-618-263-3561
Email – info@mtccommunity.church
Web – www.mtccommunity.church
Facebook – mountcarmelcommunitychurch
In emergencies contact:
Pastor Joy - 618-204-7456






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