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A note from Mr. Todd about "Normal Life":

Ever since this pandemic began, I've been wondering when things would "get back to normal" with life in general and at church.  I've been looking forward to getting back to normal at church more than anything.  Today, as I reflected on this weekend......I realized that in the most important ways, I think we've arrived.

 

TOP 5 REASONS I THINK CHURCH IS BACK TO NORMAL
 

1) Church Isn't Only Online! We are meeting in person every Sunday for worship

2) We're Connecting Again! Friends who haven't seen each other in a long while are hanging out talking together after church ends

3) We Have Visitors Again! Visitors are coming to worship and telling us that they've been connected to our congregation online during the pandemic and now are coming to church in the building for the first time. 

4) The Bulletin Boards and Announcement Monitors Have Stuff on Them Again!-- not that there haven't been activities all along, but now people are at church regularly to see and read them!

5) My Family Got Bigger!  For the longest time, most of the things the Bowmans have been doing have been just with our immediate family, and while everyone at church was still my family........it felt like we lived far apart or something.  Being back at church regularly has reconnected me with a lot of my BIG multi-generational church family.  At worship and kite-flying I saw people I hadn't seen in "real life" since March 2020 and that was a big encouragement!  


Some people might feel like we're not yet back to normal because of masks, or distancing, or this new totally weird way to Pass the Peace of Christ.  Maybe they think it's not back to normal because we're still talking about our 'vaccination status" or registering to attend worship inside, but come experience worship and in-person activities as you are ready and I think you'll agree that in the most important ways....... normal is back


Kids' Sunday School is BACK, and we invite YOU to get BACK to Sunday School! 
 


 
WHEN?: Sundays at 9 am to 10 am

WHERE?: Old Town Mall by Fellowship Hall (Rain location- Rumble Room)

WHO?: Kids age 2 through 5th grade

WHAT DO I BRING? A mask and a coat if it's chilly

WHY?: Because we learn and grow in our faith in Christ through coming together.......and it's FUN! 

HOW LONG?: This plan is in effect through May 23rd and then we'll reevaluate

WHAT DO PARENTS DO?: Worship indoors for the Fellowship Hall Service happening at the same time (fpcwinc.org/register) or just drop off your kids and come back at 10am if you're not ready to worship inside or stay as a helper.

WHY DURING WORSHIP? While FPC likes to offer Sunday School AND worship, but for this season, we thought this might make it easier for families to get back to in-person opportunities.

DO YOU NEED HELP? Yes.  If you're interested in volunteering, you can signup up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4faaab23a46-sunday
 


Virtual connections on ZOOM have been a lot of fun and we'd like to keep them going on a new day and time.  This connection will become a mid-week check-in with encouragement, a game, and a chance to connect with church friends!  Join us for our first Virtual Wednesday Session on May 5th! 


VIRTUAL WEDNESDAY Kids' MidWeek Meetup!

The first gathering was going to be this week at 3:30, but we realized that school is happening on this rare Wednesday because kids are off Friday for Apple Blossom.  SO......we will postpone the start of Virtual Wednesdays till May 5th

 


Look for our collection box by the CM Table or bring any items you wish to share with you to worship or Sunday School!  We will be collecting new (or like new) items through May 10th!



The Worship Live Stream for this Sunday is at 9 am of the Fellowship Hall Service.  If you can't join us in person, watch with your child from home via the live stream
 



 VBS July 18-22 

This will definitely be our date and theme for VBS!  This is later than usual on account of school letting out later and the unknowns of the pandemic.  Last year we had a safe and successful VBS by staying outdoors, distanced, masked, and parents came too as kids stayed in groups with their family.  At the LEAST, we could do that this summer on this week, but we are hoping and praying that things improve significantly with the pandemic where we could safely have a more traditional format.  Stay tuned on the "How", but for now, we wanted to at least share the "What?" and the "When?"
 
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