March Calendar of Events

Sunday Schedule, via Zoom: We start with a "coffee hour" 9:30-9:55 and pre-worship music begins at 9:55. The corporate worship service includes the call to worship, prayers, songs, Scripture readings, a brief homily, and sharing. One Zoom meeting will be created so that anyone who is interested will be able to join in (you do NOT need to stay for the small groups). We will then break into two smaller groups to discuss the week's readings. Gale will send out the "bulletin" and Zoom meeting information via email.

Small groups are discussing the Lenten devotional "Steadfast Love" based in Henri Nouwen's writings. For March 28 we will discuss the readings for March 22-28 (Mon-Sun).

Many thanks to Glenn Prescott for filling in as our temporary pastor. A reminder that Pastor Glenn's role is very specific and he will focus on providing the homily each week and extra ordinary needs that occur in the life of the church. He is NOT returning as a full-time pastor. Members of the Board of Deacons can be contacted for needs/questions that you have. Members: Gene Case (co-chair), Dave Clark (co-chair), Carrie Adams (secretary), Julia Skjerli, Gale Hull, and Tam Case.

The Missions Committee is planning a Food Drive on Saturday, March 27, to benefit Open Door. Those who are able should bring items to the church from 1-3 p.m. If unable to come to the church, we will provide pickup - please contact Merrily Buchs. The items most needed are: Cereals - brand-name only (this is the top requested item); Snacks, such as granola bars, chips, things that package easily; Condiments; and Baking items.

The Flower Committee has ordered Palms for Palm Sunday (which is March 28) - pick yours up when you drop off your items for the food drive!

Our own Phil Thompson performs the part of Pilate in the radio play The Man Born To Be King. The four short radio plays are based on Dorothy L. Sayers' epic BBC classic, The Man Born To Be King and will be available during Holy Week. Pre-register now at this link:

The Board of Christian Ed is looking for volunteers to help lead a children's group via Zoom once a month. Please reach out to Mallory if you're interested.

Our hearts are with Jay Chipman (and his mom Pat) at the loss of his father (her husband) Pete on February 16. Pete's obituary can be found here. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Our hearts are broken at the loss of Jack Good on October 18, 2020. We grieve with Sue, Bonnie & Matt, Travis & JJ, and the extended Good family. A Celebration of Life service will be planned at a future date. Jack's obituary can be found here.

Our hearts are broken at the loss of George on March 27, 2020. We grieve with Amy, Jack, Georgie, Samantha, Ellie, and the extended Norris family. Service information will be provided at a later date, once social distancing is in the past & hugs are allowed. George's obituary can be found here.

IBC Small Groups:
      Adult Small Groups meet each Sunday following worship. See above for more information.
      Men's Group meets the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month meeting at IBC at 7:00 am. The group is currently studying the Book of Mark. See Gene for more information. NOTE: This group is currently meeting via Zoom.

The Board of Christian Education updated the library, which has been moved to the church office. If anyone has relevant Christian books, DVDs - fiction, studies, daily readings, etc - that they would like to share, please give them to someone on the Board of Christian Ed or feel free to put them in the office. Many thanks to all who have donated!

Caryl and Vinny volunteered to update the church signs. If you have any creative/interesting ideas for the signs that best communicate the gospel message with the community, please feel free to share them with Caryl (and Publicity Committee - Caryl, Tam, & Mallory). Please be reminded that the space on the board is limited and the suggestions will be reviewed by church leadership.

Nursery is available year-round for infants through age 4 during the worship service. Junior Church (during the sermon) is available year-round for ages 4 through 2nd grade.

Are you praying persistently, boldly and believingly for someone or something that God has laid upon your heart and mind?

Ipswich Dinner Bell - a FREE community meals program serves meals at the Masonic Hall (Topsfield Road) from 5:00-6:00 pm every Monday evening. The meal is available to everyone and is prepared by members of local churches and the community. See Merrily or Sue for additional information.

Food Offerings for the Ipswich Food Pantry may be donated any Sunday. There is a container in the entryway for this offering. Specific foods that are always kept in stock include: cereal, mac & cheese, peanut butter and baked beans. Other items, including baby food & formula, are also welcome.