September Calendar of Events

We are excited to kick off our ministry year on Sunday, September 8th. Please join us for our kick-off worship service at 10am. There will be a time of dedication and unveiling of the painting presented to church in memory of the life and ministry of the Rev. Merle "Skip" Pimentel by the Men's Group. The celebration will continue with a cookout at the Clark's at 12:30pm. If you would like to bring appetizers, desserts, side dishes, etc., please add your name on the sign-up sheet.

The print given In Memory of Rev. Merle ’Skip’ Pimentel by the Men’s Prayer Group is the work of Los Angeles artist, John August Swanson. Mr. Swanson’s art is represented in the permanent collections of many museums, including: The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museums of American History, American Art, and Air and Space; his works are in the print collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Harvard University’s Fogg Museum, the Tate Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris. His painting, THE PROCESSION, is displayed in the Vatican Museums’ Collection of Modern Religious Art. His biography and catalogue of religious serigraphs, prints and paintings can be found at

Sunday School classes for ALL ages begin on Sunday, September 15. More details to come!

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.

Mary Amirault volunteered to update IBC's directory. She would like everyone's help with collecting the necessary information for the update. Please assist Mary by completing the form available in the bulletin, as you feel comfortable, and return it to Mary.

NAMI is offering free, evidence-based, 12-week Family-to-Family Education Program for families, partners, and friends of individuals with serious mental health challenges. The course is taught by NAMI-trained family member volunteers - providing resources, insights, coping skills, and genuine support. The course starts on September 16, 2019, 6:30-9:00pm in the church hall at the Lady of Hope Perish, One Pineswamp Road in Ipswich. Please contact Dori at 978-948-0807 or George at 978-500-4463 or send an email to Due to limited space, everyone is encouraged to pre-register for the program

IBC Small Groups:
      Women's Bible Study meets every other Monday (check the calendar for details) at IBC at 7:00 pm. The group is currently studying Genesis. See Julia for more information. (on hiatus)
      Senior Saints meets each Friday evening at 6:30 pm at the Oak Hill Apartment of Audrey Brown. They are studying the Book of John. Please Contact George Norris 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 or Pastor Johann for more information.
      Women's Group meets the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month at 10am at the home of Cathie Robie. The group is currently studying the Book of Mark. See Merrily for more information. (on hiatus for the summer)

The Board of Christian Education is the process of updating 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.

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.