January Calendar of Events

Sunday Schedule, via Zoom: We will start with a "coffee hour," 9:40-9:55. Pre-worship music will begin at 9:55. The combined worship service will include the call to worship, prayers, songs, Scripture readings, 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 this week's readings. Gale will send out the schedule and Zoom meeting information via email.

Small groups let by Gale Hull and Tam Case are discussing John Piper's book Coronavirus and Christ available as a free download from John Piper's website or for purchase from Christian Book Distributors or Amazon. On Sunday, January 24 we are discussing chapters 4 and 5, related to the sovereignty of God.

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.

IBC Annual Meeting - Thursday, January 28th via Zoom. You may join the meeting - for virtual dessert hour - starting at 7pm. The meeting will be called to order at 7:30pm. If you would like to attend and need assistance with technology, please let Gale know. Tim has mailed out the Annual Report, which you should receive soon if you have not already.

Pledge envelopes will be delivered by Gene Case and John Clogston - please let Gene know if you would like yours.

Our hearts are broken at the loss of Jack Good on October 18. 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. 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 Sunday School meets 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.