Essex County remains at a low-risk level, which means that the levels of COVID-19 hospitalizations, cases, and patients in hospital beds are not a strain for the local health system. The Board of Deacons continue to evaluate Covid numbers and at this time, based on current guidelines, masks are a personal choice. Additional information is available at https://www.covid.gov/.
Sunday Schedule: via Zoom: Zoom “opens” at 9:30 and pre-worship music (via Zoom and in-person) begins at 9:55. The corporate worship service includes announcements, call to worship, prayers, songs, Scripture readings, sharing of celebrations & concerns, and a message from Pastor Josh. Ken sends out the email version of the bulletin (words for the songs are included ) which includes the Zoom link.
Don’t forget to check out Pastor Josh’s blog: https://whoopingalpaca.blogspot.com/
IBC’s intentional prayer time is Wednesdays at 6:30am. Here is a suggested list of things to pray for/about: thanking God for what he has done; praying for family and friends; praying for this church and its people; praying for the universal church; praying for the community of Ipswich; praying for our country and its leaders; praying for the leaders and people of the world; asking God to bless us with times to love and care for others; and anything else that God lays on your heart.
The Board of Christian Education is looking for volunteers to assist in the nursery and with junior church. The Board is also looking for those interested in mentoring our youth. One or two adults per age group. Please reach out to Mallory if you’re interested.
IBC Small Groups:
Adult Small Groups meet each Sunday following worship (in person and via Zoom), as well as Monday evening (via Zoom). Sunday Sermon-Talk Back – which will be a follow-up discussion for questions, comments, and sharing of thoughts, actions, etc.- starts Sunday, July 17. We will be meeting following worship, downstairs in the Robie Wile Room. The Monday group is finishing up the discussion on the Book of Judges.
Men’s Group meets the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month meeting at IBC at 7:30 am. The group is currently studying the Book of Mark. See Gene for more information.
Women’s Group meets the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month at the home of Cathy Robie at 10am. This group is on hiatus for the summer.
Through Grief is a community spousal/partner loss grief and support group, meeting on Wednesdays at IBC, 6:30-8pm. See Amy Norris if you have any questions.
Thursday Evening Group – This group is discussing The Chosen – viewing is free and details are available through the website The Chosen (angelstudios.com). The group will meet every Thursday for the discussion of The Chosen. The Zoom link will open at 6:30 for those who can join for socializing and discussion will run from 7-8:30. All are invited to join in, whether you join the worship service via Zoom or in person: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87488162573?pwd=N2VweTVZNVZrU1NHV3IwK2k5YWt3QT09
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!
The Missions Committee is sponsoring a Love Drive to gather items for Ipswich Open Door. The items will be collected at the church on Saturday, July 30, from 1-4 p.m.The following items are requested:Paper towels, toilet paper, diapers, Band-Aids, sanitary products, toothpaste/toothbrushes, deodorant, formula, cereal.Please give as you are able, and share this with others in the community.
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.
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.
Are you praying persistently, boldly and believingly for someone or something that God has laid upon your heart and min