The Board of Deacons continue to assess this very fluid situation with COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts. At this time, the Deacons are not requiring that masks be worn in the building; however, Essex County is considered to be at high risk and the CDC recommends that masks be worn indoors.

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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. Mary A sends out the email version of the bulletin (words for the songs are included at the end of the email) and Ken sends out the Zoom link.

The small groups are currently studying the book of Philippians, which will be followed by the book of Titus. Pastor Josh is leading these sessions with an introduction and then there are 3 primary questions that we’re discussing: 1.  What jumps out to you in the text this week? 2. Why do you think it jumps out to you? and 3. What do you do with it?Meeting times: Sunday in-person & via zoom (following the service) and Monday evening at 7:30 via zoom.

Don’t forget to check out Pastor Josh’s blog

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Our hearts are with James, Cherith, Tali, Noel, Isaiah, and their families at the loss of their beloved Gale.

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The Board of Christian Education is looking for volunteers to assist in the nursery and with junior church. Please reach out to Mallory if you’re interested.

IBC Small Groups:

      Adult Small Groups meet each Sunday following worship, as well as Monday evening. See above for more information.

      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. The group resumed meeting on Sept. 25! Contact Merrily for details.

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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.

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