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 9:45 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.

Beginning Sunday, July 18, the small groups will be reading and discussing the book Be the Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation by Latasha Morrison. Books are available for each family and are in the foyer at church. Meeting times: Sunday in-person & via zoom (following the service) and Monday evening at 7:30 via zoom. Starting in October we will study the book of Philippians, followed by the book of Titus. Pastor Josh will lead these sessions.

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

The Museum Of Old Newbury is sponsoring a Race and Slavery In New England Symposium, Monday, October 11 at Governor’s Academy in Byfield, 8:30-5:30. Additional information regarding topics, speakers, and tickets can be found at the following link and Virtual/Zoom access is available:

September is Suicide Prevention Month. Information and resources can be found via NAMI Cape Ann (NAMI = National Alliance on Mental Illness).

September is also Hunger Action Month. If you’ve thought about donating to Open Door or another local food bank/pantry, now is a great time to do so.

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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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A church funeral service for Jack Good will be held at IBC on Saturday, October 16 at 11, with a reception to follow. 

Many of you may recall Al & Linda Riedlinger, who previously attended IBC. Al died about a year ago and a Celebration of Life service is planned for Saturday, September 25, 11:00 am at the Campbell Funeral Home in Beverly.  All are welcome. 

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.

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