Announcements

We are excited that our church doors have re-opened! So please come if you like or continue with Zoom if you want. Masks are optional, though we do ask that you wear one if you are unvaccinated (& have one handy even if you are vaccinated). If you received a hymnal/blue chorus book during Covid, please bring it back to the church.

Sunday Schedule, via Zoom: We start with a “coffee hour” 9:30-9:55 and pre-worship music (via Zoom and in-person) begins at 9:55. The corporate worship service includes the call to worship, prayers, songs, Scripture readings, a brief message, sharing of celebrations & concerns, and announcements. Gale or Mary A will send out the “bulletin” and Zoom meeting information via email.

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.

Many thanks to Glenn Prescott for filling in as our temporary pastor, between Pastor Johann and Pastor Josh. It was a blessing to have him share the message with us again!

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The Board of Christian Ed is looking for volunteers to help lead a children’s group via Zoom once a month. 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. NOTE: This group is currently meeting in a hybrid mode, via Zoom and in person (following guidelines).

      Women’s Group meets the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month at the home of Cathy Robie at 10am. After a 14-month hiatus, this group is meeting again! Contact Merrily for details.

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Our hearts are with Jay Chipman (and his mom Pat) at the loss of his father (her husband) Pete on February 16. Pete’s obituary can be found here. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Our hearts are broken at the loss of Jack Good on October 18, 2020. 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, 2020. We grieve with Amy, Jack, Georgie, Samantha, Ellie, and the extended Norris family. A Celebration of Life is planned for Saturday, August 7 at the Presbyterian Church in Ipswich. George’s obituary can be found here.

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 mind