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 next session of Sunday School / Small Groups will be an Advent Study, beginning November 28/29, entitled The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem by Adam Hamilton. All are invited to take part during one of three sessions: Sunday in person following the service, Sunday on Zoom following the service, or Monday evening via Zoom at 7:30. This year the Advent Daily Devotional is Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s God is in the Manger. Copies of both books are available for each family unit – please let me (Tam) know if you don’t receive one. Please let me know if you’d like to join the Monday evening Zoom so I can send you the link. Pastor Josh is leading the Sunday in-person group, Jen Duff is leading the Sunday Zoom group, and Tam Case is leading the Monday Zoom group.

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

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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.

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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, 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.

      Thursday Evening Food Group – hopefully you’ve seen the emails from Ken, but all are invited to join the Zoom group on the first and third Thursdays of the month. The Zoom session will open for gathering to socialize at 6:30 with the discussion starting at 7. Ken will send out the question or idea for discussion along with the Zoom link on Wednesdays.

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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