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Weekly E-News, 4-26-2020

Spire – May 2020

April 29, 2020 
Hello parents,
 
We will finish the month of April this week, although sometimes it is hard to know what day it is.  Right now our kids are feeling so many emotions…just like we are.  They may be having feelings that they have never felt before as they are trying to learn virtually and are unable to be with their friends, play on that team, or visit a loved one.  Emotions are actually a gift that God has given us to use to help figure out and deal with the world around us.  Sometimes emotions can be confusing, especially for children.  Learning to put our feelings into words is a helpful way to not let our emotions control us.
 
For a great video exploring a wide array of emotions, click here.  It tells the story of the Prodigal Son.  It gives your kids very practical ways to identify their emotions so that they don’t take over.  Instead, they can turn their worries over to God.  As in Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the Lord, and lean not on your own understanding.”  There are also family discussion questions and some activity pages to go along with it. 
 
There is a useful website offering insight to families, especially at this time.  For topics ranging from anger and frustration to behavior issues and sibling rivalry, go to https://childmind.org/
 
For further study into the story of the Prodigal Son, you can read the story with your children (Luke 15:11-32).  For some games and activities that you can play, click here.
 
I hope that the weather clears up so that you can get outside and enjoy some family time.
 
God Bless,
Liz
 We are going to try to make this a weekly practice. If you’d like to join us, follow the instructions below and jump in on Sunday at 10:45am.

The Zoom meeting information is below. If you need assistance logging into Zoom, please call Pastor Derek at the church office. He will practice with you anytime Monday-Thursday.

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Pastor Derek will be offering an online (Zoom) Bible Study of the Gospel of John during the month of May. These studies are open to all church folks, who want to participate – even if you can’t participate in all the sessions. Join when you’re able and don’t feel guilty when you’re not able. 

The conversations will be casual, and nobody will be forced to speak if they’re not comfortable. 

Additionally, if you need assistance logging onto Zoom, contact Pastor Derek at the church office, and he will be happy to help you get connected.

There will be two sessions: Wednesday at 10:00amWednesday at 6:30pmHere is the reading schedule for each week:5/6 – John chapters 1-65/13 – John chapters 7-125/20 – John chapters 13-175/27 – John chapters 18-21Here is the Zoom information for the morning class:
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We are so pleased to report that a community member has donated both sides of a beef from their livestock, and they are even paying to have it processed and packaged for our food bags! 

Last Friday,  27 households (79 people) received food and home supplies from our church. The number continues to grow each week, especially the number of elderly folks we are serving.  Bags are customized for specific needs within the households (ie, allergies, ages, etc.) We are also including resources from Children’s Advantage, an organization that promotes healthy development of children and families through behavioral and mental health services. To learn more about Children’s Advantage, click here

As a reminder, here are some ways you can help: Donate to the TCIA Community Relief Fund (100% of your money will be used to help others)Support our local food pantry (Volunteers of America). You may drop off grocery items at their 1063 N. Aurora Road location. They tell us they need: paper towels, canned beef ravioli, coffee, condiments and boxed scalloped or au gratin potatoes.  Donate toiletry items to the church – things like toothpaste, deodorant, feminine products, toilet paper, handsoap, body soap, shampoo/ conditioner, etc.Get the word out. If you know someone who would benefit from assistance, please point them in our direction. We’d be happy to try to help.
I know that many folks are eager to get back to church – to see the familiar faces and worship with folks we know and love. I am growing more and more grieved the longer we are apart. I miss everyone very much. However, we do not want to rush into anything that would put anyone at risk. The health and safety of our members and families are a priority for all of us leading the church.

The Elders and the pastors have been in conversation over the last couple of weeks about the safest way we can worship together. As we develop the plan more fully, we will share it with you, so that we can all work together toward gathering as safely as we can during this time. 

Throughout all of this, we have taken our cue from our state leaders; it is our intention to continue to do that. In his daily briefing, Governor DeWine reaffirmed that groups more than 10 cannot meet in person. Additionally, the stay at home order continues to be in place (for now). These things will prevent us from worshiping together at this time.

The Elders, the pastors, and the staff have so appreciated your patience and trust. Hang in there for just a while longer! 

Blessings,
Pastor Derek

Weekly E-News, 4-19-2020

I offer this video as an encouragement to be looking for ways to “be the light” in our time and in our community. I shared this video with the Board on Monday night, and I thought it was worth sharing with you all!

Blessings, Pastor Derek

 

Hi parents,Hopefully most of you received the email I sent this morning. I’ve attached it here . It’s hard to believe we’ve been unable to meet for more than a month – I do miss seeing your kids! 

Blessings,
Liz
 We are going to try to make this a weekly practice. If you’d like to join us, follow the instructions below and jump in on Sunday at 10:45am.

The Zoom meeting information is below. If you need assistance logging into Zoom, please call Pastor Derek at the church office. He will practice with you anytime Monday-Thursday.

ZOOM MEETING INFO:
Derek Hickman is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: TCIA Fellowship
Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime

Join Zoom Meeting
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Though we were disappointed when the Fellowship Committee’s  St. Patrick’s Day Potluck Lunch had to be cancelled, we are happy to report that the 36 pounds of corned beef they had purchased were not wasted. The beef was taken to the Center of Hope in Ravenna where daily lunches are served to their community. 

Last Friday, 24 households received “healthy” food and home supplies from our church. The number grows each week, especially the number of elderly folks we are serving.  We are also including resources from Children’s Advantage, an organization that promotes healthy development of children and families through behavioral and mental health services. To learn more about Children’s Advantage, click here



As a reminder, here are some ways you can help: Donate to the TCIA Community Relief Fund (100% of your money will be used to help others)Support our local food pantry (Volunteers of America). You may drop off grocery items at their 1063 N. Aurora Road location.Donate toiletry items to the church – things like toothpaste, deodorant, feminine products, toilet paper, handsoap, body soap, shampoo/conditioner, etc.Get the word out. If you know someone who would benefit from assistance, please point them in our direction. We’d be happy to try to help.

Alice Ann Wolf was featured on the Independence Village’s Facebook page. This past week, Alice Ann read a hilarious children’s book, “The Wonky Donkey.” You can listen in here: https://www.facebook.com/IndependenceVillageAurora/videos/830908204064326/

Weekly E-News, 4-12-2020

Hi parents, 
I hope that this message finds you safe and happy in your homes.  Hopefully many of you were able to watch the Easter service on Sunday.  The resurrection story is really a story of hope.  Even during this time of global pandemic, we can reflect on the example that Jesus’ life shows to us.  He was a servant.  He lived to serve us even through His death and resurrection.  He wants us to be servants as well.  When we serve others, we are serving Him.

  • This is a great message to share with your children.  To read Mark 10: 42-45 and have discussion with your family, click here.  There is a nice video to go along with it. 
  • If you are looking for some ways to share Random Acts of Kindness with your children, click here.
  • Please keep dropping off toiletries in the bin outside the glass doors for families in need.  Every item helps! 

It makes me so happy to hear about the fun things that you are doing at home with your kids. The Wolf family enjoyed making Resurrection Rolls together last week (as seen in the picture).  I think that they nailed it!  Feel free to send in some pictures that you might like to share with others.

Take care of each other. 

Blessings,
Liz



Check out our first Zoom Fellowship Hour! It was definitely fun to see everyone and to catch a bit. Thanks for all those who participated.

We are going to try to make this a weekly practice. If you’d like to join us, follow the instructions below and jump in on Sunday at 10:45am.

The Zoom meeting information is below. If you need assistance logging into Zoom, please call Pastor Derek at the church office. He will practice with you anytime Monday-Thursday.

ZOOM MEETING INFO:
Derek Hickman is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: TCIA Fellowship
Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 676 788 260
Password: 077836

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Last Friday, our church provided assistance to 24 local families (composed of 80 individuals) and included 18 Easter Baskets for some of the children.  The number grows each week. As a reminder, here are some ways you can help: Donate to the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund (100% of your money will be used to help others)Support our local food pantry (Volunteers of America). You may drop off grocery items at their 1063 N. Aurora Road location.Donate toiletry items to the church – things like toothpaste, deodorant, feminine products, toilet paper, handsoap, body soap, shampoo/conditioner, etc.Get the word out. If you know someone who would benefit from assistance, please point them in our direction. We’d be happy to try to help.

Weekly E-News, 4-5-2020

Hi parents,
 
I hope that this week’s E-News finds you safe at home with your families.  Thank you to all of you “essential” folks who are venturing out everyday to perform the tasks that we all need to keep functioning.  I also hope that you are starting to find your new normal with your kids and their home schooling while we all work together through this Coronavirus pandemic.
 
This Sunday is Easter.  Even though we won’t be gathering in the sanctuary together in our Easter best, the miracle of Easter isn’t any less spectacular: After dying on the cross on Good Friday, Jesus rose three days later just as He said He would!! I pray that this brings you and your family a message of hope and joy.
If you are interested in some Easter videos, activity pages, and discussion questions for the whole family, click here.Assuming that you may be doing some special baking this weekend, Resurrection Rolls are fun to make with the kids.  You will find the recipe attached here.If you would like even more crafts and activities for your children during this special holiday, click here.Find a way to spread the love of Christ through your actions.  Check on a neighbor.  Make that phone call.  Donate food and supplies to those in need.  The little things that you do for other people do not go unnoticed by your children.  You may be planting a seed that will grow inside them through the years to come.

Happy Easter!  God Bless You.
-Liz
If you are like us, then you are probably craving some human interaction…especially with other humans that don’t live in your home! 

Well, beginning this Sunday at 10:45 am following the Facebook Sunday Sermon Watch Party which begins at 10 am, we will have a Fellowship (half) hour. Our plan is to continue this each Sunday. You can participate by logging onto Zoom and joining us for some conversation. Pastor Derek will facilitate the conversations, so that we are not all trying to speak at the same time. 

The Zoom meeting information is below. If you need assistance logging into Zoom, please call Pastor Derek at the church office. He will be glad to help you get connected!

ZOOM MEETING INFO:
Derek Hickman is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: TCIA Fellowship
Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime

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Meeting ID: 676 788 260
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We’d like to share a photo of the Kwazcek family who let me photograph them as they were “caught” dropping of their toiletry donation at the church:
 


This past Friday we were able to supply 80 people (23 families) with essential food and toiletries.  The need is growing each week.  Please consider buying extra toiletries (body wash, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.) on your personal shopping trips.  These supplies can be dropped in the plastic bin outside the glass doors of the church. 

We want to give a  HUGE SHOUT-OUT to the teachers at Aurora Schools.  They came together to donate $1500 in gift cards for the purchase of food for Aurora families in need!  If you know an Aurora teacher, thank them for their service and their generosity in this difficult time. 

ATTENTION ANYONE WHO CAN SEW: Independence Village is in search of homemade masks.  If you would like to help out, you can find directions for the masks here. This pattern is just one example; you can use any pattern that you would like.  Masks can be dropped in the black mailbox or bin outside the glass doors of the church. 

As a reminder, here are some other ways you can help: 
Donate to the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund (100% of your money will be used to help others)Support the local food pantry (Volunteers of America). You may drop off grocery items at their 1063 N. Aurora Road location.Donate toiletry items to the church – things like toothpaste, deodorant, feminine products, toilet paper, handsoap, body soap, shampoo/conditioner, etc.Get the word out. If you know someone who would benefit from assistance, please point them in our direction. We’d be happy to try to help.
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