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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.

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Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime

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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

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/676788260?pwd=NmtuNFIzcGptd3FzdWp6OGNEbC93Zz09

Meeting ID: 676 788 260
Password: 077836

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+13126266799,,676788260# US (Chicago)
+16465588656,,676788260# US (New York)

Dial by your location
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        +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
        +1 253 215 8782 US
        +1 301 715 8592 US
        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
        +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
Meeting ID: 676 788 260
Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/abLmh2vKUs
 
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.
Blooper Reel

Weekly E-News, 3-29-2020

Printed copies of the April SPIRE have been mailed to folks in our church family who do not have email addresses.  It contains a monthly report from Walter Chapman, as well as some of our committees.  You will find a link to it below.

Hi parents,

I hope that this message finds you healthy and safe within your homes.  I am sure that the strains of homeschooling and close proximity may be wearing you thin, but the best thing that we can do to curb the path of this virus is to stay home.  I know that we miss coming together as a church…and by that I mean worship and fellowship in our building.  I don’t know that we need to only think of our church as a place or an event though.  I think that the “church” is a living, breathing entity.

As a church, we are trying our best to help out local families who are in need by providing food and supplies on Friday mornings.  The number of recipients is growing by the hour with increased job lay-offs and reserved supplies running short.  We are making deliveries to elderly and immuno-suppressed people in our community who shouldn’t leave their homes for fear of infection. 

What can you do to help during this time where we should be staying home? 

  • Check in on someone who you think might need help.  If they do, tell them to contact me at 216-570-6394.
  • When you do go out to get your necessary household supplies, pick up a hygiene product and drop it in the plastic bin by the glass doors of the church (toothpaste, deodorant, body wash or shampoo).
  • Look for ways to spread kindness, encouragement, and love through notes, emails, and phone calls.

Just because we can’t be together in our church building doesn’t mean that we aren’t still the church.  You and your families are God’s hands and feet in the world. 

This Sunday is the beginning of Holy Week…Palm Sunday.  I have attached a lesson that you could adapt to use in your home with your children.  The directions for the palm wavers highlighted in the lesson are also attached.

Click here if you would like a short video about the events of Palm Sunday (good for all kids).

If you would like a video to put a smile on your face, watch this video with your older kids (or just by yourself).

God Bless You.  Safe home and stay safe.

-Liz

During this time, we have the opportunity to be the church – to embody the redeeming presence of God. We have established a fund to help students and adults in need in our community. 

We are trying to help in highly relational ways, so that we can provide food and financial assistance for folks who have been negatively impacted by the economic conditions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Here’s how 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)
  • Donate taxable toiletries 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. 

Mr. Rogers talked about looking for the ‘helpers’ in times of trouble. Let us be the helpers in this time. Let us be the ones that God used to deliver hope, joy, grace, and love! 

Weekly E-News, 3-22-2020

MY THOUGHTS ON HOW TO PRAY BEFORE EASTER COMES
by Reed Fuller

Before we reach Easter, we must pass through Holy Week just like Jesus did.  How do we pray in Holy Week?  Is there a difference in our prayer?  Jesus came to Jerusalem knowing the Jewish leaders wanted him dead.  He came riding triumph into town as crowds cheered.  Less than a week later he was crucified and buried.  How do you feel about what happened that week?  All four gospels tell the story of Holy Week, stories we have heard many times.  I suggest we revisit these stories again, but this time live in them.  Begin each prayer by asking God for grace and end each prayer by telling Jesus what is happening in you.

Ask God for the grace to walk with Jesus in Mark 11.   What was it like for you to enter with Jesus through the gates into Jerusalem?  How did he react?  What did you see in him?

Ask God for the grace to be served by Jesus as he tells how he will be betrayed and disowned by his friends in John 13.  Join him at the table, your last supper together.   How does it feel to have your feet washed by him?  Were you one of the friends he was speaking about?  What was his demeanor?

Ask God for the grace to enter into Jesus’ agony in Mark 13:32-42.  Join him in the garden.  Be with Jesus as he prays on the night before his death.  Are you able to stay awake, to be there for him, or do you fall asleep?  What does his prayer teach you?

Ask God for the grace to see how Jesus suffered for you and all humankind in Mark 14:43-15:32.  Follow as Jesus is brought before the Jewish leaders and then to Pilate.  Hear the crowd.  Stand at Golgotha and watch him nailed to the cross.  What are you feeling?  Can you be there for him?  What do you want to say to your friend Jesus?

Ask God for the grace to be there with Jesus as he dies in Mark 15:33-39.  What happens to you as you watch Jesus die?  What do you notice about Jesus’ trust in God?  Jesus forgave those who were torturing him.  How does that make you feel?
 
Ask God for the grace to enter into death with Jesus in Mark 15:40-47.  Join the few as Jesus is placed in the tomb and the stone is rolled in front.  What must it have felt like for them to experience Jesus’ death?  What would it be like for you to be without Jesus?  What do you say to them?  What does Jesus say to you?

What does he want from you?
 
Finally, ask God for the grace to be loved by Jesus as you wait hoping for Easter.
Hi parents,
 
I hope that you are remaining sane during this time of isolation.  It is difficult to be stuck in our houses right now.  Sometimes we complain.  Sometimes we worry.  We might even think that God isn’t taking care of us.  Even in this difficult time, God is still with us.  In Joshua 1:9, God tells Joshua, “Remember that I have commanded you to be determined and confident!  Do not be afraid or discouraged, for I, the Lord your God, am with you wherever you go.”  This is a great thing for your kids to know as they also deal with this new living situation.
 If you would like some fun videos to learn more about Joshua’s courage, click here.  There is a silly video daring kids to memorize Joshua 1:9…one mistake gets a pie to the face.  Maybe this is something that you could play around with at home, although it is a lot less messy to just watch the video.  The website also includes some discussion questions for the family. If you would like to try a fun science experiment representing how we deal with fear, click here.  You probably have everything that you need at home:  a clear container, some sort of tray, vinegar and baking soda. If you like coloring with your children, there are two coloring pages attached suitable for both kids and adults. 
I would also like to challenge your kids to try something new while they are at home.  Try to write a letter to someone who you think might need it.  There are many elderly people in our community who are isolated from the world in protection from this virus.  Write them a note.  If you can’t write yet, draw them a picture.  If you don’t know of anyone, I have attached a list of our “Silver Saints” at TCIA.  If you would like for me to stamp it for you, just drop it in the black mailbox outside the glass doors at the church.
 
God bless you and your children.  Stay home and stay healthy.
 
-Liz


Coloring pages:
Joshua 1
Joshua 2

Mailing Addresses 
When you are cooped up, it is important to get outside and/or get some kind of physical activity in for the day. Justine Kwaczek (TCIA Member) is passionate about healthy living, and she has shared a link to give families and individuals some ideas. Take a look and see what you can do to stay healthy while being locked in. 

https://www.nbcnews.com/better/lifestyle/gym-closed-here-are-some-free-or-discounted-workouts-do-ncna1159931
Well, we tried. 

We planned on a fun, socially-distant parking lot event, but this virus had other plans. 

Due to the recent “Stay-at-Home” order from Governor DeWine, we have decided to cancel the Palm Sunday Eggstravaganza.

Please be watching for more opportunities and ministries as soon as we can get back into a normal routine.
During this time, we have the opportunity to be the church – to embody the redeeming presence of God. We have established a fund to help students and adults in need in our community. 

Our staff became aware that there are nearly 200 students in Aurora City Schools who were on free or reduced lunch. These are students who heavily reled on their school lunch as a daily meal. That meal is no longer available to them. We are inviting you to help us step up and fill in the gap for as long as the students are out of school. We plan to provide grocery items, such as breakfast and lunch foods for these affected families. 

In addition to assisting students with school lunches, we would like to be able to offer assistance to other community members who find themselves struggling to make ends meet during this Covid 19 coronavirus crisis. 

We have great confidence that we are able to make a difference in the lives of people in our community.

Blessings! 
Hopefully you have all received a call from a Care Team member. We are just checking in to provide some human interaction and community during these times of social distancing. If you haven’t been contacted, please let us know so that we can make sure we have an updated phone number for you. 

Additionally, the Care Team has made some temporary changes to the way we practice the care-giving ministries at our church. We know this is not convenient, but we want to ensure the health of our helpers and our care receivers. For us to do that, we believe the following changes are necessary. Restricting pastoral visits to phone calls (no visits to homes, care centers, or hospitals)Suspending Care Team driving ministryWhile we are not providing transportation services, we know that many cities and counties continue to offer transportation services to residents over 65. We have included links to some of these services below. 

Aurora Transportation: Guidelines  |  Application
Twinsburg Transportation: Guidelines  |  Application
PARTA Dial-A-Ride

UPDATES:
APRIL SPIRE:  Printed copies of the April Spire have been mailed to folks in our church family who do not have email addresses.  It contains monthly reports from Walter Chapman, as well as some of our committees in addition to some other content not included with this weekly E-News.  You will find a link to it here

CANCELLATIONS:
CHURCH ACTIVITIES SUSPENDED THROUGH APRIL

All church services and committee/group/club/scout meetings will be suspended at least through April. This includes Holy Week and Easter Sunday services. Because this is ever-evolving, we will keep our communication clear and regular, so that you are always informed. 

WOMEN’S GUILD CANCELS APRIL MEETING
Women’s Guild activities suspended through April. For questions, reach out to Betty Marlar. 

SPRING RUMMAGE SALE CANCELLED
The Women’s Guild April Rummage Sale has been cancelled.  Thank you Deborah Davis, Chairperson, people who donate items to the sale and all the volunteers who make this such a successful event.  See you in the Fall.
 
WORKCAMP FUNDRAISER CANCELLED
Regrettably, we are suspending all fundraising activities associated with Workcamp 2020, including the May 3 Pasta Dinner & Silent Auction. At this time, Group Mission Trips plans to hold the summer trip. We will notify you of any changes. For now, please contact workcamp@tcia.cc with any questions or comments.
Friends,
We will all begin rolling our eyes every time we hear the new catch phrase, “Out of an abundance of caution,” but it truly is time for us to practice abundant caution. 

All key cards have been temporarily deactivated. Staff and church leaders have been issued “hard keys.” Access to the building is limited, in order that we can maintain and ensure proper hygiene until we are on the other side of this situation. Please avoid unnecessary trips to our church for now.

This does not mean that you cannot reach out to us. All of the staff will continue to be available. We encourage you to call us with your prayer requests, needs, or questions. We are here for you, and we will continue to be here for you.