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,
 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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 Information for the Wednesday evening class:Derek Hickman is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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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! 

Pastor Derek