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.
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!

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
Password: 077836

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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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