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SUNDAY MAY 31 Threecord Church Service

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Message for May 19, 2020

Friends:
Together we continue to walk through the Covid-19 Desert. But, let us remember our faith story is filled with ‘desert episodes’ and almost all of them bring people closer to God. I am learning to understand these unusual times in the life of our nation and of Niles Church as God’s teaching moments. One thing I am learning is that ‘though separated’ we are still connected in faith, in prayer and in care.

VIRTUAL WORSHIP continues. The link to each service is provided on our website, usually by mid-late Saturday afternoon. Each is a service combines the pastoral/lay/music resources of Niles Community Church, Morton Grove Community Church and Carter-Westminster United Presbyterian Church.


We are connecting on THURSDAY EVENINGS at 7 p.m. CDT for our “NCCHH” (aka: Niles Community Church Happy Hour) where we catch up and talk with each other. Here’s the ZOOM information: https://maine207.zoom.us/j/96266053679 or by phone: 1-312-626-6799 US (Chicago), Meeting ID: 962 6605 3679

Try our WORD-SHARE-PRAYER, a non-threatening time to look for how God’s word is sustaining us through this desert and to explore what God. Here’s the ZOOM information:  https://maine207.zoom.us/j/91770192776 or by phone:
1-312-626-6799, Meeting ID: 917 7019 2776.

News from the Session:

  • Will continue THREECORD VIRTUAL SUNDAY WORSHIP through June (or until our State and Local guidelines enable us to return to our worship space). 
  • Pastor Steve Pierce will continue as Interim/Transitional Pastor at least until we return to our worship space.
  • Session members volunteered to be “Holy Friends” with members and friends of NCC who have not been participating in our ZOOM gatherings and/or who are not technologically connected to our faith community.
  • We will be offering a new adult spiritual development opportunity. Stay tuned for details.
  • Began preliminary conversation for developing the protocol for re-entry into our building for worship, ministry and mission. Will participate in a Presbytery led ZOOM meeting to help develop our protocol.
  • A trio of NCC leaders is representing us in ThreeCord Conversations related to our future. There are three representatives from each church. This exploration group is being facilitated by the Rev. Beth Wagner, a member of our Presbytery who has experience with church futures and mergers.
  • Encouraged all members and friends to continue our practices of generous stewardship. Because our ‘nesting churches’ and some other user groups that generate income for the church are not meeting, the financial gifts of members and friends are even more important. “Thanks” for your generosity. The Session also encourages your gifts to the Deacons Fund, which will be aggregated and given to one of our local food closets.
  • The church building remains closed. Barb Labno, our Office Manager continues to work off site.
  • We have a new Comcast Business phone and internet service. Continue to call and/or email the church: nilescommuinitychurch.org. Leave your message and you will hear back in a reasonable period of time.

  • For Pastoral Care or support or questions regarding NCC, call Pastor Steve Pierce (847.997.6836)

Know that God knows where we are on this journey and in spite of these challenging days, is guiding us through this dessert time. And know that you remain in my personal care and prayer. Contact me any time: 847.997.6836.

Be smart; be safe; wash your hands (and when you do pray for someone); and know that you are being prayed for, too.


Blessings,

Pastor Steve Pierce