Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Kyle has set up a Zoom hangout for tonight from 7:30pm-8:30pm.
Feel free to hop on and wave at everyone or stay for the full 60 minutes, this is simply an open opportunity for relationship-building. Click here to join the meeting or the Meeting ID is 879 0927 9647.
Posted in Fellowship

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Online worship gathering

  • Save this email and click on the above link.
  • The gathering will begin at 10:00am and end about 11:15am.
  • You can enter as early as 9:30am and listen to music in the waiting room.
  • You do not have to have a Zoom account.
  • You will have opportunity to have your computer webcam on or off, that being said, having your webcam on will give us a sense of being together that we do not have when cameras are off.
No Computer?
If you do not have a computer, tablet, or smart phone you can still be a part of the gathering. You can “call in” to join the meeting and listen over your phone. Just call 312-626-6799. When asked for the meeting ID, enter 482 638 780# and when asked for personal ID, enter #.

Need help getting connected?
  • Join the meeting early so there is time to troubleshoot, if necessary.
  • Helpers will be standing by to troubleshoot and help you join — call Herb Crown or Ethan Laster.

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Prepare your heart for Sunday
 
Here we go! This is week four of Easter, or put another way, the fourth week we have set aside to explore the resurrected Jesus and what he means in our everyday lives.
I encourage you to prepare your heart for Table and Word this week. Our time in the word will be based on Psalm 23 and  John 10:1-21. Kyle Johnson will be preaching the message: The Good Shepherd. Our time at the table will be based on Mark 6:30-44. Our worship in giving of our first fruits will be rooted in Philippians 4:15-20. I want to encourage you to read these texts that will be the foundation of our time together.

The links will take you to a Bible Gateway page that enables you to read the texts in the five versions I read on a regular basis: The New International VersionThe New Revised Standard VersionThe Common English BibleThe New Living Translation, and The Message.

Kyle writes regarding his sermon for Sunday: “I am the gate for the sheep.” “I am the good shepherd.” In a parable originally meant to challenge the Pharisees, Jesus offers some fascinating and uplifting images concerning who he is and who we are in relation to him. Read John 10:1-21 to prepare.
Posted in Worship

Wednesday, April 29

If you do not have a computer, smart phone, or tablet, you can join the class on most any phone by calling 312-626-6799. When asked for the meeting ID, enter 832 8029 9256# and when asked for personal ID, just enter #.
Tonight we begin a three-part series on passages that speak to us in this trying time. The first session will focus on our just-completed readings from John chapters 14-16.
  • What did you learn about God from your readings that helped you?
  • Were there words in which you found particular comfort?
  • Were there words which you found particularly challenging?
  • Were there words that filled your heart with thankfulness?
  • Were there words that led you to praise God?
If you read through these daily readings, we want you to participate; but, even those who did not keep up with these readings are encouraged to join the group tonight.

 

We are going to work hard to enable discussion tonight.
Special thanks to Nate Reiser, for leading our just-completed study from the Hebrew Bible on 1 and 2 Samuel. I not only appreciate Nate’s preparation and presentations, but also his flexibility to move from Sundays to Wednesdays and from the worship center to Zoom!
Posted in Spiritual formation

Sunday, April 26

Online worship gathering 
 
  • Save this email and click on the above link.
  • The gathering will begin at 10:00am and end about 11:15am.
  • You can enter as early as 9:30am and listen to music in the waiting room.
  • You do not have to have a Zoom account.
  • You will have opportunity to have your computer webcam on or off, that being said, having your webcam on will give us a sense of being together that we do not have when cameras are off.
No Computer?
If you do not have a computer, tablet, or smart phone you can still be a part of the gathering. You can “call in” to join the meeting and listen over your phone. Just call 312-626-6799. When asked for the meeting ID, enter 482 638 780# and when asked for personal ID, enter #.
Need help getting connected?
  • Join the meeting early so there is time to troubleshoot, if necessary.
  • Helpers will be standing by to troubleshoot and help you join — call Herb Crown or Ethan Laster.
Prepare your heart for Sunday
 
Here we go! This is week three of Easter, or put another way, the third week we have set aside to ponder the resurrection of Jesus and what it means to us in our everyday lives.
I encourage you to prepare your heart for Table and Word this week. Our time in the word will be based on 1 Peter 1:17-23. Our time at the table will be based on 1 John 2:7-11. I want to encourage you to read these texts that will be the foundation of our time together.
The links will take you to a Bible Gateway page that enables you to read the texts in the five versions I read on a regular basis: The New International VersionThe New Revised Standard VersionThe Common English BibleThe New Living Translation, and The Message.
Posted in Uncategorized

Sunday, April 19

Click here to join worship on Sunday, April 19

Save this email and click on the above link.
The gathering will begin at 10:00am and end about 11:15am.
You can enter as early as 9:30am and listen to music in the waiting room.
You do not have to have a Zoom account.
You will have opportunity to have your computer webcam on or off, that being said, having your webcam on will give us a sense of being together that we do not have when cameras are off.

No Computer?

If you do not have a computer, tablet, or smart phone you can still be a part of the gathering. You can “call in” to join the meeting and listen over your phone. Just call 312-626-6799. When asked for the meeting ID, enter 482 638 780# and when asked for personal ID, enter #.

Need help getting connected?

  • Join the meeting early so there is time to troubleshoot, if necessary.
  • Helpers will be standing by to troubleshoot and help you join — call Herb Crown or Ethan Laster.

Prepare your heart

As I have mentioned for the last several years, in the lectionary (a systematic reading plan of the Bible) Easter is a season of several weeks, not a single day.

So this is week two of Easter, or put another way, the second week we have set aside to ponder the resurrection of Jesus and what it means to us in our everyday lives.

I encourage you to prepare your heart for Table and Word this week. Our time in the word will be based on 1 Peter 1:3-9. Our time at the table will be based on John 14:1-7. I want to encourage you to read these texts that will be the foundation of our time together.

Posted in Fellowship, Worship

Wednesday, April 15

Tonight’s adult class
Nate Reiser will continue teaching his class on 1 and 2 Samuel tonight at 7:00pm in a Zoom meeting. To prepare for tonight, read 2 Samuel 14-18.
 
No Computer?
If you do not have a computer, tablet, or smart phone you can still be a part of the gathering. You can “call in” to join the meeting and listen over your phone. Just call 312-626-6799. When asked for the meeting ID, enter 840 3307 0528# and when asked for personal ID, enter #.

Tonight’s youth group
Please continue to check the teenEPIC.org website and make sure you’re connected to the Remind app for the latest youth group information.
The youth group will be meeting on Zoom at 7:00pm tonight to continue their study in Romans. Read Romans 11 to get ready for class. We will be using a waiting room feature so make sure your Zoom profile name identifies you so we know it’s you we’re letting in 🙂

 Click here for a direct link in Zoom or watch for the link in the Remind app notice later this afternoon to join the meeting.
Posted in Spiritual formation

Easter Sunday, April 12

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  • The gathering will begin at 10:00am and end about 11:15am.
  • You can enter as early as 9:30am and listen to music in the waiting room.
  • You do not have to have a Zoom account.
  • You will have opportunity to have your computer webcam on or off, that being said, having your webcam on will give us a sense of being together that we do not have when cameras are off.
No Computer?
If you do not have a computer, tablet, or smart phone you can still be a part of the gathering. You can “call in” to join the meeting and listen over your phone. Just call 312-626-6799. When asked for the meeting ID, enter 482 638 780# and when asked for personal ID, enter #.
Need help getting connected?
  • Join the meeting early so there is time to troubleshoot, if necessary.
  • Helpers will be standing by to troubleshoot and help you join — call Herb Crown or Ethan Laster.

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Often our portrayals of that first Resurrection Sunday (Easter as it is known around the world now) are so narrow that we miss the bigger picture that is unfolding.
As I have mentioned for the last several years, in the lectionary (a systematic reading plan of the Bible) Easter is a season of several weeks, not a single day.
That being said, we have a very special Sunday planned for Lafayette this Sunday, complete with a couple of surprises. After all, the original resurrection Sunday was all about surprises!
And, of course, not a surprise, we will have Table and Word!
So to prepare your heart for our gathering, I want to encourage you to read the texts that will be the foundation of our time together.
  • Psalm 148
  • John 20:1-29
  • Luke 24:13-35
  • Colossians 3:1-4
  • Psalm 118:22-24
This may be the most “Eastery” Easter ever. I cannot think of a more appropriate way for us to remember and celebrate the resurrection than the setting in which we will gather this year for Easter Sunday, in fact, my sermon is entitled, Revisiting That First Resurrection Sunday.
 
I look forward to sharing this special time with you Sunday.
Bob Clark
Posted in Announcement, Worship

Palm Sunday, April 5

  • The gathering will begin at 10:00am and end about 11:15am.
  • You can enter early to listen to music in the waiting room.
  • You do not have to have a Zoom account.
  • You will have opportunity to have your computer webcam on or off, that being said, having your webcam on will give us a sense of being together that we do not have when cameras are off.

No Computer?

If you do not have a computer, tablet, or smart phone you can still be a part of the gathering. You can “call in” to join the meeting and listen over your phone.

Just call 312-626-6799. When asked for the meeting ID, enter 482 638 780# and when asked for personal ID, enter #.

Prepare your Heart

Sunday we will share a conversation with a couple of our Lafayette members, a few thoughts about our current situation, and Watching Over the Flock: Jesus, a message based on a reading of Hebrews 13:7-18. To prepare your heart for the gathering, prayerfully read the text, Hebrews 13:7-18 before Sunday.

Why the regularly scheduled sermon instead of something special at this time? Because sometimes we need some normalcy when everything is turned upside down. And this week, a reminder at who we need to be looking at and following right now…JESUS!

Spiritual exercise: pandemic edition

In our gathering Sunday Bob Clark will be introducing a spiritual exercise that has been helpful to him and he thinks might be helpful to you as we continue to make our way through the pandemic, one day at a time.

We are excited about not only introducing this exercise, but hearing from you about your exercise sessions.

Posted in Worship

Wednesday, April 1

Nate Reiser will continue teaching his class on 1 and 2 Samuel tonight at 7:00pm in a Zoom meeting. To prepare for tonight, read 2 Samuel 6-10.
Posted in Spiritual formation

Join us March 29

  • The gathering will begin at 10:00am and end about 11:15am.
  • You can enter early to listen to music in the waiting room.
  • You do not have to have a Zoom account.
  • You will have opportunity to have your computer webcam on or off, that being said, having your webcam on will give us a sense of being together that we do not have when cameras are off.
No Computer?

If you do not have a computer, tablet, or smart phone you can still be a part of the gathering. You can “call in” to join the meeting and listen over your phone. Just call 312-626-6799. When asked for the meeting ID, enter 482 638 780# and when asked for personal ID, enter #.

What will the gathering be like?
  • It will be awesome, because we will be “together!”
  • It is not a slick production. Just as on a normal Sunday, we are not putting on a show, we are worshiping together.
  • It will be a simple time of worship with Table and Word with some of the same flow we usually have when together. We will begin with the shepherd’s welcome and conclude with your having opportunity to pray with one of the elder couples.
  • It is BYOC (bring your own communion), so have your communion cups that we distributed ready or otherwise provide your own supplies.
  • You will be provided ways to give. We are aware of personal financial difficulties that we want to address. And of course, we have our regular expenses.
Not quite comfortable with Zoom?
  • Join the meeting early so there is time to troubleshoot, if necessary.
  • Helpers will be standing by to troubleshoot and help you join — call Herb Crown or Ethan Laster.
Unstable internet connection?
If you get a message that says “unstable internet connection,” try to limit the number of computers and phones connected to the WIFI you are using. Temporarily turn off unused WIFI connections on your phone.
Posted in Announcement