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COMMUNITY CONNECT&YOU

Crisis Care Kits

These kits are a tangible way to get involved in the disaster response process. These packages of basic essentials are a way we can be the hands & feet of Jesus!

Drop of deadline to the OFFICE CENTER will be Thursday, Aug. 20

Final drop off deadline to the CHURCH will be Sunday, Aug. 23

Community Clean Up

Each Monday evening in August, 7pm – 8pm.

08/10 – Memorial Park. Meet in the baseball parking lot.

08/17 – Lansdale Train Station. Meet at the train station building.

08/24 – Broad Street Strip. Meet at the Dollar Store

08/31 – TBD.

These are both awesome ways to get involved in the community and give back what God has given to you! Contact Kim Bedillion with any questions you have here.

LATESTUPDATE

August 3, 2020

Dear Immanuel family,

 

I’ve heard the word “pivot” more times in the last 5 months than in the previous ten years. So, I decided to look it up in a dictionary. Pivoting is the action of stepping with one foot while keeping the other foot centered on the floor.” Pivoting is key to responding well to changing circumstances while staying balanced and centered on what’s important. In short, pivoting is a good thing.

 

We’ve done a lot of pivoting together the last five months: going completely online, all church zoom chats, all church conference calls, Facebook virtual prayer gatherings, virtual small groups, introducing in-person worship in July, then returning to online-only a few weeks ago.

 

Guess what? We’ve pivoting again!

 

The church leadership has prayerfully, with Holy Spirit discernment, while continuing to follow the CDC, local and state guidelines made the decision to do the following:

1.      Offer in-person worship at the church at 9am/11am beginning NEXT SUNDAY, AUGUST 9TH.  Masks are required the entire time while in the facility as is pre-registration to attend. You can register here for 9am , or [http://%2011am] for 11am service, or call the church office at 215-855-4446. The services will be livestreamed, so if your preference is to worship in your home, you can watch either service on our website, www.lansdale.church .

2.      Additionally, NEXT SUNDAY, AUGUST 9TH, we’re offering an outdoor worship service at 7:30pm in the lawn area at the back of the church on Columbia Ave. This will be a completely different worship service than the two services in the morning. Bring a lawn chair and relax. Masks may be removed when seated in your chair. If the service is well attended, we may continue to offer an outdoor service, weather permitting on Sunday evenings. Registration is also required and can be done here for 7:30pm or by calling the office.

Also, I would like to challenge you to take advantage of some practical ways to serve our community. Kim Bedillion and the Community Connect team are seeking volunteers for two specific service projects. To know more about how you can make a difference in our community, see the following link or go to the “What’s Happening” box on the church website.

 

Additionally, if you haven’t made a pledge to Global Missions yet, please find below a three minute video from me. If you would like to support Immanuel’s global missions program and share the good news of the cross with people here and around the world simply submit this pledge card.

 

What makes pivoting so effective and powerful is that one foot always stays centered and stable. As we continue to respond to our ever-changing environment, I want to remind you that our eternal and lasting hope is grounded in the Lord Jesus Christ who is the same “yesterday, today and forever”. He is our rock, our stabilizing force and source of all strength. That is never going to change!

 

Holly and I love you and we continue to lift you up in our prayers.

 

Pastor Mark

June 23, 2020

Dear Immanuel family,

I am so excited to share that Immanuel is re-opening for weekly worship services starting Sunday, July 5.

In order to attend, you will need to pre-register online and present a ticket to enter. Simply go to our website www.lansdale.church. There will be two buttons: 9am & 11am. Select whichever service you would like to attend then simply bring a printed copy or show the confirmation(s) on your electronic device to expedite the check in process. If these two options do not work for you, we will be able to check you in using our registration list. If you’re not able to access the website, you can reserve a ticket by contacting the church office by phone (215-855-4446) or email (office@lansnaz.com). Your ticket will be held for you at the door.

 

Pre-registration for the July 5th services will start Sunday, June 28th and continue throughout the week until Saturday noon.

 

The 9am worship service will be livestreamed if you would like to continue to worship online and will be posted on our website by Monday evening for viewing anytime throughout the week.

 

Below is a portion of my previous letter explaining the re-opening process; please re-read it to familiarize yourself with the guidelines. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me (mark.prugh@lansnaz.com or 267-377-7684) or the church office (office@lansnaz.com or 215-855-4446). I’m so excited to see you and look forward to giving you virtual hugs!

Blessings,

 

Pastor Mark

 

The reopening plan has necessitated a great deal of prayer, discernment, wisdom and research. I’m asking couple of things from you as Immanuel begins the process of reopening:

· Patience—notice we’re beginning the reopening process with worship only at this time. That will change in the weeks ahead but we’re taking baby steps. We’ll continue to monitor, make adjustments and open other activities as seems prudent. I also recognize that families may find the reopening process very challenging; especially if you are serving as a volunteer, member of the worship band, praise team or on staff. Please have the important conversations to work out what the reopening plan looks like for your family.

· Grace—as you read through the guidelines below, some may think we haven’t gone far enough to mitigate risk while others may feel the guidelines are too restrictive. Additionally, some may feel we should have opened sooner while others feel we should not be opening yet. I get that. We’re asking you to be grace-filled in these difficult days. As new information becomes available we will make adjustments as necessary.

· Unity—every decision the church leadership has made during this challenging time has begun with the question “What is the loving thing to do?” I’m asking you to consider the same question. For example, some of you may think “I don’t care what the church guidelines say I’m going to hug people in church”. But is that the loving thing to do at this time? I don’t think so. Sometimes love is best expressed by what we don’t do in a specific season of time. Feel free to give virtual hugs, fist bumps and kisses. Virtual.

· Help—we need volunteers as Greeters, Musicians, Safety/Security Hosts, Tech/Production, and Ushers. Sign up by clicking here.

· Prayer – for guidance and wisdom to do what is right and best for the Immanuel family at this time and going forward.

Guidelines for reopening Immanuel for worship.

1. We will offer two, 45 minute to one-hour, touchless (no bulletins, offering plates, etc.) services at 9:00am and 11:00am. In order to attend, you will need to preregister online and present a ticket to enter. Simply go to our website www.lansdale.church. There will be two buttons: 9am & 11am. Select whichever service you would like to attend and print out your ticket. You can also reserve a ticket by contacting the church office by phone (215-855-4446) or email (office@lansnaz.com) if you’re not able to access the website or print your ticket. Your ticket will be held for you at the door. This will allow us to limit the amount of people that can sit in the sanctuary to 50% of our capacity and to sanitize between services.

2. The only indoor spaces open will be the lobby, main hallway restrooms and worship center. Other indoor areas and the playground are closed at this time.

3. Anyone who has been exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 person within the last 14 days, is sick, high risk, or unwilling to adhere to our guidelines are required to participate virtually through our live streaming, worship experience at 9:00am.

4. Handicap and senior adults may park in the side parking lot and are invited to use the side entrance (door # 5), where greeters alone will handle the door. All other attendees will be required to park in the main lot and enter/exit at the main entrance (door #1) where greeters alone will handle the doors.

5. All who enter the building will be required to wear masks the entire time upon entry of the facility. Please, no masks on children two years old or younger as per CDC guidelines.

6. No food or drinks permitted in the building.

7. Those on the platform will not be required to wear masks. However, when they leave the platform, they must put on a mask. Those on platform may have water bottles.

8. All participants will respectfully adhere to social distancing guidelines such as keeping six (6) feet from other families and refraining from handshakes, hugs, etc.

9. Families are encouraged not to congregate in the sanctuary or the lobby before or after the services.

10.Families will be seated together. Chairs will be arranged in a social distancing format. Follow the usher’s instructions to be seated and dismissed.

11.There will be no nursery ministry, preschool ministry, Kids Worship or Kids Connect Groups or any other classes meeting on Sunday Morning.

12.We will not pass offering plates, but rather collect offerings at designated receptacles as people enter or exit. 13.At this time, the only on campus activities are the worship services. The church leadership will continually evaluate the timing of opening the campus to other ministries and offsite church gatherings.

June 8, 2020

Dear Immanuel family,

 

The last few months have been world changing because of COVID-19. We’ve all made the necessary adjustments to ensure our safety and the safety of those around us, especially the most vulnerable. I am so thankful for essential workers and healthcare professionals who have served so sacrificially. If you are an essential worker or a healthcare professional, please receive my heartfelt thanks.

As Pennsylvania moved from “red” to “yellow”, anticipating going “green” in the near future, the church leadership has created a plan to reopen the Immanuel campus. We are not giving a specific date of reopening at this time, however we anticipate we will reopen several days after Montgomery County goes “green”.

The reopening plan has necessitated a great deal of prayer, discernment, wisdom and research. I’m asking couple of things from you as Immanuel begins the process of reopening:

· Patience—notice we’re beginning the reopening process with worship only at this time. That will change in the weeks ahead but we’re taking baby steps. We’ll continue to monitor, make adjustments and open other activities as seems prudent. I also recognize that families may find the reopening process very challenging; especially if you are serving as a volunteer, member of the worship band, praise team or on staff. Please have the important conversations to work out what the reopening plan looks like for your family.

· Grace—as you read through the guidelines below, some may think we haven’t gone far enough to mitigate risk while others may feel the guidelines are too restrictive. Additionally, some may feel we should have opened sooner while others feel we should not be opening yet. I get that. We’re asking you to be grace-filled in these difficult days. As new information becomes available we will make adjustments as necessary.

· Unity—every decision the church leadership has made during this challenging time has begun with the question “What is the loving thing to do?” I’m asking you to consider the same question. For example, some of you may think “I don’t care what the church guidelines say I’m going to hug people in church”. But is that the loving thing to do at this time? I don’t think so. Sometimes love is best expressed by what we don’t do in a specific season of time. Feel free to give virtual hugs, fist bumps and kisses. Virtual.

· Help—we need volunteers as Greeters, Musicians, Safety/Security Hosts, Tech/Production, and Ushers. Sign up by clicking here.

· Prayer – for guidance and wisdom to do what is right and best for the Immanuel family at this time and going forward.

Below are the guidelines for reopening Immanuel for worship.

1. We will offer two, one-hour long, touchless (no bulletins, offering plates, etc.) services at 9:00am and 11:00am. Everyone will be required to pre-register online for either service and present a ticket to enter. You can also reserve a ticket by contacting the church office by phone (215-855-4446) or email (office@lansnaz.com) if you’re not able to access the website. Your ticket will be held for you at the door. This will allow us to limit the amount of people that can sit in the sanctuary to 50% of our capacity. The shift to a one hour service and longer period between services allows us to sanitize in between.

2. The only indoor spaces open will be the lobby, main hallway restrooms and worship center. Other indoor areas and the playground are closed at this time.

3. Anyone who has been exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 person within the last 14 days, is sick, high risk, or unwilling to adhere to our guidelines are required to participate virtually through our livestreaming, worship experiences at 9:00am or 11am.

4. Handicap and senior adults may park in the side parking lot and are invited to use the side entrance (door # 5), where greeters alone will handle the door. All other attendees will be required to park in the main lot and enter/exit at the main entrance (door #1) where greeters alone will handle the doors.

5. All who enter the building will be required to wear masks the entire time upon entry of the facility. Please, no masks on children two years old or younger as per CDC guidelines.

6. No food or drinks permitted in the building.

7. Those on the platform will not be required to wear masks. However, when they leave the platform, they must put on a mask. Those on platform may have water bottles.

8. All participants will respectfully adhere to social distancing guidelines such as keeping six (6) feet from other families and refraining from handshakes, hugs, etc.

9. Families are encouraged not to congregate in the sanctuary or the lobby before or after the services.

10. Families will be seated together. Chairs will be arranged in a social distancing format. Follow the usher’s instructions to be seated and dismissed.

11. There will be no nursery ministry, preschool ministry, Kids Worship or Kids Connect Groups or any other classes meeting on Sunday Morning.

12. We will not pass offering plates, but rather collect offerings at designated receptacles as people enter or exit.

13. At this time, the only on campus activities are the worship services. The church leadership will continually evaluate the timing of opening the campus to other ministries and offsite church gatherings.

I’m so excited to see you all and can’t wait to give you all virtual hugs!

 

Pastor Mark

OUTREACHOPPORTUNITY

Thank you to all those who came by for your generosity! We were able to donate a substantial amount of food once again to Front Step Ministries! If you missed it, not to fear...

Other Ways to Give

If you weren’t able to make the time frame or for any other reason couldn't come to donate food, there is still an alternative! On our online giving page (“Give” tab on the website and app), we have added the fund option for “Front Step Ministries.” If you would like to make a one-time gift toward the food drive, just select their fund online or mail-in/drop off a check with “Front Step Ministries” in the memo line. Any kind of donation you are able to make is appreciated!

 
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