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HI THERE!

WELCOME TO JANUARY 2-3, 2021!

Thanks for Allowing Us to Share Life Together!
Hi there!  WWWWWWWWEEEELLLLLLLLLL...as someone way smarter than I have ever been or ever hope to become once said, "All good things come to an end!"  I am going to miss being a regular part of the life of Indian River City Church and a regular part of your life!  For me...being with you and being with our Church Family as well as our Community has most definitely been a GREAT THING!  As that great philosopher, SpongeBob Squarepants always says, "It was the BEST DAY EVER!"  And for me...that pretty well describes every day for the last 10.5 years!  THE BEST DECADE EVER!  SSSSSSOOOO... I want to offer you a personal invite to THE "SEE YA!" PARTY that is following our ON-CAMPUS WORSHIP EXPERIENCES on SUNDAY, JANUARY 3 @ 12:00PM in our Beautiful Courtyard!  This will give me time to celebrate you and everything you mean to me and Maureen!  Having you there will be great fun for me!  Because...I love you very, very, very much!  I won't say "Goodbye!" because I will "See Ya!" again!  My new E-Mail Address is bcthekid@gmailcom and my cell is still 941-320-1058.  They will both be available in The Office!  God bless you a lot and lots of others through you!  See Ya!
Hi there!  I hope you had an exceptional "MERRY CHRISTMAS!" and are looking forward to a really amazing "HAPPY NEW YEAR!"  I wanted to personally update you on what's happening at Indian River City Church as a result of my coming retirement!  Jerry & Lisa will arrive in Titusville sometime on JANUARY 6, 2021!  Anyone who can assist in moving their furniture into the house will be greatly appreciated!  We will communicate more specific arrival time when we know it!  His home and mailing address will be 3885 HICKORY HILL BLVD, TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA, 32780.  His current personal E-MAIL Address is jfmilner@gmail.com.  We invite you to send him a welcome E-MAIL in the days and weeks to come!  He will soon have his very own jerry@ircumc.com E-MAIL Address at the Church! In the meantime... thanks for keeping them in your daily thoughts and prayers as they move back to Florida from Indiana where they have been living near family!  I know for sure that we will all be able to clearly see, hear and know Jesus through Jerry and his service as our pastor!  Thanks for welcoming them as you did me!  God bless you a lot and lots of others through you!
Talk to you later!
Bill
Hi there!  WOW!  We had a great time at all our Christmas Celebrations!  Thanks for everything you did to make them that way!  On July 4-5, 2010 the exciting Indian River City Church experienced a "NEW HALLELUJAH!" as Pastor Jim Govatos answered God's calling to move to Aloma UMC in Orlando and Bill Corristan followed God's calling to move to Indian River City from Sarasota!  NNNNNOOOOWWWW... 10.5 years later we experience another when Bill heads off to the adventure of retirement following January 2-3, 2021 as Pastor Jerry Milner returns to the Florida Conference as our Interim Pastor beginning January 9-10, 2021.  It marks the beginning a brand new era in the life of Indian River City Church!  We hope you will join us as we continue to "Bring People to Jesus to Know Him and Make Him Known!" by "Bringing Jesus to People!"  God bless us all in our NEW HALLELUJAH!
CHURCH OFFICE LOBBY OPEN!   Our CHURCH OFFICE LOBBY is now open for guests on MONDAY, WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY @ 9AM-12PM.  Thanks for wearing your FACEMASK when you come!  Our Staff are all working extra-long and hard to connect with folks through their areas of service!  Lots of things are being done so that ministry and mission can continue to happen safely at the exciting Indian River City Church!   Please continue to do the things you can do to keep yourself and lots of others safe as we live forward in these challenging times!  Got Questions?!  Call 321-267-7922 
Hi there!  I hope this short E-NOTE finds you exceptionally well!  I wanted to personally let you know that on of our longer-term members RAYMOND COREY moved to heaven on DECEMBER 19, 2020!  Ray and his wife Shirley joined the Indian River City Family in October 1992.  She moved to heaven  Ray was a faithful participant in our Saturday Night "Time Zone!" and he will be greatly missed!  We will have a "CELEBRATION OF LIFE!" for him on TUESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2021 @ 10:00AM in the Sanctuary.  Thanks for keeping his family and friends in your ongoing thoughts and prayers! 
NORTH BREVARD SHARING CENTER!  It has been a very challenging year with COVID-19 pandemic and its cultivated issues but the Holiday Season is quickly approaching.  We are working diligently to prepare for what we anticipate to be the greatest demand for our services.  With family financial challenges throughout America, it is evident that this Holiday Season will be very difficult for a large number of families in our Community.  Each year North Brevard Charities Sharing Centers, Inc. (NBCSC) registers and qualifies needy families in our area for assistance with a complete meal and toys for each of the children under the age of 12.  Our 2020 goal is to serve 200 families.  Families are required to meet federal income guidelines and we continue with other agencies to ensure all receive assistance.  Our intent is to help the most people with the funds and resources available to us.  We thank you for your support in the past and look forward to teaming up with you again.  By working together, we can reach our goal and give to those who are less fortunate.  We would love for you to considering partnering with us to ensure that each child receives two or three gifts under the tree.  You can make monetary contributions by dropping it off, or mailing to North Brevard Charities Sharing Center 4475 S. Hopkins Ave Titusville, FL  32780 or donate to our website at northbrevardcharities.org.    Thank you for your consideration.  On behalf of those we continue to help and serve, we appreciate all of your support. “Angels don’t always have wings…Helping each other, one hand at a time!”

 

WEEKLY BIBLE STUDY!  Listen to what God has to say next!  Thanks to all who helped make our weekly Bible Study so great for everyone!  Be on the look-out for whatever comes next!  Got questions?!  Ask Dawn Schissler at dschissler@ircumc.com

PRISON BOOK PROJECT!   We’re not sure what you have heard about us so allow us to introduce ourselves.  For over 21 years Prison Book Project right here in Titusville, Florida has been sending books into prisons with one vision in mind to Touch Lives Behind Bars. Our goals for each year have grown and adapted. In our first 2 years our goal was to put 1,000 books in the local county jail, with the Lords provision we were able to put in 38,000 books. Later we set goals for expanding the reach of the ministry and have far exceeded those as well. We are now in over 2,000 facilities in 39 countries with over 900 facilities on the waiting list. In the last 4 years we have distributed over 1.1 MILLION books!   As always we put our faith in the Lord and our Savior Jesus Christ who has so many times helped us surpass our goals (what we can ask or imagine).  We desire to introduce prisoners to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ, help them build a firm foundation of faith, and equip them to minister to others, whether they remain in prison or are released.  Right now...There's need for BOOK STAMPERS.  Dates and times can be arranged by calling 321- 269-4100. Appropriate social distancing is practiced. They are located on US1 across from McDonald's.
 

INDIAN RIVER CITY PRAYER GROUP!  Our PRAYER GROUP will meet in THE MUSIC ROOM @ THE SANCTUARY @ 11:00AM.  Everyone is invited to join as we pray for your needs, my needs as well as the needs of others who send in their prayer requests!  Because of the State and local Government along with Health Department Guidelines that continue to be in place, the room will be limited to 10 persons!  Every person will be wearing a mask!  We will practice spaced-out seating for the safety of all!  Got questions?!  Great!  Ask Lisa at 321-267-7922.  We believe God always answers BIGGER and BETTER than we can ever ask!  We don't have to beg him to help, we just have to give him our needs!  The Bible tells us to, "Pray for each other so that you may be healed! The earnest prayer of a righteous person has a great power and produces wonderful results!"  (James 5:16)

CHILDREN & YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL!  Great news!  We have Children's and Youth Sunday School opportunities at both our 9:30AM AAAAAAAAANNNNNNNDDDDDD,,,the 11:00AM Time Zones!  Got questions?!  Ask Linda for information regarding Children's Ministries at 321-267-7922 and Dominick for information regarding Youth Ministries at 321-267-7922.  This is very exciting!  See you there!
.Hi there!  I hope this E-NOTE finds you well!  I want to personally let you know that there will be a short GRAVESIDE SERVICE for BECKIE BAKER at The Brevard Memorial Park located at 5475 US-1, Cocoa, FL 32927 just south of the Flea Market on SATURDAY, JANUARY 2, 2021 @ 11:00AM.  The plans for her "Celebration of Life!" are still being developed and will be scheduled sometime in the future!  Be on the look-out for that very important news!  In the meantime, Bruce has given us the link to the "Tribute Wall!" at the Brevard Memorial Park Funeral Home and invites you and me to write our remembrances about Beckie there!  The link is:  https://www.dignitymemorial.com/funeral-homes/cocoa-fl/brevard-memorial-funeral-home/4476
   Thanks so very much for your continuing prayers and care for Bruce along with lots and lots of others who love them very, very much! 
Talk to you later!
Bill
YOUTH GROUP @ WEDNESDAY!  Our Ministry to Middle & Senior High School Students starts meeting WEDNESDAY @ 6:30PM in The Courtyard!  Lots of friends and faith-building!  Got Questions?!  Ask Dominick at 386-337-9850 or check-out the Indian River City Student Ministries Facebook Page!  Invite a favorite friend to join your for some life-changing stuff!

CELEBRATE RECOVERY!   We all have hurts, habits & hang-ups and now we can all find hope, help & healing on FRIDAYS @ 6:30PM!  Find out how to connect with this great supportive circle of people just like yourself!  They have continued meeting every week through "Virtual Gatherings!"  Got questions?!  Ask CJ Gehlman at 321-591-7168  God bless you a lot and lots of others through you!

ONLINE CHURCH SCHEDULE:  We know that not everyone is ready or able to return to gathering in a crowd of people for Church!  We encourage you to come only when you feel confident and comfortable about gathering!  SSSSSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOO...We will continue to offer our amazing ONLINE CHURCH each and every week!  You can access the VIDEO beginning SATURDAY EVENING on our IRCUMC FACEBOOK PAGE and/or our IRCUMC WEBSITE AAAANNNNDDDDDDDDD…now available on YOU TUBE!  You will find links at the bottom of this E-BLAST for your convenience!  HEY…something fun you can do is to set up a “WATCH PARTY!” with your family, friends and folks!  I hope you will leave a "Like" and/or a comment so that we know you are here!  That would really mean a lot!  You will find our Music, Message plus some updated Church News!  I look forward to sharing all of this with you!  God bless you a lot and lots of others through you!

WHY DO WE GIVE?!  That is a really GREAT QUESTION!  THANKS FOR ASKING!   On SUNDAY (12/27) in THE UPPER ROOM we hear Jesus tell us to, "The Lord does not look at the things people look at!  People look at the outward appearance...God looks at the heart
!" (1 Samuel 16:7)  Why do we give?!  Because God is working to shape our heart to be just like his! Our time, talents, treasures and things make our Campus, Congregation and Community a better and brighter place to live, give and grow is the way God is calling you and me to live out each day!  THIS…is why we give!

WHY DO WE PRAY?!  That is a really GREAT QUESTION!   THANKS FOR ASKING!  On THURSDAY (12/31) in THE UPPER ROOM we hear the Lord say, "Always remember that I am with you always, even to the end of time and the world!"
 (Matthew 28:20)   Why do we pray?!  Knowing that when and where we go for the reason that Jesus sends us assures us of always being in his presence!  THIS…is why we pray!

HI THERE!  IT'S BILL @ THE CHURCH!  I hope this E-NOTE finds you well and experiencing the "Joy of The Lord!"  Since I do not get to actually see you, it is extra important to me to visit with you in THE UPPER ROOM every morning!  Today (FRIDAY, JANUARY 1, 2021) we hear,
 “ Let me be clear, the Anointed One has set us free...not partially, but completely and wonderfully free! We must always cherish this truth and stubbornly refuse to go back into the bondage of our past. (Galatians 5:1)  God is still bringing us good news today that we can share with others in our lives every day in the year to come!  Thanks for joining us every week for our ONLINE CHURCH EXPERIENCE!  You can always access the Weekend Worship Videos beginning SATURDAYS on our IRCUMC FACEBOOK PAGE and/or our IRCUMC WEBSITE AAAAAANNNNDDDD...now on our IRCUMC YOU TUBE CHANNEL!   I want you to know that I and lots of others are actively praying for you and yours every single day and I am looking for you every morning in THE UPPER ROOM so that we can see, hear and know God and listen to him speak life into our day!  So...till I get to see you face-to-face, I love you with all my heart and I know that God loves you even more!

MEMORY MOVEMENT AND BALANCE EXERCISE CLASS!  Natine Abreu-Shaw is leading a Memory Movement & Balance class (formerly led by Judy Burgess) at the NORTH BREVARD SENIOR CENTER located at 909 LANE AVENUE in Titusville on TUESDAYS AND FRIDAYS @ 10:30-11:30AM! Nominal cost (set by the senior center) is $2.00 for members and $3.00 for non-members. (The annual 2021 senior center membership cost is currently $10.00 -- half the regular membership price.)   Got questions?!  Call or text Natine at 321-609-0999.

 
KIDS’ PLACE REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR 2021 SPRING & SUMMER SESSION!  Let your friends know!  Register online at www.ircumc.com click on THE KIDS' PLACE link and select the age appropriate program:  Toddle Inn (1-2), Preschool (3-4) and/or School Age Before & After School Care (5-12)  For additional information and/or to ask any and all questions, contact Heather at 321-267-7308  Thanks for getting the word out to our community friends and families!  We are pleased to be helping “Bring Children To Jesus!” 

# LOCAL LOVE!  Thanks for looking for ways to "Love our neighbors and take care of them in the same way we take care of ourselves!"  (James 2:8)  Thanks for those who are already serving in a variety of ways to help our community stay connected by helping in helpful ways!  If you are doing something right now...please let us know so that we can let others know what's available for them!  Thanks for demonstrating God's practical locally!

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY!  The Prayer Shawl Ministry ladies have been blessed with the beautiful gifts of crocheting and/or knitting. Crocheting and knitting not only produce stunning items but blesses us as we create these items. As we sit crocheting/knitting our items, we get into a meditative-like state. The rhythm of the hooks and needles at work provide a great relief for stress and makes time fly by. During these past few months, a lot of us have turned to our craft and we’ve created a “few” more items. We just added over 30 new items to our website. If you or someone you know need a little extra comfort or just a reminder that you are loved, please check out our website (https://ircprayershawlministry.shutterfly.com/pictures). We've made it simple for you by adding the photo album “Located at Judy’s or Susie’s House” that contains a picture (along with the size and description) of each item available and its location. Select the item you’d like (please note the Item Number) and give either Judy (321-267-1722) or Susie (321-536-1821) a call and they’ll get the item and a card ready for you to pick up.  Got questions?!  Call Susie at 321-536-1821

SOME OTHER STUFF!  Below this E-NOTE you will find links that you can click that will take you places!  One that you will see says "Give Online" and will take you to our Website where you can practice ONLINE GIVING in a pretty simple and straightforward way!  Below that you will find two (2) places you can click that will take you to our FACEBOOK PAGE and/or our WEBSITE where you can connect with our WORSHIP VIDEO starting on SATURDAY @ 6:00PM.  You will also find lots of others news and information that will prove to be helpful in keeping you up with the latest and greatest scoop!
 
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