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HI THERE!

WELCOME TO NOVEMBER 28-29, 2020!

Thanks for Inviting The Church Into Your Living Room!
Hi there!  I hope this short E-NOTE finds you having an extra great day!  I wanted to share a personal "Happy Thanksgiving!" to you today and hope that you have an extra great time!  As I look back on our 10.5 years together each Thanksgiving has been exceptionally special because of you!  I really believe that I am a better me because you are such a great you!  Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers along the way, thanks for all our precious chit-chats, thanks for every hug, handshake and "Hi there!", thanks for every special moment that I will carry forward as a memory that I will keep with me forever!  There is an old song by Nat King Cole that says, "Unforgettable, that's what you are!"  Thanks for being that to me!  SSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOO...I hope you have the greatest time ever this Thanksgiving and take the time to tell God how grateful you are for every little thing!  Thanks for helping make each day "Thanksgiving" to me!!  I love you a lot and God loves you a lot more!
Talk to you later!
Bill  
Hi there!  I hope you had an exceptional "HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!"  I wanted to personally update on what's happening at Indian River City Church as a result of my coming retirement!  Our SPR TEAM Leader, Chris Perdue announced and introduced via picture, Pastor Jerry Milner and his lovely wife Lisa to us this past weekend!  Jerry and I both served in Sarasota 10.5 years ago!  Jerry was at Trinity United Methodist Church and I was at St. John's United Methodist Church!  Beginning January 10, 2021 Jerry will be appointed as the short-term Interim Pastor at Indian River City and will serve until July 1, 2021.  I can't say enough good things about Jerry and Lisa!  They will be a blessing to each of us and all of us!  In the weeks to come, we will make Jerry's E-Mail Address so that you can begin to welcome them to our Church Family!  In the meantime...thanks for keep them in your 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 us all!
Talk to you later!
Bill
Hi there!  This weekend, NOVEMBER 28-29 we launch our CHRISTMAS BROWN BAG BLESSINGS!  We will find stacks of brown bags on the Stage.  Each one will have a short specific Grocery List attached to them!  We invite you to take the list to your favorite Grocery Store and purchase the items on the List including a $15.00 Walmart Gift Card to be placed in your Bag!  We invite you to decorate your Bag in your own personal style and write a little note from you to the folks who will receive your bag!  We will return the Bags on SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6 at the Church Service or you can bring it by the Office!  We will be giving further instructions as we go along!  Thanks for helping us bring "Blessings!" to people in our lives through these "Brown Bags!"  Thanks so very much for helping!
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!  HEY GUYS!  We have a special CHRISTMAS TIME CELEBRATION coming designed just for you and your friends!  Bring your favorite chair and join lots of other men in THE COURTARD @ Indian River City Church on SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2020 @ 4:00PM-6:00PM for some special time of safe gathering together in the open air of our beautiful Courtyard!  It'll be great!  Got questions?!  Give THE OFFICE a call at 321-267-7922.  See you there!
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.  As families are signing up for assistance, they are filling out their wish lists for their children.  Children’s wishes are available on cards for you to display or simply to give to employees and patrons.  Please call 321-255-4017 and let us know how many “Children’s Wish Cards” you would like.  Once you have collected all the unwrapped toys either by employees or toy drive, call North Brevard Charities Sharing Center Inc. to arrange for pick-up.
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.  Please designate your donation for 2020 Christmas campaign.  For additional information, please contact Leah Smith, Family Support Specialist at 321-225-4017.  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.”

ST. FRANCIS REFLECTIONS warmly invites you to Lights of Love, a seasonal ceremony for our community to honor loved ones in a unique, uplifting and beautiful way.
 
Please join us for a beautiful memorial celebration and tree lighting ceremony, honoring those that we have loved and lost. To pre-register and include your loved one’s name in the service, please visit: LightsofLoveBrevard.com
A donation in honor or memory of your loved one will bring tribute to their life through a light on the tree, and will help support those who are grieving in our community through our free grief support programs.
 
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2020 at 6PM St Francis Reflection will host a live broadcast of the Lights of Love ceremony on LightsofLoveBrevard.com and our Facebook page
WEEKLY BIBLE STUDY w/BILL!  We meet in THE SANCTUARY with Air Conditioning!  WOW!  With all the current Government and Health Guidelines still in place...Every participant is asked to wear a Face Mask and to practice spaced-out seating!  SSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOO...bring your Bible and your Best Buddy and join us for a time that is guaranteed to be spiritual, practical and inspirational!  We'll pray together, talk together and grow together!  It'll be a great time for everyone!  Got questions?!  Ask Bill at bill@ircumc.com   See you there!

CHILDREN & YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL!  Great news!  We resume both Children and Youth Sunday School this SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2020 at both the 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!

CHILDREN'S SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES ARE OPEN!  Our First Steps Nursery (Room 14, Infant-2 years old), Little LINCS Preschool/VPK (Room 11) & Kid LINCS K-3rd plus SR56 4th-6th Grade Classes are now open for both services, 9:30 & 11. Doors open at 9:00 am for Check In to allow for additional time/spacing for drop off.
Please be aware that we have implemented:
—Increased sanitization procedures.
—Teachers are wearing masks.
—As required for Brevard Public Schools, children 3rd Grade and up are required to wear masks. VPK-2nd grade students are strongly encouraged to wear masks.
—Contactless Check-in - please be prepared to follow the QR Code registration link provided.
—Lower staff/student ratio — additional classes will be continuously added to adapt to ratios.
—Temp checks are required of staff/students upon Check-in.
Please meet our Children’s Ministries Team outside of Rooms 11 & 14 to check in for all ages.
Check In and Pick Up for Kid LINCS & SR56 will take place outside of 11 & 14 as well for the present until our Wesley Fellowship Hall is open to accommodate parents & guardians.
Interested in registering in advance to streamline Sunday’s Check In? Please complete our Weekend Kids Check In Form following the link provided. Please read all listed updated protocols carefully.
https://forms.gle/EEzRG2Bs5siB5NCs5
If you, your child or families do not feel well, are ill or have possibly been exposed to COVID 19 or any other contagious illness, we respectfully ask that you keep your child home safely with you.  We love the children of our community with all of our hearts and can’t wait to see them again. So grateful for God’s Faithfulness, Guidance, Strength and Love for us all.
Questions? Please contact Linda @ 321-213-1013.

SEEKING PRAYER FRIENDS!  Would you like to make a difference in the lives of teachers?  Like me, you may also be looking for a way to serve and be more involved in this season of social distancing. If this fits you, we’d love for you to become a PRAYER FRIEND for teachers at Coquina or Imperial Estates Elementary School. We are unable to go into the schools either with Good News Clubs, or as volunteers, but we can support our teachers through prayer and notes of encouragement. If you would like more information on becoming a Prayer Friend, contact Christine Luecking @ 321-750-3633 or Christineluecking@yahoo.com or Linda Benson @ 321-213-1013 or lbenson@ircumc.com.  In deepest appreciation and respect to devoted teachers everywhere.God has chosen YOU and set you apart for His purposes!  I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit. -- Ephesians 3:16 NLT Thank you for ALL that you do!

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)
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!

ADULT SMALL GROUPS!  We are beginning to slowly and carefully return to Wesley Hall for a few in person small groups to meet over the next few weeks.  Class size is limited to 10 members with social distancing,
masks required and sanitary guidelines in place.   If you are interested in joining any of the following groups please contact Dawn to register at 321/267-7922 x20 or at dschissler@ircumc.com.    

MONDAY MORNING WOMEN'S GROUP!   “The Jesus You May Not Know”,  9:30am in Wesley Hall Room 212.
 
MONDAY EVENING MIXED GROUP!   “Esther – An Inductive Bible Study”, 6:30pm in Wesley Hall Room 212.
 
MONDAY EVENING MEN'S GROUP!  Meeting for the purpose of growing in faith, friendship & fun,  6:30pm in Wesley Hall Room 210
 
THURSDAY MORNING WOMEN'S GROUP! “Matchless”, 9:30am in Wesley Hall 212
 
THURSDAY TAI CHI!  Slow Movement Class, 10:00am in Wesley Hall Gym.

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 WEDNESDAY (11/25) in THE UPPER ROOM we hear Jesus tell us to, "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning!
(Lamentations 3:22-23)  Because God has loved us and will love us always, we can love just like him!  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 SATURDAY (11/28) in THE UPPER ROOM we hear the Lord say, "Where does my help come from?"  My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth
!"  (Psalm 121:1-2)  Why do we pray?!  Because God has helped us realize that our help comes from him and him alone!  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, NOVEMBER 27, 2020) we hear God tell us that, "
"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in your weakness!"  (2 Corinthians 12:9)  One of our great "Thanksgivings" is that God provides for us in all our weak areas!  He is all we we need! 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!  This Weekend we will gather ourselves around 1 CORINTHIANS 15:30-33 and discover that if we follow the Light of Jesus we will find the Hope we need to keep following that Light of the World and he will lead us to the Spiritual Heroes who will help us "TRANSFORM" more and more in to "Jesus-With-Skin-On!"  AAAAAANNNNNNDDDDDD...he does something absolutely INCREDIBLE and creates a special AWAKENING OF FAITH in both you and me!  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!

SPECIAL UPDATE:  MEMORY MOVEMENT CLASS!  Judy Burgess will continue to lead class through November 25 on Mondays 2:00-3:00pm, Wednesdays 10:30-11:30am, and Fridays 10:30-11:30am at the North Brevard Senior Center located at 909 Lane Ave in Titusville. Nominal cost (set by senior center) is $2.00 for members/$3.00 for non-members.  BEGINNING DECEMBER 1, 2020, class days and times will change to Tuesday and Friday mornings from 10:30-11:30am, with Natine Abreu-Shaw. Cost will not change. Questions about November classes? Please call Judy at 321-268-2305. Questions about December and beyond? Please call/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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