Due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, more than 42 million people may experience food insecurity, including a potential 13 million children.
The children of our church, with the support of the Christian Education ministry team, ask your support in caring for those in need. We have selected Feeding America as the place to give generously. Feeding America is the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization, and 98% of all donations goes directly into programs serving our neighbors across the country.
We have set up a Team Feed/Feeding America webpage. It will explain how Feeding America works plus give you much more information about hunger in America. This is also where you can make your donations.
Thank you for your generosity – your support of the children of NCoB – and the mission to do all things to the glory of God and our neighbors’ good!
Isaiah 58:10~~The Children’s International Bible
You should feed those who are hungry.
You should take care of the needs of those who are troubled.
Then your light will shine in the darkness.
And you will be bright like sunshine at noon.
The 2021 Children’s Spring Service Project will begin on April 18th. This year the children will be raising funds for Feeding America. Tune in to the April 18th worship service for a presentation of the project. Any parent wanting more information about how their child can be involved may contact the Christian Ed Ministry team.
It was a year ago when we realized that the few week pause would turn into a long term situation. We spent our time hoping and praying that at the end of summer, then by Christmas, and, lastly, we hoped to be back to normal by Easter. The vaccine has brought new hope and change, but the transmission rates are still high in the area. The Mid Atlantic District is in encouraging congregations to use local information such as vaccine rates and transmission rates to determine when to start meeting for indoor in-person services. With the difficulty in obtaining vaccines and the limited individuals that currently qualify for vaccines, the Board has decided to continue to suspend in-person worship until the end of June.
The Board of Directors has begun the process of creating a pastoral search committee. This is the first step to finding a pastor. The committee will work with the Mid-Atlantic District Executive to create a congregational profile, select and interview pastoral candidates, and represent our congregation in the search for a new pastor. We will be seeking an interim pastor to fill the pastoral role until we are able to find a new pastor for our church.
Lastly, the Board of Directors has decided to complete the Spring Congregational Forum meeting by providing the written reports to the congregation. A packet containing the reports will be emailed out via constant contact and made available for pick up at the church.
Please make it a point to participate in Love Feast this Thursday, April 1, at 7 PM as we remember the Last Supper. We will gather by Zoom (or by phone) to share in Fellowship and Worship.
Of course, this won’t be the traditional Love Feast. We won’t share a meal together, and we cannot wash one another’s feet. It strikes me that Jesus had to put together the Last Supper that we commemorate on the fly as well. He wasn’t at home, surrounded by the comforts of his local synagogue. He was basically displaced with his group of disciples. He was making due with a borrowed donkey and a loaned upper room.
In the spirit of “community while displaced,” please join in this meaningful (but different) service. Please have your communion elements with you as we gather. If you don’t have “traditional elements,” feel free to use your own crackers or cookies and some water or juice.
Please contact the office for Zoom information – we don’t publish that online
On Good Friday, we observe and commemorate Jesus’ death. This year, with the constraints of COVID, we are offering a self-directed time of reflection and meditation in the church parking lot – available between sunrise and sunset on Friday, April 2.
On this journey to the cross, we will follow Jesus through his walk, as recorded in the Gospels, and we will see how we can love each one as Jesus in our world today. Each station will include an organization with resources or ways you can give your time or money, as you are so moved.
You are encouraged to spend time at each station, praying the prayer provided, considering Christ’s suffering, contemplating how God is speaking to you today. All are welcome!