March 28th UpDate
Dear TBC Family & Friends,
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:58
These are interesting times. As a pastor my desire is to keep everything going in a normal routine. I work best when I can keep my normal routine and schedule. I have observed when people get out of their regular schedule, skip church, skip Bible reading and prayer personally and with their family, their life can get out of sync and life can become a slide down – until the pain becomes so great that they realize they must get back to God and their normal routines and spiritual disciplines again.
During this time, many things are disrupted – work, children’s schedules, church services and activities, fellowship with other believers, normal interactions with friends and family.
I am praying that God will help us to keep up the normal spiritual disciplines of Bible reading, prayer, family devotions, and church and life groups online. God promises that all things that come our way will work together for good – as long as we are doing what we know is right to do. We can come out of this as stronger believers and families and as a church if we are sensitive to do God’s will during this time. If the Lord lays someone on your heart, give them a call, text, Facebook message, etc. We have to work hard at keeping connected. Take advantage not only of the Sunday morning livestream but ABFs, the Sunday evening message and discussion, and the Life Groups by Zoom. We are quickly working out the bugs and things are starting to go more smoothly. Don’t get discouraged or give up if it doesn’t work the first time. Your persistence will pay off.
Please keep in prayer for Lori Cahill to have a safe delivery of her baby (she is past her due date at this point). Also, please pray for the Koncki family as both Bill and Laurel are struggling with the virus. Bill had a double lung transplant several months ago, and his wife, Laurel has been diagnosed with the virus. She has been able to continue recovering at home so far, for which she is thankful. Although they have been isolated from each other in their home, Bill has begun to have symptoms which have worsened throughout the past two days, and the doctors are treating him (at home) as if he has the virus. They have put Bill on the two medications that have been in the media recently, and they are developing plans for if things get worse for him, but please continue to pray for healing for both Laurel and Bill.
Keep on going for God.
The following is a list of some of the ways to connect this week. Click on the link at the time of the meeting to be taken to the Zoom meeting or Livestream. For Zoom meetings, please find the place in your home with the strongest wifi and join with a tablet, computer, or phone. Ideally your device will include a microphone and webcam so you can interact with the others in the meeting.
Sunday, 9:15am - Skip and Beth Mission Combined ABF Class
This week we continue to discuss prayer from 2Chronicles Chapters 5-7, Solomon’s dedication of the temple. Last week, was 7:14 “If my people…” and the humility God requires. This week is the “Why Dedicate the Temple with Prayer?” A handout will be sent prior to class.
Sunday, 9:15am - Pastor Rowley’s ABF Class
Anyone can join.
Sunday, 9:15am - Teen Sunday School Class
All teens are invited to this class taught by John & Chloe Mission.
Sunday, 9:30am - Young Adults Adult Bible Fellowship
The Hoovers and St. Pierres will be hosting a Bible study for young adults. The new series will be on Samson: A Life Well Wasted.
Sunday, 9:30am - The Book of John Bible Study
This is a small group studying the book of John with Kevin Tower. Anyone can join.
Sunday, 9:30am - Junior Church (Ages 4 - 10)
We’ll start our lesson at 9:30am, but we’ll have the meeting open at 9:15 to allow parents time to log in and get their kids settled. We’ll make sure to be done early enough to give you a break before the service begins streaming at 10:30. If you’d like to print out the optional worksheet to accompany the Junior Church lesson ahead of time, you’ll find it here.
Sunday, 10:30am - SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP SERVICE
The livestream can be accessed on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube 15 minutes before the start of the service. Gather the whole family to worship with us for our morning service livestream on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube. Pastor Rowley will be looking at some very practical issues. When various types of people in a church are facing or creating trouble, how should a church help those people? Who is responsible if people fall on hard times? What if a leader sins? In 1Timothy 5, Paul helps Timothy [and us] know God’s will about dealing with and resolving a number of very specific problems.
Sunday, 12:00pm - Joseph & Rebecca Pondugula Life Group
This life group is open to anyone.
Sunday, 6:00pm - SUNDAY EVENING ZOOM SERVICE
We will discuss God’s will about guarding our tongues (or thumbs) in the digital age. Have you ever clicked send and then had pangs of regret wishing you could get that message back? Sunday evening will deal with practical matters of speech and messaging.
Monday, 7:00pm - Junior High Girls Apologetics Class
Kirsten LaBranche is hosting an apologetics class each week for the Junior High Girls. Please have a pack of notecards or a pad of paper and a pen ready when you sign on!
Tuesday, 7:00pm - 5th & 6th Grade Class
Ron Radziewicz and Adam Ploszaj teach this class for boys and girls in the 5th and 6th grade age group.
Tuesday, 10:00am - 2’s - 5’s Class
Mrs. Rowley will be teaching and talking with the 2-5 year olds.
Tuesday, 2:00pm - Ladies Bible Fellowship
Beth Mission invites all ladies to join for a time of Bible study and prayer.
Wednesday, 7:00pm - TEEN Group Bible Study & Fellowship
All teens are invited.
Wednesday, 7:00pm - Ron Radziewicz Life Group
This life group is studying what the Bible says about end times. Anyone is invited to join.
Wednesday, 7:00pm - Chuck & Debbie Jutras Life Group
This life group is studying the 7 churches in the book of Revelation. Anyone is invited to join.
Wednesday, 7:00pm - Pastor & Deanna Rowley Life Group
Anyone is invited to join.
Wednesday, 7:00pm - Kevin Tower Life Group
This life group is studying the life of Christ through the Gospels. Anyone is invited to join.
Wednesday, 7:00pm - Elvis & Christine Chidozie Life Group
This life group is currently studying God’s faithfulness in the life of Abraham. Anyone is invited to join.
Wednesday, 7:00pm - George & Vera Duhart Life Group
This life group is discussing the topic of Giants in our lives (based on the study of David and Goliath). Anyone is invited to join.
Wednesday, 7:00pm - Marriage Class with Jay & Crystal van Achterberg
Thursday, 4:00pm - 1st - 4th Grade Sunday School Class
Kirsten LaBranche will be teaching this class this week. Anyone in this age group is invited to join!
If you would like to join a Life Group or Adult Bible Fellowship group, please just join in via the links above or text or call Kevin Tower at 860-916-5062. If you would like to start up a virtual prayer group or Bible study with a few of your friends, you can also contact Kevin Tower or Melanie Harper (860-906-6783).
If you have a prayer request or need help in some way, please contact the Care Team at gro.hcruhctsitpabhturt@maeTeraC.
Looking Unto Jesus,