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October 13, 2020

 

Hello Members and Guests of Immanuel! 

 

Last week, DeMotte Christian Schools (DMCS) notified parents of DMCS students that there have been a few positive cases of COVID-19. The Elders decided to wait until we received an update from the school to determine how this might affect our education program. 

 

Yesterday, the Board of Directors emailed parents and notified them that the elementary school and the high school will not have in-person classes and will be conducting virtual learning due to the increased amount of positive cases among students and faculty. The superintendent wrote:

“After reviewing the current COVID-19 status of DMCS, it has been decided by the DMCS Board of Directors to extend virtual learning for students PK through 12th grade until Wednesday, October 21, 2020 as a precautionary measure to prevent further spread of the virus.” 

Consequently, the Elders decided to follow the protocol of DMCS and postpone the education programs (Sunday school, youth group, Bible Studies) since many families of IURC are affected by the school’s decision. Lord willing, we will resume the education programs on Sunday, November 1st.

Please pray for the DMCS Board of Directors, faculty, families, and students. Thank you!

Blessings,
Pastor Roberto Rossi

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September 19, 2020

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord:

 

The Elders of Immanuel URC would like to inform you that there have been a few Covid cases in our church family. We want to assure you that we take the spiritual and physical health and well-being of our church family very seriously, and we will be monitoring the situation closely. 

 

After discussing the matter, IURC will continue to hold worship services as we have been practicing. The services will also be live streamed in the Adult Sunday school room for those who desire to worship with us but are taking precautionary measures by wearing a mask and refraining from singing. The elders respectfully ask the members of IURC to: 

  • Please stay home if you have any illness or symptoms (fever, cough, congestion, etc).

  • Please respect and show Christian love to your neighbor by practicing social distancing on church property. 

  • Participate in the worship service via live stream if you are of the high-risk group.

 

The elders, however, agreed to postpone all ministries thru Sunday, October 4th. The ministries postponed are Sunday school, Bible Studies, Coffee Fellowship, Church Picnic, Nursery, GEMS, Young People, and Young Adults. We will evaluate the situation at the October 6th consistory meeting. We would like to encourage congregants to contact their district elder if they test positive for COVID-19. We want to emphasize this is an encouragement but by no means a requirement. The rationale for this request is to provide church leadership with information, which will allow us to make better informed decisions. We want to assure you that this information will remain confidential. If you would like to have any information shared with the congregation so that the church can pray for you, please let this be known to your district elder or Pastor Rossi.

 

The elders would like to thank you for your patience and prayers! In these unusual times, we seek the face of our Lord who is in control of all things, and He gives wisdom when we ask in faith. 

 

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” -Psalm 46:10-11

 

In Christian Love,

The Consistory of Immanuel URC of DeMotte

Covid 19

Sept 18, 2020

The elders respectfully ask the members of IURC to:

  • Stay home if you have any illness or symptoms (fever, cough, congestion, etc).

  • Contact your parish elder if you have tested positive for Covid-19.

  • Please respect and show Christian love to your neighbor by practicing social distancing on church property. 

  • Participate in the worship service via live stream if you are of the high-risk group

Covid 19

August, 2020

We continue to practice social distancing but have made the following changes.

  • We have resumed use of the Trinity Psalter Hymnal and Forms and Prayers books

  • At the close of the service, please sit and wait to be released pew by pew by the deacons.

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June 17, 2020
 

Good afternoon!
 

This Sunday, all parishes are welcome to come and worship at both services. We will continue to practice the specific measures to ensure social distancing and proper hygiene as recommended by the Governor and the Department of Public Health. Please read carefully the following guidelines:   
 

(1)  In his Executive Order Governor Holcomb states: “When outside the home, individuals should, as much as reasonably practicable, maintain social distancing of at least six (6) feet from any other person, with the exception of family or household members.” He also states: “Additionally, when outside homes or residences, individuals are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings.”

(2)  Those with pre-existing health conditions or who are experiencing symptoms of ANY illness are strongly advised to stay home, and participate through the use of the live stream service. Governor Holcomb strongly encourages people 65 and older to stay home and participate through the live stream services. 

 

 (3)  Please arrive no later than about 5 to 10 minutes before the church service. After the service, please do not linger in the building.  Attendants will be at the entrance doors to minimize hand contact on the doorknob. There will be two entrances to the church utilized, including the south entrance (people can go directly up to the sanctuary or go down through the basement), and the north entrance. You are encouraged to use all exits at the end of the service. 

 

(4) Upon the completion of the service everyone is encouraged to exit the sanctuary as quickly as possible and encouraged to maintain the socially distancing practices as they fellowship outside.

 

(5) This Sunday cake will be served at the conclusion of the service. Weather will determine if this will happen outside or in the basement. If in the basement you are encouraged to spread out in the basement to fellowship or take your cake and exit the building as soon as possible.        

 

(6)  Hand sanitizer will be available outside the sanctuary.  Avoid hand shaking, hugs, and close talking.  Continue social distancing of 6 feet as much as possible with those not belonging to your household.   

 

(7)  If you feel more comfortable wearing a mask while gathered for worship, you may do so.          

 

(8)  Nursery services will be provided.  

 

(9)  The deacons will not pass the collection basket during the service.  Offering baskets will be located at each entrance/exit for you to place your offerings. You are encouraged to place your offerings in the baskets as you enter the sanctuary, as you may have already been doing.  

 

(10)  The AM and PM services will use alternate pews. Please follow the indicators at the end of the pews as to which pews will be used in the AM and the PM. Pews in the main sanctuary as well as those in the east and west wings will be available.        

 

(11)  Frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, railings, tables and sinks will be disinfected prior to Sunday services.  Please bring your own Bibles.  We expect to have songs printed and included with the bulletin. Please take your copies home with you at the conclusion of the service.   If you have any questions or concerns, please direct them to your parish elder. We are so thankful that we will be able to meet again, but we will all need to work together to maintain the safety of our members and guests as we resume public worship.

 

Thank you for your prayers and patience as we seek God’s wisdom and guidance in these unusual times. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all!

 

In His Service, 

Pastor Roberto Rossi

June 3, 2020

The Elders truly appreciate your genuine love for the people of God and for us. We are thankful to the Lord that you faithfully pray for your leaders and have shown great patience in this time of tribulation. After discussing the current set-up of our worship services and the government guidelines, the elders agreed to the following schedule for the month of June (and subsequent months):
 

June 7 - AM service: Parishes 1 and 4
    PM service: All Parishes

June 14 - AM service: Parishes 2 and 3

    PM service: All Parishes

  

*June 21 (and subsequent Sundays) - AM and PM services: All Parishes


 

*Precautionary measures are forthcoming for the opening of church services to all parishes.


 

(Parishes: 1: Anema – Drenth   2: Dyke – Howard   3: Hubers – Ridder   4: Rossi -- Zeilenga)

 


In His Service,
Pastor Roberto Rossi
 

May 20, 2020

 

Hello Brothers and Sisters! 

 

I would like to update you on last night’s Council meeting. The Elders and Deacons discussed opening up public worship services to all the parishes. After discussing the matter, we unanimously agreed that it is wise to continue with the current, modified attendance protocols to enhance our ability to practice recommended social distancing. These protocols will be in effect until the end of May. At that time, we will re-evaluate the situation for the month of June.  

 

May 24th Services

AM - Parishes 1 and 3 

PM - Parishes 2 and 4  

 

May 31 Services

AM - Parishes 2 and 4

PM - Parishes 1 and 3
 

Parishes: 1: Anema – Drenth   2: Dyke – Howard   3: Hubers – Ridder   4: Rossi -- Zeilenga
 

Also, we will continue to practice the specific measures to ensure social distancing and proper hygiene as recommended by the Governor and the Department of Public Health. Please take note of the following:   


(1)  Those with pre-existing health conditions or who are experiencing symptoms of any illness are strongly advised to stay home, and participate through the use of the live stream service. Governor Holcomb strongly encourages people 65 and older to stay home and participate through the live stream services.  

 

(2)  Please arrive no later than about 5 to 10 minutes before the church service. After the service, please do not linger in the building.  Attendants will be at the entrance doors to minimize hand contact on the doorknob. There will be four entrances to the church utilized, including the south entrance (people can go directly up to the sanctuary), the north entrance, and two entrances on the east side of the church. You are encouraged to use all these exits at the end of the service.         

 

(3)  Hand sanitizer will be available outside the sanctuary.  Avoid hand shaking, hugs, and close talking.  Continue social distancing of 6 feet as much as possible with those not belonging to your household.   

 

(4)  If you feel more comfortable wearing a mask while gathered for worship, you may do so.          

 

(5)  Nursery services will not be provided.  

 

(6)  The deacons will not pass the collection basket during the service.  Offering baskets will be located at each entrance/exit for you to place your offerings.   

 

(7)  The AM and PM services will use alternate pews. Please follow the indicators at the end of the pews as to which pews will be used in the AM and the PM. Pews in the main sanctuary as well as those in the east and west wings will be available.        

 

(8)  Frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, railings, tables and sinks will be disinfected prior to Sunday services.  Please bring your own Bibles.  We expect to have songs printed and included with the bulletin. Please take your copies home with you at the conclusion of the service.   If you have any questions or concerns, please direct them to your parish elder. We are so thankful that we will be able to meet again, but we will all need to work together to maintain the safety of our members and guests as we resume public worship.

 

Thank you for your prayers and patience as we seek God’s wisdom and guidance in these unusual times. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all!

 

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” -James 1:5

 

In His Service, 

Pastor Roberto Rossi
Immanuelurcpastor@gmail.com

May 6, 2020 

Dear Brothers and Sisters of Immanuel United Reformed Church,

 

As of Friday, May 1, Governor Holcomb signed a new proclamation which includes a statewide loosening of restrictions pertaining to spiritual and religious gatherings. We thank the Lord Jesus Christ that our governor has made this decision in recognition of our God-given right to assemble for public worship.

In light of this, the Council of IURC desires to resume regular public worship services beginning this Sunday, May 10 with an AM and PM service. The services on May 10 will have modified attendance protocols to enhance our ability to practice recommended social distancing. For the May 10 services, parishes 1 and 2 are invited to attend the AM service in person and parishes 3 and 4 are invited to attend the PM service in person. For the May 17 services, parishes 3 and 4 are invited to attend the AM service in person and parishes 1 and 2 and are invited to attend the PM service in person.

Parishes: 1: Anema – Drenth 2: Dyke – Howard 3: Hubers – Ridder 4: Rossi -- Zeilenga

Due to ongoing concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19 in our state, IURC will implement specific measures to ensure social distancing and proper hygiene as recommended by the Governor and the Department of Public Health. Please take note of the following:

 

(1) Those with pre-existing health conditions or who are experiencing symptoms of any illness are strongly advised to stay home, and participate through the use of the live stream service. Governor Holcomb strongly encourages people 65

and older to stay home and participate through the live stream services.

 

(2) Please arrive no later than about 5 to 10 minutes before the church service. After the service, please do not linger in the building. Attendants will be at the entrance doors to minimize hand contact on the doorknob. There will be four entrances to the church utilized, including the south entrance (people can go directly up to the sanctuary), the north entrance, and two entrances on the east side of the church. You are encouraged to use all these exits at the end of the service.

(3) Hand sanitizer will be available outside the sanctuary. Avoid hand shaking, hugs, and close talking. Continue social distancing of 6 feet as much as possible with those not belonging to your household.

(4) If you feel more comfortable wearing a mask while gathered for worship, you may do so.

(5) Nursery services will not be provided.

(6) The deacons will not pass the collection basket during the service. Offering baskets will be located at each entrance/exit for you to place your offerings.

(7) The AM and PM services will use alternate pews. Please follow the indicators at the end of the pews as to which pews will be used in the AM and the PM. Pews in the main sanctuary as well as those in the east and west wings will be available.

(8) Frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, railings, tables and sinks will be disinfected prior to Sunday services. Please bring your own Bibles. We expect to have songs printed and included with the bulletin. Please take your copies home with you at the conclusion of the service.

If you have any questions or concerns, please direct them to your parish elder. We are so thankful that we will be able to meet again, but we will all need to work together to maintain the safety of our members and guests as we resume public worship.

“How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts! My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.” -Psalm 84:1-2

“I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the LORD!’ Our feet have been standing within your gates, O Jerusalem!” -Psalm 122:1

In His Service, The Consistory of Immanuel URC, DeMotte

March 18, 2020
From the Council of Immanuel URC

Dear Brothers and Sisters of Immanuel,

Greetings in the name of the Lord!

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic and the government restrictions and recommendations, the Council decided to suspend corporate worship services and all church-related meetings, including Bible studies, prayer meetings, and in-person pastor, elders and deacons’ visits. The suspension is effective immediately and will continue for a period of three weeks (through Sunday, April 5, 2020). At that time, the Council will re-evaluate the situation locally and comply with federal and state government recommendations and restrictions (Romans 13). Meanwhile, I want to encourage you to call me or your parish elder if you have spiritual concerns and prayer requests. If you have any physical needs or financial hardships, please contact your parish deacon. We stand ready to minister to you in these unique and challenging times. 

 

The most important part of our lives is worship. The decision to suspend worship services was a very difficult one, but all of your leaders believe that it is a wise decision. God calls us to “love my neighbor as myself.” These precautionary measures are acts of love toward our neighbors as we seek to avoid the spread of this highly contagious disease, especially among the elderly and “high risk” people.

For the next three Sundays I will lead a time of prayer, Scripture reading and a message via the internet at 10AM and 6PM (details forthcoming). This Sunday I want to preach two messages of Christ’s comfort and peace in times of fear and anxiety. We hope and pray that you and your family will be encouraged and comforted by the Lord and His Word. Concerning tithes and offerings, members are encouraged to mail their weekly offerings to the church (please see below).

Brothers and sisters, our lives have been altered in many ways. The coronavirus pandemic reminds us, once again, that we have no control of the future. We believe, however, that our God is in control, and He calls us to trust in Him and His Son, Jesus Christ. We can trust that His plan is perfect, and He will do all things well to His glory and for our good! Let us humbly seek His face in prayer, depending solely upon His tender mercies and finding our peace in Christ and the Gospel.

Jesus says: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.”

Your Servant in Christ,

Pastor Roberto Rossi (for the Council) 

immanuelurcpastor@gmail.com

 

Prayer Requests:

  • God’s mercy towards those afflicted by the disease

  • God’s wisdom to government officials, doctors and researchers

  • God’s comfort to the elderly in nursing homes and their families

  • God’s provision for those who have lost work due to the pandemic

  • Patience for college students who suddenly returned home

  • Families adjusting to children at home from school

  • People’s fear and anxiety of the unknown. May God grant the Church opportunities to point people to the peace and comfort of Jesus Christ.  

  

 

Tithes & Offerings Information

  • March 22: General Fund & Illiana Right to Life

  • March 29: Building Improvement Fund

  • April 5: General Fund & Mid-America Reformed Seminary

 

Please send to:

Immanuel URC

9991 W 1200 N

DeMotte, IN 46310

March 14, 2020
From the Council of Immanuel URC
Dear Congregation,

 

The Council of Immanuel URC has been monitoring the coronavirus situation, and we plan to continue holding worship services. We will contact the congregation if anything changes. Based on the council’s research and consultation with other organizations we have decided to implement the following precautionary measures. The virus may pose a significant danger to some of our members who are at higher risk. We realize that some of these measures may seem excessive. However, it is our desire that everyone who attends worship is as safe as possible, and we encourage families with any sick members to stream the worship service from SermonAudio (https://www.sermonaudio.com/solo/iurcdemotte/webcast/)

  • Cancellations: For the week of March 15, we are canceling the following gatherings including Sunday School, Catechism, Men’s and Women’s Bible Study.

 

  • Prayer Meeting - The Wednesday evening Prayer Meeting will be held at 7pm. The decision to continue with this meeting is due to its nature & function. Please continue to pray for all those directly impacted by COVID-19 throughout the world.

“God is our refuge & strength,

A very present help in trouble.

Therefore, we will not fear though the earth gives way,

Though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea.” Psalm 46: 1-2

 

  • Worship Service Modifications

    • Greeters will still greet, but without handshaking,

    • Pastor and Elder greeting at the end of the service will be suspended until further notice.

    • Offerings will be collected at the end of the service as you exit the sanctuary. Deacons will be stationed to collect the offerings.

    • printed copies of the songs and scripture passage will be available o discourage the use of the pew hymnals and pew bibles. People are also encouraged to bring their own bibles.

    • Organized fellowship time (coffee & cookies) will be suspended until further notice.

    • Nursery services will be suspended until further notice.

    • Sunday School classes, Catechism classes, and Bible Studies are canceled for the week of March 15. The Council will keep the Congregation notified as decisions for upcoming weeks are made.

    • Common surfaces will be sanitized after each service.

 

  • Updates. The Council also wants you to be aware that we will keep you updated as best we can. For now, we have determined that we may continue to meet for worship. However, we want to prepare you that, should the situation escalate, the council may possibly cancel worship services for a time. For example, if the government requires us to close for public health reasons, we will honor that request, per Romans 13. The council will continue to monitor and re-evaluate the situation on a weekly basis.

Let us again emphasize that this is not a time to panic, but it is a time to be wise and careful. Our God is sovereign, and in His sovereignty, He has given our council the responsibility to see to the well-being of our congregation—body and soul. We take that responsibility seriously.

Let us strive to love one another, and let us trust in the Lord! As we take these precautions, let us trust the Lord to set His favor upon us, and let us pray that He would “establish the work of our hands!” (Ps. 90:17).

Finally, may we all be comforted with the words of Philippians 4: 4-7

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

 

In Christ,

Rudy Tolkamp

Chairman of Council 

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