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THIS SUNDAY 8/12
The call for perseverance given to Christians who are facing an obstinate, challenging and hostile culture is not a new one, but one that has been repeated many times in different ways since the beginning of the church. Yet for many today, maybe you, it is a new call, and one you feel ill equipped for. This Sunday we will look at the practical dimensions of this call in what today we increasingly call “a secular age”, an age that lives without practical reference to God, an age when our educated classes seem willing to believe “anything but Jesus,” and an age that views Christian faith as an obstacle to its ambitions. Our goals will be to seek understanding, compassion, resilience and yes confidence! That’s why this text was written.
I hope you will join us!-- Pastor Steve Miller
A Persevering Faith in a Secular Age
Our next prayer gathering will be THIS Sunday August 12th @ 6pm. There will be childcare for ages 0-5 years old.
Registration for the Island Church Preschool is happening on Wednesday, August 22nd from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Come and register your 3-5 yr. old for one of our Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule options . . . OR just come and check us out and see what we have to offer your preschool-aged child! * NEW this year is a 2 yr. old class on Wednesday mornings form 9:00-11:30 (limited availability). Questions contact the preschool director, Lori Tribou by phone (360) 221-6989 or e-mail email@example.com or call the church office (360) 221-6980.
FROM THE PASTOR SEARCH COMMITTEE
This week’s scripture and prayer:
Scripture: Revelation 2:1-7
Prayer: Pray for the church to return fully to her first love, Jesus Christ.
Pray for the church and search committee to hear the Spirit clearly throughout the pastor search process.
K HOSPITAL MOMMA BAGS
Sunday August 5th is the last day for donations! We are still in dire need of simple receiving blankets (single layer flannel)!
You are cordially invited to Deb Peplinski's on Thursday August 30th from 10:30 until 1 to pack the momma bags and pray over them, regardless of donations. Deb will provide drinks, sloppy joes and buns. Please bring a salad or dessert to share. If the weather permits we will eat outside. The bags will need to be shipped, anyone who would like to donate financially to that cause please bring a check made out to Island Church on that Thursday or you can give the check to Debbie Peplinski or Joan Wong. Thank you for all your support in this effort. RSVP to Debbie for planning purposes at firstname.lastname@example.org or by text 360-831-4424
Debbie and Joan
GREAT COMMISSION WOMEN - GIVING PROJECT
West Africa has one of the highest under-5 years of age child mortality rates in the word, with one in five children never reaching his or her 5th birthday. We are making Mama Packs which are essential packs to help the nurse/midwife dress the new baby. Ways that you can help:
1. Bring items individually. A pack includes new or gently used: T-shirts/ kimono or a onesie, soft hat, socks/booties, bib, and a receiving blanket.
2. Make your own pack (fold flat and pack in a gallon-sized zip-lock bag)
Contact Joan Wong or Deb Peplinski if you have any questions.
MEN’S MINISTRY BBQ - DATE CHANGE
Men’s Summer Barbeque August 25th, 5:00 PM at the Klopfenstein Home 4838 E. Verbena Lane, Clinton, WA 98236. Come to chip golf balls, play volleyball, croquet, frisbee or just fellowship. Bring a dish to share. RSVP to Scott Learned at email@example.com
CHILDRENS CHURCH ANNOUNCEMENTS
This year we will be hosting a Vacation Bible School at the church July 16-19th, and we will not be having Mega Sports Camp. If you would have any questions or would like to help with VBS, please Contact Kim Brady, Children’s Ministries Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 408-828-9154
SEWING WITH A PURPOSE
Join us Mondays from 9:00-11:30am in the multi-purpose room as we make pillow-case dresses for children at the Bongolo Hospital in Gabon, Africa. Questions? Contact Carole Wagner 360-321-1106.
MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL SUNDAY SCHOOL
Starts at 9:15am in the Youth
Center – Studying the Book of James.
YOUTH GROUP TIMES
5th/6th Grade - Wednesday 5:00-6:30pm **NEW GROUP**
7th/8thGrade - Tuesday 5:30-6:30pm
9th-12th Grade - Wednesday 6:30-8:30pm
LIFEGROUPS ARE STARTING
Attached is the list of LifeGroups offered at The Island
Church, just click the word list at the bottom and it will bring up the LifeGroups. Now is the time to try different
ones out to see what’s a good fit for you.
LOOKING FOR A WAY TO SERVE?
The greeter’s ministry is looking for happy people of ALL ages able to make our church feel like home. You’d get to be on a great team, serving once a month on Sunday mornings.
Contact Cassie Nichols email@example.com with your availability.
OPPORTUNITY TO VOLUNTEER
The Island Church Soup Kitchen needs volunteers to wash pots and pans on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from 9am-1pm.
Please reply to this email if you are interested.
KID’S CHECK SYSTEM
Attn: Parents who have kids in our Children’s Church program!
In an effort to keep our children safe, we have invested in a Kid’s Check System. Please register your child this Sunday if you haven’t already for this new check-in system for children’s church. Children’s Church starts at the beginning of the service now so check your child in downstairs before the service.
Life Groups meet throughout the week all over the South End. Life Groups are intended to be more than just an evening with friends, they are designed to foster transformational environments where people can journey and do life together wherever life happens. We encourage you to find a group that is the right fit. Whether you are new to our church or have been here for a while, we encourage you to visit one or as many groups as you would like. Once you are settled in a group, dig in and rejoice in doing life with one another, all the while making a big deal out of Christ.
Contact Pastor Luis if you would like more info about getting involved in a Life Group - firstname.lastname@example.org
“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” Psalm 133:1 (NIV)
COMPASSIONATE CARING COMMUNITIES
An organized system has been put into place to help meet the needs of our congregation and community. If you or someone you know has a general need, please contact Kathy Kansky. ~ email@example.com 360-341-2278 ~
EMAIL PRAYER CHAIN
Did you know that we have an email prayer chain? If you have a request that you would like to share,
Please contact Char Henderson @ firstname.lastname@example.org or Debbie Peplinski @ email@example.com.
THE ISLAND CHURCH PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION
Registration is continually open for Monday-Wednesday-Friday preschool for 3-5 year olds.
For more information preschool brochures are available at the Welcome Center or call the church office 221-6980 or Lori Tribou, Preschool Director, 360-221-6989.
FOOD BANK DONATIONS BENEVOLENCE FUND
Please remember to bring non-perishable food items to place in the food boxes outside the sanctuary doors. The food is then collected and taken to the local food bank.
Also, if you would like to donate to the benevolence fund to help others in our church please mark on your offering envelope or check “benevolence fund”.
FACEBOOK MEMBER UPDATE:
Our church's Facebook members are from around the world. The Island Church's Global Mission is to become a virtual church to isolated or persecuted Christians and to help others discover and follow Jesus.
1,445- United States of America
21- Sierra Leone
22- South Korea
5- Sri Lanka
9- Saudi Arabia
9- United Kingdom
3- South Africa
2- Puerto Rico
1- Hong Kong
1- Dominican Republic
1- New Zealand
1- Papua New Guinea
Also visit our facebook page and photo albums where we archived famous paintings and statues of Jesus, a HD virtual tour inside the Sistine Chapel with Michelangelo's masterpiece, and beautiful Christian Stained Glass artwork at (https://www.facebook.com/TheIslandChurchofWhidbey).
ENJOY THE CONVENIENCE OF ONLINE GIVING!
The Island Church of Whidbey offers online giving, which is convenient for you and provides much-needed donation consistency for our congregation.
Click on 'Online Giving' tab below! Thank you!
"What happens when we live God's way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard- things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely". (Galatians 5:22-23 The Message)