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Full steam ahead!

Posted by Pastor Mark Toone on

Like all of you, we are anticipating a different sort of start to autumn 2020. But if you assumed things are slowing down at your Sweetheart Church, you’d be wrong! It may look a little different than “normal,” but September at Chapel Hill is full steam ahead! Here is just a brief sampling of what's happening:

  • Chapel Hill Sunday School for birth-pre-K has resumed during worship services and is going strong, as is elementary-age Sunday programming.
  • High School Ministry (HSM) programming kicks off the fall September 13 and Middle School Ministry (MSM) starts September 16. In addition, SMHomeroom occurs twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon-4:00 pm in the Diner for students to do school work. They can also chill out on Mellow Mondays starting September 14 in the Diner with snacks, water, board games, and Wi-Fi.
  • We’re inviting LifeGroups to start new studies for women (The Quest) and men (The Comeback), meeting online and in person starting October 6. Although Women’s Life will not meet as a large group, tables will meet as LifeGroups and study The Quest.
  • Celebrate Recovery continues to meet Wednesday evenings at the church.
  • Alpha Online kicks off September 16 on Zoom.
  • We’re continuing to host a Kingdom Come Prayer Gathering once a month. The next one is this Tuesday, September 15, at 7:00 pm. We'll also live stream it in case you can't be with us in person. And by the way, the City is working on the water main on Rosedale that night, so all the water in the building is going to be turned off and we won't be able to use the bathrooms. So potty before you pray!
  • Chapel Hill members are supporting our local outreach partner Tacoma Rescue Mission by preparing and serving meals for those experiencing homelessness on the fourth Saturday each month.
  • MOPS (Mothers of Pre-schoolers) is meeting Thursday nights once a month (sorry, no childcare).

A pretty impressive list, isn’t it? I hope you know how grateful I am to you for your ongoing support, even in a time when we see each other less often. And about that…if you have not yet joined us for in-person worship, please be assured that we are following CDC guidelines for best practices. You can learn more about what to expect at our in-person worship services here. If you feel it would be safe for you to do so, I hope you’ll come back for the kickoff of our new sermon series, “Behind the Mask: Getting Real.” Did you know that the Bible actually speaks about mask-wearing? Literally! I’m going to show you where that is as we explore what it means to live authentic Christian lives. It’s gonna be fun!

Hope you had a great summer. Now—I hope to see you back home. In your church. Where you belong.

Blessings to you!

Pastor Mark

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