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Update on Worship at Glenkirk Church
What a strange and difficult season this has been for us. Just a few weeks into Lent a public health crisis led us to cancel in-person worship and begin live streaming our worship services. Then on Easter Sunday we celebrated Christ’s resurrection from our homes. And then came last Sunday, the day of Pentecost. As I announced Glenkirk’s plan to begin reopening for limited in-person worship on June 14 (conditional on our ability to conform with public health requirements), our county and city declared a state of emergency curfew due to rioting and civil unrest. Over the last week we’ve been bombarded with images of pain, racial hatred, violence, looting, and hopelessness.
A strange and difficult season indeed.
This season reminds me of one of our Essential Tenets in the ECO Presbyterian church:
“Since the fall, our natural tendency is to engage in relationships of tyranny and injustice with one another, in which power is used not to protect and serve but to demean. God further created human beings with the capacity for relationship with Him, with His law written on our hearts so that we had the ability to worship Him in love and obey Him by living holy lives. Since the fall, our natural tendency is to hate God and our neighbor, to worship idols of our own devising rather than the one true God” (ECO Essential Tenets III.A).
These sobering words remind us that we are lost apart from Jesus. But the good news is that Jesus brings life to everything that sin destroys.
As we wrestle with what is happening around us, I am aware that our people at Glenkirk look at some of these things from a variety of different perspectives. That is good and healthy, for although the Church is one body, it is made up of many members (Romans 12:4). And amid these differences, we all belong to each other (Romans 12:5).
So as we work to finalize our limited reopening plan on June 14, I want to encourage you to begin preparing your own heart for reopening. I’ve put together an 8-minute video that addresses a very important part of that process. Please take time to watch this video at youtube.com/glenkirkchurch.
Our world’s need for Jesus is desperate. And we have a message that addresses that desperation. May God help us more than ever to be a WORSHIPPING community, INVITING everyone to join in the journey of BECOMING fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ, LOVING God and his world. This is no time to hide our light; this is the time for us to put our light on a stand for all to see (Luke 8:16).
Standing with you,
Pastor Tim Peck
Food Drive | June 6 | 10:00am – 12:00pm
We will continue to worship via livestream each Sunday at 9 and 10:45 AM, and we hope you will join us at glenkirkchurch.org/sermons. Our ENGAGE student ministry will also continue live streaming via Instagram live and it’s YouTube channel on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings (more info below). We are committed to be being part of the solution to this public health crisis and doing our part to slow the spread of this virus. We are not doing this out of fear, but out of love for our community, especially those who are most vulnerable. However, that does not mean we can’t stay connected.
One of our covenant partners approached me with the idea of giving his government stimulus check to Glenkirk, so it could be redistributed to someone else who has a greater economic need. This person’s generosity reminded me of the early church, where people gave special gifts to the church to distribute to those who had need (Acts 2:45). If you wish to give all or a portion of your stimulus check in order to help others in our community who may have a greater need, you can direct that gift to Glenkirk’s Deacon fund. Everything given to this fund will be used to help others struggling financially. Thank you also for your consistent tithes and offerings during this time. Many churches are struggling financially during this time, and we have seen a slight drop in giving to our general fund giving over the last month. You can give online to our General Fund and our Deacon fund at glenkirkchurch.org/give or you can mail your tithe to 1700 Palopinto Ave., Glendora, CA 91741. A few people have asked about dropping off their giving at the church. We do have a drop box at the entrance to the church offices on Seller’s Street that you can use to drop off your giving check if you don’t use online banking or give online.
We have made our connection card available online! Here you can tell us about your experience and submit prayer requests and questions to our team.
We look forward to when we can meet together in person. What a celebration that will be! In the meantime, let’s stay connected in these ways to embody our mission together: to be a worshipping community, inviting everyone to join in the journey of becoming fully devoted followers of Jesus, loving God and his world.
Thank you for your faithful giving over these last three weeks we have been apart. We are seeking to steward these resources well, and you can continue to give online at glenkirkchurch.org/give. Just last month we were able to provide groceries for 17 international students who are stranded at their university without consistent food services. One of our members dropped off care packages to a dozen of our older members. Others have baked cookies and delivered to local seniors. We continue to support all our mission partners, both internationally and local.
Adult Small Groups
God is with us during this season, as he has been with God’s people during difficult times in the past. He is inviting us to new ways of trusting him, innovative ways of loving him (like worshipping via livestream), and creative ways of serving him. We may feel caught off guard, but I can’t help but believe that God has been preparing us for this season for a long time. So let’s cling to the promise that, “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).
Even though we are physically apart during this time, we want to stay connected! We want to pray for you. Just let us know how. You can submit prayer requests and schedule a phone call or video chat with a pastor or deacon to pray with you. Also consider signing up for a time slot for our prayer chain. You can sign up for a slot at www.glenkirkchurch.org/pray and we will send out prayer prompts for you to use.
OUTREACH & WAYS TO HELP
I am so encouraged by the creative ways Glenkirk members have been reaching out to our community. Our members continue to sew face masks for our local hospital and at-risk members in our community.
We have the opportunity to partner with local hospitals to provide face masks for doctors and nurses! If you have sewing supplies at home, we encourage you to join in on this outreach. CLICK HERE for more details, videos tutorials, and templates for making and donating face masks.
If you have practical needs we can meet during this time, we are mobilizing our deacon ministry to this end. If you are need of assistance, please contact your deacon using your Glenkirk Church profile on Church Community Builder (CCB) or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if you have specific prayer requests, you can submit them to this email address, and we will get them to our prayer team. We want to support you during this time in every way we can.
Local blood drives are happening throughout Glendora! If you are able to give blood, please consider joining our neighbors from Glendora United Methodist Church as they host blood drives on Sunday, June 7th (9:00am-3:00pm) and Wednesday, July 1st (9:00am-3:00pm). Please schedule an appointment online at www.redcrossblood.org and enter their sponsor code: glendoraUMC
Our sermons are now available LIVE on YouTube, Sundays at 9:00am and 10:45am!
CLICK HERE to watch our live stream.
Other Ministry Updates
We want to stay connected during this time! To do so, many of our ministries have moved to online meetings! Zoom enables small groups, bible studies and more to connect through video chat. If you don’t have a webcam, you can still join with your speakers/mic only.
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Online Resources for Sunday School
Assistant Director of Children’s Ministries, Amber McMahon, has put together various resources and at-home activities that can be done with your child and/or together as a family! We encourage you all to utilize these, as it will not only keep a sense of normalcy for Sunday mornings; but it will also be a great way for your child to learn faith cues from you! If you are not currently receiving emails from our Children’s Ministry Department, please email email@example.com to be added!
- Sunday school will not meet in person until further notice.
- Club 8 and Homebuilders will not meet in person until further notice.
- AWANA Programs will not meet in person until further notice.
KidMin Online (Elementary)
Glenkirk KidMin will be online only throughout the stay at home order. We have put together many resources for you to use at home! If you have any questions with any of this, please email Amber McMahon!
Step 1: Go to digitalpass.lifeway.com
Step 2: Click on “Get Started!” to create a free account. (This must be an email that you can easily access, as they will be sending a verification code to verify your account!)
Step 3: Once your account has been created, go back to digitalpass.lifeway.com
Step 4: Click on “Login” rather than “Redeem Your Digital Pass” as this is a much easier route. It will prompt you to enter your login details, and then it should bring you to the main page. (Which looks like the image below)
Step 5: Click on the light blue icon that says “LifeWay Kids at home” (It looks like the image below)
Step 6: This will then take you to your main “Dashboard” which houses all of your curriculum resources, videos, and activities. (This looks like the images below)
Step 7: You’re in! There are instructions on how to use what they have, and which videos to watch as well. The main video is the second one from the left on both rows, so this one will go over the lesson and other components of it in the best way possible.
KidMin Online (Early Childhood)
It’s been two fulfilling months of being together online. I hope our resources have helped you and your children get through this season while we can’t be meeting in person. The Lost Coin is the last story in our series about God’s love. Our puppet lady, Margie Watts, has a video on this. Watch it below.
Story & Worship Experience
If you missed watching last Sunday’s story video, here it is:
CLICK HERE for a sing-a-long to “Jesus Loves Me”
CLICK HERE for a sing-a-long to “When I Look”
CLICK HERE for Coloring Page 1
CLICK HERE for Coloring Page 2
THE PARABLE OF THE LOST COIN – A puppet show
The parable of the Lost Coin is a story of God’s redemptive love. God loves each one of us so much that He sent Jesus to redeem us from our sins that whosoever believes in Him shall have eternal life. Jesus desires for us to be His friend forever that when we receive Him as our Lord and Savior there is great rejoicing in Heaven and we, too, can’t help but tell our friends about it. Our puppet friends, Zac and Zelda are here to retell the story.
CLICK HERE to watch the puppet show.
VERSE of the WEEK: Matthew 19:14
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
Children are important in God’s eyes. Scripture tells us that we must not dismiss them as insignificant or underestimate their capacity to learn about Jesus and His love as they occupy a special place in God’s heart. Let us then, not grow weary in teaching our children and let us be intentional in nurturing them in their Christian faith for this pleases the Lord.
Have a blessed week!
Partnering with you in nurturing your child’s faith,
Early Childhood Ministry
ENGAGE students will be meeting virtually for the coming weeks! Join us Sunday and Wednesday via Instagram LIVE (@GlenkirkStudents) and on our YouTube channel. You may also follow us on Twitter (@GKStudentMin) to participate in our weekly question! For questions about Student Ministries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are using a daily devotional for students that will also be part of our discussion during our live stream: