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Update on Worship at Glenkirk Church
With the recent spike in COVID19 cases in Los Angeles county, the LA County Department of Public Health has released new requirements for in person worship services. Among these new requirements are an elimination of all singing during the worship service. This applies to both indoor and outdoor worship services.
Since singing together is such a significant part of our worship experience at Glenkirk, we will be moving back to live stream services ONLY this coming Sunday, July 5. To comply with this new order, Glenkirk’s campus will be closed to all in person worship services. The new order permits us to have one person singing during our livestream broadcast as long as the service is for the purpose of livestreaming only and not open to the public. I invite you to worship with us from home via our livestream at www.glenkirkchurch.org/sermons.
This Sunday we will be introducing and interviewing our new Assistant Pastor, Jonathan Pierre-Puckett, as well as his wife Rhianna during our worship services. We will also be continuing our series on the Way of Jesus, where we talk about “The Advocate” from John 16:4-15.
This Sunday we will also still be celebrating Communion together. Even though we are not worshipping in person, you can still pick up your sealed prepackaged Communion elements from our pastors on Friday from 5 PM until 6 PM and on Saturday from 9 AM until 10 AM at the roundabout in the parking lot. Once you pick up your Communion elements, you can take the bread and the cup along with us during the worship service livestream at 9 AM or 10:45 AM. Additionally, at 5 PM this Sunday night we will have our pastors available in the Glenkirk parking lot to serve Communion to you in your car.
Thank you for your patience with us during this time. We are trying to adjust as quickly as we can to ever changing circumstances during this public health crisis. This Sunday I will be talking about some of the ways the Holy Spirit is at work in our world and in the Church today. I fully believe the Spirit is at work during this public health crisis. We are in this together and look forward to seeing the many ways God works in us and through us.
Standing with you,
Pastor Tim Peck
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.
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
NEW PASTOR OF STUDENT MINISTRIES
After a six-month search, Session has voted to call Jonathan Pierre-Puckett as Glenkirk’s new Assistant Pastor of Student Ministries starting in July. The interview team who conducted the search considered 40 different applicants, reviewed supplemental questions from 12, and then interviewed six. The interview team was impressed with Jonathan’s pastoral heart for students of all kinds, his desire to partner with parents in student spiritual formation, his proven track record of reaching unchurched students, and his commitment to developing leaders. Because Jonathan is already ordained, he will be joining us as an Assistant Pastor.
Jonathan came to faith in Christ at San Clemente Presbyterian Church, where he also first began volunteering with students. Most recently, Jonathan served for six years on a church staff as a director and then an associate pastor of student ministries at a church in Orange County. He earned his B.A. from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, and he has two courses remaining to complete his Masters in Pastoral Studies from Azusa Pacific Seminary. Jonathan also has a certificate from Urban Youth Workers Institute. Jonathan has been married a little over a year to his wife Rhianna, who works in student affairs at APU.
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)
For the month of July, we will continue with the theme on Believing in Jesus. For this week, our story is about Peter’s denial of Jesus. There is a Parent Lesson Guide to help you review the story with your child and the bible verse with the actions that go with it.
Story & Worship Experience
Hope you enjoyed this week’s lesson. Have a fun and safe July 4th celebration.
Early Childhood Ministry
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Glenkirk ENGAGE is back with in-person worship! We are excited to see you again. We will meet Wednesdays and Sundays with multiple precautions to keep our students safe and healthy. Please bring your mask to program! Masks should be worn at all times while on the Glenkirk campus. We will also continue to practice social distancing!
Sundays – Middle School and High School students will meet for worship, Bible study, and discussion time on the Children’s field (south of the Gathering Place). Middle school gathers on the south end of the field; high schoolers on the north side of the field. Please enter through the gate on the appropriate side of the field. Students should come directly to the field at 9:00am (no middle school dismissal from service).
Wednesdays – Middle School and High School students will meet for worship, Bible study, and discussion time at 6:30pm. Middle school gathers in Room 15; high school gathers in Fellowship Hall.
We are using a daily devotional for students: