September 17, 2020
A lot has happened with the church staff since March 2020. Due to the pandemic, we were forced to close in person operations and work from home like the rest of the country. It has definitely been different, but we are grateful for the technology that allowed us to keep the church up and running through these months.
Thankfully, we have some updates to share as we move into fall.
Since the beginning of September, the staff has been coming into the church office two days per week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) and partially reopening the office. We are following all the COVID protocols to ensure everyone’s safety.
Should you need to meet with any staff member during office hours (9AM to 4:30PM), we ask that you follow these guidelines:
- Meetings are by appointment only. Please schedule an appointment if you need to meet with a staff member. No one should enter the building without an appointment. Some appointments may be held outside using the picnic benches or the Memorial Garden.
- All visitors must sign in with the receptionist or the main office staff. This is to provide a record for contact tracing purposes.
- Masks must be worn in the church common areas (hallways, lobby, etc) by all staff and visitors.
- Do not enter the building if you have any COVID related symptoms.
- The church building is still closed to meetings. The partial opening of the offices is a first step toward full usage of our facility, but we are not there yet! The elders will decide when we can take a next reopening step.
- The preschool (1st floor beyond the reception area) area cannot be entered by any non-school employees due to state guidelines.
We will continue to keep you informed as we continue the process of reopening. If you have any questions, please reach out by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 908.665.0050.
Thanks for your cooperation, support and prayers.
In other news...
Join us for a missions “lunch” on September 24th at noon for a virtual lunch featuring NYC Relief's Jess Wright, NYC Relief's. Jess will share with us what is happening at The Relief Bus, how they are continuing to care for the needs of New York and New Jersey's homeless and how they have been impacted by Covid. Whether you have been on the Relief Bus or not, this is a great way to find out what is happening with our great mission partner. Grab your lunch, click on the link below and join us!
Meeting ID: 754 350 8732
September 16, 2020
Your Next Step
Jesus used a special term for the people who put their faith in him as Lord and Savior – Disciple.
A disciple is a follower, a learner, a servant, a student of Jesus Christ. Disciple-ship is a life-long journey to grow closer to Christ in knowledge, behavior and emotions.
As a church we believe the best way to grow spiritual is by joining together with others to study and discuss scripture, to pray with and for each other, and to connect by serving together. We offer a wide variety of small groups for both men and women and we would love to have you join one of them to take your next spiritual step. Click here to find a listing of our current small groups that are open to adding new participants. Read through the list and email the contact person if you would like to learn more about the group or join in.
For example, Tapestry is our longstanding women’s Bible study program with over a dozen small groups meeting at various times. The study this year will be 1st and 2nd Corinthians, beginning the week of September 14 and running through May. For more info and to register, click here.
If you are new to the church or new to faith in Christ
there is a special group starting just for you.
Your Next Step is a series of six modules, each only five weeks long, that cover the basics of Christian discipleship. They are designed to help the person who is brand new to Christianity and knows nothing about their faith or the Bible, as well as serve as a refresher course for people who have been believers for a long while.
To get started you begin with Step 1 – Your Life in Christ. Topics include: “Baby Steps for Following Jesus”, “God Cares for You”, “The Person of Christ”, “The Work of Christ”, “The Holy Spirit Within You”.
We first launched Step 1 – Your Life in Christ the week before the quarantine lockdown last March, which was really bad timing! So now we are relaunching Step 1 – Your Life in Christ, and you are invited to join this new online version. Other steps will follow but you are under no obligation to continue after Step 1 ends.
Step 1 – Your Life in Christ will be offered online weekly at 2 different times.
- Sunday mornings beginning Sept. 27, 11:30am to 12:30pm – led by Annie Hassen
- Monday evenings beginning Sept. 28, 7:30pm to 8:30pm – led by Pastor Jeff Ebert
Participants will need to purchase their own study guide called “Your Life in Christ” (Design for Discipleship Book 1). https://www.navpress.com/p/design-for-discipleship-1-your-life-in-christ/9781600060045 A Kindle version is available through Amazon.com.
Make this a year of real spiritual growth. Take your next step and join in. Click here to register.
Questions? Contact Pastor Jeff Ebert email@example.com.
This week in worship…
At the 9:30AM outdoor worship service the third graders will receive their Bibles from the church. You are invited to share in this church family moment and pray for our children.
At the 11AM outdoor worship service our newly elected elders and deacons will be ordained and installed to serve as our church leaders for the coming year. Come and pray for our new church officers as they step into their roles.
Our online worship services will continue at 9:30AM and 11AM. Log on via our Facebook page or our website: www.thecornernj.com.
Pastor Jeff Ebert will be preaching at all services on “Focus On the Essentials!” Read Acts 2:14 – 41 to prepare for his message.