In this time of the Covid-19 pandemic, our church leaders have chosen to suspend worship services and group gatherings until the government-order “stay at home” is lifted. Please check back here for updates.
We continue to explore how to be church together while we are apart. Some of the ways we are connecting are listed here (please let Pastor Chris know of any other ideas you might have by sending him an email at email@example.com). May God’s peace and hope be with you always.
Weekly Sunday worship – to bring us all God’s Word and to keep our focus on our God of hope, Pastor Chris brings us a devotion on YouTube each week. The link for the coming Sunday is on this home page. It is also included on our “Sermons” page, along with the past YouTube devotions.
Weekly Text Study – our Wednesday morning study group continues to meet via Zoom from 10 to 11 a.m. every Wednesday. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and a link will be sent to you so you can participate.
Care Groups – to help everyone know they are not alone during this time, our church council leaders are in contact with all of our members on a regular basis to check in, find out how they are doing, and to ask if anything is needed.
Weekly Messenger – to keep lines of communication open, an e-announcement is sent out several times a week. The first is sent out on Tuesday and contains a brief devotion along with announcements, a second goes out on Friday with a short introduction about the coming Sunday’s worship, and the third goes out about 8:30 a.m. on Sunday morning with a link to that day’s YouTube devotion that will be available at 10 a.m. The congregation is invited to “gather” in their homes at that time to give a sense of our community with each other. (Of course, people are welcome to view it at a different time too.) To receive these e-announcements (via MailChimp), please send a request to email@example.com and you will be added to the list.
Common Prayer – every day at noon – to expand our awareness of the body of Christ and the larger community of faith, all are encouraged to take one minute (or longer is OK) to “put our hands together” in prayer at noon each day. Whether you will begin your lunch or you’re in the middle of an activity (excluding driving), think of those in our community of faith as doing the same thing. Turn to God in prayer to strengthen the fellowship that is still ours in Christ.
Virtual Happy Hour – for an opportunity to gather together to just chat and catch up with our lives, all are invited to a virtual fellowship time via Zoom. Grab a cup of coffee or glass of wine or other favorite beverage, put on your comfy slippers, ease into your favorite chair, and join the conversation! To participate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for the link, password and other instructions.
Angel Project – a special YouTube children’s chat and activity have been created to help our kids know God’s presence with them in these days. Click here for the video, here for the angel drawing activity, and here for a written message of comfort.
Need to talk? – We are all hurting in these days of isolation and have many questions about what is happening. Pastor Chris is available for conversation at the church on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon. In order to best-practice safe physical distancing, conversations will be held by appointment in the church entrance area (or outside, weather permitting) with chairs spaced at least 12 feet apart. Please call/text Pastor Chris at 360-907-4289 or email him at email@example.com to schedule an appointment. He looks forward to sharing this time with you.
Welcome – and thank you for finding our website!
The people of our faith community and I warmly welcome you and are glad you have found us. God is on the move among us – and you’re invited to join our journey!
We gather on Sundays at 9 a.m. to hear God’s Word, sing, pray, and celebrate the Lord’s Supper together. A time of singing begins ten minutes before the service (except during Advent and Lent). Coffee and conversation as well as education classes for all ages follow our worship. Our prayer is that you will find Elim to be a place of rest, refreshment and renewal as together we take God’s message of love and grace out into the world.
The gifts of God are FOR ALL!
Pastor Chris Nolte
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Celebrating our oneness in God
We joyfully welcome Journey of Faith Church of God of Prophecy as they share our building for their worship and ministry. They worship on Sundays at 11 a.m., followed by their education time and fellowship.