July 18 – Luke 7:34, Jesus as Friend
July 25 – Matthew 7:24-29, Jesus at Teacher
August 1 – Luke 2:10-11, Jesus as Savior
August 8 – Luke 6:46-47, Jesus as Lord
August 15 – John 14:6, Jesus as the Way
August 22 – Matthew 28:20, Jesus as the Presence
Now a few weeks after the state of Illinois lifted all COVID restrictions, there has not been a spike in cases in Rock Island County. The effectiveness and safety of the COVID-19 vaccines has shown that many of the policies that we have implemented to remain safe are no longer needed.
Masks will always be an effective means of controlling the spread of infectious disease, and should be worn by anyone experiencing cold and flu symptoms of any kind. They should also be worn by anyone who has not been vaccinated for COVID-19. If you have not been vaccinated, please be cognizant of others who cannot be vaccinated and wear a mask as a way to protect those around you. Masks are permissible for everyone, but will not be required for in-person worship.
The pews will no longer be cordoned-off. We still encourage you to use good judgment in how you space yourself. If possible, avoid sitting directly behind or in front of another person. All meetings and Bible study gatherings can return to church with masks as an option for those participating.
For now, the way that bulletins, Communion, and the offering are taken and distributed will not change. The offering plates will still be at the exits. The bulletins will be distributed in the pews. Communion cups will be distributed at entry on the first Sunday of July. More of the round tables and the water cooler will be put back into place in the back of the sanctuary. We will wait until the fall to re-institute the coffee and fellowship time.
Starting July 18, the adult Sunday school class will return to Asbury Parlor. Starting on July 19, the Monday Lunch and Learn Bible study will meet in Epworth Hall (with a Zoom option still available). The Wednesday midday service of prayer will remain on Zoom and Facebook Live only.
area it is possible that we will move back to online worship only. If cases in the area continue to dip, some of these precautions may be loosened. For now, both the Monday Bible study and the Wednesday Prayer Service will remain online only.
Every Sunday at 9:30
We worship together every Sunday morning from 9:30-10:30. Immediately after worship, there is a time for Sunday School for all ages. There is a traditional feel to our worship, with an informal and welcoming atmosphere. That’s why we call it “Casual Traditional.”
At this time there is no Nursery available but, there are activity bags available for kids in the sanctuary.
The dress is varied. There might be a few people wearing ties, but there will also be some guys wearing t-shirts. Same thing with the ladies, for every dress and pumps, there is also a woman in jeans and a blouse.
Pastor Robb is an energetic preacher, who seldom remains behind the pulpit. Each week he also shares a short children’s moment. If your children feel comfortable, they are welcome to come forward. If you prefer, parents can accompany their little ones up to the front.
The choir is lively, and shares rousing anthems, melodic spirituals, and introspective responses. Our African choir has musical offerings about once a month, many of the songs they share have direct English translations in addition to the native language in which they are singing. It is a truly beautiful experience to hear some of the old favorite hymns sung in two different languages at once. Who knows, you may even learn a little Swahili.
Our newly remodeled sanctuary includes a “Cafe Seating” section. These round tables, with coffee, water, and cookies nearby, offer a new way of experiencing worship. There are kids bulletins available. There is also a room adjacent to the sanctuary for parents with little ones that want a little more privacy. The room is furnished with a glider, a few activities for little ones, softer lighting, and a big window out to the worship space.