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Archive for 2020

Is Your Vision Big Enough?

It’s all too easy for our perspective on life to become too tightly focused. The legitimate, daily demands of family, work, and school can become all-consuming. Even in our spiritual lives, we can lose sight of the bigger picture. That’s why it’s good for us to be reminded that God is at work all around the world. Truth be told, we all need to be challenged to look beyond our usual horizons and consider how God would have us to be involved personally in his global mission...

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New Worship Schedule Begins This Sunday

Our traditional worship service is scheduled to resume this Sunday, October 18. As was the case pre-pandemic, we will meet in the Chapel at 8:30 a.m. each Sunday morning. Reservations are required (make them here) and seating will be limited to 25% of capacity (125 worshipers).  We will practice social distancing, and face coverings are strongly encouraged. Limited preschool care by reservation will also be available. New Sunday Worship Schedule.  As we re-start our traditional...

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Worship Schedule Changes – October 18

We are preparing to resume our traditional worship service on Sunday, October 18. As was the case pre-pandemic, we will meet in the Chapel at 8:30 a.m. each Sunday morning. Reservations will be required and seating will be limited to 25% of capacity (125 worshipers).  We will practice social distancing, and face coverings are strongly encouraged. Limited preschool care by reservation will also be available. Sunday Worship Schedule Revision.  As we re-start our traditional worship...

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Traditional Service Resumes October 18

In today’s blog I want you to know about (1) plans to re-start our traditional worship service; (2) adjustments to our Sunday worship schedule; and (3) new Overseer officers elected for the coming year. Traditional Worship Re-start.  We began to re-gather for in-person, on-campus worship on Sunday, June 14. At first, we had only two blended services in our Worship Center.  Then, on September 13 we added back our contemporary worship serve and kids worship. Now, we are preparing...

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Worship Update and Holiday Planning

In today’s blog, I want to give you (1) an update on our weekly worship gatherings and (2) our plans for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Worship Update.  We began to re-gather for in-person, on-campus worship on Sunday, June 14.  So far, so good. In fact, this past Sunday we welcomed 892 worshipers on campus.  At the same time, about 920 worshipers participated online. So, if because of your age or health situation it’s wisest and best for you to continue to worship with us...

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Will You Tell Me Why?

Is Ingleside your church home?  If so, will you tell me why? My question is:  why did you choose Ingleside to be your church home? Perhaps it was our location – we are near to where you live. Perhaps it was our children’s ministries – you wanted a good spiritual foundation for your kids. Perhaps it was our student ministries – you were looking for a good youth group for your teens. Perhaps it was relationships – maybe you had friends or family who already...

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Is it Time for You to Come Back?

We resumed in-person, on-campus worship at Ingleside on Sunday, June 14.  So far, so good. We practice social distancing, face coverings are strongly encouraged, room capacity is limited to 25%, and reservations are required (make your reservations here). So I have a question:  is it time for you to come back? Thom Rainer, a leading church researcher, recently wrote that for most churches “somewhere between 20 and 30 percent” of pre-pandemic worshipers will likely never...

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Next Steps on the Wise Way Forward

So far, God has honored our efforts to wisely and safely re-engage in-person, on-campus ministry at Ingleside. We have deliberately taken an incremental approach.  Instead of cannon-balling off the diving board into the deep end, we have purposefully waded back into the water a step at a time – assessing, evaluating, and asking the Lord’s wisdom with each step we take. You may remember that we began regathering for worship on June 14, Weekday Preschool and Mothers Morning Out...

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Help for Parents in the Pandemic

If you are a parent, I suspect you could use some fresh encouragement, inspiration, and insights as you love and lead your children . . . especially through some of the unique challenges presented by the pandemic. That’s why we are offering a virtual parenting conference this Sunday, August 30, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.  More information about the 10 workshops being offered is here. The conference is free, but registration is required.  You may sign up here. A two-hour investment this...

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See you Sunday?

I’m looking forward to being back in worship with our church family this Sunday, August 23, and I hope to see you in worship too! Either be part of one of our in-person services at 9:00 or 11:00 in the Worship Center (you may make your reservation here), or join us for the livestream (on our website, Facebook, or YouTube). Now that summer rhythms are giving way to school schedules, make sure and put Sunday worship back into your weekly routine. God is honored and we benefit when...

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