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Xtreme Week is Back!

After a virtual VBS in 2020 because of COVID, we are expecting hundreds of boys and girls to be back on our campus for Xtreme Week (Ingleside’s version of Vacation Bible School). With the theme “Destination Dig” (think archaeological adventure), Xtreme Week is for boys and girls who have completed 3K – 5th grade.  It’s Monday through Friday, June 7-11, from 8:45 a.m. -12:15 p.m. How you can help.  Here are three ways for you to help us make Xtreme Week a great spiritual...

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Next Steps Toward Normalcy

For the month of May.  As vaccinations increase and spread of the coronavirus in our region remains low, we plan to raise our worship capacity limits from approximately 33% to 40% beginning this Sunday, May 2. That means we will be able to accommodate 640 worshipers in each service in the Worship Center, 200 in the Chapel, and 160 in the Multi-Purpose Gym. Even as we increase capacity in each of our worship services (8:30, 9:15, and two at 11:00 a.m.), we will revise our pandemic...

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Next Steps begin Sunday, May 2

In today’s blog, I want you to know about: (1) worship capacity increases, (2) new pandemic protocols, and (3) how to make recommendations for the office of Overseer. Increased worship capacity.  As vaccinations increase and spread of the coronavirus in our region remains low, we plan to raise our worship capacity limits from approximately 33% to 40% beginning on Sunday, May 2. That means we will be able to accommodate 640 worshipers in each service in the Worship Center, 200 in...

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A Weekend to Remember

Do you remember April 12, 2020? I do. It was an Easter like no other. Our church campus was calm and quiet. We led but one livestream worship service at 11:00 a.m. with a skeleton crew. No Saturday Easter Family Fun Day. No Saturday evening services. No delicious brunch in the Gathering Area on Sunday morning. No family pictures out on the Plaza. Our best metrics say that about 2,700 people worshipped online that morning. It just seemed strange, and we all longed for more. Were you...

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Get Ready for Easter Weekend

I hope you have made plans to join us for worship this Easter weekend as we celebrate together the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Here are six things you need to know or need to do. First, make your reservation.  As of this writing, fewer than 100 of the 2,555 seats in our seven services are still available.  But I suggest that you keep checking the website regularly.  Plans change, and reservations open up again.  If no reservations are available, join us on the...

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Invite a Friend this Easter

I hope you are planning to invite a friend and join us for worship on Easter weekend as we celebrate together the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. On the weekend of April 3-4, we are planning to gather in seven in-person worship services and two livestream services as follows: Saturday 4:00 p.m.  Worship Center (Blended) 6:00 p.m.  Worship Center (Blended) 6:00 p.m.  Multi-Purpose Gym (Contemporary) 6:00 p.m.  Livestream Sunday 8:30 a.m.    Chapel...

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Have You Been Vaccinated Yet?

It’s a question often asked these days: “Have you been vaccinated yet?” The short answer for me is, “Yes!” My wife, Beverly, and I both got the shot on the day we became eligible this past Monday. We were able to receive the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) one-shot version.  Thus far, we have had no side effects other than a slightly sore arm (similar to when we get the flu shot each year). According to the Georgia Department of Public Health Vaccine Distribution...

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United for Maximum Influence (Part 7 of the Series)

For more than thirty years, Ingleside has been a remarkably united church.  Across those three decades, we have learned some important truths about our unity – some of which I am recounting in this series of articles. In earlier installments (read them all here), I have addressed (1) why we should talk about this topic now; (2) how unity is both a gift and a goal; (3) seven dimensions of our spiritual unity; (4) how we are united by what we believe – our doctrinal unity; (5) how we...

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Easter at Ingleside 2021

I hope you will plan now to invite a friend and join us for worship on Easter weekend as we celebrate together the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. On the weekend of April 3-4, we are planning to gather in seven in-person worship services and two livestream services as follows: Saturday 4:00 p.m.  Worship Center (Blended) 6:00 p.m.  Worship Center (Blended) 6:00 p.m.  Multi-Purpose Gym (Contemporary) 6:00 p.m.  Livestream Sunday 8:30 a.m.    Chapel...

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Biblical Wisdom for Unsettling Times

Would you agree that we are living in unusually unsettling times? Now more than ever, we need to turn to the Lord.  We need God’s wisdom and God’s power to help us be faithful followers of Jesus. We need to pray earnestly for those in leadership at every level of our government and for the honorable discharge of our own responsibilities as Christian citizens. So, I hope you will make it a priority to join us for worship -- either in person or online -- this Sunday, January...

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