From the desk of Pastor Veronica


December 29. 2020

Hi ILC Friends and Family!
The New Year is nearly here and we’ve got an updated, and shareable, schedule to go along with it. Below is a flyer with the weekly events taking place online in the month of January. I’ve included in this email links to our Facebook page, website, and YouTube channel as well as the Zoom link we use for all Zoom events. You’ll note that on the flyer each event has listed whether you can find it on Facebook or Zoom. As always, anything that takes place on Facebook is recorded and uploaded to both our website and YouTube channels usually within the same day or shortly after.
There will be no Holy Happy Hour on December 29 and no Midweek Devotions on December 30. KidZoom and TeenZoom will resume on Sunday, January 10, 2021. This is to give us time to prepare some wonderful worship and creative devotions for all of the online events taking place in January. There will be Story Time on December 29 and 31.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Pastor Veronica
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ILCKilleen/
Website: www.killeenimmanuel.com
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZolhxfHcRD17MeLTIAIFow/videos
Zoom: https://luthersem.zoom.us/j/8309656880
Zoom Meeting ID: 830 965 6880
The Rev. Veronica W. Smith, Pastor
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Killeen
Call/Text: 443-613-2674
Email: pastor@killeenimmanuel.com
Address: 3801 Cunningham Rd, Killeen, TX 76542


We continue to offer all sorts of different online opportunities to gather for people of all ages and stages of life and all of our online content is available in many locations as soon as it’s finished playing live on our Facebook page (Click here to go there: https://www.facebook.com/ILCKilleen. Have you checked out our website lately to see all of the content there? You can also find all letters and emails that have been sent out by the church leadership (to learn more go to: www.killeenimmanuel.com). Of course, if you’re just looking for videos, you can find them all on our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZolhxfHcRD17MeLTIAIFow).


Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help with worship as a reader! If you volunteered to read you should have received an email from me with more information. Please be mindful of the due dates. Some folks have asked if they can still volunteer even if they don’t have a smart phone for recording and the answer is YES! We’ve figured out a way to record you reading without you needing a smart phone! If you’re interested in having your name added to the list of readers, please let me know.


One of the concerns we’ve been hearing about since we had to move our church events and activities online is not hearing about prayer requests. We need your help in getting that information out to others. When you send a prayer request, please send it to me (pastor@killeenimmanuel.com) AND to the church office (office@killeenimmanuel.com). This will help make extra sure we get your prayer requests. If you are aware of an unaddressed prayer concern or if you made a prayer request that was never shared or responded to, please accept my sincerest apologies. We are all trying so hard to keep lines of communication open, but sometimes we fail. I hope you will offer me and the leadership of Immanuel grace as we make mistakes and do our best to know better and do better.


Most of the children in our congregation spent the end of their school year doing online learning. This was a very unique way of learning and meant that they spent a lot more time than usual in front of a screen. In addition, we wouldn’t normally offer a regular Sunday School schedule throughout the summer. All that being said, after discussing our two Zoom events for young people, we’ve decided to take a break during the month of July. There will be NO KidZoom and NO Teen Zoom in July. However, both myself and all the teachers are excited to return on August 2 with some new faith-filled activities! Teen Zoom will be converting to a more similar structure to Confirmation class on August 2 and students should plan to gather for a focused 45 minutes of class.  


The Lay Ministry board gathered for a Zoom meeting recently and shared many ideas for ways to keep our congregation connected and bring some more creativity into worship. One of their suggestions was to find a way to include some of the youngest members of our congregation in the weekly worship video. If you are the parent or guardian of a child in the Immanuel family who is under the age of 18, we need your help! We’re seeking video clips of our children sharing a “God Sighting” (a time when they experienced God in the world). So, grab your smart phone, set it to video, and ask your kiddo(s), “Where do you see God in the world?” When you’re finished filming you can email your video to pastor@killeenimmanuel.com or send it via text message to 443-613-2674. **Videos must be received by July 26 in order to be used for the August 2 worship service.**


**All events available live on Facebook unless otherwise noted, Facebook events are generally made available on YouTube and our website within a few hours of airing.**
9AM – Worship Live
**KidZoom & Teen Zoom are on break in July and will resume on August 2, 2020.**

7:30PM – Story Time
8:00PM – Holy Happy Hour (Zoom Link: https://luthersem.zoom.us/j/8309656880)

**NEW BOOK – “When God is Silent” by Barbara Brown Taylor
11:30AM – Morning Devotion
6:45PM – Evening Devotion

11:00AM – Coffee & Conversation (Zoom Link: https://luthersem.zoom.us/j/8309656880)
7:30PM – Story Time