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From the desk of Pastor Veronica

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Nov 9, 2020

PASTOR’S MESSAGE
Hi Friends!

A reminder that this Sunday, November 15, 2020 at 9:45am we will have our Congregational Meeting. The agenda for this meeting is a combination of the agenda items from our postponed April meeting (due to covid) and our regular November budget meeting. Copies of the Annual Report are available in the church office.  

There will be two ways for ILC members to participate in the annual congregational meeting – indoors and outdoors. For those attending indoors, the meeting will take place immediately following worship. Simply remain in your seats and participate in the meeting like usual. For those attending outdoors, please arrive in the church parking lot no later than 9:45am. You will need to check in with Pastor Veronica curbside and then receive instructions for participating in the rest of the meeting. If you have a smart phone, you may watch the congregational meeting via Zoom using the following link: https://luthersem.zoom.us/j/8309656880. Communion will be distributed to everyone at the conclusion of the meeting. 

It has come to the attention of the church leadership that there have been significant problems with the Facebook worship livestream on Sunday mornings. We have heard your concerns and we know we need to do better. Please know that we consider accessible worship to be one of our highest priorities. We believe we have found a temporary solution for managing the many problems we’ve had streaming worship since going back in the building. Worship this Sunday will be recorded and then posted to the church Facebook page. This will help us to address the audio problems we’ve been having and some other concerns as well. This week, the service will be made available on our ILC Facebook page immediately following the annual meeting. Please bear with us as we navigate these new waters. 

FYI: There is NO KidZoom or TeenZoom this Sunday due to the congregational meeting. 
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Have a blessed week and remember: God loves you and so do I!
Blessings,
Pastor Veronica

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






FIND US ONLINE

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).

WORSHIP HELPERS

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.

PRAYER REQUESTS

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.

KIDZOOM & TEEN ZOOM

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.  

SPECIAL REQUEST

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.**



JULY ONLINE SCHEDULE

**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.**
Sunday
9AM – Worship Live
**KidZoom & Teen Zoom are on break in July and will resume on August 2, 2020.**

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

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

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