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The Voice for April 15

...and he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

The Easter celebration continues. We still are finding the Risen One revealed to us in our everyday lives, as the earth comes to life, and we continue to discover signs of hope around us.  I trust your coming days are manageable, whether you are staying in tight isolation, being active and out because of work, or, like me, some combination of the two.  

New Bible Study: 4 Weeks with the Gospels will begin next week. Spend and hour or so in conversation with me around how the 4 gospel writers shared the Resurrection message with the early church and with us. You're welcome to invite friends, ages teen through adult. We will gather on Zoom, for those able to dial or join us by video.  We'd love to have you, and to choose the best time to offer it, I encourage you to visit our Doodle Poll and tell us when you might be available.  We can decide together whether to record the sessions to share with others when we first meet. 

Film & Faith Movie Watch! is coming soon. Watch for details for sharing in viewing a popular film together, with a time to gather and discuss it.  I hope we can have our first showtime by May 1.

Our Christian Education Committee just met and are pulling together some helpful resources for all ages to help us have a richer experience of life in general, and especially during this season of social distancing.  If you have suggestions to share, please reach out to them.  You can call or email me at any time.

I trust you are with us on our Zoom gatherings for worship on Sundays, or have a chance to look up the service afterward on our YouTube Channel: North Eaton Christian Church.  There, you will also find a wonderful gift to the whole church, produced by Miki Saito, in a lovely collection of 50 Minutes of Beautiful Hymns and meditations.  This music, the worship service from Easter, and any of our videos, will be made available to any of you who are not on the internet over the coming days.  We can provide it to you on audio CD or DVD.  You can always request them in advance by reply to this news or by calling the church office at 440-748-2230.

I look forward to staying connected by any means possible. As worship and other occasions are scheduled or released, they will appear on our Facebook public page: www.facebook.com/neccdisciples.   Please share that news with others who may enjoy it, since that page may be viewed by anyone at any time, regardless of whether they are Facebook users or not. It's a good way to invite your neighbors to come to church. Come as you are!

For this coming Sunday, we will gather at 9 a.m. on Sunday on Zoom, with our usual coffee hour following Sunday's worship. You are welcome to join me there (see new info on using Zoom below). We will once again share it, to the greatest extent possible on that neccdisciples page on Facebook as a live broadcast.

Please remember you can make your regular contributions by mail, on our website using your bank account or bank card, or by the Bill-Pay system offered by your bank. We give thanks that God has called us to a life of Christian stewardship and mutual care!

Let's stay close, as we continue to look to the one who is going before us into the mission that is being laid in our path!  I miss you all.

With Love and Blessings, 


Rev. David T. Chafin
Pastor

P. S.  I hope you'll call or Zoom in for our Wednesday chat sessions at 7 each week!

Please keep us updated on these we are praying for, by replying to your Voice email, or contacting the pastor or church office.  Thank you.  
Community Food Ministries
In addition to our efforts to assist those who are in need of assistance with food through the work of our Food Pantry, our coordinator, Barb Galvin, is helping us connect with others through the Helping Hands Food Pantry's distributions next on May 2.  We have provided items from our pantry, and funds from our designated gifts for that purpose.  If you want to further assist this ministry to the Grafton and Eaton Twp community, please consider designating a portion of your offering to go to the pantry this week, when you go to our giving page or write your check to the church.  
 

Cub Pack 111 is holding a Food Drive to support the North Eaton Christian Church Food Pantry. If you are able to support the Cubs and NECC at this time please bring any donations to the East Entrance of the church building tomorrow, Thurs, April 23rd. (Sorry for the late notice here).

All donations are greatly appreciated. We are particularly looking for canned fruits and meats; paper products; hygiene items and household cleaning products.   If you are not able to get out at this time you can always donate online at neccdisciples.com or send a check to the church.

Thank you to our scouts, and to all who have continued to support NECC's outreach efforts in this strange time we are experiencing.

Using Zoom and Other Ways to Connect

The listed times for scheduled online call-in/Zoom-in conversations and worship are readily available to you.  It’s simple from any telephone or computer.  Anyone can do this! Just note that Zoom now requires a password to protect our meetings.  Please enter 35895 (our church street address) as password, unless a different one is given to you for a meeting.  This applies to the open chat times as well as worship and our virtual coffee hour.

We know that not all scheduled times work for everyone.  You may be one of those who needs another time to connect either publicly or privately.  You can reach the pastor directly on his cell phone at 878-379-4458.  
Our Bridge to Gathering
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Simple Steps:
Here's what you do when a gathering or meeting is announced:

1. Write down this Meeting ID number:  302 471 0967.  Most posts will have a link directly to that meeting number, but if you don't have access to it, that's the only thing you'll need to remember.

2. You will be asked for a password to get in.  For our worship and coffee hour times, and mid-week check-ups the password is 35895.

3. Invite your friends to join you, either by phone or online at Zoom.com.

4. To join us by telephone--your land line or cell--simply dial 301-715-8592 or 253-215-8782, and when prompted, enter the 
meeting ID (302 471 0967) and password.

5. If you are working from a smart phone, yup, there's an app for that to simplify your experience.  Check your app store at Google or Apple for the Zoom app.  If you have an emailed link to the meeting, you can just click to go to it.  If not, just enter the meeting ID (302 471 0967) and password.

6. If you're working from your smart phone or computer's internet browser, go to Zoom.com, where you'll see a button to "join meeting". Click it and enter the meeting ID (302 471 0967) and password.

7. If you arrive early, you'll be in the dungeon called "the waiting room." Don't panic if the meeting doesn't start on time.  Only we can push the button that makes it happen and frees you from your solitude!

8. If/when you get bored or need to move on, you can pretend to be there (using a well-crafted cardboard cutout or manequin of yourself, or mute your phone or video, or just say goodbye. Be ready to be virtually hugged on your way out the door.

Zoom offers a new way for us to have conversation time together.  You can just phone in to listen and speak, or go online from your computer or smart phone with the app, and see and be seen as well.  Send an email to dtchafin@gmail.com or call him at 878-379-4458 if you're interested in joining in but have questions.
Please note that our weekday chats are now only held on Wednesday evening at 7.  If you'd like to suggest a different time, please contact the church or the pastor.
Do you need help with basic needs at this time?
Our Food Pantry is stocked,
and we have able bodies who can help with basic resources upon request.


Please call the church at 440-748-2230 (9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays)
or Pastor David at 878-379-4458 (at any hour).
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