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Easter, Continued...

The celebration we began nearly 6 weeks ago continues to unfold as this spring continues to beckon us throw open the windows of our own "tombs" and let a fresh breath of the Spirit flood our lives with warmth and light. It is good to be people of the Resurrection, and know that, wherever the Wind of God may blow, we are moving on with it, bearing witness to the living Christ who journeys with us! 

Many of us are longing to move on from this present state of living - something we did not invite nor do we welcome - under the precautions of this pandemic which seem to have no clean and easy "end" in sight.  It can be disheartening to realize that, even as restrictions are being lifted for more human interaction, things will not be the same as they were just a couple of months ago.  We continue to learn and adapt, and the reality is that we have a long way to go.

With that said, your leaders and I are still conferring about how and when we  might be safe to offer some sort of in-person gathering opportunities for the church.  We are not ready to speak a date yet, and if you read my letter last week, you are already aware that our new beginning will not look or feel like what we left behind. 

But I wonder...is that not the mystery and power of this season? Is this not why the Spirit of God came upon the lives of those believers at Pentecost? Is it not a fresh expression of what Jesus promised us in John's Gospel - of one who would come alongside us and guide us in a wilderness world toward something that would transform the lives and hearts of all who encounter it?

I already sense the Spirit's stirrings, the new languages we have been "forced" to learn in the wake of what seemed to be the "absence" of God just a few weeks ago as we draped the cross and laid the Savior in the tomb.  He lives, my friends!  Nothing and nobody can change the course of history but that God allows it.  Perhaps the resurrection power, the pentecostal power, is the empowerment we have languished for in these past years - generations, really!  Do not fear the future, for wherever we walk with Christ is the right place to go.

Please pray for us to make wise decisions about returning to the building - that our decisions be built on Christian love and compassion, and not selfishness.  And please pray for our church to continue to grow in what we are learning together while apart!  Perhaps, indeed, we were baptized "for such a time as this." 

I trust you'll read reminders and updates below with care, and remember that we rely on you and your faithful stewardship to continue to cultivate the seeds that have been planted among us in this season, as much as when we are face-to-face.  Please stay in touch with me: 878-379-4458, should you have questions or concerns.  I hold you very close in prayer and with thanksgiving!  

Every Blessing!

Pastor David

WORSHIP
We will continue as we have the past two weeks, offering worship on YouTube, with a YouTube Premiere video at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning.  Our Facebook Page (neccdisciples) will have a post on Saturday night indicating that, and you can click on it to get a reminder of the 9 a.m. opening.  Zoom will be open at 8:30 for any pre-worship conversation you may want, but will be closed during worship.  You can come back and enjoy our Virtual Coffee Hour chat time together, again on Zoom, from the end of worship until we all part, usually around 10:00 or 10:15.. 

If you have the YouTube app, feel free to like our NECC channel and share it with your friends.  We love to have people making use of this wonderful resource.  There is a lot of wonderful music and worship video to be discovered there.
Please remember our Zoom room is open for catching up with each other on
Wednesday at 7 pm, following Bible Study.
We would love to see you there!
Let Us Help You Connect Online!

If you have internet connection by computer or a smart phone:
  1. Always ask a kid!  If there is a safe way that someone in your family can be with you, or talk you through the process, you can easily find your way to both our Facebook and connect with us on Zoom.  I repeat:  You do NOT have to be a Facebook user to use our Facebook page.  It is there for the public, just like our website.  If your family member needs coached in connecting you with either Facebook or Zoom, go to #2.
  2. Call us!  It's really that simple.  Call the pastor at 878-379-4458.  We can arrange to talk you or a friend or family member through the process. We just need to plan a time to do that.  If you are not ill and are comfortable with a masked person coming into your home to help you with the process, that can be arranged.  
  3. Don't feel foolish!  A lot of us are struggling these days to make connections, and a lot of us do not spend hours a day working with technology.  Use the help of people who want to help.  Just make the call.  
If you do not use internet or smart phone:
  1. All of our Zoom gatherings are accessible by plain old telephone.  You can't see us, but you can hear us and talk to us.  It's not as much fun as being "face to face," so to speak, but it's better than being left out...or leaving US out!  We want you to be with us.  See #2.
  2. It's easy as pie!  At the appointed time, pick up your phone and dial in either of these numbers (if one doesn't work, try the other one): 301-715-8592 or 253-215-8782.
  •  You'll be asked for a meeting number:  302-471-0967
  • If asked for a pass code: 35895
Please don't let a distaste for technology keep you from taking your part with us.  We want you and we need you.  Once again, if you have questions, call the pastor: 878-379-4458.
Serving in the Spirit of Christ
Christ's Cupboard
Christ's Cupboard
has opened in our East Entrance (across from the playground) for anyone in the community to come "shop" 24 hours a day for needed pantry basics, including toilet paper! 

Please share this with people you know who might benefit, and if anyone wants to contribute food basics, toiletries, paper products, etc., please drop them on the bench across from the Cupboard shopping shelves. Thanks in advance for your help!


Other Food Resources
Please share this with anyone who might benefit from this wonderful community opportunity this Saturday!
Other resources are available, and we hope you will contact us for any basic needs you have.  We have volunteers who will help you with shopping, doctor visits, etc.  We just need to know.

We welcome your questions and encourage you to be a part of this rather exciting time of Christian ministry and witness.  If you'd like to volunteer, call or email the pastor.
Youth Continue to "Gather"
Our young church family members are gathering on Zoom for faith-filled activities and conversation on a regular basis, under Polly's leadership.  Grateful to see these smiles!  If you know a young person who would be interested in joining them, please contact her!

Some Welcome Activities!

We are proud of the work of our Christian Education Committee, who have provided this resource for your use at home. 

If you have an internet connection, there are worlds to explore in this time, or any time!  Updates will be made periodically, so if you have other links or ideas to share, please send them on! 




 
Now Playing: Moonstruck



Yes!

There's something to be learned from commercial, popular film (and all the arts), and much of it touches our faith, as does all of life. 

Come, enjoy an evening of viewing and conversation with us, this Friday!
STEWARDSHIP
Our care for one another includes staying close in ALL facets of our walk together as Christians.  We understand that you may not be able to keep up with your commitments, and encourage you to let us know.  You can call the church office during our normal hours (9-1, Mon. through Fri.), or contact Carol Wilson, our Financial Secretary, to update her with that information. However you are able to help at this time is important.  Our budgetary needs go on, even when you are not coming into the building.  Please take a moment to prayerfully consider where you are in your giving, and then...
  • Mail your offering envelope or check to us at 35895 Royalton Rd., Grafton, OH  44044, or
  • Use Bill-pay arrangements through your bank, or
  • Give online through PayPal, using your Paypal account or a debit card (you can even set up recurring payments, just like Bill-pay.  Just visit neccdisciples.com/giving
We are grateful for your ongoing commitment to the ministries of the church and the mission of Jesus!
WE ARE HERE TO SERVE YOU AND OUR COMMUNITY!
A lot of important ministries are growing at NECC.  Please share these with anyone who may find them useful.
  • Bible Study takes place Wednesdays at 6 on Zoom.  We are now moving to our second week of 4 Weeks with the Gospels, studying how each writer presents the Resurrection.
  • Faith and Film begins this Friday at 6.  Actually, the viewing time scheduled is at 6, but you are encouraged to watch it on your own.  Chocolat is the film we will discuss at 8:00 p.m. on Zoom.  We'd love to have you join us, with or without popcorn!
  • Christ's Cupboard has opened in our East Entrance (across from the playground) for anyone in the community to come "shop" 24 hours a day for needed pantry basics, including toilet paper!  Please share this with people you know who might benefit, and if anyone wants to contribute food basics, toiletries, paper products, etc., please drop them on the bench across from the Cupboard shopping shelves. Thanks in advance for your help!
  • Other resources are available, and we hope you will contact us for any basic needs you have.  We have volunteers who will help you with shopping, doctor visits, etc.  We just need to know.
We welcome your questions and encourage you to be a part of this rather exciting time of Christian ministry and witness.  If you'd like to volunteer, call or email the pastor.
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