The Downtown Church

🎄 Christmas Eve Worship + Giving, and January Online Groups

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Greetings from The Downtown Church! This is a bi-weekly email with information about events, updates, and other fun things from the leadership of the church.

In the past nine months, I have asked myself a zillion times, “Is The Downtown Church going to be OK?"

I don’t mean the building - that has withstood almost 120 years of midwest weather and, although it needs care, it's solid. My concern has been about the people who call us their church home. We officially began as a new congregation in June 2019 and we were doing a great job building relationships, serving our community, and growing in faith. In March we discovered it all had to change. The word I heard most often was pivot.

So we pivoted. We brought worship online. When we could, we masked, socially distanced, and Zoomed (not all at the same time) in order to have small groups and to build a youth ministry. As we were able, we opened our doors to community groups. We’ve sent packages for Advent. Sometimes I get a bit dizzy from all the pivoting. Yet it still feels like there is a great need to connect in another way.

Starting in January and for the coming year, we are beginning a new ministry called The Connect Team. This group of volunteers, organized by Peggy Lindsey, will make contact once a month with the many members and regular attendees (such a last year expression) who call this their church home. There is no agenda, just time for conversation and an opportunity to build a new relationship or grow an existing one. Please let me know if you are new to our church family, maybe have only been with us online, and would like to be included to receive a call.

And to the question, “Are we going to be OK?” the answer is yes. Over and over God has shown me that this church is in God’s hands and there, all will be well.

I'll see you online for worship and Christmas Eve,
Lori

Join us for Christmas Eve Worship on Facebook or YouTube at 5pm, 7pm, 9pm, or 11pm.
Every year, our Christmas Eve offering goes outside the walls of the church. This year, all the money we collect will go to support Council of Churches of the Ozarks and its many important ministries, including Crosslines. To give, make your checks out to The Downtown Church and put "Christmas Gift" in the memo line. We'll send one big check after Christmas.
Thanks to all of you who have returned or mailed in your 2021 Pledge Card. These help us plan and prepare a sound budget for the coming year. If you still have yours, feel free to mail that to the church or you can fill it out online at our website. And if you haven't seen it yet, you can check out this video we made about how we are Still Here!
Join us online every Sunday at 10:30am on Facebook Live or our YouTube Channel. Get your breakfast, get comfy, and join us at 10:30am online.
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