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Friday, January 14, 2022

Weekly NEWS

Due to a Significant Increase in COVID cases in the Delaware and Blackford County areas, Worship for Sunday, January 16 will be Online Only at 10:30am.
CLICK HERE to get the links...

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What a Great iServe Sunday!

 A crew of 24 willing workers worshiped God in a powerful way by cleaning and organizing for Christian Ministries this past Sunday! After sharing a lovely lunch in Celebration Hall, we took the bus and several cars and went downtown to serve one of our ministry partners. 

After a brief tour of the facilities by Outreach Specialist Trish Roark, the team got down to work! A water leak from the second floor laundry facility was quickly handled and cleaned up, and a large supply of diapers was moved so as not to be ruined by the water. The upstairs family quarters and Apartment #1 were cleaned

and beds were set up in the sleeping rooms. Some of the men on our team moved a refrigerator from the first floor to the apartment. Bathrooms were cleaned, floors were swept, and the food pantry shelves cleaned and organized. 

"The church workers were amazing," Trish said, "and helped in every way asked of them. And they came in to a big mess with the blanket cupboard! They started in cleaning right away. All the cleaning supplies were wonderful, too!"

Thank you to all who stepped up to be a BLESSing to Christian Ministries, and to those who donated cleaning supplies for the day. Working as the hands and feet of Jesus has made a difference in our community!

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Interested in Being Baptized?

Baptism is an outward action in our faith journey that proclaims to the world that we are ready to pursue a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.

 

If you are interested in taking this step and learning more about what baptism means, you are welcome to meet with Pastor Tammy Sunday, January 23 in The Living Room following Worship. She will be planning to have a Baptism Sunday soon, and welcomes you and any questions you may have.

 

See you Sunday! 

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SAVE THE DATE: Sunday, February 27 is EPIC Sunday!

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Make plans now to join us on Sunday, February 27 for EPIC Sunday as we gather for our Congregational Meeting and Potluck lunch following Worship. We'll review 2021 by sharing the annual reports of the Official Board and all other boards, committees, and ministries of Eden Church.

Plus, we'll have an exciting reveal on this EPIC day... Don't miss it!

ATTENTION Board and Ministry Leaders:
Please have your Annual Reports in to Julie by no later than Monday, January 31

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Mending the Soul Returns in February

Mending the Soul will return on February 9 at 6:30pm. Due to the nature of this program, the group is limited to six participants. Haley Thornburg will be co-facilitating this group with Pastor Tammy.

 

As a participant in a Mending the Soul Basic small group, healing awaits you within a safe and confidential small group community where peer survivors find the freedom to share their stories, often for the very first time. You will experience freedom and encouragement here as you make your way through the biblically-grounded, research-based, and psychologically-integrated textbook and companion workbook.

To learn more about this powerful, healing ministry, contact Haley Thornburg. You must register by January 28 for your intake. 

 

To learn more about Mending the Soul, check out their website at www.mendingthesoul.org.

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Upcoming SPARK Events

ZOOM Night - Thursday, January 20 at 6:30pm

SPARK offers students in grades 2 thru 5 a place to learn and grow among friends as they navigate growing up in today's world. 

 

Meeting via Zoom the first and third Thursday of each month, students play fun games and learn about Jesus.

We'd love to meet your kids!

Outdoor Winter Games - Saturday, January 29 at 1pm

SPARK students will gather for outdoor winter fun and a chance to burn off some energy! Contact Barb Broyles for more information.

Eden Mentoring Tutoring is Ready to Help Your Kids Do Better in School!

Tutoring will meet again on Monday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30pm, with in-person and Zoom options available. Contact Barb Broyles for details.

 

Tutoring will NOT meet on the following dates:

Monday, January 17 for Martin Luther King, Jr Day

Monday, February 21 for Presidents' Day 

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Join Us for Dangerous Worship

Worship is the dangerous act of waking up to God and God’s purposes in the world. It is more than a personal devotion or private faith, it is more than Sundays, we were created to live worship, to live focusing on what pleases God, to pursue right living, to pursue justice and mercy, which translates into transformed lives that care for and invite in those in great need, the poor, the oppressed, to bring love, hope and freedom.

 

It is moving beyond the comfort of safe worship to authentic worship that is awake to the needs of the world.

Service Animals are Welcome at Eden

You may have noticed a dog in the building on Sunday mornings in recent weeks. Her name is Case and she is Melissa Westfall's service dog. She is a well-trained brindle pitbull, and is at Melissa's side to keep her safe. Like all other service dogs, Case wears a harness to show others that she is a working dog.

In order for Case to do her job, please do not distract her in any way. While it is tempting to do so, please do not pet, touch, speak to or interact with Case. Thank you for welcoming Melissa and Case (and Dylan!) to the Eden family!

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Did You Know...

...that Eden Kids meet during the Sunday Study Group time, too?

 

Children from infants through elementary age are invited to Celebration Hall on Sunday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30am for supervised fun and games with a Bible lesson, too!

 

Parents are welcome to join in any of the adult Sunday Study Groups as well, which meet in The Living Room and the church basement. These friendly groups offer great discussion and are open to all. Feel free to drop in to either group this Sunday!

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Stay Healthy, Eden Family!

One of the best ways to care for those around you is to take good care of yourself to avoid illness. As the COVID-19 situation in our community changes, we will continue to have discussions behind the scenes on how we can keep our Eden Church family as safe as possible.

While we will continue to let each individual make the choice that is best for their own health, we do encourage everyone to err on the side of caution regarding your own health and wellbeing.

 

As always, if you are not feeling well, please take the Sunday off and take care of yourself. If you feel that it is in your best interest to wear a mask, feel free to do so.

Eden is stronger together, and we continue to pray for the health and well being of our church family. Please continue to take care of yourself and pray for your church family!

Check Out Our YouTube Channel!

What's that? You don't do Facebook? Well, no worries!

 

Our Worship Service is now broadcast LIVE each week on YouTube!

 

Just click on the YouTube logo to subscribe!

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Need the Pastor?

If you would like to meet with Pastor Tammy, you can schedule an appointment to meet in person and tour the Eden campus, or meet with her virtually. Please know that your pastoral staff is here to support and encourage you through counseling, spiritual direction and practical guidance.

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