Sunday, December 6, 2020

SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP SERVICES

Senior Pastor Josh Moody will be preaching on Nehemiah 9:1-38, "Confess," in the series, Rebuild.

In the Sanctuary at 8:00, 9:30, 11:15.

Registration required for 9:30 and 11:15 and opens at noon on Tuesday. CLICK HERE to register.

Guidelines for in-person worship

Masks are required for everyone over the age of two, unless there is a medical reason not to. Your mask should cover your mouth and nose; it should remain in place throughout the service until you are back outside and away from others. At the 11:15 service, worshippers can remove their masks once seated, provided they put them on while singing. (We need to say, however, that the members of our medical advisory team do not agree with this option of allowing worshippers to remove their masks in the sanctuary.)

You are welcome to sit in a pew marked for the time of your service. You will see dots on the pew back. These dots are two feet apart, so three dots equal six feet. Make every effort to see four dots between you and other groups worshiping near you to assure safe distancing.

 

Kids' Harbor

Kids' Harbor is back! All grades open this week for the 9:30 hour.

CLICK HERE to reserve your spots—capacity is limited so sign up now. 

 

SUNDAY EVENING

All high school students are welcome! Bring a friend and come have fun with us as we begin a new year together Sunday nights at 6:30 p.m. in the Commons gym. There will be fun games, time with friends, a devotional and worship.

 
Guiding Values 
As the pastors and elders have wrestled with a timeline for our reopening, we have come up with these next steps. Each of our decision points is formed by values and principles that guide us. What are those values?
God’s Glory. We are primarily concerned for the honor and glory of Jesus. To that end, we want to do what is best for the progress of the gospel and for the good of his church.
Church and Local Community. We are motivated by our higher authority—the Sovereign Lord Jesus—and his call for us to meet, while also recognizing his call for us to submit to human authorities where they are not colliding with his authority over us.
Health. We are motivated by health considerations—both physical and emotional. We know that we cannot ever have a thoroughly and completely virus-free zone at church, but we are working hard at maintaining an environment where congregants can gather safely. 

Coronavirus FAQs

What about Sunday worship services?

Our in-person services are held at 8:00, 9:30  and 11:15. We continue to stream our 9:30 worship service and rebroadcast it at 11:15. Distancing and masks are required when inside church buildings. The exception is at the 11:15 service, where worshippers can remove their masks once seated, provided they put them on while singing. Anyone who is not comfortable in such an environment is encouraged to attend one of the earlier services or join one of the live-streamed services. 

You can sign up to attend the live morning service at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. here

We continue to ask us all to make every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:3) and together focus on our core mission to proclaim the gospel. College Church family, by God’s grace, let’s continue to pray and act towards this end.

What precautions is College Church taking in its facilities to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

Following standard medical advice, we have reviewed our practices and are taking the following precautions:

  • Increase our standard practices of cleaning and sanitizing
  • Added hand sanitizer units on walls in the Sanctuary and Commons lobby in addition to those already in the classrooms.
  • Disinfecting surfaces like door handles, stair rails and elevator buttons daily.
  • We continue to thoroughly clean and disinfect classes and meeting rooms.

Is College Church taking steps in case an infection occurs?

As we have responsibly reopened both our offices and buildings for worship services and ministry activities, guidelines have been established in the event of someone testing positive for COVID-19 which would include contact tracing. Notification would be made to those with potential exposure based on the CDC guidelines. Our elders and staff continue to be in prayer that God would protect College Church, its staff and congregants against this virus, and that there would be effective vaccines to prevent the occurrence and effective treatments for those impacted.  

What about other ministries and programs?

Most all of our ministries are engaged in connecting and ministry. Check out the updates on various ministry webpages for details of specific ministries. Men's Bible Study and Women's Bible Study have been meeting with several different options during the fall and are planning more meetings  for winter. Many smaller groups are deciding on their own whether or not to meet in person (masked and distanced at the church), or to meet via Zoom or another online meeting program.

You can also check out the COV-19 updates on various ministry webpages for details of their ministries. Men's Bible Study and Women's Bible Study are making plans for their fall studies.

Children’s Programs for ages birth-5th grade continue at 9:30 am with weekly reservations needed. Kids’ Harbor hopes to also offer nursery for birth-age 2 with limited spots at 11:15 am if enough volunteers step forward.

STARS Disability Ministries are continuing online

How can I respond spiritually?

  • Pray –
    • Let us know how we can pray for you by emailing prayer@college-church.org.
    • Call in a prayer request. Our pastors and staff are available to pray with you.
  • Reach Out –
    • Keep in mind that many will be isolated during this time of social distancing. Loneliness will be a battle. Find creative ways to connect!
    • As your life slows down and schedules change, don’t waste the opportunity to serve your neighbor.
  • Proclaim the Gospel –
    • People are asking lots of spiritual questions. Be ready to respond with the message of hope in Jesus!

How can I give my offering?
We are grateful for your financial contributions to our ministries and missions

  • In our live services, offering plates will be available before and after the service as you enter or leave the Sanctuary. The easiest way is to give online at college-church.org/giving
  • Add College Church as a recipient on the bill pay feature with your bank.
  • To mail in a check, please send to: College Church, 332 E. Seminary Ave., Wheaton, IL 60187. You are also welcome to drop off your check at the Church Office, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

What if I have other questions?

You are welcome to send any question to us by email at info@college-church.org or call the Church Office , Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Has College Church expressed concerns to the governor?

Hundreds of pastors, including Pastor Moody, have signed a letter that has been delivered to the Governor of Illinois. The letter is a respectful and polite request for him to include representation from churches so that he can consider how the requirements impact church gatherings. For instance, very large spaces—like our Sanctuary—are different from a small office or store and need different safety requirements. We want you to know that we are actively advocating for what is best for the church and will continue to do so with politeness, reason and appropriate pressure as necessary. We take to heart the guidelines the governor established and strive to work on concert with him rather than in opposition to him.

What if I know someone who needs help because of COVID-19?

We have established a special fund to help people facing pandemic-related needs. People can apply for help here.

What if I want to help people in need?

We have established a special webpage for folks who want to help. Fill out the form here.

Links to find out more:
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)
DuPage Health Department