Julie Witte

Update: COVID-19

Governor Bullock has issued a directive extending public school and dine-in closures to April 10th and prohibiting non-essential gatherings of more than 10 people where social distancing requirements of six feet of space between individuals cannot be maintained.

Manhattan CRC intends to keep our doors closed through the duration of this public school closure.  As of today, we do not intend to hold in-person services through April 10th.  If the school closures are extended, we will likely extend our closure as well.

We do intend to continue livestreaming our services.  What that looks like is being assessed on a weekly basis, taking into consideration the spread of the virus in our community, the recommendations of the Governor, and the health and comfort levels of our worship leaders and their families.

We pray for the day we can worship together in person again.

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COVID-19 Response

Update 3-14-2020

As we gather for worship tomorrow:

  • We will greet each other with a wide smile, but refrain from handshaking or other physical contact
  • We will not be having nursery or Tot Church
  • We will give our offerings at the door as we exit the worship service
  • We will not have coffee time after the service
  • We will pray fervently for the many facets of this crisis
  • We will trust in a God who is always faithful!

As always, the livestream is available to all who are feeling sick, who are caring for or will have contact with the elderly, or for those who are at higher risk of serious complications if they contract this virus.

3-13-2020

As we worshipped together last Sunday, we cautiously greeted each other knowing a new virus was starting to infect Americans after causing sickness and death in various other parts of the world. How could we have known what five days would bring?

In light of the growing prevalence of this virus in the United States, how do we respond as a community of believers?

We pray.

We trust.

We act.

We pray fervently that God arrests this spreading virus. We pray for those infected. We pray for health workers on the front lines of this pandemic. We pray for leaders who must make hard choices on how to respond. We pray for calm.

We trust God our Father who is always in control, even when our life feels tenuous and uncertain.

Psalm 56:3-4 says it so well:
3When I am afraid, I will trust in you.
4In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid.

We hold fast to God’s promise, that he is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1).  We rest, knowing that if God watches and cares for the sparrows, how much more will he care for us (Matthew 6:25-27).

We act in calm prudence in face of this challenge. In particular, this means we will approach some things differently Sunday. For the time being, greeters will welcome you at the door with a wide smile but will refrain from shaking your hand. As a general practice, we will refrain from handshaking during or after the service.

We also remind you that if you feel sick or are of the age where there is a heightened concern about the virus, please stay at home and participate via our livestream. Simply head to manhattancrc.org and click on the “livestream” link. If your internet connection is slow, click on the gear in the bottom right corner and turn the stream’s resolution down.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the office at 406.282.7442 or via email.

Walking with you by faith,


Pastor Tim

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Youth: Summer 2020 Opportunities

High school students and adult leaders have the opportunity to join teams headed to one of two SERVE sites in summer 2020:

 

  • Palos Heights SERVE in Chicago, Illinois (June 27 – July 4). Click here to sign up while spots are available.
  • Alamosa SERVE in Alamosa, Colorado (June 27 – July 4). Click here to sign up while spots are available.

 

In addition to SERVE, there is also an opportunity for high school students and adult leaders to attend the Reformed Youth Service National Convention in Nampa, Idaho (July 20-24).  Click here  to sign up.  Spots are unlimited.

 

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“Growing With” Conference

“Growing With” Conference

Starting in November, Pastor Tim and Kyle will lead a challenging and encouraging conference based on the fantastic book "Growing With". This book is filled with practical parenting help for various stages of your child's life. We know this book will be incredibly helpful for parents and adults who care about youth in our homes, church, and community! Mark your calendar for November 12, 26, and December 10 to join us at 7:00 p.m. in the Manhattan CRC Fellowship Hall!

The book's focus is faith-formation in teens and young adults.  And while the conference is certainly of value to parents with children in or approaching those life stages, it's value extends further.  Grandparents, aunts and uncles, family friends, Adopt-a-Youth mentors, teachers, and anyone else with a young person in their life or with a heart for young people are all encouraged to take part in this Conference.

While supplies last, anyone is welcome to purchase "Growing With" at the discounted rate of $12. You can order a copy here or you can sign up on a paper order form by the church mailboxes. You do not need to read the book to come to the Conference, but reading it would enable you to glean more from those nights!

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Register for Youth Ministries

Register for Youth Ministries

It’s the beginning of the church year, we are excited to kick off the youth ministry season!

This past Wednesday (September 18th), we held a registration night in the Fellowship Hall so parents could sign up their children in 2nd-12th Grade for GEMS, Cadets, and Youth Groups.  We know that not everyone interested in participating was able to sign up that night.  Registration forms are available on our Youth Ministries page.

We welcome any student in 2nd-12th Grade to join in our youth ministry programs regardless of church affiliation.  If you would like to enroll your children, please go to the Youth Ministries page and fill out one Participant Form for each child, and one Parent/Guardian Form for each household.  Even if you have filled out forms for past seasons, we ask that you complete the 2019/2020 registration forms so that we can be certain we have accurate information for you and ensure that you and/or your children receive updates by text/email.

Cadets (boys 2nd-6th grade), GEMS (girls 2nd-6th grade), Jr. High Youth Group (7th-8th grade), and High School Youth (9th-12th grade) all kick off on Wednesday, September 25th at 7:00 p.m.

Contact Kyle De Boer at youthdirector@manhattancrc.org with questions.

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Volunteer for GV SERVE

Gallatin Valley SERVE 2019 (July 6-13) needs your help to host 75 youth and adult leaders from across the United States and Canada.  SERVE participants arrive on Saturday, July 6th and engage in worship and community building over the weekend.  During the following week, they head into the Gallatin Valley on various service projects in our community.

We are seeking volunteers to help this mission trip run smoothly.  Opportunities include being a prayer partner, lending items, helping clean, providing security, shopping for groceries, heading work sites, and much more.

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VBS: June 17-21

Roar!  Life is Wild.  God is Good.

This is the theme of the 2019 Churchill VBS program.  Participating children will “explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers them through this wild life.”

VBS is held at Bethel CRC (7693 Churchill Road, Manhattan, MT) from June 17-21, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  This no-cost event includes songs, Bible lessons, indoor and outdoor activities, and snacks.  In addition to the elementary school program for children entering kindergarten through entering 6th grade, we also provide a preschool program for children who are at least 3 years old by June 17th and are toilet trained.

Sign up here to register your child(ren) as participants.

We are also looking for volunteers to help lead crews of children throughout the week.  Anyone entering high school through adult is invited to sign up to lead an elementary or preschool crew.  Preschool is also looking for middle schoolers (completed 6th or 7th grade) to be crew assistants.

Volunteers are also needed to watch children in the nursery, oversee decorations, prepare snacks, take care of cleaning up, and more.

Sign up here to be a volunteer.  This is also the place to sign up to provide donations of food and supplies.

For more information, contact Ashley Venhuizen of Bethel CRC.

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Volunteer Schedules

Volunteer Schedules

NOTE: Some of these lists are likely to be revised once the COVID-19 pandemic has subsided and we resume meeting in-person again.

Members, thank you for your willingness to serve as scheduled.  If you will not be available on the dates you are scheduled to serve, please arrange to switch with another volunteer.

Updated 3.13.2020

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Livestreaming Updates

We are so thankful for all the times that members and non-members have been able to worship with us via our livestream.  We know many have been blessed to worship with us while travels, illness, and the like keep you from joining us in person, and we are grateful to enable family and friends from afar to join us too.

We have transitioned to a new livestreaming provider, Vimeo, effective as of the end of December 2019.  Please update any saved links to the livestream.

Details on accessing our services through the Vimeo app on Roku will be provided soon.

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Youth Group Fundraiser

Youth Group Fundraiser

Come out to Bethel CRC on Wednesday, November 28th for the big annual combined Youth Group fundraiser.  Enjoy a savory potato bar, and take home some delicious baked goods from the Bake Sale.  Food will be served from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

If you are bringing baked goods for the Bake Sale, please drop them off at Bethel CRC by 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Funds raised this evening go toward Youth Group events, particularly the summer SERVE projects.

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