Julie Witte

Youth Registration

Our youth programs are meeting in person.  If you haven’t already registered your child(ren) for the 2020-2021 year, please complete the following forms:

Curious about our programs?  Find more information below.

Contact the leaders listed for each group, or the church office, with any questions about the programs, including what COVID-19 precautions are being taken this year.

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Temporary Nursery Closure

The Nursery will be closed for December 2020 and January 2021.  Depending on the local spread of COVID-19 and on the availability of volunteers, we hope to reopen the nursery in February.  Young children are always welcome to worship with their families in the Sanctuary and in the Fellowship Hall.  The Cry Room is open, and the service is streamed there.  The Nursery room is also available for parents who wish to supervise their own children there.

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Fall COVID Update

Seating

One of the joys of worshiping outside during the summer was that we had all the space we needed for our MCRC family and guests. In moving indoors, we are faced with the challenge of how to seat all who wish to gather and to do so appropriately physically distanced. Our sanctuary holds roughly 130 people when spaced appropriately. On Sunday mornings during the summer, we had nearly 250 people in attendance!

In order to worship at one service, we will rotate which LiFE Groups are asked to worship in the fellowship hall, where the live service will be projected.  Please check the most recent bulletin for next week’s fellowship hall seating.

Masks

Although there are many opinions about the efficacy of masks and the dangers of COVID-19, the Governor’s directive of July 15, 2020 is clear that churches must require masks for gathering indoors, and so we, following this directive, will require masks for worship. We don’t believe this is an issue that calls for taking a stand contrary to those in governing authority. We intend to diligently focus on what we can do together and pray we keep this in the forefront. We celebrate that we can…

Worship
Pray
Sing
Read scripture
Play instruments
Proclaim and hear God’s Word
Take communion
We can be together!

We pray that the health of the community, and the reduction in the spread of the virus will make masks and other physical distancing no longer necessary. Until that day, let’s celebrate what we can do, and continue to pray for the day when these limitations will be no more.

If you do not feel comfortable worshiping indoors, we will continue to offer a livestream via the internet. We do, however, pray that if you can, you will gather in person at church for worship. God has called us to be together. Although technology wonderfully provides a way to worship when we cannot physically be together, we pray we will seek to be together for worship when able. Community and fellowship are such critical parts of what God intended for the church (see Acts 2:42 and Hebrews 10:25).

Nursery and Tot Church

The nursery is open for all those ages 0-2. More volunteers are always welcome. Please let the office know.

Tot Church has also begun for age 3-pre-K. Like the nursery, volunteers to help with this ministry are also needed.

Sunday School

Sunday School is beginning on November 15th at 9:00 a.m. Masks are required. Children will enter through the east kitchen door, have their temperature checked, and proceed to their classrooms.

So, as we look to the future, as we daily witness division all around, let us hold fast to the Word of God, and seek to live out Paul’s words to the Ephesians,

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit – just as you were called to one hope when you were called – one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” (Ephesians 4:2-5)

May God continue to unite us. May the witness of Christ’s church be strong and clear through these challenging times.

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Summer Worship Plan

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, our manner of worship has been atypical this year: exclusive livestreaming in March and April, double morning services in May and June, and outdoor worship since July.  We thank God for the technology, willing volunteers, ample outdoor space, and beautiful Sunday morning weather that have allowed all these means of worship to take place.

Through September 13th, our plan continues to be that, weather permitting, we will gather for worship outdoors at 10:00 a.m. in the park to the west of the church building.  Please bring your own chairs.  Pursuant to the Governor’s order of July 15, 2020, please seat yourselves with 6 feet between family groups and, as we are outside, masks are not required when social distancing is maintained.  We do ask that you wear a mask when social distancing is more difficult, such as when you arrive and leave the service.

We have been fortunate to have had excellent weather for outdoor worship thus far.  Should the forecast call for rain, we would worship indoors.  Details would be sent out to members and regular attendees via text and/or email, and posted on our Facebook page.

At this time, nursery and tot church are not being provided.

Attendance at a worship service is an invitation, not a obligation.  For those who would like to attend but are unable or uncomfortable attending in person, we continue to livestream our services on Vimeo, accessible from this website, and on our Facebook page.

On September 20th, we intend to move worship indoors.  Details are still being finalized.  Keep an eye on this page and email (for members/regular attendees) for updates.

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Update: COVID-19

Since mid-April, MCRC has been hosting a dual live morning service at 9:00 a.m. and 10:45 p.m. Members are invited to attend one service or the other based on LiFE Groups, and an email goes out late in each week confirming which LiFE Groups are invited which services that week.  We anticipate holding two morning services until Montana enters Phase 3 of reopening.

If you aren’t a member and would like to worship with us, you are welcome (assuming, of course, that you don’t exhibit any signs of COVID-19 and/or have not been advised to self-quarantine). If you could do us the courtesy of contacting the office to let us know which service you’d like to attend, we’d appreciate it.

Nursery and Tot Church are presently not being offered.  However, the service is being streamed to the Fellowship Hall for families with young children who desire to physically attend church but whose young children need to move or play.

Our 9:00 a.m. service will be livestreamed through our Vimeo link on the main page of our site, and also on our Facebook page.  Our 6:00 p.m. service will be livestreamed, except when outdoors (intended to be July – mid-September, weather permitting).

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SERVE@Home Kids Camp

SERVE@Home Kids Camp

SERVE@Home Kids Bible Camp is coming!

This one day camp will be held Friday, July 17th from 8:30-12:15 pm. The high school SERVE@Home team is excited to invite kids to a fun filled morning of singing, playing, and learning more about God. This event will be held at Bethel CRC.

Kids age 3-5 and entering K - entering 5th are invited to register  between Sunday, June 28th and July 11th to join in the Serengeti adventure!

Due to the current restrictions in place by the county health department we will be limited to 70 kids in the Elementary program and 20 kids in the Pre-K program.  We will be filling on a first come first serve basis. Please know that we wish all could be in attendance, but we will have to be strict with our number capacity.  For more information on our plan to maintain group safety while gathering to have a Roaring good time please see the fliers in the fellowship hall or your email inbox!

Registration opens Sunday, June 28th at 4:00 p.m.

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Volunteer Schedules

Volunteer Schedules

NOTE: Please disregard during the COVID-19 restrictions.  These lists will be revised when need for these volunteer positions resumes.

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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SERVE@Home

SERVE looks a little different this year.  Rather than hosting teams from around the US and Canada, we are hosting SERVE@Home from July 15-18.  Click the registration link to learn more about what the half-week will entail, as well as to sign up!

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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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