Julie Witte

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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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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