Week of October 18 - 24, 2020
As we seek to continue to keep connected as a church family, below you will find several ways to participate in worship, prayer, and service with others from HBIC. We invite you to join us in any of these various ways this week!

There's also some important information in this week's e-mail, so be sure to scroll the whole way through!

We continue to pray that you will experience the riches of the Lord's presence during this time in which many of us are not able to be present with one another!
-- HBIC Pastoral Staff

Our pastoral staff are working together each week to record a worship service for our church family.

The service will be available on the HBIC YouTube Channel on Sunday mornings by 9 am, as well as anytime thereafter.

We are live-streaming both the 9 and 11 am in-person services. If all works well (it doesn't always), you'll be able to link to either of the live-stream services on our HBIC YouTube Channel (youtube.com/c/HarrisburgBICChurch) at the time of the service, or you'll be able to watch the recording of the livestream anytime.

If you didn't register yet for one of our in-person services for Sunday, October 18 and would like to attend, please register on our church's website, HBIC.church. If you have any questions, feel free to contact any of the pastors.

The Worship-At-Home Resource Page serves as a companion to the weekly worship video on the HBIC YouTube Channel and includes the song lyrics, the sermon scripture, reflection questions, plus some links for children. ...If you have more than one device and you'd like to see the lyrics to sing along, or have the sermon scripture handy to read along, you can have the video playing on one device while you follow along with the worship resource on the other!

May you experience the blessing of God
as you worship this week!

Each week, we'll include here a link to the children's message... You can click here to view this week's special children's message by Pastor Patty.

Each year on Missions Sunday, we take a special Missions Offering, which is used primarily to provide a love gift to all of the missionaries sent out from our church, plus a small portion for BIC World Missions. Giving toward this offering thus far has totaled $12,278.53, as of October 15. Thank you to the congregation for your generosity!

Contributions toward our Missions Offering can be given anytime between now and the end of October.

"I was surprised and deeply touched by the many cards, emails, texts, and gifts showered on me as I recently celebrated my 60th birthday. Thanks for your love and care! - Pastor Lynda

One of Della Taylor's daughters sent a note of thanks to the church family. Click here to read the full note. Here's a small excerpt: "During her sickness and after her passing, her church members were so loving and supportive to me and my family. I just want to say, Thank you.

Pastor Woody and a few others have formed a Tech Team that will be working to help ensure that anyone in our congregation who wants to connect virtually will be able to do so. They recently sent out a technology survey... This is a "last call" for survey responses. You can access the survey here. Please help the Tech Team out by taking a couple minutes to fill out the survey this weekend! If you or someone you know needs a paper copy, you can request one from office@harrisburgbic.org.
Since we do not have a weekly worship service bulletin during this time, we are including a Schedule for the Week in this weekly email.

The following will be taking place during the week of October 18 to 24:

  • Sunday, 9 am - Online Worship Service (HBIC YouTube Channel)
  • Sunday, 9 & 11 am - In-Person Worship Service (Fenced Lot)
  • Sunday, 9 & 11 am - Worship Service Livestream (HBIC YouTube Channel)
  • Sunday, 11 am - Youth Sunday School (Open Area)
  • Sunday, 4 pm - In-Person Youth Group (Lingle Park)
  • Monday, 4 pm - Creation Kids on Zoom (Zoom)
  • Monday, 6 pm - Church Board Meeting (Zoom)
  • Wednesday, 5:30 pm - Zoom Youth Group (Zoom)
  • Wednesday, 6:15 pm - ESL Class (Zoom)
  • Wednesday, 7 pm - Virtual Prayer Meeting (Zoom)
  • Thursday, 4 pm - Food Pantry (CE Room)
  • Saturday, 9 am - Kids' Coat Give-Away (Sanctuary Lobby)
  • Saturday, 6 pm - Outdoor Movie Night (Fenced Lot - weather permitting, or in the Open Area)

If you'd like more information, contact any of the pastors or the church office. And please keep these groups, gatherings, and meetings in prayer this week as you pray for the church.

Pastor Patty and some of our children's ministry volunteers are looking forward to hanging out with your children on Zoom, Monday afternoons at 4 pm, catching up with one another, playing some games, and praying together. Contact Pastor Patty for the link that your child will need for these times of connection designed especially for kids.

All are invited to join us for a Virtual Prayer Meeting on Wednesday evenings on Zoom, 7 pm.

We hope to see you at this special gathering to pray for one another, our church, community, and world! Click on the purple button below to link to the Prayer Meeting. Contact Pastor Hank for more info.

If you'd like to call in by phone (audio only), the number is 929-205-6099, and the Meeting ID is 810 3235 0433.

(Note: You'll be in a waiting room to start, not for long.)

Outreach Ministry is hosting a Kids' Coat Give-Away... If you know a family in need, please feel free to send them to Harrisburg BIC Church on October 24, 9 am to 11 am, or while our supply lasts. We currently have about 150 coats to distribute in the community, in a variety of sizes and colors, and would love to ensure that these coats are keeping kids and their families warm this winter season. Contact Pastor Carmen for more info.

You're invited to bring your family, chairs and blankets and join us this Saturday, October 24th for an Outdoor Movie Night sponsored by the Children’s Ministry Team!

Our feature movie will be Two by Two, God’s Little Creatures. One ark, 50,000 animals, what could go wrong? This is a charming, fun story of forgiveness, featuring the voices of Martin Sheen and Amy Grant - it's the story of Noah’s Ark like you’ve never seen before! The movie is rated G (81 minutes long) and will begin at 6pm. Popcorn will be served. (The plan is to be outdoors for the movie if weather permits; if not, it will be shown in the Large Youth Room/Open Area with seating distanced from one another.) Contact Pastor Patty with any questions.

Beginning on Sunday afternoon, each week the opening page of our church's website, HBIC.church, has the registration links for both the upcoming 9 am and the 11 am services! Please be sure to register (by Saturday at the latest) in order to help the staff to prepare the check-in list, etc.

During October, we plan to hold services outdoors in our fenced-parking-lot on 22nd St., across from our building's main sanctuary entrance. Bring your own chair if you can! (We'll also have some extra chairs available for those who may not have one.)

Volunteers will be needed to help with set up and tear down each week. If you'd like to help, please be sure to register before Saturday afternoon, and check off that you'd be able to help if needed. Thanks!

(Click here to see our protocols for meeting together during this time of COVID-19.)

All youth are welcomed to a Fall Party at 5pm on October 30th. We'll have food and lots of outdoor games. We're holding it at 339 North Locust Point Road, Mechanicsburg. Please look for an email from Pastor Brie with more details. 

We wanted to share some church dates that have been set for late October and beyond for your planning... Contact any of the pastors or the church office for questions.