January 9, 2022
Rev. Susan Phillips Preaching
Faith, Community, and Covid
We love our faith community and care for our neighbors! This love and care is best expressed when we act in loving and caring ways. Our Covid numbers have skyrocketed to their highest number of new cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Therefore, for the sake of our community and neighbors, our Session has decided to suspend onsite worship until the numbers return to safer ranges. Our staff will be in touch with other groups regarding meeting at church. In the meantime, please get vaccinated and boosted, stay masked, get tested as needed and available, and isolate when exposed. 

We are offering our worship services, Bible study, committee meetings, and pastoral care online or by phone. Our church website and calendar have all the links you need. You are invited to help stock the micropantry with food and personal care items. We have posted our new extensions to reach staff by phone. We have learned in the past two years how we can continue our ministry and mission while protecting one another’s health and wellbeing. 

Let us love one another!
No 9:00 Service
please join us in zoom

10:30 Sunday - Online in Zoom
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Or Call +1 312 626 6799 and use
Meeting ID: 856 7771 8426

6:00 Wednesday Worship - Online in Zoom

First Gifts Offering Announcement Sunday January 9
Join us this Sunday as we provide an update for our Capital Campaign and announce the total for our First Gifts Offering.
Wednesday Gatherings
We are excited to try some new adventures on Wednesdays! Our staff have been exploring ideas for faithful, fun, and interactive activities for all ages. We will continue to gather at 6:00 in Zoom.

Next week, Wednesday, January 12th, we will celebrate Communion and invite you to bring bread and beverage AND your dinner with you! Emily will bring joyful music. Pastor Susan and Chaplain Tim will lead our gathering with reflections and conversation. Families, individuals, kids, couples, and pets are all welcome!

We are looking into ideas for expanding the music, art, food and fun into our gatherings. Please join us!
Ordination and Installation of New Officers
Please join us this Sunday for the ordination and installation of our new officers.

Thank you and blessings to those who have been elected as deacons and elders.

Ruling Elders Class of 2024
Anne Mayberry, Candy Thornton, Mike Orr, JoAnne Durkee, Anne Wharff

Board of Deacons Class of 2024
Richard Amoako, Brian Pfiefer, Vicki Bamman, Scott Doubet, Reggie Weatherspoon, Chris Boyster
Faith, Fiber and Fellowship
Blessings in the New Year! If Covid persists, we will meet by zoom Friday, Jan 21. Watch for an email early that week with information. 

I am pleased with what we have accomplished so far. We have made hats and scarves ready to donate. We made and mailed 10 Christmas trees to people in our church to let them know we care.

I am hoping we can continue to make and distribute these kinds of things all year long.

Don has already started on a Thanksgiving project for 2022.

Looking forward to our next in person or virtual meeting.
Citizens Club of Springfield
The Citizens Club, in partnership with the University of Illinois Springfield, will be hosting the fourth program in the continuing series Confronting Inequities in Springfield. The upcoming program, titled “Inequities in the Criminal Justice System,” is scheduled for Wednesday, January 12 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. The program will be presented through a Zoom webinar and will also be live streamed to the Citizens Club Facebook site. They will also be posting a recording of the program on their Facebook site following the event.   



Wednesday, January 12, 2022
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Inequities in the Criminal Justice System
Sean McCandless
Professor in the School of Public Management and Policy,
University of Illinois Springfield

Dan Wright
Sangamon County State’s Attorney

DeAndre Neal
Program Manager, Returning American Citizen’s Empowerment (RACE)

Sydney Dorner
Multimedia Journalist, News Channel 20

This program will address challenges and inequities in the criminal justice system, including police-community relations, the court system, and re-entry into the community following prison. The panelists will discuss issues drawing on data, research, observations, perceptions, and lived experiences. By focusing on practices, policies, and trends, participants also will discuss ways to decrease the inequities.

Get ready for General Assembly 2022: 6 big-picture updates you will want to know
by Leslie Scanlon, The Presbyterian Outlook
In the midst of a pandemic, global warming, economic uncertainty, the life-threatening realities of racism, waves of grief and stress and sometimes hope, it makes sense that Presbyterians have other things to think about than “what happened to all those reports that were coming to the 2020 General Assembly?”

Reaching our Staff by Phone
We have new phone and internet systems at work.
Please call 217.528.4311 to reach our staff and use these extensions.

Pastor Susan Phillips
ext. 1020

Chaplain Tim Haworth
ext. 1030

Bookkeeper, Tara Kaeding
ext. 1050

Office Manager, Michelle Hastings
ext. 1010

Facilities Manager, Tom Melton
ext. 1040
Help Us Keep Our Micropantry Stocked
Stocking our micropantry is a way we love our neighbors. 


Drop off food and hygiene items ANYTIME you want. You may place them directly in the micropantry cabinet or the basket in the narthex.

If you have any questions contact Chaplain Tim at Tim@LincolnsChurch.org.

Thank you!

Share your work with us! We would love to see and display your creativity and talent. Send us your colored pictures (scan, email, regular mail) and we will share them on Sunday mornings and maybe also on our Facebook page.
Tuesday Night Bible Study
We will resume Tuesday Night Bible study this Tuesday, January 11. Join us for a new year and a new study to be announced. Contact Chaplain Tim at Tim@LincolnsChurch.org for more information. All are welcome!

Please Join Us!

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Dial by Phone +1 312 626 6799

Meeting ID: 872 9707 5667

Just a reminder that another way to be kept up to date on the happenings of the church is to check out our Facebook page.
Covid Response at FPC -- Mask, Vaccinate & Boost, Distance
For the wellbeing of our members and community, we are abiding by public health protocols and state masking mandates. Masks will be required for all indoor gatherings. Social distancing will be our practice as part of our layered mitigation strategies. We encourage everyone to get vaccinated and boosted. If you need assistance making an appointment or with transportation, please contact our chaplain, Tim@LincolnsChurch.org
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All events are via Zoom unless otherwise specified.
Building and Grounds Committee Meeting 11:00
Worship Committee Meeting 2:30
Christian Formation Meeting 5:00

Wednesday Worship 6:00
Renovation Team Meeting 7:00

Finance Meeting 6:00

Rev. Susan Phillips to lead worship in zoom at 10:30

NOTE: Links to all events are attached to items on the church calendar found at https://www.lincolnschurch.org/calendar. If you click on any item in the calendar, the Zoom invitation will open.
You can also find weekly church events on the homepage where a single click on the image of a computer or smart phone will take you to that Zoom meeting.
If you would like some personal assistance learning Zoom, please consider joining us before worship at 10:00 on Sundays, 5:00 on Wednesdays or email RevSusan@LincolnsChurch.org for other times.
How to Join a Zoom Meeting
From your computer, cell phone or tablet:
Click the link provided.

To join a Zoom meeting via telephone:
Dial number given for the meeting.You will be prompted to enter the meeting ID provided followed by #.
Church Contact Information
Pastor Susan Phillips
217.528.431 ext. 1020

Chaplain Tim Haworth
217.528.431 ext. 1030

Bookkeeper, Tara Kaeding
217.528.431 ext. 1050

Office Manager, Michelle Hastings
217.528.431 ext. 1010
321 South Seventh Street, Springfield | 217-528-4311
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