Weekly Check-in and Announcements – April 1, 2020 (no this isn’t a joke)

Local Announcements and Updates:

From Carrol McCans, TBW CFO

During this time of church closures, I want to remind you that there are on-going congregational expenses. You can send your tithing contributions to my home address: 16221 W Silver Falls Dr, Surprise, AZ 85374-6360 or you can e-thithe by visiting the World Church e-tithing website.

MESSY CHURCH is happening virtually this month. Kevin and Robyn Harper invite all to Messy Church on Saturday, April 4 via Zoom at 4:00 PM AZ time. All the info you need can be found here – Messy Church @ Home.

What can you expect?
3:45 We will open the virtual doors and give a very brief description of
activities for the evening. There will be opportunities to be active,
be quiet, be prayerful, be creative, be loud, be playful, be laughing,
be learning, be observing, be messy, just be you! Followed by a celebration time.

You will need a few things handy to participate:

  • Oreo sized edible something for each person playing along (Oreo, Ritz cracker, piece of cereal, a small piece of bread, etc)
  • 2 pieces of paper per person – any color will work
  • flame-colored crayons, pencils or markers (red, yellow, orange)
  • scissors
  • glue or tape
  • a marker (a bold color)

World Church News:

President Veazey’s Weekly Video Message – Waiting in Faithfulness

The World Church website has created two excellent resource pages to serve as repositories for information. You can copy/paste these links into your web browser or simply click the links provided:

Updates and Statements related to COVID-19: https://www.cofchrist.org/covid-19.
Online worship and gathering opportunities: https://www.cofchrist.org/online-ministries

If you are providing on-line worship opportunities and want the mission center to help promote them, please send details to Barb Bear admin@azcofchrist.org and she will share your information through our MC communication routes.

Maundy Thursday Service – Western Field

Western Field Maundy Thursday Service
Join us for an evening of sharing and encounter as we reflect on the meaning of Holy Thursday. Ministry will be provided from across the Western Field as we reflect on the significance of the sacred meal shared then and now as we seek to embody Christ’s love in challenging times. In preparation please read Mark 14:17-25 and John chapters 13-17 often called Jesus’s farewell discourse.

Please see the Zoom information below. You can join either by computer or phone. Please reach out to your pastor or mission center president if you need help with how to join the online experience.

Joining Our Worship Via Zoom

You can join either by phone or computer using Zoom. On April 9, 2020, at 6:30 PT/7:30 MT, please click the link below if you intend to join on your computer. Alternatively, you can call into our gathering on your phone using the number and meeting ID below. If you need additional help using Zoom, please reach out to your local Mission Center President or pastor. We can’t wait for you to join us for this special service and time of gathering!

Zoom URL: https://zoom.us/j/355481096

Call in Using Your Phone: +1 669 900 6833 Meeting ID: 355 481 096

Easter Services

As we continue to find new ways of being together when physical distancing guidelines prevent our gatherings, you’re invited to join us for “Living Hope,” an online Easter worship experience.

On Sunday, April 12 we will be hosting two online gatherings to share in Easter celebration and worship together.

Gathering 1 — 4 a.m. (CDT) Time zone calculator
Gathering 2 — 2 p.m. (CDT) Time zone calculator

By having two gatherings we hope to increase participation around the world and allow people to join in at a reasonable time of their day. Pick the time that best fits your day and worship with us through music, prayers, reflections from members around the world, and a homily by President Steve Veazey.

To provide opportunities for interaction from home, we’ll be broadcasting the worship on the church’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds. Viewers will be invited to share in the comments on Facebook and Instagram or by using #CofChristEaster on Twitter at several points during the worship. The broadcast also will be available at www.CofChrist.org/live-webcast and the church’s YouTube channel.

From Denise Leichter – Pacific Southwest International Mission Center President
I thought as we continue to march through this pandemic as a human family; you might find space for our Santa Barbara Congregations neighbor, Rabbi Cohen, in the sharing of his sermon Friday night. The interfaith clergy association here is copying each other on prayers, sermons, the invitation to online worships, study groups, etc. We are taking care of each other, as we journey to take care of you, as a diverse and worthy human family.

Blessings for another week that has personal sunsets and new sunrises. Stay vigilant in social connections and physical distancing. The news and numbers will become staggering, but we must cling to HOPE, create moments of JOY, share LOVE, and participate in PEACE for all people that need each other.

Mission Center News:

Coffee Connect (via Zoom)
If you are interested, please join me every other Tuesday from 10:30 am-11:30 am, starting March 31 for an opportunity to just be social and engage with any others who choose to jump on the session with us. Grab a coffee, log in with the same Zoom Meeting ID Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/8168338100, and let’s just visit. if you haven’t used Zoom before, this is the perfect way to give it a trial run. There is no agenda and ANYONE can join us. Spread the word and let’s just connect.

Starting April 23, on every other Thursday evening, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm, an additional Coffee Connect will startup. Help us get the word out to as many as possible that physical distancing does not mean we can’t engage in the community as we long to do.

Announcement: It is with sadness that we share with you that former Apostle Dale Luffman passed away on March 25th at his home from a battle with cancer. Dale lived in Oregon the last few years of his life, and services for Dale have not been announced yet. Please keep wife Judy and the rest of Dale’s family in your prayers.

Blanie Nelson requested to inform the Mission Center the following:

We have chosen to place Dave in palliative care under Hospice of the Valley at Brookdale North Mesa, an assisted living center.

He spent a week in the hospital early this month including a few days in ICU with sepsis (blood infection), followed by a couple weeks in rehab at a skilled nursing center.

Dad’s heart is sometimes not pacing properly, even though his pacemaker itself was checked out at the hospital and is performing well. We talked it over, and Dad does not want any more invasive treatment, so we called in Hospice of the Valley. He is now in their care and they are wonderful.

Dave is comfortable and at ease. We don’t have an expectation of imminent passing- he could be around for quite some time, or be gone tomorrow. Being mindful, we live in the moment and count each day as a blessing.

Communication is a challenge right now, with all visitors understandably banned, including close family.

We are having his home phone # transferred to Brookdale so it will be more convenient for friends to call, but we are told that won’t be effective until April 9. In the meantime close family is getting by with staff members sharing their devices for FaceTime or Skype.

His address is:
David Nelson
Room 4
Brookdale North Mesa
2122 E. Brown Road
Mesa, AZ 85213

Peace, Blaine Nelson

Weekly Check-in and Announcements – March 28, 2020

The World Church website has created two excellent resource pages to serve as repositories for information. You can copy/paste these links into your web browser or simply click the links provided:

Updates and Statements related to COVID-19: https://www.cofchrist.org/covid-19.
Online worship and gathering opportunities: https://www.cofchrist.org/online-ministries

If you are providing on-line worship opportunities and want the mission center to help promote them, please send details to Barb Bear admin@azcofchrist.org and she will share your information through our MC communication routes.

Coffee Connect (via Zoom)

If you are interested, please join me every other Tuesday from 10:30 am-11:30 am, starting March 31 for an opportunity to just be social and engage with any others who choose to jump on the session with us. Grab a coffee, log in with the same Zoom Meeting ID Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/8168338100, and let’s just visit. if you haven’t used Zoom before, this is the perfect way to give it a trial run. There is no agenda and ANYONE can join us. Spread the word and let’s just connect.

Starting April 23, on every other Thursday evening, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm, an additional Coffee Connect will startup. Help us get the word out to as many as possible that physical distancing does not mean we can’t engage in the community as we long to do.

Weekly Update – March 18, 2020

Thunderbird West is self-suspending all gatherings (including Game Night and Meditation) until May 3, in response to the latest guidelines from the CDC and AZDHS. That doesn’t mean that we can’t worship together. There are many options and opportunities to gather together virtually through online experiences.

Consider the following ideas to invite or remain engaged in worship and spiritual formation at any time. Here are some online resources for worship, spiritual practices, and videos:

https://www.cofchrist.org/resources?tags=Witness%20the%20Word#/
https://www.cofchrist.org/resources?tags=Personal%20Spiritual%20Practices#/
https://www.centreplace.ca/
https://www.projectzionpodcast.org/

https://bcmissioncenter.wordpress.com/our-congregations/effingham-il/ – live Facebook. stream from the Effingham IL congregation.

Lastly, but so very importantly, help to support the value of continued generosity by sharing the following link. It is a “How To” video for eTithing. It walks contributors through the steps of making contributions via eTithing: https://youtu.be/vOaogMcekbw.

We will continue to look for more ways to stay engaged in the Mission of Christ in this time of sickness and fear and keep you updated on the situation.

From Sara Tubbesing, AZMC president: “In this Lenten season and unprecedented time, our wilderness experience brings us opportunities to contemplate so much more than abstaining from a particular behavior. This year, we are challenged to live into a different community experience. While we are admonished NOT to risk sharing the virus, we are invited to risk new engagement and connection. Be brave, be creative, be comforted that we are all walking this journey together.”

Western Field Maundy Thursday Service
Join us for an evening of sharing and encounter as we reflect on the meaning of Holy Thursday. Ministry will be provided from across the Western Field as we reflect on the significance of the sacred meal shared then and now as we seek to embody Christ’s love in challenging times. In preparation please read Mark 14:17-25 and John chapters 13-17 often called Jesus’s farewell discourse.

Please see the Zoom information below. You can join either by computer or phone. Please reach out to your pastor or mission center president if you need help with how to join the online experience.

In Christ’s Peace,
Ron

Joining Our Worship Via Zoom

You can join either by phone or computer using Zoom. On April 9, 2020, at 6:30 PT/7:30 MT, please click the link below if you intend to join on your computer. Alternatively, you can call into our gathering on your phone using the number and meeting ID below. If you need additional help using Zoom, please reach out to your local Mission Center President or pastor. We can’t wait for you to join us for this special service and time of gathering!

Zoom URL:
https://zoom.us/j/355481096

Call in Using Your Phone:
+1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 355 481 096

From Steve Veazey, President – View his prayer in this time of global sickness and fear: https://youtu.be/leSiER2SSM4, or read it here: https://tinyurl.com/Veazey-Prayer

Announcement from the Pastorate

As a courtesy and security for the congregation, we will suspend services and events for two weeks (through March 22) upon which time we will re-evaluate.

Note:  Two weeks is the length of time for symptoms to be positive and then 72 hours afterward of NOT being sick before you are “safe” to be around others.

We will not have the Neighborhood BBQ event as it falls in the suspension timeframe.

We will keep you informed of any changes.

Please remember to pray for the US, the world and our communities that sense and sensibility will prevail.  Pray for those who are displaced from work or school – especially those in less fortunate situations in which the families rely on the school to help keep their families fed and healthy.  (Enduring Principles: Worth of All Persons; Abolish Poverty, End Suffering; and Blessings of Community)

The TBW Pastorate

And from the WHO (World Health Organization):

DO THE FIVE:

1 HANDS Wash them often
2 ELBOW Cough into it
3 FACE Don’t touch it
4 FEET Stay more than 3ft apart
5 FEEL sick? Stay home

Weekly Announcements – March 4, 2010

This week in worship:


March 08, 2020—John 3:1-17—Be Open to God’s Kingdom
Second Sunday in Lent
Genesis 12:1-4a/12:1-3 IV; Psalm 121; Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
Plan/Preside: Lonnie and worship committee
Speaker: Sara Tubbesing
Music: LaVeta Talcott
Deacon:
PPt: Brian Tubbesing
Sound:
Greeters:

Announcements:

Do you like doing puzzles? Have you run out of puzzles to do? Kevin is interested in starting a Puzzle Exchange. See Kevin for details.

Don’t forget! Messy Church is next Saturday, March 7 at 4:00 pm!

Mark your Calendars!

Sundays @ 6:00 pm – Arizona Mission Center Community Prayer Time.
Tuesdays @ 6:00 pm – Game Night at Eldora’s
1st Saturdays @ 4:00 pm – Messy Church: Theme for March is “Be A Good Neighbor”
2nd Sundays @ 8:30 am – Priesthood Meeting in Sanctuary
2nd & 4th Wednesdays @ 6:30 pm – Meditation Group meets at TBW

Any announcements that you want in the weekly updates should be sent to this email address (thunderbirdwest.cofchrist@gmail.com) with the subject line “For Announcements”. The Weekly Update goes out on Wednesday evenings so any submissions for the email should be sent no later than Noon on Wednesdays.

Weekly Announcements – February 26, 2020

This week in worship:

February 23, 2020—Matthew 17:1-9/17:1-8 IV, Transformed!
Last Sunday after the Epiphany
Transfiguration Sunday
Exodus 24:12-18; Psalm 2; 2 Peter 1:16-21
Plan/Preside: Beth Richardson
Speaker: Mary Ragland
Music: Heather Featherstone
Deacon: Dean Speer
PPt: Amy Ragland
Sound: Eldora Engebretson
Greeters:
Nursery:

Announcements:

Do you like doing puzzles? Have you run out of puzzles to do? Kevin is interested in starting a Puzzle Exchange. See Kevin for details.

Don’t forget! Messy Church is next Saturday, March 7 at 4:00 pm!

Mark your Calendars!

Sundays @ 6:00 pm – Arizona Mission Center Community Prayer Time.
Tuesdays @ 6:00 pm – Game Night at Eldora’s
1st Saturdays @ 4:00 pm – Messy Church: Theme for March is “Be A Good Neighbor”
2nd Sundays @ 8:30 am – Priesthood Meeting in Sanctuary
2nd & 4th Wednesdays @ 6:30 pm – Meditation Group meets at TBW

Any announcements that you want in the weekly updates should be sent to this email address (thunderbirdwest.cofchrist@gmail.com) with the subject line “For Announcements”. The Weekly Update goes out on Wednesday evenings so any submissions for the email should be sent no later than Noon on Wednesdays.

Weekly Announcements – February 12, 2020

This week in worship:

February 16, 2020—Deuteronomy 30:15-20—Turn Your Heart Toward God
Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany
(Ordinary Time, Proper 1)
Psalm 119:1-8; 1 Corinthians 3:1-9; Matthew 5:21-37

Plan/Preside: Phil Dauchenhausen
Speaker: Tom or Jane Richards
Music: LaVeta Talcott
Deacon: Dean Speer
PPt: Amy Ragland
Sound: Eldora Engebretson
Greeters: Bob Kuhn
Nursery:

Announcements:

Just One Thing this week – don’t forget to bring your one thing!

Heather is looking for people to share their musical/dance talents during church services. If you would like to share in special music, prelude/postlude, Disciples Generous Response, focus moments, prayer for peace or any other part of a church service, please see Heather as soon as possible or sign up on the sheet outside the sanctuary.

Do you like doing puzzles? Have you run out of puzzles to do? Kevin is interested in starting a Puzzle Exchange. See Kevin for details.

Mark your Calendars!

Sundays @ 6:00 pm – Arizona Mission Center Community Prayer Time.
Tuesdays @ 6:00 pm – Game Night at Eldora’s
1st Saturdays @ 4:00 pm – Messy Church: Theme for March is “Be A Good Neighbor”
2nd Sundays @ 8:30 am – Priesthood Meeting in Sanctuary
2nd & 4th Wednesdays @ 6:30 pm – Meditation Group meets at TBW

Wednesday, February 19, 6:00 pm – Community BBQ – join us for a meal.

Sunday, February 23, 2:00 pm – Sigma Alpha Iota (Heather’s music group) invites you to attend our annual Silver Tea Benefit concert. Performers include student, amateur and professional musicians from across the valley. A short reception will follow. Please see Heather for further details.

Any announcements that you want in the weekly updates should be sent to this email address (thunderbirdwest.cofchrist@gmail.com) with the subject line “For Announcements”. The Weekly Update goes out on Wednesday evenings so any submissions for the email should be sent no later than Noon on Wednesdays.

Weekly Announcements – February 5, 2020

This week in worship:

February 09, 2020—Isaiah 58:1-12—Shine Light on Injustice,
Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
(Ordinary Time)
Youth Ministries Day
Psalm 112:1-10; 1 Corinthians 2:1-16; Matthew 5:13-20/5:15-22 IV

Plan/Preside: Amy Ragland
Speaker: Bill Crabtree
Music: Heather Featherstone
Deacon: Dean Speer
PPt: Amy Ragland
Sound: Eldora Engebretson
Greeters: Bob Kuhn
Nursery:

Announcements:

Just One Thing progress: we donated 193 lbs of food and supplies for the month of December. That brings our year-end total to 631 lbs! That is fantastic news – I know that we can triple that total over the next year! Congrats to all who have participated. Let’s keep up the great work.

Heather is looking for people to share their musical/dance talents during church services. If you would like to share in special music, prelude/postlude, Disciples Generous Response, focus moments, prayer for peace or any other part of a church service, please see Heather as soon as possible or sign up on the sheet outside the sanctuary.

Do you like doing puzzles? Have you run out of puzzles to do? Kevin is interested in starting a Puzzle Exchange. See Kevin for details.

Mark your Calendars!

Sundays @ 6:00 pm – Arizona Mission Center Community Prayer Time.
Tuesdays @ 6:00 pm – Game Night at Eldora’s
2nd Sundays @ 8:30 am – Priesthood Meeting in Sanctuary
2nd & 4th Wednesdays @ 6:30 pm – Meditation Group meets at TBW

Wednesday, February 19, 6:00 pm – Community BBQ – join us for a meal.

Sunday, February 23, 2:00 pm – Sigma Alpha Iota (Heather’s music group) invites you to attend our annual Silver Tea Benefit concert. Performers include student, amateur and professional musicians from across the valley. A short reception will follow. Please see Heather for further details.

Any announcements that you want in the weekly updates should be sent to this email address (thunderbirdwest.cofchrist@gmail.com) with the subject line “For Announcements”. The Weekly Update goes out on Wednesday evenings so any submissions for the email should be sent no later than Noon on Wednesdays.

Weekly Announcements – January 29, 2020

This week in worship:

February 02, 2020—Micah 6:1-8—What Does the Lord Require?
Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
(Ordinary Time)
Psalm 15; 1 Corinthians 1:18-31; Matthew 5:1-12/5:1-14 IV

Plan/Preside: Shirley Ann Wilson
Speaker: Heather Featherstone
Music: LaVeta Talcott
Deacon: Amy Ragland
PPt: Amy Ragland
Sound:
Greeters:
Nursery:

Announcements:

Just One Thing progress: we donated 193 lbs of food and supplies for the month of December. That brings our year-end total to 631 lbs! That is fantastic news – I know that we can triple that total over the next year! Congrats to all who have participated. Let’s keep up the great work.

Heather is looking for people to share their musical/dance talents during church services. If you would like to share in special music, prelude/postlude, Disciples Generous Response, focus moments, prayer for peace or any other part of a church service, please see Heather as soon as possible or sign up on the sheet outside the sanctuary.

Do you like doing puzzles? Have you run out of puzzles to do? Kevin is interested in starting a Puzzle Exchange. See Kevin for details.

Mark your Calendars!

Sundays @ 6:00 pm – Arizona Mission Center Community Prayer Time.
Tuesdays @ 6:00 pm – Game Night at Eldora’s
2nd Sundays @ 8:30 am – Priesthood Meeting in Sanctuary
2nd & 4th Wednesdays @ 6:30 pm – Meditation Group meets at TBW

Saturday, February 1, 4:00-6:00 pm – Messy Church with the Adventure Crew. All are invited. We will share in a family style meal.

Wednesday, February 19, 6:00 pm – Community BBQ – join us for a meal.

Sunday, February 23, 2:00 pm – Sigma Alpha Iota (Heather’s music group) invites you to attend our annual Silver Tea Benefit concert. Performers include student, amateur and professional musicians from across the valley. A short reception will follow. Please see Heather for further details.

Any announcements that you want in the weekly updates should be sent to this email address (thunderbirdwest.cofchrist@gmail.com) with the subject line “For Announcements”. The Weekly Update goes out on Wednesday evenings so any submissions for the email should be sent no later than Noon on Wednesdays.

Weekly Announcements – January 15, 2020

This week in worship:

Jan 19 A Light to the Nations
Plan/Preside: Brian Tubbesing
Speaker:
Music: Heather Featherstone
Deacon: Eldora Engebretson
PPt: Brian Tubbesing
Sound:
Greeters:
Nursery:

Mark your Calendars!

Sundays @ 6:00 pm – Arizona Mission Center Community Prayer Time.
Tuesdays @ 6:00 pm – Game Night at Eldora’s
2nd Sundays @ 8:30 am – Priesthood Meeting in Sanctuary
2nd & 4th Wednesdays @ 6:30 pm – Meditation Group meets at TBW starting January 8, 2020

Just One Thing progress: we donated 193 lbs of food and supplies for the month of December. That brings our year-end total to 631 lbs! That is fantastic news – I know that we can triple that total over the next year! Congrats to all who have participated. Let’s keep up the great work.

Wednesday, January 22, 7:00 pm – TBW hosting an Ecumenical Service. More info coming soon.

Saturday, February 1, 4:00-6:00 pm – Messy Church with the Adventure Crew. All are invited. We will share in a family-style meal.

Wednesday, February 19, 6:00 pm – Community BBQ – join us for a meal.

Any announcements that you want in the weekly updates should be sent to this email address (thunderbirdwest.cofchrist@gmail.com) with the subject line “For Announcements”. The Weekly Update goes out on Wednesday evenings so any submissions for the email should be sent no later than Noon on Wednesdays.