Chapel Weekly Update May 14, 2020

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This Week's Online Sunday Service

Daniel Chapter 4 reveals how God humbles prideful hearts. Nebuchadnezzar's experience with God will teach us that we are created and blessed by the Creator.  It is God who grants us our success. Through personal encounters with the True and Living God, God can shape and humble us, and we can find peace in acknowledging the power and sovereignty of God. 

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Pastor's Devotional and Weekly Update

2020.05.13 Pastor Devotional

Read Pastor Derek's Devotional, "Keep the Mission. Adapt the Method"  and view the video devotional.




New Men’s Online Study

Chapel Men just wrapped up their Tuesday Night Bible Study series on The Parables of Jesus. They will begin the next series focusing on The Letter of James.  James was written as a practical letter to believers who were discovering what their lives as Christ-followers should look like and is as relevant today as it was when it was written.  Here are the details of the study:

  • Tuesdays from  7 - 8 PM
  • Zoom Platform, see Chapel Men’s Email or contact for connection link

Masks For the Community

Community Mask Initiative.  Do you know someone in need of masks who is an essential worker or at high-risk for COVID-19 ?  Chapel has begun distributing hand-made masks to individuals in need thanks to our team of talented sewers.  If you or someone you know needs a mask, please contact Jennifer White, Office Administrator, for details.

Outreach Update

Over the course of the next several weeks, we’ll be offering you updates from our Outreach Partners.  They will share with you what is going on in their ministry area as well as the impact of the COVID-19 situation on their ministry.

Global Partner: Converge Church Planting, Tim Ponzani,

The mission of Converge is to Start and Strengthen Churches Worldwide! It has been my privilege to serve as the Executive Minister of Converge Northeast for a little over a year. In this first year, the bulk of my time has been spent getting to know our pastors and leaders as well as assess our ability to accomplish our mission.

Overall District Highlights

  • Established a strategic plan for the District
  • Created and Documented Church Affiliation and Church Planting pathways

Church Strengthening

  • “90 in 90” – met with most of our 90 leaders in my first 90 days.
  • Hosted six equipping seminars and workshops for pastors and leaders June 2019 – January 2020 
  • Consulted with multiple congregations on pastoral searches and transitions
  • 5 Churches in the affiliation pipeline

Church Planting

  • Hired a part-time Church Planting Director
  • 4 new congregations in 2020 (planned)
  • 3 planters assessed and, in the pipeline
  • In discussion with 4 churches about the possibility of planting

Regional Partner: Pleasant St. Baptist Church (Downtown Worcester church), Pastor Josh Chambers,

These are certainly interesting times. In the past few weeks, our people have been going through a lot. We have many refugee families that are in our congregation. Many of them are experiencing great stress, fear, and anxiety during this time. They are unsure of how to proceed with life at the moment. Luckily, many of the men are able to keep their jobs at the hospitals, since they are considered “essential workers”. We also have many elderly people in our congregation that have been affected by this virus. Some have known loved ones that have become ill, and they are also worried at this time.

 However, we have seen God work through this in miraculous ways. He has continued to provide for us and we have seen how the gospel creates contentment and hope, even in the midst of trying times. Our people are holding fast to the faith that they possess and have been growing in their relationship with Christ. We have been able to stay in constant contact with our members through this time because of God’s great gift of technology. We have been able to pray with one another, care for one another, and love one another. We have been able to record our services for our people. We are praying that the gospel will go forth and people will come to faith during this time and that the believers would be strengthened and encouraged through the Word of God.”


Chapel Online Schedule of Events

Visit Chapel's YouTube Channel for events that use that platform.

Sunday, May 17th

9:30 AM - Online Church Service Experience (YouTube)

10:30 AM - Chapel Kids Toddler - Prek Sunday Classes (Zoom)

11:00 AM - Chapel Kids Kindergarten - 2nd Grade Sunday Classes (Zoom)

11:30 AM - Chapel Kids 3rd - 5th Grade Sunday Classes (Zoom)

4:30 PM - Chapel Student Refuel Online (Zoom)

Monday, May 18th

7:30 PM - Women’s Daniel Bible Study

8:00 PM - Minecraft Monday (Chapel Students)

Tuesday,  May 19th

7:00 PM - Men's Online Bible Study (Zoom, Contact JP Delaney for access)

Wednesday, May 20th

12:00 pm - Pastoral Update (YouTube)

3:00 PM - Kids Grow (Zoom, contact Tanya Legro for access)

6:30 PM - Ignite Middle School and High School (Zoom contact Josh King for access)