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March 27, 2020 Update
Dear IPC Members,
In response to recent recommendations made by the Jefferson County Health Department, we are taking additional steps to be proactive in helping to ensure the health and safety of our members and staff. Effective Friday, March 29:
- Church offices will be closed through April. Only essential services staff will report to IPC on select days for a few hours. The rest of our staff will work remotely and can be reached by email. Voicemail messages left on office phones will be checked regularly.
- All in-person worship, classes and groups are cancelled through April.
- We will continue 11 am worship on Sundays via the livestream. This will be our only Sunday service. Due to additional social distancing recommendations, we will be highlighting soloists and utilizing the IPC Choir recordings during our worship services.
- Our staff will also produce daily devotionals on Mondays through Fridays. Please subscribe to our YouTube channel to receive alerts when the devotionals and worship services become available. (To subscribe, go to www.youtube.com. Create a YouTube account or log into your account. Search for "IPC Birmingham" then hit the red subscribe button next to our channel.)
- Family and youth emails will continue to be sent to families on Tuesday nights with ideas about how to engage your family and continue to connect with Independent Presbyterian Church.
- We will add a Sunday morning email containing links to our livestream, worship bulletin, and pre-recorded Sunday school classes for adult, youth and children.
- The IPC Food Pantry will continue to serve clients. However, no donations of food will be accepted at this time. Instead, we will be offering larger vouchers to City Meats. If you would like to support the food pantry, please consider contributing to the Social Services Fundy.
- Congregational Care staff and volunteers will be providing care to our members, beginning with those most vulnerable. Please contact Rev. Lucy Turner if you or someone you know needs assistance at (205) 541-6848 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The latest information on our response to COVID-19 can be found online.
Our ministry will continue, as well as our efforts to reach out to our members to ensure you are doing well and your needs are being met. If you need anything, please reach out to one of our ministers at any time. Our hearts and prayers are with you during this time of great uncertainty. But look to the Lord for strength and rest in our faith, not in our fears.
All the Best,
Dr. William J. Carl III, Senior Pastor
Our STAIR and LIFT OFF children are also home from Hayes K-8 School with special challenges that come with living in homes without reliable access to internet connection and with the added stress of food insecurity in many of their homes. In order to give our students access to academic and recreational activities they can do without internet access, we are planning to prepare Care Kits to deliver to each home.
The Community Ministries Department staff are continuing to support the most vulnerable in our community through the Social Service Fund at IPC. Right now, we are asking for undesignated gifts to Social Services so that we can be flexible in the way in which we expend funds to support those in greatest need.
Effective today, Tuesday, March 17 at 4:30 pm, church offices will be closed through April. Only essential services staff will report to IPC on select days for a few hours. The rest of our staff will work remotely and can be reached by email. Voicemail messages left on office phones will be checked regularly. All in-person worship, classes and groups are cancelled through April.
Sunday is the day when the church is filled with people I love and who love one another. Sunday is the day when we are most mindful of who needs our care and our prayers—especially when you or I are the ones most in need. Our concern for the coronavirus has temporarily robbed us of the opportunity to be together on this Sabbath day and a handful of others to come, but the virus cannot take from us the beauty of our life together and cannot break the ties that bind us with God and one another.
At this time, I need to update you on the new measures the IPC Day School will be taking in managing the COVID-19 situation in Birmingham. Following Governor Ivey’s state of emergency declaration and mandate to close schools and Mountain Brook Schools’ decision to have three elearning days, we will be closed effective Monday, March 16 until Monday, April 6, 2020. All our enrichment activities will be suspended as well. We will continue to monitor the situation and send updates as necessary.
To help ensure the health and safety of our members and visitors, all in-person worship, classes and events on and off campus are cancelled through the end of March.
We have compiled a list of online resources to help you to continue to engage in the worship and ministry of Independent Presbyterian Church during this time in which in-person events are not possible.
Download a worship bulletin for the 11 am worship service from home.
Need ideas for keeping your children busy at home? IPC Day School director Kathy Leaver is providing ideas every day.
Still need to download the ShelbyNEXT app? Login emails were sent to all unregistered members on Friday, March 13. Download instructions or view the video to learn how to use the system.