Current Events

Independent Methodist Church
Holy Week 2017
"The Week That Changed The World Continues To Change Our Lives"
Saturday, April 8
8:00 AM Annual Outdoor Spring Clean-up
7:00 PM Evening Worship:
Pastor preaching
Children's Sermon
Handbell Tapestry
Distribution of Palms
Visit With The Easter Bunny

Palm Sunday, April 9
9:30 AM Sunday School
10:45 AM Morning Worship:
Pastor preaching
Children's Sermon
Handbell Tapestry
Distribution of Palms
Visit With The Easter Bunny

Spy Wednesday, April 12
12 Noon Prayer Meeting and Bible Study CANCELED FOR HOLY WEEK

Maundy Thursday, April 13
7:30 AM Church Cleaning & Bulletin Folding
7:00 PM Evening Worship:
Pastor preaching
No Children's Sermon
Dr. Allan Mosher, Dramatic Presentation
Guest Duet: The Rectenwalds

Good Friday, April 14
7:30 AM Church Cleaning & Bulletin Folding
7:00 PM Evening Worship
Pastor preaching
No Children's Sermon
Dr. Allan Mosher, Dramatic Presentation
Guest Vocalist: Barb Davies

Holy Saturday, April 15
7:00 PM Evening Worship:
Pastor preaching
Children's Sermon
Guest Duet: The Rectenwalds
8:15 PM Fellowship Hour

Easter Sunday, April 16
9:30 AM Sunday School
10:45 AM Morning Worship:
Pastor Preaching
Children's Sermon
Guest Vocalists: Rick Hudson and Jan Moore

ANNOUNCEMENT:
April 23
Sunday After Easter
During the 9:30 AM Sunday School Hour
Dr. Bill Stiles, Turin of Shroud expert, recently featured in The New Castle News
Will Take A Presentation On "The Mystery of the Shroud"

  • PUBLIC INVITATION
    Community and Congregation

    You are welcome to attend
    A meal, to be served at
    Independent Methodist Church
    Easter Sunday, at 4:00 PM
    Doors Open at 3:00 PM for appetizers:
    Program and Games Will Follow
    Make Reservations With the Pastor

    A freewill offering will be received to defray costs.
    "Each One, Reach One"
    The congregation is encouraged to invite the unchurched or those "church shopping", to worship with you on Ash Wednesday, March 1st, at 7:00 p.m. If needed, provide transportation.  Sit with your guests. Join them at the social hour, introduce them to the membership and pastor.  Other "Each One, Reach One" events include: Saturday and Sunday, March 25th and 26th, when inspirational chalk artist Gary Means and harpist Jing-I Jang will be with us; and Saturday & Palm Sunday, April 8th and 9th, when Handbell Tapestry will return, the church will be decorated, and the Easter Bunny will greet the children.  Lent, Holy Week and Easter are the highlights of the entire year at IMC: Share this Experience with newcomers!!

    Church Easter Decorations
    The outdoors of the church (sepulcher and silk flowers in bushes) will be decorated Sunday, March 26th (weather permitting).  The interior of the church will be decorated Sunday & Monday, April 2nd and 3rd.  Volunteer help is needed!  This is a possible project for High School Seniors.  For additional information, please contact the Pastor.

    Prayer Meeting & Bible Study
    The 12:00 Noon Prayer and Bible Study Group on March 1st is canceled; participants are invited to attend the Ash Wednesday service at 7:00 p.m. The mid-week group will resume the following Wednesday, March 8th.  Why not join us?

    Lenten Banks & Coin Folders
    Lenten daily self-denial banks and coin folders are located at the usher's station.  Make certain you place your name on the containers and place them in a Ziploc bag when returning them, for the treasurer's record.  Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1st, and is officially over at 12 Noon on Holy Saturday, April 15th.  The Church Council authorized all monies received to be placed in RCA Fund for use of furnace replacement.

    Free Lenten Gifts
    Each weekend, all in attendance are welcome to receive a small gift from the pastor.  Distributed at the front entrance following services, this week's favor is a cross ornament on a string.  Please do not take additional crosses for those not with you.  Shut-ins and congregants living out-of-town, will have their cross mailed to them.

    Dr.  Allan Mosher To Return
    Dr. Allan Mosher, opera teacher at YSU, has committed to memorization the entire 16 chapters of The Gospel of Mark.  The professor will return to IMC for his dramatic presentation of the Passion and Resurrection narratives, on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, April 13th, 14th, and 15th, for the 7:00 P.M. services.

    Here Comes Peter Cottontail
    The Easter Bunny will hop down the Bunny Trail to IMC, on the weekend of Saturday, April 8th, and Sunday, April 9th, to visit the children.  Following the services, the boys and girls will be photographed with the white rabbit, and presented with a bag of treats.  The event will take place in the new downstairs parlor, near the nursery.  This event is sponsored by the Social Life Committee.

    Sarris Candy Sale
    The Social Life Committee is sponsoring an Easter Candy Sale with Sarris Candy.  Order forms are available at the usher's station or any committee member.  Orders and payment are due on March 8th.  Please give orders/money to any Social Life Committee member.  The candy will be available for pickup on April 8th and 9th, following worship services.  If you have any questions, please contact the Pastor.

    Mother/Daughter Banquet
    ....Stay Tuned.
    Mother-Daughter Dinner will be on May 8th.  Watch for details.

    Membership
    Adults seeking to join the congregation, by Letter or Transfer or Profession of Faith, may contact the Pastor, for arrangements.  Baptism "In The Name Of The Father, The Son, And The Holy Spirit is a prerequisite for membership.
     
    Sacrament of Baptism
    Infants, children, youth and adults desiring to receive the Sacrament of Baptism, are invited to make arrangements with the Pastor.  The mode of the administration of the water is by sprinkling.  Godparents are optional for babies and children; but must be baptized Christians.  A baptismal service is scheduled before Lent.
     
    Recycled Card Program
    IMC is collecting new and old Christmas and greeting cards, to be shippped to the St. Jude Ranch For Children, in Nevada.  The covers are recycled for a fund-raising project.  Bring your cards to the church, placing them in the white boxes at the front entrance.
     
    Share A Ride
    Are there times when you or someone you know does not attend church because you have no transportation?  IMC is offering help to our congregants in this situation.  The Missions Committee will coordinate this new program.  When someone has no way to get to church, we will make arrangements with one of our volunteers to supply transportaion.  Contact the Pastor for further information.
     
    Floral Tribute
    Flowers for the Altar are purchased from Country Flower Barn, with arrangements beginning at $50.00 and up/ with a choice of fresh or silk.  Please inform the Pastor of weekends that you would seek to adorn the Lord's Table with your arrangement.

     The Pastor Makes House-Calls:
    Recognizing the right of privacy and the need for rest following a stay in the hospital The Reverend Gilbert provides follow-up pastoral care, visiting the residences of the convalescing congregants, by invitation.  Be assured, that all the sick, and recovering parishioners are in his prayers, as well, as those of many others at I.M.C.
     
    Please Take Note:
    The U.S. Privacy Act disallows hospitals for reporting to clergy, over the telephone, the names of patients.  If you desire for Reverend Gilbert to visit you in the hospital; it is your responsibility to notify him.  Indicate the name of the health institution, plus the room number.
     
     
    Operation Christmas Child: