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Pastor Jeremy Ashworth will preach Sunday, August 9th at 10:30 am. To prepare, read Psalm 23:4-6

To see our online services, go to our ‘Circle of Peace Live‘ YouTube channel.

New services go live 10:30 AM (MST) on Sundays.

Howdy y’all, Pastor Jeremy here.
If you’re like me, you miss seeing people’s faces and interacting with folks on Sunday morning. Community is part of worship, and we miss that. So here’s my attempt to do something about it.
This Sunday at 10 AM we’re going to have another Pastor Jeremy’s Big Check In. It’s a big Zoom call that anyone is invited to. Think of it like a foyer – you know, the first room you walk into when you come to church? You’d grab a cup of coffee and mingle with folks and check-in before the start of worship? That’s what I’m trying to re-create here. Sure, it’ll be a little loud and chaotic, and people will come and go, but that’s what a normal foyer is like, right?

If you’re interested, email me at pastor@circleofpeacechurch.com, let me know who you are if it’s not obvious from your email, and I’ll send you the invite. (Sorry if this is clunky, because of security concerns with Zoom, we will need to take this step). Hit us up, we’d love to see your face!

Before the days of COVID-19, Circle of Peace Church took communion together on the first Sunday of every month.  We still believe in the body and blood of Jesus, so we want to invite you to try something new together.  At the end of the online worship service on Sunday September 6, we’re going to take communion in our homes.  To get ready, just get some bread and juice, and have them handy when you join the service at 10:30 AM.  It’s not the same as being in the same room at the same time, but it is one way we can remember Jesus together.
Pastor Jeremy Ashworth
Bible studyA few weeks ago, we sent out a survey asking about the best days for Pastor Jeremy to lead a Zoom-based Bible study.  About 60% of people were interested in Sunday mornings, and about 40% were interested in Tuesday evenings (several were open to either, a few preferred a different day/time).As a result, in the month of August, Pastor Jeremy will be leading TWO weekly Bible studies!  One on Sunday mornings at 8:30 AM, and another on Tuesday evenings at 6 PM.  Here are the basics:·         The Bible studies will be Zoom-based and will last for 45 minutes
·         An entry code will be required.  To get the code for either Bible study, email Juliana at info@circleofpeacechurch.com
·         No need to sign up beforehand, come to whichever works for your schedule
·         While the Bible studies will happen twice a week, we will only cover one scripture per week.  Sunday’s Bible study scripture will be the same as Tuesday’s Bible study scripture.
·         Anyone can come – you don’t even have to be in this country!
·         Schedule of scriptures is below

Last word from Pastor Jeremy: This is an experiment!  We will try this for five weeks and see how it goes.  I’ve led plenty of Bible studies, but never anything like this.  So I’ll confess I’m a little intimidated, but I am praying that we can be innovative and adaptable and Spirit-led through it all.

Week 2 (Aug 9 and 11) – Lamentations 1
Week 3 (Aug 16 and 18) – Jeremiah 29:1-9
Week 4: (Aug 23 and 25) – Isaiah 40
Week 5: (Aug 30 and Sept 1) – Romans 8:18-39

In this season of distancing, it is easy to start to feel disconnected from those around us. That is why it is so important for us to be intentional about connecting with this community and seeking support from one another. We believe prayer to be the vehicle for both! In the next few weeks, we are asking our community to take the 2×4 prayer challenge: pray for at least 2 households connected to our community over the next few weeks! That’s it! If you have any questions or if you want to be in on the challenge, contact Jaime Howard (jaime@circleofpeacechurch.com) for more details.

Hi friends, Pastor Jeremy here.  Recently several people have reached out to me and asked, “What can we do to help the hurting and vulnerable people around us right now?”  In response, we are encouraging you to participate in one or more of these offerings.  We expect to do more in the future, but we are putting a spotlight on these four because of the level of need, our region of the country, and because we have relationships with people at each of these ministries.  Here are four ways you can help others now.

Keep your children connected! 
We offer Christian education classes every Sunday at 9:30 am for kids K-5th via Zoom. Reach out to Mrs. Jaime for more information or check out Kids at Circle on Facebook

Hello all parents! I wanted to update you on a change we are making with our Facebook content and interactions in order to increase our privacy for families and our security with digital media platforms (like Zoom)! We now have a private Facebook GROUP for our families to go to to find all things related to our Children’s Ministry that need an extra layer of protection. For example, this new group will be where you can find all the info about our weekly Sunday Zoom calls, it is where we can all share pictures and videos that feature our kids, and a place to interact with families in regards to the weekly lessons (for example: our monthly memory verse challenges ). How do you get to this Facebook Group?! Just click right here:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2517698775197512/ to request to join the group and you will be added and be able to see content! It’s that easy!
Secondly, I want every parent with kids in the Preschool (ages 3-5) or Elementary (K-5th) classes to know about the Parent Cue! It is both a website (click here: https://theparentcue.org/faith/) and and app (info here: https://theparentcue.org/app/) that you can use to follow up with our Sunday lessons at home! It is SO critical…especially during these times…that our kids remain connected to sources that point them towards their loving God. And we want to partner WITH you to do that! The Parent Cue is a great resource that will help you stay up-to-date on what we’re teaching each week as well as provide videos, questions, and resources for you to use to carry the conversation and learning through the week! Please be sure to check it out!
Let me know if you have any questions! Stay safe, and be blessed!

Pastor Jeremy Couch Sessions

For the past few months, Pastor Jeremy has been making short informal videos on his personal Facebook page.  We’ve collected those videos and shared them on the church website here: https://www.circleofpeacechurch.com/couch-sessions/

The women of Circle of Peace began a devotional study, “100 Days of Jesus”, June 1st. You can follow along daily on the Women at Circle Facebook page, or you can purchase it here for $10. We’ll meet by Zoom to discuss every other Saturday at 8 am, and Thursday at 8 pm, alternate weeks – Thursdays at 8 pm, 8/6, 8/20, 9/3 and Saturdays 8 am,  8/15, 8/29.

Dates are open for August to cook for the women at House of Promise… who’s available and when? Once life gets back to a new normal and we can join the ladies I’d like to get back to 3rd Wednesdays as a joint effort, but until then tell me a date out of the list below if you’d like to volunteer to drop off a meal.

**meals need to feed 8-10. no allergies in the group. if you can cook but can’t financially support the cause they have a pantry you can use. House is off 7th St just south of Thunderbird**

8/11, 8/12
8/17, 8/18, 8/19
8/24, 8/26
8/31, 9/1, 9/2

If you are available to bring dinner for the women at House of Promise please contact Ashley Brown, 631-605-1885

Want to get connected?  Here’s how:
– If you text “connect” to 623-745-2579, a staff member will reach out to you to answer any questions you might have about getting plugged in at Circle.

Our small groups are still meeting weekly via Zoom.
Our ‘Kids at Circle‘ are still meeting weekly Sundays at 9:30 am via Zoom to learn about Jesus.Our “Circle Young Adults“, ‘Men at Circle‘, ‘Women at Circle’ and our ‘JOY (Just Older Youth) at Circle’ groups are still connecting with each other on Facebook.

If you are looking for a connection, we’d love to hear from you!

Congregational Business MeetingCircle of Peace has a congregational form of governance.  This is a fancy way of saying that we vote on stuff, especially budgets and leadership.  Once or twice a year we have a “Congregational Business Meeting” (CBM) where the membership gathers after worship, maybe hears a report, and takes action in one or more votes.

Our next CBM will be held on Sunday August 23 at 11:30 AM.  In some ways this will be like any other CBM: The meetings are open, anyone can attend, only members vote, we will be voting to affirm the Church Board and conference delegates.  But this year the CBM will be Zoom-based, so the logistics of this meeting will be very different!

So here’s what we’re doing: The week before, on Sunday August 16 at 11:30 AM, we will be having a Zoom-based “practice meeting” and open Q&A about CBM business and logistics.  The business itself is routine and not at all unusual, so the main purpose of this time is really to practice using the technology and clarify the logistics we will use August 23.  Think of August 16 as the “rehearsal” and August 23 as the “wedding.”

If you have any questions about either the logistics or the business, please don’t wait!  You can let us know right now by emailing Juliana at info@circleofpeacechurch.com and she will direct you to the right person.

An entry code will be required.  To get the code for either meeting, email Juliana at info@circleofpeacechurch.com

Want to pray for others?  Want to share a prayer request?  Here’s how:
– If you text “joinpray” to 623-745-2579, you will be added to the prayer group.  This means you will receive, via text, any prayer requests that come through.
– If you text “prayforme” to 623-745-2579, you will be given the option to text a prayer request.
– If you text STOP, you will be removed from the list.

This will replace the email-based prayer chain that the church office managed previously.

Want to get occasional text updates about what’s happening at Circle?  Here’s how:
– If you text “promo” to 623-745-2579 you will be added to the promotions group.  This means you will receive, via text, information about upcoming events at Circle.
– If you text STOP, you will be removed from the list.

Any questions, see Pastor Jeremy or our Office Manager Juliana!

Howard’s small group: Tuesdays 5:30-7:00 – Sermon Follow up via Zoom, contact Jaime Howard
Romijn’s small group: Thursdays @ 6:00 – Sermon Follow up via Zoom, contact Romijn’s

You can now donate to Circle of Peace online – it’s easy and free!  For more information, click here

Would you like to help our church financially without it costing you anything?   Well you can.   Amazon has a program that allows you to designate our church as a valid tax exempt charity and each for each of your purchases Amazon will contribute 0.5% of your total purchase price to our church.     In order to sign up and designate our church as your charity of choice you will need to log into  https://smile.amazon.com  and create your user account and in the charity search input box you can type in Circle of Peace church.     Once it displays you can select it and then you are all set up!    Be sure from that point forward to only use only the  https://smile.amazon.com hyperlink when you shop Amazon to ensure the 0.5 % Amazon donation is credited to our church.

Also be sure to use the Fry’s Foods Community rewards program that donates a small percent to our church from each of your purchases.    That program will have you link your Frys VIP card number to their Community rewards program.    Go to https://www.frysfood.com/  and click on the Savings Rewards drop down and then click on the  Frys Community Rewards to sign up.

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