Lenten Devotional Packets

We are will working hard to create a plan to return to worship in person, hopefully in the next couple of weeks. Please watch this space for more information.

In the meantime, we are entering into the most important six weeks in the Christian faith, the season of lent. The Ivy Chapel board of deacons has assembled devotional packets for each member household. The packets are on the table in the narthex.

If you are unable to make it to church, please reach out to a member of the board.

The Souper Bowl of Caring

This year is different for many reasons. But, one thing that is the same: the need to tackle hunger with the Souper Bowl of Caring. This year, the need for hunger relief in our country has grown exponentially. Our local food charities need our help!

You can watch the Feb. 7 worship service here.

While we can’t place our donations in soup pots after worship as is our tradition, there are several ways to help those in need this year. You can send donations to Ivy’s financial secretary, Peter LaSalle. Please make checks out to Ivy Chapel and write Souper Bowl of Caring on the memo line.

Or donate directly to the food pantries most in need. Souper Bowl of Caring started their Tackle Hunger Map to respond to this urgent need. The Tackle Hunger Map allows you to see where local food charities are and what they need to do their important work. You can donate right through the map and be a part of the tradition of using the energy of the Big Game to tackle hunger.

What if everyone watching the Big Game gave just one dollar to local charities? What if each person gave what they could to local charities? We would have a lot less food insecurity in our country!

Thank you for helping make a collective impact on hunger!

Praying for the return to in-person worship

Like all of you, we’re looking forward to the day when we can worship together in person again. The Ivy Chapel Board of Deacons – together with our virtual worship team – have been working hard to create a plan to make this all possible.

We’re closely watching case numbers, hospitalizations and vaccination rates so we can do what is right for our members and the community at large.

In addition to the health concerns, there are technical and logistical hurdles to overcome. We are in the process of upgrading the sound system so we can continue to provide a livestream of the worship even once we have people back in the sanctuary.

We’re almost there, with just a few more components to acquire and install. From there, we’ll be testing the new set up. You will likely notice significant changes to the online experience, but we will keep you updated.

Please note that even once we are back in person, the worship experience will be very different. We will strictly enforce the mask requirements and social distancing. We won’t have coffee hour or children in the sanctuary, and will not have congregational singing.

If you need more information, please contact us or reach out to someone from the Board of Deacons or the Ivy Chapel council.

Thank you for your patience and for sticking with us.

A different Advent for 2020

December 6, 2020 by  
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Everything looks different this year – and Advent is certainly no exception at Ivy Chapel United Church of Christ. Of course we wish we could celebrate the love, hope and joy of the season together, but at this time health and safety are most important.

We’re doing our best to continue the traditions that are such an important part of this season.

Our annual Christmas Cantata was held on Dec. 13. Shouts of Joy: A Christmas Concert for 2020 featured beautiful memories of past Christmas and Cantata celebrations. Thank you to Anna and Aaron DiVesta who worked overtime to bring together this special musical experience.

Our annual Christmas Pageant had several twists this year. Of course, it was all virtual – but it was also an all-church event. Thanks to Tara Lowry for adapting The Attic Christmas, a book that was near and dear to her family, and for her work editing the video.

The joy of Christ’s Birth, celebrated on Christmas Eve, starting with a special musical prelude.

https://www.facebook.com/IvyChapel/videos/727219154900032/

A Merry Christmas to everyone out there. Stay safe and healthy as we all navigate this familiar yet unusual season. We sincerely hope our virtual services are helping you find your way toward peace and love this year, and we look forward to when we can worship together again.

As always, please reach out to us if you have any questions or comments.

Blood Drive at Ivy Chapel Nov. 17.

October 25, 2020 by  
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With the holidays approaching and the ongoing pandemic across the country, blood supplies are low. Your donation can save lives!

Ivy Chapel will host a blood drive on Tuesday, November 17 from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Give the gift of life! Email Sue Wilson to set up a time.

Isaiah 58 Ministries Back to School Fundraiser

July 27, 2020 by  
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COVID-19 might make it feel like everything’s on hold. But even as kids go back to school virtually, they’re going to need supplies to be at their best throughout the year. This year Ivy Chapel United Church of Christ is teaming up with Isaiah 58 Ministries’ back-to-school fundraiser.

Isaiah 58 is requesting 150 boxes of washable markers, assorted packages/izes of girls’ and boys’ underwear, and socks. Store gift cards are welcome, too.

Questions about donating? Email us or call 314-434-4991.

Contributing is as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Donate in person. Purchase items and drop them off in the box at Ivy Chapel anytime before August 15.
  2. Donate online. Click here to donate. Select from the suggested “Amazon wish list.” These items will be delivered to Isaiah 58 before school starts. The deadline for purchases is August 10. Feel free to share the link with family and friends as well.
  3. Donate funds. Don’t want to shop but still want to support the cause? We’ll do the shopping for you. Email us or call the church office at 314-434-4991 for information.

Stay home, stay safe, stay healthy.

March 20, 2020 by  
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This is an enormously challenging moment in time for humankind and for God’s Church.  The current world health situation is extremely serious.  It is crucial now for each one of us to act responsibly.  “Love one another as I have loved you,” Jesus commands.

As people who are loved and cared for by God, we recognize that God calls us to love and care for one another.  We accept and we value this high calling.  We must do our faithful best to be as considerate as possible of everyone’s health and well-being.  With genuine consideration for each other, Ivy Chapel United Church of Christ is striving to respond appropriately to the situation and to follow protocols for minimizing the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Until further notice, all Ivy Chapel United Church of Christ activities, events, gatherings and “in-person” worship services are suspended.

For the time being, there will be no “in-person” gatherings of more than 10 people at Ivy Chapel UCC.  This is not an easy decision.  As Christ’s followers, we pattern our lives after the life of our Savior Jesus, and faithful discipleship involves inter-personal relationships.  This makes refraining from public worship a difficult thing for us to do.  Nevertheless, we must.  We do so out of genuine consideration for all people.

For daily spiritual nourishment; please subscribe free of charge to our United Church of Christ Stillspeaking Daily Devotional at   https://www.ucc.org/daily_devotional

We will post virtual worship experiences – including Holy Week – here on this website and on our YouTube channel.

By God’s grace and with God’s help, we are able to love one another.  God is with you.  Thank you for displaying mutual respect and loving care for all people.

If you have questions or need to reach out to us, please do not hesitate to do so via email.

HarvestFest Fundraiser, Oct. 12

August 25, 2019 by  
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It’s time for HarvestFest 2019! Join us for a vintage evening of wine and cheese, hors d’oeuvres, desserts and more! There will be music performed by Ivy Chapel members… and of course the famous silent and oral auctions. There are tons of surprises in store… watch this space for updates.

October 12th, 6:30 p.m.

at Ivy Chapel United Church of Christ
620 N. Woods Mill Road,
Chesterfield, MO

Tickets: $20 per person in advance, $25 at the door

We also have sponsorship opportunities! For information or to sponsor the event (or a part of it), contact Jo Ann Moody.

To purchase tickets, download and print the form on this page and mail it back to us. For information, contact Ivy Chapel via email or call 314-434-4991.HF 2019 invite-reservation
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Blessing of the Animals, Sep. 21

August 25, 2019 by  
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Cats, dogs, rabbits and chickens, oh my! Yes, we’ve had all kinds of animals join us for our annual Blessing of the Animals. Each year we gather here at Ivy Chapel in the Eric Moody Memorial Pavilion and honor our animal friends as fall begins.

In 2019, we’ll gather from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, September 21. Human and pet refreshments will be served. (We’d hold it rain or shine, although if it’s raining we may bring the festivities inside.)

We will also be taking donations to support the Humane Society of Missouri.

When you join us, please know that all animals must be on a leash or in a cage.

Questions? Drop us a line, and we’ll get back to you in no time.

Let’s go to Mars and beyond! VBS 2019 at Ivy Chapel

June 24, 2019 by  
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Mission to Mars Logo

Register now for Ivy Chapel
Vacation Bible School 2019

To Mars and Beyond: Explore Where God’s Power Can Take You!

Glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine
by his power at work within us! – Ephesians 3:20

July 22 – 26, 9 a.m. – noon

Children Ages 3 (potty trained) through 5th grade are welcome. Blast off as we explore God’s word through Bible Stories, Crafts, Science and Music.
$25 per child for the week.
Download the registration here, or send us an email if you have any questions.

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