Now Hiring: Youth Ministry Coordinator

June 10, 2021 by  
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As we continue to work toward the “next normal,” we’re hiring for a Youth Ministry Coordinator to lead programs for our young people. Please send your resume, cover letter, and a list of three references to ymcsearch@ivychapel.org.

Job Title: Youth Ministry Coordinator
Reports to: Board of Christian Education and Pastor
Hours: Part-time (20 hours per week, including some evenings)
Effective Start Date: Immediately

Job Description: The Youth Ministry Coordinator at Ivy Chapel United Church of Christ will create opportunities for all ages of youth to develop their faith and build connections within the church. The successful candidate will develop and lead a growing youth program. This person also will work with the worship team to plan a cohesive Sunday worship experience.

Essential Responsibilities Include:
Youth Groups
Coordinate local church and wider church youth activities.
Work with families of youth to develop an activities calendar each year.
Make arrangements for summer mission trips.
Co-lead Confirmation with the Pastor.
Worship Services
Present and/or schedule children’s messages during Sunday morning worship.
Lead children’s worship activities on the first Sunday of each month.
Coordinate children’s Christmas Program and Youth Sunday.
Facilitate youth participation in worship, such as serving as acolytes, lay liturgists, musicians, etc.
Communication and Reporting Duties
Provide communication between the youth groups and the congregation through notices in the Sunday bulletin and the monthly Ivy Vine newsletter.
Keep accurate records of all youth program funds.
Provide a monthly written report to the church council.
Christian Education Board Involvement
Participate in all Christian Education Board Meetings.
Work with the board to provide Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and other congregational education programs.

Qualifications:
Experience working with children, youth ministry, or within other related fields.
Displays strong administrative, planning, organizational, and communication skills.
Ability to work both independently and cooperatively.
Possesses creativity to develop innovative programming.
Familiarity with the United Church of Christ theology.
Affirming of all people, including support of LGBTQ+ community.

Requirements:
21 years of age or older.
Must pass a personal background check.

Application: Please send your resume, cover letter, and a list of three references to ymcsearch@ivychapel.org.

June 6 Virtual Worship – The Will of God

June 5, 2021 by  
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Are you ready and willing to fulfill the will of God? Join us as we hear Jesus’ words as we look for guidance and direction from our Creator.

June 6 Virtual Worship – T h e W i l l o f G o d

WELCOME

PRELUDE – Anna DiVesta

*CALL TO WORSHIP – Pastor Dan
One: Praise God, who fills hearts with joy!
All: Glory be to God!
One: Praise God, who fills the future with promise.
All: O give thanks to God; for God’s steadfast love endures forever!

*HYMN – All Things Bright and Beautiful – #65

REFRAIN
All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful; the Lord God made them all.

  1. Each little flow’r that opens, Each little bird that sings,
    He made their glowing colors, He made their tiny wings.

REFRAIN

  1. The purple-headed mountain, The river running by,
    The sunset, and the morning That brightens up the sky.

REFRAIN

  1. The cold wind in the winter, Then pleasant summer sun,
    The ripe fruit in the garden: He made them every one.

REFRAIN

  1. He gave us eyes to see them, And lips that we might tell
    How great is God Almighty, Who has made all things well.

*UNISON PRAYER OF INVOCATION – Pastor Dan
God of steadfast love, we long for a clear understanding of your will. Our hearts seek you. Our ears listen closely for your voice. Guide us. May this time of worship draw us to you, Christ Jesus – blessing us with a sense of direction for our lives as vital parts of your whole Church. Renew us from within, we pray; so that nothing we face will frighten or discourage us. With amazement, we marvel at the splendor of your works, Creator God! Fill us with an ever-growing love for you. Amen.

*PRAISE RESPONSE – Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord

Open the eyes of my heart, Lord; Open the eyes of my heart.
I want to see You, I want to see You, I want to see You.
Open the eyes of my heart, Lord; Open the eyes of my heart.
I want to see You, I want to see You.

To see you high and lifted up, Shining in the light of Your glory.
Pour out Your power and love As we sing holy, holy, holy.

REPEAT

Holy, Holy, Holy,
Holy, Holy, Holy,
Holy, Holy, Holy,
I want to see You.

REPEAT

GOD’S WORD – Psalm 130 – Pastor Dan

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE – Dottie Foster

SPECIAL MUSIC – By His Grace (Tornquist) – Anna DiVesta

GOD’S WORD – Mark 3:20-35 – Pastor Dan

SERMON – Pastor Dan

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE – Pastor Dan
Pastoral Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer (debts… debtors)

*HYMN – One Bread, One Body – worship booklet, pp. 72-73

REFRAIN
One bread, one body, one Lord of all, one cup of blessing which we bless.
And we, though many throughout the earth,
we are one body in this one Lord.

  1. Gentile or Jew, servant or free, woman or man, no more.

REFRAIN

  1. Many the gifts, many the works, one in the Lord of all.

REFRAIN

  1. Grain for the fields, scattered and grown, gathered to one, for all.

REFRAIN

THE JOYFUL SACRAMENT OF COMMUNION
Responsive Invitation to Christ’s Table
One: Jesus Christ invites, “As you eat this bread, remember me.”
All: Through the broken bread, we remember the sacrifice of Christ.
One: Jesus Christ invites, “As you drink this cup, remember me.”
All: Through the communion cup, we remember the love of Christ.
One: The gifts of God for the people of God.
All: Thanks be to God. Our Savior welcomes everyone to this table!

*HYMN – I Then Shall Live – #133

  1. I then shall live as one who’s been forgiven;
    I’ll walk with joy to know my debts are paid.
    I know my name is clear before my Father;
    I am His child, and I am not afraid.
    So greatly pardoned, I’ll forgive my brother;
    The law of love I gladly will obey.
  2. I then shall live as one who’s learned compassion;
    I’ve been so loved that I’ll risk loving, too.
    I know how fear builds walls instead of bridges;
    I dare to see another’s point of view.
    And when relationships demand commitment,
    Then I’ll be there to care and follow through.
  3. Your kingdom come around and thru and in me,
    Your pow’r and glory, let them shine thru me;
    Your Hallowed Name, O may I bear with honor,
    And may Your living Kingdom come in me.
    The Bread of Life, O may I share with honor,
    And may You feed a hungry world thru me.

*BENEDICTION – Pastor Dan

*POSTLUDE – Anna DiVesta

May 30 Virtual Worship – Trinity Sunday

May 29, 2021 by  
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A Blessed Memorial Day Weekend to you.

Click here to join us for virtual worship, starting around 10 a.m. on Sunday.

Here’s today’s order for worship:

Mysterious Encounter
Trinity Sunday

Welcome to Ivy Chapel UCC. A blessed Memorial Day Weekend to all.

WELCOME

PRELUDE – Abby Foehrkolb

*CALL TO WORSHIP – Pastor Dan
One: Be joyful! God is within us and among us.
All: God is watching over all creation.
One: God listens, and God responds.
All: God raises us up on eagles’ wings! Praise God!

*HYMN – Holy, Holy, Holy – #2

  1. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
    Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
    Holy, holy, holy! merciful and mighty!
    God in three persons, blessed Trinity!
  2. Holy, holy, holy! all the saints adore Thee,
    Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
    Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
    Which wert and art, and evermore shalt be.
  3. Holy, holy, holy! though the darkness hide Thee,
    Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see,
    Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,
    Perfect in pow’r, in love, and purity.
  4. Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty.
    All Thy works shall praise Thy name, in earth, and sky, and sea;
    Holy, holy, holy! merciful and mighty!
    God in three persons, blessed Trinity!

*UNISON PRAYER OF INVOCATION – Pastor Dan
Faithful and Loving God, you are beyond all that we can imagine. There simply are no human words that can fully describe you. We know you best as Jesus of Nazareth who offered genuine love to everyone. As Jesus, you call for our rebirth as your children, cleansed by water and the Spirit. This morning, we worship you in fulfillment of the vows made at our baptism. We want to be faithful as you are faithful. Strengthen us to live in ways that honor and please you, Holy God. May we serve you by living out the ministries which you give us to do. We pray in your name, Christ Jesus. Amen.

*PRAISE RESPONSE – Gloria Patri– #620

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen, Amen.

GOD’S WORD – Psalm 29:1-4 – Pastor Dan

SPECIAL MUSIC – America – arr. C. E. Walz – Abby Foehrkolb, Piano

GOD’S WORD – Isaiah 6:1-8 – Pastor Dan

SERMON – Pastor Dan

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE – Pastor Dan
Pastoral Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer (debts… debtors)

*HYMN – To God Be the Glory – #79

To God be the glory, great things He hath done,
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,
And opened the Lifegate that all may go in.

REFRAIN

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, Let the earth hear His voice!
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, let the people rejoice!
O come to the Father thro’ Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory, great things He hath done.

  1. O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
    To every believer the promise of God;
    The vilest offender who truly believes,
    That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.

REFRAIN

  1. Great things He hath taught us, great things He hath done,
    And great our rejoicing thro’ Jesus the Son;
    But purser, and higher, and greater will be
    Our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see.

REFRAIN

*BENEDICTION – Pastor Dan

POSTLUDE – Abby Foehrkolb

Oct. 4 Livestream – World Communion Sunday

October 4, 2020 by  
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Gather around the virtual table with us as we celebrate World Communion Sunday. We hope you are able to share in this meaningful experience.

The service will begin at 10 a.m.

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=367322024405621

Prelude / Anna DiVesta

Invocation (Call to Worship & Prayer) / Pastor Dan Wilson

Hymn / “One Bread, One Body”
worship booklet, pp. 72-73

REFRAIN
One bread, one body; one Lord of all,
one cup of blessing which we bless.
And we, though many throughout the earth,
we are one body in the is one Lord.

  1. Gentile or Jew, servant or free, Woman or man, no more.

REFRAIN

  1. Many the gifts, many the works, one in the Lord of all.

REFRAIN

  1. Grain for the fields, scattered and grown, gathered to one, for all.

REFRAIN

Children’s Message / Linda Lowry

Special Music / “In Remembrance” Anna & Aaron DiVesta and Sue Wilson

Scripture Reading John 6:35ff / Pastor Dan

Message / Pastor Dan

Sacrament of Communion / Pastor Dan

The Lord’s Prayer / Pastor Dan

Hymn / “Spirit Song” worship booklet, pp. 84-85

  1. O let the Son of God enfold you with his Spirit and his love,
    let Him fill your life and satisfy your soul.
    O let him have the things that hold you and Spirit, like a dove,
    will descend upon your life and make you whole.

REFRAIN
Jesus, O Jesus, come and fill your lambs.
Jesus, O Jesus, come and fill your Lambs.

  1. O come and sing this song with gladness as your hears are filled with joy,
    lift your hands in sweet surrender to his name.
    O give him all your tears and sadness, give him all your years of pain
    and you’ll enter into life in Jesus’ name.

REFRAIN

Benediction / Pastor Dan

Postlude / Anna

September 27 Livestream – Stewardship Week 2

September 27, 2020 by  
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Thank you for joining us on our continuing exploration of generosity and love, as we make our journey through this year’s stewardship campaign.

This week’s order for worship:

Prelude/ Anna DiVesta

Invocation (Call to Worship; Prayer) / Pastor Dan

Hymn/ “O Love That Will Not Let Me Go” #439

O Love That Will Not Let Me Go

  1. O Love that will not let me go, I rest my weary soul in Thee;
    I give Thee back the life I owe, That in Thine ocean depths its flow
    May richer, fuller be.
  2. O Light that foll’west all my way, I yield my flickering torch to Thee;
    My heart restores its borrowed ray, That in Thy sunshine’s blaze its day
    May brighter, fairer be.
  3. O Joy that seekest me through pain, I cannot close my heart to Thee;
    I trace the rainbow through the rain, And feel the promise is not vain
    That morn shall tearless be.
  4. O Cross that lightest up my head, I dare not ask to fly from thee;
    I lay in dust life’s glory dead, And from the ground there blossoms red
    Life that shall endless be.

Children’s Message/ Linda Lowry

Special Music/ Anna

Scripture Reading 1 John 4:8-20 / Pastor Dan

Message (concludes w/ prayer) / Pastor Dan

Hymn/ “Love Lifted Me” #317

Love Lifted Me

  1. I was sinking deep in sin, Far from the peaceful shore,
    Very deeply stained within, Sinking to rise no more;
    But the Master of the sea Heard my despairing cry,
    From the waters lifted me, Now safe am I.

CHORUS
Love lifted me! Love lifted me!
When nothing else could help, Love lifted me.
Love lifted me! Love lifted me!
When nothing else could help, Love lifted me.

  1. All my heart to Him I give, Ever to Him I’ll cling,
    In His blessed presence live, Ever His praises sing.
    Love so mighty and so true Merits my soul’s best songs;
    Faithful, loving service too To Him belongs.

CHORUS

  1. Souls in danger, look above, Jesus completely saves;;
    He will lift you by His love Out of the angry waves.
    He’s the Master of the sea, Billows His will obey;
    He our Savior wants to be – Be saved today.

Benediction / Pastor Dan

Postlude/ Anna

August 30 Livestream!

August 28, 2020 by  
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Last week, your Ivy Chapel worship team experimented with a new way (for us) to create a more engaging, communal online worship. We produced a short live online worship with special music, a prayer and a children’s message.

This week, we’d love for you to join us online for a full, live worship service. 

The service will start at 10 a.m. (or a little after – you know Ivy) on Ivy Chapel’s Facebook page. You do notneed to have a Facebook account to watch.

Head to www.facebook.com/IvyChapel. You can use your smart phone, tablet or computer.

If you have an account and are logged in, you should be all set. If not, it will seem like Facebook is demanding you to login, but you can ignore these boxes and scroll down the page. You may need to click on “not now” if it asks you to login again.

As you scroll down the page, if we’re live, you’ll see the video. Click on the video to join the live worship in progress. You can click on the small icon with two diagonal arrows to expand the video to your whole screen.

Don’t worry if you can’t make it to the live worship. We will post a link to the video here on the Ivy Chapel website later in the day.

If you do tune in, please let us know what you think. 

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.

Donate blood and save lives – May 14

May 1, 2019 by  
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Did you know that when you donate blood, you could save up to three lives? That’s an especially important fact as we head into the late spring and summer, when blood supply is low – but the need for blood is especially high.

Register today for the May 14 Blood Drive at Ivy Chapel United Church of Christ in Chesterfield. Donation times are available between 3 and 7 p.m.

Visit www.bloodcenterIMPACT.org to sign up. (You may have to set up an account on the site to register.) Use Sponsor Code 10670 to schedule your time slot.

Questions? Send us an email or get in touch with Sue Wilson at 314-324-3765.

 

Supporting Isaiah 58 Ministries

February 17, 2018 by  
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Here at Ivy Chapel United Church of Christ, we are proud of the longstanding relationships we have had with the organizations we support. We’re also proud to announce a newer partnership, with Isaiah 58 Ministries.

As you consider how you will support Isaiah 58 Ministries it is helpful to know that because of their partnerships with St. Louis Area Foodbank and Operation Food Search your giving dollars can be stretched. Donations of canned and box foods are always appreciated, but it also good to know that financial contributions are also welcome.  As a Tier One partner with the Foodbank, Isaiah 58 is able to purchase food for 10 cents a pound. For example an average box of cereal costs $4.00. If you donate the $4.00 directly to their ministry Isaiah 58 can purchase approximately 40 comparable boxes of cereal through the food bank, allowing them to feed even more families.

Visit the Isaiah 58 ministries website to learn more about this organization.

If you’d like to contribute through Ivy Chapel, or if you would like to learn more about how we work with Isaiah 58 and other local organizations, please feel free to reach out to us.

 

2016 Rummage Sale – April 16

March 30, 2016 by  
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Shop early and shop often at the annual Ivy Chapel Rummage Sale! April 16 from 8 a.m. to Noon.

Housewares. Kids’ and adult clothing. Home decor & knick-knacks. Holiday items. You never know what you’ll find… treasures await!

All proceeds will support our youth summer mission trips and other Ivy Chapel youth programs.

Questions? Want to donate? Shoot us an email and we’ll get you the information you need.

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