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What’s new at IPC

December 2022

There will be no morning worship service this Sunday, as we join our host church, Notre Dame du Blankedelle, for our annual Advent Lessons and Carols Service at 16:00. If you’d like to go over the hymns with the French and English words, come at 15:00. Otherwise, come at 16:00. Please plan to stay afterwards for a time of fellowship.

Children’s Sunday School will meet during the worship service on Sunday, 11 December. Children will leave during the first hymn to make some Advent and Christmas crafts. Please join us!

The Women of the Church will meet at the home of Linda Devolder at 10:30 on Saturday, 17 December. The group will continue its study of Amy-Jill Levine’s Sermon on the Mount. Please let Linda Tylke or Linda Devolder know if you plan to attend. Watch for more information in the next issue of the Weekend Watch.

The Youth Group will meet on Sunday, December 18, during the worship service. An ecumenical, bilingual (French and Dutch) retreat for youth ages 16-19 is planned for January 3-5 in the Ardennes. For more information, see the web site: https://www.spj.be/events/sejour-ados-hiver-2022-16-19-ans/

  • 24 December – Christmas Eve Candlelight service at 17:00.

Any questions?

Our Life at the IPC

Fall 2022

Welcome back!

We are gearing up for our fall activities, and looking forward to enjoying them with you!

Sunday School, Youth meetings, and Choir are back. Adult education and Women of the Church meetings are resuming

We look forward to our fall and winter events: harvest festival, American Thanksgiving Lunch, Advent, and Christmas!!!

We will be celebrating our 100th anniversary all year long. Our congregation began with a series of meetings in 1922, ending in the laying of a cornerstone on November 9, 1923, at a church on the Champs de Mars in downtown Brussels. We have a new centennial seal that has been designed to help us celebrate. Several special events are being planned throughout the year, including a festive worship service on Reformation Sunday, October 30. Watch for more details!

Worship in safety

After some two years of restrictions, the Belgian and Brussels governments have relaxed restrictions impacting cultural and religious gatherings. We are now free to meet for worship and fellowship without any specific restrictions on masking, hand-washing, seating, etc.

Nonetheless, we realize that many amongst us prefer to be cautious both for their own health and the health of others. We will therefore continue to provide hand gel at the entrance, to encourage our attendees to take advantage of the spacious sanctuary in making their seating decisions, and to make it clear that continued masking is still very acceptable for all those who prefer to mask. We also encourage everyone to remember the lessons of the pandemic – consider staying home if you feel ill and mask whenever in doubt.

Mission of the Month

November-December 2022

NATIVITAS

NATIVITAS is a local soup kitchen located in downtown Brussels. The cold winter months are long and hard for the homeless and needy. With the many challenges facing our community now, more and more people are having a hard time feeding themselves and their families. Together we can make a difference!

Here is our plan of action:

The children at IPC are joining the adults to collect non-perishable food items up until December 11. This is what we need:

Sugar cubes

Ground coffee

Olive oil

Canned diced tomatoes

Tuna

Jam

Cookies

Read more at https://ipcbrussels.org/mission-of-the-month/