Renewing Church for a New World

Welcome back to a new program year at Third Church! We are all aware that this year will be a pivotal one in the life of our congregation. We have many uncertainties to contend with: the search(es) for new pastoral leadership, the national reckoning with structural racism, and the ongoing upheaval of COVID-19 principal among them. Within all this swirling change, we the church are called to respond to the needs of our own hearts and the needs of the world around us with creativity, flexibility, and grace.

Acknowledging that we now live in a “new normal,” and that there’s no going back to the way life used to be, our theme for this program year is Renewing Church for a New World. God is leading us to reinvent ourselves—the way our programs operate, the way our worship looks, and the way our leadership is structured—in order to meet the challenges of this moment. We are indeed “reformed and always reforming,” according to the Spirit’s guiding hand.

We’ll be celebrating this exciting time in our life together with a Rally Week, September 12-20! As in years past, we will erect a tent on our lawn, but instead of having just one afternoon picnic, we will host multiple smaller events over the course of nine days. This will allow groups of us to be together in person, while maintaining a reasonable level of safety. The following schedule is subject to change; watch the weekly Congregational Update emails for more details as Rally Week approaches.

General guidelines for all gatherings:

  • Gatherings will be 45 minutes or less.
  • Please arrive up to 15 minutes prior to the start of events to give time for check-in (including contactless temperature check).
  • Participants will be required to pre-register for events; links to registration forms will be distributed via email.
  • Participants should be prepared to wear masks at all times, and should bring their own chairs or blanket (for their own household). Spaces will be marked off to establish safe social distancing.
  • Entrance will be from the Arnold Park side sidewalk. For most events, parking in the Arnold Park lot is recommended.
  • There will be very limited access to restrooms—please plan accordingly.

Rally Week Schedule                                         

Saturday, September 12
9:00-9:45am, Men’s Breakfast Group
2:00-2:45pm, Adult Handbells

Sunday, September 13
5:00-5:45pm, Vespers Worship Service

Monday, September 14
5:00-7:00pm, Deacon Materials Drive-Through
7:00-7:45pm, Interim Process Q&A with Pastor Z

Tuesday, September 15
9:30-10:00am, Morning Prayer
4:00-4:45pm, Chancel Choir Hymn Sing
6:00-6:45pm, Chancel Choir Hymn Sing

Wednesday, September 16
6:00-7:00pm, YOUth@Third – click here to register.

Thursday, September 17
2:00-2:45pm, Elvis to Elton

Friday, September 18
5:30-6:00pm, Pop Go the Bells

Saturday, September 19
9:00-9:45am, Men’s Breakfast Group
2:00-2:45pm, Children’s Ministry
4:00-4:45pm, Handbell Beginners Workshop

Sunday, September 20
5:00-5:45pm, Vespers Worship Service