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THIS WEEK AT AIC
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Dear <<First Name>>, 

Yet again, it has been a troubling week on the news. COVID cases are rising, lockdown has closed schools again, and the US election process has turned violent. 

Last Sunday, Jared reminded us that amid the constant flow of the world's bad news, there remains God's song of good news. When we gather this week, that is the song we will song again, to remind ourselves of who we are and whose we are. 

We will reflect together on Jesus' baptism and our own, which promises us that God loves us, forgives us, and renews us to love and serve.  Our baptism does not liberate us from the harsh realities of the world, but it reminds us that nothing in this world can ever separate us from God's love and grace. We need that reminder, always.

I want to make a special invitation, as we have made some changes to our schedule in the new year. After our first attempts at Zoom worship on All Saints Day and Christmas Sunday, several people expressed a desire for a more gathered experience in the future, instead of simply watching YouTube independently. 

With that in mind, we will be replacing the midweek Pause for Prayer videos with a new Sunday evening Zoom worship service this week at 18:30. We will continue this monthly or bi-weekly, depending on the level of interest. We will remember our baptism and celebrate a distanced communion--so set yourself some water for baptism, and some juice or wine and bread or crackers for communion, and join us.

Regular YouTube services will continue to preview at 11:00 on Sunday mornings. As long as we are in lockdown, all activities remain online only.

As the news of the world continues to unfold this week, keep in your heart the good news of God: you are beloved, forgiven, renewed.

Faithfully,
Pastor Jennifer

WORSHIP
NEW Sunday Evening Zoom Service

This week, we will gather on Zoom for a 30-40 minute service, followed by time for fellowship. We will remember our baptism, and celebrate communion. Prepare yourself some water for baptism, along with wine or juice and bread or crackers for communion.

Follow the Zoom link below:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89867324925?pwd=ZjVienJ5YXcva3JudFRRdE9LZERrZz09
Meeting ID: 898 6732 4925
Passcode: 712637

 
Epiphany Star Gifts Available!

An Epiphany Star Gift is simply a word on a paper star. Each word is unique, and a gift to you for meditation, contemplation, learning and insight for the coming year. You can see more in the worship video from last Sunday.

Email Jennifer at jmk@amchurch.co.uk if you would like a Star Gift this year. She will draw a gift with eyes closed, praying for you by name, and send it to you by post.

Thanks to Regina Wolek for making all the Star Gifts by hand again this year!
Worship Online

Sunday Worship for 10 January will premiere on YouTube and Facebook at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday morning, and be available anytime after. 

Pastor Jennifer will preach on the meaning of our baptism, and Siobhain Gibson and Liam Dunachie will bring our music.
SERVE & GIVE
Get Involved and Give Back This Winter
For more details on any of the opportunities below, contact Community Minister Jonathan Miller at jonathan@amchurch.co.uk.

West End Welcome Refugee Sponsorship: Now that the sisters we are sponsoring have been in English classes for several months, they are looking for conversation partners! If you would be interested in spending 30 minutes to an hour conversing over Zoom once every few weeks, get in touch.

Become a Vaccinator Volunteer: The Royal Volunteer Service in partnership with St John Ambulance are looking for volunteers to support the large-scale COVID-19 vaccination program that will be rolled-out over the next few months. More details can be found here: https://nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk/vaccinationvolunteers
Giving: Your generosity matters more than ever.

As we come to the end of this challenging year, we are more grateful than ever for the generosity of our AIC community, which has seen us through. The first few months of 2021 will remain difficult, and we ask you, if you are able, to consider making an end-of-year gift to keep our ministries thriving. In addition, as we prepare our 2021 budget, we would appreciate it if you would take a few minutes to let us know of your plans for giving in the coming year, with this simple form

You may give via bank transfer with the following information:
Beneficiary: The American Church in London
Sort Code: 40-05-16
Account Number: 81651498
CHILDREN & YOUTH
Children's Bible Story Time returns this Friday. Video will be emailed to all families on Friday afternoon, and shared with the wider congregation next week.
COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

Bible Study
Sunday Mornings – 9:45 to 10:45 on Zoom 

Join us as we begin studying scriptures together in this new year. This week we will discuss the Baptism of Jesus and how God still speaks to us through baptism. All are welcome.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86757897061?pwd=dVBkcW9OVE5hTUt3a25uZmxqbG1odz09
Meeting ID: 867 5789 7061
Passcode: 070537

Virtual Fellowship is back on while in-person Sunday services are suspended. Join us for a chat from 11:45-12:15.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83062819798?pwd=bWFMRkhMS240dXhEMkZpL2VoVkI4dz09
Meeting ID: 830 6281 9798
Passcode: 600317

 
PRAYER & SUPPORT
If you have concerns to add to our prayers or outreach, please e-mail prayer@amchurch.co.uk or contact us directly.

Reach out to us:
Jennifer Mills-Knutsen,  jmk@amchurch.co.uk, 0780 143 7133
Jared Jaggers, jared@amchurch.co.uk, 0756 568 7333
Jonathan Miller, jonathan@amchurch.co.uk, 0752 235 5669
A note on technology:

Zoom is an online platform to host video chat. It is free to use, but may require you to download an app to your phone, tablet or laptop.

Facebook will also host all our videos, including worship, Pause for Prayer and children’s messages. You do not need to have a Facebook account to view them, only to comment or engage.

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