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Note to the Congregation – September 25th

Statement on Worship in the Building

All are welcome! Join us!

Have you signed up to have your photo taken? Bartlett Chapel has chosen Universal Church Directories to produce our new pictorial directory. The photography sessions will be held at the church from Thursday, December 3rd through Saturday, December 5th. We would like everyone to participate!

Photo appointment sign-ups have begun and will continue until Sunday, November 22nd. Universal Church Directories will be following specific health guidelines to make this experience as safe as possible. There are several options to schedule your photography appointment:
1. If you would like to schedule your appointment when you are at church to attend worship, you will have an opportunity to sign up after the worship service. A volunteer will be at the sign-up table in the main hallway outside the sanctuary on each Sunday until November 22nd.
2. If you would like to schedule your appointment online, go to ucdir.com, select "Photography Appointment Scheduling Login", then enter 'in1698' in 'Church Code' and 'photos' in 'Church Password'. Once logged in, follow the prompts to schedule your family's appointment time. If you have six or more members in your family, please use two consecutive time slots. The online scheduling option is available Monday through Friday each week until November 22nd.
3. If you would like to schedule your appointment through email, contact the church office with your name and phone number as well as a preferred date and time by sending a message to lori@bartlettchapel.com.
4. If you would like to schedule your appointment over the phone, you may call the church office at 317-745-2504 or Universal Church Directories at 888-742-5823.

Appointments fill up quickly, so schedule your appointment as soon as possible to secure your preferred date and time. Everyone who has an appointment will receive a complimentary 8"x10" of their photo along with a copy of the new pictorial directory. At your appointment, you will also have an opportunity to purchase a photo package, which will be delivered to you by Christmas.

If you have questions, please contact the church office.

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Join us this Sunday, November 1st! Remember to set your clocks to "fall back" one hour because Daylight Saving Time ends at 2:00 a.m. Sunday!

We invite you to worship with us at 9:00 a.m. Sunday morning, either online through Facebook Live or with us in-person at the church. More details are available here if you plan on attending in-person: bartlettchapel.com/worship-in-the-building/. The Scripture reading this Sunday will be Hebrews 12:1-3. The sermon will be "Oh, When the Saints Go Marching In". This Sunday is All Saints Sunday. On this special Sunday, we will remember and honor all the members and friends of our congregation who have passed away since the previous All Saints Sunday. Communion will be served.

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Came across this excellent devotional this morning that spoke to me and I think encourages all of us during these challenging times of COVID and a divisive election and all those other things that we tend, if we are not careful, to lose our perspective. I offer it to you as a devotional thought for you today.

Jeff Greenway
13h ·

"Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth." (Colossians 3:2)

Big Ten Football finally returned to action this weekend. I’ve been looking forward to it. Ohio State took care of business against Nebraska, but my favorite team—Penn State—lost to Indiana on a controversial call in overtime. Regardless, the Nittany Lions didn’t take care of business to even allow the game to get to that final play. They won the game in every statistical measure—except the score because of turnovers and missed field goals. It was terrible. What’s even worse was how much it affected me while watching the game and afterward. I may or may not have been accused of speaking in tongues (not the angelic kind) while yelling at the TV throughout the game, and I could barely speak about it the rest of the evening. Throughout the game and later that night, Beth looked at me and said, “It’s just a game.” She was right. I needed to KEEP PERSPECTIVE.

Then on Sunday afternoon, the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers played the undefeated Tennessee Titans. The game wasn’t shown here in central Ohio because the Cleveland Browns were playing the Cincinnati Bengals at the same time. (By the way, I like watching that Joe Burrow kid play—unless he’s playing the Steelers). Still, I followed the game and was amazingly giddy when the Steelers were up 27-7 early in the third quarter. I soon found myself getting increasingly aggravated as the lead shrunk to 27-24 Steelers. After quarterback Ben Roethlisberger through his THIRD interception of the half, I may or may not have been accused of once again speaking in non-angelic tongues as the Titans marched down the field for a game-tying field goal or game-winning touchdown. Then, something unlikely happened—the Titans missed the field goal, and the Steelers won. As I exalted in victory—as if I actually had something to do with the win—Beth looked at me and said, “It’s just a game.” She was right. I needed to KEEP PERSPECTIVE.

The truth is sometimes we let temporary and ultimately unimportant things have far too much influence on how we view and live our lives. That’s part of what the Apostle Paul was trying to get across to the Colossians in today’s verse. He’s telling them to KEEP PERSPECTIVE. They were often guilty of being so earthly minded they were no heavenly good—and he reminded them to set their minds on eternal things above and not be so focused on temporary things that, by their nature, are not as important.

Of course, it’s possible to go the other way and become so heavenly minded we are no earthly good. I’ve seen this over the years. The person who refuses to confront dysfunction in their family because they are praying God will make it better. The couple who consistently lives above and beyond their means and prays God will somehow provide the difference. The individual who knows something is physically wrong with them, but refuses to go to the doctor or take their medicine because they’re praying God will heal what ails them. That's not faith—it’s neglect. Paul isn’t telling us to stop caring about earthly things—just to KEEP PERSPECTIVE in relation to heavenly things.

We’re an interesting mix of faith and action—and we need to learn how to KEEP PERSPECTIVE between the two. St. Augustine spoke to this balance when he wrote, “We should PRAY as if everything depends upon God—and WORK as if everything depends upon us.”

Over the years, Beth and I have learned to remind each other of our need to KEEP PERSPECTIVE. Phrases like, “It’s just a game.” Or “It’s just a job.” Or, “It’s just a car.” Or “It’s just ______” help us remember to set our minds on things above—and not just on earthly things. What's most likely to consume you and distract you from what’s most important? What's most likely to cause you to become angry, despondent or speak in non-angelic tongues? In those moments, you just need to remember, “It’s just a game.”

Beth and I have had some real challenges over the years that have made it difficult to KEEP PERSPECTIVE. In those moments, we’ve looked at each other and said, “Repeat after me—we have no problems. Nobody’s dead. Nobody’s in jail. Nobody’s pregnant who’s not supposed to be. It’s just a ______.” Those words have often helped us keep an even keel when sailing through turbulent waters—and have been a reminder that our understanding of ETERNAL THINGS can shape and dominate our understanding of TEMPORARY THINGS—if we will KEEP PERSPECTIVE.

I know I’m not the only one who has trouble remembering what’s most important these days, and I’m grateful Beth is so good at helping me KEEP PERSPECTIVE. Who helps you do the same?

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