Not Standing Still
October 6, 2020

note: This article has been published in the October edition of The PebbleCreek Post. It has been edited for our church audience.

by Larry Sessoms

With Eagle’s Nest ballroom still closed to our Sunday services, our PebbleCreek Community Church is focused both on how best to serve our community in these times, and how to improve our services once we are able to…return to normal. And, of course, as you read this October edition of our PebbleCreek Post, we are thinking of the return of many snowbirds and how best to serve their needs.

Our Sunday services and twice weekly Words of Hope devotionals on our website ( are focused on current needs within our community. But with the pause in personal gatherings, we are considering technology and how to improve our services in the future.

On Sundays, we project images and songs on the walls on either side of the stage in the ballroom, but our projectors are old, require too much time in set-up, and result in wires running across the floor. Clearly room for improvement! Working with our HOA, we are finding better answers to these needs, as well as upgrading the church’s sound system. Because we now project lyric videos in lieu of handing out our 200 hymnals, we are donating those books and using the carts for our new Christian Library. Also, on our website are regular book reviews of titles in our library.

ZOOM is, of course, a word we now know in the context of on-line meetings. Over the summer, one of our men’s Bible studies continued via ZOMM with participants from all over the country. Our Education Committee is now planning for the fall start-up of many of the 15 Bible  study groups, some of which will likely move forward with in-person, appropriately distanced and masked meetings, and some of which will continue via ZOOM. As we do each year with the start of our new Bible study groups in October, we invite all within our PebbleCreek community who have an interest to join these small study groups. Detailed information on our study groups is posted on our church website ( or you may contact Mary McFarland at or call 651-428-9212 for information.

We’re no different from all within our wonderful PebbleCreek community in that we miss the personal contact. We are looking forward to shaking hands and hugging once again! In the interim, our website is the best way to attend services and find updates. And, of course, through it you can reach out to our pastor, fellow PebbleCreek resident Bob Ripley.

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