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Update from Park Chapel Elders | July 26, 2020


We would like to introduce Park Chapel to Shauna Nivens, our candidate to fill the position of Adult Women’s Ministry & Guest Services Leader. Shauna will be part-time, and her primary responsibilities will be in the areas of Women’s Ministry (working with volunteers to help develop, plan and implement ministry and special events), and other administrative duties. She will be part of our Adult Ministries staff under the direction of Lance Conway. Shauna studied Graphic Design and Social Work at Anderson University and Biblical Counseling at Trinity Bible College.

Shauna shares, “I grew up going to Morristown Schools. I met Jesus at a young age through some good people at Fountaintown Christian Church. I went to Anderson University where I met my husband, JK, at church. We now have four children: Kyler (16), Clay (15), Garrison (12), and Layla (8). I have been a stay-at-home mom, church volunteer, church planter's wife, and homeschooler over the past fifteen years. We have been members of Brandywine Community Church for the past seventeen years. At Brandywine, I led a Kid's Praise Team, an Envision team for creative artists, the Night in Bethlehem Christmas event, and several life groups along the way. We are eager to walk in joyful obedience to God's calling on our lives. I look forward to meeting new folks and doing ministry with you!”

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Says Lance, “I am looking forward to having Shauna Nivens join our staff at Park Chapel and work with me in our Adult Ministry. She will be a great asset and support to the women at Park Chapel who are leading groups and ministries. Her experience as a church volunteer herself provides her with a perspective on how to encourage and equip others to minister in the church and community. Shauna will focus on three areas: leading women's ministry, organizing guest services, and providing administrative support to adult ministry. Please join me in welcoming her and her family to Park Chapel.” 

Our thanks also go to Stephanie Cermak, Bryn Stewart and Gail Negilski for helping with the interview process.

A congregational vote to confirm Shauna’s calling as Park Chapel’s Women’s Ministry Leader will take place on August 9. Since we are still in a partially online/partially in-person situation, it will be an electronic vote with members receiving an email that includes a link to an online ballot.


Our staff and Kids Ministry volunteers have been actively seeking a new Elementary Minister for our Kids Ministry but have not yet found an individual for this position. Their search is continuing. Please pray for the right person to be found. 


For the Park Chapel Elders, by Dave Woods

A lot of time and a lot of experiences occur between Exodus 14 and Deuteronomy 31! Moses, as God’s chosen leader, with a nation of a million plus people are in a hard place – the Red Sea is in front of them and the army of Egypt is on their heels! It’s just the beginning of many hard circumstances to come. Deuteronomy 31 finally arrives. The land promised is finally in front of Israel and it’s time to enter! What a trip!  

It has not been exactly a “Red Sea crossing” for Park Chapel, but it has been a trying journey for more than a year. Then, COVID-19 gets added to the mix of challenges. I find Moses’ words at the banks of the Red Sea very timely: “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord …the Lord will fight for you!” Then the Lord’s words to Moses that follow are most timely – “…Tell the people to go forward.” 

Writing for the elders, we want to express our deep appreciation for your prayerful support and encouraging words as we contemplate “going forward” faithfully and wisely. I read this week in a church leadership article that one out of three Christians have quit attending the worship services of their church since the pandemic. Your online and in-house attendances have been encouraging! The continued support of our revised church budget is allowing us to support our local ministry and our global ministries. AND, it was truly great to celebrate the retiring of Park Chapel’s mortgage this Spring!

Just a month ago, you hired a new teaching pastor and will soon be voting to confirm a gifted women’s ministries leader. Park Chapel families have accessed the teaching materials of our faithful children’s ministry staff so that children could have their “Sunday School” at home. Kiefer and Katryna, PC Student Ministers, have kept in communication with our students through zoom meetings and recently with outside activities honoring safety protocols. Just last week, Park Chapel, you gave a special offering exceeding $20,000 to retire a medical debt of $2 million for Hancock County families! Dale’s online weekly Bible Studies have been highly praised by you. I have friends in southeast Georgia that have tuned in weekly on Facebook. I know that many of you are keeping contact with the needs of the children that many of us personally support in mission schools around the world! Your support and encouraging comments about David Barnett’s sermons are more reason to commend and thank you for “going forward” with us! We are still “passing through the waters” with certainly more challenges to face, so thank you for “going forward” with us! 

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Update from Park Chapel Elders  |  July 12, 2020

Kids Sunday morning programming reopening pushed from August to September

After prayer, gathering information, and lots of conversations, our Kids Ministry Team of Stephanie Cermak and Carrie Bruck are working towards a tentative date of Sunday, September 6 to reopen classes.  It is "tentative" because as we all are very aware, things can change very quickly.  While this is our hope, we want to be flexible, patient, and understanding as we move toward reopening.  Details of what that will look like and what protocols will be implemented in order to create the best possible experience for our families are still being determined.  As that time nears, the Team will communicate those details so families can be prepared as they come on a Sunday morning.  

Until we reopen, lessons will continue to be sent each week via email so families can do the Bible stories at home. We will also continue to provide an activity page and goodie bag for the children who come with their parents to the worship service in the building.

Our Kids Ministry Team hopes our families are well, enjoying some summer fun, and growing in their walk with Jesus.  They want to encourage everyone as we face challenges in this ever-changing world of the peace it brings to know that our God is never-changing and can be trusted!  Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate these challenging times.  

Invite David Barnett to your small group!

Our new Teaching Pastor, David Barnett, is eager to get to know the people of Park Chapel. He would love to meet with your small group in the coming weeks. Please feel free to contact him at [email protected] to schedule a time that he can join you in fellowship!

Greater Things building program update

We want to let our congregation know that the monies collected to help fund the expansion and renovation of our church are still set aside in an investment account waiting to be used for its intended purpose. Our building program continues to be on hold through this current world health crisis. When normalcy returns we will assess our plans and further update Park Chapel on how we hope to move forward with our church campus.

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