Dewey Community Church
4/19/20 - Words of Comfort: The Character of God
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  • Dewey Community Church
    16 3rd St, Dewey, IL 61840, USA
    Sunday 9:30 AM
Sunday, April 19, 2020

In light of public health and safety requirements, and with prayerful guidance from the Dewey Community Church Board of Elders, it has been determined that all activities in the DCC building will remain on hiatus through at least the beginning of May. This includes Sunday morning activities in addition to Wednesday evening "Connections."

You can listen to this week's sermon online at On the website, you'll also be able to access our YouTube playlist for songs of joy and hope to bring you into a time of worship.

During this time of staying home, Pastor Neal is emailing a daily devotion (Tuesday-Friday), along with a Sunday email called DCC@Home. If you are not already receiving these emails but would like to, contact the church office at
The Character of God
Isaiah 40:9-11

There is only one other thought that has come to me in connection with this epidemic; it is of the blessedness of religion, of the sense of security which a true, living, working faith in the Lord Jesus Christ gives one in the midst of life's perils. I felt, as doubtless you all felt, who are Christians, the blessedness of a firm grip upon Jesus Christ — the blessedness of being anchored in God and in His precious promises. (Rev. Francis Grimke, 11/3/1918)
God’s child can ‘Keep Calm’ in our present-day trials as we reflect upon God’s character and remain anchored in him. In Isaiah 40:9-11, we are reminded of 2 aspects of His character which are intended to calm the fears of His children and help them to ‘breathe’ and to increase and encourage trust in him.
I. God’s child can ‘Keep Calm’ when we are reminded that God is great (v. 9-10).
II. God’s child can ‘Keep Calm’ when we are reminded that God is good (v. 11).

Have We Lost Sight of God? by Cal Thomas. Two things happen when people lose sight of God:

A. The evil person grows ever more evil.

B. The godly person grows ever more discouraged.
One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O LORD, are loving. (Psalm 62:11-12a)
Remember to Pray: For Ben & Erin H. as they await the arrival of their child in May...for Christy P. (daughter of David & Denise) who has contracted the coronavirus...for our teachers, students and families as the decision has been made to not return to classes this school year...for Mike & Heidi R. as they continue to care for Heidi's father in their home...for Nik H. and Chase V. as they serve our nation in the US Army overseas....for those planning for this year's VVBS (Virtual Vacation Bible School)...that all those in our congregation who fall into the 'at risk' demographic will be able steer clear of the coronavirus...for those who have or who are anticipating a loss of income as 'non-essential' businesses remain closed through the end of the month...for our president, governor and other elected officials as the weight of many decisions which impact the lives of millions rest upon their shoulders...for our missionaries who are experiencing the challenges presented by Covid-19 in places far removed from their family support systems.
The DCC Board of Elders will meet today (Sunday, April 19) at 5:00 pm. Please keep them in your prayers as they meet.
New Address: Nikolas H. Check the DCC@Home email or contact the church office at for his address.
We Are So Excited to Announce that Dewey-East Bend VBS this year will be Virtual VBS! It will be held June 8-12, 2020. After you have registered you will receive information as to how to pick up your materials and access the week of VBS (for your child’s Bible story, music, video, and mission project). We feel God leading us to this format so please continue with us in prayer as we prepare! Watch for more details to come!
Instant Church Directory: The online directory can now be accessed by downloading the Instant Church Directory app from Google Play, the Apple App Store or Kindle Fire. After downloading the app: 1) enter your email which you provided for the directory; 2) follow the directions on screen to complete the login process. Once logged in you have access to the entire directory and you can edit your families information. (Including adding a picture to your entry. Currently there are very few pictures in the directory!) If you are have not provided information for the directory please do so by contacting the church office. We would like this directory to be a current and complete representation of the DCC family. For more information, you can visit the Instant Church Directory website at Contact the church office.
RightNow Media: Looking for online, Bible-based resources for your entire family to utilize while you are 'sheltering in?' RightNow Media provides a treasure-trove of resources including Bible studies, devotionals, teaching videos for adults and Bible-based videos for children. If you would like to access these resources, please contact Pastor Neal ( As an alumnus of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School he is able to grant access to the site.
Thanks to Those who submitted Associate Pastor Survey forms. Your feedback is very much appreciated and will prove invaluable as the congregation moves forward in the search process.
DCC Email Sign-Up: Several means of accessing information from DCC are available via email. These include: 1) Pastor Neal's devotionals; 2) a weekly link to the DCC digital Sunday bulletin; and 3) other news, announcements and prayer requests. If you would like to be included on one, two or all three of these lists, please email the church office at

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