June 2020 Newsletter

Dear Chapel Family,

Four pastors have served Chapel in the Pines since 1947.  The remarkable men who have led us over the previous decades, and their commitment to Christ, is part of what has made Chapel such a special place.  With Pastor Dennis nearing retirement, the time has come to begin searching for the next pastor who will confidently lead our body into the coming years. 

The Pulpit Search Committee was formed in April and began its work at the end of May.  We, the members of the Search Committee, undertake this journey understanding the gravity of the task, and with expectation that God will lead the right person to Chapel in the Pines.  He has been faithful to our church in the past, and we believe He will be faithful at this crucial time as well.  We embark with a prayerful attitude and an openness to the leading of the Holy Spirit.  We do not know from where our next pastor will come.  Remember, that Pastor Dennis came all the way from Germany!  Throughout the next year, therefore, we will be trusting deeply in His grace and mercy, that He would guide our eyes, ears and hearts.  Thank you for upholding us in prayer and for asking God to protect our church during this transition.

In addition to your prayers, we ask for your input.  The members of the search committee have created an online survey for regular attendees of the congregation.  What attributes, character qualities or spiritual giftings do you value in a pastor?  We desire to know your thoughts.  Your ideas will be invaluable as we seek to understand the heart of the church as a whole, but even as you share, please remember there will be various opinions.  Here is the link to the survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/186dm9aWjeo6HKHplwjh-ARBSQa4mmUHh2Uffz3U1jtU/edit.  We will also be emailing this link to the congregation and putting it on the Chapel website (thchapel.org).     

Thank you for all your input and support at this time!  We all love Chapel and we know that God has great things ahead for us.  God’s timing is not always our timing, but our tentative goal is to complete our search around June 2021 and then to begin the transition.  If you have any questions for the Search Committee, please contact Tom Higgins at thchapelsearchcommittee@gmail.com.  We will do our best to keep you posted as things progress.

God Bless,

The Search Committee

Tom Higgins (Chair), Dennis Ortmann, Amber Hess, Gina Nye, Matt Dominick, Dan Hess, Angie Craig, Yolanda Durston, Shelah Ball 


Chapel is committed to providing safe and sanitized spaces at our facility:

  1. We are dedicated to offering a clean and safe environment with regular cleaning and sanitation practices. We are using the best products to sanitize all public areas with top grade disinfectants
  2. Masks will be made available from an usher if you would like to have one.
  3. All social distancing guidelines should be followed with regards to movement and seating in the Main Sanctuary,

What we are asking of you: Please remember, these protocols can change with new orders from the State or County

  1. If you or someone in your family is not feeling well or has recently run a fever, please stay home. Please use your own good judgement regarding personal attendance.
  2. Wash your hands frequently. Hand sanitizer will be available, please use some as you enter.
  3. All Chapel staff and volunteers are being asked to refrain from physical contact with people. Please understand that for the time being we need to avoid hugging or hand shaking. Let us welcome each other with warm verbal greetings upon arrival.
  4.  If you are personally comfortable with hugging or hand shaking, please respect the concern of those who are not as comfortable.
  5. No food or drinks will be served in the foyer before or after the service. We also request that you make a special effort not to congregate in the foyer.
  6. Our morning offering will not be received in the usual manner. Offering boxes will be placed on the Communion table next to the prayer room, at the rear of the Sanctuary, and in the foyer. Please deposit your offering in one of these boxes. You can also make contributions on line or by using the Give+ app on your phone.

If you and your family plan to stay home, here are ways you can stay connected:

  1. You can receive updates and stay connected through our website at thchapel.org or on Facebook at Chapel in the Pines Twain Harte.
  2. You can watch services live on YouTube. Our channel is Chapel in the Pines Twain Harte. You can also access the service through our website.

We are aware that there are many concerns and much uncertainty at this time. In regards to safety concerns, let each of us be responsible and respectful how we conduct ourselves in public. Let us try to outdo ourselves in respect and honor of one another. As believers in Christ we are committed to follow His Word in Romans 12:10, “Be devoted to tenderly loving your fellow believers as members of one family.”


Provided there are no new guidelines issued, we plan to resume our preschool class and elementary class on Sunday, July 12, 2020. We will not be opening the nursery at this time; however, the room is available for parents to care for their infants during the service if needed.

Because we desire to offer a safe and healthy environment for our children and families, we will be conducting classes under the following conditions:

  1. The class size will be limited. We can allow 6 children in our preschool class and 10 in elementary. If families would like to reserve a spot in class, they are welcome to pre-register each week by contacting Jen Collie at 270-469-5512 so they know they have availability in class before they arrive. Otherwise, it is first-come, first-served.
  2. Weather permitting, we will conduct classes outdoors. The preschool class will take place on the deck attached to the preschool room. The elementary class will take place on the patio outside the coffee shop of the Old Chapel.
  3. Classes will begin at 10AM. We are asking for parents to take their children directly to their class at that time.
  4. A contact-less temperature reading will be taken of volunteers and children as they enter the class. (A temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher is considered feverish.)
  5. Volunteers and children will be required to wash their hands with soap and water as they enter.
  6. No snacks or food will be served. Parents are encouraged to feed their children before arriving at church.
  7. Appropriate social distancing will be practiced.
  8. All surfaces and items will be disinfected appropriately between classes.

We look forward to learning and growing together with our children!

Jen Collie, who has been our amazing Children’s Ministry Director for the last 4 years has been called to a more active place along with her husband Dave and their non-profit ministry, Hospitality Matters. As we bless Jen as she moves on we are in need of filling her shoes. If you would be interested in the part-time position of Children’s Ministry Director please contact the church office for a job description, review it, and submit your resume.


The Youth and Jr. High will reboot their meetings beginning July 8th, 2020 at 6PM. They will follow many of the same protocols as the Children’s Ministry: temperature taking, hand washing, social distancing outside and sanitizing. Direct any questions to Stephen or Ashley Ball.


Provided there are no new guidelines issued, we are excited to announce that Dan and Michelle Hess will be leading a Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University class beginning August 12, 2020. This is a challenging, life changing and freedom producing class. Childcare will be provided. Direct any questions to Dan and Michelle.


Mark your calendars today! We will be having a church wide workday on Saturday, August 1, 2020. It will be mostly outdoors work, weed eating, raking and clearing. We will begin at 8AM to beat the heat and lunch will be served. Talk to Stephen or Ashley Ball for more information.


Ever feel like you are the last to hear about something that is happening at the Chapel? There is a simple solution. Go to our website, thchapel.org and subscribe to our email notification system. You will find a quick form to fill out and you will be automatically notified if there is any news posted. As a matter of fact, you would have received this newsletter a few days earlier if you were already signed up. Do it today.


We would like to thank the Chapel Family for your faithful giving. There are several ways you can give. Although we are not currently passing the offering bags on Sunday mornings, there are offering boxes at the front of the Sanctuary, at the back of the Sanctuary and in the foyer. You can also continue to give through the Give+ app on your phone or at thchapel.org.  It is also possible to give through your online banking.

Unity Through Humility

Therefore if there is any [a]consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

                                                                                                                               Philippians 2:1-4