Hello ABC Family,
We are navigating new waters in light of COVID-19. Because of the regulations for social distancing we have switched all church activities to online. This means that our Sunday services and Wednesday night activities will only be available via the church website and on social media. The only people at the church on Sunday mornings will be those necessary for leading worship including our technology teams. I will lead a Bible Study on Zoom from home on Wednesdays. Our goal is to keep everyone safe and healthy, especially those who are in high-risk categories.
The church office will remain open under normal operating hours: Monday-Thursday 9am-3pm and Friday 9am-1pm. If you are sick or have been around someone who has been sick we ask that you call rather than visit in person to limit exposure. If you or a loved one does not have access to the internet, contact the church office and we will be more than happy to make a DVD copy of our services for you. If you know of someone who is at risk that needs assistance please let us know at the church office and we will see how to best address their needs.
During this time we will be sending out a weekly update called “ABConnections.” We are emailing this update and mailing it to those that would like to receive a paper copy. Please let the church office know if you haven’t received this.
We are all facing uncertainties. When I'm surrounded by uncertainty it helps to remind myself of the things I am certain of:
God is always bigger. God was bigger than the flood. God was bigger than Pharaoh. God was bigger than Goliath. God was bigger than the lions in the den. And God was bigger than death on the cross. There is nothing in this world that we will ever face that God can't handle.
God is love. God made every human and he loves us all. He sacrificed everything for us. And one of the biggest aspects of God's love is his abiding presence. At the end of the Gospel of Matthew Jesus says this, "And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." I find great peace knowing that God's loving presence will never leave us.
We are not alone. In spite of the need for social distancing we don't have to be isolated. We are social creatures and we need each other. Technology is helpful at times like these. Telephones still work. Messages can still be sent. And yes, cards can still be mailed! As we take steps to keep our distance physically, let's also make sure that we're staying connected in every way we can.
I love people and I'm looking forward to gathering together in person as soon as we can. But in the meantime know that our church leadership is praying for you. We invite you to join us in prayer for our community, our state, our country, our missionaries around the world and all those affected by this virus.
I'll close with a prayer that I read in a devotional.
"God grant me the grace to open my eyes to the world around me.
Help me to open my spiritual eyes that I may see the world as you do and be
transformed by it. Thank you for being my light. Amen."
God Bless You!