Dear AGF Family,
As we heard on Sunday in the Words of Jesus, “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” In the midst of trials and issues, I want to remind you that Christ still reigns! In the words of Pastor Lynn, “nothing takes God by surprise.” While we don’t have all the answers and don’t know what the future may bring, we know that God is good and has always been faithful.
This email will be a little longer than usual because I want to fully communicate the decisions we have made in compliance with the Center for Disease Control and our local and federal elected officials.
Earlier this week, we were urged to avoid gatherings of over 50 people. Then, President Trump encouraged all of us to extend this to gatherings in excess of 10 people. As a result of this request by our local and federal officials, we are choosing to honor our leaders, and will be we cancelling or modifying all ministry events, activities, and groups over 10 people for the next 2 weeks. All AGF groups, services, or events with more than 10 people will not be meeting in person.
These are weighty decisions that I do not take lightly. We realize for some the fact that we are no longer gathering as a larger community of faith has the potential of creating greater anxiety. We want to assure you this does not mean our ministry to you, our congregation, has been put on hold. As a matter of fact, I would like to encourage the opposite. Now is the time more than ever for us to come together as the Body of Christ. I see this as a great opportunity. Scripture says that the light shines brighter in the darkness. Now is the time for our church to be the Church.
With that being said, for Sunday services over the next two weeks, we will be moving to 100% online. On Sundays, we will combine both first and second services to meet online at 10:30am only. The service will be streamed online, with all of us worshiping together and hearing the same message to keep us spiritually united while we are geographically separated. While we may not be in the same room together, this as an opportunity for all of us to come together in even greater unity. We encourage you to join in groups of 10 or less in your homes and to worship together around your tv’s, laptops, etc. “Click Here To Stream Live”. Though we cannot gather in larger groups, this could be a great opportunity to increase our personal ministry time to those around us.
Furthermore, all the leaders of our congregations will be providing additional points of contact and words of encouragement through our website, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. If you have not subscribed to our social media pages, Facebook & YouTube We are excited to start a new concept we are calling Daily Mini Church. Over the next two weeks, we will be offering daily prayer, worship, and a short message (Total of 15 Minutes or less) sent out each evening to our congregation via social media (attached is a video on how to subscribe to our YouTube channel.) This will replace our mid-week Wednesday services. Our children’s and youth ministries will also be offering extra resources to your families to replace face-to-face ministry that we may be missing out on during this time.
We will be also be praying for you, and you can even send us specific prayer requests here. We will continue to communicate with you via email as the situation develops. Though you may receive a higher number of emails from our pastors, we hope you won’t unsubscribe as this is our primary means of communication.
As a church, let’s continue looking for ways to care for those in need in our community. Specifically, the elderly, those who live alone, who have limited access to resources, who work in health care, who are experiencing significant economic challenges, who are now in limbo due to the current climate, and so much more. If you are in need, or know someone in need, please bring it to our attention, and we will do our best to help. Our office hours will continue to remain the same at this time and we are here to minister to our congregation and our community.
Ultimately, we are believing for divine health and protection from this virus and ask that you join us in praying for those who have been impacted by it. AGF’s heart is to reveal Christ and to be the light to our community. We can do this in good times, but also in difficult times. I believe the church has a responsibility in times of fear and trouble, to lead our community to the answer. Never forget that we have the answer living on the inside of us. This can be an opportunity for the church to be Christ’s hands and feet within our community by bringing peace and healing to those in need. Though there is uncertainty all around us, we are people of faith. We will get through this together. Though we may not be in the same building at the same time, we are the church, and we are in this together.
During this time, please use this link as a way to continue your faithful tithes and offerings.
Please feel free to reply to this email if you have any questions or concerns and one of our staff members will get back to you as soon as possible.
The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26
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