Sabbath Schedule - August 1, 2020
Hello Church Family,
Tomorrow morning we continue our CV19-restricted Connect Group online, with a study of lesson #5 from the lesson. Then we have a special presentation, live from the church, as the Frias children our baptized and join our congregation! This is the power of Adventist Education, and teachers who love their students, in this case Sandra, Ebony, and Luis. Without their influence, and the godly love they shared, we wouldn't be celebrating this day. We are, and you can tune in through Zoom tomorrow:
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Following the study time, at 11:30A, you are encouraged, and invited, too stay on for the baptisms and short conversational dialogue with Pastor Dean
LIKE TO JOIN US LIVE FOR WORSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP?
If you would like to join live for our baptisms tomorrow, and fellowship together in the church, you are invited to do so. Please keep in mind we will be sticking with some relatively easy, but needed, social distancing requirements, and masks. We want to keep things as safe as possible, but also recognize there are those who are ready to worship together again, me being one or them!
So, if you would like to come to the church, you are welcome to come for worship service, which will start at 11:30AM. immediately after our connect group discussion online. And, if you don't feel comfortable doing a live worship and gathering, then you will still be able to enjoy everything through our Zoom link.
New Connect Group:
I will begin a new CONNECT GROUP for us on Zoom, and it will be centered on the book
The Pursuit of God
, by A.W. Tozer. If you would like to be involved with this study, you may do so by acquiring the book yourself, downloading on Kindle, or having me send a copy to you, which will have the cost covered.
If you would like to be part of this study, and have the book sent to you,
please email me directly
with address to send the book too:
At this moment we are deciding if we should do Friday evening, or Sabbath evening, for a 45-60 minute discussion. I believe there are some who a) attend the lesson study who want to join, and b) we will be having live study and worship at church, so a different time is key. Please leave your input if interested.
A parting word.
We will never be doing church as we have before, and maybe that is a good thing. We thought CV19 was going to be a blip, but frankly, we will most likely see these modifications to gathering into 2021. But that doesn't mean we have to not adjust accordingly, so we will, because we must. How, though, will we do so?
Beginning on the first Sabbath of September we are going to have more scheduled and purposeful connect groups, meeting at different times throughout the week and Sabbath, which could be on Zoom, and live. The idea is that we will keep them to 12-15 people max, and of those, we want to have 1/2 as members of the church, the other 1/2 as guests and invitees of church members. If you would be interested in training to be a leader, or host, of a live, or Zoom group, please let me know.
Why wait until September? Planning, and recognition that summer is still a time of transition for many families, including ours. We want to get this right, and lay the groundwork for the study materials, the group leaders and hosts, and the time frames for each group, so we do it well, and in an inviting manner.
Your input is requested and desired. So let us know. We will have different study topics, and encourage each group to meet live at one point or another, and to also be involved in community outreach. Please be in prayer as to how you can be involved. I am concerned that of our members, only a handful are connected via Zoom on Sabbath A.M. and on Wednesday evening.
In the meanwhile, I want to give you two short articles to look over and consider, they are from Adventists, who are reflecting on the new "normal" for church, and how we may, if we choose, adjust to the new way of church structure and operation.
I also share my sermon from April, reflecting on the changes we may need to undertake as a denomination in the very near future.
Folks, we cannot, and we most likely will not, ever do church the way we did it before, and the change may be to our benefit. It was the persecution the pushed the early disciples out of Judea and Samaria, and into the then-known world. It is CV19 which will push us to do our ministry and outreach to people differently, to where they are, not where we are. Are we ready to embrace the change?
on Friday, July 31 at 7:03PM