The month of August is looking pretty exciting! Here’s all that is happening at The Alpine Chapel:
August 2nd – Sunday Service on-line (Luke 17:11-19)
August 3rd – Leadership Council Meeting at 5pm
August 4th – Men’s Bible Study in the foyer at 11am – Lunch at noon at The Oak
August 5th – Wednesday Worship/Teaching/Fellowship at 6pm at the church (Philippians chapter 2)
August 6th – Women’s Bible Study in the foyer at 10am
August 9th – All Church Gathering outdoors – please email email@example.com for directions. Regular service, please bring a chair to sit on and a side dish – meat will be provided. (Luke 17:20-21)
August 10th-13th – Pastor’s Conference (all pastors are out of town at a conference – all regular meetings are canceled during this time – this means NO men’s or women’s Bible studies, or Wednesday night service)
August 16th – Regular Sunday service on-line (Luke 17:22-37)
August 18th – Men’s Bible Study in the foyer at 11am – Lunch at noon at The Oak
August 19th – Wednesday Worship/Teaching/Fellowship at 6pm at the church (Philippians chapter 3)
August 20th – Women’s Bible Study in the foyer at 10am
August 23rd – Regular Sunday service on-line (Luke 18:1-?)
August 25th – Men’s Bible Study in the foyer at 11am – Lunch at noon at The Oak
August 26th – Wednesday Worship/Teaching/Fellowship at 6pm at the church (Philippians chapter 4)
August 27th – Women’s Bible Study in the foyer at 10am
August 30th – Regular Sunday service on-line (Luke 18: ?)
We are excited TO HAVE AVAILABLE our regular Bible Studies online. If you have never joined our Men’s (Tuesdays at 11am) or Women’s (Thursdays at 10am) groups, you should totally jump in now! Information on how to join from your home can be found HERE for men, HERE for women.
As our world grapples with how to handle the evolving coronavirus pandemic, we know that your heart is being bombarded with many different messages. Our prayer is that you feel supported and strengthened in this time by your church family.
If at any point over the next few weeks you are in need of assistance pertaining to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), The Alpine Chapel is here to help! Whether it is going to the store on your behalf, picking up a prescription, or connecting in prayer, we’d like to know.
Please send an email to: pastor@TheAlpineChapel.com and provide us with information on how T.A.C. can help you. Your request will be reviewed immediately and we will contact you with more information.
HERE’S WHAT WE’RE DOING AS A CHURCH STAFF
Viral disease is a fact of biological existence and part of creation. Keeping perspective and not panicking apply here, just as they do for all risks we face as creatures in a finite world. No matter how dire circumstances get, the Lord remains our refuge and strength, “an ever-present help in trouble” (Ps. 46:1). To trust in the Lord amid trouble is to experience and bear witness to the power of Christ.
We must pray for the sick and the scared, for public health officials, for doctors and nurses, for researchers, and for caregivers. As Christians, we believe prayer has power, so we seek help from the Lord.
The media is inundated with daily updates and it’s impossible to read, absorb and respond to every news report, Tweet, or latest rumor. We’re following a reliable list of information for educational, planning and management purposes.
CDC on COVID-19: The US Center for Disease Control’s up-to-date resources on coronavirus.
CDC Resources for Community and Faith-Based Organizations: The CDC has also created resources specifically for faith-based organizations to respond to influenza pandemic, which are applicable in this situation. As a church, we’re implementing this guidance.
Managing Anxiety Around Coronavirus Coverage: The American Psychological Association created this resource to help manage anxiety around coverage of COVID-19.
Addressing Mental Health Issues: This resource from the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Network provides guidelines for addressing mental health issues that may arise, and offers advice for messaging, including among children, older adults, people with disabilities, and those in quarantine.
Because COVID-19 likely spreads like the cold and the flu, personal hygiene is very important for all ages. We’re also doing the following:
We have a Leadership Council that is meeting regularly to review all of our efforts in response to COVID-19.
We’re in direct communication with local public health officials and staying informed of community updates.
We’ve postponed most church related activities to a later date (not yet determined), or moved them online.
We’re adjusting our weekend services to be solely online until further notice.
We’re reviewing all of our communication practices with our church family and implementing appropriate communication when appropriate – like this page on our webpage.
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP
Pray for our community and those directly affected by COVID-19. Pray for the health care workers that are treating the sick and those public health administrators making difficult decisions. Pray that God would protect our community from further spread of the virus.
Pray for us, your church family. We need wisdom on how we can continue to reach the lost, disciple people, and be a light to our community.
Reflect Christ. In these anxious days, the church (all of us) can shine as a light of hope, care, faith, patience and prudence. We can demonstrate for the world how our faith provides true assurance against worry and fear.
Practice recommended personal hygiene. Wash your hands frequently. Avoid contact with the sick. Stay home from public functions if you’re sick. Enjoy our online service, either on our Facebook page or on this website.
Below you will find an EXCELLENT article that I highly recommend concerning the subject: “Where is God when pandemics strike? A Biblical and practical response” by James C. Denison, PhD CVO. I pray it ministers to you. – Pastor Michael Craft