Here’s all that is happening at The Alpine Chapel:
We have been working hard to get our church building ready for returning back for regular services. Our sound-system has been upgraded. We are very excited that now, even if you sit in the foyer, you’ll be able to clearly hear the worship and Word being preached! When you return, you’ll notice a few other changes around the building that we hope you’ll be as excited about as we are!
When will we be opening for regular services? We’re opening on September 27th! Instead of one service at 10am, there will now be TWO SERVICES (9am and 11am). Both services will have children’s ministry available and they’ll be identical.
We will be practicing SOCIAL DISTANCING and asking for those in attendance to wear masks. We understand that some will not like this, but our concern is for the safety of our community and so we are abiding by all their rules and suggestions.
The 11am service will be LIVE-STREAMED on our Facebook page and be available to watch a little later in the day right HERE on our website. If you are sick, or if you are still not comfortable attending services please feel free to watch them online. We have recently greatly UPDATED our video recording equipment (it will be debuted on September 27th, 2020).
Also… please join us when you can at some of our other LIVE get-togethers. Please see below for exact details:
September 27th – Regular Sunday services begin again at The Alpine Chapel: 9am and 11am. Two services are being made available due to the pandemic to provide room for social-distancing. Text will be Luke 19:1-10.
September 29th – Men’s Bible Study in the foyer at 11am – Lunch at noon at The Oak
October 1st – Women’s Bible Study in the foyer at 10am
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 doing our best to follow reliable lists for 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 postponed most church related activities and moved them online until a time as was deemed safe for our community.
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