COVID-19 Updates

Updated July 24th, 2020.

Objective

We are committed to providing a safe and healthy worship gathering for all of our attendees. Before you arrive, we will do everything we can to make you feel safe in returning to church. To ensure that, we have developed a Preparedness Plan for safely reopening that is guided by 1 Peter 2:16-17, which directs us to “live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.” (NIV) With that verse in mind we desire to implement our plan and ask for your cooperation with the plan based on the following principles:
  • Love will be our aim; we want to “love our neighbor” as best we can
  • We will honor God’s authority and lesser authorities
  • We will be faithful to Christ in our plans to reopen
We ask that you consider these guidelines not as restrictions but as an act of carrying out the command to walk in love and honor others so that ALL who attend our services are able to freely worship God in complete confidence of their safety and wellbeing. Please continue to pray for healing of those that are afflicted, protection for the vulnerable, support for those who are suffering emotionally because of isolation, provision for those affected economically, wisdom for our government & medical leaders, and for our local church congregation and leadership.
 

Reopening Schedule

NOW OPEN
At this time, the only services or events being held will be the Weekend Service (Sunday 10AM) and Equip: Steps to Growth (Wednesday 7PM); however, these events must operate within the guidelines listed below.
 
UPCOMING
Life Groups such as Ladies in Victory and Kingdom Men will begin meeting again come September 2020. 
Celebrate Recovery will resume meeting at a yet undetermined date.
 

Policies and Guidelines

CLEANING
Surfaces will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before all services, and items such as pens, bulletins, etc. will be removed to avoid unnecessary handling. Hand sanitizer and tissues will be available in multiple locations.
 
THOSE AT RISK
We encourage all who are considered at risk or have a compromised immune system to stay at home and participate in services online, whether on Facebook, YouTube or right here on this website.
 
PERSONAL HYGIENE
Please observe recommended self-care (wash your hands, sneeze into your elbow, etc.) and stay at home if you are not feeling well. We ask that everyone refrain from physical contact. No hugs, handshakes, fist bumps, high fives, etc.
 
HOURS
Church doors will open at 9:45AM on Sunday morning so that we can observe social distancing as best as possible with our space limitations. Please maintain social distancing as you enter and exit the building as well.
 
ARRIVAL
Our welcome team will open the main doors as you arrive. The Sanctuary and Fellowship doors will be propped open so no one has to touch a handle. Everyone will sanitize their hands before entering.
 
GREETING TIME
Due to limited space, please refrain from crowding high traffic areas (outside the Sanctuary, front door entry way, etc.) You are welcome to visit with one another after the service, but please do so in designated spaces: (1) In the Sanctuary while observing social distancing, (2) outside, but leaving a clear path for others exiting the building and observing social distancing.
 
FACE MASKS
Face masks/facial coverings will be required, with the exception of children under the age of 2, or those with medical conditions that do not allow for it. Face masks will be freely available for those that do not have one. As an alternative, face shields will be available for purchase ($3 each) when the doors open at 9:45AM. As per Executive Order 20-81, face masks are required at all times when indoors, even during the sermon. When outside, if social distancing (6 feet apart) can not be maintained, face masks are also required.
 
SEATING
You will be directly seated by household as you arrive. We will fill the Sanctuary first to the capacity limit, then downstairs in the Fellowship Hall. The service downstairs will be the online service recording.
 
CHILDREN
There will be no youth or children’s classes (children will stay with their family household). We will have “busy bags” for preschool & elementary school aged children to engage with during the service.
 
FOOD OR DRINK
Please refrain from bringing any food into the church. While you can bring a drink, it must be covered with a lid. The coffee room will be closed and the water dispenser removed.
 
PRAYER
There will be no pre-service prayer. Prayer ministry will be available after the service; however social distancing guidelines will be observed. If you are in an overflow room and want prayer, you will be brought upstairs by an usher.
 
VOLUNTEER SCHEDULE
The scheduling of volunteers has been simplified to minimize crowding. If you are a volunteer, you will be contacted about any changes to any previously held positions. 

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Mobile Apps and Websites for Kids

Updated June 29, 2020.

Bible App for Kids: Audio & Interactive Stories

Summary: Download the most popular kids Bible app for FREE, and help your kids (4+) fall in love with God’s Word. The Bible App for Kids is so much more than an app. Find episodes to stream or download and fun downloadable resources to help your kids fall in love with God.
Website: http://Bible.com/kids
Available Formats:
Desktop Browser, iOS (Apple) and Android tablets and smartphones 
Includes: Video Episodes, Coloring Sheets, Adventure Books, Parent Guides + For Purchase Books
Publisher: Life.Church

Superbook Kids Bible, Videos & Games

Summary: This FREE app for kids (4+) is a media-rich experience that helps bring the Bible to life with videos and images from the Emmy-nominated SUPERBOOK animation series as well as engaging interactive games.
Website (Desktop Browser, Games): https://us-en.superbook.cbn.com/games
Available Format: Desktop Browser, iOS (Apple) and Android tablets and smartphone, Kindle devices
Includes: 20 Bible Games, 39 Full-length Free Episodes, Interactive Bible Engagement, Personalization, and more.
Publisher: The Christian Broadcasting Network

Guardians of Ancora

Summary: An amazing, FREE virtual world that 8 to 11 year-olds can enter, and a place where the Bible stories come alive. Kids have daily opportunities to discover Jesus and engage with the Bible.
Available Format: iOS (Apple) and Android tablets and smartphone
Includes: Immersive Gameplay, New Content Regularly, Creative Hub, and more.
Publisher: Scripture Union England & Wales Ltd | Dubit Ltd

Adventure Bible

Summary: A great place for kids, educators and parents to have fun while learning about God and His Word.
Available Format: Desktop Browser
Includes: Bible Search, Games, Bible Activities (downloadable) + For Purchase Bibles and Devotionals
Publisher: Zondervan | HarperCollins Publishers
 

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How Do You Reignite the Romance in Your Marriage?

What do you do when your marriage has gone sour? How do you rekindle that first love?   You do what Jesus told the church at Ephesus when the church had lost its first love.   Revelation 2:4-5 “You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen? Repent and do the things you did at first.”  This says three things:  remember, repent, do.”   The same three things apply to marriage. First you remember the good times. You relive the experiences, the happy feelings when you first fell in love.   Then you Repent. This means to deliberately change your attitude towards your mate.  You choose to turn it around. You choose to act in a loving way. You choose to act in a romantic way even if you don’t feel romantic.   Then it says to Do the things you did at first. Act the same way towards your mate that you used to. What you did to fall in love, you must continue to do to stay in love. And if you act romantic you will begin to feel romantic. Not vice versa. You act your way into a feeling you don’t feel your way into an action.   When you first fell in love you did five things. So do them again.
  1. Focus on them, give them prominence or make them the priority.
  1. Encourage them, give them approval or recognize their good qualities.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT)  “So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.”

  1. Give them affection. And not only that which leads to the bedroom. Who cares if you weren’t raised that way? Change anyway.
  1. Give them some fun. Don’t be so boring. Be adventurous with your spouse.

And finally… 

  1. Make an effort to live in spiritual oneness by putting Christ first place in both of your lives. And begin praying for one another, together.

If you’ll do those five things, the romance will come back. By the way, is Christ first place in your life? Have you asked him to forgive you? Do you have your trust in Christ for your salvation?  Because that should be your first step. Get your life right with God first then the spark will be on the way. 


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The Ten Commandments and Salvation

“God’s Law, the Ten Commandments, was the essence of the gospel proclamation of Wesley, Moody, Whitfield and Jonathan Edwards, all these men that God so greatly used. They said that if you don’t use the Law, you’ll almost certainly lead to false conversions. 

“This great tragedy has happened, simply because we haven’t followed the Biblical example of sharing the law with the unsaved. We are to preach law to the proud and grace to the humble. Whenever Jesus approached a proud arrogant self-righteous person with the gospel, He gave law before grace, always.  With the law He broke the hard heart, and with the gospel He healed the broken heart.” The moral law shows them they are sinners and God’s grace shows them how they can be saved.

That is why the scriptures say, The law is a schoolmaster that leads us to Christ (Gal 3:24) and once we are led to Christ His Goodness leads us to repentance (Rom 2:4) They both work together. First you need the Law with those who think they are good enough to make it on their own merits but then God’s goodness can lead them to repentance.

Why did He Jesus share the moral law? “Because He always did those things that were pleasing in the Father’s sight, He did those things that God approved of. And our Father God resists the proud and gives grace to the humble. We see this so often in Scripture, the rich young ruler, the arrogant self-righteous lawyer that stood up and tempted Jesus. Both times, Jesus gave the Law. He gave the Ten Commandments. But when they came to Him with humility, with a knowledge of sin by the Law, that is the Godly Jews, he gave them grace.”

Once the law humbles you God can give you grace and save you as you repent, trust and follow Him.

“Paul says in Romans 7:7, “I had not known sin except by the Law.” Charles Finney said, “Evermore the Law must prepare the way for the gospel.” And Finney had an 80% retention rate. He said, “Evermore the Law must prepare the way for the gospel. To overlook this in instructing souls is almost certain to result in false hope, the introduction of a false standard of Christian experience, and to fill the church with false converts.” 

I hope today you will come to Christ knowing you are a sinner because you know you have broken the moral law. Yet, He came to save sinners, that’s all of us. Won’t you humble yourself today and say God please forgive me of my sins I know I am a sinner and in need of your grace. Make me into the kind of person you want me to be. A loving follower of Jesus. I trust you to be my Savior today. Amen

He will then save you from a certain eternal destiny in hell and give you everlasting life with Him. 

Attribution to words in quotes: True and False Conversion by Ray Comfort https://www.livingwaters.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/TrueAndFalseConversion.pdf True and False Conversion is non-copyrighted. www.LivingWaters.com – Living Waters Publications, P.O. Box 1172, Bellflower, CA 90706 


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Never Vilify Your Friends and Neighbors

Three nearby churches on a hot summer day had their windows open and were trying to outsing the others. The Baptists were singing, “Will There Be Any Stars in My Crown?” Then the Presbyterians began singing, “No, Not One. No, Not One.” And the Methodists began singing “Oh, That Will Be Glory for Me.”

All humor aside it’s not fun to be put down or criticized.  When we are criticized and maligned our natural inclination is to do the same. As Christians, however, we are instructed to do the opposite. When provoked, we are not supposed to talk about someone behind their back. Instead, we are to bless them.

The word “bless” literally means “speak well of”. We ask God to bless people, but did you know that you yourself can actually bless a person? You can bless people by the way you talk about them. When someone ridicules you and puts you down, speak well of them. George Washington Carver said, “I will never allow another man to belittle my soul by making me hate him.”  

While we can’t control what others say about us, we can control what we say in response. That’s what God will hold us accountable for. When somebody criticizes another, the other person shouldn’t go around bad-mouthing him. Instead, bless him. Find something you can approve of in their life. To find a reason to criticize is easy–anyone can do that. To find a reason to affirm can require a bit more creativity.

James 4:11a NIV – “Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law (God’s Moral law) and judges it.”

If you are a follower of Christ, you don’t have any business judging one another. There is a higher walk in this life: bless don’t curse. For what a man sows that shall he also reap.


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