ALBC COVID-19 Update
These past two weeks have been disappointing as we were unable to hold in-person meetings due to one of our members contracting COVID-19, and the possibility that others might have also been infected. I am pleased to announce that the member who contracted C-19 is almost fully recovered, and that no one in contact with this individual has shown any symptoms whatsoever. Praise the Lord! Because of these positive developments, our plan is to begin normal services this Sunday, December 20. We are looking forward to worshipping the Lord together once again.
These recent developments do, however, remind us of the need for continued diligence as we seek to worship the Lord and minister to our fellow church members. Beginning this Sunday, both adult Sunday School classes will be moved to larger rooms to provide adequate space for distancing. For the present time Marty Finch’s class will meet in the church auditorium and Jim Sneed’s class will meet in the upstairs fellowship hall. We continue to ask that those attending classes and services refrain from physical contact and maintain adequate distancing while in the building. When possible, we ask that individuals sit in the same chair or pew while attending multiple services on the same day. During our afternoon fellowship meals, we encourage the use of more tables with fewer individuals seated at each table. While respecting the right of individuals to make their own personal health decisions, we also desire to grant everyone who attends one of our services the opportunity to meet and worship safely. The use of personal protective equipment such as masks are always welcomed, and in the case of those who are at greater risk, encouraged. We ask that anyone who is feeling ill or displaying symptoms of illness refrain from attendance until they are feeling better. We will continue to provide live streams of the worship services on our YouTube channel for those who are unable to attend in person on any given Sunday.
This Sunday we will consider the third of three Christmas-themed messages by looking at the statements of Simeon and Anna at the dedication of the baby Jesus in Jerusalem. Following the morning message we will enjoy our fellowship meal together. This week’s meal theme is “Christmas Favorites.” During our second service at 1:30pm, we will resume our study of the book of Joshua, looking at God’s opening statement concerning the death of Moses. On Wednesday, December 23, we will hold a 1-hour “Christmas Eve Eve Service.” This service, beginning at 6:30pm, will focus on the birth of Christ through carol singing and reading various passages of Scripture. You will not want to miss out on any of these opportunities to worship the Lord and encourage one another. I am greatly anticipating our time together!
In Christ, Pastor Mellen