ALBC'S COVID-19 RESPONSE
Since our last COVID-19 update letter Governor Parsons has put in place new restrictions which will impact our services here at ALBC. Governor Parson’s mandate, implemented at 12:01am on this past Monday, states, in part, the following:
“In accordance with the guidelines from the President and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, every person in the State of Missouri shall avoid social gatherings of more than ten (10) people. For purposes of this Order, “social gatherings” shall mean any planned or spontaneous event or convening that would bring together more than ten (10) people in a single space at the same time.”
This new mandate eliminates our ability to continue opening the sanctuary on Sundays to those who feel comfortable joining us in person for our worship service. Therefore, until further notice, our Sunday morning worship will only be available through our YouTube live stream, and our Wednesday prayer and Bible study will only remain available through Zoom. We deeply regret that this new mandate will restrict those who do not have the technological capability of accessing our services online from participating at this time, but we feel it is right to obey the Governor’s mandate while seeking the health and welfare of our church family and friends.
These new restrictions make maintaining our church connections more difficult, but not impossible. While we may not be able to meet together at this time, it does not mean that we cannot continue to connect with one another in other ways. We would encourage every person who is a part of ALBC to look for creative opportunities to remain engaged with their fellow church members. Phone calls, texts, e-mails and letters are all viable ways of remaining connected. Perhaps, if someone who does not have the capability of accessing our services online lives near you, you could invite them to join your family as you worship together with us online. We need to work to assure that no one gets left behind simply because they do not have a computer or are unsure how to access our online content.
Some of our church family have asked about “tithing” during this time. If you desire to continue worshipping the Lord through tithes and offerings you can do so online through the “tithe.ly” app on your mobile device or through the online giving link on our church’s website. You can also send a check to the church by mail if you so desire. Thank you to all who have continued to give through this time of disruption!
Finally, don’t forget to pray for one another. Praise the Lord, nothing can deny us access to our Heavenly Father in prayer! Having extra time at home can open up more spiritual opportunities if we are looking for them. If you are not doing so already, why not take a few moments to construct a prayer list and make time each day to bring your petitions before the Lord? You can pray for our church family, our missionaries, our Federal and State leaders and authorities, those who are sick and those who have lost loved ones as a result of this crisis. We can pray for those whose jobs have been negatively impacted during this time and for those who are being forced to work extra hours. Most of all, we should pray for God’s will to be done and for people to turn their hearts toward Him. Perhaps this COVID-19 situation will be the impetus for many coming to know the Lord in salvation! Our great God has the ability to turn trial into triumph!
I will leave you this week with these words from Colossians chapter 1:
“For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins” (Col. 1:9-14)
What can you do?
Clean your hands often
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Stay home if you’re sick
Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
Cover coughs and sneezes
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
Throw used tissues in the trash.
Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.