I just wanted to let all of you know that I am thinking of you and praying for you during this unprecedented time in our lives. I also wanted to make you aware of what is “in the works” regarding our ever evolving plan for dealing with the coronavirus situation.
We understand that a number of people had trouble accessing the message on Sunday via the website (most who accessed via Facebook expressed having no difficulty). We are looking at what, if anything, we might do differently to improve the situation. For those that were not able to view the livestream, know that you can always access the recorded message on the website. We will, of course, stream the Sunday message again this week, and each Sunday until we can return to normal.
We are also planning to stream a midweek message on Wednesdays during this period in which we cannot meet as a congregation. Said message will be broadcast at 7:15pm each week, and will run 20-30 minutes.
Current government/health recommendations are that gatherings be limited to 10 or less. This is in addition to any restrictions/guidelines individual counties are issuing. The Leadership Group is encouraging all of us to honor and do our best to abide by said guidelines. We do not recommend meeting unnecessarily as family groups, etc. That being said, WE DO ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO STAY IN TOUCH, what we might call “virtual fellowship,” through Facetime, Zoom, social media, other online avenues, texting, phone calls, etc.
There are no doubt brothers and sisters in our fellowship (as well as our community) who will need help during this time. Older individuals, those with health conditions, those who are sick, etc., will need assistance with what normally would be routine errands, etc. Please take the initiative! BE PROACTIVE! Ask your Family Group Leader how you can help make sure people in your family group are taken care of.
Initiate also with the members of your family group to see what, if any needs, they may have or be aware of. Also, be aware that some of our brothers and sisters, as well as people who are not members but visit regularly, may not be in family groups. The Leadership Group is currently working to identify and reach out to these people to insure they are taken care of too. Family groups may be asked to “adopt” an additional individual or family in order to help us in this cause.
In order to reserve the resources in our Benevolence Fund for more extreme cases, we are asking that as many needs as possible be met by the members of the family groups themselves. This would include things like running errands, providing a few groceries, paying a bill that is not too expensive. However, for more expensive/serious needs, we are organizing a Benevolence Committee. Said committee, once made aware of a need, will, along with the Leadership Group, coordinate meeting it. Also, if you feel you would be in a position to meet a need, feel free to contact us at email@example.com
Finally (for now), we just wanted to remind everyone to please, be sure to give your weekly contribution as usual during this time. We understand it is easy to forget, especially if your routine has been to give a check at the church service. But as an offering of thanksgiving and praise to our God, and in order to cover our normal expenses, it is crucial that we all make a concerted effort to remember to give online or by mailing our contribution into the church each week. You can give online via the website www.athenscoc.com and click “give.”