Alderwood Community Church’s response
to the COVID-19 public health concerns

Alderwood Family,

UPDATE MAY 30, 2020

When will Alderwood reopen its doors? 

Many of you have been wondering, “when will Alderwood Community Church be reopening to hold worship services?” This is an important question that our staff and elder board have been discussing with much prayer and wise council. 

I want to remind you that as followers of Jesus, we are a living testimony in our community, collectively as the Body of Christ and individually in our relational world. As a church, we recognize our responsibility to protect the health of our most vulnerable attenders, our guests, and our staff. That means, once we can assemble, we are committed to following the CDC guidelines. 

While we can’t meet at this time, we can still be the Body of Christ. We are so thankful for the blessing of technology to worship together online. It may be very different for many, but when we all do it together, God is still at work among us. The format is different, but God never changes. 

Some would urge ACC to not follow the governor of Washington’s order and to gather in our building. We remain guided by God’s Word that says we are to submit to our governing authorities. We may not agree with our leaders, but God is in control and He has ultimately put them in the office they hold. Our responsibility is to pray for them to have the wisdom to make good decisions for their constituents, and to follow the guidelines they are providing. (Romans 13; 1 Peter 2) 

With that said, our staff and elders have made the decision that we will not assemble in person until Phase 4 of Governor Inslee’s plan. All dates are speculative at this point, but that may mean we are not able to hold services in the building until late July. During this time, we will continue to produce quality, online worship services, social media content, and lessons for children and students. We hope this encourages and equips you during this season. Please see the attached PDF document with the tentative timeline and guidelines we are anticipating for each phase, which is subject to change. 

I am in constant prayer for you and long for when we can meet face to face. I pray over our church and our community, that the people of Alderwood would expand into their own neighborhoods and make connections like never before. May we continue to show others that we follow Jesus together.   

ACC Online:
For the next few weeks we will be recording and posting our weekly messages no later than Saturday evening. We encourage all of our ACC family to conduct a small worship service at home. You can view the messages here or by using the ACC App.
 
For families with kids:
In addition to posting our weekend messages, we encourage families with young children to log on to RightNow Media for some amazing resources designed specifically for children and families.
 
Giving:
While we won’t be gathering together for the next few weeks, please remember that ACC still seeks to impact the community around us and is moving full steam ahead with our continued plans with the Alderwood Compassion Center, our commitments to our local and global missionaries, as well as the day-to-day operations of the church. Your continued giving helps fuel what God is doing through this church family. If you haven’t already, check out our online giving. If you prefer to give by check, you also have the option to mail in your giving to the church office. 

Questions or concerns?

If you’d like to share your thoughts, concerns, questions, and ideas with us as we navigate our response to this situation, we’d love to hear from you. Your input and feedback are truly important to us. Please email reachus@amcc.org with any questions or comments.
 
While we cannot control the virus, the spread or the impact it has in our church, we’re doing everything we can to make this campus as safe and clean as possible. We appreciate your cooperation and commitment to help us do just that. We must also remember that God has not called us to live in fear but in faith. As the apostle Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For the Spirit of God does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.” My prayer is that God will fill all of us with these three gifts, no matter what comes our way.
 
– Brad McConnaughey | Lead Pastor
 

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