Alderwood Community Church’s response
to the COVID-19 public health concerns
In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in our area, I want to update you on what’s happening at Alderwood. Like you, I’ve been following this evolving story with great concern. I’ve also reached out to local doctors and spoken with a number of other pastors in the area to gain perspective on how to best move forward. At this time, local and state health officials have canceled all events that gather more than 250 people. The Elder Board, in partnership with the Pastoral staff of Alderwood Community Church, has voted to suspend all gatherings on the ACC campus until further notice. This includes our weekend worship services and all mid-week programming. In addition the offices will remain closed with our staff working remotely from home.
UPDATE MARCH 12, 2020
Please continue to pray for our country and its leaders as well as people around the world who have been affected by the COVID-19 virus. We have been made aware of several of the Alderwood church family who have tested positive recently for COVID-19 and we need to surround them with our support and prayers as well.
Even though our world has changed, the power of God has not changed. The truth of Scripture has not changed. The hope of Jesus has not changed. Our mission as a church has not changed. Let us not give in to fear. Rather, let’s fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.
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.
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 email@example.com 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