Re-Opening of In-Person Worship Services (5/6/20)

Dear Alameda Family,


Like you, we have been counting the days when we might be able to physically assemble together again in worship—and that day is coming!  As elders, it is our responsibility to make sure that we can re-open in the best and safest way possible for our congregation; and after much prayer, research, and discussion, we have determined that Alameda will re-open Sunday, June 7th, 2020.


In order to comply with the safety precautions prescribed by our state and city governments and health departments, we will meet in two worship services to ensure the space needed for proper social distancing.  Those service times will be 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.  We will not have Bible classes; and the nursery and cafe will be closed for the time being. Those will be phased in over time, along with other church activities.


Over the next few weeks, we will consistently communicate the safety precautions and instructions you need to know before our re-opening.  Right now, we need you to help us by indicating which worship service you and your family plan to attend.  This is an important step in making sure that we can gather safely.  You can do this by going to alameda.church/services and filling out the short form on that page. We will also be calling members just in case anyone has trouble filling out the online form.


Thank you, in advance, for your help. We will get more information to you soon.


We are excited about gathering as a family again, and we can't wait to see you!


In Christian love,

The Elders

Alameda Services Cancellation Update (4/27/20)

Brothers and Sisters,

 

Every time I speak with a member of my elder's group, one of the first things they ask me is, "how long until we can start meeting again?"  Well, the short answer is, "I don't know."  Your elders have been meeting virtually over ZOOM, and your health is of great importance to us.  To that end, we have decided it is best to wait a while longer before we meet together.  What happens in the local community as things begin to "open back up" will help us make decisions going forward, but we also trust you understand that the health and safety factors associated with reopening church facilities and with congregational worship—from maintaining recommended social distancing to serving communion, just to name a couple—can be more involved even than those associated with reopening and operating a business.  I hope that you can appreciate that we have many questions yet to be answered.  Please realize that the important thing, right now, is the health of our members when meeting online is a viable option.

 

One thing that we have decided is this:  We will not be meeting at the building prior to May 17th, 2020.  If we decide that it’s safe for us to return at that time, we will notify all of you by email, Facebook, the church website, and/or by personal phone calls.

 

Please understand that we love you and miss you terribly and want to be together as soon as we can safely do so.  Until then, please know that we are praying for you daily, as you would expect us to do.  We are looking forward to being together.

 

In Him,

Steve Knight, on behalf of all of the Alameda elders

Alameda Cancellation Notice and COVID-19 Statement

Our elders and ministers have been praying and meeting about a response to COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus.  We have also consulted with trusted medical experts in an effort to gather the most current and accurate information about this virus.  It is clear, now, that it is not wise to call our people into a single space until the spread of this virus levels and fades away.  As a result, we are cancelling our Sunday morning worship gatherings until further notice.  Also, all activities at the building are cancelled each week.  We are also encouraging our small groups to use wise judgment about their meetings for the same reason.


This is a decision driven by love, not fear. We dearly love our all of our members and know that we have a significant number of our church family that are more vulnerable to the potential devastating effects of this virus. We know their deep love for Jesus would compel them to come if we called for members to gather for worship and prayer. To protect them and all of our members, we are asking all of us to stay home this Sunday and next and worship God together…while apart.


We also want to be a good neighbor in our community.  Our city leaders are discouraging all large-group meetings in an effort to limit the outbreak of the virus in our city, and we want to support that effort.  We love our community and this is one way that we can demonstrate that love.


Every Sunday, we invite you to visit our media page and/or all of our social media outlets for a sermon from Rusty.  For giving, we still need your financial support.  You can give online or you can text to give by texting any dollar amount to 84321.


We will continue to evaluate the situation weekly and keep you informed about any other changes to our schedule.  In the meantime, we want you to know this: Even though our worship service is cancelled, the mission of the church is not.  And even when we are scattered, we are still the church.  So, let’s all do our best at making Jesus known to our community by being good neighbors, caring for those who are sick or needy, checking in on one another, and continuing to pray and work daily for the Kingdom.


May God bring a quick end to this season and may our faith shine greatest in this darkness.


In Christian love,

Elders & Ministers

Event Cancellations

As world health experts and government officials continue to urge us to limit the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social-distancing, we believe that it is necessary for us to make some modifications to our church=life schedule. Therefore, we have made the decision to cancel the following activities/events:

  • Sunday morning classes and worship service (weekly resources and sermons are provided online)
  • All Wednesday Bible classes (Rusty offers a virtual Bible study via Facebook Live every Wednesday evening)
  • Celebrate Recovery meetings (CR is meeting online through Zoom on Tuesday nights)
  • Missions Sunday on March 29th (postponed to a later date to be determined)

The Streams of Water Ministry food pantry will be available during it's normal hours by drive-through only, but the clothing closet will be closed. In addition, the ministry staff has been asked to alter their schedules and do as much work from home as they can.


It saddens us to have to make these changes, but we believe that this is the responsible thing to do. Ministry will still happen and the work of God's Kingdom marches on; however, for a time, we are going to have to find other ways to do it. 


We will stay in continuous communication with you, as the coronavirus situation is constantly changing. Thank you for your patience and understanding.