COVID-19 Update 4/23/2020

Dear ACC family,

I have begun to more fully understand how Paul felt as he wrote to the church in Philippi:

I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:3-6

When you called me as your pastor I could have never imagined what the future held for us and the world- yet I have been amazed how through the chaos God’s light has continued to shine through Avon Christian Church in new ways.

There are still so many unknowns as to what the future holds for our state and country in the midst of this pandemic, but one blessing has begun to emerge- our collective efforts to flatten the curve have made a difference and have helped to save thousands of lives. At the same time, we know that there are many families who are grieving the loss of loved ones to COVID-19 and others who are still fighting for their lives. 

As our country and state looks to begin reopening, we as a church recognize that although we have not been able to meet in our church building we have continued to offer worship, Bible study, small groups, and fellowship opportunities. We have continued to be the Church. We have found a way that works for us to continue to ground our faith and center our focus on God throughout the pandemic. Knowing this, we realize that we do not have to be among the first to reopen. We can continue to support our health care professionals and others working on the front lines as well as protect the vulnerable members of our own congregation by waiting until it is safe for us to return to worship again in a large group.

At this time we are not setting a firm date for us to resume onsite worship as it is still too early to determine when it will be safe to gather as a community again. Your board, ministry co-op, worship committee, and staff are prayerfully considering all of the details that will make it safe for us to gather together again. We are looking to local and state leaders to interpret and implement federal guidelines for reopening as well as considering the needs of our congregation. Our priority is moving forward safely and faithfully. We also know that when the time comes for us to worship together on site again, there are some members of our church family who won’t feel safe to join us until a vaccine or treatment for COVID-19 is developed. Knowing this, we are already working to develop a plan so that we can continue to offer worship virtually once we are worshiping on-site again and also to continue to allow people to join in small groups and Bible studies from home.

I pray that you and your families continue to be safe and healthy. I am grateful for your continued support of our church during this time. I look forward to the time when we can gather again in person as a church community!
Peace,
Danielle

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