Dear ACC Members

As fear and anxiety rise amid the outbreak, I also see an increase in love and compassion. It is visible in the way that society as a whole is practicing social-distancing in order to slow the approach of outbreak's peek. It is a great act of sacrifice to choose isolation when one is healthy and unafraid for the sake of another who might be more at risk. Love is indeed experienced by putting another's good above your own. This is the reason the ACC Council decided to suspend in-person gathering for Sunday worship and webcast it.

The move to webcast the Sunday service is a first in ACC's history. As such, it will be a new experience for many ACC members. I imagine that a big impression will be the absence of connection and intimacy that stems from the lack of physical presence of fellow worshipers. This makes our heart and mind preparation that much more important. To help us prepare, please try to do the following:

  1. Resolve to set aside the time for uninterrupted worship. Avoid multitasking. Treat the hour of worship as if you were leaving for church to meet Jesus himself.
  2. Check your internet connection. Worship will be through Facebook Live. Accounts and logging in is not required to view the webcast. Simply click on this link or copy paste it into your browser:
    https://www.facebook.com/arcolacovenant/videos/
    Look for the red dot indicating the live streaming feed.
  3. Log in early @ 11:30 AM. Worship will officially begin at 11:45 AM but we will begin the webcast around 11:30 AM to allow people to "get settled" and enter a mode of prayer and meditation. It also allows the space for potential technical issues to be worked out.
  4. Prepare your offering through the ACC Website (https://onrealm.org/acc/-/give/now) or Venmo (ID: ACCNJ). The act of offering is a faithful response to the Word of God. It is not obligatory. 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 reminds us that 1) the amount that the individual wishes to give is a matter of personal conviction and conscience and 2) God wills that it be a cheerful decision.
  5. Provide constructive feedback. ACC wants to continually improve in a sustainable way. Your insights and suggestions will help us become better.
  6. Pray. Prayer is an indispensable pillar of our faith. However, in these times, it is even more important to reinforce our lives with it. Let us balance being apart from one another by keeping each other even closer in prayer.
  7. In related news, AKUMC has suspended Sunday childcare (ages 0-2 only) for the month of March. The Sunday childcare shares the same space as a private nursery school that gathers during the week. Suspending the childcare will reduce exposure to the little ones. AKUMC will hold Sunday School and Youth Group for all other age groups as normal.

Looking forward to seeing you online where we will join in worship together! Until then, keep washing your hands for 20 seconds and avoid touching your face!

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Christ's peace,
Pastor Jonah

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