Dear Apostles Family,
I am writing you today to make you aware of some changes to how we will be gathering over the next few weeks. To safeguard the public from the Coronavirus, our local authorities have now banned all public gatherings over fifty people in Atlanta until March 31st. Therefore, there will be no on-campus meetings such as Bible studies or group gatherings for the next two weeks in accordance with this law.
We came to this decision not as a reaction of fear but in the spirit of love. Loving our neighbors means protecting them by ensuring our church stays healthy and that our health care professionals and services are not overwhelmed.
What does the church do in times like these?
Throughout history, the church has weathered the storms of plagues and persecution by calling out to God in prayer and caring for one another. I encourage you to gather in your homes as families and love each other well. As life slows down, take time to speak with your neighbors and minister to them. This is what Christians do.
Over the next two weeks, ministry will continue. For the next two Sundays, our team will stream our 10:30 a.m. worship service from the sanctuary to our website and Facebook page so that you can worship, pray, give and hear the Word of God from your home. I encourage you to share these links with your family and friends who may also benefit from the encouragement of the church during these difficult times.
Through March 31st, our building will be closed to ministry gatherings. This means that we will not have Midweek Gathering, Adult Bible Classes, STS or Children’s Ministry meetings during this time. Off-campus small group leaders will decide whether they will continue to meet on a case by case basis and are being encouraged to use technology to meet in online groups.
Our pastoral team are diligently implementing a shepherding plan to care for our church family and we will continue this work to provide you with resources to encourage and enrich your faith while you might be at home.
Jesus said in John 16:33, “In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” It’s in this Savior’s hands that we place our ultimate hope. God bless you.
In His Service,
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.