Message from Our Head Elder

Dearest Church Members:

As you may have heard by now, our doors will remain closed until at least April 18, 2020. We are definitely in trying times, but do not lose faith. Our God is an awesome God who promises to walk with us step by step. Even though we are apart you need not feel the isolation for He is with you. We are a strong Church Family and we will do what it takes to get us through these tough times together as a church unit.

The Pastor’s and the Elders’ concern are of every member’s health and wellbeing in these trying times. Although we might be physically apart from each other, we can remain spiritually united in prayer. The Pastor and Elders will make every concerted effort to give each member a call weekly to encourage each other, to pray with each other and to find out if we, as Elders, can help with any need that might arise during our time apart. We want each of you to know that we love you and are here for you.

Meetings:

It has been suggested that if we wanted to get together in small groups, CDC recommends 10 or less, that we can still have worship service or even just bible studies, we may do so in our homes. If any are interested let me know so that we can set up these small gatherings. It would be nice to be able to monitor who would open up their home and who would be joining them. This would enable us to ensure that those who want to participate can. Jane and I are willing to open up our home and I know some of you are as well. We do need to keep these groups to the recommended minimum as recommended by the CDC.

Needs:

I know some of our members are in self-quarantine. I am offering up my services to those that wish to stay at home and needs someone to run to the grocery store, pharmacy or just mow their lawns—I am available. We are also available for your spiritual needs as well – the Pastor and all the Elders will be available via phone calls, and most will be available for visitation.

Study Materials:

I know that our current Sabbath School Lesson is about to run out in a couple of weeks. We have been receiving the new Sabbath School quarterlies and if needed, can make home deliveries to those that are not connected with the internet. If you have an android or i-Phone you can download the SDA Sabbath School quarterly in either app. I really like it and the android app actually reads you the lesson. For our little ones, we can make copies of the lesson studies for the parents upon request.

Online Services:

If you are connected to Dish Network 3ABN TV is available on channel 9393.

If you have Direct TV Hope Channel is available on channel 368.

Keene Church is still having worship hour podcast only, no live audience; you can stream live from their Website. WWW.keenechurch.org

Tithing:

It is recommended mailing your tithes to our PO Box:

Alvarado SDA Church

PO Box 403

Alvarado TX 76009

Jane has sent the needed information to the Conference to start Adventist giving online. I will let you know as soon as it gets set up and you will be given instructions on how to give via Adventist Giving.

We are indeed living in difficult times. Hopefully the following texts will be of some comfort to you.

Proverbs 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong towner; The righteous run to it and are safe.

Nehemiah 8:10 Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.

Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your GOD.

May the peace of the LORD be with each and every one of you.

Sincerely yours,

Terry Spradlin