The Council of ALC has approved a tiered plan for re-opening. The health and safety of our members and visitors continues to be our main concern. ALC has now moved back into TIER 1 of the re-opening process based on COVID case surges in the area.
SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM PASTOR JOEL
In consultation with Staff, Executive Team, Church Council, the Post-Coved Teams and in conversation with local health professionals, it has become obvious that the COVID infection/hospitalization numbers are going up at an alarming rate in Tarrant County. I believe this will only continue as people insist on travel, and attending family gatherings and other social gatherings during the holiday season.
Due to that reality, we are suspending worship and all other all-community events at Advent Lutheran Church.
I’m grateful that we had 8 weeks of safe Sunday worship where nobody traced a COVID-19 diagnosis to church attendance. It has been wonderful to see many of you after not seeing you for many months. I am personally sad that this reality is among us at this time of the year when we value our faith community so much and welcome many guests to worship and serve with us. I ask you to be patient, support your congregation and continue to connect with us for online worship at 8:30 and 11am on Sunday and Wednesday evening at 7:00pm.
Our worship team will continue to meet safely for practice and the production of our holiday worship services. Members will be asked to help with this by recording at home and sending to us video to include in online worship. The Food Pantry, Quilters and Life Shelter workers will continue to serve during this suspension, because they are few in numbers, and they have continued to serve church and community safely for the 8 months of the pandemic so far.
We have been between Tier 2 and 3 in our re-opening plan for the last two months. As originally stated, we could move forward or back. We will be moving back to Tier 1 for the time being.
Peace, Pastor Joel
We have a wonderful gift and a challenge in front of us. Generous members of Advent have provided a matching fund gift for us so that we might retire the building debt at Advent!
Think of the ministry we could do with no mortgage payment...support the Hispanic ministry better, enlarge the Lord’s Food Pantry ministry, add Youth staff and programming, expand our community outreach, do needed maintenance on the campus buildings, etc. The list goes on and on.
We have a wonderful opportunity in a year that has seen bad news and tragedy more the norm than any good news. We have good news at our door step. We will need large gifts as well as smaller ones. Your gift will help us be rid of a mortgage that dilutes our focus as a Christian congregation.
Will you pray about it and pray for Advent in the coming weeks and months?
We have till December 31st to contribute to this campaign.
Advent Lutheran Church is in the Northern Texas-
Northern Louisiana Synod of the ELCA.