We hope you have enjoyed meeting outside as much as we have. It has been great seeing many of you at the services, and we completely understand if you haven’t felt comfortable joining yet. The good news is God is moving in our world and there is plenty of good teaching from our church, and from others for you to grow while at home.
We are excited to announce that we will be continuing to meet outside at least into September, with one notable exception…
CODE 100 is simply that if the forecasted temperature is 100 degrees or higher than we will move into our Worship Center.
We believe that the risk of heat exhaustion/stroke is far greater than the risk of the coronavirus. If you are not comfortable being inside the building, please feel free to watch our live stream at 10 am. We make every effort to make the home experience as engaging as the live experience.
It’s the middle of August and kids are back in school, kind of. I am gearing up to lead a 10-week small group at William Jessup University in a couple of weeks, and also working on our next sermon series. However, even though things are happening like they usually do, something seems to be off. Something just doesn’t feel right.
Like many of you, I feel victim to the circumstances around me. The open and closed nature of our world, the ever-changing guidelines, and the lack of human connection are just a few of the things that make this fall feel wonky.
I like control. This really hit home for me when I began to think about teaching my oldest daughter to drive. I love her and trust her, but I began pondering where I could get a car with a brake and maybe a steering wheel on the passenger side. There is something safe knowing that I have some control over my fate.
I realized this lack of control was what was causing my anxiety and stress. I can’t imagine the feelings the Israelites had when they were so out of control that they literally had to depend on God to deliver them food every morning. And He always delivered, and without the high Doordash fees.
This got me thinking maybe this is what the Lord is trying to teach us. That we are not in control, God is! Maybe whether we wear a mask or gather together for a party isn’t really up to me and my feelings, but really should be up to God and His desires. Maybe God is trying to teach us that we need to be dependent on Him and Him alone.
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:6-7 NLT
There are quite a few things coming up that are out of our control, but the biggest is the 2020 US Election. I have heard from people on both sides who are worried about what the outcome will mean and do to our country, and I can honestly agree with the feelings on both sides. Here is the truth, we as Christians need to come together in a bipartisan way and unite under the banner of Christ, and fall on our knees and ask the Lord to lead us. Then we can experience God’s peace.
– Pastor Don
This fall Noah and Jess Gomez along with Amy Joel will be taking the lead on Arbuckle Youth. Pastor Don will be involved in many ways and will ensure the transition goes well. It is an exciting time here at Arbuckle Community Church, even in the midst of the turmoil things are gearing up for a return.
Speaking of returning, Youth Group will return on Wednesday, September 2nd @ 6 pm.
Details will be released shortly.
|Church BBQ||8/30/20||After Church|
|Youth Group||9/2/20||6:00 pm|
|Movie on the Court||9/18/20||7:30 pm|