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Moment with Pastor Luke

Ever been trapped? Our pathfinder club took a trip last sabbath to the North Georgia Zoo, and as you can see in the picture above, got to experience the feeling of being trapped.

Sometimes, no matter what we do it feels like we just remain trapped. I remember watching a video of a giant ram whose horn was caught on a tree. No matter how hard the ram tried to get away it couldn’t. The ram had dug out the ground around the tree by its many attempts to escape but no amount of effort was enough. It was trapped. It didn’t have the ability to save itself but because of all its attempts its condition got worse.

Sometimes that’s what happens with us. We might feel trapped in a specific sin and no matter how hard we try to get out of it the situation only gets worse. It’s not for lack of trying that we remain stuck, its because we don’t have it within ourselves to get unstuck, or better yet to overcome.

That’s what is so amazing about the sacrifice of Jesus. He saw us stuck in sin and came to set us free. He asks us to unite with Him and let Him free us. He does this through His death on the cross. When we unite ourselves with Jesus we too die. Not the death He died but we die to ourselves and in this unite with Him and the Bible says we are raised up to a newness of life. We don’t have to remain stuck. It’s not about trying, it’s about dying. When we unite with Christ and let Him come in and live through us He sets us free from the sins that enslaved us. What an amazing Savior!

It was for freedom that Christ set you free - Galatians 5:1

Pastor Luke

Covid Comfort

The air we all breathe is important! And you might be thinking about it even more during a pandemic featuring an airborne pathogen. We wanted to write a brief overview of the Alpharetta Church’s HVAC system, to give you a little piece of mind that we are as safe as can be. Nothing in life is guaranteed, but do know that our heating and cooling system was designed and installed with the health of our occupants in mind:

  1. The entire system (installed in 2019) meets, or in many cases exceeds, the requirements of the current Georgia Mechanical Code. Fresh outside air is delivered to each of our 10 systems, and was designed per ASHRAE Standard 62.

  2. All units have Bipolar Ionization devices installed. These electronic devices generate positive and negative ions, delivering them into the airstream. They then attach themselves to airborn contaminants, dust, bacteria, etc making them larger and heavier, enabling the contaminants to be easily trapped by the air filters. These devices have been tested, and proven to eliminate the airborn SARS-CoV-2 virus as well.

  3. Each system has a MERV-13 high performance 3M air filter installed, which are inspected and replaced quarterly.

  4. Our programmable WiFi Ecobee thermostats enable our systems to run economically, and automatically runs the supply fans constantly during occupied mode, ensuring we have the designed above average air change rate while we’re in the facility.

  5. And finally, the slot diffusers you see in the high Foyer and Sanctuary ceilings are specifically designed to throw the clean, conditioned air to the floor, providing excellent air circulation.

Hope this gives you all a little comfort as we worship together each Sabbath!

Church News and Announcements

PAVILION

God has a plan for everyone and everything. That includes you, and it includes the Alpharetta Seventh-day Adventist Church. We believe that stories are being shaped through our church. That is why we set out to raise $185,000 to build a pavilion where our friends, family, and neighbors can come to hear the Gospel and learn to embrace God’s better story for their lives. To date we have raised over $100,000!

This pavilion will serve as a critical part of our overall campus, allowing our youth to have outside summer gatherings, our vespers to be sheltered from the sun and rain, and so much more. You can see what the pavilion will look like by going to www.alpharettasda.com/pavilion.

We can’t pull this off without your support. Whether you give to our church on a regular basis, or just attend on occasion, we’re asking you to prayerfully consider contributing to this undertaking. It’s something we need our entire church community’s help with. Even if you can’t make a large gift, know that every little bit helps. It’s more about coming together as a community, united behind the common cause of sharing the story of Jesus. We hope that you’ll consider making a donation towards this great step forward in proclaiming the gospel.

You can give online at our website through AdventistGiving, or mark it on your tithe envelopes.

For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock. – Psalm 27:5

EVENTS

Prayer Line EVERY Night (except Thursday) @ 8 pm: Phone 515-603-3162; Passcode 960362# (Send any prayer request to aetichy@att.net)

Check out our SPOTIFY playlist created by Alpharetta Church Praise & Worship/AV team!

ASDAC COVID SAFETY POLICY

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