Today I had the privilege of meeting Jose, a man who told me to expect seeing him tomorrow as we gather to worship. Jose pulled into our church parking lot this morning to inquire about our services while I was in the fellowship hall ironing out some quotes for the sermon tomorrow. I happened to see his vehicle pull in, and when I walked out to greet him, I was met with a big smile! Jose told me that he lives in Roswell and that our church is very close to his home! Our conversation wasn't very long, but it was great to see that God is working in convicting hearts and leading them to His church!
I believe that God is going to continue to send His children to our church, and I am asking for you to pray for Jose, as well as our city. There are many who are going through tough times and don't know of the hope that Jesus offers. But Jesus said, "And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.” (John 12:31). So, we will continue to uplift Christ and let His beauty draw men and women towards Him. Some ways that we, as a church, can very practically lift up Christ, are through friendships, service, and our excellence in worship.
By being a friend to someone, we can push past superficial relationships and get to the place where truth telling leaves a lasting impact. Here we can share each others burdens, and do as the apostle says, "fulfill the law of Christ" (Gal 6:2).
By serving others in a Christlike manner, we uplift Jesus who came to serve. Christ's way was to put others before himself. Even as He was on the cross, His thoughts went towards His mother Mary, and He asked the disciple John to look after her. A Service mentality of "you first, me second, always" really captures the Service Philosophy of Jesus.
And finally, through our worship, we can uplift Jesus. By coming together as a diverse church full of faces of grace, we celebrate the unifying action of Christ. As we proclaim the everlasting gospel and worship Him who made heaven and earth, people will see our love for one another and desire to be a part of that community. Jesus is calling people to Himself and we as a church get to be part of that process! Hallelujah!
When you arrive at church tomorrow, you might recognize some new steps we’ve taken so our family of faith is sharing each other’s burdens and uplifting Christ. A greeter will greet you at the door with a “Happy Sabbath!”, and if you’ve forgotten your mask at home, don’t worry because we will have one for you! We will also help you find your seat inside the sanctuary to best maximize our seating capacity while abiding by social distancing guidelines. This will be something we as a church can rally around to love our church family and those Christ sends us. We have an amazing church and I am pumped as we continue to journey together through this sermon series!
See you tomorrow! Happy Sabbath, Church!
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JULY 11:Men's Hangout @ 3 PM JULY 11: Vespers on the Lawn @ 6 PM JULY 12: Ladies Connect Time @ 11 AM More info AUG 1, 8, 15: Directory Photos AUG 8: Celebration of Graduates SEPT: Gospel Communities begin! SEPT 11-13: Pathfinder Camporee
Please join us tomorrow as Pastor Luke continues his sermon series about God’s extraordinary love for imperfect people. The premise of the series is how the Bible is made up of individuals who were imperfect, yet God accomplishes so much through them by His Grace. It’s to help us embrace being human beings in process because God gives us Grace. Hope to see you there—but 6 feet apart! :-)
Family Photo Directory
Do you know every Alpharetta Church member by name? Do you know how to contact everyone? Likely not! To remedy the situation, and to bring us closer in fellowship with our brothers and sisters, we will be creating a digital, password-protected church photo directory! The first three Sabbaths of August, Curtis Hall will take a photo of you and/or your family after the service. We encourage all of you to participate!
Face coverings are encouraged on the church property for your safety, and others! Free masks are available in the Foyer. “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matt. 22:39
The Alpharetta Adventist Church is now fully reopened!
As of June 12, the State of Georgia lifted the Stay at Home orders for all Georgians. So, as we begin to come back to church, we’d like to ask that you please review our in place safety measures. Just click here. If you’re in an elevated At Risk category and don’t yet feel comfortable returning, we’ve got you covered!
Masks or face coverings are encouraged at church.
Our streaming Worship Service is presented LIVE at 11 a.m. on our YouTube page each Sabbath. Gather the family and tune in for a special time of worship, prayer, praise, inspiration and relevant teaching with your Alpharetta church family, and enjoy the Sabbath!
Lower Division children’s Sabbath School classes have not yet resumed at the church. Stay tuned here for more info. In the meantime, you’ll find handy links to lesson guides on our website under the “Kids” tab.
Please continue to keep in touch with each other, particularly our sick or elderly members. Let the church leadership know if there's anything we can do to help. We're here for you. See below for contact info.
"Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13 NASB
The Alpharetta Church is excited to present Vespers on the Lawn each Sabbath evening from 6-8 pm. (In inclement weather, we'll move inside.)
Hanging out with your friends, various programs, Bible games, devotionals/discussions, and testimonies are scheduled to bring the Sabbath to a close. Feel free to bring your own picnic supper, and chairs or blankets. See you there!
OFFERING We'd like to remind you that giving is critically important—now more than ever. Please continue to generously support the Alpharetta Church with your offerings, and support our worldwide denomination through your tithes. You can easily give online here.