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Moment with Pastor Luke

Sometimes you just need a reminder. If you’re anything like me, then you need several reminders because your brain can wander off course and then realize it has no idea how to get back. I know some people who have all sorts of reminders through applications on their phones, or specific scheduling to go over their reminders during the day; there is just something so great about a reminder.

This past week has made me even more grateful for reminders. As many of you know, Sabbath morning I received a call that my father was in the emergency room and it looked like a stroke. The prayers and text messages of encouragement this week have been truly amazing. It is a reminder that I have a family of faith ready at all times for bearing each others burdens. What a gift.

Sabbath afternoon we found out that my father did not have a stroke, but had an episode of what they call Global Transient Amnesia. We do not know anything more at this time but we are hoping that his scheduled neurology appointment this upcoming week will reveal more to us.

This whole experience has served as another reminder: to cherish family. There are many in our church that are taking care of family members or have friends caring for family. This is a season of reminding to cherish family. To grab that cup of coffee/tea or watch that favorite movie, to retell that favorite story, and hug tightly. Reminders can be good things. But all these reminders can point us to the ultimate reminder, Sabbath, where we can continually be reminded that once before our world was perfect and once again it will be perfect thanks to Jesus. So I pray that this Sabbath is a reminder that, no matter what you’re going through, there will come a day where true rest will arrive, and it’s name will be Jesus.

See you all tomorrow!

Pastor Luke

Nominating Committee

I can’t believe it is already time for Nominating Committee! Because we have had so much growth over the last two years, I am going to give a brief explanation of what Nominating Committee is and how we will be going through the process this year. First and foremost, Nominating Committee is the committee we put together as a church to select the ministry leaders of our church. This process happens every 2 years. Those who accept the call to serve as ministry leaders will hold their position until the following nominating process, and those serving can be nominated again to serve a consecutive term. After the selection of the Nominating Committee, the church will vote at our church service October 9. Those who view online will be able to see the selected committee via the newsletter for October 8 and can then email any objections they may have.

The way that we will be selecting our Nominating Committee this year is different than in the past due to the fact that we have many members watching from online. In order to give all our members an opportunity to give their voice in nominating those who will be tasked with the responsibility to select ministry leaders, we have created a Google Form. The link can be found below.

https://forms.gle/aN9W4AtYH9zqcVeZ8

This allows us to hear from everyone who is a member and allows the entire church to select the nominating committee. Access to the form was available in last week’s newsletter, and also now today in this newsletter, The ministry leaders who will be responsible with tallying the submitted forms will be:

Pastor, Head Elder, Head Deacon, Head Deaconess, Men’s Ministry leader, and Women’s Ministry leader.

The top 6 names from the forms submitted will be selected and voted upon, as a church, October 9th. Following the vote, the committee will begin meeting to go through the selection of ministry leaders for the following term of 2 years.

As we go about this process, I ask that you will keep this as a matter of prayer, both in the names you put down and in the possibility that God might be calling you to help lead here at the Alpharetta SDA Church. In the Google Form we have also asked that you fill out areas that you would like to serve.

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!

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