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A MOMENT WITH PASTOR LUKE

Merry Christmas, Church!

It is almost unbelievable that Christmas has finally arrived. What a year we as a church have had! The Lord has blessed us and allowed us to welcome 11 new members into our church through baptism, profession of faith, and transfer. And we have another baptism tomorrow! In a year where growth seemed unlikely with church not meeting in person for several months, and not being able to have some usual holiday church events – God has consistently reminded us that it is HIS church, and He will not let anything prevail against it because of the foundation that is Jesus! He is going to be the one who grows His church, and what He asks of us is to plant and water, but He causes the growth (1 Corinthians 3:6).

It is such a joy to be part of a church where God is working and raising up disciples who want to actively grow the body of Christ. Our church was able to partner with the county school social workers and provide Christmas presents for 17 children. And what is so awesome about this is that we didn’t just provide 1 present for each kid – some whose Christmas might have been looking really bad – but we provided 3+ presents for these kids! I want to publicly thank all of you – from those who organized and coordinated getting these gifts to the schools, to those who helped sort and organize them, and to those who spent time grabbing an angel from the tree and shopping for gifts. Without each of you, a ministry like this doesn’t happen.

Not only were we able to help kids within our community through the Angel Tree, but we also were able to help the Hogan family have a Christmas in a year that took their home from them. Chasity is incredibly thankful for our church, and each time she and I have interacted, she just continues to share the disbelief that a church community would go this far to help her and her family – especially when they aren’t members. Each time, I have just told her the same simple response, “Jesus loves you and we just want you to know that.”

I met up with Chasity at the church on Monday, and we filled her entire backseat and trunk with presents. She was overwhelmed by the love we have shown her, and I was able to give her that same simple response “Jesus loves you and we just want you to know that.” She shared with me before driving away that they will be attending church! In fact, her son Mikey hasn’t stopped talking about how much he enjoyed our Christmas Concert, and he’s even convinced his younger sister that she needs to come visit the Alpharetta church.

What an amazing thing we get to be a part of through the Alpharetta Church! God is continuing to help others embrace a better story – the story of the Gospel – and He is using you and me. As you celebrate Christmas and spend time with your family, remember the reason for this season – Jesus and His grace towards us!

Happy Sabbath, Church!
Pastor Luke

EVENTS

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

Every Wednesday: Loops of Love @ 7 PM

Marsh Baby Shower: January 10, 2021 @ 4 PM (more info below)

YEAR-END GIVING

2020 has been a financially difficult year for most of us, and the church is no exception. As the year-end approaches, it may be advantageous for you to consider various tax-saving strategies for your philanthropic giving. Please see below for information about giving to the Alpharetta SDA Church Budget. Please note that we do not have a full time employee to answer financial questions about year-end giving, but Don Bunch, our Treasurer, is available to answer questions or provide assistance through the week at 404-784-2049.

CASH: Gifts of cash made by personal check should be postmarked by December 31. Please note “Alpharetta SDA Church Budget” on the memo line.

CREDIT CARD: The fastest way to give to your local Church Budget is to make your gift online by December 31 and designate to the local fund of your choice. 

WIRE: Wells Fargo, 3275 Buford Dr, Buford, GA 30519, 770-831-2960. Routing Number: 061000227. Acct Number: 2000133921083.

Additionally, please consider the following: 

MATCHING GIFTS: A corporate matching gift is an excellent way to increase the impact of your personal gift. More than 15,000 corporations have a matching gift program, so please inquire with your HR department today about directing a matching gift to the Alpharetta SDA Church.

We are grateful for the many ways you support Alpharetta SDA Church throughout the year. Every gift we receive makes a direct impact on maintaining our facilities, church ministries, and our ability to bring Christ to the world through our church family. 

TO GIVE ONLINE, GO TO: www.adventistgiving.org/#/org/ANTFAL

Please join us for a BUBBLE TEA PARTY to celebrate the much anticipated arrival of the Marsh twins! (More details to come.) Paige and Ivan are registered at Amazon and Bed, Bath, & Beyond.

Current Series

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

ASDAC COVID SAFETY POLICY

SABBATH SCHOOL AND WORSHIP SERVICE INFO

Our streaming Worship Service is presented LIVE at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., respectively, 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!

There are two Children’s Division classes that meet in the Fellowship Hall at 10 am each Sabbath. Ages 12 and under meet on one side, ages 13 and up meet on the other side with a divider between the classes. Social distancing and masks are strongly encouraged for everyone’s safety.

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