Updated 3/17/20 as of 7:00 PM
Dear Anchor Family,
Unfortunately, we will not hold our regular activities on Wednesday evening, March 18, nor our Sunday morning services on March 22. Also, the "Love It or Swap It" women's event and the VBS Planning Potluck -- both scheduled for Saturday, March 21 -- are suspended until further notice. (Aren't you tired of hearing that phrase?) Since guidance from disease control authorities continues to be fluid, we will be developing and communicating further plans for any prudent group activities as the situation unfolds. Our objective, of course, is to work out plans week-by-week that evolve in the direction of "getting back to normal" without jeopardizing the health of the members of our church or community. In the meantime, we will do all we can to make the best of a bad circumstance.
To facilitate home worship this weekend, we are preparing a series of video recordings and written materials that will be available on the church website, www.anchorchristian.org. These resources will include:
An explanation of how to give tithes and offerings to Anchor Christian Church by various means, including the Online Giving Option put into place by our Stewardship Ministry yesterday. It is LIVE now at the bottom of the home page www.anchorchristian.org.
Video recordings of our worship team presenting songs to sing along with. Jerry has also made a recording of hymns for folks who prefer our classic worship service at 8:15 AM.
Kyle Layfield preaching “With Jesus at the Well” from John 4.
A communion meditation from Elder Allan Wells
These resources should be ready for use at your convenience during the weekend of March 20-22.
The Anchor staff and elders would like to extend the offer for us to come to your home to deliver communion and pray with you if you would like. If you have any other need or are low on basic supplies, contact us. We are eager to live out the example of the church in Acts 2 who went the extra mile to share with those in trouble.
We love you all and are praying constantly for you. And we know you're going to shine!
Chris, Jerry, Kyle, Tom, and Debbie
Your ACC Staff
Update as of 3/14/20 at 9:15 PM
Dear ACC Family,
Due to the ever-changing status of the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, we feel it is best to cancel all Sunday morning services and classes for tomorrow, Sunday, March 15. This was an agonizing decision, because we need to spend time in the Lord's presence, and we need each other as well, now more than ever. However, out of an abundance of caution and after much prayer and consideration, this seems like the best course of action. Of course, we will be re-evaluating day by day going forward. We are not fearful, and our decisions will not be made from fear but from love and concern for the physical and spiritual well-being of our congregation and community.
Though we won't be able to gather at 375 Beaver Road, this is a great opportunity for those of you who have children in your home to show them that God still comes first. Have worship together as a family in your home. Sing some Christian songs that you know, or sing along with some favorites that you can find on the internet. Pray together. Read the Bible together. Have communion if you have bread and juice. Watch a church service online. One we would recommend is the service that will be streamed at 10:00 AM by Northside Christian Church in Wadsworth, Ohio (the home church of Allan Wells's parents). You can find it at www.northsideweb.org. Of course, if you don't have kids in your home, you can still worship the Lord in these ways.
We want everyone to know that we are praying for you as you navigate school and workplace closings, caring for family members, and the updates coming at you from so many different sources. Please pray for us as we struggle to provide the best leadership possible for our church. Also, pray for any who are sick, all the medical personnel who are in the middle of all this, as well as governmental and other civic leaders who have to make difficult choices that impact us all.
Finally, put your complete trust in God and talk to Him continually about any concerns you have. (1st Peter 5:7) He is not surprised by this new form of coronavirus, and He will get us through whatever we face!
Stay well and we'll see you soon,
Chris and the Elders
Update as of 3/13/20 at 12:00 PM - We will update this page with any future changes.
Dear Anchor Family,
As we're all aware, there's a rapidly growing worldwide concern over the Coronavirus (COVID-19). I want you to know that we are taking the situation seriously, and we want to assure you that our top priority is the safety of all those who come onto our church property. Precautions are in place, and we want you to be aware of some changes we're making in response to recommendations from the CDC as well as local and state officials.
As of today, our Sunday services will continue according to their regular schedule. However, please know that our church leadership is closely monitoring the situation and all government recommendations and mandates. Again, our number one priority is to keep you and your family as safe as possible. We will continue to be proactive as this health concern develops.
When you attend church this Sunday, please note the following:
1. We have already done a thorough cleaning with sanitizing solutions of all frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, countertops, light switches, water fountains, etc. And we will do this same kind of cleaning after services as well. We will take extra care to carry out these measures in all children's areas. (It is our standard practice to sanitize the toys and furniture in children's classrooms, but we want to remind you about our procedure.)
2. All staff members and volunteers will wash their hands frequently while serving.
3. Let's refrain from shaking hands during this time of concern. This may be hard to remember, since we're so used to sharing "the right hand of fellowship" (Galatians 2.9). But for the time being, let's enjoy "air high-fives" or "fist bumps of fellowship"!
4. Communion will be served in two cups with a piece of bread in one cup and the juice in the second cup on top of the first. This way, you will only touch what you take.
5. Staff members and volunteers who feel sick will not be allowed to serve in any capacity.
6. If you feel sick, please do not attend. Stay home, rest, and get better quickly so that you can come back soon.
7. If you are uncomfortable with the idea of coming to church and decide to stay home, we understand. You can listen to the sermons by Monday afternoon each week through our Sermon page here.
8. Join me in praying for those affected by this virus as well as the many on our prayer list stricken by terrible maladies and injuries.
9. Should the governing authorities require that we not hold services, we will of course comply and work to let you know as soon as possible.
I realize that this situation is creating quite a bit of uncertainty in many of our day-to-day activities, but God's got this, and He wants us to live in faith and not in fear. If you have friends that are living in fear, invite them to church because God, who is in control of all things, offers hope and healing. And we are going to get through this together!
Chris and the Elders of ACC