Hurry doesn’t just make you weary. It is the great enemy of your spiritual life. In The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry, John Mark Comer provides four down-to-earth practices for staying emotionally healthy and spiritually alive: 1) Silence and solitude, 2) Sabbath, 3) simplicity, and 4) slowing. It’s the unhurried Way of Jesus.
We are excited about gathering again on Sundays for English services at 10:00am, our Spanish service at 12:00pm.
We want you to know that we welcome you when you are ready to come back! Everyone has different circumstances and considerations when choosing to stay home. In fact, we recommend you consider staying home if you have underlying health conditions. We look forward to the day when we all can be together. For those 65 years and older, remember that you are more susceptible to this virus. Please take all the precautions necessary to ensure your safety and health during this time. We love you and want you healthy! We have upgraded equipment and software so you will have the best online experience as you worship with us from home.
We are excited that, after too many months, our Avalon Kids ministry is open again and welcoming children on Sunday mornings. Our team has prepared the rooms and set Covid-19 guidelines to keep your children safe. The online kids service will be continue to be available for families not yet comfortable with having their children in classrooms.
We have prepared a one-page document entitled, A “No-Touch” Worship Experience (avalonchurch.org/reopen) which provides information and guidelines as we begin to gather again. Please take a few moments to make yourself familiar.
Here are a few “big picture” items to remember.
- Most importantly is love. Everyone has a different perspective concerning this pandemic. So please love others as Jesus loves you. Be kind towards those who see things differently. “Encourage each other and build each other up” (1 Thess.5:11).
- Second, we are asking you to refrain from hugs, handshakes, and other physical contact. For the extrovert this will be difficult. For the introvert it will be appreciated. Though you may be ready for a hug, the person you try to hug may not be.
- Third, our gatherings are going to be 1-hour in length, meaning that afterwards we will have a half-hour to sanitize and prepare for the next group. Please do not linger in the worship space or lobby. We want you to enjoy each other, but we need you to do so outside (using wisdom and social distancing).
We are all still learning how to navigate in this unprecedented time, so thank you for your patience. We have a great family willing to sacrifice to love each other and lift up the name of Jesus. Sundays are going to be a great days!
Hurry is the great enemy of a vibrant spiritual life. That’s why Jesus invites us to come to him, all who tired and weary. In him is rest and ReCreation.
Don’t miss out! Join us this Sunday @ 10am as we examine how to live a Jesus-centered life as God intended, eliminating hurry and finding rest.