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Update: July 1

Abundant Life family,


This will not affect many of you, but we want you all to know that we are temporarily pausing ALC Kids’ in-person services because of the continued increase in the number of coronavirus-related hospitalizations in our area.


We also have canceled the ALC Kids Camp scheduled for July 17-19.


Our ALC Kids leaders will return to providing online services for our children this Sunday, as they did previously. We will continue to monitor the hospitalization numbers, and we’ll resume ALC Kids in-person services when we feel we can do so in a safer environment for our kids and adult volunteers. As before, those with kids are welcome to bring them into the Worship Service.


Links to online services and content will be provided through ALC Kids emails. For those who would like to be included on that email list, please send an email to Jordan Grissom at jordan@alcgrapevine.com.


Look for details to come on a special Family Service on Sunday, July 19.


In Christ,

Pastor Jason

Update: June 26

Hi, church family. Pastor Jason recorded this video explaining our church's policies in light of Tarrant County's order that all businesses require wearing of masks or face coverings.


We look forward to seeing you Sunday either in person or online!


David

Update: June 25

Hi, church family. Many of you are probably aware that Tarrant County issued an order today requiring wearing of masks at all businesses in the county effective 6 p.m. Friday.


As is typically the case, there is much more beyond the simple headlines being reported. I have reviewed the full order by the county judge and have been in contact with the county seeking clarification. On Friday, we will send you a full update on how today’s order impacts our church.


I believe we have said this a few times the past three months: Thank you for your patience! Look for more details tomorrow.


God bless!


David

Update: June 23

Hello, all. If all goes according to plans (always a big “if,” right?), next week will see the return of the eNews emails on Wednesdays like before the coronavirus hit. Any additional news or updates that need to be communicated will come in a separate email during the week. Otherwise, the eNews email will once again be your main source of what’s going on at Abundant Life. To be included on that subscription list, send an email to info@alcgrapevine.com.


A few items for you today:


1. Our Sunday services will be at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. with the reserved seating section and side-door entrance for those in the “high risk” category. The 11:00 a.m. service will be available online and on our Facebook page.


2. Tonight is our weekly Digital Prayer Meeting, hosted by Pastor Jason from 7:00-7:30 p.m. via Zoom (direct link here).


3. The ALC Kids service (up through fifth grade) will be at 11:00 a.m. each week. Registration is required by midnight Friday because of strict guidelines concerning children’s gatherings. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept any child into the kids classrooms who was not registered before the deadline. They are welcome to attend the Worship Service with their parents. You can register each week through the sign-ups page on our website.


4. The next TRES for ALC Students (grades 6-12) is Sunday, July 5. It will be Senior Day. See Pastor Brinly for any details.


5. Pastor Jason’s weekly Revelation study is from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday via Zoom (direct link here). Previous sessions of the Revelation study – in addition to Pastor Jason’s teaching through Philippians – are available through our website’s Bible studies page.


6. This summer, ALC Kids will be hosting our own summer camp July 17-19 for kids entering first through sixth grades. Details and registration link are on our sign-ups page.


If you have any questions, let me know by replying to this email.


God bless!


David

Update: June 16

Good afternoon, everyone. Hope you are all doing well. Five items for you today:


1. Same routine for this Sunday’s services, at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. with the reserved seating section and side-door entrance for those in the “high risk” category. The 11:00 a.m. service will be available online and on our Facebook page.


2. ALC Kids (up through fifth grade) will have their service each week at 11:00 a.m. Very important note for this week: Registration is REQUIRED by midnight Friday because of strict guidelines concerning children’s gatherings. Beginning this week, we unfortunately will not be able to accept any child into the kids classrooms who was not registered before the deadline. They are welcome to attend the Worship Service with their parents. You can register each week through the sign-ups page on our website.


3. Tonight is our weekly Digital Prayer Meeting, hosted by Pastor Jason from 7:00-7:30 p.m. via Zoom (direct link here). For those who have participated previously, the link is the same each week. If you ever have trouble finding the link, you go to this page on our website: alcgrapevine.com/digitalprayer. (You can also find that page by clicking on “Connect, Equip, Engage.”)


4. Pastor Jason’s weekly Revelation study is from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday via Zoom (direct link here). Previous sessions of the Revelation study – in addition to Pastor Jason’s teaching through Philippians – are available through our website’s Bible studies page.


5. This summer, ALC Kids will be hosting our own summer camp July 17-19 for kids entering first through sixth grades. Details and registration link are on our sign-ups page.


If you have any questions, let me know by replying to this email.


God bless!


David

Update: June 9

Hi, all. Hope your week is off to a great start. The good news is that today’s email is mostly reminders. If you’ve missed out on previous emails and updates, you can catch up on the details on previous updates on this page.


1. Sunday services this weekend will be at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. We’re adjusting the number of chairs we set out each week, but we’ll still have the reserved seating section and side-door entrance for those in the “high risk” category.


The 11:00 a.m. service will be available online at the usual link (https://vimeo.com/event/31065) and on Facebook.


2. ALC Kids and ALC Students resume Sunday activities this weekend.


ALC Kids’ weekly services start back on Sunday. For the time being, ALC Kids (through fifth grade) will meet during the 11:00 a.m. service time only. Registration is required because of strict guidelines concerning children’s gatherings. You can register at through the sign-ups page on our website.


ALC Students (grades 6-12) will have TR3S this Sunday, also during the 11:00 service. When future dates for TR3S are set, we will let you know.


3. Tonight is our weekly Digital Prayer Meeting from 7:00-7:30 p.m. The meeting is via Zoom. For those who have participated previously, the link is the same each week. If you do not have that link, go to the new webpage we have created – alcgrapevine.com/digitalprayer.


4. Pastor Jason’s weekly Revelation study is from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday via Zoom. The link is … https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83758084938?pwd=bXFQSkpMdHJJWlhUb09KVXpCMk9TZz09. Previous sessions of the Revelation study – in addition to Pastor Jason’s teaching through Philippians – are available at alcgrapevine.com/biblestudies.


5. This summer, ALC Kids will be hosting our own summer camp July 17-19 for kids entering first through sixth grades. Details and registration link are on our sign-ups page.


If you have any questions, let me know by replying to this email.


God bless!


David

Update: June 3

Hi, all. It’s June! Summer begins in 18 days. We are only 204 days from Christmas! :)


A few things to update for you:


1. Great news – our Sunday morning services format will be the same as last week! Services will be at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., with accommodations in both services for those in the “high risk” category. The side door will again be open as a “high risk” entrance. If you missed out on those details last week, read the May 29 update below.


The 11:00 a.m. service will be available online at the usual link: https://vimeo.com/event/31065.


2. Pastor Jason’s weekly Revelation study is from 7:00-8:00 p.m. tonight via Zoom. The link is … https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83758084938?pwd=bXFQSkpMdHJJWlhUb09KVXpCMk9TZz09.


3. We still need five volunteers for next Wednesday, June 10, to help with GRACE’s “Feed Our Kids” program that provides lunch to kids who rely on free lunches at school during the school year. We’ll be preparing and handing out lunches from 10:45 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.


A local pizza restaurant has partnered with us to provide free pizza, and the church is supplying chips, snacks and drinks. All we need from you is … you!


To volunteer of if you have any questions, contact Angela at angela@alcgrapevine.com.


We’ll be doing the same volunteer activity on Friday, July 24, and Friday, August 7. It’s never too early to sign up to help.


4. This summer, ALC Kids will be hosting our own summer camp July 17-19 for kids entering first through sixth grades. Details and registration link are on our sign-ups page.


5. On Sunday, Pastor Jason mentioned our weekly Digital Prayer Meeting each Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. You have two options for joining in each week. The first is a really long link that is the same from week to week. You can bookmark https://zoom.us/j/91997078146?pwd=ZXBDT3RmbTI3Y0ZNYmxQZDV5NHRDZz09. Or, if you’d like something that’s slightly easier to memorize, you can find a link to the meeting on our website at alcgrapevine.com/digitalprayer.


If you have any questions, let me know by replying to this email.


God bless!


David

Update: May 29

Happy Friday afternoon! I wanted to send a quick email to review what’s going on this Sunday, considering how fluid we’ve had to be. Again, thank you for your patience. If you would like more details on the information below, you can refer back to our Wednesday email or go to alcgrapevine.com/news and read “Update: May 26.”


For this Sunday:


1. No registration is required to attend.


2. We are offering two services, at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. There will not be a separate “high risk” service in the kids’ chapel this weekend. Instead, we have taken steps to allow those in the “high risk” category to be part of either the 9 o’clock or 11 o’clock service with special accommodations.


The westernmost seating section (to your left upon entering the Worship Service) will be designated for “high risk” only. Also, one of the side doors on the western exterior will be open before and after the service as a means for keeping extra separation. The map below highlights where to park and enter for those who wish to take advantage of this safety option.


3. The 11:00 a.m. service will be broadcast via livestream on our Facebook page and at the usual Vimeo link … https://vimeo.com/event/31065.


If you have any questions or comments about this weekend’s services, please let me know by replying to this email. See you Sunday – either in person or online!


God bless!


David


OPTIONAL PARKING AND ENTRANCE FOR "HIGH RISK" ATTENDEES:

1. Park in the back of the building in the area highlighted in yellow in the picture below.

2. Walk up the sidewalk marked with the red arrow to the second door on the left, which will be open for you to enter while maintaining extra social distancing.

3. Enjoy worshiping together!

Update: May 26

Good afternoon! Hope you had a good extended weekend. Here are our plans for this Sunday:


1. Registration is no longer necessary for our Sunday services. Based on the most recent changes in CDC and State of Texas guidelines for worship services, we believe we have reached a point where we can monitor attendance numbers on a week-to-week basis and still make any necessary adjustments.


2. We will have two services this Sunday: at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Thank you for the feedback from those of you who attended last weekend’s service in the kids’ chapel for those in the “high risk” category.


This Sunday, instead of a designated “high risk” service, we are reserving a section of seats and an entrance into the Worship Center exclusively for those who are most at-risk. This will be the case in both services.


If you are in that category, you can sit in the section on the west side of the Worship Center, which is the section to your left as you enter the room. Also, we will have a door open on that side of the building to allow you to enter and exit the building separate from the main entrance. You can park in the back parking lot and walk up the sidewalk directly to that door. As was suggested to us, this will allow you to worship in the same room with a larger group, including family members, while still keeping extra distance from others and not sharing contact points.


If you are not at risk and typically sit in that section – like me! – we are asking you to sit in a different section so that area will exclusively be a “high risk” section.


3. We will livestream the 11:00 a.m. service this Sunday on our Facebook page and at https://vimeo.com/event/31065.


4. The weekly Digital Prayer Meeting is from 7:00-7:30 p.m. tonight via Zoom. If you do not have the link, send an email to info@alcgrapevine.com.

 

5. Pastor Jason’s weekly Revelation study is from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday via Zoom. f you do not have the link, send an email to info@alcgrapevine.com.


If you have any questions or comments, please let me know by replying to this email. The feedback many of you have provided over the past two-plus months have been very helpful!


God bless!


David

Update: May 22

Hi, all. Hope you all have had a GREAT week. This email will be shorter than the previous one. Yea! I just want to cover a few things for this Sunday.


REGISTRATION FOR SERVICES


As a reminder, services this Sunday are at 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. The 10 o’clock service is reserved for those who meet the criteria of “high risk.”


Each week, you can register for services at alcgrapevine.com/signups. Your registering helps us prepare our facilities each week for adherence to social distancing guidelines based on sign-ups. Here are the direct links for each service this Sunday.


Sign up for the 9:00 a.m. service.


Sign up for the 10:00 a.m. service (“high risk” only).


Sign up for the 11:00 a.m. service.


10:00 A.M. “HIGH RISK” SERVICE


This service will be held in the kids’ building chapel for, most likely, this Sunday and next Sunday. Important note: The “garage door” between the kids’ building and the main building will be lowered Sunday morning, so we have signs in the parking lot directing those attending this service to parking spots in front of the kids’ building. You will need to enter through the kids’ building double doors, and the elevator can take you upstairs to the chapel.


ONLINE SERVICE


Only the 11:00 a.m. service will be livestreamed this week. You can join in at the usual online location. Sunday afternoon or evening, the service will be posted on our website’s “Media” page for on-demand viewing.


If you have any questions, please let me know.


God bless!


David

Update: May 18

Hi, all. Great to see some you in person on Sunday morning. Now that we have our first in-person services behind us, there is much to update for you. This will be one of our longer emails, but I’m attempting to format in a way that makes it easy for you to decide which items pertain to you. Enjoy! :)


SUNDAY SERVICES FORMAT


As Pastor Jason announced Sunday, we will be holding three services on Sundays moving forward – at 9:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. – in two locations on campus. Each service will last up to 1 hour and 15 minutes, so there will be overlap. For example, as Pastor Jason is wrapping up the 9:00 a.m. service, worship for the 10:00 a.m. will be beginning.


The 10:00 a.m. service is reserved for those determined to be most at-risk for COVID-19 and will be held in a separate location than the other services. For approximately the next two weeks, this service will take place in the kids chapel upstairs in the kids building. Those attending this service should park in front of the kids building and enter through the kids building doors. The elevator is available to take you upstairs to the chapel. This service will move to the youth chapel when we can get the technology, audio and lighting prepared. That location switch should take place in early June. We’ll keep you informed.


The 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services will take place in the Worship Center.


REGISTRATION FOR SERVICES


Thank you for registering for yesterday’s services – we had an incredibly high percentage of attendees who had registered. That allowed us to set the chairs in accordance with government recommendations and guidelines.


Weekly registration likely will be necessary for a while. Registration will open for each service on Sundays for the following Sunday. We will make links available through emails and our social media accounts, but here is the easiest thing for you to remember: Links will always be posted and current on our website’s sign-ups page. Each week, you can to go alcgrapevine.com and click on “Sign-ups” to register for the following Sunday. The direct link for bookmarking purposes is alcgrapevine.com/signups.


Registration for May 24 services:


Sign up for the 9:00 a.m. service

 

Sign up for the 10:00 a.m. service (reserved for “high risk”)


Sign up for the 11:00 a.m. service


ONLINE SERVICES


This Sunday, only the 11:00 a.m. service will be available to watch live online. The link is the same as usual … https://vimeo.com/event/31065. You can also access that link by going to alcgrapevine.com and clicking on “Watch Online.”


We will edit that service and post as quickly as possible – hopefully by late afternoon – to watch when you wish. The service will be posted where all sermons are archived, on our media page at alcgrapevine.com/media.


The schedule for livestreaming services is very fluid right now. We will keep you updated on when future live services will be available.


HELP!

(Or, AMAZING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY!)


While we’re on the topic of livestreams, we have immediate needs for volunteers to help our tech/media team – specifically in the audio and visual areas. Our team has carried a tremendous load since we started livestreaming services, and we are looking for others who can help lighten the load. Training will be provided.


To sign up or receive more information, contact Andy at andy@alcgrapevine.com.


CHILDREN’S SERVICES


ALC Kids’ weekly online services are posted Sunday mornings. Links are available via Instagram (@alckidsministry) and Facebook (@ALCkidsministry). If you have questions, contact Jordan at jordan@alcgrapevine.com.


NEED GROCERIES?


GRACE is partnering with Tarrant Area Food Bank to hold a special grocery giveaway this Thursday, May 21, from noon to 2:00 p.m. for anyone in need of food. The giveaway will take place at Grapevine Community Outreach Center at 3010 Mustang Drive. Social distancing procedures will be followed.


GRACE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY


GRACE is seeking volunteers for its weekly summer GRACE Grocery Giveaway. Giveaways will take place each Thursday from June 4 through August 13 at two locations. Volunteer shifts last 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Volunteers will help families “shop” for groceries each through a drive-thru process or in an indoor setting, depending on social distancing procedure. At least 10-15 adults are needed for each shift, and we are among the churches GRACE contacted seeking volunteers.


If you would like to volunteer, contact Angela at angela@alcgrapevine.com.


GRACE DONATIONS


We are continuing to collect canned meats for GRACE’s Food Pantry. You can drop off donations Sundays at the GRACE collection station behind our Connect Desk, or by bringing your donations to the office during regular office hours.


ONLINE CONTENT


Regular content we have begun providing in the past couple of months:


Monday: Equip Podcast with Pastor Jason and Pastor David (linked on social media and available at alcgrapevine.com/podcast)

Tuesday morning: Devotional by Pastor David (posted on Facebook)

Tuesday, 7:00-7:30 p.m.: Digital Prayer Meeting via Zoom

Wednesday, 7:00-8:00 p.m.: Revelation study with Pastor Jason via Zoom. Each session will be posted the following week on our social media accounts and at alcgrapevine.com/biblestudies.

Thursday: Pastor Jason’s Discover series verse-by-verse study of Philippians, posted on all social media accounts and at alcgrapevine.com/biblestudies.

Friday morning: Devotional by Pastor David (posted on Facebook)


If you are still reading, thank you! We have a lot going on, so please contact me if you have any questions.


God bless!


David

Update: May 14

Hi, all. We want to send you a quick update regarding this weekend.


Based on registration numbers, we will not have a service at 5:00 p.m. this Sunday. All who registered for that service should have been notified by this time.


We will have two services Sunday – at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. The 9:00 a.m. service remains for those who meet the criteria of “most vulnerable” to COVID-19. Both services will be broadcast live at those service times. The link for both remains the same as previous weeks … https://vimeo.com/event/31065. Each week, you can also watch by going to alcgrapevine.com and clicking “Watch Online.”


You can watch later by going to alcgrapevine.com and clicking “Media.” The broadcast will need to be edited and processed, and we hope to have the service available for on-demand viewing by late Sunday afternoon.


Also, we want to strongly encourage anyone who feels more comfortable wearing a mask to please do so on Sunday.


If you have any questions, please let me know by replying to this email.


God bless!


David

Update: May 11

Hello, everyone. Hope you all are doing well. There’s a lot going on with our return to in-person Worship Services this upcoming Sunday, May 17.


Before I get to the details on Sunday, I want to remind you that the Digital Prayer Meeting is at 7:00 p.m. tonight, and the weekly Revelation study with Pastor Jason is at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday night. Links to both are at the end of this email. Also, Jason’s weekly study of Philippians will be available Thursday, with links posted on our social media accounts.


Okay, about Sunday … We have scheduled services for 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. If you plan on coming Sunday and have not signed up yet, please do so soon because a maximum has been set for each service to ensure we can safely ahead to social distancing guidelines. Links for sign-ups are at the end of this mail. And please remember that the 9:00 a.m. service is reserved only for those who meet the criteria of most vulnerable to COVID-19.


You’ll need to sign up for a service each week going forward, because we expect a gradual increase in the number of people who return to services inside our Worship Center. Registration will open each Sunday following that morning’s services. Links will be posted on social media and sent by email, but you can always go to alcgrapevine.com/signups for the most-current registration links.


Services will continue to be made available online as before, but now at different times because of the new times. So for those of you accustomed to watching at 10:15, you’ll need to pick a time that matches the new service times. We anticipate following a multiple-services format for the next few months, and we’ll make adjustments as needed.


We are taking numerous steps inside our building for your safety. A few highlights:

·     Doors will be opened for you.

·     Thorough cleanings of contact points will take place during and between services.

·     At the conclusion of each service, you will be dismissed from the Worship Center in a manner that keeps social distancing.

·     Separate sets of chairs are designated for each service and will be changed out between services.

·     Signs inside the building will include CDC- and state-recommended regulations we ask each person to follow.


If you have any questions about these or other steps, please let me know.


Finally, I want to personally emphasize that if you are not comfortable returning to services yet, please stay home. We all have not only our own health considerations to consider, but also those around us. For example, I will be seeing my mother this weekend, and I am being extra careful about social distancing this week to reduce the risk of unknowingly exposing her. My best advice for you is to pray for guidance on when you should return to our campus. Then regardless of what you believe is best for you, honor the prayerful decisions others make.


I look forward to seeing some of you on Sunday and look forward to the day when we are all together again.


God bless!


David


SUNDAY SERVICE SIGN-UPS FOR MAY 17

(Please register all members of your family/group to ensure accurate counts.)


Sign up for 9:00 a.m. service (for those designated “most vulnerable”)


Sign up for 11:00 a.m. service


Sign up for 5:00 p.m. service


DIGITAL PRAYER MEETING

7:00 p.m. Tuesday via Zoom


REVELATION STUDY

7:00 p.m. Wednesday via Zoom


REVELATION AND PHILIPPIANS ARCHIVES

Previous sessions of both the Revelation and Philippians studies are available at the Bible studies page on our website.

Update: May 7

Good afternoon! We are still progressing nicely toward a return to in-person services on Sunday, May 17. Of course, we are still monitoring the reports of coronavirus cases in our area and will adjust that date if needed.


Three things for you today. The first is for men only, so the women can skip down to Number 2.


1. Hey, men – this Sunday is Mother’s Day. Just a friendly reminder!


2. Anyone with a high school senior who is graduating in the next few weeks, please make sure Pastor Brinly has your son’s or daughter’s name if she doesn’t already.


3. The links for signing up for our three services on May 17 are below. For future reference, the sign-up links each week will be posted on our website’s sign-up page. So if you’re having trouble finding any of the emails that contain these links, you can always go to alcgrapevine.com/signups.


Feel free to let me know if you have any questions. See you online Sunday!


God bless!


David


SUNDAY SERVICE SIGN-UPS

(Please register all members of your family/group to ensure accurate counts.)


Sign up for 9:00 a.m. service (for those designated “most vulnerable”)


Sign up for 11:00 a.m. service


Sign up for 5:00 p.m. service

Update: May 5

Hello, everyone. Hope you are having a great week so far. I’ll keep this short, but wanted to thank all of you who have signed up for our services on Sunday, May 17. Even though we are still 10 days out from our tentative return to in-person services, we’ve had about 60 people sign up.


As a reminder, we are planning to hold services that day at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. If that date needs to move back for safety purposes, we won’t hesitate to do so. Please remember that the 9:00 a.m. service is for those designated “most vulnerable” to COVID-19. Links for signing up for services are at the end of this email.


Services will still be available online.


Also, to let you know of the online opportunities for this week:

·     7:00 p.m. Tuesday: Digital Prayer Meeting via Zoom.

·     7:00 p.m. Wednesday: Revelation study with Pastor Jason via Zoom.

·     Thursday: Pastor Jason’s Discover series verse-by-verse study of Philippians. Links will be posted on all social media accounts. Or you can check out the Bible studies page on our website. All sessions of the Philippians and Revelation studies are posted there.


If you have any questions or need help registering for the May 17 services, please let me know.


God bless!


David


SUNDAY SERVICE SIGN-UPS

(Please register all members of your family/group to ensure accurate counts.)


Sign up for 9:00 a.m. service (for those designated “most vulnerable”)


Sign up for 11:00 a.m. service


Sign up for 5:00 p.m. service

April 30 update: When do we return?

Hi, Abundant Life family. In light of Gov. Abbott’s decision not to extend his “stay home” order beyond April 30, I have been holding discussions with our staff and our board of directors about re-opening our building to Worship Services. Today, I want to communicate our plans to you.


We are tentatively planning to come back together for in-person services on Sunday, May 17. Please understand this is a tentative plan. We will continue to closely monitor the number of COVID-19 cases in our surrounding communities and in Tarrant County, and we will change that date if we do not believe we can re-open the building safely on May 17.


Once we begin meeting in person again, we will hold three services on Sundays: at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. in order to keep attendance numbers at levels where we can properly follow social distancing guidelines established by the CDC and the State of Texas.


To start, we will have family-style services such as we hold for our Christmas service. There will be no children’s or youth ministries initially. We also will not hold our Sunday morning Equip classes. Tentatively, we plan to resume children’s ministries on June 21 and Sunday morning classes on August 2. We will be flexible on these dates.


Holding three services on a Sunday will require a sign-up system for each service. The 9:00 a.m. service will be designated as a service only for those who meet the criteria as most vulnerable to COVID-19. This is in line with the recommendations of Gov. Abbott. For those who are not among the most vulnerable, we ask you to please be considerate of their safety by attending one of the other two services.


Links for signing up for the service of your choice are provided below. “Signing up” to attend church feels strange, but this is to ensure that we can safely adhere to social distancing guidelines.


We also will follow recommended practices for proper sanitizing and cleaning before each service. For example, between the two Sunday morning services, we will have a team thoroughly cleaning contact points in the parts of the building in use. Also, anyone who prefers to wear a mask or facial covering to a service should do so.


Services will continue to be available online. I realize there is no substitute for the community we experience in our church building together, but we want to strongly encourage everyone to return to our building only when you feel it is safe for you to do so. If you believe it is best for your health or for the health of others, please stay home and we will worship together online.


I know this is a lot of information to process. If you have any questions, please contact us. You can email Angela Bell at angela@alcgrapevine.com, and she will route your questions to the appropriate person. We also will be communicating more details with you between now and May 17. For today, we wanted to inform you of the schedule we are working on so that you can make tentative plans along with us.


Last Sunday was our seventh Sunday to meet online only. I have greatly missed seeing you in person, and I am excited to finally have a date that we can at least plan on being together again. It’s still not the way we would prefer to hold church services, but speaking from my experiences the past two months, I am grateful we can at least take steps toward the day when we can all be together again.


Again, please let us know if you have any questions. We are still working through logistics for a May 17 return and your questions will help us with that process.


See you soon!


In Christ,

Pastor Jason


SUNDAY SERVICE SIGN-UPS

(Please register all members of your family/group to ensure accurate counts.)


Sign up for 9:00 a.m. service (for those designated “most vulnerable”)


Sign up for 11:00 a.m. service


Sign up for 5:00 p.m. service

Coronavirus update: April 28

Hi, church family. Hope your week is off to a great start.


First, following Gov. Abbott’s announcement that he would not extend his stay-at-home order, the staff and elders are having numerous discussions about the best and safest way for us to proceed as a church family. We are working through several options for Worship Services, and we will provide by Thursday through email and social media a plan for our near future.


We certainly appreciate your prayers for wisdom as we make these decisions.


Here’s what else is going on this week:


1. The weekly digital prayer meeting is tonight at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom. Join us for about 30 minutes as we pray for needs within our church. The link is being sent to members by email and text. The link remains the same each week.


2. Pastor Jason’s new study of Revelation, which began last week, continues Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. These sessions last about an hour, including time for Q&A. The link also is being sent to members by email and text. The same link grants access each week.


3. We have set up a page on our website – alcgrapevine.com/biblestudies

– to archive both the new Revelation study and Pastor Jason’s weekly verse-by-verse study of Philippians, which posts on YouTube and is made available via social media accounts on Thursdays. You can go to that page on our website to catch up on any sessions you have missed.


Again, look for an update by Thursday on our plans for Worship Services moving forward. If you don’t already follow us, we’re on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. God bless!


David

Coronavirus update: April 21

Hi, church family. Here is what’s going on this week:


1. The weekly digital prayer meeting is tonight at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Join us for about 30 minutes as we pray for needs within our church. If you have not previously received the link, send an email to info@alcgrapevine.com.


2. Donations for GRACE’s Food Pantry and hospital workers will be received each week. You can bring canned meats (or other food) for GRACE and individually wrapped snacks for Baylor Grapevine works to the front of the church each Tuesday from 9 a.m.-noon.


3. A reminder that Olga Dorf’s women’s Bible study begins a new session Thursday. The group meets 9:00-10:30 a.m. Thursdays via Zoom. They will be studying the book Jesus & Women: In the First Century and Now. It’s a seven-session study that examines the historical and cultural climate of first-century Middle Eastern society to not only understand Jesus more deeply but to fuel our worship of Him today. You can purchase the book through Lifeway or Amazon. Contact Olga with any questions or to let her know you would like to be included.


I’ve pasted below a schedule of extra content available during the week on our social media accounts. If you don’t already follow us, we’re on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


If you have any questions about any of the above, please let me know. God bless!


David


Tuesday morning: Pastor David’s devotional on Facebook

Tuesday, 7 p.m.: Digital prayer meeting

Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Zoom Revelation study with Pastor Jason

Friday morning: Pastor David’s devotional on Facebook

Saturday morning: Discover – Pastor Jason’s teaching on Philippians (links posted on social media accounts)

Sunday, 9:45 a.m.: Foyer chat with Pastor Jason and Pastor Brinly at https://vimeo.com/event/31065

Sunday, 10:15 a.m.: Online service at https://vimeo.com/event/31065

Coronavirus update: April 13

Hi, church family. How about waking up to temperatures in the low 40s this morning less than a week after we hit 96 degrees? At least we’re used to the weather being uncertain! I have three items of information to share with you today:


1. To follow up on what we said during Sunday’s service regarding two opportunities to help meet needs locally: From 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, you can drop off food for GRACE’s Food Pantry and snacks for medical workers at Baylor Grapevine.


We’re continuing to donate canned meats for GRACE, but feel free to include other types of food also, because GRACE has a growing number of people to help right now.


For the hospital workers, you can bring individually wrapped snacks that will be left in their break room. We’ve been told that beef jerky is especially popular.


2. The link for Tuesday night’s digital prayer meeting has been sent out to subscribers to our email list. The prayer meeting begins at 7 o’clock via Zoom. Join in for about 30 minutes of prayer for needs within our church and beyond. If you have not received the link, send an email to info@alcgrapevine.com.


3. Olga Dorf’s women’s Bible study begins a new session on April 23. The group meets 9:00-10:30 a.m. Thursdays via Zoom. They will be studying the book Jesus & Women: In the First Century and Now. It’s a seven-session study that examines the historical and cultural climate of first-century Middle Eastern society to not only understand Jesus more deeply but to fuel our worship of Him today. You can purchase the book through Lifeway or Amazon. Contact Olga with any questions or to let her know you would like to be included.


I’ve pasted below a schedule of extra content available during the week on our social media accounts. If you don’t already follow us, we’re on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


If you have any questions about any of the above, please let me know. God bless!


David


Tuesday morning: Pastor David’s devotional on Facebook

Tuesday, 7 p.m.: Digital prayer meeting

Wednesday, 7 p.m.: Facebook Live Bible Q&A with Pastor Jason

Friday morning: Pastor David’s devotional on Facebook

Saturday morning: The Pastor’s Study – Pastor Jason’s teaching on Philippians

Sunday, 9:45 a.m.: Foyer chat with Pastor Jason and Pastor Brinly

Sunday, 10:15 a.m.: Online service at https://vimeo.com/event/31065

Coronavirus update: April 2

Hi, church family. Hope you all have had a great week!


1. Sunday’s service will be online at 10:15 a.m. again this week. The link to the livestream is the same as last week: https://vimeo.com/event/31065. You can bookmark that site, because that will be our online home for Sunday morning broadcasts until further notice. Join a few minutes early and chat with us in the chat window. After the service is completed, it will be posted at alcgrapevine.com/media as soon as possible for those of you who cannot watch at 10:15.


2. Our annual Passion to Passover celebration will take place on Good Friday next week. We’ll provide information for you soon on how you can participate online.


3. A quick note of interest: The number of people who have been checking in on Facebook “at” church on Sunday mornings has basically been the same as when we were meeting inside the Worship Center. Thank you! I want to let you know that this month’s cause is Convoy of Hope, which we already support on a monthly basis. Our Facebook check-ins in April will help Convoy of Hope distribute emergency supplies across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. So check in to support that cause, and you can also share our services with your friends on social media.


See you online Sunday – God bless!


Pastor David

Coronavirus update: March 30

Hi, church family. Hope your week is off to a great start. We want to let you know what will be going on during the week digitally at church.


Tuesday morning: Devotional on Facebook (facebook.com/alcgrapevine).


Tuesday night: Digital prayer meeting, from 7:00-7:30 p.m. You will receive a text Tuesday morning with a Zoom link for joining the meeting. If you do not receive a text tomorrow morning, send an email to info@alcgrapevine.com.


Wednesday night: Bible Q&A with Pastor Jason on Facebook Live, 7:00 p.m. If you have a question you’d like answered, you can post it during the Q&A in the comments section or send it ahead of time to Jason.


Friday morning: Devotional on Facebook.


God bless!


Pastor David

Coronavirus update: March 28

Hi, all. Hope you're able to enjoy this beautiful Saturday weather.


As promised, here is the link to our Worship Service for Sunday morning: https://vimeo.com/event/31065. If you have any issues joining the service tomorrow morning, we'll be on our social media accounts to help. We'll also post any necessary updates on our social media.


See you at 10:15 a.m. tomorrow!


Pastor David

Coronavirus update: March 26

Hi, church family. Miss being with all of you in person, but I did enjoy the opportunity to see some of you Tuesday night for the drive-and-pray/drive-through communion. Here is helpful information for this week:


1. This Sunday’s service will again be online only. We are working on a new platform for our livestream, so here is the simplest thing for you to do Sunday to join the service: Go to alcgrapevine.com that morning and click on “Watch Online” near the top of the page (computer) or in your menu bar (mobile device/tablet). When we have a new link that you can go directly to and bookmark, we will email you that link before Sunday as well as post on our social media accounts. But you can count on going to our website and clicking on “Watch Online.” All sermons are archived at alcgrapevine.com/media.


The online platform we started using two Sundays ago is built for churches, and they had 9,000 (!) new churches sign up the first week we transitioned to online. Their service has continued to grow, and the tremendous load on their end has been the source of our technical difficulties on Sunday mornings. But it’s awesome that so many churches are discovering new ways to reach people during this time.


2. We need to change the number we previously gave you for submitting your regular tithes and offering by text. To text, send the amount you would like to give to the number “84321.” You will receive a reply text with further instructions. As a reminder, you can give online at alcgrapevine.com/give or by mail to our physical address: 1520 W. Wall St., Grapevine, TX 76051.


See you online Sunday – God bless!


Pastor David

Coronavirus update: March 19

Hi, church family. This is the first of our emails you’ll receive each Thursday to communicate any updates. Here is helpful information for this week:


1. Sunday’s service will again be online at this same link we used last week. If you miss all or part of the live service, we’ll post ASAP on social media a link to the service. All sermons are archived at alcgrapevine.com/media.


2. In case you missed this announcement, a decision to return to services on our campus will be communicated by Thursday of that week. Today, Gov. Abbott banned all gatherings of more than 10 people in our state through April 3.


3. The drive-and-pray that we started on Tuesday night will be a weekly occurrence. Plan on meeting in the church parking lot at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays to receive a route to drive around our cities and hospitals and pray for our communities and medical workers.


4. We’ll continue to collect canned meats to help meet the need at GRACE’s Food Pantry. Food can be dropped off at the church office. For now, at least one person is usually at the office during regular office hours, but you can call our main number at (817) 329-0454 to make sure we’ll be here when you come by.


5. Pastor Jason and I recorded a podcast with Dr. Rachel Kennedy about coronavirus. Rachel provided great, practical, medical information about the virus, including how to prevent its spread and what people should do if they believe they are experiencing its symptoms. The episode is 35 minutes long, and you can listen here.


We love you and miss seeing you in person. We’re already looking forward to being able to meet together again.


God bless!


Pastor David

Coronavirus update: March 17

STAYING UPDATED

The “News and Updates” on our website is the central hub for information. All news and updates communicated to the church as a whole are posted and archived there. Go to alcgrapevine.com and click on “News and Updates.” If you want to bookmark the page, the direct link is alcgrapevine.com/news.


COMMUNICATIONS

Emails: We want to honor your Inbox. :) We know you are receiving many emails during this time, and we do not want to add to the list. You can expect one or two church-wide emails per week from us, unless events warrant additional communication. On Thursdays, you will receive a weekly update from us that will serve as our main source of information. You also could receive an email early in the week that would contain information following up on our Sunday services, such as providing details for ministry opportunities that are announced during the service. If you need to be added to our email subscription list, contact Angela Bell.

Social media: In addition to our standard posts, our social media platforms will be utilized to communicate urgent news, short bits of information and links to updates to our News and Updates page. You can follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @alcgrapevine.

eNews: Our weekly eNews that is delivered on Wednesdays is on hold in order to limit the number of emails you receive from us.


SERVICES

Online services are accessible live at alcgrapevine.online.church. After a live service has concluded, that service will be posted to our YouTube channel (@alcgrapevine). When the process of converting the live service to YouTube has completed, we will post the YouTube link on our social media accounts. Our @alcgrapevine channel will serve as our archive for all broadcasts. Sermon audio will continue to be posted at alcgrapevine.com/media and at soundcloud.com/jasonkennedy55.


A decision to return to in-person services will be communicated by Thursday of that week. When will we return to our in-person services? As we did in moving our March 15 service to online only, we will continue to follow all government requirements and give proper consideration to government requests. Our standard for resuming in-person services will remain the same as when we made the decision to transition to online-only: the safety and health of our church family.


LET’S GLOW CRAZY

Our annual glow-in-the-dark Easter egg hunt has been rescheduled for Friday, June 26. An Easter egg hunt in the summer? Of course! If some people have a Christmas in July, why not have an Easter egg hunt in June? We don’t like that kids in our communities missed out on hunting Easter eggs, so we’ve worked with our contracted vendors to hold Let’s Glow Crazy on June 26.


PASTORAL CARE

Our pastor-on-call weekly rotation remains in place. Also unchanged is our structure of Connect Groups serving as our “first responders” when care is needed. If you have a need, contact your small group leader, and they will then make our staff aware of your needs. If you do not belong to a Connect Group, you can make us aware of any needs for pastoral care by emailing info@alcgrapevine.com or calling our main number, (817) 329-0454.


PASSION TO PASSOVER

As we monitor the coronavirus situation, we are working to provide alternatives for our annual Passion to Passover celebration on Good Friday (April 10).


EASTER SUNDAY

Because of the significance of Easter Sunday, we are exploring ways to keep our Easter service a service that you can invite friends and family to attend with you—regardless of how we need to define “attend” at that time.


CONNECT GROUPS

At this point, decisions whether small groups will meet in homes are left up to the groups themselves. Current recommendations discouraging any meetings of at least 10 people should be taken into consideration. If group leaders have any questions or need guidance, contact our Connect Groups pastor, David Thomas.


KIDS and YOUTH

Parents of ALC Kids and ALC Students will receive regular communications from those departments. These communications are not sent church wide. If you do not already receive those updates, contact Tanya Ryan for ALC Kids or Brinly Foxall for ALC Students.


BUSINESS MEETING

The annual Business Meeting scheduled for Sunday, March 29, has been postponed. A new date will be set as soon as possible. Our bylaws require that for the Annual Meeting and any Special Business Meetings, due notice shall be given in all services on the two Sundays immediately prior to the meeting date. When we have rescheduled the meeting, we will communicate the new date in line with our bylaws and through our typical means.


OFFERING

First, we thank God for our church’s financial health entering this time of uncertainty!


Second, we recommend three ways of submitting your regular tithes and offering during this time: online, by text and by mail. Online payments can be made at alcgrapevine.com/give. About 60 percent of our church family currently makes payments online, and that method has proved both safe and convenient. For help in creating an online account, contact Angela Bell. Offerings and tithes can also be submitted by texting “ALCGRAPEVINE” to the number 77977. By mail, we recommend sending checks rather than cash. The church address is 1520 W. Wall St., Grapevine, TX 76051.


OFFICE HOURS

For the health of our staff and their families, they have been encouraged to work remotely as much as possible. As a result, office hours will be fluid. If you need to come to our office, we recommend that you first call Angela Bell at (817) 329-0454 to make sure our office is open. Although traffic in and out of our office has been reduced, we realize that there might be instances in which it is best to drop off something at our office door to be picked up by a staff member. Please make sure someone is here before leaving anything at our office door.


QUESTIONS?

Any questions outside of those above with specified contacts should be directed to David Thomas or through our main number (817) 329-0454.


God bless!


Pastor David

Coronavirus update: March 16

Hi, church family. Interesting weekend, huh? Thanks to all who joined us live online Sunday morning and for those who watched our service later. You’ll receive an email tomorrow that addresses the bigger questions as we move forward. But I want to send these items to you in a timely manner.


1. This upcoming Sunday morning’s service will be online again, just like yesterday’s.


2. From 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow (Tuesday), you can drop off pre-packaged breakfast items we are collecting to help feed GCISD students while they are out of school. Drive underneath the cover at the front doors to the main building, and your items will be collected there. Items that you can give: nut-free granola bars, Pop-Tarts, juice boxes, Graham crackers, fruit cups, crackers, chips and cookies.

 

3. At that same time (9 a.m.-noon), you can drop off canned meats for GRACE’s Food Pantry. I visited the Food Pantry this morning to ask their needs and was told, “Keep doing what you are doing with the canned meats, and bring more if you can.” GRACE is boxing meals that includes the canned meats we provide.

 

4. A drive-and-pray is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday. We will drive around our cities and hospitals, and pray for our communities and our medical workers. Meet at the church parking lot at 6 o’clock, and you will be given a route to drive and pray for.

 

5. For those who have asked how to give your regular tithes and offerings, the two best current options are to submit online or send a check (no cash) by mail to the church’s address: 1520 W. Wall St., Grapevine, TX 76051.


6. Pastor Jason and I recorded a podcast today with Dr. Rachel Kennedy. Rachel provided great, practical medical advice concerning coronavirus. You can listen to our podcast at alcgrapevine.com/podcast.


Again, look for a more comprehensive email tomorrow that will cover a broader range of topics. In the meantime, feel free to contact me with any questions


God bless!


David

Coronavirus update: March 14

Hi, Abundant Life family. Thank you very much for your patience, flexibility, understanding and prayers over the past couple of days.

 

Here are our plans for Sunday morning: We will broadcast a live service at 10:15 a.m. that you can access at alcgrapevine.online.church. We will have a time of worship followed by a message from Pastor Jason.

 

This will be a new experience for us as a church as well as the team currently working on the technology. If we experience any hiccups tomorrow morning, we will post status updates on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 

We will not swamp you with emails moving forward, but we will keep you appropriately updated. You can expect a more comprehensive communication early next week. Remember, all updates will be posted at alcgrapevine.com/news.

 

Looking forward to seeing you online tomorrow!

 

God bless!

 

Pastor David

Coronavirus update #2: March 13

Hi, Abundant Life family. As our email earlier today said, we are keeping close watch on the ever-changing circumstances surrounding the coronavirus threat.


After we sent that email, Tarrant County declared a local disaster because of a public health emergency connected to the coronavirus pandemic. As part of the declaration, county officials issued strong recommendations that events “of any size in which people will be in close contact with one another be canceled or postponed.”


In the interest of all our attendees’ safety and health, we will comply with that request. This Sunday morning, March 15, we will not gather together in person for our Worship Service as we had planned all week. Instead, we invite you to take part in an online service Sunday morning. We already were making plans to place our service online for those of you who had told us you would not be attending this weekend. As soon as possible, we will post all the pertinent information as to where and when to access our online service.


We love you, we care for you, and based on the information we have from our elected officials and medical experts, we made this decision out of concern for your health. We already have seen one church in our county in which some attendees were exposed to coronavirus. Thankfully, there have been no reports that any of those have tested positive for the virus, but some have been quarantined for two weeks. We do not want that scenario to play out within our church family.


Once we can pass along to you where and when to access our online service Sunday morning, we will communicate that to you. I’ve include our web page for updates and our social media account handles below.


This has been a strange week. Among all the changes , however, there is one thing that remains unchanged: God is in control and cares for each of us! Please continue to pray for our church attendees, our surrounding communities and our nation.


God bless!


Pastor David


Website updates: alcgrapevine.com/news

Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: @alcgrapevine

Coronavirus update: March 13

Hi, church family. We, like you, have been closely monitoring the evolving circumstances concerning coronavirus, and we want to share our plans with you as of late Friday morning.


First, we will hold our Worship Service this week. We’ll meet at 10:15 a.m. as usual, and as we do around certain holidays, we will have a one-hour service. Our Sunday morning classes already had their Spring Break scheduled and were not going to meet. So we will have a service only this weekend, and we will not have our standard greeting time and are changing how we collect the offering.


We also have implemented other precautionary steps and processes in response to the virus that will not be obvious to you, including extra, thorough cleanings of our facility.


Second, we have been working this week on technological options for making services available online. At a minimum, we will expedite posting audio of this Sunday morning’s sermon following the service. We will post the sermon ASAP on all our social media accounts, as usual. If you are not on social media or would prefer an email notification when the sermon is available, send your email address to me, and I will email you a link to the sermon along with sermon notes.


We know that some of you belong to groups classified as higher risk for contracting coronavirus. Although there is no replacement for the community we experience on Sunday mornings, we are working diligently on ways for you to stay connected with your church family if you are not feeling well or believe it is in your best interest to remain home until the coronavirus threat subsides.


To help reduce the spread of coronavirus, we ask that you follow these steps recommended by the CDC for protecting yourself and others: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html


Last, but most important, please continue to pray for our church attendees, our surrounding communities and our nation. In a time of uncertainty such as this, we can find peace and comfort in the knowledge that God invites us in 1 Peter 5:7 to cast all our anxieties on Him because He cares for us!


We will keep you informed as circumstances progress. All future updates will be posted at alcgrapevine.com/news as well as communicated through email and our social media accounts. Also, please feel free to email me at the above address with any questions.


God bless!


Pastor David