News & Updates
July 9, 2020,
From our Pastor:
Dear Auberry Church Family,
Last week, our church board met and made the decision to begin outdoor church services at our church facility on July 11th. However, this decision was pending on votes from the entirety of our board since a few board members were absent that evening. As is usually the case with sensitive topics, there was a spectrum of ideas and we felt that we should reconvene in person Sunday evening to continue praying and further discuss future plans for getting back into our church. After a few hours of talking, praying, and hearing each board member’s valuable input, we decided that moving forward with reopening our church was the best option given the current circumstances. We have rescheduled the reopening of our church to July 25th (not the 11th) in order to make all of the necessary preparations.
I want to be transparent in mentioning that I’m fully aware of the fact that this entire Covid-19 experience has caused some fracturing in our church. We are a church of strong, independent people and we all have different opinions about what we should and shouldn’t be doing during this time. In addition, we have had to consider the numerous governmental agencies involved, the constantly changing guidelines for our community, CCC’s efforts to help us navigate through the legal ramifications of operating as a church during this time, and the fact that our church was going through some major cleanup and repairs after the vandalism incident in late March. I don’t think it’s difficult to see why our church is experiencing some level of the D-word (division). Nevertheless, I’m hopeful for Auberry’s future! This church still the bride of Jesus and I believe that God would have us regroup, pray, forgive, and most of all heal.
As a new and rather inexperienced Pastor I’ve spent much time in prayer trying to formulate the best solution for our situation. After much thought, I believe the best solution is already modeled in scripture for us. Remember Pentecost? It consisted of a hurting, fractured church coming together in seeking God’s will. What they discovered is what I believe each of us at Auberry needs to be reminded of.
The disciples were to go forth as Christ’s witnesses, to declare to the world what they had seen and heard of Him. Their office was the most important to which human beings had ever been called, second only to that of Christ Himself. They were to be workers together with God for the saving of men. AA pp19
Did you catch it? They simply had to move forward and keep Jesus and their mission at the forefront. I hope and pray that we can do just that….”go forth as Christ’s witnesses….to be workers together with God for the saving of men.” The Great Commission is the ultimate solution Christ gave to His Church in order to succeed. This is what has kept Christ’s Church pressing forward in times past. Through trials, persecution, and even death. In James 1:2, the Apostle Paul counsels us to “count it all joy when you fall into various trials”. I believe that joy is not the result of what we experience, but how we respond to the difficulties we experience! I appeal to you dear church family to do the same in light of our recent trials.
For many years I trained horses and rode a few that bucked me off during the first few rides. As difficult as some of them were, I didn’t give up. I persisted because I knew that they would stop bucking one day and the ride would be enjoyable. Let’s not let these last few months take our sights off of the good things God has in store for us in the future. The ride will get better….Jesus is still in control and our trials will end for eternity! You are all in my prayers and I look forward to coming together in the near future to continue worshipping and serving our Savior.