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Changes to COVID Protocols

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Last week New York City reported its lowest COVID positivity rates since testing began, giving us the lowest positivity rates in the country. We also celebrated a day with zero deaths from coronavirus. Praise God for this wonderful news! With the increase in vaccinations and the improving public health situation, ACC is planning gradual changes to our Sunday-morning healt...

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Summer Book Study Group: Compassion & Conviction

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Of the many local churches mentioned in the New Testament, one of the most compelling congregations is the church in Antioch described in the book of Acts. The church in Antioch is notable for its resilience in the face of persecution, its commitment to personal evangelism, its spiritual giftedness, its prayerfulness, its missionary zeal, its compassion for the poor, and i...

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“When should I come back to church?”

When Should I Go Back to Church

Like many churches during the COVID pandemic, ACC has taken a hybrid approach to worship. We meet in-person following strict health protocols but also provide on-line access to our worship services so that people can participate remotely. We plan to continue with this approach for the foreseeable future, looking forward to the day when these measures will no longer be nece...

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Racial Violence Discussion

I'll Meet you There

Since its inception, our nation has struggled with injustice, inequality, and racism. Often this struggle has resulted in violence. In recent years, we have witnessed examples of this violence in different forms: mass shootings that target ethnic minorities, police brutality against people of color, vicious assaults on Asian Americans, and the counter-violence of looting a...

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The Beautiful Community

Beautiful Community

Many people these days have grown disillusioned with Christian community. There is no shortage of criticism of the church both in print and on social media. So, it is refreshing to run across a book written by someone who, though well-aware of the church's shortcomings, nevertheless still has faith in Christ's ability "to present to himself a radiant church, without stain...

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One Year COVID Review Survey

Survey Results

We are grateful to all those who responded to our One Year COVID Review Survey. Your answers are helpful in making plans for the church as we continue through these challenging times. It should be noted that surveys do not give the whole picture. As you will see below, only 37 people from our congregation responded. We have approximately 121 members and 57 regular attender...

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The Holy Spirit is Good

Holy Spirit Benefits

A well-known party game, designed to encourage conversation among guests, is "Would You Rather." In this game, participants are asked to respond to hypothetical questions about their preferences, questions such as: 'Would you rather always be 10 minutes late or 20 minutes early?' 'Would you rather have all the traffic lights you approach be green or never have to stand i...

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Christ is Risen! So What?

O Death Where is Thy Sting?

Scripture not only asserts that Jesus rose from the dead. It also explains why his resurrection matters. Below are six implications of the empty tomb. The Resurrection of Christ declares that Jesus is the Son of God. By raising Jesus from the dead, the Father affirmed Christ's identity as the divine Son. "[Christ Jesus] was declared to be God's powerful Son by his ...

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A Game Plan for Discussing Your Beliefs

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Followers of Christ are often reluctant to discuss their deeply held convictions with unbelievers. Sometimes we fear that such discussions will lead to fights and hurt feelings. Other times we are afraid we will not know how to answer the questions or objections that people raise. Often the thought of discussing our convictions overwhelms us, because we feel that it is our...

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Reconnecting with God

Psalm 51

When I moved to New York City in the late 1980's, my first job was as a long-distance telephone operator with ATT. This was back in the days before texting and cell phones and social media. Email had been invented, but few people used it yet. Back then, Zoom and Skype would have seemed like something out of science fiction. So, because long-distance calls were costly, to p...

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