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Additions to the ACC Ministry Team

Welcome to the Team

I am pleased to announce the addition of two part-time staff members to the ACC ministry team. Annette Scattoni will be serving in a newly created position as Children's Ministry Coordinator. In this role, Annette will be recruiting, training, and overseeing volunteers to work with our children's programs from infancy through 5th grade. Annette and her family (Gianluca, S...

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The (New) Mission of ACC

New Website Mission Statement

Several years ago, the elders of ACC began praying about and discussing the mission of our church. Over time we included other church leaders in the discussion, asking for their feedback and prayers. We embarked on this endeavor, not because we wanted to lead the church in a radically new direction, but because we felt that ACC needed a fresh understanding of why God has p...

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Worship Service Plans

Synagogue 10-11-20 Worship

Dear Friends of ACC, We have all learned how difficult it can be to make plans during a pandemic. From businesses, to schools, to local governments and individual families, we all know what it is like to make plans and then be forced to revise them because of changes in the public health situation. Because of this reality, it is difficult to say exactly what the coming se...

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Relax. You Are Not in Control.

James 4 Control

I once heard a radio interview with a retired elevator repairman. He reported that in 80% of the elevators in New York City, the "close door" button is not hooked up to anything at all. Pushing the button does not make the door close any faster than it would have anyway. Why do they have these buttons in elevator cars? According to this man, the reason is because people li...

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Increasing Your Endurance

Run with Perseverance

Perseverance is an essential quality for those who follow Jesus Christ. We often face times of discouragement and distraction and feel tempted to give up. What can we do to increase our endurance so that, when the going gets tough, we persevere in our commitment to the Lord? Hebrews 12:1-3 provides good counsel for weary Christians. It says: "Therefore, since we are surro...

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Called to be Holy. But How?

Be Holy

The Bible tells us that, as God's people, we are called to be holy. We are reminded of this calling in 1 Peter 1:13-25. Verses 15-16 say, "But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;for it is written: 'Be holy, because I am holy.'" To be holy means to view yourself as set apart for the glory of God with a consequent commitment to obey God's commands. ...

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Praying with Your Eyes Open

Praying with Open Eyes

When I was a child, we were told in Sunday school to close our eyes for prayer. Though the Bible never gives this instruction, it is probably a good idea to teach this to a roomful of fidgety five-year-old's. Open eyes can easily present little ones with distractions that lead to a breakdown of classroom order. Besides this, praying with your eyes closed is a tradition tha...

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Further Changes to COVID Protocols

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On June 15, Governor Cuomo announced the lifting of many of the COVID-19 restrictions that had been in place in New York State. Social distancing, capacity restrictions, and mask-wearing are no longer required in stores, restaurants, offices, gyms, and other places. Unvaccinated individuals are still responsible to wear masks, as suggested by the CDC. As public health con...

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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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