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Vision

As regulations begin to ease and things start to move back towards something we recognize we need to be very careful and smart about how we come together. I know many of you are anxious to get back together, and we have some plans and options we are considering, but we will only share them and begin implementing them when the regulations and restrictions allow them.  Right now it makes the most sense for us to continue serving as we have been. 

We are trying to consider everyone's safety, the example we set for our community, the fact that many people in our area don't have vehicles, the cost and eneregy required to run certain events versus the payoff, and what kind of timeline we may be facing until we are able to all gather together again. These are all very strange and challenging questions, all with very few concrete facts attached. 

So, right now it remains essential that we lean into our essential 7 ministries. Obviously, some of you won't be involved in kids or youth ministries, but maybe you could help there. Small groups and finding ways to serve our community are both things worth considering getting involved with too.  Prayer and Sunday mornings along with Amherst Live are great ways to serve and get others connected! Let's lean into those things and we will get through this together.

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Sunday's Message 

Our world is filled with people from different cultures and backgrounds. Often we look at differences and we get uncomfortable, but many of those differences can be valuable, and make our lives better. Unfortunately we often let fear and assumption win, leading us to attack and belittle each other. God has a better plan for us.

What We Learned:
1 Peter 2:9-12 
We need to learn how our different stories are supposed to work together to honour God.

Reminder Phrase:
Be Different

Listen to our messages on our website, on SoundCloud, through our ChurchLink App, and as a Podcast on iTunes!

Essential 7

Here are the 7 things that we feel are the most influential ministries/projects we can be engaged in:
1. Sunday Morning Message & Worship Playlists / our podcast on our Website
2. Small Groups & Micro Groups (email me for details)
3. Friday Night Teen Events
4. Konnect Kids Online
5. Daily Prayer Times (Including Prayer and Fasting Thursday)
6. Serve Your Community (Neighbours Helping Neighbours, Thank You Essential Workers, Windows of Thanksgiving, etc.)
7. Amherst LIVE

Shut-Ins, Hospital and Long-Term Care 
Let’s brighten someone’s day! Write some short happy notes, in large print, on the cards with a marker. Blow up a balloon and attach a ribbon. Go to Gabels, Centennial Villa, White Birches (on the patio) or the Hospital…and tape the card to someone’s window and tie up the balloon close by. If you need supplies contact Pastor Sheryl she has packets of supplies ready to go!

Neighbours Helping Neighbours
This is a special website and network run by a number of different organizations in the community designed to connect those who want to help and those who are looking to get some help. I highly recommend you check it out.

Amherst LIVE
Wednesdays at 7pm join us for a once a week live interactive online show that will have a variety of segments from week to week! Sometimes there will be contests, challenges, interviews, testimonies, updates, games, and other fun and encouraging elements that will be designed to get you involved in the show itself, and to invite your friends and family to join in! 

The Big Give
Last year we held an event called the Big Give. It was a giant yard sale where everything was free for the community. If you are cleaning out your house during this time, then I want to encourage you to keep stuff for the Big Give so we can bless our community once again. Only things in good or like-new condition will be accepted.

Social Media Tips
Also, here are reputable government sites where we should all be checking rumors and articles against before panicking or sharing online:

NS Health Authority
NS Gov't Site
Canadian Gov't Site

And be cautious with online news sites with sensational headlines. If you don't recognize the website, ignore it, and remember to actually read the whole article before you share it, as headlines and opinions can be very misleading.

Giving
Even though things are getting weird, and financial pressures are mounting, I know that many of you have committed to tithe, give to missions, or would like to continue supporting the Church as best you can. Find Ways to Give

Hot Meals Ministry
If anyone has crock pots or slow cookers, our meals ministry is looking to have some donated. 

World Hope Gala
If you are in need of some good news, you won’t want to miss World Hope Online Gala on May 29th at 6 PM EST, 7 PM AST. This evening will be a time of laughter and joy as we come together to be encouraged and inspired. We need each other right now more than ever during this difficult season and we are looking forward to the connection with others as we participate in something that is greater than ourselves. Together we will celebrate lives changed around the world!

Annual Business Meeting Report
Our Board met with approval from our district office to set the budget and review our annual business report. You can find a copy of the report here. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reply to this email or contact one of our board members.

Wins 

Here are a few points of celebration, or "Wins" from this past week:
1. I was able to meet, socially distanced, with our staff today and spend time discussing our future plans and how things are going. They are full of focus and passion despite the weight of everything going on.
2. Jamin shared how he is seeing people join Amherst LIVE on Wednesdays at 7pm, and some of those people aren't members of AWC! That's what we want; more people who aren't already part of AWC able to connect with us through Amherst LIVE!
3. Sheryl shared how even though we have put some ministries on hold, most of what we were doing on a regular basis before the pandemic has continued in a modified form. She mentioned that even our grief ministry is still active to a certain extent. Nothing will stop the Kingdom of God!

Prayer & Fasting

Please join us Thursday at noon as we pray and fast from our own homes
Between 11:30am and 1pm join us as we pray for our church and for God's Kingdom to affect Amherst, and for COVID-19 to be stopped and the miracle of healing to touch our world!

We also do a daily prayer time at 11:30am hosted on our Facebook Group.
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