At Autumn Ridge Community Church, our mission is straightforward. We exist to bring God glory as we train people to learn the gospel, love the gospel, and live out the gospel: in our lives, in our community, and to the ends of the earth.
In light of the quickly-changing recommendations surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic, two clarifications are helpful to note.
First, WHAT we do – train people to learn the gospel, love the gospel, and live out the gospel – will never change.
Second, HOW we go about pursuing our mission is changing…at least in this season.
Our changes can be summarized under three broad categories: gathered worship, scattered worship, and community outreach.
If you would like to view a video with a more extensive explanation of these changes, you may do so by following this link.
Starting on March 22, Autumn Ridge Community Church is moving to a “Livestream Only” model for Sunday Morning worship. We will still be journeying through the Gospel of Matthew, as we have been since before Christmas. And, we will still incorporate gospel-centered songs, hymns, and spiritual songs – as well as a gospel-shaped Order of Worship.
More information about the technical-related realities concerning these Livestream broadcasts will be available on our website and on our Facebook page in the coming days.
Presently, the White House Coronavirus Task Force recommends that gatherings – whether in public or in a home – be limited to no more than 10 people. Resultantly, each of our existing missional communities will be contextualizing their weekly rhythms in accordance with these guidelines for at least the next 15 days. As a church, we will also be developing innovative ways to build community and foster relationship-building in this age of “social distancing.” Furthermore, we are committed to publishing gospel-centered, theologically-robust content that will meet people where they are: at home, and online.
Look for additional updates on our website and on our Facebook page in the days ahead.
With many of our church’s covenant members being directly or indirectly impacted by COVID-19, we’ve begun the process of inventorying the needs of our church membership and putting plans in place to appropriately address those needs.
We also have started the process of coming alongside a handful of local businesses to supply grocery-store gift cards to hourly workers who are most vulnerable to COVID-19-related work disruptions.
If you would like to make a financial contribution to either of these outreach opportunities, you may do so via the “GIVE” button at the top of this webpage. Please be sure to designate your contribution to the “Community Outreach” fund. All unused funds in the community outreach designation will be leveraged for a future community outreach opportunity. We ask that you make these contributions over-and-above from what you’re in the habit of giving to your local church.
We Will Not Fear…
These are uncertain days…but we are not the first to face uncertainty. In 1527, the bubonic plague (aka the Black Death) arrived in the German city of Wittenberg. Wittenberg resident (and champion Reformer) Martin Luther watched as friends and beloved church members contracted the sickness. Yet Luther knew a truth which is important for us to heed: regardless of how uncertain and formidable the day may be, the battle we wage as believers is a winning effort.
Luther’s hymn, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” was largely written in response to his observations of the Black Death. May we cling to this gospel hope in the days ahead:
And tho this world with devils filled, should threaten to undo us
We will not fear, for God has willed, his truth to triumph through us.
The prince of darkness, grim – we tremble not for him!
His rage we can endure, for Lo! His doom is sure.
One little word will fell him!