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We are so excited about this Sunday! Be sure to watch the Weekly Update video. Not only are we in our New Sermon Series, Jonah; we are also going to be sharing The Lord's Supper together! Of course, during this time, it's going to look a little different, so we thought we'd let you know what to expect BEFORE you got here.
Don't forget to register each of your family members for church! (Students grades 6-12 have an option to continue to worship together in the Student Room - and will not need to register if they stay there.) As you enter a worship space (Worship Center, Fellowship Hall, or Gym), there will be an "all-in-one" pre-filled communion cup with a wafer on top handed to you. Gluten-free are available too, just be sure to ask.
If you are joining us from home, please join us in this important ordinance - just have some bread (cracker, tortilla, etc.) and juice ready and join us at the appropriate time. Again, we will let you know when to take each element together.
We look forward to sharing The Lord's Supper with you as a body again - it's been too long!
Also, just a reminder that Men's 3G Breakfast will be meeting in the Gym on August 1st at 7AM! And you can now register for the Men's Camping Trip on August 14-16, as well!
You are loved! Be well
Good morning, Applewood!
These are difficult times... It's difficult just to keep up with all the changes! But God is sovereign, and we continue to live to bring Him glory. We hope you stay encouraged and in flex-mode with us, and that these Weekly Updates help to keep you informed. Please watch the video.
Remember to REGISTER for church EACH week! Just wanted to give you a heads-up that we no longer have the white box on our home page - there's now a Register button on our home page that takes you directly to Sunday registration. It's quick and easy, so register today.
The big change this week: On Tuesday Jefferson County Public Health issued a county Executive Order requiring face coverings in public where social distancing cannot be maintained. On Thursday, Governor Polis also issued an Executive Order requiring masks in public across our state. Up to this point, masks have been optional, but because of the new order, it is now a requirement. If you plan to attend church in person, we are asking that you wear a mask. The good news is that we have worked really hard to make sure social distancing is maintained in our sanctuary, gym, fellowship hall, classrooms, and children's areas.
So what does this mean? Based on the orders, we will need to wear masks entering and exiting all meeting areas, and when we are walking in the hallways.
Obviously, there are exemptions for this order. Individuals ten years old and younger do not have to wear masks. Individuals who cannot medically tolerate a face covering are not required to wear masks.
Q: What about children? Do they have to wear a mask?
A: Children ages 11 years and over will be asked to wear them until they get seated in their classrooms. Once seated, they will be socially-distanced from others and may remove them.
Q: What if I don't have a mask? Can I still come?
A: We will provide masks at the church if you need one. Come anyways.
Q: If I have a health reason to not wear masks, do I need a note?
A: No, we trust you.
Q: Will the staff be wearing masks?
A: Yes, we will be wearing them, with some staff health exemptions.
Q: What if I don’t want to wear a mask?
A: Please know we support those who decide to stay home and encourage you to worship as a family via our Live-Stream.
It's our desire to continue to submit to governing authorities for God's glory. We seek to honor Him and maintain our testimony to our neighbors and our community.
We love you and appreciate you being flexible during these uncertain times. If you have any questions, please call the church office and ask for a Pastor. We can’t wait to see you on Sunday!
We have some exciting news to share with you - we are entering Phase 4 of our reintegration process! What does that look like? Please take a minute to watch your weekly update video to get all the details.
Weekly Update Video
In Phase 4, we are continuing with LIVE services in the Worship Center, and AppleSeeds and AppleKids ministries are opening!
Registration is limited due to guidelines for social distancing and adult/child ratios.Parents must register EACH child who will be attending either AppleSeeds (birth – completed Kindergarten) or AppleKids (completed 1st-completed 5th grade) The Registration link is in the white box on the home page of our website. Registration begins each Monday at 9AM for the following Sunday and closes on Saturday at 5PM. You will need to register each child each week. We are unable to accept walk-ins at this time.
AppleSeeds and AppleKids ministries will be open at 9:45 for Sunday School and 11AM for Worship. You will want to arrive a few minutes ahead of time to complete the check-in process.
We will continue to offer the Family Worship Experience at 11AM if you prefer to keep your children with you or if we reach maximum capacity in our classrooms.
Q: Why are you limiting the number of children that can register?
A: We are following state guidelines, as well as our policy of two adults in each room.
Q: What do I do if registration is at maximum capacity?
A: We invite you to register you and your child for the Family Worship Experience in the Gym at 11AM. You can also email the church and receive priority registration for the following Sunday.
Q: What are you doing to limit the spread of germs in the children’s areas?
A: All children and volunteers will pass a symptom check and touchless temperature screening prior to entering the children’s areas. In addition to our normal cleaning procedures, we will be limiting the use of shared items, disinfecting in between services, and maintaining social distancing whenever possible.
We completely understand if you are not comfortable resuming children’s ministry just yet. Please know we support and respect your decision and encourage you to worship as a family in the Gym or from home with Online Church.
We love you, and appreciate you being flexible during these uncertain times. If you have any questions, please call the church office. We can’t wait to see your sweet kiddos on Sunday!
Applewood Baptist Church
Good evening, Applewood.
We have some exciting news to share with you, so please take a minute to watch your weekly update video.
This Sunday we are going to enter into Phase 3 of our reintegration process. What does that look like?
Q: Is church online still available?
A: Absolutely, Church Online via Live-Stream remains a priority for us. We encourage you to be safe and worship with us online at either 8:30AM & 11AM.
Q: What if I forget to register?
A: Show up anyway. We will have overflow seating available for you.
Q: When will registration open for the following Sunday?
A: Registration will be open on our website and on our app on Monday mornings at 9AM for the following Sunday.
We completely understand if you are not comfortable returning in person yet. Please know we support and respect your decision. If you have any symptoms or are not feeling well, please enjoy Church Online at home. We love you, and appreciate you being flexible during these uncertain times.
We look forward to worshipping together on Sunday!
Good Morning, Applewood!
Watch your video update from Pastor Derek this week!
We will meet in Sunday School classes again this Sunday. We will also continue to offer Church Online. You and your family are always welcome to join us online from home. We know it may be a better fit for many of you right now, so it remains a priority for us.
Reminders from Pastor Derek:
Have a great day!
Hey there, Applewood,
Thanks for taking the time to read this email. There is not a video update this week.
We just wanted to let you know that there's NO NEW news regarding church gatherings, numbers that can gather, etc. so church this Sunday, June 14th, will look like last week! We're allowed groups of 50 or less, meeting in Sunday School rooms together and on GoToMeeting, watching the service together in your classrooms. Please feel free to call the church if you have any questions.
Please know that we are going to continue to offer Church Online, as well. You and your family are always more than welcome to join us online from home. We know it may be a better fit for many of you right now. We will continue to work hard to make that experience as great as it can be for you.
We realize that last Sunday there were issues during Sunday School with the internet at church. Apparently, there was an area outage for Comcast on Sunday morning. This meant our GoToMeetings were interrupted, and many of you were unable to log back in. We apologize for the inconvenience and want you to know that we have done what we can to ensure we do not experience problems again. As long as Comcast doesn't have any issues, we are confident in the church's internal systems. We do not think there will be an outage again.
If you have any questions about what to expect on Sunday, please refer to last week's email, located below. There is a link there to last week's video in case you need a reminder, too.
Thank you all for your help in following the state guidelines (required and recommended), refraining from shared food/drinks, and helping us all stay safe and healthy. We love and miss you all!
Applewood Baptist Church, Pastors & Staff
We've got some good news to share with you today. We heard from Governor's office late Thursday afternoon, and want to share with you what we learned. Please watch this video to see Pastor Derek & Pastor John share this exciting news!
Church Gathering - Phase 2
Please note that we will be meeting IN-PERSON this Sunday in our Sunday School rooms. We are allowed to meet in groups of 50 or less. We will then watch the 11AM Online Church service together in our SS rooms. For those at risk or who wish to join us from home, we will continue to have our online GoToMeeting rooms set up and the Online Church service will still be available from home, too.
**If you do not attend a Sunday School class, please click to Register for a class for Sunday.
We are so excited to meet together and see you soon, Church! Here are some of the Guidelines we put in place for your safety.
In order to provide a touchless worship experience, there’ll be no doors to open, no handouts to take, and no offering plates to pass. AppleSeeds, AppleKids, and all food and beverage service will also be suspended for the time being. No food or beverage may be brought in by individual attendees to share with others; you may, however, bring your own coffee.
In order to provide a safe and secure worship experience, many functions are in place. There will be numerous sanitization stations located throughout the facility, and meeting spaces and restrooms will be sanitized following CDC guidelines.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
The church isn’t the Church without you, and we need your help!
Please be thoughtful and gracious to others as we return to our buildings. This is new, we are all going to be unsure and things will feel awkward. That's OK. Come let us worship together!
Hey Applewood Family,
Here's your important weekly update video. We needed to wait a day to send an update to you until we heard from Governor Polis' office yesterday late afternoon, so it's a FRIDAY Update this week.
Just a reminder, don't forget about Sunday, 6PM Parking Lot Prayer & Praise service! An email has been sent with all the details.
Here is our government official's contact information as best as we can locate, that was referenced in the video. Please call your local and state officials and let them know we are ready to meet together as a church again. Be loving and gracious as you call.
Governor Jared Polis
Senator Michael Bennet
Senator Cory Gardner
Jeffco Reopens Monday, June 1
Jeffco Health Dept. Director, Mark Johnson
Jeffco Board of County Commissioners
Ed Perlmutter - State Representative District 7
House District 28
Representative Kerry Tipper
Senator Brittany Pettersen
House District 24
Representative Monica Duran
Senate District 20
Senator Jessie Danielson
House District 24
Representative Monica Duran
Senate District 16
Senator Tammy Story
Thank you, Church!
We can't wait to worship together Sunday morning for Online Church at 11AM and then again Sunday evening at 6PM!
Good Afternoon, Applewood!
It's Thursday, and your update video is ready - just click the link. Please take a minute to watch Pastor John, so you are up-to-date.
We miss you all, and we can't wait to see you soon.
Good Morning, Church!
It's Thursday, so your update video is ready for you - click the link. Please take a minute to watch. I want to keep you up-to-date and informed.
Know you are loved and missed!
I miss you so much, so wanted to greet you personally via video - Click the link. Please take a minute to watch.
Hope you are doing well, and starting to see progress in returning slowly back to "normal". Here are some reminders for this week.
COMMUNICATION & CONNECTION
Sunday, May 3, would normally be our Sr. Adult Day - Seniors, know we love you and miss you and can't wait to see you when we are together again. Church, let's lift our Sr. Adults in prayer this week!
Thursday, May 7, is National Day of Prayer - Join us with GoToMeeting - the link will be on our Home Page a few minutes before 10AM.
Sunday, May 10, is Mother's Day - As we mentioned last week, be sure to send your pictures to email@example.com.
Sunday, May 17, we will be celebrating our High School Seniors! Watch for more information coming soon. With all they've lost this year, let's celebrate them as much as possible as a church.
During this time, won't you please go to our website, click the Log In button, and review your information in TouchPoint? Watch this short video for a walk-through.
Our next D1 class will start when we can gather 50 people. Please consider taking this class and register online now so we can communicate with you. It will be on Monday nights at 6:30PM in the Fellowship Hall. It is tentatively scheduled to start May 11th, but we will keep you updated.
Women's Spring Bible Study is on The Beatitudes. You can still register! It's going to be a great time together on Tuesdays! There's a 9:30AM option or a 6PM option.
Thank you for your generosity during this time. Please continue to give - we are seeing the needs increase, and we continue to serve our community in even greater ways.
We will be delivering our snack/water donations to Lutheran Hospital. Thank you to those that brought donations!
HOW YOU CAN HELP
If you have a Facebook account, would you please Like and Share our post for Sunday Online Church Service at 11AM? We are praying for 100 Shares each week as we try to reach more unchurched people. It's super simple and it would allow us to reach more people for Christ.
Kids of all ages - we have a great way you can help, too! Just draw/color/paint/create something about SPRING! Be sure to include your first name and age on the back. We have coordinated with a local nursing home, and if your parents will drop off your pictures at the church (mailbox on the S. side/glass doors) we will get them to where they can help encourage and bring a smile! Many of these folks have not been allowed visitors for a while, so this might help make someone's day! Thank you for your help! We will be collecting pictures through May 7th.
RETURNING TO SERVICES
Please start preparing your family for the things that will be different when we return. For example, we will most likely have to wear masks and practice social distancing (sit further apart) with a smaller number of people as a maximum per room. Please be flexible and gracious with us as we comply with these important changes to protect our vulnerable.
We love each of you and look forward to seeing you soon!
Matthew 11:28 Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
Here are some things that we want you to know about:
We will be transitioning next week to one update a week (Thursday's Email Update) because not a lot is changing on a week-to-week basis. Please check your email next Thursday for what is happening and decisions being made regarding our services and ministries. This Saturday's Video Update will be the last for a while.
During this time, won't you please go to our website, click the Log In button, and review your personal contact information in TouchPoint? Please add your profile picture - it would be so helpful if you could. Questions? Email us.
Whenever we are allowed to meet with at least 50 people, we will start our next D1 class. Please consider taking this class and register online now so we can communicate with you. It will be on Monday nights at 6:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall. It is tentatively scheduled to start May 11th.
Women's Spring Bible Study is on The Beatitudes. You can still register! It's going to be a great time together! There's a 9:30AM option or a 6PM option.
3.) SUNDAY SCHOOL
Please consider plugging-in to a SS class. They are a great way to stay connected and encouraged. Here is the link. It can also be found on the website's Register page.
Thank you for your generosity during this time. Please continue to give - we are seeing the needs increase, and we continue to serve our community in even greater ways.
5.) WE NEED YOUR HELP
Kids of all ages - we have a great way you can help, too! Just draw/color/paint/create something about SPRING! Be sure to include your first name and age on the back. We have coordinated with a local nursing home, and if your parents will drop off your pictures at the church (mailbox on the S. side/glass doors) we will get them to where they can help encourage and bring a smile! Many of these folks have not been allowed visitors for a while, so this might help make someone's day! Thank you for your help!
We will be collecting high-protein snacks and water bottles for staff at Lutheran Hospital until April 30.
6.) RETURNING TO SERVICES
We are working with our city officials to return to in-person services soon. Please start preparing your family for the things that will be different when we return. For example, we will most likely have to wear masks and practice social distancing (sit further apart) with a smaller number of people as a maximum. Please be flexible and gracious with us as we comply with these important changes.
We love each of you and are trusting God for his perfect timing!
Galatians 6:9 Let us not grow weary in doing good, for we will reap a harvest if we don’t give up.
Hope you had a wonderful Easter and are staying encouraged! We want to update you regarding specific ways we can continue to serve our community during this time.
You are amazing! Love you,
Happy Holy Week, Church! What a week it's been so far! I am so excited about this weekend and hope you can join us. Please be in prayer for God to use our services to glorify HIS NAME! Our service details are below:
I want to send out a HUGE Thank You to our Sunday School Leaders! They are doing such a great job shepherding, loving, and caring for the needs of so many during this time. I am so grateful for their leadership this week organizing all the different prayer gatherings. The prayer gatherings have been so powerful and a huge blessing – God hears our hearts' petitions.
I encourage you to reach out to your neighbors during this time. God has given us a great opportunity to reach out and to let people know we care. We want to help you do that, so on our website, there's a link in the white box called "Help A Neighbor". This links to a .pdf that you can print at home, cut into fourths, fill out and leave for your neighbors - it just lets them know you are thinking of them, are there for them, and are willing to help if needed. Go check that out. If you don't have a printer at home, use a 3x5 card or piece of paper and write out the same information.
I am convinced by Scripture and the leading of our Lord Jesus Christ, that if faithful, our church will come through this crisis, made even stronger. That is why we have increased ministering to our people and community at a time when many churches are simply trying to survive. And that is why I am asking you to help us through these uncharted waters. First, pray with Firdaus and me that God blesses our efforts to make disciples during this season. Second, join us in giving. The next few months will be challenging for many of Applewood's families. If you are able, now is a great time to give above and beyond—whether with a one-time gift or simply by increasing your regular giving. And if you receive a stimulus check, consider giving a portion to our benevolence fund to directly help those who are struggling. We desire to be a first-century church in the twenty-first century!
I want to encourage you with what God told Abraham when He set him apart to be the father of many nations. This promise is found in Genesis 12:2.
Church, we have been so blessed! May we steward God’s blessings to reach as many people as possible with the Good News of Jesus!!!
I love you so much and miss you dearly!
Good Morning Church,
I hope this email finds you well and you are staying encouraged! Watching our church respond to this crisis has been so INSPIRING! I appreciate all the encouragement, the sacrificial love being displayed for each other, and the incredible generosity! I am so grateful to be a part of this family and long to be able to worship together again!!!
This Sunday, we are going to be starting a new series from the book of Psalms called Awake My Soul. Donald Whitney, a scholar and author, states that the Book of Psalms gives us "a song for every sigh of the soul". In this book of songs, it seems that the whole range of human emotions is displayed for us. This timely sermon series explores how in God, our souls are awakened to truth, beauty, and hope in a world full of suffering. I look forward to sharing what God has to say to us during these uncertain times!
Some weekly reminders and links:
Please let us know if there is anything you need or we can help serve you in any way. Please continue to be generous and missional with all the time and resources God has entrusted to you. I want to end with a verse from Psalm 3, “But You, O Lord, are a shield about me, My glory, and the One who lifts my head."
Love each of you very much!
I hope you are staying encouraged! Find ways to enjoy this time of rest, family time, and being home. Remember to social distance, stay home, and watch for the Saturday Update video! A link will be emailed out and it will also be available on our website by noon on Saturday.
It was such a blessing to have our Sunday School classes meet online last week! It was great to see each other's faces and hear your voices and connect and share! A HUGE thank you to our teachers/leaders! Don't forget to use your GoToMeeting links for Online Sunday School at 9:45AM. Please let us know via email or phone if you haven't already been contacted and would like to join a class. After SS, join us for Online Church on Sunday at 11AM as Pastor Derek finishes up 2 Timothy - what a great epistle! The best way to join is to click the Watch Live button on our website.
We are excited to offer you a Prayer Guide specifically for this time - so that we can remain in prayer together as a church. It will be available on our website on the Abide page. Remember to stay in the Word together, and PRAY with and for each other!
Be encouraged - our church is getting stronger through this in MANY ways! One way is through technology. It's pushing us all to learn new things and make changes in order to stay connected AND reaching people in new ways. I can't wait to share some stories when we are back together. We're learning some new technology, tweaking things, and trying to be sure we serve the Church - you guys!! Let us know if we can help you! Just email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church at 303-232-9575.
Know you are loved!
Pastor Derek Jones
Your pastors and church staff have been meeting and praying for the last few days about how we can faithfully respond to the COVID-19 pandemic as a church. As you most likely know, the CDC has recommended gatherings be limited to under 10 people at this time and the President has asked us to stay at home if we can. As Christians, we are called to submit to the governing authorities. (Romans 13:1-7) Let us remember to ask God for wisdom for our leaders and continue to lift them up in prayer. (1 Tim 2:1-3)
I want to share with you what our 6-point response is as a church. Please let us know if you have any questions, ministry ideas, or prayer requests by emailing email@example.com.
We are canceling all activities at the church through April 3. We will reassess as the situation changes. We will email and post on the website Pastor Derek’s Saturday Updates, and continue to stream our services online at 11 AM each Sunday morning. You can access the live-stream. You can also access the service on Facebook Live.
We want to continue to provide care to our members during this unprecedented time. Therefore, we have created a list of our most vulnerable members and regular attenders who are 60 and older. We are calling each of them to check on them and find out if they have any needs that we might be able to meet. If you are in that category and do not receive a call, please let us know and we will add you to this list. We hope to call weekly going forward.
We are also calling all other Members/Regular Attenders. We also want to strongly encourage all Sunday School classes and small groups to check up on one another and communicate with the pastoral staff any needs that may arise. If you have a prayer request or need, please email us.
We will be in contact with community leaders, other churches, and organizations such as hospitals, etc. to see if we might be able to help. We are simply calling and asking how they might be able to use us to meet the needs of our community during this time. If you are able to volunteer, please fill out this form. If you know of an organization that needs help, please email us.
We believe that this is a critical time for us as a church to be good stewards of what God has given us. Therefore, we have put a spending freeze on all non-essential spending as a staff. Secondly, we are adjusting the use of our building so that we might reduce our energy bills. We are also encouraging our employees to use technology and teleworking when possible. If you call the church and get voicemail, leave us a message and someone will get back to you shortly.
One of the unique opportunities that this crisis has presented is a renewed focus on the need for community/discipleship at home. Over the next few days, we will be revealing our vision to stay connected as a community through a virtual platform called "GoToMeeting". Also, we will be sending resources to help you continue to grow in your relationship with God and knowledge of His Word. Please watch for these emails.
We are grateful for the generosity of the members and regular attenders of Applewood Baptist Church. Every week when we gather, we take an offering to allow us to worship through our giving of tithes and offerings. As we are not able to meet, we cannot do this in the usual way. We are asking you as members and regular attenders to continue supporting the work of our church through your tithes and offerings. There are two ways that you can do that.
1. You can give by check or cash.
You can bring it by the church office and place it in the secure mailbox on the south side of the building. You can also mail your check to the church at 11200 W. 32nd Ave., Wheat Ridge, CO 80033.
2. You can give online.
Simply click here to give online. We have a completely secure way of giving online. You can make a one-time gift or set up a recurring donation that can even come out of your bank account at the interval of your choosing. If you have any questions, please email Laura Schwartz.
This a very serious situation and I want to encourage you to take it seriously by following the recommendations of the CDC such as social distancing, frequently washing your hands, and avoiding larger gatherings. As Christians, we should seek to understand what is going on in the world around us. However, we should not despair.
Let's be reminded that the world is not spinning out of control. God is sovereign. He’s ruling and reigning. We can trust Him. May the words of this beautiful Psalm encourage us.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
With the ongoing health concerns around the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have decided to NOT hold public services for the next few weeks, and instead will have ONE ONLINE SERVICE at 11AM Sundays. For now, all activities at the church during the week are canceled as well.
Since things change rapidly, we will send a weekly email update SATURDAY mornings regarding the next day's services and the following week's activities. We will also post it online on our website. Please check your email, our website, and social media for plans for the next day (Sunday) and the following week. If you have any questions, email them here. As a health resource, please check with the CDC.
As you may know, President Trump has made updated recommendations, which are available on your favorite news website, etc. In support of this initiative, we are moving to ONE ONLINE SERVICE at 11AM on Sundays. We have a large congregational family, with many in the at-risk category, so we have a responsibility to do what is prudent and in the best interest of every person who calls our church home.
This is an incredible opportunity to be light to those in darkness, to offer the peace of Christ to those with no peace. Please remember your neighbors, especially those who are single or alone. Remember to cling tightly to the Word of God and the hope we have in Christ alone. Jesus said... "I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world." (John 16:33) Remember to be the hands and feet of Jesus - showing love and compassion as He did. We are not ruled by fear or consumed by worry about what might happen. Know your pastors are praying for you. Here is an article that might help you process things during this time: LINK
We know that each of you has different circumstances and know what is best for you and your family. Please prayerfully consider these decisions, and support and respect the decisions of others. Let's err on the side of GRACE. While we walk by FAITH, we also want to be WISE.
Please join us ONLINE on Sunday at 11AM. Please continue to be faithful in your giving. Remember you can securely GIVE online, too. We cannot maintain our ministries and serving our community without your tithes and offerings! PRAY for each other, our government leaders, and for continued wisdom for us. (James 1:5)
Thank you. Be well.
Applewood Leadership Team