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Ways to Livestream the WABC Worship Service

We've put together a document for you to see the different ways you can watch/listen to our Sunday morning services at 11am during this time. Check it out here
Posted by Meredith Collins at Thursday, April 2, 2020
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Wednesday night, 4/1 EU

Trusting Jesus Amid a Storm
When the storms of life arise, to whom do you turn? In whom do you trust? Join us this Wednesday at 6:30 PM on Facebook Live as we study the account where Jesus calmed the raging sea as he traveled with his disciples. We will discover that the Lord who has the power to calm the sea is the same Lord who can calm the storms of our lives. Hope you can join us!
Posted by Meredith Collins at Tuesday, March 31, 2020
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Worship Livestream 3/29

Join us online again this Sunday, 3/29 for worship livestream. You can watch here on our website or on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/wabcstv). We look forward to worshipping with you.
Posted by Meredith Collins at Friday, March 27, 2020
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Family Ministry Quarantine Resources

For families who are looking for a few resources for your Bible study time. 
For students who are trying to start a personal Bible reading plan. 
For families with children of all ages. We put together a little quarantine guide for you. 
Visit www.westernavenue.org/quarantineguide
Posted by Meredith Collins at Thursday, March 26, 2020
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Wednesday night EU 3/25

Join us on Facebook Live this Wednesday night, March 25 at 6:30pm for a message from Andy Lackey. Let's keep the dialogue going; feel free to ask questions and interact as you watch! "See" you Wednesday! (Don't worry if you miss it or have a computer glitch - the full episode will be available after the live video on our Facebook page and website.)
Posted by Meredith Collins at Monday, March 23, 2020
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3/22 service livestream info

Western Avenue will livestream the worship service on Sunday morning at 11:00 AM as we sing together and study the first three verses of Isaiah 53.

We also will use picture-in-picture technology to provide a dedicated sign language interpreter so our deaf community can participate and worship with us.

Please share with anyone who would benefit from this service.

Posted by Meredith Collins at Friday, March 20, 2020
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Andy Lackey's 3/18 Equipping University Live Video

Click here to watch the video from the Facebook Live Andy Lackey taught Wednesday, March 18. 

 

Posted by Meredith Collins at Thursday, March 19, 2020
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WABC Update 3/19

I wanted to wait until later in the week before sending this update about our Sunday morning services and other ministries. The situation continues to change at such speed that it is difficult to keep up. In the midst of an avalanche of information, I want to give some important and essential information about Western Avenue in the days and weeks to come.

  • We will livestream our worship service this Sunday at 11:00 AM.  It appears we will have to do so until further notice. As we draw near to the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus, we will continue our five-week study of Isaiah 52-53. Last week, we worked through Isaiah 52:13-15, learning of Jesus’ ultimate success through unexpected humiliation that results in the highest praise. This week, in Isaiah 53:1-3, the prophet wonders who will believe this incredible news. Many will not for the reasons found in this week’s verses. We, however, see through these shallow reasons to the deep beauty of Christ’s true person and purpose.  
  • All activities and events in the building have been cancelled until at least April 4. We are in deep discussion about the upcoming Easter Sunday services.
  • The livestream of the worship service can be found on our church’s website and Facebook page. While many were able to watch the service on the church’s website, many of you had difficulty. The fact that some could and some could not indicates the issue is not with our broadcast of the service. It seems a major factor is ADOBE FLASH software on computers. At this time, Flash is necessary to watch on our website. We are in the middle of revamping our website and we are told this will soon be a problem no longer. Until then, you can either download Adobe Flash (and you may have to do this each week) or watch the service on Facebook. Since our Facebook page is public, you do not have to have a Facebook account to watch. You can use any browser to enter this address:  https://www.facebook.com/wabcstv.
  • Andy Lackey will continue to offer a single online class each Wednesday night at 6:30 PM. You can access this class on the church’s Facebook page (see address above).
  • A high percentage of the offerings we receive are given on Sunday mornings as we “pass the plate.” Many of us need this weekly visual reminder. In its absence, I want to encourage you to consider giving electronically through your own bank or through the church’s website at https://www.westernavenue.org/give
  • The church office is open Monday through Friday. If you need to come to the office, please enter through the Preschool door under the drive-through.
  • The counseling center is open Monday through Friday. If you have an appointment, you may still enter in the back of the church.
  • The elementary offices of Statesville Christian School are open.
  • Please consider giving non-perishable food items to help feed children in our community. Many only eat a good meal at school. You may drop off items in the back of the church under the drive-through.
  • You will soon see large white tents in our east parking lot. Piedmont Healthcare has contacted the church about setting up mobile care centers for doctor-appointed tests and exams. Please avoid this parking lot to keep traffic to a minimum and lower any risks.  

Thank you for your patience and understanding. This is uncharted territory for all of us. As you do with your family, we will rely on the Lord to protect and provide as we walk in faith with Him!

-Jeff Spry

Posted by Meredith Collins at Thursday, March 19, 2020
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Let's Care for Our Senior Adults

The coronavirus has changed all our lives. For many, it is only a matter of certain inconveniences. For others, the situation is much more serious. We have all heard the people most susceptible to COVID-19 are our senior adults. How can we care for these precious saints in our church and in our neighborhood? This is our mandate from Scripture. The apostle Paul writes, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Phil 2:3-4). Paul goes on to tell us this is the mindset of Jesus in coming to serve us.

Elsewhere, John writes words that strike us in our heart: “By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:16-18).  I am constantly encouraged by the love I see being poured out on one another within our congregation. We now have a very real opportunity to do so all the more.

I want to encourage each of you to use this time to get to know your neighbors and inquire if there is any way you can assist them in meeting their needs and acquiring personal items and food. This is what it means to obey the greatest command: to love God and to love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:28-31).

What about our church family? I want to ask for individuals and families within our church to “adopt” our senior adults. I have a fifteen-page document listing households with older senior adults. Each of our twenty-one deacons are already caring for 4-5 widows and shut-ins. This lowers the number of households on the list considerably but there are still many couples and individuals to care for.

If you are willing to adopt one of these homes, please let us know by emailing the church office at wabc@westernavenue.org.

This post will likely get shared by many – please do not indicate your desire to help in comment section below. We may not see it.

We hope to have enough volunteers so that each family has only to care for one household. If you would like more than one household, please let us know. We will send you contact information via email. Once you receive your family, we ask you not to visit their homes but call them to assess their current situation and needs. Please reach out to them often as it appears this situation will continue for several weeks. If they have the capability, perhaps you can FaceTime with them. If you have children, perhaps they can send letters or draw pictures for them.

We realize all seniors are not created equal; some are more susceptible and more dependent than others. At the same time, some have family nearby who are already taking care of all their needs. We praise the Lord for this but it is good for them to know their church family loves them and cares for them, as well.

 If your adopted family’s current needs are too much for you to handle, you can contact the church office. 

 I hope to see the church rise up and be the church to this special segment of our church!

Posted by Meredith Collins at Wednesday, March 18, 2020
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UPDATE - Sunday Services 3/15/20

Late Saturday afternoon, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued an executive order mandating there be no crowds of more than one hundred people in attendance. Within the hour, several members of the pastoral staff met with Andy White, the chairman of the deacons. After much discussion, we have decided that Western Avenue will not meet as a church body Sunday morning. We will livestream our worship service at 11:00 AM. You may participate in the service by watching the live feed on Western Avenue’s Facebook page or our church website (westernavenue.org). Please do not come to the church building unless you have specifically been requested to attend to serve in a specific capacity.

We do not believe this is a Hebrews 10:24-25 issue. There, the author urges believers to “not neglect to meet together.” This is not a matter of negligence. This is not your decision but ours (along with our governing authorities and health professionals). Your conscience should be clean because you are indeed “providentially hindered” from attending.

At the same time, we do see this as a Romans 13 issue. In the opening verses, the apostle writes, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment” (Rom 13:1-2). This is not a matter of church persecution but an opportunity to serve our entire community in love. This is not a matter of fearful overreaction; there is a crucial difference between fear and prudence. Instead, this is a matter of expressing love for our neighbors, our elderly, the most susceptible among us, and concern for a potentially overtaxed healthcare system. All these compel us to join these unusual efforts to minimize contact to slow the spread of the coronavirus (and other viruses active at this time).

Your church staff will meet again on Monday. It is almost certain more developments will occur. We will take all these into consideration as we make plans for the days and weeks to come. These are not easy decisions. We realize some will disagree with the track we have taken. We think this is the best way to honor God and love our neighbors, the two things God has called all his children to do.

Posted by Meredith Collins at Saturday, March 14, 2020
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