4/1/20 Virtual Assembly Update
Brothers and sisters,
As the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) worsens and the impact grows in our area, the elders have decided that it is prudent to follow state and federal directives and cancel gatherings of 10 or more people through April 30th.
As a result, we will not meet as a congregation until at least Sunday, May 3rd. We will prayerfully continue to monitor the situation and hope that the requested moratorium on gatherings will be lifted sooner, rather than later, and that the effects of this virus can be stopped.
All congregational events are also suspended until further notice. If the status changes and there is any way we can gather together prior to this date, we will notify you by email, phone, and/or text.
As the elders, we continue to submit to the governing authorities as commanded in scripture (Romans 13: 1-7, 1 Peter 2: 13-17).
We remain thankful to God that we can continue to worship together, as family units, in freedom through the use of modern technology. The church meeting in homes and worshiping at home as a family is a first century Christian practice that we can use in these troubling times, since we cannot assemble all together in one location. We can grow spiritually, closer to one another, and stronger in our faith by continuing to use the resources and opportunities we have available to us.
As a congregation and with the assistance of our talented ministers, we will endeavor to provide a fresh worship option each Sunday at 10:00 am and Bible Study on Wednesday at 7:00pm through our website “Watch Live” page until this crisis passes.
On the www.bufordcoc.com website, you will find links to study resources such as video or audio lessons from Polishing the Pulpit and past meetings and speakers at the Buford church. Other great sources of lesson materials and videos include:
We pray that God will bless us and our nation with peace and good health in the coming days! If you have any needs during this time or any prayer requests, please contact the church office or one of the elders. This is the time for the people of God to be a shining example to a world filled with pain and sorrow.
3/18/20 Virtual Assembly Information
Brothers and Sisters of the Buford Church of Christ,
As announced by the elders on March 17, we will not assemble for worship service or Bible class at the church building until Sunday, April 5, at the earliest. However, we will be providing online worship and Bible study opportunities during this time. Below is a breakdown of what we will be offering and/or encouraging you to do in lieu of assembling at the building.
SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP:
During our regular Sunday morning assembly, we encourage our members to join us on the “Watch Live” page of our website at 10:00 a.m. for a lesson that will be live-streamed by Kyle. A separate video will be posted under the “Communion Remarks” section which will accommodate your observance of the Lord’s Supper. Another video will be posted under the “Singing Praises” section which will contain footage of songs sung at the Buford Church of Christ so that you can listen to and participate in a time of worshipping God in song. Additionally, instructions will be posted under the “Giving” section explaining how you can submit your contribution.
SUNDAY EVENING WORSHIP:
During our regular Sunday evening assembly, we encourage our members to listen online to a lesson of their choosing. Below are two options for you to consider.
- You can listen to a lesson previously taught at the Buford Church fo Christ by going to the Sermons section of our website. You can search this page by topic, series, date, or speaker. It includes weekly sermons dating back to 2016, summer series lessons dating back to 2018, and special event lessons (i.e. Gospel Meetings, Seminars, Workshops) dating back to 2012.
- You can listen to a lesson from Polishing the Pulpit utilizing our PTP 365 membership. This content is accessible by going to https://365.polishingthepulpit.com and using our congregational login information (which was provided in an email to our members and is available on the Member Resources page of our website when you log in). One lesson we recommend is “Master, Carest Thou Not That We Perish?” presented by David Shannon, which you can find by using their search engine.
WEDNESDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY:
During our regular mid-week Bible study, we encourage our members to join us on the “Watch Live” page of our website at 7:00 p.m. for a lesson that will be live-streamed by one of our ministers.
We are thankful to possess the technology which allows us to provide these alternative avenues for worship and study. And it is our prayer that you will take advantage of them with us so that, despite our inability to be together in person, we will continue to worship God in spirit and in truth.
3/17/20 Update Worship & Services
Hello to All,
As the spread of COVID‐19 (Coronavirus) worsens and creeps closer to our area, the elders have decided that it is prudent to follow CDC and presidential advisories and avoid gatherings of 10 or more people. As a result, we will not meet as a congregation until Sunday April 5th, at the earliest. We will prayerfully continue to monitor the situation and hope that the requested 15 day moratorium on group meetings will be lifted sooner, rather than later, and that the tide of this virus can be reversed.
As the elders, we feel submission to the governing authorities is based in scripture (Romans 13: 1‐7, 1 Peter 2: 13‐17) and warranted given the gravity of the situation. We remain thankful to God that we can continue to worship together, as family units, in freedom through the use of modern technology.
As a congregation and with the assistance of our talented ministers, we will endeavor to provide fresh Bible study and devotional options each Sunday (10am) and Wednesday (7pm) on our website at ww.bufordcoc.com (“Watch Live” page) until this crisis passes. We realize that providing lessons and offering prayer are just two parts of scriptural worship and encourage all to make plans to worship God in spirit and in truth by making arrangements to partake of the Lord’s Supper, to sing praises and to give (on‐line at our website, if feasible, or by setting aside for future collection) each week while we are separated by this distance. If carried out faithfully, we believe these few weeks of missing one another will only serve to make the bonds of our fellowship even more “rooted and grounded in love.”
Our website has many study options through an extensive sermon video library and articles. This past Sundays AM Worship, 3/15, will remain unedited, as to provide a complete recorded worship service. Also, in the Members section on the Resources page, Buford members have access to the Polishing the Pulpit 365 online library.
Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory. For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3: 13‐19 NKJV
If there are any needs in the coming weeks spiritual or physical, we trust that you will not hesitate to reach out. Care group leaders stand ready to help with physical needs and the elders and ministers welcome the opportunity to help with spiritual needs, as they may arise.
We promise to keep the avenues of communication open. Pray for our country, our leaders and the church of our Lord and Savior!
In Him, The Elders
3/13/20 Update Events
There have been numerous school and event cancellations at the request of state and national officials due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis. In response, the elders have decided to make changes to our event schedule. We will revisit this decision often, as circumstances are changing daily.
Events will be cancelled/postponed until further notice.
- BYG Monday Night Out
- BLT Workshops
- Ladies Bible Class (Tuesday mornings)
- Wednesday Morning Bible class
- Band of Brothers (1st and 3rd Thursday nights)
Please pray for our country and for our leaders as we work through this unprecedented circumstance. God is good!