Check out all that is happening at The Alpine Chapel.
Our calendar can be seen HERE.
Sundays – Service is at 9am and lasts one hour. This 9am service will have children’s ministry available and can be found online on our FaceBook page as well as on this website.
Tuesdays – Men’s Bible Study at 11am in foyer of the church
Thursdays – Women’s Bible Study at 10am in foyer of the church (please see this week’s calendar to see if this meeting is still happening. Just click HERE.)
Wednesdays – All-Church Bible Study at 6pm
QUICK NOTE ON RETURNING TO IN-PERSON GATHERING:
Now it is time to return to in-person gathered worship. Though this statement is admittedly not theologically precise, it is time to “return to church.” Why is it important to get back in the habit of regular and faithful attendance? Why should those connected to The Alpine Chapel make a new commitment to attend as regularly as possible? Here are four reasons.
The Bible mandates we gather for worship. The writer of Hebrews is straight to the point: “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near” (Hebrews 10:25, NLT). Gathering for worship is not an optional activity. It is not an occasional activity. It is an ongoing and regular commitment.
The Bible emphasizes the importance of the local church. Think about it. After the four gospels, almost all of the New Testament is about the local church or directed to the local church. Throughout the New Testament, different local congregations met together and worshipped together. It is simply what believers do.
When we gather together, we encourage each other. Many of us have become introverts since March of 2019. We’ve adjusted too well to streaming services and Zoom Bible studies. But isn’t it true that we have not gotten or given the same level of encouragement as those times when we were physically present with each other? Look at Hebrews 10:25 again. The act of gathering is an act of encouragement.
We grow spiritually when we commit to faithful attendance. We grow as a believer in Christ when we have a committed prayer life. We grow when we are committed to read Scripture daily. We grow when we share our faith regularly. We grow when we serve in ministry. And we grow when we commit to attend worship services faithfully. That attendance is a spiritual discipline. It is a vital and necessary act toward greater spiritual maturity.
The pandemic and quarantine have been transformational moments for our world and our church. We now have the incredible opportunity to hit the reset button in our own lives. For many Christians, committed church attendance was waning before the pandemic. God has reminded us, perhaps even given us a major wake-up call, how really important the gathered church is. Get ready to return to the gathered church in Telluride. But do so this time with a new enthusiasm and faithful commitment every week. It’s a habit we cannot and should not neglect.
For those interested, I am posting the official statement released by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) who have released an amended public health order modifying the COVID-19 Dial Framework.:
“Worship and ceremonies such as weddings and funerals are classified as essential. This means that they must do their best to follow public health recommendations but may exceed recommended capacity caps if they cannot conduct their essential activity within those restrictions. They still must require masks indoors and other prevention measures like 6 foot spacing between members of different households and appropriate sanitation. Outdoor activities are still strongly preferred.”
Of course, we will ask that adults wear a mask while they are moving about the worship center, however, once seated feel free to remove your mask. If, due to health reasons, you are unable to wear a mask, please DON’T. We will also ask that everyone practice social distancing the best they can in our small building. Hand sanitizer is located near each door.
We are so excited to see you Sunday! May Jesus continue to shine on you and through you!
As our world grapples with how to handle the evolving coronavirus pandemic, we know that your heart is being bombarded with many different messages. Our prayer is that you feel supported and strengthened in this time by your church family.
If at any point over the next few weeks you are in need of assistance pertaining to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), The Alpine Chapel is here to help! Whether it is going to the store on your behalf, picking up a prescription, or connecting in prayer, we’d like to know.
Please send an email to: pastor@TheAlpineChapel.com and provide us with information on how T.A.C. can help you. Your request will be reviewed immediately and we will contact you with more information.
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP
Pray for our community and those directly affected by COVID-19. Pray for the health care workers that are treating the sick and those public health administrators making difficult decisions. Pray that God would protect our community from further spread of the virus.
Pray for us, your church family. We need wisdom on how we can continue to reach the lost, disciple people, and be a light to our community.
Reflect Christ. In these anxious days, the church (all of us) can shine as a light of hope, care, faith, patience and prudence. We can demonstrate for the world how our faith provides true assurance against worry and fear.
Practice recommended personal hygiene. Wash your hands frequently. Avoid contact with the sick. Stay home from public functions if you’re sick. Enjoy our online service, either on our Facebook page or on this website.
Below you will find an EXCELLENT article that I highly recommend concerning the subject: “Where is God when pandemics strike? A Biblical and practical response” by James C. Denison, PhD CVO. WE pray it ministers to you.