Latest Service and Event Update

Latest Service and Event Update

8/30 Elder Statement

Brothers and Sisters,

Due to the current COVID-19 situation and still many uncertainties, the elders have decided to offer some Bible classes for the Fall Quarter but in different formats and mediums. We believe it is important we all continue to study God’s Word and have developed plans for Fall Quarter Bible classes to help facilitate our continued growth.

Starting Wednesday, 9/2, at 7PM we will offer:

  • An in-person and live-streamed adult class led by Ben Hogan in the auditorium. Study is HEBREWS: The Better Letter. (View from Watch live page)
  • A BYG in-person and live-streamed class at the Pavilion or Upper Room/building (View from BYG-online page)
  • Note: Attendance in-person or watching live-streamed is ok. We will not have a congregational devotional.

Starting Sunday, 9/6, we will offer:

  • Two in-person and live-streamed adult classes at 9AM
    • The Gospel of John led by Stan Nutt in the auditorium (View from Watch live page)
    • Walking in the Steps of a Jewish Savior led by Stan Burnette in the Annex 2 Auditorium (limited seating due to social distancing; Access in members section of the website)
  • A BYG in-person and live-streamed class in the Upper Room at 9AM
    • View class from BYG-online page
    • Note: In an effort to ease crowding in the auditorium, the elders would like to offer the BYG the opportunity to remain in the Upper Room after class Sunday morning for worship together. The worship service from the auditorium will be shown on the big screen in the Upper Room and communion supplies will be provided. You will enter/exit from the Annex 1 entrance. Masks encouraged to enter/exit.
  • Pre-recorded classes for our Buford Kids (PreK to K, 1st-3rd, 4th) and our Pre-teens (5th & 6th) taught by Buford teachers
    • There will be no in-person classes for these age groups
    • Look for more information via email this week on how to access the classes
    • Materials for some age groups will be mailed this week

Finally, viewing most of these Bible class offerings, either live-streamed or pre-recorded, will require you to use your Member ID to access them through our members section of the website. Follow instructions on the website to setup or reset your Member ID this week. Contact the office if you need further assistance.

Thank you and we continue to ask for your prayers.

7/23 Elder Statement

As situations arise and more people get infected with COVID-19, want to make sure you understand that we do have a plan in place for contact tracing in the event that someone does test positive for the virus. We will be keeping part of our cameras trained on the audience during all of our services to help to identify anyone that may have come into close contact with that person and we ask that if anyone does test positive to please contact the church office or one of the elders as soon as possible, so that we can begin a process of notification to any of our other members that may have come into close contact with that person. Also, we will continue the procedures we already have in place for cleaning the building before and after every service and entering and exiting the building for our worship services and safe distancing. We ask that each of you please continue to follow these procedures to the best of your ability.

The elders will continue to petition the Lord on behalf of our members and their friends and loved ones to heal and comfort those who are sick or have been affected by this virus in other ways as well. We ask that you continue to be in prayer as well during this trying time.

Remember we are truly blessed! To God be the glory!

The elders

7/22 Elder Statement

Hello Brothers and Sisters,

We want to express our appreciation to the Lord for the ability to meet with each other again on Sunday mornings. It has been a wonderful blessing to be able to get together again over the last few Sundays. We also appreciate all of you who have continued to join in our worship services from home, and we still look forward to the day when all of us can be together again in one place for worship.

As you know, we opened up the Fellowship Hall a couple of weeks ago as a “Mask-Only” zone for those families who wanted to come to worship service, but only if everyone was wearing a mask. So far, we have had about 20 people worshipping from the Fellowship Hall each Sunday. We plan to continue to have the “Mask-Only” zone in the Fellowship Hall for our Sunday morning service as well as the online live-stream so folks can still join in our worship from home.

In accordance with the current government recommendations, we are recommending that everyone now wears a mask while entering and exiting the building and at any time or place where it is not possible to keep a safe distance from each other. Once you and your family are inside the auditorium and seated at a safe distance from others, then you could remove your mask if you wish to do so.

The elders will continue to monitor the Covid-19 crisis and will update everyone regularly (every two weeks) in regard to our efforts to return to meeting on our “normal” schedule.

We appreciate all of you and your many prayers during this interesting time.  We are a blessed people. To God be the glory!

The elders

7/8 Elder Statement

Hello Brothers and Sisters,

It has been a wonderful blessing to be able to meet back together again for the last few Sunday mornings for in-person worship along with our ongoing live-stream for everyone that has been watching from home or elsewhere. It has been great to see each other even though we have had to keep our distance socially per government guidelines. We also appreciate and miss those that have used their good judgment in worshipping from home and continue to look forward to the day when the entire body can gather again in one place to safely worship God in spirit and in truth!

We would like to provide as many folks as possible the opportunity to participate in corporate worship during this pandemic.  In general, we have members that fall into 3 categories,  (1) members that have been meeting the past several Sundays who are comfortable meeting at the building with the current social distancing measures in place, (2) members who are at high risk or have significant concerns with meeting who continue to worship from home, and (3) members worshipping from home who would be comfortable worshipping at the building if everyone was wearing a mask.

In keeping with government guidelines, we have not required everyone to wear a mask in the building during the worship service. However, we do understand that there are some who would decide to come to the building for worship only if all were wearing masks. Therefore, after careful consideration, we have decided to set up the Fellowship Hall as a “Mask-Only” space for corporate worship.  We hope this will allow some to be able to come to the building and participate in corporate worship while watching the live-stream together on the TV monitor.  All people in the Fellowship Hall will be required to wear a mask. We will have a communion table where you can pick up communion cups and we will have an usher or 2 there, wearing masks, to help seat anyone who wishes to worship from the Fellowship Hall. Also, the Fellowship Hall doors will be unlocked, and we will ask that you enter and exit the building only from the doors that lead to the Fellowship Hall.  Again, we ask that no one go downstairs without wearing a mask for worship.

If you wish to wear a mask and are comfortable worshipping in the main auditorium where many may not be wearing a mask, you are welcome to do so.

The elders will continue to monitor the Covid-19 crisis and will update everyone regularly (every two weeks) in regard to our efforts to return to meeting on our “normal” schedule.

We appreciate all of you and your many prayers during this interesting time.  We are a blessed people.  To God be the glory!

The elders

6/18 Elder Statement

Brother and Sisters,

We appreciate your continued patience and flexibility as we continue to phase in worship, studies and activities. We will continue to monitor government guidelines and what we feel works best for our congregation. There are a few areas where we want to provide updates.

  1. Overflow Seating for Sunday Morning Worship

As our attendance increases for in-person worship, we are getting closer to needing overflow seating to maintain required social distancing of 6ft. You will be ushered to overflow seating once the auditorium has reached capacity.

To help us maximize seating in the auditorium:

  • Let an usher guide you to a seat
  • Go all the way down the row vs staying at the ends, allowing 6ft between the next person/family
  • Arrive early
  • Do not remove the blue tape on marked pews

Follow the ushers lead so all will be seated as quickly as possible and guidelines will be met.

  1. Guidelines for Events or Groups Meeting at Buford facility

As we are working to return to activities at the building, consideration has been given and guidelines set to help keep all safe. Please follow these guidelines if you choose to attend an event. The Ministry leaders and coordinators are responsible for overseeing the event and all guidelines met. The guidelines are attached.

  1. Wednesday Adult Summer Series

On Wednesdays, you now have the option to participate in the study together in the auditorium. We will continue to provide the online option as well. The elders want you to know that both are acceptable options, as many are still choosing not to gather in large groups at this time.

There will be no devotional prior to the Bible study and no Bible classes offered. Please arrive to the auditorium early and by 7pm, as the speaker will begin after a few announcements. Each week, the speaker could be bringing the lesson in-person or pre-recorded.

For those coming to the auditorium, please follow the same Sunday Worship guidelines for entering/exiting, social distancing and seating in the auditorium. Please do not remove blue tape on rows to create additional seating. Following the study, please fellowship outside.

In Him,

The elders

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6/11 Elder Statement

Hello Brothers and Sisters,

Thank you to everyone who has been in attendance the last two Sunday mornings for in-person worship and the seriousness that everyone has shown in following social distancing guidelines.  We appreciate and miss those that use their good judgement in worshipping from home and continue to look forward to the day when the entire body can gather again in one place to safely worship God in spirit and in truth!

For those planning to join us for the first time in the coming weeks, please be sure to follow the directions we have posted online (5/29 Elder Statement below).  We especially request that you arrive early and follow the guidance of our ushers in maximizing the seating that we have available.

After careful consideration, we feel it is important for the Buford Youth Group (BYG) to begin gathering again as a larger group on Wednesday nights.  J Hall has been working, with the assistance of the summer interns, on a great program for our 7th-12th graders on Wednesday nights.  We feel the kids can gather together safely beginning next Wednesday night at 7:00pm at the outdoor pavilion on Buford Highway.  J will provide more information in the coming days on the efforts that will be in place to maintain appropriate social distancing.   We will set up an area in the Fellowship Hall, following social distancing guidelines, for parents of non-driving BYG kids to watch the adult summer series while waiting on the session at the pavilion to conclude.

Online content including live broadcast of Sunday morning worship, Sunday evening Bible study conducted by our ministers and  the Wednesday night Summer Series will continue to be available on our website’s Watch Live page.

The elders will continue to monitor the Covid-19 crisis and will update everyone regularly (every two weeks) in regard to our efforts to return to meeting on our “normal” schedule.  We anticipate adding Wednesday night (auditorium only), Sunday night (auditorium), and then Wednesday/Sunday classes as we become more certain of our ability to meet safely and as state guidelines are relaxed.

We appreciate all of you and your many prayers during this interesting time.  We are a blessed people.  To God be the glory!

The elders

5/29/20 Elder Statement 

Buford Brothers and Sisters,

This Sunday, 5/31, we are excited to offer In-Person and Online Worship @ 10am. We will not be having Sunday AM Bible classes, Sunday evening services or Wednesday evening classes in-person at this time. We will continue to monitor the situation and re-evaluate our plans. Sunday at 6pm and Wednesday at 7pm, everyone can still participate in our online Bible studies through our website @ https://www.bufordcoc.com/watch-live/

As was communicated by the elders on 5/13, we fully realize that there are many among our number who are at higher risk for complications of COVID-19. We strongly encourage members to carefully evaluate their situation before coming to an in-person worship service. This is a decision that must be made by each family based on your personal circumstances and we want you to know that your decision will be respected. (View the Elder statement on 5/13 below, for details on things to consider and process changes.)

According to the best medical information we have available, the elders recommend that individuals 65 and over or those with asthma, chronic lung or liver disease, diabetes, severe obesity, severe heart conditions, or who are immunocompromised continue to worship with us online from home.

2 diagrams are available for you to review prior to Sunday. One highlights the actions and processes we are taking to help keep you as safe as possible. (included in blue below)  The other is a new diagram of how you will “Enter/Exit for Worship” at the building (communicated to members).

Here are some helpful tips to make the day go smoothly:

  • Begin arriving by 9:45am (doors open at this time)
  • Only 2 entrances are open: Main Entrance and Playground/side entrance. Please walk outside from upper and lower parking lots to one of these entrances.
  • The door you enter determines the section in the auditorium you will be directed to sit in. (See arrow pathways in the flow diagram) Ushers will be there to direct you.
  • Please respect social distancing (6ft) and use a non-contact greeting. Wave, smile and give virtual hugs!
  • Enter the building as a family unit and you will be directed by an Usher to sit together in the pew. Your family will be 6ft from another person or family. (Expect to not be seated in your “usual” spot. Any pillows/blankets that were in pews have been stored.) People will be seated from the front of the section to the back as it fills up.
  • Upon entry to the auditorium, you will pick-up one baggie for your family and # of communion kits needed. Bring your filled baggie out when you exit and place in the trash can provided. There are tubs for you to place you collection in as you enter/exit.
  • If you are a family with small children, the Training Room has two rows available. Enter door C from the main entrance. The nursery is open for changing diapers only. Bring activities for sitting in the pew.
  • View with your family the “In-Person Worship Informational Video” 

We all eagerly look forward to the time when these measures become unnecessary. We will re-evaluate weekly and continue to apply government guidelines for meeting in large groups. We thank you for your continued patience and love for one another. Please reach out to one of us, the ministers or the office if you have any questions about this process.

The Elders

In-Person Worship Informational Video

Safety Chart COVID19 BCOC

5/13/20 Elder Statement

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

After much prayer, discussion and planning, we are excited to announce that we will begin conducting worship at the church building on Sunday morning May 31st.  We will not be having Sunday AM Bible classes, Sunday evening services or Wednesday evening on-site classes through early June.  We will continually monitor the situation and re-evaluate our plans for mid-June and beyond. We will continue to provide fresh online worship and Bible study options through our website at https://www.bufordcoc.com/watch-live/ until this crisis passes (Sunday 10am worship; Sunday 6pm Bible study and Wednesday 7pm Bible study).

We fully realize that there are many among our number who are at higher risk for complications of COVID-19. Online worship and classes will continue to be available for those who are not comfortable meeting at the building. We strongly encourage members to carefully evaluate their situation before coming to an in-person worship service. This is a decision that must be made by each family based on your personal circumstances and we want you to know that your decision will be respected.

According to the best medical information we have available, the elders recommend that individuals 65 and over or those with asthma, chronic lung or liver disease, diabetes, severe obesity, severe heart conditions, or who are immunocompromised continue to worship with us online from home.

Please carefully read all of the following before choosing to attend worship in-person! 

1) There will be one worship service on Sunday morning 5/31 at 10:00am. Every other pew will be marked off with blue tape and 6 feet should be maintained between family groups within a pew. We will have ushers helping guide each of you. Please sit in rows that are open.  There will be an overflow area set-up in the fellowship hall, in case we exceed the 50% capacity in our auditorium, so plan on arriving early. The number that we anticipate will fit in the auditorium is roughly 300 people. 

2) There will be two entrances available to enter the building. These are the main entrance in the front foyer and the side entrance on the same level at the opposite end of the foyer.  The doors will be propped open so you can just walk right in.  Annex 1 and 2 and the fellowship hall entrances will not be opened. In order to limit the amount of cleaning and disinfection needed in the building, most areas will be marked as off-limits. We ask that all members stay on the main level unless use of the fellowship hall for overflow is necessary.  Please respect these boundaries!

3) Please arrive early for the 10:00am start. Entry and exit to the auditorium may take a little longer while maintaining social distancing. Please pay attention to any signage as you come in as we may direct foot traffic in particular areas to avoid bunching up.  Arriving after the start of worship may create significant discomfort for those who arrived early and have made efforts to create safe spacing for their families.

4) A table by each entrance to the auditorium from the foyer will have individual Lord’s Supper packets for you to pick up as you enter. The Lord’s Supper trays and the collection trays will not be passed around. Please take your communion cups and dispose of them in the trash cans provided at the close of service.  There will be collection trays at the auditorium exits as you leave at the conclusion of the service.  You can also continue to use the online PayPal option to submit your contribution.

5) Please sit in family units on the same pew.  We are serious about social distancing and must comply with state recommendations for maintaining proper social distance.

6) For families with small children, the training room at the back of the auditorium will have limited seating to allow for proper social distancing.  The nursery is available for changing diapers and nursing children.  The nursery will not be attended and the toys will be removed.  Please show consideration for other families by sanitizing any areas that you use in the nursery area.  We encourage you to bring appropriate activities for young children to use while in the auditorium.

7) Masks and gloves are welcome but not mandatory.  Our restrooms have been updated to include motion detected soap dispensers. The restrooms will be cleaned prior to the service.

8) There will not be outlines, bulletins or attendance cards taken up.  We ask that you register your attendance online.

9) We request that there not be gatherings in the foyer or auditorium aisles.  Please enter and leave the auditorium at a steady pace.  If you wish to have extended conversation, please maintain a safe distance (6 feet) and continue your conversation outside.  Please keep young children by your side.

10) Do NOT attend service if any of the following is true:

  1. You have been in close contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19 in the last 14 days.
  2. You are experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, or a sore throat.
  3. You currently have a fever or have had one in the last 48 hours.
  4. You have had a recent loss of taste or smell.
  5. You have had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 48 hours.

In general, please use good sense and respect social distancing, cover coughs and sneezes, wash your hands, avoid touching your face, and go with an alternative, non-contact greeting instead of a real one. We all eagerly look forward to the time when these measures become unnecessary.

Finally, as a reminder:

  • VBS has been postponed to an undetermined date
  • Our week at Camp Inagehi has been cancelled
  • All congregational meetings are cancelled or postponed through 5/31 (BYG should look online and watch for texts, emails and social media for small group activities that have been approved by the elders)

We thank you for your continued patience and love for one another,

The Elders

BCOC SAFETY CHART_COVID19

4/29/20 Elder Statement

Brothers and sisters,

We pray that you are safe from the virus.  If you need anything: assistance, food, prayers, please let one of the elders or ministers know so we can help.  The church as a family, the leadership and staff are here to help in any way we can.

As the status of the “lock-down” continues to change and some businesses are being allowed to re-open, the leadership of the Buford church continues to evaluate the situation.  As we enter Phase 1 of the re-opening of Georgia, due to social distancing requirements, it is still ill advised to meet in groups larger than 10.

For this reason, the elders have decided to continue to worship remotely, as we have been, through Sunday, May 10th.  All worship services and other congregational activities are cancelled or postponed through that date.  At this point, these plans include postponing Vacation Bible School until a later date.

We will not meet as a congregation until at least Sunday, May 17th We will prayerfully continue to monitor the situation and hope that the country will move through Phase 2 and Phase 3 rapidly.  It is very possible that we will continue to worship remotely in our homes through the entire month of May and not return to the building for congregational worship until June. We will communicate plans again by May the 13th.

Returning to the building for worship will require extensive measures to sanitize the facilities and guidelines to protect each of you from possible exposure to the virus.  We may not have the ability to completely protect those that are vulnerable to the virus until more information is available.

As we evaluate our current circumstances, we feel that we are engaging in scriptural worship and the ministers are doing an excellent job in providing the tools we need to conduct appropriate worship in a home environment.  We appreciate our ministers and staff for their leadership during this time!  Worshiping jointly at home with your family can be a very uplifting and spiritual experience if you participate fully.  We believe worship in a potentially large group with masks and gloves would be hazardous, distracting and less spiritually uplifting than what we are doing now.

When we do return to the building, your safety will be our major concern.  We expect that we will return to congregational activities in a staggered approach with Sunday worship being top priority.  Wednesday Bible Study, Sunday evening service, and Sunday Bible classes and all other activities will return on a delayed schedule when appropriate.

You will probably hear other congregations following a different schedule of return.  There is no standard procedure for a return to “normal” for all congregations.  Each church is different in size, facilities and demographics.  We will do the best we can over the next few months to return to our regularly scheduled activities as we evaluate the risks involved and our ability to protect you.  We expect that social distancing will be the new normal for months to come.  We are installing hands free soap dispensers and more hand sanitizing stations.  We will do what we can to minimize exposure to personal contact by adjusting how we participate in communion and our giving by using disposable communion supplies and contribution boxes.  You will also be able to continue giving by PayPal.

We remain thankful to God that we can continue to worship together, as family units, in freedom through the use of modern technology!  God is good!

We will continue to provide fresh worship and Bible study options through our website at https://www.bufordcoc.com/watch-live/ until this crisis passes.  Schedule: Sunday 10am Worship and 6pm Bible Study with the Ministers. Wednesday 7pm Bible Study with our Ministers rotating teaching. BYG should look for online events and study details that are communicated by email, text and social media.

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, ministers 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!

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.

Postponements/cancellations include:

  • 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!

The Elders