APRIL 1, 2020
Out of compassion to others and in accordance with ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, the WestArk church family will continue to our "stay in place" and "social distancing" adjustments. Here is a summary of changes through the month of April:
1. Worship service will be streamed at 10:30 AM on Sundays for April 5, 12, 19 & 26. These are hosted on the WestArk Church of Christ You Tube channel. If the outbreak recedes quicker than anticipated and we are able to reassemble at the building we will update the congregation.
2. KidMin, WAYG, and LFC are hosting online meetings, classes, and resources. Contact our ministry staff for more information.
3. Some adult classes are putting together online meetings. Check with your class or group leader.
4. Celebrate Recovery will begin online meetings beginning on April 6. Visit WACR.US for information on how you can participate.
5. The following meetings at the building are cancelled through April:
Sunday 6 PM class
Wednesday 7 PM classes
Tuesday Men's Class (cancelled until fall)
Wednesday Morning Women's Class
Parenting Seminar for April 5 is postponed to the fall.
Men's Retreat for April 17-19 is postponed to the fall.
6. The office will be open on Monday through Thursday from 9 AM to Noon.
7. Contributions can be made online here or mail in a check to 900 N. Waldron Road, Fort Smith, AR 72903. We appreciate your ongoing generosity.
Continue to check this page for further updates.
From the Shepherds of the West-Ark Church - March 18, 2020
To the family at WestArk:
First and foremost, we want you to know that we love you and pray for you continually. We are dedicated to the spiritual and, in this instance, also the physical well-being of our WestArk family.
After hours of discussion, deliberation, consideration and, most importantly, prayer, your shepherds have made the decision to suspend our congregational worship at the building for at least the next two Sundays (March 22 & 29). For the next two Sundays, we encourage you to participate in online worship at 10:30. That is what your elders will be doing as we will not be at the building. Using your phone, smart TV, PC or other devices, access the West-Ark You Tube channel. For a quick link to the channel, go to westark.org and click on the red button for WACC TV.
Our national leaders have asked all Americans to suspend group gatherings larger than 10 persons as an effort to aggressively slow the spread of coronavirus. We want to do our part to cooperate and contribute. We want to protect the health of our loved ones and neighbors but also encourage one another on the Lord’s Day. Times like this call for creative adjustments but thank God that He has equipped us to adapt to the occasion. We will make the most of this opportunity.
On or about April 1, we will evaluate the plan for April 5 worship based on the state of the national emergency and directives from officials.
Additionally, the following changes should be noted:
Sunday evening services cancelled for the next 2 weeks
Quilters canceled until further notice
CR on Monday is canceled for March 23 and 30
Tuesday WINGS and Men’s Class is canceled until March 31
Wednesday 10 AM Women’s Class is canceled until March 25.
Wednesday PM classes canceled for March 18 – 25.
WAYG events canceled until April
LFC events canceled until April
The Parenting Seminar for April 5 is postponed until the fall
Finally, we would also ask the following of you:
Please continue your contributions if you can do so. We understand that some may face financial difficulty in the short term and may have to act accordingly. There are several electronic methods to give from the security of your own home or you could simply mail a check to the church office.
Look out for each other, especially our elderly and/or shut-in family members. See if they need anything.
Please spread the word about these changes, especially if you know of someone that does not have internet or e-mail access.
Support our community. If you can please support our local businesses. Maybe order carry-out or delivery, purchase gift cards for later use, etc. Their employees will bear the financial brunt of this crisis.
Be careful. Unfortunately, these times can also bring out the worst in some with scams, frauds, etc. Please be diligent and only obtain your information from the authorities and not from someone who might knock on your door.
This pandemic is an extraordinary situation. It has disrupted our routines and threatens the health of some citizens, but it is also drawing us to be more encouraging, prayerful and cooperative. Let’s do our part to help the national effort by worshiping as the “scattered church” and take this opportunity to closely and quietly examine the meaning of our weekly worship. We will also anticipate that first Sunday when we can ALL get together again at our church home – and we may find that we appreciate it more than ever!
For more details on the Sunday schedule, adjustments to ministry during this pandemic and useful information please go to westark.org.
We love you all!
For the elders,