April Sound Church During the Pandemic 2020
What makes April Sound Church a safe haven in frightening times, is really our congregation, not the building or any physical structure. Our “Drive-in Church” demonstrates that. It shows our heart and our true treasure, each other. We enjoy and value our fellowship. We are pulling together, helping each other, and caring for those in need.
Luke 12:34 - “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
Many of you participate in our annual golf tournament and in regular giving. “Helping Hands” is a committee/foundation embedded in our church and in our hearts. During the month of April, the Helping Hands committee distributed more than $4,400 to help struggling families in our community, averaging $218 per household. All requests for assistance were handled over the telephone and not the usual face to face appointments, satisfying the safe distancing requirements. In addition, almost $10,000 was given to help ease the burdens of those church members who have lost jobs, been furloughed, or just had hours cut back. It has not ended.
All of this is possible because of the generosity and real love for Jesus and His commands. The real treasure is not in our possessions, but in the real concern and love we share for the people around us. God wants heaven filled with loving people; it is where our heart really is.
You are invited to be a part of an amazing church centered around Jesus' love and grace. Bring your talents and see what God can do.
In the month of May, our Helping Hands foundation from April Sound Church was able to help 29 families through the Community Assistance Center for a total of $10,389.18. Additionally, we were able to help a handicapped lady with her rent payments for three months for a total of $900.
We also had church families who lost jobs or suffered financially during the COVID-19 crisis. Over $16,000 went out to assist these families. Another family in our church supported local restaurants during this difficult time by providing meals once a week to our shut-ins and other families in need.
All during this time our congregation has actively supported our food pantry. We've collected large amounts of non-perishable groceries for the Coat of Many Colors Ministry in Montgomery.
Our WinGS (Women in God’s Service) ladies auxiliary group has been very active in supporting the Montgomery County Women’s Center with various urgently needed supplies. They are also collecting supplies for Journey Home, a Christian based maternity home in Conroe, and are providing breakfast for the Conroe House of Prayer (CHOP) once a month from June through December.
This was a record month for our church to be able to help our own members and members of the community. We are grateful to the people in our church who have given generously during this very difficult time.