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For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment. — 2 Timothy 1:7
This page will be updated periodically with information related to the COVID-19 Coronavirus as it impacts Sagebrush Church.
Tuesday Q&A: The one question we get asked the most.
In light of the fluid nature concerning the state-wide restrictions due to COVID-19 coronavirus, including the recent announcements of retail establishments opening at 25% in the state of New Mexico, we wanted to keep you updated on what we are doing as a church. Check out this update from Pastor Todd.
As of last Friday, the Governor of New Mexico announced that churches can open facilities at 25% capacity. The one question we have received more than any other question in recent days is "when will the church be reopened?"
As a church, we have never closed.
You may be thinking, “What do you mean you never closed?”
The church isn’t a building. The church is the people, and unless you have stopped being the hands and feet of Jesus we have never closed. In fact, as Pastor Todd said, we might be more open right now than ever before.
More people tune into our services every week than ever before because you've been sharing the message of Jesus to tens of thousands of people.
People are making spiritual decisions and giving their lives to Jesus Christ just like when we met at our physical campuses.
Every week people are connecting in small groups. You have played a major part in starting almost 100 new small groups since this pandemic began.
You've helped us give away nearly 6,000 items of personal protective equipment including over 2,000 handsewn masks to first responders and hospitals.
You've made it possible for us to spend thousands of dollars on food in Belize to help those who have been most affected by this virus and we have a shipment of clothing heading to Belize to help those people at this very moment.
You helped restock the food pantries here in Albuquerque back in March right before this pandemic hit so they were prepared to help as many people as possible.
Sagebrush staff have made 17,000 personal phone calls to check in with our Sagebrush family.
The church has never closed.
Last week we sent a survey out to all of you and you told us that at 25% capacity you would rather us wait and let the restrictions lighten. After much discussion and prayer, our church leadership team agrees with you.
For the time being, all our services will remain online. So, make plans now to tune in on the Sagebrush App (on your mobile device, Apple TV, or Roku), our YouTube channel, or online at Sagebrush.church/live. If you're looking to connect with people online during the service, join us on Facebook LIVE. Our Pastoral Teams will be in the chat ready to interact with you and pray for you.
We are also showing services on a one-week delay on KOB TV 4 at 10:00am on Sundays.
We are expanding our online service to make sure you have every opportunity possible to catch a service, so you can now watch a FULL worship service any time you want starting at 4:00pm every Saturday on the Sagebrush App (on your mobile device, Apple TV, or Roku), our YouTube channel, and Facebook.
Again, we are reaching more people than ever before so this weekend we won’t be having our services at 25% capacity because we will be at 100% capacity in homes all over the state of New Mexico and around the world.
Maybe the situation will change next week. Maybe it won’t but make no mistake about it, we are not closed.
Because of the fluid nature of the situation, we will keep you updated each week as new information is available.
One of the things you can do for us is to continue to share the church's content with your friends on social media and spread the message of hope in what seems like a hopeless time.
Thank you again for continuing to BE the church during this time and we look forward to seeing you again SOON.
Sagebrush Church Team
P.S. - If you're looking for a way to help our communities, we will be accepting non-perishable food items at all our permanent locations and the Farmington Church offices. If God has used the ministry of Sagebrush Church to impact your life in any way and you'd like to make a financial contribution, you can do so through the Sagebrush app or online.
**If you feel sick, have a fever, have traveled recently, have been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or are in a vulnerable demographic please stay home and do not sign up to volunteer. Follow all government recommended social distancing guidelines**
Deliver food with Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels is utilizing an emergency service next week and they are in need of drivers. Volunteer on Thursday or Friday from 10 am-1 pm. Volunteers must be at least 18 and already driving, have auto insurance, and have a reliable car. All volunteers will do a one-hour training. Contact Kellie 505-823-8060 or Caillin at 505-823-8064
The State of New Mexico's blood bank is in need of blood. Local donation opportunities can be scheduled online, CLICK HERE to make an appointment.
Here is an opportunity to serve the medical professionals who are working so hard to serve our community. We are asking you to take scrape fabric and supplies you have at home and sew as many of these masks as you can. Bring the completed masks to the Riverside Campus. There will be a collection bin underneath the sails from 9am-5pm Monday-Friday. From there, our m1ssions team will get to them to the hospitals.
Here are the two types of masks you can make:
Version 1 - A bit more complicated but only requires fabric to make.
Version 2 - Simpler but requires elastic.
Roadrunner Food Bank:
We are so excited that you are interested in joining Roadrunner Food Bank’s hunger relief efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are working to rapidly mobilize to feed our hungry neighbors. To do this, we need the helping hands of community members to help build food boxes. To sign up to help pack boxes in our warehouse please click here.
Rio Grande Food Project:
Help distribute food on Monday mornings at Legacy Church parking lot (7201 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87121). Volunteers are need from 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. to sign up to volunteer please email Ari Herring at .
The Food Depot in Santa Fe:
The Food Depot has a long history of serving as a disaster relief organization and has a disaster plan in place. The focus of preparedness has been on wildfires, but The Food Depot is rapidly adapting. Distribution plans for pandemics are new to The Food Depot, but be assured that the organization has put logistics in place that continue to be modified as the situation evolves. The food bank is positioned to serve its community and actively prepare alternative distribution strategies.
The Food Depot’s role in hunger relief is more important now than ever. The food bank is relying on community support to help build capacity to meet a growing need at this critical time.
To find opportunities to serve in Santa Fe click here.
These opportunities are subject to change.
Please check this page frequently for updates.