GARLAND, TEX. – Garland Faith Community Seventh-day Adventist Church in Garland, Tex., celebrated its first communion service for 2021 on Sabbath, Jan. 16. It was a long-awaited event for the church family. The church had to close in-person services in the spring of 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The church opened to limited capacity with social distancing in place on Sabbath, Oct. 3, 2020.
Knowing some would still not be able to attend for various reasons and wanting to be careful with those in attendance, small packages with the emblems of Christ were prepared for church members wanting to participate in the communion service.
We were surprised so many church members desired to participate in person that we had to encourage some to watch online after reaching the limited capacity numbers. We were thankful for an online option so we could still have communion together. This was the first time we put the Zoom meeting on the big screen so those in attendance could see those participating online.
It was a special treat to have our Burmese mission group join us as well.
Texas Conference English Evangelism Director Dan Serns (below, left) was the guest speaker and prepared our hearts with a powerful sermon entitled “Pray and Obey.” He encouraged us to follow God’s calling to share Jesus with others throughout our daily lives.
It was an awesome opportunity to get closer to God and more united as a church family.
By Nathan Delima, Pastor