Letter from the church council


I grew up in a small town in Ireland in the 1960s, where every day at 6 a.m., 12 noon and 6 p.m. the bells of the church would ring for “the Angelus.” Everyone, no matter what they were doing, would stop, and pray the set of prayers that comprised the Angelus, a Roman Catholic devotion commemorating the incarnation of Jesus; God made man. The whole town would come to a standstill; everyone stopped what they were doing, stood still, and prayed. We were the only Christian family living in the village that was not Roman Catholic. But we too would stop and stand still, not quite knowing all the words to the Angelus, but recognizing the importance of this ritual in the lives of the community we lived in.

With the tolling of the bells, a community was being reminded and encouraged to pray on a daily and regular basis. Not just when they remembered to pray, or felt the need to or had the cause to pray; just a routine of prayer when the bells rang out. It has been more than a year now that world became aware of and affected by a pandemic, which has since reached into every far corner of the earth.

At Council meetings, we often look at our worship service attendance numbers. Pre-covid, ACC averaged around 250 people at each Sunday worship service. Since October 2020, we have averaged around 85 people. Apart from the recent Easter Sunday service, we have never had all the chairs filled, even though the chairs are limited to 100 because we are following health protocols of distancing and also masking.

We have “lost” about 60% of our congregation. We do know that some continue to be in fellowship with us through Zoom Sunday services. We do know that some are waiting until they feel less at risk. We do know that some started attending other churches when ACC shut its physical doors for 6 months. These all are to be expected. What ACC Council does not know, is where the other large section of our congregation has gone to. We do not know under what conditions people might return, or if at all. Our monthly income is also related to our worship attendance. As can be seen by the graphs below, we are meeting our basic mandatory payments. We can function as a church, but are not able to finance our external ministries of evangelism or reaching out to the poorest of the poor. It is a challenge for us to know how to do these things in ways that do not need financial support.

The last Sunday of April, Vance Bicknell Miller preached on Psalm 23, and more specifically on the words “the Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want”, emphasizing that, in Christ (if we can but realize it) all our needs are met. How are these three threads of thought connected? Perhaps not, except in my own head. Yet, somehow, if I think of one, the others come to mind.

In this time of uncertainty, in our disconnectedness as a church, it is important to remember that “the Lord is our Shepherd, ACC shall not want”. The needs of ACC are being met in Christ, as we strive to follow in his footsteps, and seek to find alternate ways of fulfilling the mandates of all our core committees. And the ringing of the bells for the Angelus? That is just a story that reminds us of the importance of living in prayer and in relationship to the triune God. And a reminder that it is up to each one of us to minister to each other and the Body of Christ.

– Susan Simonson

Volunteer Appreciation Sunday

As a lay-led church, ACC is dependent on volunteers for just about every aspect of our church life. We minister to each other and often it is difficult to realize how many people actually are involved in the running of the church; or know how to recognize and thank them.

Worship Committee is planning a Volunteer Appreciation Sunday for 23rd May, Pentecost Sunday. Join us in person or on zoom as we give thanks to the many who give of their time to ACC and in service to Christ and the community.

Kairos Course

We are continuing our in-person worship services at 10:30 am every Sunday. However, we have a limited number of chairs available in the sanctuary to follow appropriate social distance guidelines. We encourage anyone with risk factors to stay at home and participate in worship by Zoom.

To prepare yourself: Download Zoom on a computer or mobile device by going to zoom.us Click on these links to watch a tutorial on how to download the Zoom App and how to join a meeting from a computer or a phone.

Joining on mobile phone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8JaUEORjSo Joining on computer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMUxzrgZvZQ

Alcoholics Anonymous

AA meets at ACC:
Monday 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Tuesday 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Thursday 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00am – 11:00am


NA (Narcotics Anonymous) meets:

Tuesday 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Thursday 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

May 2021 Service Schedule


May 2, 2021

May 9, 2021

May 16, 2021

May 23, 2021

May 30, 2021

Church Calendar

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Seventh Sunday of Easter

Day of Pentecost

Trinity Sunday

(First Sunday after Pentecost)

Service Type





Family Service

Service Leader

 Penina Oredsson

 Elizabeth Munisi

 Linda Jacobson

Vance Bicknell-Miller 

Erwin Kinsey


 Michael Murray 

 Mike Taylor

 Mark Jacobson

Cynthia Rich

Mark Rich

Lead Musician

Linda Jacobson

 Rebecca Mosley

 Wendy Willmore

 Neil Miller

 Mary N’gida Severe

Duty Elder

 Wilson Mziray

Susan Simonson

 Erwin Kinsey

 Neil Miller

 Irene Mchomvu

Zoom Host

 Sion Miraa

 Jessica Shayo

 Sion Miraa

 Jessica Shayo

Michael Murray

Sound Projector

 Andrea Thomas

Severine Manday 

Avogadro Gerson 

Tumsifu Mushi 

 Philip Mvungi


 Nancy Sadiq

 Rebecca Ndorossy

Christy Miller 

  Nancy Sadiq

 Jane Mashingia 

Scripture Readings

Acts 8:26-40

Psalm 22:25-31

1 John 4:7-21

John 15:1-8

Acts 10:44-48

Psalm 98

1 John 5:1-6

John 15:9-17

Acts 1:15-17, 21-26

Psalm 1

1 John 5:9-13

John 17:6-19

Ezekiel 37:1-14

Psalm 104:24-34, 35b

Acts 2:1-21

John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15

Isaiah 6:1-8

Psalm 29

Romans 8:12-17

John 3:1-17



Thank you to the many who continue to give your tithes and offerings to ACC. Please know that these offerings are needed, appreciated and are used to help many within the community.

For anyone who wishes or needs to transfer funds via bank deposit to ACC please find the following details here:
TSH: ACCOUNT NUMBER 00 300 23 252
USD: ACCOUNT NUMBER 578 067 0116

For anyone who wishes or needs to transfer funds via mobile money to ACC please find the following details here:
M-PESA DEPOSIT NUMBER: +255755992394
NAME: NASIEKU MOLLEL (Church Administrator)