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October 27, 2020

Arbor Road Family,

We hope that you have been enjoying this fall season! Here are a couple important announcements to keep you in the loop.

Join us tomorrow for our food distribution and collection from 9:00-11:00 A.M. out on the front steps. You can either donate some items to the food pantry, or pick up a box for yourself or someone else. Click here (24:47) to view last week’s Transformation Challenge where Andy “The Food Guy” challenged us to pick up a box of food to bless someone in need.

Our biggest outreach event of the year may look different for 2020, but it’s still happening! Fall Festival is only 4 days away, and we still need a handful of volunteers to make this event successful. If you are interested in serving our community at this event click here to sign up. We can’t wait to have you join us!

A friendly reminder that we fall back an hour this weekend. Due to this, our Sunday Night services will now start at 5:00 P.M. Gates will open at 4:30 P.M. in the West lot. We look forward to seeing you there!

September 22, 2020

Hello Arbor Road,

It’s been great to see some familiar faces the past couple weeks at our Sunday night services! Now that we are in a new rhythm of starting to get back together in person, we will just be sending out these “Church from Home” emails once a month, to keep you informed of all the exciting things happening at ARC.

Join us tomorrow for our food distribution and collection from 9:00-11:00 A.M. out on the front steps. You can either donate some items to the food pantry, tell someone about our food pantry, or maybe even pick up a box for someone you know. All are welcome!

We hope that you have continued to join us for our Sunday morning live stream, as we unpack the Sermon on the Mount with our Transformed series. Click here to review our Transformation Challenges each week. We’d love to hear about your experience with these challenges. Click here to let us know how God is moving in your life through this series.

We look forward to gathering every Sunday night in the West lot from 6:00-7:00 P.M. For those of you unable to join us, click here and scroll to the bottom of the page to listen to the sermon.

September 2, 2020

Hey Arbor Road Family!

Well, the week has finally come!  We’re not exactly getting back to church as we knew it in February, but we are getting together… live and in person!  We are SOOO looking forward to seeing you and your crew this Sunday night in our West Parking Lot for our 6-7PM service.  We’ll open the gates at 5:30PM so you can get there and get set.  It’s going to be a great time together of worship… teaching… and FELLOWSHIPPING with each other!!

A few things to remember: It might be a tad warm… or cold… so dress for the occasion.  You might also want to bring a little sun umbrella for these first few weeks if you need or want some shade.  Bring a blanket for the ground and some beach chairs.  If you forget yours, we’ll have some available.  We’ll have bathrooms available, but our water fountains are turned off, so bring some fluids if you’d like.

We’ll be receiving an offering on Sunday nights.  So if you’ve been waiting to bring a gift to the Lord’s house… bring it!  Let’s worship Him in all ways.

We’re asking you to wear a mask as you come and go.  Please feel free to take it off (if you’re comfortable with that) once you get to your seating area… and by the way, we’ll have some socially distant dots for you and yours to plop down on.

And one more thing.  We’re going to have some bracelets available for everyone: green, yellow, and red.  It’s tough to know how people are sorting out this Covid-season, so we want to try to make it a little easier.

A GREEN bracelet indicates you’re out-and-about.  You’ve been back to restaurants that are open, stores, parks, etc. You’re playing by the rules, but engaging people and getting back to life as much as you can.

A YELLOW bracelet indicates you’re engaging a little less of that kind of thing personally.  You’re still being a bit more conscientious about being out-and-about, and limiting the connections you’re making with people.

And a RED bracelet indicates that you work in the medical field, someone is in your care, or that you just need to be very cautious about being in contact with people at the moment.  We are grateful for you and want to respect your need to be careful, so grab a red.

ALL OF THE BRACELETS say the same thing on them:  ARBOR ROAD CHURCH. Regardless of the color bracelet you have on your wrist…we’re all connected through this wonderful church.  We’re all part of the family.  Let’s look out for each-others needs.  Is it a perfect system? No… but we’re trying.  Thanks in advance for your grace as we do our best to accommodate so many different perspectives.

Hey, we’re excited to see you this Sunday night.  Remember, it’s an additional Sunday service.  We’ll still livestream our 10AM Sunday morning service… and while we won’t be livestreaming on Sunday nights, we’ll be recording the audio of the message Sunday nights if you’d like to catch that throughout the week on our website, have at it!

Okay… that’s it for now! Again, looking forward to seeing you!  Be safe and we’ll catch you very soon!

God Bless.

Arbor Road Family,

We hope that you are having an amazing week!

Help us as we continue to serve our community! During the last few months, we’ve been able to help 100+ families. We will be collecting food again tomorrow morning (Wednesday) from 9:00 -11:00 AM. If you’d like to participate with food donations, you can bring any of the following listed items by the front steps on Arbor Rd. We thank you in advance!

Our first Sunday night services is just a little over a week away! We are so excited to be back in this capacity, and look forward to seeing you soon! For more information regarding this gathering, or to view some frequently asked questions, click here! 

It has been such a privilege to lead you through our Church Invitation Strategies mini series over the past couple of months. To view our final episode click below!

August 18, 2020

Hello Arbor Road!

We hope that you’re finding a way to stay cool in this heat!

If you haven’t heard yet, we will be beginning a Sunday night, in-person service starting September 6th! Click here to watch the announcement if you missed it! We look forward to seeing you all real soon.

Did you know we are still doing our Wednesday night zoom? Join some of our staff online Wednesday nights from 6:30-7:15 P.M! Come be part of this innovative way we can share stories, get challenged in and by the Word, laugh, see friends, and get to know our church body. We hope to see you there this week! Click here on Wednesday night at 6:30 to join the Zoom!

Next week, we will be wrapping up our Church Invitation Strategies mini series! We hope that these tutorial videos have helped you get creative with how you have invited your friends and family to join us for church during this time. Did you have success with any of these strategies? Let us know! Our previous episodes can be found on our YouTube, and Facebook pages. Take a look if you missed any of them!

August 11, 2020

Hello Arbor Road!

We have a lot of exciting things coming up! Please continue to pray for our church and its leadership as we navigate through this time.

If you or anyone you know are in need of food, will be handing out food boxes this Wednesday (tomorrow) from 9am-noon or until supplies last. The food distribution will take place in front of the church steps on Arbor Rd.

Last week, pastor Brent announced that we will begin a Sunday night, in-person service starting September 6th! Click here to watch the video if you haven’t had a chance to see it yet. We’re excited to be together again soon!

Have you had a chance to view the latest strategy video? Click below to see how you can invite your friends and family to church through Instagram!

August 4, 2020

Dear Arbor Road Family …

We continue to be in prayer for our entire church family as we all navigate the scenario we’ve been handed since March of this year.  Covid-19 has disrupted the norms in ways none of us could have…or WOULD HAVE wished when 2020 got fired out of the cannon 8 months ago.  But, we all continue to roll with the punches and make the best of what we’ve got.

I hope you’re still looking around you and seeking to find what God is doing in our midst.  I’ve certainly met people who have totally given up on the idea that God actually IS at work in our world through this…but I’ve had conversations with MANY more people who know and firmly believe that God is doing what only He can do. I see it on a daily basis.  More people meeting their neighbors.  More people focusing on their families.  More people diving deeper into their faith. More people inviting people to worship with them through their church’s online venues.

We’ve had an enormous response to our online service.  In fact, our livestream continues to grow.  I remain MASSIVELY thankful for our staff and volunteers who spend hours upon hours of time each week making that service a reality for all of us. Join me in thanking God for them!

We’ll continue to pour our hearts into our livestream until we can all be back together again.  Along the way, we’ll keep looking for opportunities to expand our reach while walking arm in arm with the neighbors in our community.  There are currently no guidelines for outdoor meetings for churches (in terms of size).  So we’re excited to open a new service along those lines.

To that end…I’m thankful to share that beginning SEPTEMBER 6, 2020 we will start a LIVE, IN PERSON, PM service at Arbor Road Church from 6-7PM in our west parking lot.  Our main (east) parking lot will be available for you to park, and then simply walk over to our west lot off Arbor Road.

Bring a blanket to throw down…and bring some folding chairs (or if you forget yours, we’ll have some for you).  We’ll have socially distant dots 10 feet apart so your whole fam can stretch out.  It’s a big lot…so we’ll have room for you!  We’ll have live worship…fellowship…familiar faces… prayer…and a new message that will be different from our Sunday morning messages.  Invite some friends…we’d love to have them.

This will be a family friendly service with elements available for your kids to stay busy as they’re with you (if you’ve got kids!).  We’ll also have some wide open spaces (with speakers connected to them) for you to walk around with your littles should you need to.

Our West lot will be open from 5:30PM-7:30PM with the service beginning at 6PM and ending at 7PM.  That gives you some time on each end to get their early…connect with others…and get set!  We’re asking you to wear your masks as you move to and from your dots…but feel free to take them off when you get settled and can maintain social distancing.

Wow!  So much more to share…but this is just a quick message to get you to save the date.  We realize that the first Sunday falls on Labor Day Weekend…so if you’ll be away on a cruise…you can just pick it up with us the next Sunday. We’ll collapse that service as soon as we can meet together regularly on Sunday mornings…and again…if a live service isn’t possible for you for whatever reason, please know our live stream will continue every Sunday morning as well.  The PM service will be in addition to the Sunday Morning 10AM livestream.

Like I said, plenty more to talk about along these lines…but for now…know that we’re excited to see you mask-to-mask real soon (sorry I couldn’t resist).  Things change so quickly these days…just know we’ll continue to monitor what might or might not be asked of us as we take this step of meeting together live and in person.

Have a great week.  Looking forward to seeing you very soon.  And while I’ve got your attention…I encourage you to come see us at our weekly, interactive zoom Bible Study on Wednesday nights from 6:30-7:15PM.  You can find how to link up with all of us right HERE!

Miss you!  Love you!  Praying for you!  Hope to see you very soon!

God Bless!

Pastor Brent

July 28, 2020

Arbor Road Family,

We hope that you are enjoying your summer and have settled into some new rhythms.

This week is Communion Sunday, and we will be receiving it together as we normally do at the end of the worship service. Plan ahead and have some elements for those in your room (crackers/bread, grape juice). Be ready for it and we can all partake at the end together!

We are planning another food drive collection this Wednesday from 9am-noon (by the front steps) to gather food for our August 12th distribution. See the list below for the items we are in need of. This list represents a complete box we can give to a family in need. We’ll also update our needs each month at arborroad.com/secondandfourth.

Thank you so much for following along with us as we discuss ways we can invite our friends and family to church! To sum it up, the past few episodes, we have talked about inviting friends through the Facebook, and Youtube platforms. Today, we are going to dive into how we can invite people to join us by, Instagram!

July 21, 2020

Hello Arbor Road!

Can you believe we are heading into our twentieth week of church at home? We long for the day to be together again. We hope and pray that it will be someday soon.

Thank you to the volunteers who came out last week to help distribute food to our community. We will be collecting food next week (Wednesday, July 29) from 9-noon to prepare for next month’s distribution. If you are able, please click here to see if you have any of the items on the list to bring by.

Thanks for following along with us in our Church Invitation Strategies mini series. We hope that you have learned some new techniques to invite your friends and family to church. Last week we talked about sharing through the YouTube platform.

July 14, 2020

Hello Arbor Road!

We hope you’re hanging in there during these difficult times. We miss you and are praying for you!

Tomorrow will be our first food distribution outreach. If you or anyone you know have a need for food, please stop by our food distribution tomorrow from 9:00 – 12:00 P.M. (until supplies last.) There are no strings attached. We just want to serve our community.

We hope these videos have allowed you to get creative with how you invite your friends and family to join us for church. Have you tried any of these techniques out for yourself? How did it go? We want to hear from you!

Today, we will introduce you to a new strategy through the YouTube platform.

July 7, 2020

Arbor Road Family,

We hope you had a great Fourth of July weekend!

Looking for a new service opportunity during this time? Our new ministry Second and Fourth outreach is looking for volunteers! This is a way that we can serve our community with a drive-up food bank where we will be distributing food the 2nd Wednesday of every month and collecting on the 4th Wednesday of the month. Click here to sign up to volunteer. The next service opportunity is a week from tomorrow. We hope to see you there.

Last week, we invited you to view Episode 2 of our Church Invitation Strategies mini series. Stay tuned for our next strategy I will be introducing you to next week!

June 30, 2020

Hello Arbor Road,

We hope that you have a safe and enjoyable Independence Day weekend. Freedom is something we learn to appreciate more each and every year. It’s the most expensive gift that can be given. Thank you to those that have served our country!

Can you believe this Sunday is our fourth Communion Sunday at home? Join us as we receive it together at the end of service. Plan ahead and have some elements for those in your room (crackers/bread, grape juice). Be ready for it and we can all partake at the end together!

The past few weeks, we have challenged you to invite people to church, by sharing our services on Facebook. With church being strictly online, we believe that it is more convenient than ever to have new people join us!

This week, we will be introducing you to a few new church invitation strategies! Click here to see how you can serve your church and invite others to join us!

June 23, 2020

Hello Arbor Road,

We hope that you all had a wonderful Father’s Day weekend and that your transition into summer has been enjoyable!

Thank you to those of you that joined us via Zoom last Sunday for our annual Business Meeting. It was a successful meeting with over 50 people in attendance! We were able to answer questions regarding the budget and the upcoming year. The budget and proposed elder slate was approved through the voting form available on our website.

Last week, we introduced you to a mini tutorial series regarding how to invite people to church online during this time. We hope you were able to give the first invitation strategy a go, by sharing the service to your Facebook feed. If you missed last week’s episode you can view it by clicking here.

Next week, we will be touching on a few different strategies to try out. Stay tuned!

June 15, 2020

Arbor Road Family,

Thank you for continuing to be patient with us as we all navigate through these trying times together. We can’t say it enough, we miss you! Gathering online is not nearly as sweet as being together in person. Keep pushing through and pursuing Jesus first. I’m confident that we will be back as soon as we can!

We hope that these emails have kept you informed on what’s happening here at ARC week in and week out. There are some important things coming up this week, so stay tuned!

The new fiscal year is just around the corner! Join us for our annual church business meeting this Sunday from 11:30-1:30 P.M. via Zoom. There will be a time for Q&A with Brent Eldridge & Nick Gisler to answer any of your questions. If you wish to participate, there will be a ballot on our website to vote in the new slate of elders & budget for the new year.

Visit business2020.arborroad.com for more information or check out our homepage on June 21st for the ballot and Q&A links! Voting will be open until 3:00 P.M. on Sunday June 21st. We hope you will join us! Click here to view a full budget proposal breakdown for 2020-2021.

Many people have been asking us during this time of being forced to “stay at home” — What can
I do for my church? How can I serve the Lord while in the middle of a pandemic?
What’s so amazing about our God is that he is completely able to take dire circumstances and
use them for his glory.

One of the unique opportunities I believe we have been handed in this time of quarantine is that
of “invitation.” It has never been easier to invite people to “come to church” now that church is exclusively online!

Over the next several weeks, I am going to show you a number of effective invitation strategies
using your social media accounts. If you don’t have Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc., I’ll also
be giving some old-school suggestions along the way on how to invite people to our livestream.
So stick with me.

June 9, 2020

Hello Arbor Road,

It’s officially summer!
We’re glad each week to hear how you have not stopped connecting in different capacities with your community!
Please keep sharing those moments with us, we’re so grateful for how you’re bringing light during this season.

As you know, summer also brings a new fiscal year, which means that our annual business meeting will be happening this month on June 21st. If you wish to participate, there will be a ballot on our website to vote in the new slate of elders & budget for the new year. There will also be a time for Q&A with Brent Eldridge & Nick Gisler on Zoom to answer any of your questions that day. Check arborroad.com on June 21st for the ballot and Q&A links!

June 2, 2020

Hello Arbor Road,

We hope you and your family are continuing to find strength in the Lord this week.
The world around us is changing every day, but He never will.
If you missed Pastor Brent’s email on Sunday, please click here.

This week is Communion Sunday, and we will be receiving it together as we normally do at the end of the worship service. Plan ahead and have some elements for those in your room (crackers/bread, grape juice). Be ready for it and we can all partake at the end together!

May 26, 2020

Happy Tuesday!

If you know a student who is graduating this year, shoot them a text right now, write them a card, send a cup of coffee via postmates for a job well done! We are so excited to celebrate our graduating class of 2020 & cannot wait to see the ways God will use your gifts in the coming years. YOU DID IT!

It was so refreshing to see so many faces on Scattered Together last week. Let’s do it again tomorrow!
Join us again or for the first time; we’ll have a time of community, uplifting encouragement, & prayer together.
Use the link below to join us tomorrow from 6:30 to 7:15pm.

If you’re new to Zoom or if you just can’t wait to see us, log in at 6:15.

Hope to see you there!

May 19, 2020

Hello Arbor Road!

It is pretty surreal to think about a lot of the new rhythms we’ve had to create during this season, & although we want more than anything to be back together, we hope you’ve been able to create some life-giving rhythms for you and your family.

Use the links below to see what we’ve got going on this week.

Have you been joining us for Scattered Together on Wednesday nights?
This has been such a great way for us to see the faces of Arbor Road, & we would love to see yours this week! Use the link below to join us tomorrow from 6:30 to 7:15pm.

If you’re new to Zoom or if you just can’t wait to see us, log in at 6:15.

Hope to see you there!

May 15, 2020

A Response to the call to REOPEN CALIFORNIA CHURCHES on May 31, 2020

Prominent pastors have recently engaged the church at large, calling for a collective reopening on May 31, 2020 in opposition to local and state authorities, which have kept stay at home orders in effect.  I want to be clear out of the gate that Arbor Road Church will not be joining them in this and plans to continue live-streaming for the time being. I realize our decision to walk in cooperation with local and state authorities will disappoint some, but I’m asking you to please allow me to explain my heart on the matter.

Two of the most prominent reasons for the encouragement to abandon the order and move back into regular fellowship for Sunday morning worship services are:

  1. A gross overreach of the government regarding our constitutional rights
  2. The clear persecution of the church

I want to say LOUDLY that I do believe there has been overreach regarding our constitutional rights.  We have the right to practice our religion and assemble freely (1st Amendment) and to not be deprived of life and liberty without due process (14th Amendment, section 1).  We have rights … they have been stepped on.  So now what do we do?

Some have said, “We defy!”  I’m reading that over 3000 churches plan on doing just that.  But that’s not where I sense the Spirit leading me and leading Arbor Road Church.  Here’s a look into where my quiet times, thoughts, and prayers have led me.

One of the key players in the Bible that has my mind focused on moving forward as we are is the unsung champ, Uriah the Hittite, in 2 Samuel 11:6-16.  The king gave him permission to sleep with his wife (like our Constitution gives us freedom to meet).  Uriah certainly WANTED to be with his wife (like WE want to be together too), but he decided to forego the opportunity that was within his rights and desires because of his concern for OTHERS.  His brothers at arms  would have LOVED to have been back to normal with their wives, too.  In essence, Uriah said, “If THEY can’t, I won’t. I’ll stand with them until we can all get back to our lives.”

I respect that.  I think this is a great opportunity for the church to say, “Hey community, we’re with you! Let’s get through this together!” without pushing and shoving our way to the front under the guise of “persecution.”  And I say “guise” for this reason.  I don’t believe this is persecution of the church (at least as things have been handed down in Long Beach, CA).  The church is not being particularly targeted.  We’re not being singled out.  To me, this is a Romans 13:1-2 issue, not an Acts 5:29 issue.  If local and state authorities said (or say): “Everyone can open EXCEPT churches,” THAT would be persecution.  That’s not what’s happening here; and I hope churches holding up that banner will drop it, so they don’t sully the term for churches in the world that are TRULY being persecuted.

We have not been told to stop preaching the gospel, and we have not been stopped from doing so.  In fact, it’s CLEAR given every single story I’ve heard about live-streaming that MORE people are hearing the Gospel during this time away from our churches than they were before we were moved off our campuses.  More neighbors are being engaged. More selfless acts of service and prayer are being rendered.  God is on the move.  He is using this time for His glory.  Why attempt to fast track this trial? Why move away from His sovereign plan?  Who do we REALLY believe is in control?  Has this whole thing caught God off guard? No. It hasn’t. I believe He is using it and He’s using US right where we are at the moment. The Gospel message is still being heard, and again, with even broader impact by many who are headed down a path that leads to “eternal COVID”–an eternal place of isolation, pain, suffering, depression, sadness, and death.

So again, I’m not interested in fast tracking this trial.  I’m taking a page out of James’ epistle and considering it “pure joy” while trusting that the testing of our faith will produce endurance which will result in us being perfect and complete, lacking nothing (James 1:2-4).  He’s doing something here … I’m waiting, watching, learning, acting, serving, preaching, pushing on, running to win, and all the rest as best as I can, and I know others are, too.

This thing will come to an end, and we will cross that finish line shoulder to shoulder with the community in which God has planted us.  We will emphatically enter into the pain and loss they feel, while continuing to bring the Gospel to their lives in word and deed.

I’ve written to our Mayor.  If you’re listening to this, Mayor Garcia, I hope to hear back from you.

I’m praying for our local, state, and national leaders and submitting to their authority, as men and women who have been granted that authority by God, RIGHT UP TO THE MOMENT when they ask me to do something contrary to what God has called me to do through His Word.

Please understand I pray only the very best for any other brother or sister leading in churches that see things differently.  We all have a personal responsibility to our Chief Shepherd. And we all must act with the Spirit and God’s Word leading the way.  This is simply how His Word and Spirit are leading my heart and mind.

I have more to say about reopening services at ARC, as we’re diligently planning that process out with all generations of our church in mind, but I’ll save that for another time and end this line here regarding May 31st.  Thanks for taking some time to hear me out today.

In Christ,

Pastor Brent Eldridge

May 12, 2020

Hi Arbor Road!

It’s almost Summer. Can you feel it?
We hope you’ve been staying cool & are able to enjoy the beautiful days we have ahead of us this week!

A note to the class of 2020:
It’s no secret that this is not the way you envisioned your graduation to be. You have worked extremely hard and we are so proud of what you have accomplished!

We would love the opportunity to recognize you in our video celebrating graduates during a Sunday morning service! Please take a moment and record a quick video of yourself saying your name, your school/college, and your degree (for our college grads). Make sure to film your video landscape/horizontal with no bright lights behind you. Email your video to ARCgraduates@ArborRoad.com no later than this Thursday, May 17th.

You are awesome. You are loved. Keep your head up!

May 5, 2020

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

We hope this week you’ll continue to take advantage of the list below of how to stay connected as a church. Keep us updated if you see any needs arise in our community, or give a shout out if you’re seeing someone going above & beyond to help others!

Women from churches throughout the city of Long Beach are joining together for a virtual event titled Women are Healers this Friday, May 8th, at 7:00 PM.
We’re coming as one body, really, one church—raw, vulnerable, bold, and on the move—women committed to seeing God’s story be played out in the world.

Kim Gros, Grace Long Beach; Barbara Sunofsky, Long Beach Christian Fellowship; Deb Walkenmeyer, Light & Life Church & Community Center; Myesha Chaney, Antioch Church of Long Beach; Brenna Rubio, City Church of Long Beach; our very own Megan Fate Marshman, Arbor Road Church; and Caity Ardavanis, Hume Lake Christian Camps.

During our time together, there will be worship, encouragement through Good News, interviews, the sharing of stories, specifically around woundedness and healing, and prayer.
Whether you live in Long Beach or in a surrounding city, state, or even Country – Join us! We’d love to have you (and your neighbors, friends, baseball moms, coworkers, etc).

To find this event online at 7:00 PM on Friday, May 8th:
go to Youtube.com —> Search “Women Are: Healers 2020”

“Don’t you see, you planned evil against me but God used those same plans for my good, as you see all around you right now – life for many people.” Genesis 50:20.

April 28, 2020

Hello Arbor Road!

We’re back with updates about how you can stay connected from home! We can’t say it enough—We Miss You! Thanks for the many ways we’ve heard that you’re going above and beyond to serve others while staying safe at home.

We’re so blown away by how quickly you answered the call to help replenish our pantry. 50+ cars came by to help, and it was so great to see your faces (even behind the masks)! We cannot wait to see how God will use the resources to help people in our community.

THIS WEEK IS COMMUNION SUNDAY, and we will be receiving it together as we normally do at the end of the worship service. Plan ahead and have some elements for those in your room (crackers/bread, grape juice). Be ready for it and we can all partake at the end together!

April 21, 2020

Happy Tuesday Arbor Road!

We’re so grateful for you and are encouraged by the stories we’ve been hearing about how you are making the most of your time at home with family. We hope you’re able to get outside a little bit this week to enjoy the sun!
Please take a look below at how you can stay connected with us this week.

During this time, many people have been able to utilize our Food Pantry on campus. We would love your help to restock some items that are becoming low.

This Thursday, April 23, 9am-12pm, please drop off any of the items below to the front of the church on Arbor Road (look for the pop up tents). Thanks so much for your help!

Items needed: pasta, spaghetti sauce, canned fruit, rice, soup, crackers, cookies, mac & cheese, cake mix, canned tuna or meat, canned beans, peanut butter & jam, canned vegetables (no corn please), juice, coffee, or tea.

April 14, 2020

Hello Arbor Road Families,

We had such a great time of worship & (virtual) fellowship with you this past Sunday as we celebrated the resurrection of our Savior! Thanks so much for joining us, and we hope you’re able to stay connected this week using the options below.

The last couple weeks we’ve been virtually gathering on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:15pm on Zoom to connect, hear truth, and pray together. These have been such great opportunities for our community to stay connected with one another, and we’re so excited about what’s happening there each week!
Please join us if you’re able!

New to Zoom or want to make sure you are ready for our time together? Login at 6:15 for some Zoom basics.

As we stay safer at home, your pastors have been considering ways that we can resource everyone in our church. To that end, last week we began a subscription with RightNow Media.

The simplest way to describe this streaming service is “Christian Netflix.” It’s easy to use, and within minutes you can be streaming Christian video content from great speakers, as well as cartoons that kids will enjoy.

Once you’re streaming, feel free to share it on social media (#ArborRoadRightNow). We hope this is a gift that encourages you in this time and sparks great conversations about Jesus in your home.

In order to mobilize our Covid-19 plans and to continue to cover the expenses of the church, we need to continue or begin giving. You can help us provide care to the Arbor Road family and continue developing online content by staying involved financially. Please visit give.arborroad.com to give online or send in your check via mail, 5336 Arbor Road, Long Beach, CA 90808.

April 7, 2020

Arbor Road Family,

What a strange Easter Week we find ourselves walking through! We had so many plans in place that would focus our hearts on the importance of the Passion Week; but we are reminded again that our thoughts are not His thoughts, and our ways are not His ways! (Isaiah 55:8-9)

We ARE, however, very excited to be mindful of this incredibly important week of remembrance. Here are a few things I want you to know are coming our way.

This Friday night, we will be livestreaming a Good Friday service twice, at 5:00PM and 7:30PM. I will be introducing the night along with AJ DeGrasse, who will then set our hearts right with a simple piece of music, after which we will move to livestreaming a full version of The Passion of the Christ. I’m thankful to Pastor Jeff Zabel, who worked hard for us to secure the rights to stream that movie, as I consider it to be one of the most powerful films ever made. It is a brutally realistic presentation of the events leading up to and surrounding the cross; so if you have little ones, be aware (and perhaps consider the 7:30PM livestream).

WE CAN’T WAIT to celebrate Easter Sunday with you all, but we don’t want to move too quickly past Friday. The gift of God through the crucifixion of Christ is an excruciating event that needs to be burned into our minds. Many of us think too lightly of the pain that Jesus went through for us. I pray that by simply taking in The Passion of the Christ, we might be reminded once again of the depths of His sacrifice for us.

We’re virtually gathering on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:15pm on Zoom to connect, hear truth, and pray together. We had such a great time last week and would love for you to join us!

On Sunday morning, don’t forget to invite your friends and family to join us at live.arborroad.com for our 10:00AM Easter Sunday service! It will be yet another AMAZING time of worshipping together as we celebrate our Risen King! Remember, even in these days of quarantine, people are generally open to the idea of “church on Easter.” So text, email, call, send smoke signals, chalk up your driveway – do WHATEVER you can to make sure your family, friends, and neighbors know we’d love to have them join us!


I’ll close by reminding you – we love you!  We’re praying for you! Make it a special week of remembrance, and we’ll look forward to connecting again soon!

God Bless.
Pastor Brent

March 30, 2020

Arbor Road Family!

I hope this little note finds you doing well this week. We continue to do our very best to keep you up to speed on all things around Arbor Road Church through emails like this and our website (which we update regularly!).

We’d all say these have been some crazy days. There have certainly been other periods of time that have caused us all to pause, but none that have affected the church as Covid-19 has for a long LONG time. But, we’re embracing the challenges and continue to ask God to GROW our church through this.
From our vantage point . . . He is doing just that!

We’re looking forward to marching into the Easter season with you starting this Sunday. Plans are already underway and recordings have already begun so that we can celebrate this important Lord’s Day together. It all leads to Easter Sunday, and we’ll be writing more about that next time.
For our info gathering today . . . here are a few things we wanted to pass along:

We would love to be able to serve you during this time. If you or someone you know is in need of a special and personal touch of love during this time, please reach out to us with their information at NeedList@ArborRoad.com – We would love to follow up.

Please also use the links above to be added to our serve list to meet the needs that will arise during this time, as well as giving toward our COVID 19 initiatives and for the general needs of running our church.

We don’t want to throw in the towel on an age-old Palm Sunday tradition at Arbor Road. Typically, during one of our worship songs, all the kids from Preschool up through 5th grade make their way up the aisles waving palm branches and lighting up smiles on every face! HELP US MOVE IT TO OUR DIGITAL PLATFORM!!

If you have a few kids at home looking to fill the time void, grab some branches…and record them on your cellphone marching along! It’s best to record a landscape video (meaning: turn your phone sideways). Get those to us by Wednesday at Noon and we will include them in the video collage!  Let’s make it HUGE!!!

  1. Use the attached template to make a palm branch (or use a real one, if you have one available)
  2. Take a 5 second video of your kids waving their palm branches  (Be sure it is landscape orientation, i.e., turn your camera sideways)
  3. Email the video to palmbranches@arborroad.com no later than this Wednesday (April 1st) by 12 noon.

THIS WEEK IS COMMUNION SUNDAY . . . and we will be receiving it together as we normally do at the end of the worship service. Plan ahead and have some elements for those in your room (crackers/bread, grape juice). Be ready for it and we can all partake at the end together!

Hope you have a wonderful week. Be mindful of how God wants to use you right where you’re at for His glory and purposes. Hope you know how much He loves you and wants to be the King of your life today!

God Bless.

Pastor Brent

March 24, 2020

Hello Arbor Road Families,

We’re hoping that you’ve been able to find temporary rhythm for this time apart from us that works for your family. In this season of uncertainty, we wanted to make sure you knew where to look for what our ministries are doing. Use the resources below to keep in touch with us, we hope to see you there real soon!

Whether you are in need of a load of groceries, a phone call, or prayer, we would love to connect you with a member of our church to meet that need, please let us know via the Need List link at the top of this page.

If you are willing to serve toward the needs that arise, please use the Serve List Link at the top of this page.

In order to mobilize our Covid-19 plans and to continue to cover the expenses of the church, we need to continue or begin giving. You can help us provide care to the Arbor Road family and continue developing online content by staying involved financially. Please use the give online link below or send in your check via mail, 5336 Arbor Road, Long Beach, CA 90808.

We look forward to being back together again soon!


The Arbor Road Church Communications Team

March 20, 2020

Happy Friday Night Arbor Road Family!

Wow . . . Only 5 days ago, we were coming off a Sunday morning service where we were basically online with the exception of 50-60 people from our staff and our staff’s small groups. By our estimations, we had several thousand people taking in our 10AM service on live.ArborRoad.com — which we’ve been thanking the Lord for all week long!!

Fast forward five days, and we find ourselves with a newly ordered “Stay at Home” aka “Safer at Home” decree asking that (among other things) all non-essential businesses stop hosting work and simply mail it in. I appreciate all efforts to keep Covid-19 from spreading and we want to do our part! What unbelievable times we’re living in! And what an incredible backdrop for watching God do what only He can do in a moment like this. Let’s keep praying that He moves in powerful and massively influential ways through each and every one of us.

Very fortunately and with thanks to the Lord, we had a hunch that we should get ahead this week and as a result were able to FULLY RECORD OUR ENTIRE SUNDAY SERVICE before the final order to stop operating as a place of business (or even meet in groups larger than 10) went into effect.

My thanks to Pastor Jeff and so many others for their tireless efforts in making that happen. But we are now set for a full worship set, a new message from our Divine Destinations series as well as a few other unique and fun elements. You won’t want to miss it…so be sure to let those around you know to join us at live.ArborRoad.com this Sunday at 10AM.

God bless you this weekend and we’ll look forward to seeing you over the air waves!

Pastor Brent

March 16, 2020

Happy Monday Arbor Road . . . just wanted to check in with a small video to say hi and to THANK YOU for the amazing time of worship we enjoyed via live stream. Know that we’ll be back next week at the same time…10AM at live.arborroad.com. I’m already looking forward to it.

Be sure to pass that link along to ANYONE you might know who is looking for worship, teaching and as much cyber fellowship as we can dish up!

With the growing concerns over the Coronavirus . . . I thought it would be an opportune time to share a verse that very closely relates to what we’re all walking through:

Matthew 6:25-34:

Jesus said…Therefore I tell you, worry about your life. Worry about what you will eat and drink. And also worry about what to wear. This is what life comes down to. Nothing is more important than what you’ll eat, drink or wear. Look at the birds of the air…they’re freaked out trying to find food. You should be freaked out too. Look at the lilies of the field…do you think they just pop out of the ground looking that good. And honestly, a little worry might actually help you live a little longer.

So, again, worry as much as possible and be asking yourself: What am I going to eat? What am I going to drink? What am I going to wear? Worldly people are not asking themselves questions like this and they are paying a heavy price!!

And one more thing, even though you can’t control it, spend as much time as you can worrying about tomorrow. It will make you feel better.

Are you reading the Bible through the lens of the Coronavirus? Do yourself a BIG favor and start reading about the Coronavirus through the lens of the Bible.

Be smart. Be judicious. Be cautious. Walk in wisdom. And if you really want to spend your time well…I suggest these things:

1. Everyday, pray for one person in your life…a different person each day, and then either call or text them to check in on them. Ask if they have a need, and then step in and try to meet it. We’re socially distant…but let’s stay connected!

2. Turn off your TV or computer and go out for a walk. Get some fresh air.

3. Spotlight something on your Instagram story or Facebook page EVERYDAY…an act you’ve observed or read about that falls into on of the categories of being “true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy” -Phil. 4:8. [I’m tired of the other things getting highlighted…let’s fight fire, with water. Tag @arborroad so we can fly the good work on our account too!

Love you guys…hope you’re having a great Monday. And let me close out with this:

“Don’t worry saying, what shall we eat, and what shall we drink, and what shall we wear? For the world is running after these things and your heavenly father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” -Matthew 6:31-34

It’s rubber hittin’ the road time where we get to live out all the things we say we believe.

Hope you’re living them out today! God Bless…see you again soon!

March 12, 2020

Good Afternoon Arbor Road Family and anyone else who might be putting eyes on this today.

It’s no surprise to any of us that Coronavirus fears have risen to new heights.  All of us have our eyes and ears on news outlets, social media, and other channels of information to hear the latest news regarding this very dynamic, constantly building issue.

I’ve written a few emails over the last couple of weeks that I trust served as a guiding light of hope in the present pandemonium, as well as to simply explain our best practices and systems in place to keep Arbor Road a clean, safe environment for all who attend.

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been discussing just what our game plan would be if and when the time came when meeting together as a large church might not be the best idea.

With the breakneck pace of world-wide reactions to the Coronavirus outbreak, such as the suspension of all major sports leagues, various travel restrictions, and now California Governor Gavin Newsom’s call to cancel or postpone all events that gather more than 250 people, we find ourselves moving from speaking hypothetically to speaking about reality.

Let me very quickly say:  We are not canceling or postponing church.  But, it will look different starting this Sunday.  Here’s the game plan:

This Sunday morning, I want to encourage you to gather up with 3 or 4 other families, or 5 or 6 other friends–maybe more or maybe less.  Open your home up to that group, or say yes to someone’s invite to you; but get together, get around a screen, and join us at live.arborroad.com for a single service at 10AM, live streamed from our worship center straight into your home.

If you’re feeling sick, enjoy the service by yourself.  If you’d rather not go out to be with others, pull it up with your family.  But join us.  We’ll be emailing you a PDF of the songs we’ll be singing, so you can sing them with us at the top of your lungs!  Our band will be with us, and Pastor Jeff and his team will lead us in worship as usual.  I’m looking forward to teaching this week, as we continue in our series, Divine Destinations. The next place the Lord leads us to is The Sea of Galilee in Luke 5:1-11.

Doing small church as a big church will be our new normal for as long as it’s needed.  We want fellowship, worship, teaching, and all the things to be our priority this Sunday morning and EVERY Sunday morning!  We’ll be ready to go Sunday mornings at 10AM, and we’re already praying for new impact, as we put all of our hearts into this new and, hopefully, short-term mode of meeting together.

Maybe this will be an amazing opportunity to invite someone to “church” with you.  Have them over.  Brew up some coffee, crank up the volume, and let them see your church!  I’m excited about this weird curveball.  I think the Lord has put us in the batter’s box and is getting us ready to crush it out of the park!  It will be an amazing time to remember that the church isn’t brick and mortar … it’s people.  It’s family.  It’s brothers and sisters in Christ celebrating our risen King.

If you have any questions, give us a call or shoot us an email.  We remain very available.  Our staff will continue working 9-5 shepherding this church and doing our best to meet the growing needs that come our way.

10AM this Sunday– live.arborroad.com –real time worship, teaching, fellowship, and prayer.  Pray for us, we’re praying for you.  Who are you gonna invite over for church this Sunday?
God bless.  See you then.

Most Sincerely,

Pastor Brent