A Virtual Church

Location:  Your home, office, car, motel, or anywhere you have a phone or computer.

Join Us In Seattle for Sabbath services every week at 11 AM (Pacific Time). This is no joke. It is a most sincere and entreating request for your presence at our services.

But you say you live too far away from Seattle? …No problem!

Can’t stand Seattle’s rotten rainy weather? …No problem!

Have a bad back and can’t sit in a hard church chair for an hour? …No problem!

Are not up to driving long distances anymore? …No problem!

Would have to leave every 15 minutes to nurse your hungry kid? …No problem!

Like to mumble out loud when you agree or disagree with the preacher? …No problem!

Dislike clear, inspired, relevant biblical preaching? …That’s a problem!
Now that takes care of the objections…right? Well then, why not join us every Sabbath at 11 AM – or if that is not possible, join us once or twice a month? Here is the deal.

You pick up the phone and dial in to attend a specially dedicated Sabbath Service (or view and listen to it via your computer). This is not listening in to a local church service. This is a “telephone and Worldwide Web connected congregation” – a virtual church, a cyber church. It is a live service broadcast around the world to all in telephone and computer attendance. This electronic medium is a surprisingly effective and easy way to bring people together at minimal effort and expense. Here are the details:

 

Time

 11 AM Saturdays (Pacific time); [12 Noon (Mountain); 1 PM (Central); 2 PM (Eastern)].

Web

Go to the “Live Streaming” page on this website and click on the Play button when we are “On Air” at 11 AM Pacific time (USA) Saturdays to view the Virtual Church service live.

Dial

916-233-0562 (when prompted, enter code: 0566#)

(Dial in 2 to 5 minutes early to make sure you are connected for the opening as we always begin services promptly.)

At the end of the brief welcome message you will be instructed to enter a special four digit code followed by the pound (#) key–0566#–which will then bring you into our live Sabbath service. Services will run approximately 60 minutes.

Location

Your home, or office, or car, or motel, anywhere you have a phone, or computer

 

Costs: Services are free and there is no additional charge for the conference number or connection. Your only costs will be your own call at whatever the rates are with your long distance carrier. There are, of course, additional costs to the ACD for the conferencing services and for having our own exclusive conference number. We welcome all support for this ministry. You may send a tax deductible donation to the ACD, 27013 Pacific Hwy S, #400, Des Moines, WA 98198. Thank you helping support the Virtual Church outreach.

When the services are over, just hang up (or stay on line for a discussion period of comments and questions).

Suggestions for Dial-up listeners: Use a speaker telephone if you have one. If you don’t, you might consider getting one. They are not expensive—a good quality unit can be purchased for about $30-40 dollars (I’ve seen them for under $25). A speaker phone will give your hand and ear a rest and allow you to relax while you follow along in your Bible or take notes. Just hit the speaker button on your phone before you dial in. A speaker phone will also allow everyone in your living room to hear the message. Home churches will find this service a valuable addition to their regular program or as an occasional replacement. You can, of course, just listen alone with your hand set.

Our conference lines are fully interactive which means that should the speaker solicit comments or questions from the telephone congregation, anyone could participate and all would be able to hear the question and answer. One caution: For interactivity to be effective listeners on speaker phones need to keep a quiet room. (The guy who likes to mumble along with the preacher will need to use the “mute” button on his phone so we all don’t have to hear his running commentary.)

Speakers:  I schedule outstanding speakers representing various biblical specialties. We will hear from prophecy specialists, NT scholars, OT scholars, Hebrew roots teachers, personal development leaders, and solid biblical expositors. I will also speak and serve as your regular weekly host. Not all services will be in a preaching format, some will be discussion panels, some in seminar format

The purpose of ACD’s “Phone Church” (don’t you dare call it “phony”) is to provide regular spiritual and biblical teaching to Christians in order to stimulate growth in the knowledge of God. We know there is a need for this service especially among scattered Christians who either don’t have a church home or are too far away to attend a congregation in their faith. And for shut-ins and the elderly this can be a valuable resource of regular encouragement and inspiration. I should state that this program is not intended to compete with the local church congregation. It is always preferable to attend face-to-face with local Christians of like mind when that opportunity is available.

I’ve lined up a roster of excellent speakers and topics. Check the schedule above for coming topics and titles. Please invite others to listen and pass the word to your friends.

The only valid way to know if ACD’s Virtual Church will be of value to you personally is to call 1-916-233-0562. It’s simple…just Dial In or hit the Streaming button on the home page..

I look forward to joining you on the Sabbath.

–Kenneth Westby

P.S.  In addition to services at 11 AM (Pacific time) every Sabbath there will be services on all the annual biblical festivals.

Current & Past Topics (Saturdays 11 AM Pacific)

The Virtual Church is available live over the internet via web streaming at 11 AM Pacific time. It can be heard (and viewed) anywhere in the world via a computer connected to the Worldwide Web.  Click the Start Streaming!! message on the home page. Recent VC services are also available at an on-demand basis 24/7–click on “Previous Virtual Church Programs.” For those with slow internet connections, audio only connects are available. Also, audio downloads are available for MP3 use.

Both web streaming and phone hook up are available for all our weekly services unless otherwise noted. VC services are always on Saturdays unless otherwise noted.

Pick a seminar to listen to–Audio Links to the entire seminar:  http://christianmonotheism.com/php/media_center/conference_displayer.php?chosen=year&mode=year&data=2012