COVID-19 Practical Update

Good evening Grace,

We wanted to keep you updated on the latest details in light of COVID-19 and how it relates to us as a church. As the CDC’s recommended precautions continue, here are some ways we plan to help keep us fed, encouraged, and connected and ministry-minded. In other words, how to apply the gospel to our church, neighbors and the world around us.

We are doing our best to prayerfully and humbly seek God’s will and do things that are helpful and strengthening as a church, but we recognize that we don’t have a lot of clear practical answers. We don’t imagine that we have everything figured out or that these are the only ways to serve you or the only suggestions for serving others. That means we want to hear your ideas as well.

Ways we mean to serve you.

  • Sunday mornings will obviously look different and for the time being we will not have a physical gathering. Both Berea (9:15-10:15) and the Sunday morning service(10:30) will be streamed.
  • Join our online Bible Study: “Zooming through Romans” each Wednesday at noon. Next week we will look at chapter 1:1-17.
  • Additional ministries and events that can be streamed are being evaluated.
  • We now have one permanent link for anything that we would stream. Use this link (https://zoom.us/j/5102936849) for our Bible study, Sunday morning, or any other Grace streams. You can also find the link on the homepage of our website.
  • If anyone has practical needs during this time, please let us know. From running errands to childcare to prayer or any other ideas we can think of to care for one another please don’t hesitate to ask.
  • Pastor Dave will continue preaching through Genesis as our main diet of God’s Word. In addition, he will also send out regular Biblical and Pastoral thoughts on how to navigate this season.
  • We will continue to send out updates and point you to resources to be fed and feed one another during this time.
  • Pray through the church roster and any prayer requests there are. You can email, text or call us with any prayer requests.

Ways you can serve the church.

  • If you are able to help in practical ways, please let one of the elders know this as well. We are trying to get a gauge of how many people are able to help and then see what opportunities we might have to serve the greater community.
  • Check in with one another. Depending on your comfort level, that could mean getting together for a meal, going on a hike or or via text, phone or video chat.
  • If you are sick or at higher risk of exposure to the virus, please be especially careful to limit your interactions out of love for others.
  • Send notes and cards of encouragement to one another.
  • Pray for us as leaders to have wisdom and courage to navigate this season. Pray for one another within the body. Pray that we would grow in our faith. That we would fight the temptations toward fear and anxiety. Ask God that Grace Church would be strengthened and have courage to share the gospel.

Ways you can serve the community.

The more prolonged this gets, the more tangible needs our neighbors and community might have. While we don’t know all of the details, we are trying to look into ways we can serve our greater community. It might be asking the city how to help, offering help to senior living centers in the area, or some other great idea we can think of.

  • Check in with your neighbors. Take the chance to develop or strengthen relationships with the people around you. As you ask about practical needs, ask if you can pray for them.
  • Let us know if you are willing to help run errands, do childcare or provide time or tangible needs.
  • Send us your ideas or resources you find of ways to care for our neighbors and community.
  • Pray for your neighbors, our community and the world.

It has always been true that none of us know what will happen going forward, but we are probably more aware of our limits right now. It’s astounding to realize that God hasn’t blinked at any of the things in front of us, nor changed his mind about caring for us. In our Romans study today, one of the passages we read was Romans 8:31-39

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Mike