Grace Point and COVID-19
As we step into week two of waiting for the Covid-19 storm to hit, I couldn’t be prouder of how I see our church caring for and loving one another. People are checking in on the most vulnerable. Others are preparing meals and doing grocery runs and offering to watch kids so parents won’t lose wages. Others are looking for ways to serve in Jesus’ name to the community through partnering with schools to help feed children out of school.
I read this week something I pray continues to be true of us as a church family:
We are a family that faces things together.
We are disciples that grow through trials
We are God’s servants who care for the hurting
We are witnesses to the good news of Jesus and his kingdom
We are worshipers who look to God
“Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge.” Psalm 16:1
On Sunday morning at 9AM folks can visit our website where a pre-recorded message and worship music will be provided.
Our children’s director, Pam, will be creating a video available on our website that will describe the lesson she prepared for the kids that week and make a download available for the family to discuss at home.
So many of us serve each other in a variety of ways on a Sunday morning. We are encouraging you to discover new and creative ways to bless each other due to the challenges the Coronavirus is causing. Think about offering to watch kids when schools are closed. Offer to shop for someone who is sick. Offer to bring a meal to someone that is overwhelmed.
At this point the recommendations coming from the Governor and Health agencies are telling us that if we drastically reduce gatherings, we could make a big difference in the pace of the pandemic. Many of our Life Groups will cancel physical gatherings and find other ways to connect via Zoom, Google Hangouts, etc. If it puts people at risk, let’s be wise as you decide whether to keep meeting or not.
As for GPS Youth Group on Sunday nights at church, those meetings will be cancelled for the next three weeks but Adam will be reaching out to the students for smaller, informal gatherings over the next several weeks. Although there is a risk that students can become carriers of Covid-19 and have no signs of illness, please be aware of letting them visit grandparents and others who may have health issues.
We want you to know that as a staff team, we are here for you throughout this pandemic. We are praying for you daily and are available for however we can be of service to you. This is a unique moment in a church’s life as we have opportunity to serve one another, check in with each other and pray for each other in ways that we may not experience again. This is one of those moments! Let’s be Jesus’ hands and feet and words of love and encouragement. Let’s be points of grace to all at Grace Point.
One important part of Sunday mornings is relatively easy to accomplish online: giving your family's tithe. If you haven't already, this would be a great time to join the many families who regularly give their tithe at gracepoint.cc/onlinegiving. Many others also give via their bank's online bill payment service, and of course the US Mail is still delivering :-). However you do it, please remember that this is just one more way to worship the Lord by giving to the cause of Christ through your local church family. As you give, take a moment to recognize the Lord's greatness and thank the Lord for His generosity.
Check back for online services and future announcements/updates.