Dear GracePoint Family –
As we have closely monitored the news and consulted with medical professionals, we have put a plan in place to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Our highest concern is the promotion of the Kingdom of Christ with compassion, courage and love. In light of this, the elders of the church have decided to suspend all in-person church activities until the crisis abates. We believe that the best way we can love you and our neighbors is by doing our part to stop the spread of the virus.
However, we remain committed to your spiritual nourishment and will be doing several things to promote community and worship, and provide care for you.
- There will still be a worship “service” each Sunday at 10am that will be livestreamed, either on YouTube or our Facebook page (stay tuned). But please do tune in and worship with us (even if it seems weird at first)!
- We are calling the whole church to pray tomorrow evening from 6:30-7:30pm. I will host an online video call from 6:30-7pm if you would like to pray with us. Go to this site https://zoom.us/j/498152618. (You will either need to download a program to your computer or an app to your phone.)
- We want to make sure that all of our people are cared for. If you are in need of anything–food, supplies, spiritual counsel, prayer, etc.–please reach out to the Elders or Deacons. We are here to serve you!
- If we are unable to meet for some time, we will coordinate online Bible studies, prayer sessions, and hangouts.
As you consider your own response to this, take time to pray and dwell on the command to love God and to love our neighbors as ourselves. This means, in part, practicing good hygiene and limiting your time with groups of people. It could also mean helping those most affected in your neighborhoods and communities who may not have the ability to gather supplies needed for a quarantine. At the very least it means spending time praying for them!
As I will share on Sunday, even though we must respond to this pandemic with prudence, we must not give way to fear. We are a people of hope because of Jesus. And so may we trust him with joy for he is with us.
Pastor Ryan, on Behalf of the Elders