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This Week’s Sermon: “Giving Thanks In Tough Times” by Pastor Dave Brown

This week Pastor Dave’s sermon will focus on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 and the importance of giving God thanks for what is happening in our lives, even in very difficult and harsh times.

Serve

BUDDY BARRELS
Kids, get your buddy barrels full of that loose change! As Mike shared with us last week, we are challenging or church kids to collect money in support of our Moldova missionary Oleg Reutki.

Specifically we are supporting the work needed to make basic upgrades to the home 12 street kids have made for themselves.

Please talk to your kids about how they can be part of God’s plans through this opportunity and reach out to Mike if you have any questions or want more information.

FOSTERING HOPE – 2020 TEEN CHRISTMAS EXPERIENCE
Fostering Hope New England along with GracePoint is looking to serve & love teens in Foster Care in the Merrimack Valley this Christmas. Did you know there are 62 teens in the Merrimack valley in group or foster homes this Christmas?

You can demonstrate Christ’s love to them this Christmas by…

  • Donating a gift card – asking for $25 increments to the following stores –> TD Visa gift cards (or whatever ones don’t have fees), Walmart, Target, McDonalds, DD, Wendy’s, Heavenly Donuts, AMC Cinema
  • Donating to sponsor a ticket to the light show at Crescent Hill Farms – $18/ticket
  • Serving to pass out hot chocolate & gifts to teens on their night for the lights (more details of time/place to come!)

There will be a donation box at church this Sunday for gift cards / checks. Also, we will be arranging a PayPal or Venmo option shortly; stay tuned.

Thank you all for caring for these kids this Christmas!

COVID Updates

It is important to us at Gracepoint that we love and serve our community well. As case numbers rise across the state, it is clear that any increased COVID spread has the potential to negatively impact our community, not only through illness, but also through school shut-downs, business closures, and job losses. In order to serve our community well—and to protect vulnerable members of our own church body—we are putting some additional COVID guidelines into place.

Here is what you can expect beginning this Sunday, November 8th:

  • Online registration will now include questions about COVID related symptoms, recent travel, and COVID exposures. A confirmation email containing a QR code will be sent after registration. This QR code will be used to check-in upon arrival Sunday morning.
  • Everyone attending in person services will check-in when they arrive. Households that registered in advance can check-in quickly by scanning their QR code. Anyone who did not register ahead of time will be able to register in person when they arrive.
  • Social distancing is encouraged before, during, and after the service. If you would like to mingle after the service has ended, please move outside and try to maintain social distancing.
  • If any person attending in person services tests positive for COVID within 72 hours of attending, in person services will be suspended for 2 weeks to allow time for contact tracing and recommended testing to take place.
  • Please note that we are limited to a capacity of 53 people in the building at one time. Because of this, we are asking people to RSVP for the service ahead of time. If more than 53 people show up, we will have overflow seating under a tent outdoors by the open garage door.

The livestream will continue for those that are more comfortable viewing from home.

We are hopeful that these guidelines will help us to safely remain open throughout the winter months. Please reach out to Shelby with any questions or concerns.

PRAY

  • Pray for the people of our church that are struggling with sickness, injury, loneliness and all other physical or emotional concerns. Pray that God will protect, comfort and heal them.
  • Pray that as we embark on a new chapter of our church’s life, we will be humble in self reflection, expectant that God will lead us and excited to build God’s kingdom in new ways.

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