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March 17 Update

Dear Congregation,

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever (Psalm 136).

I pray that you are in good health and that all is well with your soul (3 John 2).

We are still a congregation! We are making disciples together, encouraging one another to walk faithfully with Christ, living in the world for his glory, and thanking God for his glorious grace. In fact, this past week has been one of the sweetest weeks of ministry we have had at Grace Community Church. The amount of personal communication between our members is higher than usual. People are praying. God’s word is true and will endure in these days. Praise the Lord.

Let me take this opportunity to share several congregational matters with you.

1. Let’s take care of each other. Is there someone you know who needs a touch today by phone, text, or email? Go ahead and take the initiative to contact them with a word of encouragement and a prayer. This is a great time to find creative ways to stay connected. Your small group or Community Group may want to meet by video call.

2. Take care of yourself. Yes, practice preventative measures to avoid getting sick, and also remember to care for your soul. If this season affords you the opportunity to rest, read, and reflect, then do it. Pray. Open the windows and let the light in your house. Take care of yourself physically by eating well, maintaining regular sleep patterns, and getting some exercise. Talk to people. If you are struggling emotionally and mentally, reach out to a friend or to the church staff. Send in your prayer requests here.

3. The onsite Sunday service for March 22 has been cancelled. We will again meet using a recorded video. The video will be emailed to you and posted on the website by 6am Sunday.

4. Other cancellations include all Grace events and small groups for this week.

5. The church office is closed this week. The church voicemail is checked regularly, and you can email the church staff directly.

6. Pray. Pray for the members of Grace. Pray for our elderly members, people with existing health issues, our missionaries around the world, and our members who are medical professionals. Pray for our national, state, and local officials. Pray for the Spirit of God to draw people to Christ during this health crisis. Pray for the persecuted church around the world as they gather in homes every week.

7. Continue to give. Remember that we have online giving for both the regular budget and Future Grace. You can mail your giving to the church office. Thank you to those who gave last week. It is encouraging to see how people are mindful of the church’s needs even when we do not meet.

8. Think about people who do not have the hope of Christ. Let’s pray for people to turn to the Lord. Let’s be ready to share the hope that we have in Christ and the future that belongs to him. Let’s love our neighbors.

Today, give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.

-Scott

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