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Response to COVID-19

Tuesday, April 22, 2020

By now you've likely heard that Safer at Home is extended to May 26, 2020. Were you a little disappointed when you heard this? If you are anything like me, you were probably disappointed to think it will be longer to spend time in person with family, friends, and your fellow members at Grace. Although we don't know what will happen over the coming months, we know that God is control and will lead us through this trying time. The extension of Safer at Home is one again a reminder for us to not put our trust in ourselves or in this world, but in God. As Solomon wrote in Proverbs 3:5-6:
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."
I want to let you know that we are continually evaluating and planning for the return of worship and Bible study as it was prior to COVID-19. As you likely have heard with the economy or your place of employment, there may be a phased return to various parts of programming at Grace. This means that we won't be able to just flip a switch and everything will go back to normal. What is more likely is that some opportunities will be available sooner, and some will take longer based on when group meeting sizes and social distancing requirements relax. This includes worship, Holy Communion, and Bible study opportunities. We continue to plan for a number of different scenarios so that we can restore programming as quickly as possible when it is prudent and safe. 
If you have any questions or would like to discuss anything further, please do not hesitate to contact me.

-Congregational President Josh Schermerhorn

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged,
for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
- Joshua 1:9

Dear Grace Family,
 
By now, you are aware of the governor’s “Safer at Home” emergency order, issued earlier this week, in an effort to combat and slow the spread of COVID-19, commonly known as the novel coronavirus. We encourage you to follow the guidelines, but we also want you to know we are able to continue to live-stream our Grace worship services, as worship and religious institutions are considered essential, as long as they abide by the "less than 10" rule and practice social distancing.

As a reminder, at this time Sunday morning worship is live streamed at 9 a.m. via the Grace YouTube channel, with a live stream of Bible class immediately following on the same channel at 10:15 a.m. A pre-recorded midweek Lenten devotion is also available during the week.  All services and Bible studies are then archived here on the Grace website, along with worship folders and study guides. Links on how to access these pages are listed below:

CLICK HERE TO HEAD TO OR SUBSCRIBE TO GRACE'S YOUTUBE CHANNEL

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THIS WEEK'S WORSHIP MATERIALS

CLICK HERE TO VIEW PAST WORSHIP SERVICES

CLICK HERE TO VIEW PAST BIBLE CLASSES

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS VIRTUAL SUNDAY SCHOOL MATERIALS

CLICK HERE TO BE DIRECTED TO GRACE'S ONLINE GIVING PAGE

Special thanks to those on staff who organize, produce, and publicize this unique way in which we can receive the comfort and joy of the Scripture’s message of Jesus’ forgiving and life-giving love. Thanks also to the phone-and-texting brigade for reinforcing this electronic message and for connecting with members who do not have Internet access. Please know that your pastors are available to serve you via phone or email.
 
Pastors Hackmann, Huebner, and Strong

If you have additional questions, please reach out to the following pastors, council president, called and support staff:

Pastor Huebner: jhuebner@gracedowntown.org

Pastor Strong: astrong@gracedowntown.org

Pastor Hackmann: bhackmann@gracedowntown.org

Drew Carter: dcarter@gracedowntown.org

Kevin Becker: kbecker@gracedowntown.org

Josh Schermerhorn: josh.schermerhorn@gmail.com

Amanda Schumacher: aschumacher@gracedowntown.org

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Below are past emails regarding Grace's response to COVID-19. Please note these emails are not current, and simply are listed here to serve as a resource for any questions you may have. Thank you!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - Grace Church's Updated Response to COVID-19 - CLICK HERE TO READ

Saturday, March 14, 2020 - Grace Church's Response to COVID-19: Update - CLICK HERE TO READ

Friday, March 13, 2020 - Grace Church's Response to COVID-19 - CLICK HERE TO READ