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Our Church & COVID-19

October 28, 2020 | by: Jack Lash | 0 comments

We are in the midst of a unique and strange time as a church and in our lives.

The session of GPC continues to meet to make plans for our worship and fellowship. We are trying hard to figure out ways to worship and connect while following the standards mandated by our civil authorities.

SUNDAY MORNING OPTIONS 

  1. Right now we are gathering inside (with masks) for Sunday school (9:30am) and worship (10:30am) each week through the winter. However, several other options remain available…
  2. There will be a speaker outside for those who prefer to stay outside.
  3. People can also come and worship in their cars, listening to the service on the radio (FM 87.9). (This only works in the church parking lot.)
  4. Anyone onsite who doesn’t want to come indoors for communion can find prepackaged communion packets on the landing at the side door.
  5. People can watch the live-stream service from anywhere in the world. (This, of course, is not the same as worshiping in person, and does not involve partaking of the Lord’s Supper, or of fellowship, so, for church members, should be used only as a last resort.)

GIVING

Here is a message about giving from our church treasurer, Tom Hines:

It is a blessing that we can continue to join together in prayer and share in the hearing of the preaching of God’s word despite the fact that we are geographically separated. Please don’t forget that during this period the financial need to operate the church will continue. Also the need for the church to support several missionaries and outreach ministries will continue not only at home but worldwide. I am sure that you will want to continue to support the church financially through this time period. There are two ways to continue your giving to GPC:

1. You can give tithes/offerings to the church online. Just hover over HOME above and click on DONATE. This will take you to a Donations page where you can follow the directions to give. (Just as in the weekly offering basket, if you wish to designate the giving to any particular ministry other than the general fund you can do that before submitting the donation.)
2. If you prefer, you can send a check by mail to the church (16127 Lee Hwy, Gainesville, VA 20155). For now I plan to pick up checks and make deposits on a weekly basis. If that changes I will let you know.

STAYING CONNECTED

One of the needs an online service doesn’t meet is our need for fellowship. This means we are going to have to put more effort into staying in touch with one another. We need to use our phones and computers to communicate with each other and let one another know what needs we are facing.

If you have needs we should all know about – physical, emotional, practical, or spiritual – please take advantage of the church’s email ministry. It will likely become one of our main ways of staying in touch and for the officers to communicate with the congregation. We hope everyone will check their messages regularly. And please let us know of any prayer requests you may have. We are here for one another.

Kathy monitors the GPC email regularly throughout the day, and will still be utilizing the Monthly Prayer Sheet to communicate ongoing prayer needs and updates from our missionaries around the world.

Also, many may be feeling isolated and longing for connection. Don’t hesitate to reach out to keep in touch with others in the congregation. And let us be diligent to pray for one another through these trials. Please pray for wisdom for the officers.

Beloved brothers & sisters, no one knows how long this is going to last. Sadly, we may not see each other for a while. But God has graciously provided us with tools whereby we can worship, be fed together and stay connected. Let us use the means He has provided until He provides us opportunity to see each other face to face once again.

May God be with you,

The GPC Officers & Secretaries

P.S. from Pastor Jack: Please know that (as long as I remain healthy) I am available to talk on the phone or even meet with you (maybe take a walk outdoors?). And it doesn’t have to be an emergency.

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