GRACE BIBLE CHURCH FAMILY,
Amidst the questions and concerns related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), and as our world reels with uncertainty, I want to encourage you to persevere in faith without fear. There is a growing panic in our culture and many are wondering where this is all headed; wondering if we will be ok. When there is so much that is unknown where should we turn? We must turn to what we do know, that Jesus is LORD and we place our faith in HIM.
On behalf of our leadership team and our staff I want to give you some insight into our thinking about our immediate plans for how we continue as a movement of people learning to live and love like Jesus.
A FEARLESS FAITH
First, we are to be fearless. The Apostle Paul tells us in 2 Timothy 1:7, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. This truth gives believers in Jesus Christ the power to stand triumphant in Christ and face whatever may be before us. Christians for centuries have led the way into dark times with bold faith and conviction, often at the risk of their own lives because they lived fearlessly. May that be true of us at this moment in history.
A NEW WAY TO GATHER
Second, because of COVID-19, the State of California Department of Public Health issued guidelines that impact non-essential gatherings of people throughout California. They are encouraging the postponing or canceling of these gatherings in hopes of slowing down potential exposure, especially among the most vulnerable.
Our leadership team, after much prayer and discussion has decided to follow this recommendation and change our gathering strategy. We will not meet on our campus but will gather online. This includes all mid-week programming. In addition the offices will be closed with our staff working remotely.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Lastly, in this time of uncertainty and change let us practice the virtues of love, patience and mission. There are three specific things I am going to ask you to do:
First, Pray don’t Panic. Pray that God’s will is done, that we are wise and this change in the rhythm of our world might result in many coming to Faith in Christ. As I know you are aware, this is an excellent moment to live and love like Jesus in our broader community. God has people’s attention and this is a gospel opportunity, let’s seize it with mission and boldness. Second, Serve. Consider how you might help others from our church navigate this season of change helping them stay informed and encouraged through notes, phone calls or a visit. Serve your neighbors by checking in on them and offering help or a kind word. Third, continue to Give. We are asking those committed to the movement of Grace Bible Church to remain faithful in your giving that our movement, though looking and sounding a bit different for a short season, might continue forward for the Lord. Please mail giving to 100 Rodeo Dr. Arroyo Grande, Ca or set up online giving at www.gracebibleag.com/give.
Thank you for your faithfulness and flexibility. God is doing an exciting work and together, we will see him work mightily in word and deed. While we cannot control the virus, the spread or impact it has in our church, we're doing everything we can to make this campus safe and clean as possible. We appreciate your cooperation and commitment to help us do just that. If you would like to share your thoughts, concerns, questions, and ideas with us as we navigate our response to this situation, we'd love to hear from you. Please email us at email@example.com anytime.
Learning to Live and Love Like Jesus
Jason Whalen | Lead Pastor