Dear Grace Coastal Family,
The elders met Tuesday night and discussed plans for the next few weeks. Taking in the
latest information on the virus and our government’s requests, they came up with the following plan:
1. All gatherings, large and small, will be canceled through April 4th.
2. We will produce a 40-minute video to assist you in home worship each week. You may
access it via our website, gracecoastalchurch.com. This video can be viewed anytime it is convenient for you, but we encourage you to view it, if possible, at your normal worship time to give you a sense of being united with the body at GCC.
3. The elders will meet again on March 30th to reassess the situation at that point. We will communicate with you immediately after that meeting.
4. The Easter Egg Hunt/Palm Sunday brunch that was scheduled on April 5th is canceled.
5. The office will be open for emergency needs if you need to drop by. At least one person will be here to assist you or you may call any of the pastoral staff on their cell phones;
6. We know some may have greater restrictions in getting around for groceries, medicine, and other needs. In light of those needs, we are assembling a list of “servant couriers” to help those in greatest need. The “servant couriers” would get the needed items and deliver them to the doorstep of those in need. If you would be willing to be a “servant courier” please call one of the church staff. If you are a person who would like to utilize this ministry, please call John Ring.
7. Financial needs—we anticipate significant financial hardship for many in our area. Because we will not be worshipping on a normal Sunday when we take up a “benevolence offering”, we are appealing to you to mail or drop by a check to help the neediest among us. Of course, we still need our normal tithes and offerings which we hope you will send in by mail or give online, but we are appealing for some sacrificial giving for the neediest among us.
8. When the time does come for us to get back together for worship and our many small group Bible studies, we will do a special cleaning of the building and disinfect the major surfaces that we contact. Lastly, while not assembling for worship and our many ministries is unsettling, let’s look at it as a unique opportunity to simply shift our ministry focus. The opportunities for individual ministry are still there and in some ways this limitation of large gatherings dramatically increases our opportunity for one-on-one ministry. Neighbors, who previously were not open to talking with you, may now be quite open to engaging you in conversation! Let’s pray to this end and
let’s be ready by faith to step through the doors that God opens. This is truly an exciting time.
If you have questions, please feel free to call any of the staff.
Rev. Sam Joyner on behalf of the elders of Grace Coastal Church