SUMMARY:

  • * All in-person services & gatherings are suspended until further notice.
  • * Church office is closed to visitors (staff available by phone/email).
  • * Virtual community: Join GRC’s Facebook groups for adults and for kids (Grace Kids).
  • * Kingdom Prayer is held every Su/Th + Morning Devotional every M/W/ F (join by video or call).
  • * ACE classes will be held every Sunday at 10 am. Join by video or call.
  • * Diaconate is coordinating urgent request for medical supply donations and other ways to help.

All changes are explained in greater detail below.

DETAILS:

A message from Pastor Peter & the Elders:

After much consideration, and daily movement in our willingness to consider very difficult decisions, we have decided to take courageous, proactive, and aggressive steps to play our part in helping our community/region slow the continuing spread of COVID-19. As a result, we will not gather in-person for worship or meetings until further notice. We believe that as a gathering of a large group of people from many different communities (and school districts), we have a moral obligation to do what we can to limit such gatherings. The example of Christ, who set aside divine prerogative, who laid down His life willingly, gives us courage to take such a bold step. Although we do not trust in human wisdom over God’s wisdom, we do trust that God grants common grace to us through research and medicine, providing guidance as we seek to limit the extent of this pandemic. Please read through the changes we’ve implemented, below.

DON’T NEGLECT WORSHIP! Set aside the time at 11:10 am to check-in to the livestream and participate in worship, just as you would in the sanctuary. Pray out loud with those of us who will continue to lead from the stage. Sing with gusto. Bow in prayer as one of us leads. Open your Bible when the preacher points us to God’s Word. Christ and His Spirit are present wherever His people gather!

STAY CONNECTED. Please make every effort to stay in touch with each other, caring for, and praying for one another. Use social media, texting, and phone calls to stay connected and to support one another through prayer and encouragement, and in order to maintain a sense of community. Pay special attention to singles, to those who you know are sick, and to the elderly.

PLEASE REMAIN FAITHFUL IN YOUR GIVING. Remember that giving is first and foremost an act of worship, responding to God who has given us all things in Christ! Even as we endure the uncertainty of this virus outbreak, our ministry expenses will remain the same, especially as our fiscal year end approaches on April 30th. You can always give online>>.

We’ll continue to monitor the local efforts to contain the virus, and will provide you with at least a weekly update of GRC’s response. If you haven’t been getting our email announcements, please be sure to subscribe.

DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY! Although this outbreak brings us cause for concern, we do not fear. Our God remains the Sovereign King to whom we should always flee for security, significance, and deliverance through any trial (Psalm 18:2). His promises still will not fail us, especially the promise of resurrection through faith in Jesus Christ. Trust in Him, bringing your cares to Him. Look for opportunities to love your neighbors, especially the most vulnerable, at a time when everyone is tempted to only look out for themselves. Seek chances to share the eternal hope that we have in Christ. PRAY for one another and for this time to be a kairos – an opportune moment that God can use to spread the fame of the name of Jesus!

Draw near to the Lord in your frustration, fear, anxiety, pain, mental and emotional anguish. He is faithful!

Trusting the Lord with you,

Pastor Peter and the Elders of Grace Redeemer Church

Changes to Sunday Worship:

NO in-person Sunday worship service gatherings or meetings until further notice.

We will livestream at 11:10 am at every week at www.graceredeemer.com/livestream, or at via our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/graceredeemerchurch (you don’t need a Facebook account to see this page). Join us!

Church Office:

The church office is closed to visitors until further notice. You may still call the office at (201) 357-4216 during normal business hours or contact us via email.>> (Note: The Star of Hope-related food deliveries in our warehouse continue to function as scheduled).

Community Care & Outreach:
  1. Diaconal Ministry: Our Diaconate is working to coordinate the care of those in our congregation who need various forms of assistance. Use this GRC Support Form to indicate your need OR your willingness to volunteer to meet that need. We thank you for your generosity in supporting the Mercy Fund which has received a significant infusion during this urgent time!
  2. Medical Supplies: We have several GRC members serving on the front lines in hospitals throughout the area. Please see Dr. Clara Lee’s appeal and list of needed supplies, and contact the diaconate if you have something to donate.
  3. Outreach: Have you had any conversations with friends, family, or co-workers who are expressing more interest in biblical Christianity?  We’re exploring ways to shift our anticipated launch of Christianity Explored – an investigative Bible study for seekers/inquirers – to a virtual platform. Please contact Pastor Steve with any questions or interest.

Grace Kids (Children’s Ministry):

Grace Kids (children’s ministry) will also have video conference classes, along with with home-based lessons and messages for younger children and their parents. Details will be emailed, so if you’re not receiving those emails for Grace Kids, please let us know. >>

Kingdom Prayer & Morning Devotionals:

Join Kingdom Prayer as we humbly bring our prayer and petitions to the Lord. They’re held every Sunday and Thursday evening, from 8 – 8:30 pm. No need to RSVP.

Join by video: meet.google.com/ziu-mpeh-jyo
Join by phone: +1-484-681-2272‬ (PIN: ‪412 424 587#)‬‬‬‬

Join our Morning Devotional, as Pastor Peter, Pastor Steve, and Elder John Gregory lead us through the Psalms. They’re held every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning, from 7 – 7:30 am. No need to RSVP.

Join by video: meet.google.com/dwq-rtgn-wtb
Join by phone: +1-620-750-2265, (PIN 574 575 233#)

New Life (Youth Ministry):

New Life will have their own video conference class. Details will be emailed, so if you’re not receiving those emails for New Life, please let us know. >>

Sunday ACE (Adult Christian Education) Hour:

Sunday School (ACE) hour: Starting Sunday, April 5th from 10 – 11 am, adults can “gather” for ACE via video conference. This will allow us to have a fully interactive class, including discussion and Q&A. The current topic will be “Family Discipleship.” (Note: All ACE classes are listed on the Events page, on the calendar.)

Join by video: meet.google.com/ugd-wris-wsu
Join by phone:  +1-754-666-2166 (PIN: 615 219 014#)

Virtual Community (Facebook):

Please consider joining the GRC community’s private Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/GraceCommunityOnline/. This is a great place to encourage one another, share ideas, and stay informed about needs within our community.

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