Dear Grace Family,
This Sunday, we are still meeting in person at 10:30 am with doors opening at 10:15 am.
- We are asking that people wear a mask when coming in and out of the building or when you are up moving around the building (such as going to the restroom).The CDC does not recommend masks for those under 2. We possibly will have masks made for kids available in the lobby.
- When you are seated at your row, you can remove your mask, if you so desire.
- All of our rows are spaced 6 ft apart. We ask that relatives, friends, co-workers (people you may have contact with throughout the week) try to sit in the same row.
- If you prefer to not be in the main auditorium, but still want to gather, we have added about 20 chairs to the lobby, where you can watch the services on the TV screen. Due to row spacing as well as maintaining emergency egress, we will not be adding chairs to the lobby. It will be first come, first serve.
- We have also opened the roll up door into the youth room and added about 15 chairs.
I want to give you a little insight into what the governor’s order would have meant for us. The order stated that if you were indoors, regardless of social distancing, everybody would have to wear a mask. Which means, for us, the Praise Team would have had to sing with masks on and I would have had to preach with a mask on. This would not have been feasible.
In closing, I hope you will take the time to read these “food for thought” points.
- Viruses do not take lives; God is the one that has numbered our days.
Matthew 10:29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.
Things don’t catch God off guard, meaning people don’t die sooner than what God has determined or in ways outside of God’s control. Now, this doesn’t mean I cross the street without first looking both ways or drive with my eyes closed. I take precautions but I can’t be fearful of contracting a virus. If and when a person does contract a virus, whatever the outcome maybe, it is in God’s hands and is not because I or someone else did or didn’t do something.
- We need to ask ourselves, are we saying we love people by one action we take yet then demonstrate contempt, anger and a lack of love for others based on their actions or their opinion? Do we only love those that think and act like us or are we seeking to demonstrate love for all people—even when we don’t agree.
Also, no one can determine every person’s heart by one act. Wearing a mask, doesn’t replace social distancing. Social distancing (staying away from people) is the best way to reduce the spread of the virus. So, what if someone said to you: “you must not really care about others, if you did you wouldn’t be going into the grocery store to buy groceries instead you would use online ordering and curbside pickup, like I do. I do all I can to stay away from others.” Are you unloving because you don’t do what they do?
- Are we demonstrating more concern for a person’s earthly, physical life than we are about their eternal, spiritual life? Are we willing to do more with regards to a person’s physical life than we are willing to actually share the gospel with them?
John 6:27 Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you.
Matthew 10:28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
Actions can display God’s glory but faith only comes from hearing the Word of God. The greatest concern we can have for a person is a concern for their relationship with Christ and being faithful to what God has called us to do—preach the gospel. He has entrusted to us with the message of reconciliation. God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God (2 Cor 5:19-20)
We hope everyone has a safe Fourth of July and hope to see you on Sunday (with all your fingers).
On behalf of the elders,