Friday Elder Update: April 17, 2020
All Grace Bible Church gatherings are canceled through April 30.
Grace Bible Church,
Even though we cannot be together in person, I am thankful for the way God has knit our hearts together as a church. I am comforted in a season full of uncertainties by Jesus’ promise to Peter in Matthew 16:18 — the gates of hell will not prevail against Christ’s church! No virus can alter the church’s true nature or effectiveness. No human institution is able to thwart God’s working through His church. If anything, adversity provides significant opportunities for believers to look different than the world around us. When we “do all things without grumbling or complaining” (Philippians 2:14-16), we stand out like bright lights against the black backdrop constant complaint that is the language of our culture. When we set our sights on heavenly things and the return of our Savior (Philippians 3:19-21), we proclaim by our lives that “our citizenship is in heaven.” Our confidence transcends our present circumstances. This truly is a season of opportunity for the gospel; may the Lord use us to draw many people to Himself!
If you are in need of pastoral care, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org
PASTORS LIVE Q&A NEXT WEEK:
Three evenings next week (T,W,Th) at 7pm, GBC pastors will be hosting live Q&A for our GBC family. You will have opportunity to interact with one or more of the shepherds of our church, ask questions, and be encouraged from God’s Word.
Select whichever evening suits your schedule, and click on the link at 7pm.
Tuesday 4/21 https://zoom.us/j/97124210086
Wednesday 4/22 https://zoom.us/j/97124210086
Thursday 4/23 https://zoom.us/j/97124210086
With the current statewide Shelter-In-Place recommendations, Grace Bible Church will continue to livestream our Sunday services at 9:00 A.M. at least through the month of April. If you have questions about any ministries you are involved with, please do not hesitate to contact your ministry leader for information about how your ministry will function during this time. We are looking forward to being together again, in keeping with federal, state, and local guidelines, the elders of GBC will be giving careful consideration to how and when we gather again.
SHELTER IN PLACE AND OUR SUNDAY SERVICE:
Being a religious organization grants freedoms in continuing some of our normal practices. However, we wanted to share how we are seeking to honor the intent of the order to shelter in place. We are pre-recording many parts of our Sunday services. Things like scripture reading, NGM lessons, and music are being prerecorded. Depending on the week other parts may be prerecorded as well. For example, with the news of the shelter in place through the month of April, we will be prerecording music for all of our services for the month of April in one meeting. We will do this with a limited band while following appropriate social distancing practices. This allows us to minimize our small gatherings while still being able to enjoy a time of worship in song together (virtually) each week.
If you are not currently connected to a smallgroup at GBC, we would like to recommend that you select one from this list and contact the smallgroup leader. This will give us as elders and smallgroup leaders the opportunity to communicate with smaller groups of people and to meet specific pressing needs. It will also be the way that we can facilitate opportunities for you to meet others’ needs. Simply call or email one of the smallgroups from the list below and let them know that you would like to be connected during this period of uncertainty.
Smallgroup: Miles: email@example.com/504.237.9641
Smallgroup: Martin: firstname.lastname@example.org/480.703.8932
Smallgroup: Pagel: email@example.com/602.686.4031
Smallgroup: Kellso: firstname.lastname@example.org/480.390.0571
Smallgroup: Demarest: email@example.com/480.336.0537
Smallgroup: Kellso: firstname.lastname@example.org/480.620.2235
Smallgroup: Kovach: email@example.com/480.363.1112
Smallgroup: Maxwell: firstname.lastname@example.org/480.510.5899
Smallgroup: Anderson: email@example.com/480.699.4034
You can still give online or mail checks to
Grace Bible Church
7440 S. Priest Dr.
Tempe, AZ 85283
Instructions for online giving can be found here https://www.gbcaz.org/give/
Please reach out to any of the elders if you have questions or concerns. (firstname.lastname@example.org).