No In-Person Gathering this Sunday, July 12. Live Stream at 10:15am Updates regarding our service can be read here.

GBC Monday Update: 6-22-20

Grace Bible Church June 22, 2020

Philippians 4:45
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!  Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. 

Grace Bible Church,

Another week has passed with more changes and unique developments to this strange season. With these changes comes the opportunity to rejoice in the Lord always and to have our gentle spirit be a unique testimony to the world.

One of the major changes we have experienced this last week is the mandate of mask usage by many cities. Scott Demarest sent an email outlining our plans in response to this. You can see details from his email below.

Mask Usage
As we are all well aware, the number of reported coronavirus cases in Arizona has increased dramatically over the last two weeks. Governor Ducey issued an executive order June 17 granting cities the authority to adopt policies related to the use of face coverings in public spaces. The text of this authorization is in section 4. Find our governor’s proclamation here:
https://azgovernor.gov/sites/default/files/eo_2020-40.pdf

On June 18, Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell issued a proclamation requiring the use of face coverings in all places of public accommodation. You can read the full proclamation here:
https://www.tempe.gov/home/showdocument?id=83069

Mayor Mitchell’s proclamation does provide an exception for religious organizations. However, the elders of GBC desire that we as a church comply with the intent of both the above proclamations. These proclamations provide us with an opportunity to be exemplary in our submission to the authority God has placed over us.

As a result we are asking each of you to use a face covering under the following circumstances:
– when 6 feet of physical distancing between yourself and others isn’t possible
– when we are singing together as a congregation
– when we are entering and exiting the building

We recognize there are some for whom this should not apply. This includes the following people:
– those who are under age 2
– those who cannot remove a mask without help
– those whose ability to breathe is significantly impaired by wearing a mask

We encourage you to read the full text of Mayor Mitchell’s proclamation to be informed as to how to submit to the authority God has placed over us in Tempe.

Resources for Thinking Biblically about #BlackLivesMatter:
There are many voices speaking to the various issues before us. One of the major issues is #BlackLivesMatter. Please visit the GBC Elder Blog  as Omri Miles has compiled some helpful resources for thinking biblically regarding #BlackLivesMatter.

Livestream Info:
The most stable stream will be found at the homepage GBCAZ.org. If the stream stops, go to the homepage and try refreshing the stream after a couple of minutes.

We also have an Apple TV app (Thanks to Tommy Minahan’s efforts and creativity) that makes it easy to load the LiveStream on an Apple TV.

You can find the app here: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/gbclive/id1517180685

Considerations:
If you are vulnerable, or may have been exposed, stay home.
If you are vulnerable, we encourage you to stay home and live-stream for now. Please refer to the CDC’s guidance regarding risk factors.

Also, if you have been exposed to COVID19 within the last two weeks, please stay home.

The virus can spread without symptoms; however, if you do have symptoms it is especially important to livestream for now. Symptoms that should keep you home include:

– Cough
– Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
– Fever or chills
– Muscle pain
– Sore throat
– New loss of taste or smell

If you are in regular contact with people who are vulnerable, please do not regather with us until it is appropriate for you to do so. We will continue to livestream our services, and we will seek alternative methods for meeting shepherding needs for those who cannot join us in person.

Out of sight, out of mind?
Those in our body who cannot join us in person just yet may experience acute feelings of being left out. It behooves all of us to thoughtfully care for one another and to be mindful of those in our body who cannot be present with us on a Sunday morning. Please consider the people in your smallgroups, in your ministries, and who normally sit near you on a Sunday — how can you be an encouragement to them? And if you are staying home and feeling left out, please reach out. We do not want anyone to feel neglected.

As always, please feel free to reach out to the elders at (elders@gbcaz.org).