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Grace Fellowship Family and Friends,

In light of the recent recommendations made by several governmental bodies (WH, CDC and the Iowa state government) regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus), Grace Fellowship will cease to physically meet for worship and other ministry activities until further notice. We are also limiting building usage to staff/council. This does not mean Grace Fellowship is “closed”. Instead, we are going to meet, do ministry and experience God in other creative ways. 

Even during a season of “social-distancing” we believe “it is not good for anyone to be alone” (Genesis 2:18). We were made with a God-given appetite for relationships. A conviction that still rings true even when the manner we meet changes to protect those most vulnerable in our church and community. Which is why the members of Grace Fellowship will continue “to spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another” (Hebrews 10:24-25). So here is how we will meet for the foreseeable future:

Grace Fellowship will be LIVE on Facebook every Sunday at 10am!

10AM: Welcome. Grace Fellowship members, visitors and friends can tune into Pastor Chris' live feed on the Grace Fellowship Facebook page for our Sunday service. This live stream will post directly to 

https://www.facebook.com/Gracefellowshippella

10:05: Worship: Pastor Chris gives directions on how to access the day's sermon video, children's lesson, and worship song links. There will also be a reminder to tune back in to Facebook Live at 10:45 for discussion and prayer.

10:45: Community. Tune back in to Facebook Live for group discussion about the Bible passage, sermon and children’s lesson. We will also share concerns/praises and pray for one another. 

11:00: Blessing. We will be sent “out” to “Reach Up, Reach Out and Grow Together”. 

Wednesday Morning Lenten Prayer at 7am on Facebook Live: Join Pastor Chris on Facebook Live at 7am for Lenten prayer. We are focusing on a different part of the Lord's prayer each week. 

Wednesday Night Youth Group at 6:30pm: Youth Group will return remotely via Facebook on March 25.  Please stay tuned for more details. 

Today’s Saving Grace Videos- 21 days to Easter: Easter has not been canceled. Lent will continue. Starting this Sunday, March 22 we will be posting daily videos with curriculum for the whole family to do Lent together. 

Later this week our office administrator, Christy will email a video tutorial on how to access these services on Facebook. 

Please let us know how you are doing via office@gracepella.org. We want to pray for you and find creative ways to minister to you during this time (because nothing isolates us from the love of Jesus). Join us in reaching out via phone, email, text, and social media to those who are sick, self-quarantined or worried. We want to embody the care and compassion of God during this time. 

Lastly please check the church website, http://gracepella.org and our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Gracefellowshippella for further updates. 

 

Grace and peace,

Pastor Chris 

COVID-19 UPDATE