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Hello Church family,
As we continue to pray for those most deeply affected by the Covid 19 virus, let me thank you for your prayers and concern as we reach out to each other. Marianne Legg has been sharing regular updates from contact with our GCM members, and there are more resources that have come to pastors this week to make on-line worship this weekend more accessible. Please keep Vicki Heiler’s brother-in-law in your prayers with his present illness, and Michele Olinger who has had recent brain surgery in Jacksonville. Some of you may have heard that because of the new restrictions on banks and mortgage companies, no one can be foreclosed on during this crisis. Although the foreclosure on the Plageman’s home had already been adjudicated, Teresa was contacted by the court system and informed that she does not have to vacate their property until July. This is indeed good news during this time of upheaval and uncertainty.
GCI President Gregg Williams just sent Pastors and facilitators an email update which I am including below. In in he reluctantly asks US churches not to meet publicly for worship until after Easter. But what a celebration it will be to be back together again! Until then, I will be sending out links to sermon messages each week along with email updates and devotions for personal study and encouragement.
This week I share with you a message just uploaded on youtube from Associate Regional Pastor Jeff Broadnax from Ohio, entitled “The Rest of the Story” from John chapter 11. You may click on the link below to watch it.
Lifting you each up in prayer,
Grace Communion Melbourne
Here is President Williams’ letter:
Dear US Pastors and Church Treasurers,
I pray you and your families are well during the challenges we are facing locally, nationally and globally.
You will recall the message recently sent out through our US Regional Directors asking us to “shelter in place” through the month of March, and then we would make a determination about re-opening church gatherings. Since this time the COVID 19 situation in the US still looms very serious. The GCI Home Office is currently shut down due to city government enforcing a “Stay at Home” order in effect through April 16th.
With all matters considered, we are asking our US churches to remain closed to public gatherings through April 12th Easter Sunday. This is a difficult decision, and yet keeping the best interest of the welfare of our members and our communities in mind is the loving and responsible thing to do. As hard as this is, your compliance is deeply appreciated.
The good news is that we are asking you to remain open through online services. I am so pleased with how many of you have leveraged technology in such creative ways to continue ministering to your members and to new people who are listening in. Many of you are learning new technological skills and I am proud of your efforts to stay connected.
I expect that we are all aware of how the interruption to our weekly services has greatly impacted the flow of our offerings. I have included the Treasurers on this important announcement so that they can support the Pastors with measures that can be implemented for online giving. I ask the Pastors to intentionally weave offertory messages into the online service and do not neglect to make this a part of the holistic worship experience.
We will continue to monitor the impact of COVID 19 and will communicate further information the week following Easter. In the meantime, your Regional Directors are available to serve you and as a bonus, our Media Team has developed some resources for a digital Easter service that may enhance your Easter celebration.
As we move through this time together the pace of life has slowed for all of us. Please use this time to walk through the stages of Holy Week and Easter Sunday in your personal and family time and I believe we will experience the reality of Jesus in a unique, life-giving way.
Grace and Peace,
President Grace Communion International
Grace Communion Melbourne
@ Pineda Presbyterian Church (Fellowship Hall)
5650 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne, Florida 32940
Pastor Steve Schantz (firstname.lastname@example.org) 321-759-7367
Assistant Pastor Danny Nail (email@example.com) 321-784-2152