Scott Mozingo, David Delk & LeeAnne Cavin | March 26
Matt Williams | March 17
Bill White | March 15
Dear Grace Church Family,
We believe the most helpful way to think about a situation like this is to ask the question, “What does it look like for us to love our neighbors well?” We want both our corporate and individual decisions to be made not from self-interest, but to be made from a desire to love, serve, and protect the most vulnerable among us. Since a significant percentage of the elderly and chronically ill patients who get the virus need hospitalization, part of the way we can love our vulnerable neighbors is by helping to slow down the spread of the virus, thus taking pressure off our healthcare system.
The uncertainty of this outbreak can create anxiety in our workplaces, schools, and day-to-day activities. Yet we remain certain of God’s steadfast presence and careful attention to all that is happening. Please join us in praying for those who are affected by this illness, as well as their caregivers and those who are working around the clock to minimize the impact of this virus.
In Psalm 46, we are reminded that it is God who is our refuge and strength, and our ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, let us not fear, but with confidence use this opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus through our prayers and our care for others.
Governing Elders & Leadership Team
Our retreat facility, Carolina Point, has suspended all operations through the end of the month of March. Therefore, all student ministry retreats have been postponed.
As a precaution, for the foreseeable future, we have asked our volunteers and greeters to refrain from shaking hands, and we will ask our members to avoid shaking hands as well.
Our cleaning staff is spending even more time sanitizing high touch and high traffic areas on our campuses. Our volunteers are also aware of the need to be even more vigilant in keeping their rooms clean.
We are asking staff, volunteers, and members to stay home if you have a fever or are feeling ill, or if you have recently spent time with someone who is. If you or a family member has a fever, cough, runny nose or sneezing; please stay home from church.
These “common sense” guidelines from the CDC can also help keep you and others healthy:
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