Service Opportunities & Financial Update [11/13/2020]
We’re excited to announce some new and wonderful opportunities for our church to serve and love others during this pandemic (sheltering at home) as Christ Himself served and loved us. Here are just a few ways we are doing that:
GRACE LEARNING CENTER - WEDNESDAYS
Grace Sacramento, in partnership with City of Refuge, a non-profit inner-city ministry, has been hosting under-served kids weekly at our facility on Wednesdays for distance learning. This program aims to support elementary-age children who are struggling with online learning by providing Wi-Fi access, additional academic support and childcare while parents/guardians work. We are excited to provide this service for children in the Sacramento area during this pandemic when families are juggling so many changes. If you are interested in getting involved (while practicing Covid-19 safety protocols), we are in need of volunteers who can:
(1) assist students as they log in to their classes virtually,
(2) provide basic reading support,
(3) supervise outdoor play during break and lunch times,
(4) teach extra-curricular activities (i.e. music, PE, crafts, etc.).
For more information or to volunteer, please contact Kris.
YFC CITY LIFE COLLINGS TEEN CENTER – CHRISTMAS FOOD DRIVE
Youth for Christ (a Christian organization that works with local churches to reach young people for Christ) provides a fun and safe environment to go for youth (Grades 7-12) after school at the City Life Collings Center in West Sacramento offering free meals, Wi-Fi, a place for homework and mentoring relationships. This year, YFC will be hosting a “Collings Cares” Christmas for the families of these kids with a Christmas meal. If you would like to donate food to this campaign, please consider bringing some of the items below and drop them off at Grace during office hours on Tues/Wed/Fri/Sun of the week through November 29th.
Fresh or canned fruit
Canned green beans, corn
Mac & Cheese (single serving)
Mac & Cheese (box)
Cans/pkgs of gravy
Bag of potatoes
A lot has happened in 2020 (that may be the understatement of the decade!). It has certainly been full of surprises that will not be easily forgotten. As a church, we’ve used 6 different iterations of worship gathering (pre-recorded, live stream, indoor with limited capacity, outdoor, etc.). And it looks like there are more changes up ahead. It certainly feels different than what church was like before Covid-19 and the sheltering in place.
Many of you have been asking, “How’s the church doing?” If there’s one thing that’s been constant, it’s that God has been good to Grace Sacramento this year.
After 8 months of unexpected challenges, we’re excited to say that we are in good financial health. We are in a better place than expected. That’s due in large part to your faithfulness and generosity and lower expenditures than planned (no Easter in the park/corner, no mission trip to Mexico, no Trunk or Treat). Some of that has been offset with expenses that we didn’t anticipate at the beginning of the year. We have had added costs to build a virtual worship for those participating from home. We have made some facility improvements to provide space for virtual learning for under-served kids in the area and to improve our in-person worship opportunities moving forward.
To date, we are at 89.47% of expected revenue and 87.48% of expenses. Our reserves have remained steady throughout the year. We are about even for the year. This is good news! Praise God with us!
We appreciate your financial support and participation in gospel witness in Tahoe Park and Sacramento. We cannot thank you enough for your generosity and support for the ministries that happen each week at Grace. We look forward to continued ministry in the coming weeks and months and the ability to share the love of Christ with each other and our community.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you.
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