WAYS YOU CAN HELP DURING THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS
As we face an unprecedented crisis in our world, country, state, city and church, you may be wondering how best you can help. The list below is comprised of various suggestions that allow you to help in ways you are most comfortable.
Noon Prayer with your Grace Sacramento church family:
https://zoom.us/j/417496351 (Every Tuesday at noon)
30 days of prayer from the PCA:
Help with school lunch distribution:
-- info: https://www.scusd.edu/volunteermeals
-- volunteer form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc5knMdd2L5oqUbpNeTQjhAgP2-i777wySj2Ib-lUN_9x19Vg/viewform
Help sort and bag food for Sac Food Bank
Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services: https://support.sacramentofoodbank.org/give/126385/&_ga=2.212232471.244856068.1585772381-442757603.1585772381#!/donation/checkout?
The city of Sacramento's fundraising effort to help the homeless, small businesses, families and other residents who have been hit the hardest economically by the coronavirus.
March 19, 2020
To our Grace Family,
In these days of tumult and confusion, we remain confident in the goodness of God and his ability to meet our needs in any and every situation.
We continue to closely and prayerfully monitor the COVID-19 situation and the new guidelines given out by the CDC, the White House and our local health department. Our session and staff met this week and want to give you the following update:
As of today, all of our ministry programming will be online until the end of the month in order to comply with state and county guidelines.
However, we feel like it is vitally important that we stay connected to God, our faith and to each other.
To this end, we are going to launch new ways of staying connected to regular worship:
We will be streaming worship beginning this Sunday at 10:30am with a pared-down team of people leading us through the service with music, prayer and preaching. Just click on the [VIDEO (YouTube)] button on our website.
Services are archived and available to view (video) via the website under the resources>sermons tab.
We have willing and able people to help those who may need assistance setting up that technology to stream in their homes. Please let us know if you are in need of this service.
We also want to begin to create space for daily connection, encouragement and community.
We are empowering Grace groups to meet virtually as well. Contact your Grace group leader for a schedule and instructions. If you would like to join a Grace group email Pastor Daniel.
Beginning Monday, March 23rd, we will stream a noonday prayer service hosted by a pastor each weekday from 12 to 12:30. You will be able to access that stream at wearegracesac.org.
Previously planned meetings including All About Grace, Professing Your Faith, Mercy Ministry Training & The Missions Task Force will all meet virtually at their previously planned times. Contact Pastor Brad with questions or if you do not receive an invitation in your email.
If you would like a pastoral visit OR If you are quarantined and have a need that we can help meet, like grocery shopping or running an errand, please let us know.
We also want to know how we can meet needs in the greater community; with the people you are connected to, and their needs. How can we speak to their fears? (Feel free to share your ideas with us and to share links to our services with them)
We encourage you to be faithful in your giving as you are able so that our church can continue to provide services for our people. You can give online or visit our website for instructions on mailing a gift. Please watch for more email and/or video updates in the days to come.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” - Psalm 46:1
Grace to you,
- Brad & Daniel
March 13, 2020
Dear Friends of Grace Sacramento,
With growing concerns over the evolving coronavirus and its various implications, we wanted to provide a prayerful response in regards to our public gatherings at Grace Sacramento. We are aware that there are many moving parts in this rapidly emerging and evolving situation. We will continue to provide updates as this information becomes available.
Having taken counsel from other local churches and pastors, soliciting feedback from medical professionals and the California Department of Public Health, we have decided to offer 2 options for participating in our worship service at Grace Sacramento this Sunday.While we believe that our coming together in weekly worship is life-giving, we are also taking precautionary measures for your safety and the care of our community. You may choose to participate in this service in either one of the following ways:
- WORSHIP REMOTELY: We are committed to providing “virtual” access to our service so that you may participate from home. We will continue our practice of gathering as a community in worship whether in person or in spirit.
Live audio streaming of the worship service will be available on our website (The “Listen Live” button on the homepage of our website: www.wearegracesac.org). We will also be looking to post our service on Facebook Live at facebook.com/wearegracesac.org/. If you don’t make it to the live video stream, you can access it at a different time. No one should be or feel criticized for making the choice to refrain for a time from attendance.
- WORSHIP IN-PERSON: We will continue to hold our regularly scheduled worship service at Grace Sacramento this Sunday, with various adjustments to address concerns. Gathering in-person for Sunday services will be decided weekly as this situation develops and we have further information.
Here are a few things we are doing to address concerns about our facility:
- We will have a team of people cleaning and disinfecting all restrooms, surfaces, floors, doors and handles in our worship space and classrooms each week.
- We will provide hand sanitizer in key spots around the church. Please feel free to bring your own hand sanitizer.
- We will continue to ask people to limit personal contact.
- Further restrictive action will be taken if anyone within the Grace Sacramento community is in known contact with COVID-19.
We are making significant precautionary changes to our common worship practices:
- Verbal greetings instead of handshakes/hugs at the door and during the “passing of the peace”
- No offering basket will be passed, gifts can be left in the offering baskets around the room or given online.
- Discontinuing refreshments
- Communion servers will sanitize their hands and be the only individuals to touch wafers. Juice will be delivered in individual cups. Worshipers (as always) may choose not to participate.
- We will celebrate family worship (GraceKids is suspended) to allow for families and volunteers to attend virtually if they choose. However, nursery and toddler care will be available.
Our vigilance comes from compassion for the world around us and from our call to love our neighbor as ourselves. We are praying that this unique season will push us into new and creative ways to serve and share the love and hope of Christ with one another and those who are truly gripped by fear at this time.
Although there are no known cases of the virus at Grace, we would strongly advise that you participate virtually if you are:
a) A part of the “higher risk” demographic (see CDC Guidelines)
* Underlying medical conditions, immuno-compromised, over the age of 65, have a newborn or are pregnant
b) Not feeling well (cough, fever, difficulty breathing, etc.)
c) Simply feeling uncomfortable with public gathering regardless of age or health
As Christians, we have not been given a spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7; Romans 8:15), we have resurrection hope (1 Corinthians 15). It is this very hope that underlies the season of Lent in which we find ourselves.
If there is any way we can be of help to you as a church or if you would like prayer or a pastoral visit to bring the elements of communion to you, please do not hesitate to let us know. You can reach us through our website (www.wearegracesac.org/request-prayer) or by email to our church administrator (email@example.com).
Please continue to pray that this situation will cause hearts to open and respond to the gospel. Pray that God will protect our community and give wisdom to our leadership. Pray for your neighbors and check on those who are elderly, infirm, or who live alone. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
We pray that, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.” [Isaiah 26:3-4, ESV]
Brad Carpenter and Daniel Yoon and the Session at Grace Sacramento