Posts from 2020

Posts from 2020

November 20 | Important Update from Pastor Dan and The Pandemic Safety Task Force

Dear Friends, In Revelation 3, Christ tells the faithful but hard-pressed church in Philadelphia (Asia Minor, not Pennsylvania), “I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut.”  This promise reminds us that no person or circumstance can block blessings Jesus decides to give his church.  In our own context – not even Covid spikes or limits on gatherings can stop Christ from continuing his good work at Grace. We need to remember Jesus’ promise…

September 16 | Two Morning Services and No Rotations, RSVPs or Assigned Seating

Starting Sunday September 20, 2020 Grace Church will add a 9 AM Worship Service, in addition to the 11 AM and 6 PM on-site services.  The Sanitizing Team will clean after each morning service to promote health and safety.  We will continue to livestream the 11 AM and 6 PM services for those off-site. With the addition of an early morning service, we hope to accommodate all who want to join us for on-site worship in the morning.  We will…

July 7 | An Update from the Pandemic Safety Task Force

Dear Grace family— The members of the Pandemic Safety Task Force thank all of you for your patience during this trying time. In our recommendations to the Session, we have tried to meet the sense of urgency we all have to resume worshipping together as usual while taking the necessary steps to safeguard the health of the congregation and the community. We have intentionally stayed within the bounds of state and local regulations because we want to be good citizens…

June 26 | Pastoral Reflections on God’s Goodness to Us

Dear friends, It has been a joy to see many of you in person as our worship services have resumed.  Church life remains far from optimal, with our limited capacity and curtailed programs, together with the fact that many of you do not feel comfortable attending in person yet.  We also face unknowns about how the progress of the pandemic may affect our church.  Nevertheless, every inch toward normalcy makes me feel grateful! Pastor Steve and I have sought to…

June 26 | Drive Up Service with the Lord’s Supper

This information appeared in the Messages of Grace Weekly Newsletter. We will be offering our first drive up service with the Lord’s Supper this Sunday, June 28th at 10 am.  The drive up service aims not to replace the normal morning worship service but to supplement it with an opportunity to take the communion for those who cannot attend worship in the building.  The service will be brief, consisting of a call to worship, opening prayer, short message, Lord’s Supper, and…

June 11 | Pastoral Thoughts on Making the Best Use of Our Time

Dear friends, The American educator Horace Mann once placed this ad in a paper: “LOST, yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes.  No reward is offered, for they are gone forever.”   Time is something that can’t be recovered. Since this is so, how should we use what we’ve been given? The Apostle Paul tells us, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of…

June 5 | IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT THE SERVICE AND THE LORD’S SUPPER

(Distributed via MailChimp “Messages of Grace weekly email June 5) The Service Format Our service during the reopening phase will look a bit different.  Mindful that we are guarding against COVID infection, we will seek to keep the whole service within 60 minutes.  We will also celebrate the Lord’s Supper weekly, which will enable the whole church to participate as members take turns attending in person.  Instead of reciting the 10 Commandments as we normally do when we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, we…

June 4 | Pastoral Thoughts on Our Current Trials

Dear church family, Who could have predicted the trials we’ve seen in 2020? We’re facing a global pandemic that has claimed many lives. Unemployment has skyrocketed, and millions of people are facing severe economic hardships, including food insecurity. And now, our country has been torn by the tragic death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, at the hands of a white police officer. There aren’t words that can adequately express the grief, anger, and heartache many feel. Old wounds…

May 28 | Starting Up In-person Worship Services in June

Dear Church Family, We have thankfully entered a season in which we can resume some in-person worship activities.  The elders believe that we can do this responsibly, despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, by taking the precautions set forth in government guidance and being practiced by other churches.  This will enable us to resume meeting in a way that cares for our neighbors and submits to the authorities God has put in place for our good. This season of reopening calls for joy…

May 28 | Pastoral Thoughts on Our Daily Bread

Dear friends, During a trip to the grocery store, I noticed that the ice cream aisle was almost empty. Ordinarily there’s an abundance of flavors, presenting a challenging decision for an ice cream lover! Not so in my recent trip. The selection was sparse and the decision obvious. While ice cream isn’t essential, that aisle illustrated how I often take my food for granted. I assume there will always be lots of it available. Instead of assuming it will be…