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Sunday Service & Activities Updates

Update on April 5

Dear Grace Community Church,

In accordance with our state and federal government guidance, our Sunday services, events, classes, and gatherings will remain online only til Monday 5/4.

  • Our weekly North Liberty worship service will continue to stream on Sunday mornings at 9:45 AM on our YouTube channel ‘GraceB3’.
  • Our North Liberty Sunday service will also be broadcast on local FOX stations on Sundays at 11:30 AM.
  • Our Downtown service is airing Sunday nights at 5 PM on YouTube, with watch parties on the Grace Downtown Facebook page.
  • Donations can be made at graceb3.org/give. If you prefer to donate by check, mail it to:

Grace Community Church
2707 Dubuque St. NE,
North Liberty, IA 52317

Our church office will remain closed but staff are accessible via phone (319-626-2040), email (office@graceb3.org), and webchat (via graceb3.org). Urgent messages will receive priority; other non-urgent correspondence will be responded to in a timely manner. A few ways to stay connected are:

We look forward to meeting together online this Sunday.

In Christ,

The Grace Community Church Elder Team

Updates on March 16

Dear Grace Community Church,

It's an understatement to say we are living in an unusual season. Who would have believed our reality could shift so dramatically in such a short period of time?

In the midst of all of this, we are hopeful about the future of the Church. These words from the author of Hebrews come to mind: We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain – Hebrews 6:19.

Hebrews reminds us that our hope rests in God and everything else is unsteady. In a time of worldly fear, the non-believing people in our community are desperate for firm footing, which opens the door for followers of Christ to step up and share the hope of the gospel.

Though we are in a season of turmoil and uncertainty, we will get to the other side of it, and when we do we can anticipate that there will be many hurting people looking for answers—looking for purpose. People will flock to the Church in larger numbers than we have been seeing, and so we need to be preparing now for those who will come; we cannot let up, even as we are in a challenging season.

To that end, in the short-term, we are making adjustments to care for our church body throughout this season and keep our church-support strong so that we are ready to welcome those who seek us out:

 

  • Our weekly worship service will continue without interruption as we move to online gatherings. Our Sunday services and on-site activities will be online-only through April 12, including our Easter services. Sunday service livestream will start at 9:45 AM on our Youtube channel ‘GraceB3’. As important as it is to gather in person (Hebrews 10:25), the Church is the people, not the building, and we live in a time of unprecedented virtual connection. Our aim is to leverage technology to protect our communities from the spread of disease while staying fully engaged in community.
  • The Annual Business Meeting this Sunday, March 22 is postponed and changing formats. We will share documents outlining the budget of the church in the next few weeks, along with a method for Q&A.
  • Our small groups and discipleship will continue but will be modified to accommodate healthy social distancing as recommended by the CDC and the Governor’s office. We are working on moving small group studies and ministry events online. Your small group leader will be in touch to let you know the adjusted plans.
  • We have to stay financially strong. The ongoing ministry of our church is dependent on the tithes and offerings of our people. Our giving has to be modified to accommodate the new reality of not gathering in person for a few weeks. Electronic giving is the best way to do this. Many of you are already doing this, thank you. If you are not giving electronically, this would be a good time to do that. You can get more information about online giving, and sign up, at graceb3.org/give. If you prefer to make your gifts by check, you can mail it to the church: 2707 Dubuque St. NE, North Liberty, IA 52317

 

Our church office is closed to the public but staff are accessible via phone (319-626-2040), email (office@graceb3.org), and webchat (via graceb3.org). Urgent messages will receive priority, other non-urgent correspondence will be responded to in a timely manner. A few ways to stay connected are:

Staying strong in worship, small groups, and finances is important as we work to love and serve hurting people during this tumultuous time.

We are here for you. Let us know how we might serve you as we navigate these challenging times together.

In Christ,

The Grace Community Church Elder Team

 

Updates for the week of March 15

In light of the timely coronavirus developments in Johnson County, below are some Grace Community updates regarding Sunday services and activities.

Sunday Service Online-Only

This Sunday, March 15, our North Liberty services will be held online only via our livestream on Youtube. All Sunday church activities are canceled (e.g. Thrive, etc). Service this Sunday at our Downtown campus is canceled. Details for the livestream are:

  • Livestream starts at 9:45 AM on Sunday, March 15
  • View the Livestream on Youtube (direct link) – VIEW THE 3/15 LIVESTREAM

The sermon will be posted to our website, and an audio version will be available for listening via the ‘graceb3’ app available for Android and iPhone users.

Activities Canceled March 14 –  21

All activities on-site at the North Liberty campus are canceled starting tomorrow Saturday 3/14 through Saturday 3/21. As the Johnson County environment continues to evolve the Elder Team will make further announcements about upcoming Sundays and weekday activities, as needed. This will allow for more timely and informed decision-making to ensure the Grace Community is shepherded and cared for in the best way possible. Future activity cancellations, online-only Sunday services announcements, and other relevant news will be shared on graceb3.org, the Grace Community Facebook group, the Graceb3 phone app, and other methods such as local broadcast media as appropriate.

Please continue to pray for our local community, and the world, while sharing the confidence we hold in our identity as followers of Christ and adopted sons and daughters.

 

In Christ,

The Grace Community Elder Team

A letter to the Grace Community about coronavirus.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

If you’ve been watching the news, you are most likely aware that efforts to contain the coronavirus have entered a new level of concern. Both national and Iowa state governments are ramping up their emergency responses to ensure our communities and neighborhoods are prepared, and Grace Community Church is doing the same. Our hope is that all those who call Grace Community their church home will be informed and prepared.

Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised that places of public worship should prepare for the possibility of the new coronavirus spreading within local communities. At this time, we encourage anyone coming to either Grace Community Church campus to take the following preventative measures outlined by the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases:

  • Stay home if you’re sick, and keep family members home if they show signs of illness.

  • Cover coughing and sneezing with an arm or tissue, not a hand.

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.

  • Do not greet others by shaking hands.

  • Consistently clean frequently touched surfaces and objects at home, school, and work.

  • Members of higher risk groups as defined by the CDC should review the recommendations of public health organizations and take precautions as necessary.

 

Grace Community Church is taking the following measures to keep our campuses clean:

  • Sanitizing highly touched surfaces before and after every service such as doors, handles, tables, water fountains, check-in stations, toys, and sinks. Coffee ministry volunteers will wear gloves when preparing coffee, and volunteers will wear gloves when serving snacks and food.
  • Staff and volunteer teams are washing their hands frequently and will stay home if they are sick.
  • Additional hand sanitizer stations will be provided around campus for everyone to use.

If you or your loved ones must stay home, Grace offers livestreams of Sunday service at 9:45 AM at graceb3.org/youtube . We also record and archive audio messages online at graceb3.org/sermon for both campuses. While we continue to monitor the situation closely, we do not feel any need for alarm at this time.

 

To stay connected with Grace and ensure you receive timely updates, we recommend you take the following steps:

  1. Download the “Graceb3” app to your mobile device (iPhone, Android) and enable push notifications

  2. Subscribe to the Grace Insider monthly magazine at: graceb3.org/insider

  3. Join the Grace Community Facebook group at: facebook.com/groups/graceb3

 

We will use the above methods to communicate community news, cancellations, and other relevant information to those who call Grace their home church.

Lastly, please pray for people in Iowa and around the world who are currently suffering from coronavirus and their caregivers, families and communities; for the loved ones who grieve the loss of their family and friends; and that God’s glory will be made manifest through the work of His people.

 

In Christ,
The Grace Community Church Elder Team