Letter from the Elders

As all of you are aware, the Covid-19 virus has temporarily made changes to our daily activities and we are also making changes at Grace to address this concern. At the time of writing, the White House and the CDC have recommended no gathering with 10 or more people to try to reduce the spread of the virus and reduce the load on our medical capabilities. After considerable prayerful consideration, the decision has been made to follow the guidance of the government and suspend worship services and all other activities at this time.

We planning on providing some live stream broadcast of the weekly sermon through the internet. As soon as we know more information, we will publicize the information here and our Facebook page. We also plan to have details in the next Grace Notes.

We know there are many families that will be facing difficulties in their daily lives. A group of volunteers from the lower-risk group are being setup to deliver food and supplies to members that are being advised to stay at home. What a true outpouring of Christian love for one another! Details of this offering and volunteer opportunities will be published in our monthly newsletter and on the Grace web site.

As Christians we have all faced many challenges in our lives and this is no different. With continued faith in Christ, we will be able to endure all these challenges until we live eternally with Christ. I would like to end with one of the Bible verses the Elders share during our homebound visits to members.

Praise be to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, that that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort that we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5

Bless you for being a member of Christ’s family at Grace and we pray for the safety of all of God’s people.

Resources

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has pandemic information here.

Our state does a good job of providing current information on the state response to the pandemic here.

Olmsted County specific information can be found here.