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Christmas Eve Worship Service – December 24, 2020 at 7 pm. We will be meeting both live and via online streaming. Those attending live will have a health assessment screening before being seated. Mask required rooms will be available.
Location & Contact:
- Family Bible Hour (Sunday School): 9:15 am – Live & ZOOM
- SUNDAY MORNING: Worship: 10:30 am – in various formats – see below
- WEDNESDAY: Women’s Bible Study – 7:00 pm Live & ZOOM
- Men’s Prayer: 7:00 pm Live & ZOOM
- Youth Ministry: 7:00 pm
- THURSDAY: Hermeneutics Class – How to study the Bible. 7 pm (Live & ZOOM)
- FRIDAY: GBC Kids Club – Kids4Truth & Jr. High
Our Autumn Bible Conference on “Contending for the Faith: Understanding & Responding to Current Winds of Doctrine” went well. Our speaker addressed the challenges and consequences of the social justice movement and critical race theory in churches and explained how to confront it. For the link to the audio and video posts of the conference, click here
Grace Bible Church Kids Club, our ministry to children grades pre-K – 8th, is held on Friday evenings from 6:30 – 8:00 pm as resumed. We use Kids4Truth curricula for our grade school children and Fundamentals of the Faith for our older children. To learn more about it and to register online, click here – Kids4Truth.
Government restrictions have resulted in the following changes in how we hold our worship services.
Sunday morning worship is presented in five formats IF the weather permits. 1) Live Outdoor seating in sun or shade. 2) Drive-in (The preaching is done outside) 3) Live limited indoor worship where the music is performed – spatial distanced. 4) Indoor with masks required. 5) Streaming on the internet. We will take maximum advantage of all that is available to us to foster fellowship and corporate worship. NOTE: IF the temperatures will be below 50 or inclement, the preaching will be done from inside, but the drive-in FM radio service will still be available.
SUNDAY SCHOOL – In person for all ages. Adult class is also on Zoom, Sunday mornings at 9:15 am (EDT) – (no streaming)
WORSHIP SERVICE – Sunday mornings at 10:30 am (EDT). Our service is held: 1) Live in Building worship (limited seating). 2) Drive-in Worship. 3) Outside seating. 4) Streaming on our youtube page. All four take place simultaneously. The musicians are inside and the pastor preaches outside with the video feed shown on the indoor screen. Children’s Church has resumed during the Sermon.
DEEPER INTO THE SERMON – discussion group – in person and Zoom meetings on Monday’s at 7:30 pm. Email Church office for an invitation to the meeting. Discussion questions can be found at the Think About It section at the end of the sermon notes (Link, top left sidebar).
LADIES BIBLE STUDY – Zoom meetings: Wednesday’s at 7:00 pm (EDT). Email Church office for an invitation to the meeting. Email Diane Harris or the church for the Study questions.
MEN’s PRAYER – In person and Zoom meeting: Wednesday’s @ 7 pm. Email the church for the Zoom link.
Hermeneutics (How to Study the Bible) Class. Thursdays at 7 pm. The video recordings of each class are posted with the link on the hermeneutic handout page You can get the handouts for the upcoming class here. Contact Pastor Harris to get the Zoom link.
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Notes on response to Government restrictions
DRIVE-IN & Outdoor Worship Service. Weather permitting, the Pastor preaches from a location visible to all who attend. The sound is transmitted via FM transmitter. Our restrictions are the same as those for drive-in theaters and outdoor parks.
IN BUILDING WORSHIP – We have five rooms in which to meet and worship simultaneously. We screen for health and require hand washing / disinfection in order to remain in the building as detailed in our Medical Restriction protocols and ministry plans. Upstairs is spatially distanced so masks are not required. At least two of the rooms downstairs will require masks with the service streamed to the monitor.
We will continue to open up to the maximum extent possible following legal counsel that is willing to back us up. Our priority will be on having the maximum number of people participate.
Some Personal Comments: My own back ground is biology including classes covering epidemiology and experimental design, and I am married to a public health nurse. I will be direct. The virus is not nearly as deadly as government incompetence and over reaction due to media hype. Gov. Cuomo’s directive putting COVID-19 positive patients into nursing facilities caring for the elderly and those already medical compromised was unconscionable. Government incompetence about what is or is not “essential” continues to destroy our economy, society and lives due to drug abuse, alcoholism, depression, suicide, and postponed “elective” surgeries that would have otherwise extended life. They are following modeling that has already been disproved and not science. Mainstream news reports block counter evidence to the politically correct line while hyping and faking the stories they do report.
Pray for those who are being so severely impacted by all of this not only locally but around the globe where similar actions are now leading directly to starvation. Pray for those in authority that they will repent and turn to truth to end the unnecessary oppression. The power of the Lord Jesus Christ gives hope to people in any situation, so pray that God’s people will continue to find ways to proclaim the gospel even in the current restricted environment.
We are looking forward to the day when we can again fully gather together within our facilities. The following four sermons, two papers and link page are helpful to regain and keep a godly perspective . Links to sermons & papers related to the virus crises, *Click here for rational responses and resources concerning SARS-CoV-2. (updated 9/28/2020). *Godly Wisdom During a Medical Threat, *Foundations of Wisdom, *Finding Peace in a Time of Fear, *Authority & Submission *Remaining Calm in a Time of Panic, *Ideas Concerning being Stuck at Home due to Virus Regulations These are our Medical Restriction protocols and ministry plans
Click on More about the church for information such as a brief introduction to GBC, our Doctrinal Statement, Constitution, Policies, missionaries and testimonies. Click on Helpful resources for information on living the Christian life, Bible study aides and links to other sites. The search box at the top left will help you find the sermon topics and passages which would be of interest to you. Our worship service is webcast and posted on Youtube (click here) and we also post to SermonAudio.com (click here)
Pastor Harris has started his sermon series on the books of 1 & 2 Thessalonians. (If you would like to subscribe to Pastor Harris’ weekly sermons via e-mail, Click Here)
School Year Ministries
Grace Bible Church Kids Club, our ministry to children grades pre-K – 8th, is held on Friday evenings from 6:30 – 8:00 pm will resume October 23. We use Kids4Truth curricula for our grade school children and will be using Fundamentals of the Faith for our older children. To learn more about it and to register online, click here – Kids4Truth. .
Hermeneutics Class. See announcement above.
Simply a Slave of the Lord Jesus Christ,
Pastor Scott L. Harris
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