March 18, 2020
 
Dear Family of Grace,  
 
Last night the Servant Leadership Team held a meeting to discuss our plans and procedures in light of the COVID-19 concerns. As you may be aware, the White House has recommended that no more than 10 people gather at a single time. The SLT also evaluated information from other houses of worship and information from our association. After prayerful evaluation and discussion, the decision was reached to suspend our public meetings through March 29th. All public meetings & worship will be suspended until Monday March 30th. This includes all programs such as Youth Group, Grace Kids, Bible Studies, as well as Life Groups meeting in homes.
This decision was not taken lightly. The word from the White House is only a recommendation, but we see the wisdom of following the request. Although this is an inconvenience, we are looking to leverage this opportunity for kingdom purposes. We are fully committed to continuing our Gospel ministry and presence in our community. We are looking at creative ways we can reach out and point people to Jesus.
Even though we will not be meeting publicly, this does not mean that we will be shutting down ministry at the church. We will be livestreaming on Sunday morning at 11:00 am on Facebook Live and at cvgrace.com. If you are unable to view it on the internet, we need you to contact the office and we will mail you a CD/DVD of the broadcast.
We will also be posting devotionals through the week on our website and on our Facebook page. The staff has been instructed to post some age appropriate worksheets for children through teenagers with the idea of the parents spending time on Sunday with them in spiritual training. We are looking at other teaching/learning opportunities through the week.
The SLT will be monitoring and watching closely the situation. We will be evaluating our next steps on a weekly basis. The White House has stated that this may continue through July/August. We don’t anticipate that happening, but we have an obligation to the church to keep the flock safe & healthy.
We would encourage you to contact one another and encourage each other in this time. We still believe that God is in control and that this is an opportunity for us to continue to find creative ways to reach people for Christ and see our community transformed by the power of the Gospel.
 
Pastor Wayne for the SLT