grace bible fellowship's covid-19 response
Updated covid-19 response
November 20, 2020
Dear GBF Family,
Wow! 2020 has been quite a year! On behalf of the GBF Council, I’m writing to communicate our ministry plans in response to the surge of coronavirus in West Michigan. After considering several options, we are trusting that this is the best response we could make as a church leadership. Our approach will follow the same pattern as in the Spring.
On Sunday, November 22, we will be moving our Sunday morning worship services to an online, prerecorded service you can view from home. All activities usually held at church will be suspended at least until December 8th, and possibly longer.
(One exception to this will be a final, in-person Youth Group meeting this Sunday afternoon; with the good weather we have enjoyed, their activities have been mostly outdoors, with masks and social distancing when indoors).
While we hope this is a temporary restriction, the reality is that we should expect this disruption of our church life to last much longer, possibly even recurring again in the next one to two years. Statistically speaking, we can already see that the surge in cases is much higher this time around than in the Spring. As a Council we will continue to monitor the situation as it develops and make prudent decisions about how to move forward.
I want you to know this approach is not what any of us would wish or prefer to have happen. There was a healthy disagreement expressed among the Council, and not everyone believes this is the best to way forward. However, a majority believes this is what needs to happen in order to do our part to limit the spread of the virus and its impact on our local community. It also makes us good witnesses to our friends, neighbors, and coworkers in the West Michigan community.
We do not want to “give up meeting together,” and we won’t. We will continue to care for each other, worship together (virtually), hear the Word of God preached, and fulfill our mission as Grace Bible Fellowship. Please remember to pray for the Council and our staff leadership team as we make decisions and continue to do the work of the ministry moving forward. We can be so thankful that we are blessed with the team of leaders we have, and their vision for implementing technology, systems, and a culture of care and concern within our church family in the midst of an ongoing crisis.
In all of our fear, grief, and uncertainty about the future, God remains unchanging. I’m reminded of the verse we have been learning on Wednesday nights with our GBC and BIG groups. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Grace and peace,
Matthew H. Loverin
President, GBF Council
Nov 20th, 2020