Grace Church Is Here To Help
A Summary of How Grace Is Responding During This Time
- A new sermon series starting this Sunday – Choosing Faith Over Fear
- Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
g or call (510) 795-1234 if you have needs or are aware of a person in need (our goal is to respond to all emails/calls within 24 hours). Also, please let us know if you can help meet the needs of those in our congregation.
- Pastor Josh and Pastor Gregg will be hosting prayer gatherings through Facebook Live (www.facebook.com/gracechurchfremont) on Tuesday and Thursday at noon. All are welcome to join in. There will be a brief devotional and then a time of prayer.
- Small Groups will begin meeting next week using Zoom. If you are interested in leading one of these small groups please email Pastor Josh (email@example.com
rg), sign-ups will be available through our church website. These groups will last 45 minutes and will include a brief devotional and then a time for personal sharing.
- Over the next 24 hours, each ministry leader will be reaching out to their ministry team so that everyone can be in communication for prayer and assistance if there is a need. Please share how you are doing and how your team can pray for you. For those that do not currently serve on a ministry team, Pastor Josh will be sending you an email as well.
- Stayed connected for more information about volunteering with Grace as we look for ways to partner with Alameda County and the our local cities.
- Practical ways to serve others during this time – to read the full article click here: (Confronting the Coronavirus)
- For the elderly and those with compromised immune systems, give them a call. Listen to them, laugh with them. Laughter can truly be great medicine. If you know them personally (and you are young and healthy), offer to deliver their groceries. No human contact is needed. You can simply pick up the groceries and leave them on their porch for them to take inside.
- For your neighbors, write a note introducing yourself and put it in the mailboxes of the homes or apartments around you. In the note, tell your neighbors you’re a Christian and offer to pray for them or to provide whatever support you feel that you can to meet their needs. Also, don’t forget to include your contact info, so they can respond.
- For service workers, thank them profusely, every person you encounter — the mail carrier, the plumber, the cashier at the grocery store, the Starbucks drive-thru barista, the security guard. They are people too. Encourage them. Let them know you see them and see how hard they are trying to do their jobs in the midst of what may seem like chaos at times.
- For a single mother or low-income family, offer to help with their childcare needs. Have a weeknight pizza meal delivered. Order a box of diapers. Leave a puzzle or board game at their front door. Every little bit helps, and the reality that they aren’t alone can help even more.
- For a small business near you, buy a gift card or two that can be redeemed later on a birthday, for your anniversary, or even for Christmas presents to relatives and friends. Buy directly from the business online or by calling (rather than through a secondary source) to really make a difference, and if you can, make sure to encourage the employee, manager, or owner by telling them you care.
- For medical professionals, send a text and let them know you support them as they stand on the frontlines of this fight. Remember to encourage their family members too who may be waiting anxiously at home. Offer to mow their lawn or wash their car. To help with other maintenance needs. Most of all, just make sure they don’t feel alone. If you’re concerned, you can be sure they’re even more concerned, especially about what they could be bringing home to their families. So be sensitive and show them love.
- For out-of-school children, if your child’s class has a private email chain or some other way of electronically connecting, send out a message to the other students’ parents of that class offering to provide a PB & J sack lunch once a week left on your porch for any child who might want or need it for whatever reason. If that seems too invasive or unsafe, consider leaving some non-perishable, prepackaged snacks that kids can come and take. Just make sure you remember parents and children alike want dignity. No parent will willingly admit they’re struggling to feed their child. They might, however, accept a gesture like this one.
- For the homeless and needy, take an extra sack of groceries, soap, blankets, or clothes to your local food bank or homeless shelter. Food banks will likely be overrun with those who need help, and they depend heavily upon donations from others to stay stocked with provision and supplies.
- If you can and are healthy, donate blood. Those who are seriously sick often need invasive medical treatments, and those treatments can include extra pints of blood. Even a single pint could help save a life, so consider finding a local donation bank and becoming a volunteer blood donor.
- Last of all, pray. This is probably the greatest thing you can do. Pray that God will show you creative ways in which you personally can love and serve those around you while still keeping you and your family safe. Pray for those who are anxious, pray for those who are struggling financially, pray for your pastors, pray for your civic leaders, and pray for those who may be sick. Pray often but also be willing to tell others you are praying for them too.