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ONLINE SERVICE CHANGES: Due to the ongoing issues with the live-stream service buffering and breaking up, Pastor Dave will try pre-recording our weekly worship services and then posting them for release at 10:00 AM on Facebook and YouTube. This should eliminate the live stream transmission problems that are so frustrating to all as the recorded posted version is usually much smoother and without pauses. Plus, this will give those who are not on Facebook the option to worship with us through YouTube also on Sunday mornings. Thanks for your patience and persistence during some “choppy” services in the past. You will be able to access the recorded video through the Grace Church Facebook page, but you may have to click on the “play” button to begin. Viewers will still be able to make comments in real time and interact as always, and most will not even realize it’s not live. Please share the video to your timeline and with your friends each week, and let’s spread the message of hope through Jesus Christ while we expand our outreach. See you Sunday at 10:00 AM!
“ALIVE IN CHRIST!” SERMON SERIES: What difference does the resurrection of Jesus make in our lives? How does Christ rising from the dead affect me and my life personally? How could this Spring be a time to “reset” my life and live more fully for God? Join Pastor Dave each Sunday for an inspiring sermon series focusing on how to live victoriously in the wake of the resurrection! Together we are considering six key habits that mark the lives of those who are truly alive in Christ. “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me,” said Paul in Galatians 2:20. But what does that mean? Join us each Sunday online to find out!
“MY DAILY DOSE” BIBLE READINGS have been reintroduced in an effort to foster unity within our church family and focus our attention on the God’s Word. You are invited to join your fellow church members as we embark on a journey with the ancient apostles through the Book of Acts. Together we translate and apply the power of Jesus’ resurrection for his church. Use the brochure, view the readings on our web site, or find them listed in our Sunday summary email each week. Please prayerfully read one section of Scripture each day. May God speak to you, encourage you, and challenge you with each daily dose of spiritual strength from His Living Word!
ANNOUNCING “GRACE RIDERS FOR CHRIST”! Will McCollum invites anyone – young or old – who can ride a bicycle to join him in putting on your Grace Church t-shirt and bicycling on the Cedar Valley bike trails. “Join me and see, smell, and enjoy God’s great outdoors on a bicycle. How far can you ride? 125 miles – from our church parking lot to Cedar Rapids and back. 50 miles – from church around the loop on the Cedar Valley bike trails. 25 miles – from church to just beyond Cedar Falls and back. 10 miles – from church through George Wyth State Park and back. 5 miles – from church to downtown Waterloo and back. Or … around the block!” All participants will practice social distancing. Contact Will at 319-239-5529 to express your interest and/or to learn more. A time for the first “group ride” will be set up soon. Ride for fellowship; ride for exercise; ride for Jesus!
“CUT THE GRASS” EXERCISE PROGRAM! Grace Church is starting a new exercise program again this Spring and Summer called, “Cut the Grass.” Seriously, if you are interested in getting healthy, please contact Bill Reams at 319-233-2113 to be put on a rotation of persons willing to help mow the church properties. A riding mower and two push mowers are provided along with gas. Why not take a turn with the whole family? Join the crew, get healthy, and serve God and church all at the same time!
SUNDAY WORSHIP MOVING FORWARD: As Governor Reynolds lifts restrictions regarding public worship gatherings, your consistory leaders will be considering how best to reopen the doors of our facility on Sunday mornings in time moving forward. Local health officials recommend not gathering for a while longer as Covid-19 outbreaks in Black Hawk County continue to spread and increase. Local trends as well as a high concern for the safety of all our congregants, including those most vulnerable, will guide our decision made prayerfully under the Spirit’s guidance. While we are all eager to return, please remain patient while we work out a wise plan to worship and fellowship together again safely and with some new guidelines. A plan will be announced in time, and it may be a few weeks yet before we will be able to gather safely. Meanwhile, please continue to join us for online services on Facebook and YouTube each week; and invite your friends!