RESPONDING TO COVID-19

Loving neighbors. Bearing burdens.

While there are many people who are losing some or all of their work, there are others of us who are still working and able to help! We want to use this opportunity to be generous with our brothers and sisters as well as our neighbors!

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Dear Church Family, 

This afternoon (3.13.20), the Elders decided that we would move our Sunday morning gathering (March 15, 2020) to an online format. We will release details on that soon. 

This was a difficult decision that we do not take lightly. We love our church family and love gathering together each week to worship Jesus and encourage one another. However, as we survey the nature of the current national emergency and take into account the calls from our governing officials to not host large gatherings, we feel that this is how we best love our neighbors during this time. 

Please know we do not make this decision out of fear, hysteria, or media hype; but through prayer and guidance from the CDC and the Texas Department of State Health Services.

LifeGroups may continue to meet at the discretion of your individual group leaders. We hope that you will take the opportunity to pray for our nation, our leaders, and our neighbors. 

We are the Church and have the amazing privilege to serve our neighbors during this time. If you have neighbors, co-workers, or relatives that are at a higher risk, take this opportunity to check on them and offer to make a grocery run or something else that may keep them from putting their own health at risk. In the words of Russell Moore, “Don’t quarantine the Great Commission.” Let’s use this opportunity to put the gospel to work in our community. 

Your pastors are here for you if you need anything. Please feel free to contact any of our Elders, your LifeGroup leaders, or the church office if you need anything. We are praying for you, our nation, and our leaders. 

Sincerely, 

GBC Elders

On Wednesday afternoon (3/11/20), the World Health Organization released a statement that COVID-19, otherwise known as the “coronavirus,” qualifies as a pandemic. In light of that fact, there have been many steps taken in our country and around the world to stop the spread of this virus. As the people of God, called to love neighbor (Matt. 22:39) and bear one another’s burdens (Gal. 6:2), it is incumbent on us to determine the steps we will take in order to protect our neighbors from infection and keep our at-risk brothers and sisters safe.

Your pastors and staff first want you to know that we are praying for you, your families, and our community as we seek to show our neighbors and the nations that Jesus is better — even in times of fear and anxiety.

After discussion and prayer, we have determined a few steps, listed below, we will take in order to help our family at GBC care for one another and our neighbors during the COVID-19 outbreak.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.

2 Timothy 1:7 (CSB)

  • Action Steps

    FOR THIS SUNDAY (3.15.20) there will be NO onsite worship gathering. We will gather online via our church Facebook page.

    www.fb.com/gbcbrazosport

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    The church will provide hand sanitizer in the lobby and all kids classrooms.

    Tissue will be available throughout the worship center.

    As with any normal flu season, follow these “common sense” guidelines for keeping yourself and others healthy:

    • Wash your hands regularly
    • Cough or sneeze in the bend of your elbow (“cough in the crook”)
    • Eat healthy and drink lots of fluids
    • Do not go to work, school, or church if you are sick

    For other steps to prevent illness, click here.

  • Meet & Greet

    For the month of March, we will forego our customary “turn and greet someone” moment in our worship services. We do not want to create a situation where people might shake hands out of habit.

  • Schedule Changes

    We will be moving our Sunday worship gathering to an online format for this Sunday, March 15.

    Decisions about future worship gatherings will be made at the appropriate time with guidance of government health officials.

  • Watch Online

    Beginning this Sunday (3/15/20), we will live-stream our service on our Facebook page so that the most vulnerable people among us can stay home and still participate in worship with us. If you need assistance in learning how to view the live-stream, please email info@gbctx.org and we will help. To see who is most vulnerable, view the CDC page here.

  • Prayer

    Join our leaders in praying for all of those who are impacted by or confronting the virus — patients, healthcare workers, missionaries in affected areas, governing authorities, and small businesses.

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