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At Grace Bible Fellowship you will find a variety of ministries developed to support your pursuit of spiritual growth and biblical understanding. Our groups and activities are designed with the entire family in mind.

 

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10:15 am – Sunday Morning Worship Service

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Copy of the Letter sent out to congregation

March 19, 2020
Dear GBF Family,
The spread and threat of COVID-19 is on everyone’s minds at this point in time. Without question, this will temporarily change the ways people live their lives, including the ways we gather as a church. What it will not change is who we are as the followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, and who our Savior is as King of Kings and Creator and Sustainer of the universe. This may be a first for our generation, but it is not the first time the church has faced a global pandemic. Whatever occurs in the coming weeks or months, the Lord is still with his church and promises to sustain her through this.

After much prayer and discussion, and in an effort to love our neighbors and our church family well, the Elders have determined to move forward at this time as follows:

Sunday Services: Starting this Sunday we will provide an online sermon. This is a temporary solution to a new challenge, and while less than ideal, it will help us show love to the most vulnerable to this disease by limiting exposure and being united in our virtual gathering. This will last until the ban on large gatherings is lifted by our state and local officials. Sermon audio will continue to be posted on our website, gbfalbany.com, and sermon CDs will continue to be available at the church Information Center.

Weekly livestreamed Bible Studies: Pastor Tom will provide weekly interactive Bible Studies livestreamed on Facebook on Wednesday at 7:00PM; and, Friday at 11:00AM. You do not need to have a Facebook Account to watch these livestreams, simply follow the link on the website.

Prayer Needs: In place of the blue Communication Slips included in the weekly bulletin, you may email or mail your prayer requests to the church office. These will be forwarded weekly to our prayer teams.

Giving: Checks may be sent by mail to the church, please do not send cash. You may also check with your bank regarding the option of online bill-pay.

Mid-week activities: All mid-week activities here at the church, such as Bible Studies, Prayer Groups, Youth Ministry, etc., will be suspended until the resumption of regular services. At this point the church office will remain open Monday-Thursday.

Home Groups: It is recommended (but not required) that Home Groups suspend meetings for the duration of this closure.

Meeting Needs: Because we are not meeting in person it is even more crucial that during this time we stay connected in whatever other ways we can. It is also important that we take this time to serve one another, and those who are hurting in our community. If you are in need of anything, please email us at gbf4him@comcast.net. If you would like to be on-call to assist with member needs, please contact the office, along with the days you would be available.

Consideration for the vulnerable: Though we ourselves may not be statistically at risk, we can easily transfer the virus to those who are. Please take this into consideration in your contact with vulnerable people of Grace Bible.

Encouraging truths to remember in times like this

Our hope is not in this world: Our hope has never been in this decaying world and it never will be. Our hope is in the Creator and Sustainer of this world who will one day make all things new again (Rev. 21:5)! Times like this lovingly remind us how dependent we are on our Creator; and, how fleeting this world really is. Let us set our eyes on Jesus.

We represent Jesus to a watching world: The church is called to be different in all things, including how it responds to a global pandemic. We can dread this as a time of fear, or we can embrace it as an opportunity to show our watching neighbors who we are as followers of Jesus; an opportunity to show our faith when it really matters; an opportunity to love our neighbors in very tangible ways; an opportunity to love and care for one another as the Lord has instructed us. Living daily in the selfless love of Christ, we will be the light God has called us to be.

We must walk in God’s wisdom: This means listening to the medical professionals and the guidance they give, obeying the rules of those placed in authority (Rom. 13). It means determining how best to show neighborly love as a church body. This requires a great amount of discernment and prayer. Each person, as well as the leaders of the church, will need to seek the Lord’s direction and live out of the conscience that God has given us. We must also be careful not to question the conscience of another who does not share our convictions in this area. This is an opportunity for us to love the “weaker” brother and sister in Christ. Please pray that God would grant you wisdom as well as to the leaders of the church.

Finally, we would encourage you with these words from the Apostle Paul to the church of Philippi: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:6-7) Throughout her history, the church of Jesus Christ has gone through much worse than the Coronavirus and has emerged stronger in the end because of the testing of her faith (James 1:2-4). May we at GBF embrace this season as a divine opportunity to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.

The Elders of Grace Bible Fellowship
#announcement

Copy of the Letter sent out to congregation

March 19, 2020
Dear GBF Family,
The spread and threat of COVID-19 is on everyone’s minds at this point in time. Without question, this will temporarily change the ways people live their lives, including the ways we gather as a church. What it will not change is who we are as the followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, and who our Savior is as King of Kings and Creator and Sustainer of the universe. This may be a first for our generation, but it is not the first time the church has faced a global pandemic. Whatever occurs in the coming weeks or months, the Lord is still with his church and promises to sustain her through this.

After much prayer and discussion, and in an effort to love our neighbors and our church family well, the Elders have determined to move forward at this time as follows:

Sunday Services: Starting this Sunday we will provide an online sermon. This is a temporary solution to a new challenge, and while less than ideal, it will help us show love to the most vulnerable to this disease by limiting exposure and being united in our virtual gathering. This will last until the ban on large gatherings is lifted by our state and local officials. Sermon audio will continue to be posted on our website, gbfalbany.com, and sermon CDs will continue to be available at the church Information Center.

Weekly livestreamed Bible Studies: Pastor Tom will provide weekly interactive Bible Studies livestreamed on Facebook on Wednesday at 7:00PM; and, Friday at 11:00AM. You do not need to have a Facebook Account to watch these livestreams, simply follow the link on the website.

Prayer Needs: In place of the blue Communication Slips included in the weekly bulletin, you may email or mail your prayer requests to the church office. These will be forwarded weekly to our prayer teams.

Giving: Checks may be sent by mail to the church, please do not send cash. You may also check with your bank regarding the option of online bill-pay.

Mid-week activities: All mid-week activities here at the church, such as Bible Studies, Prayer Groups, Youth Ministry, etc., will be suspended until the resumption of regular services. At this point the church office will remain open Monday-Thursday.

Home Groups: It is recommended (but not required) that Home Groups suspend meetings for the duration of this closure.

Meeting Needs: Because we are not meeting in person it is even more crucial that during this time we stay connected in whatever other ways we can. It is also important that we take this time to serve one another, and those who are hurting in our community. If you are in need of anything, please email us at gbf4him@comcast.net. If you would like to be on-call to assist with member needs, please contact the office, along with the days you would be available.

Consideration for the vulnerable: Though we ourselves may not be statistically at risk, we can easily transfer the virus to those who are. Please take this into consideration in your contact with vulnerable people of Grace Bible.

Encouraging truths to remember in times like this

Our hope is not in this world: Our hope has never been in this decaying world and it never will be. Our hope is in the Creator and Sustainer of this world who will one day make all things new again (Rev. 21:5)! Times like this lovingly remind us how dependent we are on our Creator; and, how fleeting this world really is. Let us set our eyes on Jesus.

We represent Jesus to a watching world: The church is called to be different in all things, including how it responds to a global pandemic. We can dread this as a time of fear, or we can embrace it as an opportunity to show our watching neighbors who we are as followers of Jesus; an opportunity to show our faith when it really matters; an opportunity to love our neighbors in very tangible ways; an opportunity to love and care for one another as the Lord has instructed us. Living daily in the selfless love of Christ, we will be the light God has called us to be.

We must walk in God’s wisdom: This means listening to the medical professionals and the guidance they give, obeying the rules of those placed in authority (Rom. 13). It means determining how best to show neighborly love as a church body. This requires a great amount of discernment and prayer. Each person, as well as the leaders of the church, will need to seek the Lord’s direction and live out of the conscience that God has given us. We must also be careful not to question the conscience of another who does not share our convictions in this area. This is an opportunity for us to love the “weaker” brother and sister in Christ. Please pray that God would grant you wisdom as well as to the leaders of the church.

Finally, we would encourage you with these words from the Apostle Paul to the church of Philippi: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:6-7) Throughout her history, the church of Jesus Christ has gone through much worse than the Coronavirus and has emerged stronger in the end because of the testing of her faith (James 1:2-4). May we at GBF embrace this season as a divine opportunity to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.

The Elders of Grace Bible Fellowship
#announcement
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Spiritual Security in a Time of Trouble
by Tom Pennington
March 22, 2020
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