Dear Grace Community Family and Friends,

News continues to change by the minute regarding the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19). The federal government has recommended that groups of 10 or more cease meeting for a minimum of eight weeks. By the time you get this letter, restrictions may have tightened.

Considering the above, we will be unable to open the doors to our church buildings for public weekend worship services or any other meetings and activities for at least six more weeks. We will be reevaluating every two weeks in case there are any changes in those recommendations and requirements. At this time, we will reconvene in May. In addition, the launch of our Grace Highland Falls Campus at Thayer Hotel will be moved until later in the year. Stay tuned for updates.

However! It is with a joyful heart to inform you that we will be holding our worship services exclusively online! Remember, the church is not bricks and mortar, but a community of people. Our Church Online service times will be Sunday 8:30 am, 10:00 am, and 11:30 am.

Last weekend our Grace Online Campus saw over 12,000 people joining us—including 13 countries! We had many hosts and pastors connecting with viewers over chats to pray, encourage, answer questions, and counsel. It was a special weekend for all involved. Let’s celebrate, Grace!

Easter is approaching. Our Easter worship services will also be held online on Easter Sunday. What a sweet opportunity to gather in such a unique way to celebrate the resurrection of our Savior!

On another note, due to all that’s spinning around us, we are hitting “pause” on the current series with Pastor Jeff Harrison. I miss you. I very much want to shepherd and walk closely with you as we navigate these hardships and unknowns. I’ll be back this weekend to begin a message series titled, “Peace in the Panic.” I hope you’ll join us.

These are difficult times. Your family feels it. My family feels it with you. Some people are not only feeling uncertainty and anxiety but are experiencing pain financially and otherwise. Please stay connected with us on our social media platforms for opportunities to serve and help those in our communities who need help.
If you are able to continue giving, please do so. As you can imagine, closing our doors for weeks or months at a time will have a substantial financial impact on our Church.  Please give online at Graceoc.com/give. Also, you can mail your giving to 199 Kings Hwy, Warwick, NY 10990.

If you are struggling profoundly, let your church love on you. Do not go without food or gas. Reach out to us. Your church will try to help you best we can. My family, your elders, pastors, and leaders, are praying for you. If you need prayer, please go to graceoc.com/prayer and share your request with us.  You are not alone.

Grace, we don’t know what the future holds, but we do know Who holds the future. Fear will not have the final say. We are in this together. We will get through this, together. We will come out on the other side of this valley with a song of victory and a shout of joy!

With all my love and affection,

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Pastor Jarrod