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A Note from Pastor Kagin
Dear Grace Baptist Church Family,
We will get through this. This too will pass. Though there a lot of uncertainty, our eyes are on the ONE who rules all things. He is our Heavenly Father and He deeply cares for us.
We have been monitoring the COVID19 situation. I have been praying for God’s wisdom, been on multiple conference calls with other pastors and government officials seeking advice on how to proceed.
With our President requesting all Americans to limit groups to a maximum of ten people, the deacons and I believe that we that the best course of action is to provide our regular services via Livestream only at www.watchgbc.com. It pains me to announce that to you. I love, love getting together with our church family. Sundays and Wednesday are a huge highlight of my week. I miss you all already!
There are a couple burdens on my heart that I would like to convey here as well as in upcoming times we have together.
First, as we go through this, my concern is for God’s people. I am concerned that we do not stumble, slip or get stale spiritually. Spiritual growth is an individual choice. So…I want you to know you are on my heart. I am praying that while we are not gathering together physically, that you will be thriving and growing in your relationship with Jesus. Perhaps right now would be a great time to start a daily Bible reading plan. I invite you to read in a groupl plan through the Gospel of John with me over the next 10 days.
Second, our theme this year is One Another. John 13:34–35 says “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” Self-centeredness is a human reality. Why? Because we are sinful. Jesus calls those who have been saved or born again to love one another. This would be the sign that we are disciples, followers of Jesus Christ. The love to which Christ calls us to demonstrate is sacrificial. It is all about others, not us. It is outward focused, not inward focused. These days we are all experiencing are a spiritual test of our loving one another. We can either respond by focusing on what we can’t do, or what we can do. I wish organizing great group efforts to demonstrate the love of Jesus to our community was possible right now. What is possible though, is you loving the people around you. You being selfless in your workplace, neighborhood and in your circle of connections. You taking time to pray in person or over the phone with someone struggling with fear. It seems Jesus is giving His church a special opportunity to be focused on the needs of others. May we excel for our Savior’s sake.
1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
If you have a question about the service schedule, have a need related to a ride or delivery of food related to the Coronavirus, please call our church office at 937-293-7500. We’ll have someone available to answer questions during normal office hours, and our church will do our best to help in any way we can. Of course, always feel free to reach out to your deacon as well.
We encourage you to join our services via livestream at our website. You can access our livestream via our home page or at gracebaptistofkettering.org/grace-media/live.
Consider sharing our livestream with a friend, family member or coworker. This is a great way to share Christ as the one who alone can give peace of mind.
Our Technical Support
If you need technical assistance with finding our livestream, please call our church office at 937-293-7500 an hour before services.
Although the next few weeks will likely involve unique formats and scheduling of our services, the ministry responsibilities, both locally and around the world, will continue. Let’s be faithful in our giving, whether that be in person on Sunday or electronically. You can give securely online at gracebaptistofkettering.org/give or by sending in your offering by mail.
John 16:33 tells us, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” Jesus is not surprised by what we are experiencing and desires us to live with peace in our hearts. May we keep our eyes on Him.