GCCC and Coronavirus
Dear Creeker Family,
Church at Granite Creek is on this Sunday! We are taking the "Social Distancingistancing" approach suggested by the California Department of Public Health. (see link below)
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:6-7
Phil. 4:6-7 seems a particularly relevant verse for us on this day as we’ve reached a turning point in the battle against Covid-19 with the President declaring a national state of emergency.
As the pastors of Granite Creek Community Church, we have chosen to comply with guidelines issued to houses of worship by the governor of California and the Los Angeles County Department of Health. We are temporarily postponing in-person small groups, prayer meetings, and midweek gatherings (including Alpha and Wednesday Youth Group) until further notice. We are working diligently to create alternate means of fostering community in this season (e.g., online platforms like Facebook Live).
We will have regular services this Sunday (3/15/2020) at 9:30 and 11 a.m. in accordance with new guidelines. People may also listen to the service from an outdoor seating section on the patio, or they can also catch the service from the comfort of their cars, a la drive-in style! For those choosing to sit outside or in their cars, we will have roving ushers to check on people and address any questions/concerns. For those who choose to sit inside the sanctuary, know that we have sanitized all chairs and surfaces according to the L.A. Department of Health guidelines.
Additionally, we are asking anyone who falls within the “at-risk” classification to stay home and follow the CDC and the L.A.County Health Department guidelines for avoiding social gatherings. This group includes people with diabetes and/or heart conditions and those with compromised immune systems. You can watch or stream sermons on Facebook: Granite Creek Community Church.
As we continue to navigate this new normal (cancelled schools, no Dodger games, amusement park closures, toilet paper shortages, etc.) it’s critical that we continue to press into God’s peace, even as we feel ours wane. God IS faithful, and His peace will wash out our fear, anxiety, and confusion.
This season is our opportunity to shine as the bride of Christ, looking for new and innovative ways to boldly live out our mission statement of “Relationship, not Religion.” What makes Granite Creek unique is our ability to love one another and cultivate life-giving community. We believe that what the enemy meant for evil, God can turn for good. What Satan has meant to sow disunity and isolation, God can use to knit us closer!!!
Meko and I are so thankful for our Granite Creek family and, along with the board, elders, and senior leaders continue to move forward in these uncertain times knowing that we have the greatest champion in our good God.