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    ReadResurrection Sunday & COVID-19
    Take one of the five steps
    A message from your Pastor


    Dear friends and family in Christ,


    In celebration of our Risen Savior we would like to offer an invitation for this Easter (Resurrection) Sunday.


    At around 10:45am Central, Easter Sunday, Pastor Umbriaco will be livestreaming his message which will include a special Easter Program put together by Mrs. Trask. The program will be recorded, so it can be watched at anytime. 


    Later, at 1:00pm everyone is invited to the church parking lot where we will be having a Son-rise Tailgating Get-Together! 


    We will still adhere to the guidelines set forth by the CDC, as well as our President. These will include the Social-DISTANCING from one another. The plan will be to park our vehicles as to keep 8-10 ft. apart.


    Please feel free to bring your LAWN CHAIRS and perhaps a light jacket. 


    Also, in order to be in compliance with our President's recommendation, we should "don our MASKS."


    Sadly, because of the pandemic we can't have a "potluck" at this time, but please "bring your own family 'TAKE-OUT LUNCH' and drinks to enjoy within our own spaces as we fellowship and socialize at a safe distance with one another!


    We look forward to seeing all of you once again as we come together to have an afternoon of enjoying one another's company and honoring this glorious day of Christ's Resurrection!


    You can listen to the sermon at our YouTube LiveStream Channel (click 'subscribe')! I will try to have the recorded sermon ready soon after the service is over available at GraceKingsford.org/sermons.


    Here’s one simple thing you can do to help us right now- sign up for recurring online giving at GraceKingsford.org/give. All major credit cards and debit cards are accepted. Or through your bank. (Credit, debit, ACH, and bill pay are all easy options for recurring giving.)  That way, even if we have to cancel traditional services, we’re still financially able to minister to our community.  Also, for your convenience and privacy, there is an automated text message system where you can text the word ‘Give’ with the whole dollar amount (e.g. Give 100) to (906) 205-0188.


    Recurring giving is easy to set up and can be done through our online system: GraceKingsford.org/give

    You could also still mail in an offering to 1295 Pyle Dr. if you prefer not to use the online system.


    So, would you prayerfully consider signing up for recurring online giving today?


    I look forward to seeing you this Resurrection Sunday 2020, even if it is just on our new LiveStream!!!

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      ReadYouTube Livestream 9:15
      Join us this morning!

      Good morning, I hope you can make it! Click HERE to join live at 9:15am


      Also, you can copy and paste this link into your browser:

      https://youtu.be/PA7guNX27FM

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        ReadCOVID-19 & GRACE 4.0
        Take one of the five steps
        A message from your Pastor


        Dear friends and family in Christ,

        It’s my honor to be your pastor. I had a thought this week that I had to come to terms with: I cannot (nor should I) meet all of your spiritual needs. If you’re depending on me to meet all of your spiritual needs, you’re going to be disappointed. I’m not an expert, nor am I God. I don’t have a claim to your soul.


        Back in the 1500s, Martin Luther started a reformation helping people understand they could have direct access to God despite what the church at large was saying.


        Luther was right – YOU indeed have direct access to God. You can pray on your own, worship on your own, and serve on your own. The church is a huge part of faith, but you can grow in your faith all week long, not just on Sunday.


        I wanted to send you some links to help you at home during this unprecedented time with resources to help.


        Bible


        YouVersion is a great website (and they have a fantastic app, too) for reading the Bible. You can choose a reading plan, share notes and questions with others, and keep track of your progress.

        • The ESV Bible is a great Bible. There are lots of footnotes and articles to help you understand context and meaning. I use this Bible a bit when I’m working on sermons.


        Books

        Here are a few of the books I’ve read that have helped me grow in my faith.


        • Basic Christianity

        • The Reason for God

        • Knowledge of the Holy

        • What’s So Amazing About Grace?

        • Mere Christianity


        Sermons

        I listen to lots of sermons on SermonAudio.com and on other sites– here are some of my favorites:


        • Dr. Matthew R. Olson

        • Dr. Sam Horn

        • Paul Washer

        • D.A. Carson

        • Ravi Zacharias


        I hope this list helps you grow in your faith. Pick one of the resources and try it out for a week or two. And be sure to let me know what you find helpful.


        I repeat again that I hate the idea of preventing God's people from entering God's house to pray and worship together. However, given the current TEMPORARY situation, the deacons and I encourage you to stay home at least for the next two weeks (but our doors will still be unlocked this Sunday). There are some in our local church who are in the high risk category. We have some who are currently sick and/or have compromised immune systems and/or are at least 60 years of age or older. We do not recommend for those in our church in these categories to meet in any groups right now until the crisis is adverted.


        I will be praying, praising, studying, and worshiping in this place. We have canceled the early morning prayer time, the fellowship time, Sunday school, Nursery services, Wednesday night prayer & study, and the Men's & Ladies' Thursday Bible study for the next two weeks. So for this Sunday, I will be at the church building for the main service at 10:45am. We feel that its best for you to stay home, BUT for you to CONTINUE worship in your home during this time. You can listen to my sermon that will be posted online OR on our new YouTube LiveStream Channel (click 'subscribe')! I will try to have the recorded sermon ready soon after the service is over available at GraceKingsford.org/sermons.


        We have not met our proposed budget these last couple weeks. Here’s one simple thing you can do to help us right now- sign up for recurring online giving at GraceKingsford.org/give. All major credit cards and debit cards are accepted. Or through your bank. (Credit, debit, ACH, and bill pay are all easy options for recurring giving.) That way, even if we have to cancel traditional services, we’re still financially able to minister to our community.   Also, for your convenience and privacy, there is an automated text message system where you can text the word ‘Give’ with the whole dollar amount (e.g. Give 100) to (906) 205-0188.


        Recurring giving is easy to set up and can be done through our online system: GraceKingsford.org/give

        You could also still mail in an offering to 1295 Pyle Dr. if you prefer not to use the online system.


        When you take this step, you’re telling our finance team that it’s okay for them to release funds to spend in crisis situations like the COVID-19 outbreak, because they know that it won’t leave the church totally depleted.  


        So, would you prayerfully consider signing up for recurring online giving today?


        I look forward to seeing you this Palm Sunday 2020, even if it is just on our new LiveStream!!!

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          ReadYouTube Livestream
          Join us this morning!

          Good morning, I hope you can make it! Click HERE to join live at 10:45am


          Also, you can copy and paste this link into your browser: https://youtu.be/IqzHIZWW_j0

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            ReadCOVID-19 & GRACE 3.0
            This Sunday's Service
            An updated message from your Pastor


            Dear friends and family in Christ,

            I want to remind us to be alert but not anxious. We are aware of our governor's newest executive orders prohibiting any gathering, and that churches are exempt from enforcement.


            Our president has the goal of churches meeting in person on Easter Sunday and I pray that this will happen safely.


            We will continue extra logical precautionary steps to protect ourselves and the ones we love motivated by wisdom--not fear.


            The Deacons and I have discussed the progression of this world crisis, how our church must respond, as well as the current known facts. These facts are as follows:

            1. Legally, we can still meet as a church. I had received feedback this past week that we had disobeyed God-given authorities by meeting in person. But, Michigan Governor's orders had said in Executive Order 2020-11 and still today in Executive Order 2020-21 say that a place of religious worship is not subject to penalty. This is directly from the governor’s orde: #10. Nothing in this order should be taken to supersede another executive order or directive that is in effect, except to the extent this order imposes more stringent limitations on in-person work, activities, and interactions. Consistent with prior guidance, a place of religious worship, when used for religious worship, is not subject to penalty under section 14.
            2. As of the date and time of this email, there is three confirmed cases of COVID-19 scattered in the Upper Peninsula (Luce CountyMarquette County and Chippewa County). I realize that the virus could potentially be present here in our town without a confirmed case near us.
            3. There are some in our local church who are in the high risk category. We have some who are currently sick and/or have compromised immune systems and/or are at least 60 years of age or older. We do not recommend for those in our church in these categories to meet in any groups right now until the crisis is adverted.


            I repeat that I hate the idea of preventing God's people from entering God's house to pray and worship together. However, given the current TEMPORARY situation, the deacons and I encourage you to stay home at least for the next two weeks (but our doors will still be unlocked this Sunday). I will be praying, praising, studying, and worshiping in this place. We have canceled the early morning prayer time, the fellowship time, Sunday school, Nursery services, Wednesday night prayer & study, and the Men's & Ladies' Thursday Bible study for the next two weeks. So for this Sunday, I will be at the church building for the main service at 10:45am. We feel that its best for you to stay home, BUT for you to CONTINUE worship in your home during this time. You can listen to my sermon that will be posted online OR on our new YouTube LiveStream Channel (click 'subscribe')! I will try to have the recorded sermon ready soon after the service is over available at GraceKingsford.org/sermons.


            Here’s one simple thing you can do to help us right now- sign up for recurring online giving at GraceKingsford.org/give. All major credit cards and debit cards are accepted. Or through your bank. (Credit, debit, ACH, and bill pay are all easy options for recurring giving.) That way, even if we have to cancel traditional services, we’re still financially able to minister to our community.   Also, for your convenience and privacy, there is an automated text message system where you can text the word ‘Give’ with the whole dollar amount (e.g. Give 100) to (906) 205-0188.


            Consider Paul’s message to the church in 1 Corinthians 15:1-2: 


            “Now about the collection for the Lord’s people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.”


            Would you join with me, the leaders of the church, and the other early adopters and pray about setting up a portion of your giving via recurring giving? There are many benefits to both givers and the church.

            1. You can give even if you are sick or traveling.
            2. We can better predict our budget for supporting other ministries and the community.
            3. If we have to cancel church, we can still help people in need. (Often in severe weather or during a crisis, the need in our community increases.)


            Recurring giving is easy to set up and can be done through our online system: GraceKingsford.org/give

            You could also still mail in an offering to 1295 Pyle Dr. if you prefer not to use the online system.


            When you take this step, you’re telling our finance team that it’s okay for them to release funds to spend in crisis situations like the COVID-19 outbreak, because they know that it won’t leave the church totally depleted.  


            So, would you prayerfully consider signing up for recurring online giving today?


            I look forward to seeing you this Sunday, even if it is just on our new LiveStream!!!

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              ReadYouTube Livestream
              Join us this morning!

              Good morning, I hope you can make it! click here to join live at 10:50ish Grace Baptist Church


              Also, you can copy and paste this link into your browser: https://youtu.be/d6YjsGbYkHk

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                ReadGrace Baptist Church
                3/22/2020 Sunday School