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Coronavirus Updates

  • November 20 | Important Update from Pastor Dan and The Pandemic Safety Task Force
    Dear Friends, In Revelation 3, Christ tells the faithful but hard-pressed church in Philadelphia (Asia Minor, not Pennsylvania), “I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut.”  This promise reminds us that no person or circumstance can block blessings Jesus decides to give his church.  In our own context – not even Covid spikes or limits on gatherings can stop Christ from continuing his good work…
  • September 16 | Two Morning Services and No Rotations, RSVPs or Assigned Seating
    Starting Sunday September 20, 2020 Grace Church will add a 9 AM Worship Service, in addition to the 11 AM and 6 PM on-site services.  The Sanitizing Team will clean after each morning service to promote health and safety.  We will continue to livestream the 11 AM and 6 PM services for those off-site. With the addition of an early morning service, we hope to accommodate all who want to join us…
  • July 7 | An Update from the Pandemic Safety Task Force
    Dear Grace family— The members of the Pandemic Safety Task Force thank all of you for your patience during this trying time. In our recommendations to the Session, we have tried to meet the sense of urgency we all have to resume worshipping together as usual while taking the necessary steps to safeguard the health of the congregation and the community. We have intentionally stayed within the bounds of state and local…
  • June 26 | Drive Up Service with the Lord’s Supper
    This information appeared in the Messages of Grace Weekly Newsletter. We will be offering our first drive up service with the Lord’s Supper this Sunday, June 28th at 10 am.  The drive up service aims not to replace the normal morning worship service but to supplement it with an opportunity to take the communion for those who cannot attend worship in the building.  The service will be brief, consisting of a call to…
  • June 5 | IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT THE SERVICE AND THE LORD’S SUPPER
    (Distributed via MailChimp “Messages of Grace weekly email June 5) The Service Format Our service during the reopening phase will look a bit different.  Mindful that we are guarding against COVID infection, we will seek to keep the whole service within 60 minutes.  We will also celebrate the Lord’s Supper weekly, which will enable the whole church to participate as members take turns attending in person.  Instead of reciting the 10 Commandments as we normally…
  • May 28 | Starting Up In-person Worship Services in June
    Dear Church Family, We have thankfully entered a season in which we can resume some in-person worship activities.  The elders believe that we can do this responsibly, despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, by taking the precautions set forth in government guidance and being practiced by other churches.  This will enable us to resume meeting in a way that cares for our neighbors and submits to the authorities God has put in place for our…
  • May 20 | Note From the Elders About Worship Services In Coming Weeks
    Dear friends, Our region of northern Virginia remains under a shutdown until at least Friday, May 29, as directed by Governor Northam.  This means that, unless the Governor extends the shutdown, churches in our area may be able to hold in-person gatherings at 50% of building capacity as early as Sunday, May 31. The first in-person service at Grace may occur on May 31, or on a subsequent Sunday (June 7 or 14), depending on how quickly safety procedures can be worked out.  This…
  • May 15, 2020 | Coronavirus Update
    Dear Friends, Our region of northern Virginia remains under a shutdown until at least Friday, May 29, as directed this week by Governor Northam.  Since the coronavirus has affected the DC metro area more severely, we cannot enter Phase 1 of reopening as soon as the rest of Virginia. This means that we will have at least two more Sundays of only-streaming services.  We will resume gathering for worship when (1) restrictions…
  • April 2, 2020 | Coronavirus Update
    Dear Friends,  Governor Northam recently extended the coronavirus shutdown in Virginia to June 10.  Out of respect for our government authorities, and to safeguard public health, we will continue streaming our services, and will not hold large group gatherings, until this order has expired.  Please continue to participate in online worship, take advantage of small group opportunities via Zoom, and generally exercise your creativity to stay connected to each other during this…
  • March 19, 2020 | Coronavirus Update
    Dear church family, We trust the Lord is sustaining you through the many challenges of the coronavirus response.  This note comes to update you on how Grace Church is adapting to the ongoing shutdown.  We want you to know our plans and assumptions so that you can also plan accordingly.  Church services and activities:  We will generally follow the guidance of state and federal officials regarding the shutdown, while monitoring the situation…
  • March 13, 2020 | Coronavirus Update
    Dear Friends, The onset of the coronavirus has made it necessary for Grace Church and many other organizations to decide on a response.  Based on guidance from the administration of President Trump and also at the urging of Governor Northam, we will scale back our large group gatherings in the near future.  This includes not holding regular, on-site Sunday activities at least on March 15, and not holding any other kind of…
  • November 20 | Important Update from Pastor Dan and The Pandemic Safety Task Force
    Dear Friends, In Revelation 3, Christ tells the faithful but hard-pressed church in Philadelphia (Asia Minor, not Pennsylvania), “I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut.”  This promise reminds us that no person or circumstance can block blessings Jesus decides to give his church.  In our own context…
  • September 16 | Two Morning Services and No Rotations, RSVPs or Assigned Seating
    Starting Sunday September 20, 2020 Grace Church will add a 9 AM Worship Service, in addition to the 11 AM and 6 PM on-site services.  The Sanitizing Team will clean after each morning service to promote health and safety.  We will continue to livestream the 11 AM and 6 PM services for those off-site. With…
  • July 7 | An Update from the Pandemic Safety Task Force
    Dear Grace family— The members of the Pandemic Safety Task Force thank all of you for your patience during this trying time. In our recommendations to the Session, we have tried to meet the sense of urgency we all have to resume worshipping together as usual while taking the necessary steps to safeguard the health…
  • June 26 | Pastoral Reflections on God’s Goodness to Us
    Dear friends, It has been a joy to see many of you in person as our worship services have resumed.  Church life remains far from optimal, with our limited capacity and curtailed programs, together with the fact that many of you do not feel comfortable attending in person yet.  We also face unknowns about how…
  • June 26 | Drive Up Service with the Lord’s Supper
    This information appeared in the Messages of Grace Weekly Newsletter. We will be offering our first drive up service with the Lord’s Supper this Sunday, June 28th at 10 am.  The drive up service aims not to replace the normal morning worship service but to supplement it with an opportunity to take the communion for those…