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UPDATED: 4/14/20

This morning a group of leaders and staff met to discuss the immediate future of the church regarding our Sunday worship as well as other activities that go on during the week. Here is what we have decided to do for the next two weeks, knowing full well that anything could change at any moment. 

  • NO CORPORATE SUNDAY MORNING GATHERINGS FOR AT LEAST THE NEXT TWO SUNDAYS (March 22 & 29). This is not us panicking, rather it is us being good neighbors and submitting to governing authorities as they try to mitigate this health threat. 

  • In an effort to be obedient to the command in Hebrews 10 not to forsake assembling while striving to be good neighbors to our community our plan is to have an abbreviated worship service posted on YouTube and the church website on Sunday morning. Included in this service will be a brief introduction as to what we are doing, a call to worship, a couple of worship songs to sing along with or meditate on, a sermon, a closing song of reflection and benediction as well as some closing thoughts. We encourage you to gather as families and small groups to watch and "attend" this time together.

  • We are encouraging small groups of less than 10 to continue to get together for prayer and Bible study at your discretion. Since many don’t feel comfortable having people in their homes we want to make the church available by scheduled appointments with the office. Those desiring to do this will be given requirements for church use which are not long, just intended to safeguard the church and those who use it. 

  • We do encourage families to utilize any videos sent out by the church for worship purposes, perhaps even bringing in other family members. 

  • We are urging the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions to stay home and avoid contact with everyone. But we want to make sure that you are safe and cared for. To that end, we plan on checking in on all members and regular attenders to see how we can pray for you, answer any questions, and assess any needs you may have.

  • The Discover GBC New Members Class will NOT meet physically but we are working on ways to have a virtual meeting that people can log into on a Sunday morning. So if you signed up for that class or are interested please contact the office.

  • We know that people in the church may be affected financially so if you need help please let us know. Also, remember that the operational costs of the church will continue so we would encourage people to trust God and continue to give where they can. 

  • The leaders will be meeting regularly to discuss how we as a church are to function in the world. Since our normalcy will be disrupted we want to begin to think outside of the box so-to-speak by not just holding our breath for the next two weeks but actually being involved in new and needed ministry. 

We know there is a very real impact surrounding the events currently happening and with the schools closing. We are working on putting together a list of resources for those looking for help, and those who would like to help and we will share that with you soon.

Here is what you need to remember in these uncertain times

  • God is in control 

  • If we have hope in this life only we are the most miserable people (1 Corinthians 15:19)

  • God works all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose, so trust Him. 

  • The Great Commission is still in effect, so make disciples. Use this opportunity of fear in the community to share the love and comfort that can only come from God. 

  • Seek ways that you can serve others in the church and in your neighborhood at this time. 

  • Please make any needs in the church family known to the elders by contacting the office (secretary@galvestonbible.org) or the elders directly. 

The Center for Disease Control reminds us of the best habits to prevent the spread of any virus:

  • If you or your loved ones are ill with flu-like symptoms (fever, shortness of breath, and coughing), please stay home and contact a physician.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow when coughing or sneezing.

  • In addition: If you are elderly and suffer from respiratory problems it may be wise for you to remain home and view us on YouTube. This is your choice.

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