In-Person Services Announcement

November 18, 2020

Dear Friends in Christ,

On November 17 we received a Pastoral Letter from the Bishop of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference, Bishop Frank Beard, with specific instructions for the churches of our Conference in light of the recent upswing in COVID-19 cases state-wide, including Macon County.  You can read the letter on the Conference website at www.igrc.org.  We are already aware of those increased cases through communications from the Macon County Health Department and the City of Decatur.  As a result of the directive we’ve been given, we will do the following:

  • We will not be holding in-person worship services for the next four Sundays, November 22 and 29 and December 6 and 13.
  • We will continue to offer live services via live streaming through our Grace Facebook page at 9:30 on Sundays. Advent will not be neglected!   
  • As quickly as we can, we will get the recorded service up on our church website.
  • We will continue to offer the television option with a one-week delay.
  • November 22 is our Thanksgiving/Commitment Sunday. However, in light of the mandate we’ve been given, we will not proceed according to the plan we sent you via the USPS earlier this week.  Instead, we are asking that you watch the November 22 service and then prepare your 2021 commitment to ministry using the form you’ve received.  Seal your commitment in the envelope addressed to you, place the smaller envelope in a legal-sized envelope, and mail it to the church or drop it off during regular office hours by December 10.  We will offer to the Lord all the commitments we receive during our December 13 worship service.  It would be such an encouragement to the Body of Christ to have many commitments in hand by December 13; so please offer yourself to the Lord for His purposes and send in your commitments.
  • We will be in touch after hearing from the Conference on December 9 regarding worship services for the rest of December, including Christmas Eve.
  • For the time being, the church office will remain open and Bible studies, small groups, and ministry teams will continue to meet. We will let you know if that changes.  As has always been the case, your involvement with those groups/teams is based on your own choice and the risks you are willing to take.

 Along with the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 4:8, many of us are feeling, “…hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” Our Lord has not forgotten us but is with us right in the midst of this time of confusion and chaos.  He will see us through and will not allow us to be overcome by our circumstances, no matter how dire they seem.  So do not despair, brothers and sisters in Christ, but hold on to your faith in the Lord with renewed commitment and fervency. 

Contact us with questions.  We will do our best to answer them. 

In the Service of Christ,

Sig and Beth