IMPORTANT UPDATES

Monday, June 22nd

Yesterday was our first Sunday back together since March! For those who joined us, thank you for your patience as we followed county/state guidelines. And for those who worshipped with the Grace at Home service, we missed you and we are thankful for you too! 

Registration is open for this Sunday's Worship Services. In accordance with county/state guidelines, there will be a limit of 100 persons per service (online services will still be made available for those unable to attend). Steps will be taken to ensure the health and well-being for those in attendance. Please anticipate temperature and/or symptom screening upon entering (please stay home if you are sick or demonstrating any COVID-19 symptoms), you are required to wear face masks, please maintain social distancing of 6 feet at all times while on church property and avoid physical contact with those outside of your household. Those in 'at risk' categories have been asked to continue to isolate at home. In service, please sit with your individual household while maintaining social distancing from other families. You can view all the guidelines 
here.

We are unable to host any sort of Children’s Ministry at this time, please help us by keeping your children with you and away from other kids. Pastor Lee has set up several tables around the back of the room reserved for young families who might prefer that seating option rather than sitting in a normal row.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this transitional re-opening phase. We know it may feel uncomfortable, upset our preferences, or disappoint expectations. We ask that "in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also the interests of others" (Philippians 2:3-4). We believe it will still be sweet to be together, sing together, and see precious faces!

Registration Instructions

Click the button below register your household ONLY. There are three services times to choose from (8:00, 9:30, 11:00am). Doors will open 15 minutes prior to the start of each service to welcome and check-in attendees.*Please note that each service will be limited to 100 persons total.
 
For those unable to attend, online services will still be available to view at home.
 

 

 

 

Monday, June 16th

We are opening this Sunday by offering three (3) Worship Services for you to attend! In accordance with county/state guidelines, there will be a limit of 100 persons per service and you must register for services in advance.  This Sunday's services are currently full.  However, online services will still be made available for those who are unable to register or attend.  A registration link for services will be sent out weekly.  If you are not receiving those emails currently, please email  to be added to our mailing list.

Steps will be taken to ensure the health and well-being for those in attendance. Please anticipate temperature and/or symptom screening upon entering (please stay home if you are sick or demonstrating any COVID-19 symptoms), please maintain social distancing of 6 feet at all times while on church property and avoid physical contact with those outside of your household. In service, please sit with your individual household while maintaining social distancing from other families.

We are unable to host any sort of Children’s Ministry at this time, please help us by keeping your children with you and away from other kids. Pastor Lee has set up several tables around the back of the room reserved for young families who might prefer that seating option rather than sitting in a normal row.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this transitional re-opening phase. We know it may feel uncomfortable, upset our preferences, or disappoint expectations. We ask that "in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also the interests of others" (Philippians 2:3-4). We believe it will still be sweet to be together, sing together, and see precious faces!

 

Wednesday,  May 27th,   9:30AM

Dear Grace Family,

IT’S HAPPENING!!!  Or better stated, it’s beginning to happen.  As most of you have heard, our Governor has issued guidelines for the re-opening of corporate worship of churches in California.  This is obviously significant and moves us into a new phase of this Covid-19 season.  However, we must recognize that this is the start of re-opening, not the end.  This declaration creates a pathway for us to strategize and execute a plan of action that will ensure both safety for everyone who comes and compliance to government ordinances, while doing all of this in wise, measured, and thoughtfully careful ways. 

To state it plainly, we WILL NOT be open for corporate worship this Sunday.  As that statement courses through your mind and the disappointment and frustration rushes in, let me explain why and what we are working on moving forward. 

  • The State has issued their guidelines, but our county has not (at least at the time of writing this letter).  We are waiting on the county guidelines, and then we will officially let them know our plans moving forward.
  • As of now, the limitation of meeting is set at no more than 100 people.  There are also extensive procedures we must put in place before welcoming our family and visitors.  We met last night with a group of faithful professionals to help us work through the 13 pages given to us by the State, and are working to comply in good faith. 
  • Though we will not be open for corporate worship this Sunday, we will continue our online worship services, so continue to look for those this week.
  • We recognize the fluidity of this situation.  Guidelines change, sometimes overnight.  We are hopeful that in working through these we are setting up our church to open our arms as wide as we can, as soon as we can, to all those who would call this place home, or who will call this place home.  As changes happen, we will both plan accordingly and communicate readily.
  • This is a hopeful change, but still requires us to exercise patience.  Things are moving in the right direction for opening, momentum in trending toward it, and there is light at the end of the tunnel.  But we all must recognize that there is still some waiting left to do.  So we will walk by the Spirit so that He will produce patience in us. 

I’ve found great solace in 1 Peter 2:13-25 in these times.  Far from simple, the commands issued here cause us to think deeply about our responses in light of circumstances.  It talks about subjection to human institutions, doing good, living freely in Christ, honoring everyone, even the emperor, fearing God, enduring sorrow while suffering unjustly, and even suffering for doing good.  Each of these is profoundly difficult, and requires us to think Biblically and walk by radical faith.  Gladly, we have a model and example to follow.  Jesus Christ suffered for us, “leaving us an example, so that we might follow in his steps.” (2:21). He endured all that He went through by “entrusting Himself to Him who judges justly” (2:23).  Now is the time for us to evaluate our minds and hearts and examine our attitudes in light of Christ’s work on our behalf and the glorious call to follow His example. 

We will worship together again, and we are hopeful that reality is soon.  Let us keep entrusting ourselves to the One who judges justly, and pray for patience in these trying days.

In Him, 

Pastor Jordan Bakker

 

March 17, 2020 - 12:45pm

Dear Grace Family,

In our desire to move forward wisely as a church body, we have determined that the best course of action is to put our gatherings at a church on hiatus through March 31. Our desire is to be loving to each other and all in our community to help stop the spread of this virus by being thoughtful to the requests of our governing officials. This means that both Shepherding Groups and corporate gatherings on Sunday will be paused for these two weeks. As the days unfold, we will continue to make decisions consistent with Biblical principles, based on the best information available, and that seeks to provide the best care for those in our church. Here are a few things to be aware of:

  • We will still provide a time of Sunday worship, but it will be by video – Meeting face to face in fellowship is vital to our Spiritual health and growth. However, though we will not be able to do that temporarily, we want to be able to connect through prayer, song, and God’s Word. Our staff will be putting together a time of worship that you can engage in at your homes on Sunday morning.
  • We will seek to communicate with you – If you are in a Shepherding Group, your leaders will be contacting you soon to both communicate and listen. We want to be able to know and meet needs as they arise, so staying in contact is paramount. If you are not in a Shepherding group, one of our elders or staff will contact you to see if there are any needs we can meet and to make sure communication lines are open.
  • We will still function as a church – Though our venues of worship and fellowship may change temporarily, we are still going to operate as a church. We are going to pray for each other and our world. We are going to be fervent in our love for each other. We are going to seek to fix our eyes on Christ, trusting Him in everything, especially the unknown.  It’s fascinating that we started the year with the words PRAY – PLAN – RISK at the forefront of our minds.  In this, nothing has changed, except the circumstances. Let’s continue to seek and glorify God in prayer, plan how to best serve one another, and consider the measure of risk that will take.

We will send our some form of correspondence daily, through written and video formats. Our desire is to care for you even if we cannot see you in-person each week. Do not hesitate to contact us ( OR via our office phone or social media platforms) if you need to talk with someone or have any type of physical need. I would ask that we all practice patience and graciousness with each other during this time of uncertainty. We can sleep well tonight knowing that God will not slumber or sleep (Psalm 121:4).

In Him,

Pastor Jordan Bakker

 

 

March 16, 2020 - 4:30pm

Dear Grace Family,

I wanted to update you all about our gathering yesterday. We spent some time in usual things: singing, mingling, and even eating donuts, but recognized the unique setting of the morning. We spent time praying for our missionaries and hospital workers, for government officials and families in our community. We were much more cognizant of social distancing in an attempt to love each other well. We also spent time in God’s Word gearing our minds and hearts around the confidence we have in our God. Here are the points that we majored on:

  1. The fear we experience is real – The Bible addresses these real feelings and thoughts in Psalm 56:3-4
  2. Fear comes from wrong thinking and a loss of control – Fear reveals the source of who is in control, or who we think is in control
  3. Fear, left unchecked, can lead to panic – We want to operate in wisdom: “Trust God and wash our hands”, and not allow our fears to spill into irrational behavior stemming from a desire from self-preservation. 

To think rightly and counter our fears, we commit to believing:

  • God is in control, we are not, and that is good (Isa. 41:10; Psalm 46:1-3)
  • Let Scripture tether and comfort us, not the news (Rom. 12:2)
  • We are not alone (Psalm 23:4; Rom. 12:10)
  • Eternal security is a real thing (Col. 3:1-4)
  • The Gospel gives us real opportunities to care and love people (1 John 4:7-18)

I’d encourage you to look through these Scriptures on your own, as well as listen to the podcast or watch the video on Facebook. It’s pivotal in these times that we think Biblically, and show tangible love to each other. I’d challenge each of us to spend time in Scripture each day, to limit our intake of news and social media, to spend time with our kids, and seek to have Christ centered conversations with each other. This is a time to listen to people and comfort them with the supernatural comfort that only comes through Christ:

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7

We’ll continue to monitor the situation and will be in contact throughout the week with updates as appropriate and necessary.

In Him,

Pastor Jordan Bakker

 

 

March 14, 2020 - 1:45PM

Dear Grace Family,

Believing that we are still in compliance with the mandate of our state to limit gatherings of 250 or more and willing to practice reasonable social protocols (washing hands, keeping distances, etc), our elders have concluded that we WILL still gather tomorrow morning at our regularly scheduled times (8:30 and 10:30am).  This will be modified as a family Sunday.  Let me point out a few important things:

  • We recognize a significant portion of churches in our area are NOT holding services - We respect and appreciate the faithful churches in our area, and gladly affirm whatever decision they have made.  We are confident in holding services, but neither of these decisions was an easy choice.
  • We think it's important to gather, but please do not come if you are not comfortable doing so - There are no heroes in showing up at corporate gatherings.  If you believe the best decision for your family is to stay home, please feel every freedom to do so.
  • We will comply with any mandate that changes this decision - If something changes, either in the next day, or next week, we will adjust accordingly.  We want to be good citizens as well as love our neighbors, so we do not want to be cavalier in any decision. 
  • We will pray, sing, and hear God's Word - Tomorrow's gatherings will be focused on praising God, focused prayer, and thinking Biblically in a crisis.  It will be a bit shorter (and all God's people rejoiced!) and tailored to what is going on around us.

Gathering together does not make us a church.  We ARE the body of Christ.  And even if we CANNOT meet in the future, we will not hide and will strive to love each other in Christ.  But we believe it important to gather when we can and to continue what we do each week, which is worshiping God in light of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  May God bless you whether we see you tomorrow or not.  We love you all.

In Him,

Pastor Jordan Bakker

 

 

March 13, 2020 - 1:30PM

Dear Grace Family,

As I am sure you are doing as a family, we are also monitoring the rapid changes in our community as we seek to navigate this global situation regarding COVID-19. We will evaluate each day (and often each hour) and try to pass along information regarding our meeting on Sunday.As of today, we will still meet at the normal times on Sunday (8:30 and 10:30am), but we will NOT have normal kids Sunday School classes, and instead have a family Sunday format, with child care offered from Kindergarten on down, but will invite the rest or our students and children into the main service. 

Listening to people in our community, it is clear that what we all need is to remind ourselves of the truth, that God is sovereign, good, and in control. When we lose a sense of control, whether it’s the ability to go to work or buy toilet paper, fear can quickly set in. When fear sets in, panic and irrational behavior can easily follow. Gathering on Sunday will be a time to pray, hear from God’s Word, and remind ourselves that we are not alone. Since we are called to isolate because of this virus, we are more prone to listening to what is false and lose a sense of community.

By way of encouragement, if you do not feel comfortable gathering, please feel free to stay home, especially if you or one of your loved ones is either currently sick or has a existing condition making them more prone to further illness. We never operate out of guilt, but I do want to encourage all of us to walk by faith and trust in the Lord. We will make the message from Sunday available either way, whether you are able to join us or not. Remember, God is NOT caught off guard by any of this, and is working all of this for His glory and our good (Rom. 8:26-30). 

We will update you regularly and as more information becomes available.

In Him,

Pastor Jordan Bakker