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Of course, we can't meet every need; but if you have a practical need that has arisen during this challenging time, please let us know. If there is some way we can help, we will try. If we can't help, we might be able to point you toward someone who can.
Filling out this form is the easiest and quickest way to get your need addressed, however, if you'd rather speak to someone on the phone, you can call or text our special need hotline 626-667-4452.
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GRACE FELLOWSHIP | FAMILY
Stay engaged with your church family by joining our closed Facebook Group. Here we can connect with each other, comment on each other's posts and keep each other up to date with what's going on in our lives and our community.
WORSHIP AT HOME | PLAYLIST
A great way to keep your focus on The Lord in this season and maintain the right perspective is to keep the Worship Music going in your home! Rejoice through the good and the bad and give him Glory! Here's a playlist we put together to help with that.
GOOGLE MEET | CHROME PLUG-IN: GRID VIEW
UPDATED JULY 11, 2020:
During most of the Quarantine, we have been encouraging everyone to install the "GRID VIEW" Plugin for Google Chrome so that you can see everyone in the video chats (Grace Groups, Bible Studies, Etc.) Well Google has made an update to include a tiled view in Google Meet and so the plugin is conflicting with that update and no longer working for many people. The best thing to do is uninstall the plugin and just use the built-in "Tiled View" that should allow you to see up to 16 people at once.
GRID VIEW PLUGIN PAGE (CLICK "REMOVE FROM CHROME")
KIDS CONNECTION | COLORING PAGES
Each week during our online service we have a Kids Segment from one of our Kid's Connection Leaders where we go over the Fruits of The Spirit. Each week has a corresponding coloring page. Here you can download and print the coloring page for your child.
A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR DOUG
A MESSAGE FROM OUR ELDER BOARD
It has now been several months since we announced that we might have to take a couple of Sundays off from gathering in our building, due to this mysterious virus that might turn out to be a threat, at some level. Well, that seems like a million years ago now! The effects of the virus are as well-known as they are tragic. So many lives have been lost. The American and worldwide economies as well as the political landscapes have shifted dramatically. Schools closed and eventually re-opened online. And churches have struggled with the question of how to most effectively minister to our congregations and our communities. In the midst of it all, people are hurting and trying to find ways to cope with this new reality.
As politicians debate the merits of various approaches to the COVID crisis, and people argue on social media about what is true and what is “fake news”, churches have started to make news of their own as they either choose to comply with government protocols or resist the government’s intrusion into religious life. Welcome to 2020!
As all of this is going on, we are seeing social unrest and racial and political divisions everywhere we look. Families are struggling to function with children out of school and no easy solutions for childcare. Small business owners are hurting and many have been forced to close their doors. Heroic medical workers are stretched beyond what anyone thought their limits might be. And right in the middle of this storm of crises, God has placed His church to be the light of the world! Grace Fellowship is meant to be a part of the solution!
That is why we have chosen to pick up a towel and wash feet! We are here to serve our community, not to insist on our own rights! Of course we have a constitutional right to gather for worship! But we are here to serve God and others. Our community has needs like we have never seen before. So rather that focus our time, attention, and money on finding ways to create a comfortable atmosphere to gather for worship on Sunday mornings, we have decided, for now, to forego our regular Sunday gatherings and instead, focus on serving the community. We encourage people to gather in small groups, safely, for fellowship. Join a Grace Group. Get involved in a Bible study or youth group. Meet with friends for fellowship and mutual encouragement. But do it safely! But at this time, we are not holding indoor worship services or large indoor gatherings of any kind. There will be a time for that again; and we are praying it will be soon. But until then, join us online for our Sunday morning worship services. Invite your friends to join us as well. Geography is no longer a barrier. People are joining us from around the world. We praise God for the technology that allows us to gather online and we look forward to the day that we can gather in person. Meanwhile, we are praying for you. Please be praying for us.
For Christ’s glory,
The Elders of Grace Fellowship
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:6-7)
You've probably got questions...
When can I watch the service?
We will live stream our "Church At Home" service at the regular 1st Service time of 9:15 am.
Can I access the service at a different time?
After the 9:15 live stream is finished, we will immediately make the video available to be viewed on graceduarte.com and on YouTube.com.
How do I access the online service?
We will have a link right on the homepage at graceduarte.com.
Will "Church At Home" be a normal service without the congregation?
We have altered the format of our service slightly but you can still expect a time of musical worship and a teaching straight from God's Word. The service is about an hour long.
What if I was scheduled to volunteer on Sunday?
Unless you are contacted this week by our staff, you do not need to come on Sunday morning. We will be operating with a limited team in order to accomplish our live stream.
What about Prayer Requests and Praise Reports?
There is a link at the top of this page to fill out your prayer requests and we will continue to email them out at the regularly scheduled times. You can also simply email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can we still give our offering?
Our operating expenses and operational budget will still remain and we will continue to rely on the faithful giving of Grace Fellowship members and regular attenders in order to cover expenses.
What about Kids?
We invite you to have your Kids join you on Sunday morning for the live stream. There is a segment just for them during the service as well as a corresponding coloring page that you can download and print at graceduarte.com/kids
What about Grace Groups and Bible Studies?
Most of our Grace Groups and Bible Studies have gone online and some of them are meeting in person with social distancing! Keep an eye out on Social Media, our Website and in your email for announcements from Grace Group leaders and Ministry Leaders regarding online meetings.