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Together Again!


This Sunday, we will once again re-open the South Campus for worship! Worship will begin at the normal time of 10:30am. We will ONLY be having worship, with no weekly SMBS classes until further notice. 

I want to thank our Administrative Committee, and especially Rhamy Morrison and our Building and Grounds Team, for going the extra mile to ensure the facilities have been thoroughly sanitized. The building will undergo a final cleaning this weekend in preparation for Sunday's services.

As we continue moving through this second wave of the COVID virus, it does seem that more people are coming down with the virus. If you are worried about attending a worship service, then please feel free to remain home and worship along with GABC's Digital Campus. If you do feel comfortable enough to get out, then I hope you will join us for worship. If we feel comfortable enough to head to the restaurant or a busy grocery store, we should feel comfortable gathering for worship!

As we do gather, I ask you to continue to maintain social distancing, and ask that you respect others' desire to remain distanced. The GABC Staff and volunteers will be wearing masks when interacting with the church members, and we encourage you to wear a mask as you enter, until you take your seat, and as you exit the building. Once you're in your seat, you can remove your mask if you wish as we worship. Wearing a mask isn't a requirement, but simply a request out of respect for others as we love our neighbors.

As I close today, I want to share with you a Psalm I have been meditating on this week. I confess that the ups and downs of COVID, and the canceling, restarting, canceling, and restarting of worship has been emotionally and spiritually draining on me. It has thrown off my natural daily rhythms, and even the flow of the church calendar that I have been accustomed to for 15 years of being in the church ministry sphere. Being kept from gathering, talking, worshipping, hugging, and laughing with you, my church family, has been a significant loss for me. I love you and want...actually, NEED to be with you! So, Psalm 13 has been an tremendous encouragement to me this week, as I remember the faithfulness of God, and remember that he is sovereign over our enemies...even the viral ones! I hope it is an encouragement for you as well.

How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long will I store up anxious concerns within me, agony in my mind every day?
How long will my enemy dominate me?
Consider me and answer, Lord my God.
Restore brightness to my eyes; otherwise, I will sleep in death.
My enemy will say, “I have triumphed over him,” and my foes will rejoice because I am shaken.
But I have trusted in your faithful love; my heart will rejoice in your deliverance.
I will sing to the Lord because he has treated me generously.
Psalm 13


There is coming a day when this season of ups and downs will be behind us. Until that time, I hope you will join me in continuing to rejoice in the day the Lord has made, because each day is a day to praise him and glorify our wonderful savior!

I hope to see YOU on Sunday for worship!

Dustin

This year, due to the effects COVID has had on families, our school districts are anticipating an even greater need than usual for school supplies. We would love to be able to bless even more families than we have in previous years. If you would like to help us Pack-A-Backpack, then please click here for a list of the needed supplies. Thank you!
Worship Safety Guidelines

-We’ll be having worship ONLY. There will be no SMBS classes on campus until GABC leadership deems it safe to do so. There is no childcare or nursery. Bring the kids in for worship!
-We have spread our rows out to where there are 6’ in between each row. Household units may sit together, with two chairs left between the next household unit. PLEASE observe these guidelines. You may not be concerned with sitting closer to someone, but it may make someone else uncomfortable to be that close.
-Please keep your hands to yourself. Many people are not yet ready to shake hands and hug, so let’s maintain social distancing until later this summer. 
-Masks are encouraged, but not required. If you are uncomfortable being around people who aren’t wearing masks, please feel free to stay home, because there will certainly be maskless people!
-GABC Staff and volunteers will be wearing masks and maintaining distancing in order to care for and serve those who are concerned about COVID, but still wish to attend worship.
-There will be no in-service welcome time for the foreseeable future. Please greet people (with distancing in mind) before and after the service!
-We will not be taking an offering by passing the offering plates. Instead, you may place your offering in the offering receptacles provided near the doors.
-We will not have a down-front invitation. However, I will be available at the end of the service to speak with anyone who needs prayer or wants to make a decision.
-The only rooms that will be open will be the worship center and the restrooms. Restrooms will be limited to two people at a time.
-Once the worship center has reached capacity, we will set out overflow chairs in the lobby.
-Our facilities will be sanitized during the week in preparation for the following week’s services.
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