From The Pastor's Desk

Dear Family,
I pray that this letter finds you healthy and well. Many of us are concerned about our own health or the health of our loved ones as the Covid-19 virus continues to spread in our country. Please know that, like always, your faith community is here to support your emotional, spiritual and physical needs to the extent that we are able. The leadership team and faith community of Greater St John Bible Church are prepared to help with delivery of food or groceries as well as connecting with you should you become ill and need community support. Should you need anything you can reach out to us by email or phone.
As it relates to Sunday services, we plan to gather. We will be live-streaming our services via Facebook for those who choose not to be physically present.
In event we need to cancel an event or a service at the last minute, we will send out an email and a text alert. To receive text alerts, text “GSJBC” to 55469.
Below are some tips that I’m recommending and hoping that our church will abide by for staying healthy during this Corona virus outbreak:
* Clean your hands often with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer or wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
* If you are sick, stay home, unless you are seeking medical care. Look out for symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
* Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, and thoroughly wash your hands.
* Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, such as doorknobs, phones and tabletops.
* Temporarily suspend and minimize our cultural and church traditions of hand shaking, and kissing until this corona virus is under control. Consider giving warm verbal hellos, fist bumps and air kisses as another form of greeting.
As people of faith while it’s vital that we are practical, let us also be prayerful.
Worry and fear are not from the heart of God. 1 John 4 reminds us that perfect love casts out all fear, so we pray God’s perfect love upon the hearts of all those who are burdened with fear of this virus.
Yours Truly,
Ira J. Acree,
Senior Pastor

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