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From the Pastor's Desk

 

 

To the Friends of LGCC.  Grace and Peace be upon you. 

As you are all aware, the COVID - 19 health alerts have impacted almost everyone in America. Not only as individuals and families but organizations as well.  Churches are not exempt from its impact. 

The State of Illinois mandated that all meetings with 50 or more people are cancelled. As a result of this mandate and in order help in the limiting of the spread of this virus, we have cancelled all public worship services for March 22nd and 29th.  This includes our children's Sunday School as well as all other regularly scheduled classes.

However, in order to help you remain connected to this community of faith, we will be live streaming worship services on those two dates beginning at 10 am.  This will be done with a small group of people who will lead in worship and proclaim the word of God.

The live streaming will be of the entire worship service and will be found on our website under the sermon tab.  It is our hope that you will be blessed by your being a part of this effort. 

In addition to the above the following has also been determined:

  • Thursday night prayer meetings are cancelled though March 31st
  • Good News After School Clubs are cancelled until further notice
  • Believer Baptism class has been postponed until April 5th at 9am.
  • Any and all other events scheduled to take place on LGCC's campus are cancelled until March 31st.

The entire situation is fluid and so please check back often in order to stay current with announcements.  At the end of March, leadership will reassess the situation in accordance with guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and the State of Illinois Department of Health.

As a church we are praying that God will bring his healing touch to those who have been exposed to the virus as well as those who are in the health care field.  And let's not forget praying for those who are working to stop the spread of the virus.  May God keep them all protected.  And may God help those who have experienced anxiety instead receive his grace and peace.

What is being faced at this time is unique and may never happen again, but we remain committed to being the church and using the tools that are available to stay connected to you.

Be reminded that our Loving God is in control and that He is faithful to walk with us through these waters.  He is not surprised nor overwhelmed by all this is happening.  So let us continue to put our faith in Him and find our strength and courage in His presence in our lives.  Be encouraged:

"The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you or forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." Deuteronomy 31:8

and

"The Lord is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life - of whom shall I be afraid?" Psalm 27:1

If you  have a prayer need please go to the Ministries tab and click on Prayer Ministry.  You will find a prayer request form to fill out and send to us.  We will pray for that need.

If you have any other questions or need assistance then call the church office and speak to me or one of the staff and we will do our best to help you.

Stay Safe.

Pastor Bill

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