Happy Friday Gracepoint -
It's day 237 of quarantine life - kind of like dog years. Every time you turn on Netflix or get on Social Media a new day starts. We want you to know that we still miss seeing your faces and we are praying for you all during this time.
Please let us know how we can pray for you during this time...and we would just love to hear from you! We want to know how you are doing, have you watched any new shows, made any great recipes, done something fun with your family - let us know!
I wanted to update you on a few things as we head into the weekend...
1) This Sunday is Palm Sunday - that means Easter is a week away. We enter what is traditionally known as "Holy Week" and this week we plan on taking you on a journey through the final week of Jesus.
2) EASTER SUNDAY - We are planning an incredible Online Easter Experience complete with music from our band and message from Pastor Mike. This experience will go live at 10am on Easter Sunday.
3) FAMILY EASTER JAM - Following our online Easter service, we will be making a Family Easter experience available...this will be fun to join in with your kids. There are some supplies you will need for this experience - 2 Peeps (or large marshmallows), microwave, microwaveable plate, toothpicks, marker or sharpie, at least 10-20 pairs of socks, and a laundry basket. You + Your Fam + Easter Jam = An at-home experience you will never forget!
4) GIVING - Thank you for continuing to give through this season. While we are encouraging people to set up online giving (www.gracepointchurch.tv/give) we have also had people ask how they can give by check. While our offices are closed, you can still mail your tithe to the church address (9035 W. Central | Wichita, KS 67212). If you prefer to drop off gift, we can certainly arrange a time to do that as well. We ended March lower (as expected) than normal at $38,623. Our monthly expenses were $53,100. So far in April, we have received $4,812. I want to reiterate what I said last week and ensure you that as a leadership team (staff & board) we have taken steps to reduce costs in every way possible. God is faithful! Thank you for supporting this ministry during this time.
5) OUR OUTREACH - Last Sunday Pastor Mike challenged us to be a Contagious Christian. Contagious in our love, our mercy, and our grace. One of the things many love about our church is that at our core, we serve our community. Even in the midst of crisis, we are serving. Our blood drive was able to collect 23 pints of blood, we sent our unused hand sanitizer to the St. Teresa ER, we have members volunteering to drive for Meals on Wheels throughout the county, Project Laundry filled 200 "To-Go" bags for families to still be able to have access to laundry services, and Project Teacher distributed nearly 4000 Ready At Home kits to area students (including those served through McKinney-Vento Homeless services) to use for virtual learning.
Remember you can watch our service online this Sunday a few different ways: You can watch "ON DEMAND" every Sunday from our website - gracepointchurch.tv/churchathome - In addition to our weekly message we have worship and you can also find our kids and student ministry videos and curriculum.
You can also watch "ON DEMAND" from Facebook and our Vimeo page.
We will also have two "live" experiences on FACEBOOK at 9:30am & 11:00am. Log in, watch the service, and chat with others.
Have an awesome weekend. Stay home. Stay Safe. Stay Connected to Jesus.
KNOW JESUS & MAKE HIM KNOWN.