GSLC RESPONSE TO COVID-19 (3/14)

Dear GSLC Family,


We are grateful for your continued patience as we navigate the implications of the recent COVID-19 virus outbreak. We have been closely monitoring the information provided by our local, state, and the federal government. As of Friday, President Trump has declared a national state of emergency, and Governor Gavin Newsom has placed an executive order limiting large gatherings.


As we have deliberated what that means for GSLC, we know that “God gave us not a spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control” (2 Tim. 1:7). We also trust in His Word, which reminds us that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1). At the same time, we are called to protect those who are vulnerable and weak, especially in times such as these. As Christians, we are very familiar with the concepts of self-sacrifice for the good of others, and of loving our neighbors as ourselves. To that end, we need to be mindful of the greater good of our community, nation, and world. 


It is out of this Christian calling that we (with a consultation with our leadership council) have decided to suspend all GSLC gatherings, including Sunday worship services temporarily. Here are some essential things to know:


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1. While our corporate gatherings are suspended, we encourage all families to worship together at home. Our team will be creating videos, which include worship music and a short message that you can watch together for your family’s worship time. We will send links to those videos as they are prepared.


2. We are implementing extra security measures to protect our property in our absence.


3. We can continue to worship through giving using our safe, online options. To provide through our website, click here. To give through text, simply text the amount you’d like to give to 510-584-9941. First-time givers will be prompted to provide their payment method via a secure web page.


4. Our team is praying for your safety, health, and peace during this time of unrest. We are keeping you- our church family- in our prayers. We also pray for all doctors, nurses, and first responders who are providing care for all affected. We pray for God’s protection and peace for them as they care for our communities through their vocations.


5. If you need any assistance, please contact Pastor Dawit (832-671-4656), DCE Abi (713-679-0472), or Pastor Kbrab (281-235-7707).