The words of the Lord still apply, “For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:11-13)
God is not yet finished with this world. He is still working to accomplish His plan for planet earth, America, and Grace Baptist Church. Our future is as bright and hope filled as it has ever been. We must refrain from allowing the present circumstances to discourage us. We know that since “…God is for us…nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:31, 39)
As of this week, COVID-19 cases in Georgia stand at less than 2,000. Hall county reports 923 total cases. At the present time all of our membership is COVID free with our young people and children healthy after the first 2 weeks of school. We are truly blessed by God continuing to have socially distanced Sunday School and worship services in which most of our people faithfully wear their masks and practice safe interaction. The church is thoroughly scrubbed and sanitized each week which provides safe and clean facilities for our people. We are doing what is recommended by our medical and government leaders. Georgia considers Houses of Worship as essential services recommending that churches should continue as many of their functions as necessary while practicing the guidelines of mask wearing, social distancing and sanitary cleanliness. Our church remains in full compliance with all the recommended guidelines.
If someone had told me at this time last year, we would be facing the circumstances that have come to pass this year, I could not have believed it. We planned then like nothing unusual would occur. We were looking forward to another year of growth and advance in ministry without interruption. This year everything has changed, and our church still continues to thrive. Like the saying goes, “I know not what tomorrow holds, but I know who holds tomorrow.”
So, the fall season means planning, projecting, dreaming and hoping. That is what we do here at Grace. We continue to be the people of God who believe the best in the hope of God’s blessing. Let’s pledge ourselves this fall season to continue to:
- LOOK AHEAD,
- LOOK UP TO GOD WHO IS IN CONTROL, AND
- LOOK OUT FOR ONE ANOTHER IN THE LOVE AND COMPASSION OF JESUS.