UPDATE | APRIL 7, 2020 | 1:00PM
THIS SUNDAY IS EASTER
This Easter will be like no other! In our lifetime, we’ve never been asked not to be at the church to celebrate Easter. But, if Easter is just a corporate celebration, we’ve missed the point. Sure, the resurrection of our Lord gives us an incredible reason to celebrate, but the power of the empty tomb provides for every believer to “be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:58). The resurrection gives us the ability to abound in Him – what a great encouragement to us as we live in this uncertain season!
We will have Easter Online this Sunday at 9:30am or 11:00am on our media outlets: Facebook, YouTube, our website, and on the GSFBC app. Pastor Dave will bring a live message in both services as we look to share the great news of the Resurrection. Invite others to participate with us online as it promises to be a great Sunday of encouragement!
THE KINGDOM PREMIERE
This Friday at 6:00pm we will premiere a recording of last year’s The Kingdom presentation on Facebook, YouTube, our website, and on the GSFBC app. Our media team has put together a spectacular video recording that captures the essence of a live performance. Following the premiere, Pastor Dave will lead us in celebrating the Lord’s Supper together as we prepare our hearts for Easter. Plan to watch and, even better, invite others to see this presentation of the life, death, and resurrection of Christ.
Our missions office is busy equipping and engaging the missional needs that are coming our way as a result of COVID19. From collecting and distributing resources and food for Feed the Need to providing meals to healthcare workers in our area, we’re serving our community. Our women’s ministry made over 500 masks for local hospitals and clinics, and we’ve even prepared our mission houses to provide for IMB missionaries who’ve been forced to come stateside. Thank you for all who have given, volunteered, and helped us serve others with the love of Christ.
CONNECTING WITH YOUR FAMILIES
Our preschool, children, student, and young adult ministries are working hard to connect with you and your families. Please be on the lookout for email resources, social media posts, and even Virtual Verge (student worship) on Wednesday nights. If you’re not receiving these updates or want more information, please email [email protected].
Thank you for your faithfulness in giving/tithing and doing your best to stay connected in this time of distance. We miss you and are looking forward to a great Easter Sunday.
Executive Pastor of Ministries
UPDATE | MARCH 31, 2020 | 3:00PM
Our team feels like Paul might have felt when he wrote the church at Philippi and reminded them of his desire to be with them and encouraged them from a distance, “For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. And it is my prayer that your life may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may be approve what Is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ” (Philippians 1:8-10). We long to be gathered together and until then, we are praying you may “abound more and more.”
EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 12 - GSFBC.ORG/EASTER
After much deliberation and study, we’ve prayerfully determined the best thing for us to do on Easter is to continue online. We will host Easter Online at 9:30am and 11:00am through all our live-streaming sources: gsfbc.org/live, Facebook, YouTube, and the GSFBC app. Both online services will be identical. We’re excited to announce we will premiere The Kingdom on Good Friday at 6:00pm on those same outlets. The Kingdom is dramatic presentation of the life, death, and resurrection of Christ performed by our own Celebration Choir and Orchestra. Following The Kingdom, Pastor Dave will lead us to celebrate the Lord’s Supper together as the Body of Christ.
DRIVE THRU PRAYER: APRIL 5 & 9
Join us for Drive Thru Prayer as we’re asking as many that are able to connect with us from the safety of their own vehicle to stop by the church, allow one of our pastors to check in with you (while maintaining social distance), have prayer with you, receive the second quarter of our New Testament Reading Journal (for those who preordered one), and receive the Lord Supper elements to use following The Kingdom premiere.
The Drive Thru Prayer opportunities are Sunday, April 5 from 4:00pm - 6:00pm and Thursday, April 9 from 4:00pm-6:00pm. If you’re unable to make it but need prayer, please email us at [email protected].
THE BARNABAS MINUTE
If you’re connected with our social media accounts, you’ll start seeing our staff offer a daily devotional video that follows our New Testament reading plan (gsfbc.org/bible). We hope a minute of encouragement will help sustain your day and keep us united as we read the scriptures together. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to be encouraged!
Thank you for your continued giving! God is answering prayers through your faithful acts of obedience. Our strategy has changed, but our mission hasn’t. Thank you for allowing us to maintain the mission through your giving and help people in this time through our Feed the Need and Meet The Need efforts. You may give online, by mail, or by dropping it off at the office.
Grateful for you,
Executive Pastor of Ministries
UPDATE | MARCH 24, 2020 | 12:00PM
We miss you. We miss being together, worshipping side by side, praying as we share needs, and enjoying the fellowship of the saints. Paul told the church at Thessalonica, “Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.” We miss sharing life together. It’s as simple as that.
Looking to the future, we’ve chosen to continue to heed the wisdom of our state leaders and health officials and will continue to lead and serve our body remotely. How we connect with each other as a church family is definitely a challenge in this season of social distance, but our staff is working hard at developing creative ways to serve and equip our families and members virtually. Here is our upcoming ministry plan:
- Online worship ONLY for March 29 and April 5.
- You may watch the online service through our Facebook page, our YouTube channel, our website, or from our app. This last Sunday our internet provider was overwhelmed with the amount of bandwidth needed at one time (many churches were streaming on Sunday morning) resulting in a slow connection with our Facebook Live.
- What about Easter? Although no decisions have been made, we are thinking about all our options and will communicate our plan as we understand the impact of COVID-19 .
- We’ve given our staff the option to work remotely from home. Our staff is still able to respond to emails and texts should they be out of the office. Our team is staying busy as our age group staff connects with children, students, and families; our missions staff meets needs in the community; our worship team plans and designs services; and our facilities staff works on projects around the church we haven’t had time to complete.
- Quarter Two of our New Testament Reading Plan will begin April 6. We will not distribute journals at this time, but you can keep up with the reading plan at gsfbc.org/bible.
- Please continue to give. Your tithes and offerings provide the resources needed for us to continue to serve our team, our church family, our ministry partners, and our engagements around the world. You can give online, mail it in, or drop it by the church office. Never given online? Watch this instructional video HERE.
- Help us with Feed the Need and donate to the Arkansas Food Bank as they provide meals through local schools. Your giving is already making an impact!
- We’ve cancelled our spring Upward Soccer season and league.
- We’ve cancelled our Community Wide Easter Egg Hunt on April 11.
Please let us know how we can pray for you and serve you in the days ahead.
Trusting in Him Together,
Executive Pastor of Ministries
UPDATE | MARCH 17, 2020 | 4:00PM
It has been an interesting few days as we watch our nation and world try to understand the ramifications of COVID-19. Never in my lifetime have I witnessed something like this. But God is not caught by surprise, and He is faithful to provide peace, wisdom, and security through His Word and His Son, Jesus!
We have a great opportunity to serve others as a result of COVID-19 crisis. School kids are being fed through school programs and through the Arkansas Food Bank. You can help by giving to the Food Bank and local school programs through Feed the Need.
For more information please go here: Feed the Need
We’ve also made the decision to meet just online this Sunday, March 22. We’re listening to health officials, state and local leaders, and trying to be considerate to those who could be easily affected by COVID-19. Our online service will go live Sunday at 9:30 through at gsfbc.org/live, on our Facebook page, and on our YouTube channel.
Moving forward, we’ve also made the decision to cancel all activities at Geyer Springs through March 28. In addition, we are canceling some of our Summit Events (Sr. Adults) beyond March 28 and into April as we know COVID-19 can more problematic for our older members and guests. Our facilities team has been hard at work ensuring our building is clean, and keeping activities off campus helps us maintain a COVID-19 free environment.
Third, please continue to give. As services have been suspended, it’s important we continue to be obedient in the area of giving as we are still involved in ministry every day. You can give online (gsfbc.org/give), through the mail, or by dropping it off at the church office.
I’m grateful for how our church family serves one another and serves our community. Continue to join me in prayer, praying for our church, our nation, and our resilience to be faithful to Live for God, Love Others, and Reach the Nations.
Join me online Sunday!
Executive Pastor of Ministries
UPDATE | MARCH 12 | 4:00PM
In light of the most recent news on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pulaski and Saline counties and with area schools closing, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel all services and activities through March 21. This includes all Sunday services, Wednesday night activities, class fellowships, and meetings. This response is not a reaction out of fear or anxiety, but one done in partnership with our local and state leaders. We have a deep desire to love our neighbors and help our community, and we feel cancelling our services this Sunday is the best decision for all involved. Please see above for a short video from Pastor Dave regarding this decision.
Even though we are not meeting physically this Sunday, we will host an online service at 9:30am with a message from Pastor Dave and our worship team. We hope you’ll join us online at gsfbc.org/live or on our Facebook page or through the GSFBC app.
I also want to encourage you to continue to give. We are still very involved in weekly ministry here and around the world. Not coming to church doesn’t mean you aren’t able to give. Please consider giving online at gsfbc.org/give. This page provides clear instructions for those who have never given online. You may also mail in your tithes and offerings or drop them by the church during office hours. Your giving is important, and we appreciate your providing attention to this detail.
Next week, we will make decisions regarding future services and events after March 21 as more information becomes available.
Let me continue to encourage you that our God is still in control even through this chaos. His provision, His peace, and His hope are all available to us as we trust in Him, His Word, and His promises. May our faith grow and not waiver as we stand strong through these recent events.
Join me online Sunday!