Updated: May 12, 2020
Dear GCCC Family,
One of the scriptures that was read this past Sunday in our service was from Ephesians chapter 1 where Paul writes- “… I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might…”
This echoes our feelings and prayers toward you all during this challenging time. We are so blessed by the ways in which our church is persevering, growing, worshiping, caring for each other, and connecting in community.
We want to provide an update regarding our response to the COVID-19 situation, especially since the Governor of VA has recently unveiled phases of reopening. First, here are a couple of resources that provide helpful information regarding the phases and specific guidance for faith communities that will inform our decision-making:
As we continue to pray, seek wise counsel, and discern the way forward for our church, here are a few bullet points as to how we are proceeding at this time:
- Phase one which will tentatively last 2-4 weeks or longer is scheduled to begin on May 29 in NOVA, and we don’t plan to make any changes during this phase.
- During phase two we will consider the possibility of inviting small groups to think about potentially meeting together in person. The small groups can either choose to have their regular meetings in person or watch the livestream service together, with guidance given on proper safety measures. This will allow us to gain feedback and gauge the comfort level of in-person meetings and if/when/how to begin holding in-person services again.
- Depending on the timeline of phases one and two and the availability of Marshall HS and Doubletree Hotel, we are still at least a month away from any potential in-person services. Realistically it could be many more weeks or months especially considering the slower rollout of the phases in NOVA compared to the rest of VA.
As always we will continue to monitor the situation and adjust our plans accordingly, and we will provide further updates as things develop and become more clear. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or feedback you might have.
Let’s remain together in the hope to which we have been called!
Have a blessed week,
Updated: April 1, 2020
Dear GCCC Family,
We are heartbroken by the reality of the suffering and sickness that is increasing before our eyes, and we are in constant prayer for those who are being impacted most, those who are sick or at highest risk, those on the front lines caring for the sick, those who are grieving the loss of loved ones, those who have lost jobs or have a livelihood that is in jeopardy, those who are being persecuted and discriminated against, those who are in desperate need of food, shelter, financial resources, rest, those who are alone, those living in overwhelming fear, and so many more including leaders who are trying to make wise decisions.
Yet we are also hopeful that God is with us through this time, that He is at work healing, comforting, providing, protecting, and drawing people to Himself. What an opportunity we have as the Church to join Him in seeing His kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven during such a time as this. Let’s continue to be the church by living out the Great Commandment- Loving God and Loving Neighbor, and the Great Commission- making disciples by sharing the hope and joy that we have in Jesus.
Many practical elements of our church life in the coming months are still uncertain, but there are a few things that have become clear as a result of the Executive Stay-at-Home Orders that have been implemented in the last couple days in the DMV:
- The stay-at-home order is in place until June 10 and schools are closed for the remainder of the school year, so we will not be meeting in person again until mid June at the earliest
- We are also thinking about how, if at all, the stay-at-home order should impact how we handle our livestream services on Sundays
- We will need to postpone our congregational retreat to a date TBD (we are tentatively considering Winter 2021) so stay tuned for details in the coming months
We are eager and excited to celebrate Easter weekend together virtually through a Livestream Good Friday Service on April 10 at 7pm, and our Livestream Easter Sunday Service on April 12 at 11am. We encourage you to invite friends to join these livestreams as well!
We are praying for each of you, please don’t hesitate to let us know about any needs that you have, big or small, and please care for each other well by continuing to press into community.
We love you church family,
Updated: March 18th, 2020
Dear GCCC family,
As we continue to monitor the unfolding situation regarding COVID-19, we recognize that so many things are up in the air right now with no clear answers in sight, but we are encouraged and comforted by the truth that none of this is a surprise to God, He knows all about it and He knows how to meet each one of us exactly where we are in the midst of it.
While we don’t know when we will be able to resume gathering in person, we were so pleased and encouraged with how our first attempt at a livestream service went on Sunday. It was a significant and meaningful time of community and virtual but very real worship through song, prayer, scripture, and hearing the Word of God preached.
We invite you to join us again on Sunday at 11am, and we are eager and excited to begin providing more virtual content in the days to come in the form of pastoral staff devotionals, classes, and avenues of deeper connection. Please continue to press into community through small groups, lent prayer, and our other virtual events.
We are praying for you all!
Updated: March 13th, 2020
Dear GCCC family,
As we continue to pray and lean on Christ for wisdom, courage, and peace to live out our faith boldly as a local body of believers during this time, we want to update you regularly on our plans so that we can all be prepared. We are not making plans out of fear or anxiety, but rather we are making plans out of love and care, especially for those who are most vulnerable or at risk. So while the individual risk is still low for many of us, the plans listed below come from a desire to keep it that way for as long as possible. It is a public health issue and we want to be sensitive to our responsibility in contributing to efforts that will mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as a whole.
Hebrews 10:24-25 says “Let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Let’s continue to press into community as we embrace and implement the plans and practical suggestions below.
- Marshall HS is closed to outside groups through April 12th, so we will not be able to have services there until further notice
- We will be cancelling our services at Doubletree through the end of March and will be evaluating and updating you regularly as plans unfold
- We will livestream a virtual service at 11am
- The service will be family-friendly and interactive
- Livestream will be available on our website each Sunday morning here.
- We are recommending that small groups meet virtually through the end of March
- Suggested platforms for meeting are Skype and Zoom
- Missions Gathering this Sunday- this will be a virtual meeting through Zoom from 6-7pm with our missionary partner David Manfred in Cambodia. If interested in joining the call please email Pastor Jonathan firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Lent Prayer– we will have weekly prayer on Tuesday evenings from 8-9pm through Zoom. A new link will be provided weekly on the website.
- Tough Questions & Jesus Seminar– rescheduled to a future date TBD
- Easter Weekend
- Good Friday Service- TBD
- Baptism Service- rescheduled to a future date TBD
- Easter Sunday Service- TBD (no service at Tysons)
- As a church, the pastors included, we continue to give of our wealth to the Lord and our community, but now online through the GCCC website. Even when we’re not gathering face to face, it continues to be our privilege and calling to be generous like Jesus.
Caring for the Community
- Please continue to care for the community by practicing good hygiene and social distancing.
- Pastoral care will be handled through phone and video calls, and through visitation if deemed appropriate as we pray through those situations, so please let us know how we can come alongside you during this time.
- Pray and keep your hearts, eyes, and ears open for ways to show and share the love of Jesus by being his hands and feet to those around you.
- We are continuing to consider ways that we can serve our local communities and partners in this time of crisis, especially those who are more vulnerable and in need.
- We want to encourage you to be aware of resources that are available to you
We are praying for
all of you, and for those around the world who are being directly impacted by
this. Please pray with us!
Grace and Peace today,