GAA Covid update - Oct. 12th

Grace Ann Arbor Family and Friends,

I hope and pray this message finds you enjoying good health and meaningful engagement with God this week as you seek to reflect Christ’s love to the world around you. Most of you are aware that at our Sunday in person services on October 3rd about a half dozen people in attendance tested positive for Covid in the days following that service. This led to our decision to cancel our in person services this past Sunday, October 10th. I want to provide some explanation and update you on our worship service plans moving forward.

First, it was our Grace Ann Arbor staff and some family members who tested positive for Covid following our October 3rd worship service, including my wife, Carissa, and myself. God is sustaining us all through our time of recovery and quarantine, and most of us are feeling much better. We appreciate your continued prayers for a full and speedy recovery. Second, although we have no way of knowing for sure, we are not currently aware of anybody else who tested positive for Covid because of exposure on October 3rd. We remain hopeful this is the case for our congregation.

Third, as much as I would like for us to dive back into in person worship services, I have come to recognize it would be wise for us to exercise a little more patience and suspend our in person worship services one more week. I believe this is one more step we should take to control any possible spread that may have occurred, as well as, to serve our greater community as cases continue to rise in Washtenaw County and Michigan. So, Sunday in person services are cancelled for Sunday, October 17th, and our current plan is to resume our 9:30 and 11 AM in person worship services on Sunday, October 24th.

This Sunday, October 17th, we hope you will tune into our online services at 9 and 10 AM HERE.

Leading well through this lingering season of Covid remains a challenge. It's hard to see members of our team battle Covid and need to quarantine from family members as a result of their faithful sacrifice and service as part of our team. Each member of our congregation has their own opinions and emotions about how we should be gathering or not gathering throughout this season of Covid, and we have heard quite a diversity of opinions over these past 17 months. My goal, and the goal of our faithful team, remains to do our best to please an audience of ONE. As we seek to serve our Loving and Wise God, we trust we will also be doing our best to serve our Grace community, who we feel so privileged to share life together with.

Moving forward in faith,

Jon Beyer
Location Pastor

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