Note: This page will only have the 2-3 most recent letters. For a full archive, please see our Granite Springs App.
The following letter was emailed to our mailing list on March 21, 2020. Please check the Granite Springs App or your email for any more recent updates. If you are not subscribed to the Weekly, you can do so here. You can download the App here.
March 21, 2020
Dear Granite Springs,
On Thursday afternoon, after we had sent The Weekly, the Placer County Medical Officer issued a directive that each of us engage in “Shelter in Place.” This directive began yesterday and is schedule to extend to April 10 (Good Friday).
To honor this directive, the Granite Springs facility will not be open until this directive is lifted, including being closed on Sunday mornings.
Please know that even with shut doors, we remain open as a community, seeking to live love and grace, even in these circumstances. I am taken by how many of you have volunteered to get groceries and medicine for people in our church family, and the contagious spirit of service that shows. I’m also taken by the way small group leaders are already reaching out to their groups. All of us are actively looking for creative ways to live the message of grace in the coming days. For ways to remain connected with Granite Springs, please see our previous letter in the Weekly, in the App or on the Granite Springs website.
Please join us for video worship tomorrow (video uploaded by 9am)—we think we’ve upped the quality considerably since last week, and you can look forward to all the typical worship pieces, including thoughtful prayer and music and kids involvement.
The Apostle Paul, who experienced many hardships personally, wrote, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and of self-discipline.” (II Timothy 1:7)
Grace and peace to you all,
Kevin Adams (for the GS elders and staff)
The following letter was emailed to the Weekly subscribers on March 19, 2020.
March 19, 2020
Dear Granite Springs Church,
In these days of tumult and confusion, we see again that ultimately we are not in control. But we thank God for his promise to meet our needs in any and every situation. As we continue to closely and prayerfully monitor the COVID-19 situation and the new guidelines given out by both the CDC, the White House, and local government leaders, we offer the following update: As of yesterday, March 18, we are suspending all “in person” church gatherings until the end of March to comply with state and county guidelines.
Still, we want to stay connected to each other, and to the God of all grace. To encourage this we offer these ways to stay connected:
- A video link to Sunday worship. Each week our worship will be available by 9 AM. We are doing our best to include pieces we love: a call to worship by a Granite Kid, passing the peace (even electronically!), wonderful prayers and music, and preaching by pastoral staff. Last week was our first video service, look for improvements each week. We hope this will be a gift.
- On Sunday from 9 AM to noon the sanctuary will be open for people to come to pray, light a candle, receive the sacraments and/or be anointed for healing. There will not be any gatherings, and we ask everyone to follow current health protocols and that anyone with symptoms or in contact with those with symptoms or anyone at high risk follow recommendations and remain home.
- Beginning today, we are offering a Daily Office reading Monday through Saturday. This simple, brief, historic and reflective prayer time will be livestreamed each day at 9 AM with the recording available in our App or on our YouTube channel.
- Another evening prayer time called “The Examen” will be livestreamed each evening at 4:30 PM. This is another reflective, time-tested, life-giving prayer practiced by Christians for 500 years and readers of Psalm 139 for three thousand years. Both prayer times can be accessed in the same ways. For more information, you can also visit our website. Both these prayer times are available for people of all ages.
- Kyu and Marrissa are already reaching out to our youth and Granite Kids, and are working to make faith-nurturing resources available for them, their families, and others who might be interested. Small groups (including the elders!) are already learning to gather via email and video conferencing. If you need help setting this up, please contact email@example.com and a GS tech volunteer will help you set this up.
None of us know what the coming days will bring. Nor do we know how long this “virus mode” will last. But we do know the One who holds us all in his hands. As Jesus told his first disciples, “Fear not little flock, it is the Father’s desire to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32).
We as a church community want to serve each other. If you have a need that we can help meet, like shopping for medicine or groceries, please let us know and we will gladly assist you.
Grace to you all,
Kevin Adams (for GS staff and elders)
PS. Sign up for our app to get the latest GS news, including links to our Sunday Worship and daily live prayer times. Keeping in line with safety protocols, our office will be active remotely.
The following letter was emailed to our mailing list on March 18, 2020. Please check the Granite Springs App or your email for any more recent updates. If you are not subscribed to the Weekly, you can do so here. You can download the App here.
March 18, 2020
Dear Granite Springs Church,
Thankfully, our church is a place of grace and generosity, a community of people with overflowing love for God and one another. We seek to follow Jesus as servants. And now, in these very extraordinary times, we have an opportunity to serve. It is a time to share our time, skills, and resources with those inside and outside our church, at a time it really matters. In a time of fear and hoarding and suspicion, we invite you to serve and be served.
Many in our church family are in the “at risk” group likely to experience complications if they contract the COVID-19 virus. For that reason, in a spirit of service, we are asking for volunteers to deliver groceries, or pick up medications so such folks can stay in the safety of their homes. (All while those delivering goods honor the latest safety protocols).
If you need help with these things, please let us know. We want to be there for you. It can be hard to ask for help, but please let us help keep you safe. Reach out to our office coordinator, Amy Langle, at firstname.lastname@example.org (916 645-9620) if you need assistance from one of our volunteers, or if you would like to volunteer to serve those needing help. And, as always, feel free to call your GS Deacon for prayer or practical assistance.
Whether you are able to volunteer for this project or not, one way to practically show our faithfulness is continued generosity. Even in this season of adapted worship services and limited gathering times, we want to be good stewards of our church. During these unusual conditions, we entreat you to be faithful, just as you always have. We encourage you to continue to tithe and give generously. If you typically give in person, try our online portal; for those needing help to get set-up, here’s a helpful guide. Or you can simply send your check in the mail (our address is 1170 E. Joiner Pkwy, Lincoln CA 95648).
Thank you for being a part of Granite Springs! We pray you will stay healthy as we navigate this season and then return to the time we can meet together again.
Grace and peace to you all,
Stewardship Team Leader
Chair, GS Deacons
PS. Sign up for our app to get the latest GS news, including links to our Sunday Worship and daily live prayer times. You can also find this information on our website at granitesprings.org/service and granitesprings.org/dailyprayer. Keeping in line with safety protocols, our office will be active remotely.