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July 24, 2020 :: 7:15am

 

A CoVID Update As We Prepare For August

 

Hi, Greenwood Christian!

After 13 weeks of online-only services, we resumed on-campus gatherings June 14. Since then, we’ve continued worshiping together—some of us in person, and some of us online. We love seeing those of you who’ve returned to campus, AND we love hearing from those of you who aren’t yet ready to gather publicly, but who—from a social distance—remain on mission and connected with us. I want to reaffirm a couple of important things to you, and share some new information.

As a “love God, love others” church, we remain committed to honoring God by looking out for others’ safety. God has wired us for community, and we need one another, so we’re doing our best to safely facilitate gatherings with those who feel ready to join us in person.

Since this pandemic started, we’ve recommended masks. We’re grateful to all of you who have helped us make our campus a safer place by wearing masks up to this point. Governor Holcomb has now mandated masks in public places, so as of Monday, July 27, mask-wearing will become a requirement at our on-campus gatherings. If you’re among those for whom wearing a mask is difficult, we respect that, and we invite you to stay connected with us online for the time being.

In keeping with our previous announcements:

  • Beginning August 2, we’ll resume Sunday morning GC Kids and GC Students programming. Initially, we’ll offer these only at the 11am service. In keeping with the policies of local schools, we’ll require masks for those 3rd grade and older; recommend masks for kids age 3 through 2nd grade; and we’ll recommend against masks for children age 2 and under.
  • Also August 2, we’ll resume Bible studies and LifeGroups on-campus. Again, all participants will need to wear masks. To keep our facility safe for all, we’ll ask each group’s help with some simple cleaning protocols that we’ll communicate directly to group leaders.
  • Some of our GC Sports activities will resume in August, as well.
  • To keep you informed, we’ll add to our weekly emails a Sunday bulletin and a monthly ministry catalog. Our ministry departments will provide more detailed communication about their specific events to all of you who subscribe to their emails.

Our office has been open by appointment since mid-April. Starting in August, our office will be open for you to stop by Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm.

We’ve all seen that one constant in recent months has been uncertainty. We can’t predict an end to this pandemic, but we’re crystal-clear about this: God remains in control, and we’ll continue loving Him and others, growing together in Christ, and inspiring transformation no matter how life requires us to adapt ministry. Let’s keep seeking Jesus, caring for each other, staying engaged, and supporting the work of Greenwood Christian with our time and our finances. I love each of you, and I thank you for your faithful partnership in ministry. If our staff, elders, or I can be of help to any of you, we’re a phone call or email away. Thank you for taking the time to process this information. God bless each of you.

If there's anything we can do for you, we'd love to connect.

www.greenwoodchristian.com

-Matt Giebler

 


 

June 11, 2020 :: 7:15am

We're back! Join us, june 14

 

Hi there, Greenwood Christian!

We’re super excited to resume on-campus services this Sunday, June 14. If you’re ready to be here, we can’t wait to see you! We also know that not all of us are ready for that yet, and we totally respect that. Please do what you believe is best for you—no pressure, and no judgment. Whether we’re gathered on campus, or connected online, we are the Church, and we’re on mission together, full speed ahead!

If you ARE planning to join us this Sunday, we have some important information to share with you…

 


June 3, 2020 :: 4:15pm

A COVID Update From Matt

 

Hi there, Greenwood Christian!

I have some important news to share with you.

  • First, thanks for your strong participation in our COVID survey. Your feedback made clear that some of us are ready to gather for worship, and others are not. And that wasn’t surprising to us.
  • Governor Holcomb’s Back on Track Indiana plan, which is progressing a little ahead of schedule, will permit gatherings of up to 250 people as of the weekend of June 13-14.

And on the basis of those two factors, I’m excited to announce that beginning next Sunday, June 14, we’ll resume our 9:30 and 11am worship services.

  • Our staff and I are really eager to see you in person again!
  • Both services will be family-friendly and about 45 minutes long. All ages are welcome.
  • We’re working to ensure clean facilities, social distancing, and safe new approaches to Communion and offering.

We’ll send more detailed information next week about what our initial Sunday back on campus will look like. My main goal today is to make you aware of that June 14 date, and encourage you to prayerfully consider whether to join us then, or to wait a while longer. We fully understand that health issues will make it wisest for some of you to continue worshiping online. Your safety is so important to us that we’d rather wait a bit longer to reconnect than have you put yourself needlessly at risk.

Again, look for more detailed information next week. And in the meantime, please know that:

  • We love and miss each of you. If you’re ready to come back, we’re ready to see you. And if you don’t feel ready to return to our campus just yet, we’re thankful to keep worshiping together online. We’ve made some big improvements to the quality of our Livestream broadcasts, and we’re committed to helping you stay connected.
  • We’re here to encourage and support all of you, on campus or online. So please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if we can help you.

Thank you for taking the time to watch this message, and for your faithful support of our church. I’ll talk to you again soon. God bless you!

We'd love to connect with you. Let us know how we can help! 

-Matt Giebler

 


May 22, 2020 :: 7:15am

 

A COVID Update From Matt

 

Hi there, Greenwood Christian!

It’s been two weeks since our last update, and we’re committed to keeping you informed, so I appreciate you allowing me a few moments to share with you.

This Sunday, we start a new series in the Book of Philippians. In Philippians 1:8, the Apostle Paul wrote to his friends: “… I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.” And I want you to know that I resonate with that statement. I so miss seeing you! Your texts, calls, emails, and cards have been a huge encouragement to me, and I’ve been blessed to watch you love and serve others. It’s a genuine joy when I bump into you while I’m shopping, or walking our dogs.

As our leadership team navigates this COVID season, we see different congregations taking a variety of approaches. To help us better understand the desires and concerns of our church family, we’ve created a brief online survey. We emailed a link to that survey earlier this week, and we’ve posted it on our Facebook page. The survey will be open through May 27, and we’d love for you to take a minute or so to complete it.

As we consider when to resume on-site services, these factors are central to our thinking:

  1. We want to respect both government guidelines and the advice of medical experts.
  2. We care about your health and safety, so we’re proceeding with care. Our caution is not fear, just a commitment to the well-being of our entire multi-generational church family.
  3. We know that gathering together is important, and we know the Church is more than a building. The last several weeks have altered our Sunday mornings, but they have not changed our mission. As restrictions on gatherings begin to ease, we’re encouraging LifeGroups that are ready to meet face to face, and we’re looking for new ways to serve our community.

Our current plan is to continue worshiping online through at least Sunday, June 7. We’ll continue to communicate regularly, and as soon as we establish a date for resuming on-site worship services, no one will be any more excited than I am to let you know.

Between now and then:

  • Most of our staff is now back in the office, and we’re available to talk, pray, or help in any way we can. Please reach out to us by phone or email if we can be of service to you.
  • Our facility is being sanitized and prepared for on-site gatherings. This place has never been cleaner!
  • Now as you might imagine, there are many different ideas about the best course of action, so one crucial way we can all live out our mission to “love God and others” is by showing grace and compassion to those whose opinions and comfort levels differ from our own.
  • Most importantly, let’s continue to worship our Lord, support and pray for one another, and invest together in the work God is doing here. We’ve been scattered for a season, but we remain the Body of Christ, on mission with Jesus.

Our staff, elders, and I love you all. We’re praying for you. Please stay engaged with us, and stay tuned for more details soon. Thanks for taking the time to listen!

We'd love to connect with you. Let us know how we can help! 

-Matt Giebler

 


May 8, 2020 :: 7:15am

A COVID Update From Matt

 

Hey, Greenwood Christian!

Just wanted to take a minute to update you on some important news.

First, let me remind you how much I love you, and miss seeing you. I’m excited about what God is teaching us, and how ministry continues, even in the absence of our corporate gatherings. But I can’t wait to resume meeting together as soon as that’s safe and practical to do!

We care about you and your safety, so as our state begins to reopen, we’re determined to make a prayerful, informed, and wise decision about when to resume on-campus ministry.

We’d love to lay out a detailed plan for the next few months; however …

  • People’s comfort levels with coming back together are all over the charts right now.
  • Social distancing at church will be very different from what we’re used to. According to current CDC guidelines, if we resume in-person gatherings immediately …
    • It will be with very limited seating.
    • Those who don’t live under the same roof won’t be able to sit together.
    • We won’t be able to shake hands or hug one another.
    • We won’t be able to offer children’s or student ministries, or our café.
    • Mask-wearing will pose a challenge to both singing and Communion.
    • Cleaning between services will require us to leave quickly afterwards.
  • In short, the sooner we resume gathering, the less church will resemble the family gatherings we all miss. A sterile, impersonal experience that limits our capacity, and isn’t friendly to senior adults or young families is not what we want to offer.
  • For all of these reasons, we don’t believe it’s wise to resume gathering yet, and we believe it’s too early to pinpoint a date when we will.

At present, here’s what we do know:

  • We’ll continue to worship together online through at least May 24.
  • We’ll monitor the local situation carefully where COVID cases are concerned, and make decisions about late May and beyond as we gather more information.

In the meantime …

  • Our staff remain available to talk, pray, or help in any way we can. Our team will begin returning to the office next week, and will be available by appointment.
  • Please continue trusting God, loving and encouraging each other, connecting with us online, praying for our leaders, and giving as generously as you’re able. That’s what the Body of Christ does. We’re on mission with Jesus, whether online or on campus.

Our staff, elders, and I love you guys, and we’ll keep you informed as our plans take more definitive shape.

We'd love to connect with you. Let us know how we can help!

www.greenwoodchristian.com

-Matt Giebler


April 30, 2020 :: 11am

A COVID Update From Matt


Hello, Greenwood Christian! Several weeks ago, our world entered a season unlike any we’ve experienced before. In an effort to slow the spread of the Coronavirus, we closed our building and shifted ministry online. A month-and-a-half later, we’ve now been at a “social distance” longer than any of us would like. I miss seeing your faces. I miss your handshakes, high-fives, and hugs. I miss spending time together; and I can’t wait to see you again!
 
Since this COVID-19 season started, we’ve determined to continue ministry while following government health and safety directives. In March, we closed our building until April 6. When the stay-at-home order was extended through May 1, we began hoping the month of May would be our opportunity to come back together.
 
Unfortunately, that no longer appears possible. COVID cases in Indiana are still on the rise, and Governor Holcomb is now expected to extend the stay-at-home order beyond May 1. We anticipate hearing more details about that later this week.
 
In the meantime, we feel a very real tension between our desire to gather as the Body of Christ, and our need to protect the health of our congregation and community. Limiting our interaction to online platforms is not our preference, but the number of local COVID cases has yet to peak, so we believe resuming in-person gatherings at this time would be unwise.
 
We’re in communication with other local churches who share our convictions and concerns, and we’re working to coordinate our efforts with them. While I can’t yet pinpoint when we’ll be able to re-open our campus, I can tell you this …

  • As restrictions ease, we’ll resume off-site gatherings first. We expect to be able to gather in homes with our LifeGroups before we’ll be able to meet in our worship center.
  • Because of the size of our congregation, we don’t think it’s practical to resume on-site services until we’re free to gather up to 250 people at a time—and we aren’t there yet.
  • When we do resume gathering, we expect social distancing to remain in effect, we’ll continue to focus on sanitizing our facility, and we’ll encourage those most vulnerable to infection to continue worshiping online until the risk diminishes.

 
Now, here’s the good news: God remains faithful, and ministry goes on!

  • Our staff is working, and we’re accessible via email and social media.
  • We’re continuing to worship together online. I'm excited about our recent upgrade to HD video, and that we now have many more people watching our services than we had attending them before the pandemic!
  • Our website and mobile app have been overhauled and updated, and our Bible studies, LifeGroups, children’s, student, and sports ministries continue online.
  • Our Saturday food drive has collected over 3 tons of food, and we aren’t finished yet!
  • We’re continuing to invest in ministry work around the world.

THANK YOU for your faithfulness in prayer, serving, giving, and encouraging one another! Over and over again, God is teaching us that His Church—His ekklesia—is not just a building, but a movement that cannot be contained by walls, or suppressed by a pandemic.
 
Friends, we love you, we’re praying for you, and we’re eager to be together again. This is an anxious time for many, but God is in control. Scripture is still true. Jesus is still risen. The Holy Spirit is still moving. And the Church is alive and well. So …

  • Let’s continue praying for one another, loving and looking out for our neighbors, and giving faithfully to the work God is doing here at GCC.
  • If we can be of help to you, please reach out to us. Call or email any of our staff. We’d love to hear from you, and we’re here to serve.

 
Thanks for taking the time to listen. We’ll continue to communicate with you as we learn more about local government directives, and their impact on our ability to gather. God bless you!


April 6, 2020 :: 11:15Am

Given Governor Holcomb’s most recent executive order, we’ll be taking the following precautions:
 

  • We have closed our building through May 1 for ALL ministry activities other than rehearsing for and filming our weekend worship services.
  • Our Director of LifeGroups, Kathy Stahlhut, has asked groups and classes ONLY to meet online during this period.
  • Weekend church services will take place online.
  • All church staffers are now working from home each day. You can always send them an email to check in. Head to the Staff Page of our website to connect.
  • Our GCS Daycare is open while our Elementary School is finishing the semester online.

 


March 30, 2020 :: 1:15pm

 

21 Days Of Prayer Over The COVID-19 ChallengE 

 In this unprecedented time, while we're surrounded by uncertainty and anxiety, followers of Jesus have an incredible opportunity to spread hope and lift up our world in prayer.

Each day, first responders and health care providers risk their own lives to protect ours. Each day, our elected and appointed leaders have tough decisions to make. And each day, every single one of us lives with our own questions and concerns over it all.

There has never been a better time to pause and pray. Over the next 21 days, we'd like to challenge our church to bookmark our "21 Days Of Prayer" document and take some time each day to pray.

We believe and hope in One who cares. Let's go to Him together.

Click Here For Our "21 Days Of Prayer" Challenge

 


March 23, 2020 :: 6:42pm

 

Being The Hope During a Season of the "Stay-at-home" order

 

In this era of social distancing, we need each other more than ever. And while our building is closed, we actually have MORE ministry taking place. Some of it just looks a little different than it did a few weeks ago.

Dear Greenwood Christian Church Family,

By now, you've probably heard about Governor Holcomb's "Stay-At-Home" executive order. We want to update you on how that impacts the next couple of weeks at GCC, but first, can we take a moment to celebrate our AMAZING God together?!?

Last week, we were overjoyed to share with you that while we normally have 180 or so devices viewing our services on a weekend, we had over 1,300 devices view our online-only service from March 15th. A conservative rule of thumb to attach a "person count" to online streaming when we have groups watching together along with some viewing alone while others may have watched twice, is to count each "device view" as 1.5 people. That would put our attendance at 1,950, which is huge considering we've been averaging 1,084 this fiscal year. That's on par with the numbers we see on Christmas Eve or Easter weekend. It was obvious last week that God is on the move, and some folks were seeking hope.

And then came March 22nd.

With most churches in America streaming services in some form on Sunday morning, we had some bandwidth glitches. So we're counting the lowest numbers we can to avoid double counts from anyone kicked out of streaming who re-joined us. That being said, over the course of the day on March 22nd, we had 3,263 total devices view our services via Livestream, Facebook, and YouTube. Multiplied by 1.5, that means that God was able to reach potentially 4,894 people through our humble efforts.

What if God does some of His greatest work in and through us during this tumultuous season?


WE CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT GOD DOES THROUGH OUR LIVESTREAM SERVICES THIS SUNDAY AT 9:30 & 11am. 

 

Be Sure To Follow Our Livestream Channel For Service Alerts

 

It continues to be our goal throughout this COVID-19 season to keep you updated and to promote the safety of our church family. As our Governor issued a "Stay-At-Home" Executive Order today, we've updated our policies moving forward through April 6th in the following ways:

  • We have closed our building through April 6 for ALL ministry activities other than rehearsing for and filming our weekend worship services.
  • Our Director of LifeGroups, Kathy Stahlhut, has asked groups and classes ONLY to meet online during this period.
  • Weekend church services will take place online.
  • All church staffers are now working from home each day. You can always send them an email to check in. Head to the Staff Page of our website to connect.
  • Our GCS Daycare & Elementary School are CLOSED THROUGH APRIL 6th

While we plan to re-open on April 6, we’ll continue to monitor the situation closely, and our commitment is to keep you informed.

We'd love to stay connected with you throughout this season at greenwoodchristian.comfacebook.com/GreenwoodChristian, and instagram.com/GreenwoodCC.

And don't forget to download our NEWLY UPDATED app. It's the best way to stay connected throughout this season.

We also appreciate your continued generosity through giving as we seek to minister both locally and around the world. You can give online or by mailing a check to Greenwood Christian Church, 2045 Averitt Rd, Greenwood, IN 46143.
 
If there is any way we can minister to your family during this time, please reach out to us at  .

-Greenwood Christian Church

 

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March 18, 2020 :: 5:43pm

 

Staying Connected & Creating Community

In this era of social distancing, we need each other more than ever. And while our building is closed, we actually have MORE ministry taking place. Some of it just looks a little different than it did a few weeks ago.


GC Kids

GC Kids is posting helpful content to their Facebook page as parents navigate the waters of shepherding their kids through these trying times.


GC Students

GC Students is regularly connecting through Instagram and is even moving their weekly Elevate teen services to our YouTube channel tonight at 7pm with LifeGroups meeting up on Zoom afterwards. If you have a 6th-12th grader, have them reach out to their LifeGroup leader for more information.


GC Sports

GC Sports is looking into ways to allow instructors and coaches to connect and teach online right into your living room.


Sunday Classes

One of our Sunday morning classes, "Defending Your Faith" with teacher Kevin Olsen, will be taught live via zoom. Click this link to attend that class online, Sunday at 9:30am.


Outreach Ministry

Our Outreach Ministry has several initiatives in the works. You can purchase or make cards for seniors, then drop them off at the Connection Center at our church 9am-Noon, Monday-Saturday. Or you can bring canned goods to the Main Entrance of the church on Saturdays, 9am-Noon. We also partner with the Interchurch Food Pantry of Johnson County. You can click here to email their staff if you're interested in volunteering for their pantry drive thru.



LifeGroups

LifeGroups are connecting in all sorts of ways during this season. Be sure to reach out to your leaders to see how they want the group to check in this week.


Sunday Services

Our Sunday morning worship services are back this week, streaming on Livestream and Facebook Live at 9:30 & 11am, then being posted to YouTube later.



GCC Facebook

And throughout the week, THE BEST place to connect is through our church's Facebook page. Staff members are posting devotional thoughts, we're announcing new opportunities all the time, and we'll even have an acoustic worship set each Thursday at 3pm on Facebook Live.


None of us has ever witnessed a season quite like what our world is going through these days. And in the midst of it, God is doing some of the most amazing ministry we've seen. As we all walk this journey, let's stay connected to each other and create community together.

LET'S CONNECT ON FACEBOOK

 

Download the new GCC app

For the past few months, we've been working hard on a new app for GCC. We're excited finally to get to share that app with you!

The Greenwood Christian Church app is a great way to stay connected during this challenging season.

You'll be able to take message notes on Sundays, register for classes or events, give, get in touch with your favorite GCC Staffer, and a ton more! You can text GREENWOODCC APP to 77977 for a direct link to download, search your App Store for us, or click on the link below. 

Click Here To Download The New GCC App

 


March 17, 2020 :: 8:56pm


Dear Greenwood Christian Church Family,
 
God is good, and we had an amazing response to our online-only service this weekend.

We typically have around 180 devices log in to watch our Livestream channel on a given week. And since Saturday, we've had over 1,300 devices watch via Livestream, YouTube, and Facebook. Considering that many LifeGroups, families, and friend gatherings watched together this weekend, we're humbled by the way God was able to use technology to spread His hope to our community exponentially.

WE'RE BACK THIS SUNDAY WITH A LIVESTREAM SERVICE AT 9:30am.

 

Be Sure To Follow Our Livestream Channel For Service Alerts

 

It continues to be our goal throughout this COVID-19 season to keep you updated and to promote the safety of our church family. Our Governor directed more public spaces to close this week, and our President has asked groups of 10+ no longer to gather together.

With those steps in mind, we've updated our policies, in place through April 6:

  • We have closed our building through April 6.
  • Our Director of LifeGroups, Kathy Stahlhut, has asked groups and classes ONLY to meet online during this period.
  • Weekend church services will take place online.
  • Our church office will be open during the limited hours of 8:30am-12:30pm. As our staffers work from home the rest of the day, you can always send them an email to check in. Head to the Staff Page of our website to connect.
  • Our GCS Daycare will continue to operate. Elementary classes will move to e-learning. (GCS families will receive additional communication from the school)

While we plan to re-open on April 6, we’ll continue to monitor the situation closely, and our commitment is to keep you informed.

We'd love to stay connected with you throughout this season at greenwoodchristian.comfacebook.com/GreenwoodChristian, and instagram.com/GreenwoodCC.

We also appreciate your continued generosity through giving as we seek to minister both locally and around the world. You can give online or at Greenwood Christian Church, 2045 Averitt Rd, Greenwood, IN 46143 in person or by mail.
 
If there is any way we can minister to your family during this time, please reach out to us at  .
 
-Greenwood Christian Church

 

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March 14, 2020 :: 6:16pm


Dear Greenwood Christian Church Family,
 
As a follow-up to our Thursday email, Governor Holcomb has asked groups over 250 not to meet for 30 days in an effort to help contain the spread of COVID-19. To honor that request, we filmed an online-only acoustic service today and have posted it to our Livestream channel along with our YouTube channel. Whether you view this service alone or with a group this weekend, we hope you'll continue to pursue Christian community in safe ways during this time.

 

Click Here To Stream This Week's Online-Only Service

 

We'd love to stay connected with you throughout this season at greenwoodchristian.comfacebook.com/GreenwoodChristian, and instagram.com/GreenwoodCC.

We appreciate your continued generosity through giving as we seek to minister both locally and around the world. You can give online or at Greenwood Christian Church, 2045 Averitt Rd, Greenwood, IN 46143 in person or by mail.
 
A reminder of precautions we've put in place at our church building through April 6:

  • Our plan is to close our building from March 15 – April 6.
  • All meetings, groups, classes, and gatherings will need to suspend or take place off-site during that time.
  • Weekend church services will take place online.
  • Our church staff will continue to work in the office.
  • Our GCS Daycare will continue to operate. Elementary classes will move to e-learning. (GCS families will receive additional communication from the school)

While we plan to re-open on April 6, we’ll continue to monitor the situation closely, and our commitment is to keep you informed.
 
If there is any way we can minister to your family during this time, please reach out to us at  .
 
-Greenwood Christian Church

 

Click Here To Participate In Online Giving

 


March 12, 2020 :: 10:17pm


Dear Greenwood Christian Church Family,
 
Caring for people is very important to us. We recognize that Coronavirus (COVID-19) can impact us all, both the healthy and those with compromised immune systems. The current health crisis facing our nation is a great opportunity for each of us to care for one another.
 
Given Governor Holcomb’s directive, we wanted to let you know that we’ll be taking the following precautions:
 

  • Our plan is to close our building from March 15 – April 6.
  • All meetings, groups, classes, and gatherings will need to suspend or take place off-site during that time.
  • Weekend church services will take place online.
  • Our church staff will continue to work in the office.
  • Our GCS Daycare will continue to operate. Elementary classes will move to e-learning. (GCS families will receive additional communication from the school)

 
While we plan to re-open on April 6, we’ll continue to monitor the situation closely, and our commitment is to keep you informed.
 
Let’s join together in praying for those impacted by this virus and for God’s guidance in showing His love to those who are hurting.
 
If there is any way we can minister to your family during this time, please reach out to us at  .
 
-The Staff & Elders of Greenwood Christian Church