Wednesday, April 8, 2020 Update:
The elders and leadership teams of Garden Chapel have decided to cancel all activities, ministries, and services at the church till April 30th as suggested. That means Easter services will not be held at the church this year. However, as many of you know, we are still online posting videos of lessons, sermons, and teachings. Pastor Paul and Pastor Peter will be doing a live Facebook video of the sunrise service on Easter. That will start at 6:30am in the morning. Do not worry if you miss it. Pastor Peter will make sure to add the video to the website to watch later that day. We will also be sending out an e-bulletin tomorrow with additional announcements and figures for the church.
Pastor Paul and Pastor Peter want to encourage you to utilize the resources available to you through the internet at this time. To the parents, Stefanie has mailed out the Gospel Project activities sheets for her classroom and the toddlers room. We hope that your children are able to still learn with us the lessons from the Gospel Project. Pastor Peter is making videos available both on Facebook and on the main Garden Chapel website for these lessons. Pastor Peter is also working on Jr. Church videos as well for young children.
Paul is holding a 30 minute prayer meeting on zoom Wednesday nights, as many of you know. Marybeth is holding the ladies group on Wednesday nights as well. Kyle and Andre are hosting youth group zoom meetings too.
Paul's sermons can also be found on Facebook and the Garden Chapel website under "sermon" then the "online teaching" tab. Pastor Paul and Pastor Pete are looking at doing a couple short videos dealing with your questions about God, the Bible, and Life. If you have questions that you would like to submit, please message us privately with them. We will keep who asked the question anonymous. And if your kids have any questions as well, let us know!
Thank you everyone!
We greatly miss seeing everyone and we are praying for you all!
Stay safe and healthy!
Pastor Peter and Pastor Paul
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 Statement:
On behalf of the Elders, Servants, and Pastors of Garden Chapel, we would like to inform you about what the church’s plan is for the next couple weeks. As of March 18, 2020, we will be closing and stopping all ministries, services, and activities until March 29, 2020, at which time the leaders of Garden Chapel will reevaluate what can and cannot be done at the church. In the meantime, Pastor Paul and Pastor Peter will be posting video’s and messages regularly through our Facebook Account. We want to encourage you to use the time spent usually at church to either tune into some of our live streaming sessions, or spend it with your family doing devotions together.
We also want to encourage you to continue to pray for the situation at hand in our country. Please be in prayer for the government leaders making these decisions. Also be in prayer for those who are sick and are impacted by this virus. Finally, pray for your friends and family that they stay safe during this time.
The leaders of Garden Chapel want to encourage you to continue your regular giving patterns unless your personal income has been significantly impacted. Further, we would like to remind you that many people count on funds from Garden Chapel, including many missionaries, mission organizations and our pastors. We would like to continue supporting the various ministries and mission organizations to further the Kingdom of God, especially in this time when many hearts and minds may be ripe to hear the Good News of our Savior. You can send in or drop off your offering at the office, which then we will get that to the financial secretary. The other option is that you can go online to www.gardenchapel.org and select the online giving tab and follow the simple instructions there.
If you are feeling down and concerned and many are; consider this from the Word of God.
- Proverbs 14:26 In the fear of the LORD there is strong confidence, And his children will have refuge.
- Ephesians 6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.
- 2 Corinthians 5:6-7 Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord for we walk by faith, not by sight...
God is still in control and on that we can depend on him for all things.
Paul and I are always willing to talk if you have any issues or needs. Feel free to contact us at 717-939-0235.
Pastor Paul, Pastor Peter, and the Elders and Servants of Garden Chapel