September 9, 2021

Grace family,

We are looking forward to resuming Sunday school and other small groups on Rally Day, this Sunday, September 12th. While we hoped and prayed that our return in the fall would be “normal”, the unfortunate reality is that COVID cases are drastically rising in Dauphin County and the country as a whole. 

After prayerful and thoughtful consideration, we are updating our Grace COVID policy as follows:

  • Preschool age – 12th grade Sunday school and related activities must be masked. This is our version of “school” and the children/youth are in an enclosed indoor space. 
    • This follows the intent of the mandate of the Commonwealth of PA, which is the governing body that we chose to follow at the onset of the pandemic. Given that we are following the state mandate, we do not feel this in conflict with our earlier commitment not to mandate masking or vaccination status.
  • Adult Sunday school and worship (for all ages) is masked at their discretion, though we strongly encourage masking throughout the building until transmission rates in Dauphin County drop. 
  • Food will not be permitted; however, briefly unmasking for “quick drinks” brought from home will be allowed.
We understand that members of the Grace Church family will have varying opinions on this updated policy. Some will think it is overreaching, while others will think it is not stringent enough. While we may not all agree on this issue, please know that each individual is an important and vital part of our Grace Church family. Our goal is to protect the most vulnerable members in the best way we know how so that, when we do return to “normal”, each of us will be able to join in that celebration.

We ask that everyone to be thoughtful of those with whom we may disagree, instead focusing on the love of God, forgiveness of Jesus Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit that unites us.

Yours in Christ,
Kent Vrana and Diana Briselli
Grace Church Lay Leaders

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Request for a return to short-term masking:

We are looking forward to Rally Day at Grace Church on September 12, 2021 as we celebrate the re-opening of our church and facilities! We hope each of you can be a part of the festivities, which begin with a combined Worship Service at 10:45 am.

The last 18 months have shown us that the church truly is the people, not the building. In these months we have welcomed a new pastor, entered the world of online worship and learned to study and fellowship via Zoom. We have discovered new ways to support and bless our community through outreach and mission. We have been overwhelmed by the commitment shown by the Grace Church family during the COVID pandemic.

As we reunite, we must be mindful of the emerging COVID variants that are currently infecting both the vaccinated and the un-vaccinated members of our community. It has come to our attention that a fully-vaccinated member of our congregation has tested COVID-positive. Each individual who came into contact with our Grace family member, who is currently recovering at home, has been notified. We continue to pray for complete healing for everyone suffering from the effects of COVID.

With this in mind, we are urging our Grace Church family to consider wearing a mask while inside the building for as long as Dauphin County remains a “substantial or high” transmission area.

At this time, we would like to reiterate our commitment to you that Grace Church will continue to offer both in-person and online worship opportunities. We will not be issuing mandates on masking or vaccination status. Our singular goal is to make worship available to you in the way you are most comfortable.

As our Lord, Jesus, has asked in his covenant with us, we are to love Him and love our neighbors (Mark 12:30-31). With this in mind, please prayerfully consider masking for the greater good during this renewed surge of the disease. Together, we will get through these difficult times.

If you have any questions or wish to speak to us about this or any other matter, please reach out to us by contacting the church office at 717-566-2897.

Blessings,
Kent Vrana and Diana Briselli
Grace Church Lay Leaders

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Grace Church Covid Protocols (effective July 2021)
 
In accordance with the PA Department of Health and PA Department of Human Services, which licenses GCCC (Grace Christian Childcare), masks will no longer be required on property at Grace Church.  We strongly encourage individuals who have not been vaccinated, or are partially vaccinated, to continue to wear a mask when in the community of Grace Church.
 
For the time being, we will continue to have the building accessed during normal business hours with the assistant of staff.  We suggest you call the office (717-566-2897) before arriving to ensure someone is available to help you.
 
Starting, Monday, July 26th, Grace Office Hours are 
  • Monday – Thursday  /  8:30am-4:00pm
  • Friday  /  8:30am-2:00pm
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