GFC is not currently hosting on-site services or programming.
Join the live stream service on Sunday at 10:30am:
Like most churches, the majority of GFC’s giving is received through checks and cash dropped off at our building, in secure offering boxes. For those of you who call GFC home, we ask you to consider giving to the ministry of Grace Fellowship online – click here to learn more.
You are also welcome to mail your checks to Grace Fellowship Church, 2314 South Greenwood Drive. Johnson City, TN 37604.
In this unique situation, we will continue to be the church by connecting, praying, and helping each other. If you would like to be part of making phone calls, joining a prayer team, or helping vulnerable parts of our body with actions like dropping off groceries, complete the form below and we will get back to you with details. Thank you for being the church!
Other opportunities for you to explore:
- Good Samaritan Food and Supplies Drive: Help ease the burden on those who are homeless or struggling right now by providing urgently needed items through Good Samaritan Ministries. Items can be dropped off outside on the donation center (left) side of their building at 100 North Roan Street, Johnson City, from 9:00am-3:00pm, M-F. Click here for a list of needed items
- Write letters of encouragement to nursing homes and first responders.
- Give Blood – The Red Cross is asking eligible and healthy donors to make an appointment to provide lifesaving blood products to patients. Click here to learn more.
- Stay connected with how individual ministry areas of GFC are building and reaching community during this time (scroll down to the “Staying Connected” section of this page).
- Do you have an elderly neighbor, and you are in a lower risk group? Offer to go get groceries, prescriptions or run errand for them.
- Or join the Nextdoor app and reach out to your neighbors that way! Post asking if anyone needs anything, Keep a check on your neighbors, and love your neighbors.
- Share the live stream of GFC Sunday Services on Facebook or invite your neighbors to watch with you.
- When/if you hear of people you know who are in quarantine, arrange a way to safely drop off books, games and snacks to them.
- Pray for people who are sick, who are vulnerable to becoming sick, for government officials, for healthcare workers who are doing their best to respond well, and for our whole community to be drawn to Jesus during this time. You can also post prayer requests, and prayer for other requests, on the online prayer wall at gfcnow.com/prayer
During this season of social distancing we’re offering online groups to stay connected and grow in faith together!
If you’re interested in joining an online group visit gfcnow.com/onlinegroup fill in the form, and we will follow up with you.
Below is information that we found that could be helpful to you!
- Senior Adults: Food City, Dollar General, and Fresh Market are altering their hours to designate their first hour of business for people ages 65 and up. Wal-Mart has designated a 6am-7am senior shopper’s hour March 24 – April 28 for people ages 60 and up.
- Johnson City Schools has added resources to their website including Child Meal Distribution Sites and At Home Learning Resources. Click here to learn more.
- WCQR Community Resources page Click here to learn more.
- United Way’s 211 page has information on assistance finding food, accessing free childcare, help paying housing bills, etc.) Click here to learn more.
- Click here for Crisis Help Resources
- Click here for Places to Seek Assistance
A Greater Story
It’s hard to understand what’s happening in our world right now without understanding the greater story in which we find ourselves. And ultimately, in every crisis that we encounter including the coronavirus pandemic right now, our hope as Christians is in this greater story – that the tragedy we’re facing today will not have the final word, but is only a chapter on its way to a glorious finale. That’s why no matter how many times we may have heard the story, we continually need to be reminded of it, especially on difficult days.
The Bible tells us that in the beginning, God created the world and everything in it. And all that God made was good. God created human beings to live in relationship with Him and each other, bearing His image and ruling together with Him on the earth. But humans chose to act in mistrust and disobedience and in so doing, sinned against God. This act introduced brokenness and death into God’s good world. This brokenness was pervasive, impacting the created order (resulting in things like earthquakes and disease), relationships (resulting in things like manipulation, loneliness, abuse and contempt), and worst of all, distance from God (resulting in things like guilt and shame). And though humans tried their best to erase the stain of brokenness, nothing we tried fixed the problem. The brokenness in our hearts and in our world was simply beyond our ability to remedy.
And then God took on flesh and stepped into human history in the form of Jesus Christ. He came to seek and to save that which was lost. The decisive act of Jesus’ life was when He died on the cross for our sins and rose from the dead. In so doing, He paid the penalty of our sin and conquered death, enabling us to be forgiven and reconciled to God forever. We experience this gift by trusting in Jesus. Hallelujah! While we can experience new life right now through faith in Christ, we still live in a broken world, where realities like disease and death abound. We anticipate the day when Jesus will return and make all things new. And while we wait, we join God in what He’s doing, helping broken and vulnerable people, people like us, find life and hope in Him.