November 20, 2020
Greetings Church Family,
I bring greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. For the last nine months, we have watched the unfolding of the situation surrounding COVID-19. While there has been positive news within the last several weeks with the development of a vaccination and a change in the Presidential leadership of the United States, we still have a way to go.
The leadership of this church, inclusive of myself and the Board of Directors, has been closely monitoring the COVID situation within our community. Unfortunately, our Greater New Orleans area has been trending in an upward direction for positive cases and is currently experiencing an active COVID outbreak. We are all aware that the virus does not discriminate who it infects, but it is especially severe to the aging and to those with preexisting conditions. As a multi-generational congregation, our church has many who would fall into these categories. We rejoice in the fact that we have not only been able to worship virtually, but also safely in person, throughout this time.
Again let me thank you for your faithfulness in your worship attendance, participation in Bible Study, corporate prayer, and your giving. However, after much prayerful consideration, we will not hold in-person Worship Service and Pastor’s Bible Study until further notice. We will continue streaming both on our social media platforms and through the conference call-in.
Our leaders are fully committed to ensuring the health and safety of all who fellowship with our GGF Family. As such, we would like to take all of the necessary precautions to ensure no one is exposed to the COVID-19 virus, as a result of coming to worship at GGF. I will make myself available to our church family and friends if necessary, at any time. Please do not hesitate to contact a member of our ministerial staff at (504) 309-6810.
I encourage each of you to continue to follow health guidelines and practice proper social distancing, wearing your mask and washing your hands. During this holiday season, please be mindful of the Centers for Disease Control recommendation of small gatherings and the effect they may pose to our families. Most importantly please stay safe!!!
As I close this letter, I end with the prayer that I continually pray for our church family and the prayer that I believe have brought us through nine months of this pandemic…”Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” 3 John 1:2 (KJV).
Yours Servant leader,
Rev. Perrin A. Gaines