No Church Services!
Due to the current situation of the spreading of the COVID-19 Corona Virus and corresponding decisions of the Austrian government we have come to the decision to cancel the service this Sunday and following Sunday services until further notice!!! (Including the pre-service prayer and this week's scheduled church meeting)
It has not been an easy decision and it has been made after much prayer, evaluation and talks. As the leadership of our church we feel the responsibility that we share with each other and also the support that is needed from our side to help in this situation. For us, seeking the best for each other as brothers and sisters in the Lord as well as our responsibility as fellow citizens and part of society, it is the loving thing to do.
Not only is it just a plea and recommendation of our government, but also a medical priority. Even though the virus is generally not dangerous for most people it poses a high risk for elderly and especially sick people, so the measures taken now should help us relieve and support the health system in our country. Please, be careful about information being shared, especially in social media, as a lot of these infos are not based on valid data and are just aimed to create worry or panic! If you are looking for valid information, please, use these links to find out more:
Ministry of Inner Affairs (German)
World Health Organisation (English)
Please, follow these important guidelines to prevent the virus from spreading:
Wash hands regularly
Avoid shaking hands or hugging
Avoid touching your face
Keep distance as much as possible
Avoid crowds of people (the less, the better)
Stay home if you feel sick! Don't go to the doctor as you put others in danger of infection, but call 1450 where you get more information and help.
Right now, we are planning to look into the possibility of providing a live stream of a shortened service on Sunday morning. You should be able to find it at this link (scheduled time: Sunday at 10:45am). In case this does not work out for any reason we have planned other ways to provide you at least with the sermon for this Sunday.
Please note that we will not be collecting the tithes and offerings for the next weeks. If you are a regular visitor, please, consider giving during this present time either via bank transfer (IBAN: AT77 3200 0000 1106 9986 BIC: RLNWATWW). We still need and very much appreciate your support.
As information changes quite rapidly in these times, please, keep looking out for more e-mails and information that we need to share (register at www.gracechurch.at/mailinglist). Even though we try to reach as many people as possible with this message, please, also share it with those who might not know about this.
If you still have further questions about anything concerning these matters, please, don't hesitate to contact anyone in leadership. Concerning especially the elderly or sick of us, if you have any worries going out for shopping or so, let us know and we will seek to best help and provide for you.
Remember to keep on praying in all this! Praying for the officials who carry responsibility in crisis management and those who are already affected by the virus and the impacts of the measures in many countries of the world, including Austria. Currently the situation affects our personal lives and church life, so let's make sure that we still look for wise ways to support each other and not abandon the fellowship of believers.
Thank you all for your prayer and support!
May the Lord keep you well and strong and may His light shine in this world through you!