Church Status

A Letter from Pastor Shepherd

March 29, 2021

Dear Church Family,

I want to inform you about the direction of Point of Grace Church, effective Monday, March 29, 2021. Over the past weeks, many of you have participated in the Prayer and Purpose Gatherings to talk about the future of Point of Grace. Several emails and text messages have been sent out to inform you of the status of the church. I have appreciated the opportunity to hear from some of you about your thoughts concerning where we are.

As of now, here are some updates about the future:

1. Sunday Youtube messages have been discontinued, as of yesterday. It is important that we begin to gather in person with a local church, as Park Hall Elementary School is currently not available. Over the past few weeks, Mark has articulated sound biblical principles for what a gospel-driven church should look like. Let either Mark or I know if you need help connecting with a local church.

2. I am going to use this time to take a break from weekly ministry. However, I will be preparing for a weeknight Bible Study to begin in June 2021. This study will be for those who are interested in a biblical view of church: one driven by the gospel for the glory of God and the aid of our community. I will also include, once again, the need for a sacrificial mindset and commitment for leadership for those who may desire a re-start at Park Hall Elementary this fall 2021. Details regarding the study will be forthcoming.

3. I will continue to focus on Ministry at Park Hall Elementary School, including Good News Club, Teacher Encouragement, Student Support, and Family Support. If you would like to commit to this ministry along with me, please let me know.

And as we move forward, I want to encourage you to:

PRAY – Regular Bible Study and a strong commitment to prayer are essential to a gospel-driven life. Please do not take this for granted! Our future is linked with everyone's desire and passion in those two areas.

GIVE THANKS – We all have so much to be thankful for. Let's live like it! Our Creator God has guaranteed each believer a future inheritance that will not perish!

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, if you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith- more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire- may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ."

1 Peter 1:3-7

Sincerely,

Pastor Arthur Shepherd
Senior Pastor