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Sunday, march 29, 2020

Ways to Connect

Zoom - a video conferencing app that allows us to gather and connect with our small groups, friends or family online while actually seeing each other - next best thing to being together face to face. If you want to host calls, you will need to download the app - click here. You don't need to download the app to participate in Zoom calls; someone will send you a link to the call. 

Facebook Live - we are gathering on our Greentree Facebook page for devotions, mid-week check-ins with our pastors and a prayer time on April 5 - now might be the time to set up a Facebook account. Click here

Connections' Email - this weekly email goes to Greentree members and attenders with the latest information, upcoming events and next steps - email if you would like to be added to the mailing list.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2020

April 5 is Palm Sunday and we would love to show a video of all of us (the young and the young at heart), raising palm branches "together" on Palm Sunday. Together we will remember and proclaim, "Hosanna, Blessed is He who Comes in the Name of the Lord." Make any type of palm branch. Then use your mobile phone to record your Palm Sunday celebration of waving the palms. Videos should be sent to Javi Malave, , by the end of day, Wednesday, April 1. This week, Pastor Tom mentioned the verse in Hebrews 12:2 that says, "for the joy set before him he endured the cross." Jesus knew what lay ahead of him that first Palm Sunday. He knows what we are going through now, and He is with us. We miss gathering together in our building, but look forward to being together in Spirit as we begin Holy Week. Questions? Email Beth Bohlmann.

Friday, march 20, 2020

We continue to follow the recommendations of public health officials and government agencies to make sure that we are doing all that is possible to see to the care and protection of our church and communities. Therefore,

  • Greentree office and building will be closed through Sunday, April 5. We can be reached by phone during our regular office hours.
  • We will continue to livestream our worship services at 9:30 AM through Sunday, April 5, via our Greentree Facebook page or our website, greentreechurch.com/live.  
  • This Sunday, March 22, at 9:00 AM, prior to worship, we will host an interactive online gathering. We’ll throw out some questions and, if you are on Facebook, you will be able to chime in with comments.
  • Don’t forget to prepare for Communion prior to this Sunday, March 22 – you will need bread and juice (preferably grape or use what’s on hand).
  • We have regretfully cancelled Spring Storm and Eggstravaganza.
  • The entire building will be cleaned and sanitized during the next two weeks.
  • The Greentree care ministries are being mobilized to meet the various needs of our spiritual family and community. If you would like to talk to someone about support or assistance, contact Pastor Corbett Heimburger, 314.909.9197.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Yesterday, March 13, St. Louis County officials placed a restriction on public gatherings, limiting attendance to 250 people. This precautionary measure is in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and to protect those most vulnerable.

Our elders met this morning to prayerfully consider how Greentree should best proceed in light of these developments. Out of those conversations, the following steps will be taken immediately:

  • All Sunday morning worship services, classes and programming on the Greentree campus are temporarily suspended until further notice.
  • Instead, we will be live streaming one service online tomorrow, March 15, at 9:30 AM. You will be able to access the service by visiting our Facebook page or website. Tips on How to Maximize Online Worship Experience
  • We invite you to consider gathering together in homes or smaller settings with your small group or friends, but only if you are comfortable doing so.
  • The Greentree building will be closed to all onsite meetings and events from March 14-22, 2020. We will be evaluating current procedures.

We will continue to monitor the situation and ongoing developments. Please stay connected to our website, social media and email for the most updated information.

We don’t make these decisions lightly. Gathering together to worship is commanded by Scripture and vital for our faith. But we are also commanded to love one another, so we are choosing to respect the recommendations made by medical and civil authorities.

"I have set the Lord continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken." Psalm 16:8 We are in this together, Greentree. Tomorrow morning, let's gather and worship together online - I'll see you there.


Join us for worship online
Sunday, March 15 at 9:30 AM

Greentree Facebook
facebook.com/fbgreentreechurch

Greentree Website
greentreechurch.com/live

We will be going live at 9:00 AM with a test stream to allow you time to troubleshoot. Javi Malave will be available for questions at .

 

Friday, March 13, 2020

As we mentioned in our email Thursday, the news and developments related to the Coronavirus are changing on a daily basis. Today, Sam Page, St. Louis County Executive, announced a ban on events with more than 250 people. The elders of Greentree Community Church will be meeting tomorrow morning to evaluate the situation and to determine how best to move forward as a church. So, please keep an eye out tomorrow for a follow up email and further communication; we will also be sharing the next steps on our website and social media accounts. As we seek to follow the Lord and care for his people, please join us in praying for wisdom, faith, courage, and mercy in the days to come.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

In light of the ever-changing Coronavirus landscape, we continue to monitor the latest developments and recommendations from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), St. Louis County Department of Public Health, and GTCC medical professionals. The health and well-being of the Greentree family, our neighbors and community is very important to us. Therefore, we have been and will continue to evaluate current practices at Greentree that allow and promote sustainable and practical prevention.

One of the best ways to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, the flu or any respiratory disease is to be vigilant in the practice of good hygiene. Let us look out for each other and our neighbors by committing ourselves to following everyday preventative actions such as:

  • Stay home from church when we are/feel sick. Instead worship with us online via Facebook or the GTCC website.
  • Keep our children home if they are sick.
  • Wash our hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover our cough or sneeze with a tissue, and then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching our nose, mouth or eyes.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • When possible, avoid close contact with people who are sick.

At this time, there is one temporary change we are adopting at Greentree beginning this Sunday. We will invite everyone to greet each other using words only and not physical touch. We trust this will be only for a short season and it won’t be long before we are back to friendly handshakes and hugs. Let’s respect each other as we all experience varying opinions and feelings.

We will continue to stay abreast of developments with local and national health agencies and professionals, and will communicate next steps via email, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and our website. Never hesitate to give us a call (314.909.9197) or drop by if a conversation would be helpful.

It is important to remember that we are taking these precautions out of prudence and common sense, not out of fear. The Psalmist says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea” (46:1-2). The Lord Jesus is sovereign over his creation and over our lives. At the same time scripture calls us to be people of wisdom. We would be foolish not to take some initial steps to protect the health of our congregation as we gather together on Sunday and throughout the week. We are grateful for the GTCC leaders who are working diligently to keep up with daily developments and am confident they will continue to offer us good ideas on how to work together for the sake of everyone’s health.

Only By His Grace,

Dr. Tom Ricks
Lead Pastor Greentree Community Church.