information page for gbc family

This page is to help disseminate pertinent information to our GBC Family.  Check back often for up to date information, pastoral decisions, prayer requests, resources, etc.  

Some have asked about online giving/tithing.  Follow this link for our online giving page.  

How to Prepare for Sunday Worship at Home:

1. Begin Sunday Morning Worship on Saturday evening.

 

Go to bed on time. Remind your kids how important Sunday worship is with your church family, and that even though we can’t meet together this week, tomorrow is still a special day to worship God and hear from His Word.

 

Plan ahead. GBC will begin a Facebook livestream at 10:30am sharp, with two songs to open, then the sermon (1 Samuel 14:24-52). So before that, start with a short time of prayer, and determine when you’ll begin that before the sermon.

 

For families with little kids: Bring quiet toys into the room for your littlest children, like blocks and crayons with paper. Download printables for your school-aged children (either to print or to edit in a photo editing app). There will be printables to accompany the gbcKIDS lesson as well as the sermon. Also take a peek at the gbcKIDS lesson on the GRACE Sunday Kids! Facebook page to see how long the video is, helping you plan when you want your kids to have their lesson – before the sermon like they normally would during the Sunday school hour at church, or at some other time you deem appropriate. Taking 5 minutes to look at these things on Saturday night will help your time go more smoothly on Sunday morning.

 

2. Wake Up with a Purpose.

 

Even though we’re not meeting together for corporate worship, it is still the Lord’s Day. This is a special day to worship God together, hear from His Word together, and encourage one another together. The only difference is that it will be just your family, not your “church” family.”

 

Use your time getting ready for the day to glorify God (1 Cor.10:31), and especially to prepare your hearts for worship.

 

Remove distractions. This might (or probably) means leaving your phone in another room. Be there to worship God, not pass the time on social media.

 

3. Worship God through Prayer.

 

Corporate Worship should also be a time of encouraging your church family (Col.3:16; 1 Cor.12:7). We’re in a great time of need. You may not be able to meet the needs of your church family in person or encourage them in person, but you can pray for your local church family and the universal Church.

 

4. Worship God through the Reading and Teaching of the Word.

 

Read the passage of Scripture together before you listen to the sermon livestream. There is usually a kid-friendly video of the sermon text that your family could also view before or after the livestream at gbctahlequah.org on the LINKS page, under RESOURCES. Then listen attentively with your family. Take notes if that helps. Have your children work on the printables you downloaded earlier. Follow along in your Bibles. Model how to actively listen to your children.

 

When the livestream is over, take a few minutes to talk about the sermon with your family. Ask your kids what stood out to them. Ask if they have any questions about what they heard.

 

Talk about a few simple ways you can practically apply the truths of the passage to your personal lives this week. Then pray for God to help you live out those truths, and encourage one another in them throughout the week. 

pursuing unity in a time of isolation

Proverbs 18:1 says “Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment.”

How do we fulfill the call to oneness in our local church while also remaining in self-isolation during a global pandemic?

Here are four practical ways that you can BE THE CHURCH while also exercising wisdom during this COVID-19 crisis:

1) Stay in the Word.

While your work and personal schedules have been altered, use any extra down time to feast on the Word of God. Let the Bible be the topic of conversation in your homes (Josh. 1:8; Deut. 6:4-9; Matt. 4:4). Use this time to actively grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Pet. 3:18).

2) Help Your Pastors Shepherd You.

Give your pastors grace in this time. Remember that they, like you, have never faced a situation like this. Your pastors/elders are prayerfully seeking to shepherd you in way that they have never had to before. If you have questions, reach out to them and ask. Be patient with them as they seek to determine God’s will in this time.

This also means letting your pastors know if/when you have a need, whether spiritual or physical (James 5:14).

And perhaps most importantly, pray for them! Pray for their holiness. Pray for protection from temptation and despair. Pray for strength and grace for them. Pray that God would give them discernment to shepherd their church family with faithfulness and wisdom.

3) Be Intentional with Your Church - Right Now!

Don’t use this time as an excuse to put church life on hold. Find new ways to intentionally grow closer with your church family.

Talk to and encourage your church family through appropriate channels by calling, texting, or Facetime. Point your church family to Jesus. Talk about God’s Word together (1 Thess. 5:11; Col. 3:16; Eph. 4:29).

We’re still trying to figure out the best ways for our Community Groups at Grace Baptist Church to stay involved in each other’s lives through formal Community Group meetings. But in the meantime, talk to other members about the sermon you (hopefully) watched or listened to online last week.

Call church members who live alone or have limited resources. Check in on elderly church members and find a way to serve them while also using wisdom and caution by practicing Social Distancing.

Check in on young singles and college students who are in self-isolation by themselves and let them know you’re thinking about them and praying for them.

4) Pray Hard!

Our loving God holds all things in His hands – from the cosmic level down to the microscopic. Pray for God to move through medical professionals to stop this pandemic soon (Psalm 127:1; James 5:16-18).

Pray that God will use this difficult situation to bring glory to Himself (Matthew 6:10), to give you greater faith in Him (Romans 5:3-5; James 1:2-4), and to refine and strengthen His Church.


A Message from the president of the southern baptist convention

In this video from JD Greear, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention, we are reminded of comforting theological truths, and encouraged with practical ideas for us as members of local churches during the COVID-19 crisis. 

Click here to watch the 9-minute video.

grocery shopping & errands

GBC Family,
If you are over 60 or are immune-compromised, we have folks that can run errands for you. Please contact Ryan or Shelly and we will gladly help get this lined up. (3/20/2020)

GBC Update - 3/19/2020

The elders met last evening to pray, discuss our situation, and make some decisions for our church family.  In order to love our neighbor and honor those in authority over us, we have suspended all official face-to-face functions of Grace Baptist Church for the time being.  We encourage all of our members to practice “social distancing,” as our governing authorities have advised.  Along with this, we are suspending all facility usage for the time being (i.e. Penguin Project, homeschool basketball, youth soccer, men’s basketball, etc.)

 

In an effort to try to exert some level of normalcy and to help us set our minds on things above, during these uncertain times, we plan to continue our sermon series through 1 Samuel.  Lord willing, we will be able to record an audio version and post it to our webpage as normal, but we are also seeing if we can get a video version going on Facebook live, aiming for a live transmission at 10:30am on Sunday mornings.  The idea being that many of us could “gather together” at the same time via our computers or smart phones for the teaching of God’s Word.  We will try to have this up and running by this Sunday (3/22/2020), but please be patient with us as we navigate these uncharted waters. 

 

While Ryan is preparing to preach, Kyle will be working to disseminate other helpful information and resources to you.  In order to make the information available to you, we will post everything in two places – on our Facebook page, “Grace Baptist Church, Tahlequah” and on our website – www.gbctahlequah.org.  

 

Dr. Galdamez has advised us to strongly encourage our members who are over 60 to stay inside their homes, until at least April 6th.  If you are needing supplies or groceries, please let us know and we will work to get them to you.  He fears that many people are not comprehending the dangers facing us, this goes for young and old alike, and that it will take a death of someone that seemed healthy to get folks to grasp the threat.   

 

As we look toward future plans, even into the summer (Easter breakfast, sports camp, family camp, Nebraska mission, etc.), it is too early to make any decisions and we will continue to update our church family as time passes.  


As always, love and trust our gracious Lord with all your heart.  The times may be uncertain for us, but they are never so for Him.

Council of elders meeting - 3/18/2020

Please pray for wisdom for your Elders as we meet this evening for discussion, decision making, and prayer.