COVID-19 Community Support – We Need Your Help!
Updated: March 27, 2020
Many will recall the Chapel’s response to Hurricane Michael. The Chapel, using funds derived from wedding income and designated giving, provided much needed early-stage financial relief that inspired hope and enabled families.
Donate to the Chapel Community Support Fund
Due to COVID-19 we are again called to step forward and provide community support. The Chapel will commit $100,000 to a matching gifts challenge, matching all designated gifts up to this amount. The Chapel will support employees of Seaside-based businesses that were furloughed or laid off and will be unpaid by their employers while not working. To accomplish this, we are working with the Merchants of Seaside and Ruskin Place Merchants to ascertain which employees require assistance.
We are thankful for God’s constant presence in times like this so that we are not overcome but know that God is with us every day. Please join us in being a part of God’s love in action.
Donate to the Chapel – your faithful gifts will be highly appreciated and well-utilized. Donations can be made on our website, https://thechapelatseaside.com/covid-19/, by clicking “Chapel Community Support Fund” under the “COVID-19” tab. 100% of your giving will be deployed into the community. Checks can be mailed to:
The Chapel at Seaside
P.O. Box 4936
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
We are so grateful for you and please know that you, too, are in our prayers. If you’re in need of prayer or would like to speak with a pastor, please let us know through Facebook or Messenger. If you wish to contact a Chapel board member, please reach out to one of the following:
Gerald Meinecke – email@example.com
Lynn Kurtz – firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Clemmons – email@example.com
March 20, 2020
The CDC issued guidelines intended to slow the spread of COVID-19. We take seriously their recommendations to not have gatherings of more than [currently] 10 people. As a result, on March 13 we decided Sunday services will be online only for the time being and our chapel and surrounding grounds will be closed until April 30th. We hope to resume worship when it is prudent to do so.
We talk a lot about being God’s love in action, and this closure, though painful, is the best way for us to love our congregation, our neighbors, and all of 30-A/SoWal. Despite our lack of in-person gatherings, this chapel is committed to our community. We’ve been hard at work formulating new ways to connect and care for one another, as well as figuring out how we’ll be bringing you a message each week.
• Online Services – can be viewed in real-time each Sunday at 10 am CT. by going to our Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/SeasideChapel.
• Men’s Bible Study – can be viewed via live stream online on Wednesdays at 8 am CT on our Facebook page; questions and comments can be submitted and answered in real-time.
• Women’s Bible Study – – beginning April 1, we are seeking a solution to live stream online on Wednesdays at 10:30 am CT on our Facebook page; questions and comments can be submitted and answered in real-time.
Archived online Sunday services and Bible studies are/will be available on our website – https://thechapelatseaside.com/.
When we encounter challenges that seem formidable, it can be hard to know what to do. Many of you have asked how you can help, and we have identified three critical areas:
1. Pray – we want to be a church that covers these challenges in prayer. Prayers for those working on the frontlines, prayers for those facing a sudden loss of income, prayers for those who are sick, and prayers everywhere in-between. Submit prayer requests to us via Facebook or Facebook Messenger and our prayer team will pray for you.
2. Volunteer – we’re going to have a lot of needs popping up over the next few months, from participating on our prayer team to calling people and checking in. If you’d like to volunteer, simply contact us via Facebook or our website and we’ll be in touch.
3. Donate to the Chapel – while we focus on shifting to online services and studies, our costs drivers remain largely unchanged. Your faithful gifts will be highly appreciated. Donations, just like you might make if in attendance, can be made on our website by clicking “Donate” under the “Charities” tab.
4. Give to the Chapel COVID-19 Response Fund – many people and charitable organizations are going to need financial assistance soon, and designated giving funds like this (i.e. Hurricane Michael Relief) has been instrumental in the past for helping get people in need back on their feet. If you are able, please click the Donate Button to donate specifically to help those in our community in need due to the virus.
Donate to the Chapel Community Support Fund
Psalm 18:16-19 (NIV) 16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. 17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. 18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the LORD was my support. 19 He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.
We are thankful for God’s constant help in times like this so that we are not overcome but know that God is with us every day.
We are so grateful for you and please know that you are in our prayers. If you’re in need of assistance or would like to speak with a pastor, please let us know. We want to be available however we can. And we would appreciate your prayers for our clergy and staff – like many, our job descriptions are quickly changing.
The Chapel at Seaside Staff
Pastor – Gary Wingo
Board of Directors
Chairman – Gerald Meinecke
Vice President – Lynn Kurtz
Treasurer – Jim Clemmons
Secretary – Bob Glasgow
President Emeritus – Pat Roberts