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.
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.
Sunday services will be online only for the time being and our chapel and surrounding grounds will be closed until further notice. We hope to resume worship as soon as 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 and South Walton. 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 10:00 a.m. CT. by going to our Facebook page: Facebook.com/SeasideChapel.
• Men’s Bible Study – Can be viewed via live stream online on Wednesdays at 8:00 a.m. 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 a.m. CT on our Facebook page; questions and comments can be submitted and answered in real-time.
Archived online Sunday services and Bible studies are available here.
How You Can Help
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 visiting the “Donate” page.
4. Give to the Chapel COVID-19 Response Fund – Many people and charitable organizations are going to need financial assistance, 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.
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.
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 so grateful for you and please know that you are all 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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Lynn Kurtz – email@example.com
Jim Clemmons – firstname.lastname@example.org