Grace Presbyterian Church 113 Hargrove Road, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 205-758-1193

COVID-19: Responding grace-fully

Donations/Pledges

We need your gifts now more than ever.
Donate or pay your pledge online so we can continue to Respond Grace-fully through the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.

 

Worship

Join us for Virtual Worship
via Facebook Live

Sunday mornings

11 am

facebook.com/gracetuscaloosa

We will celebrate virtual communion.
Have bread and drink handy.

Christian Formation

We are finding new ways to stay connected while we are forced apart. Leslie and Cathy are posting lots of Christian Formation videos and resources for children and adults on our YouTube channel and our Facebook page.

 

Congregational Care

Need Assistance? If you or someone you know is struggling to cope with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, contact us.

Offer Assistance. Let us know your ideas. What are you able to offer to help those in our community who are most at risk? Start with the ideas under "Mission, Peace, and Justice," below.

Card Writing. If you are interested in writing and mailing cards to other members and friends, contact Susan Benke.

Food Pantry

We will continue to monitor the situation and follow all recommendations from the West Alabama Food Bank and the CDC.

For now:

Loaves&Fishes Food Pantry will continue to operate on the 2nd Tuesday 1:30-3:30 p.m.

We anticipate need for many volunteers at our April 14 distribution. Contact Susan Donovan to volunteer.

Food Packing has been condensed to one day per month to limit the number of people in contact with food.

Mission, Peace, and Justice

Emergency Food Bags

  • As delivering or picking up food are exceptions to Tuscaloosa's 24 hour curfew, emergency bags are still available.
  • These bags are available for anyone who needs them between our normal food distributions on 2nd Tuesdays.
  • We anticipate increased demand for these bags. To help, click here for instructions.

Letter Writing Campaigns. Looking for something to do while you're stuck in the house? Our current letter writing campaign is in support of Alabama Senate Bill 144 to end the 4% tax on groceries.

The Matthew 25 Fund for Need Assistance allows Pastor Cathy to provide help to people inside and outside of our church community who are struggling to pay bills during this difficult time. Contribute by clicking Donate Online, above. Designate your gift "Matthew 25."

Other Ways to Help. In light of the 24 hour curfew which will go into effect on March 29 at 10pm, we have updated our list of organizations in need of or accepting volunteers:

    • Church of the Highlands is still coordinating volunteers for school lunch distribution sites. Call 205-710-6074
    • Meals on Wheels still needs weekday drivers. This is considered essential volunteer work. United Way will give you a letter to keep in your car in case you are stopped while out delivering food. Contact the United Way of West Alabama at  205-345-6640
    • Tuscaloosa Community Soup Bowl needs drop-in volunteers. They will accept the first four volunteers to arrive by 10:30am on weekdays. Come to the back door. After this weekend, they will suspend weekend food service.

As you hear of additional volunteer efforts, please share them on our Facebook page or with the office.

Operations

In light of the 24 hour curfew, we are monitoring instructions and continually re-evaluating our plans.

Office Hours. Because Grace is considered an essential organization, we are still able to maintain an almost-normal schedule. We will do this as long as possible in order to provide food assistance to those in need of it. Please do not violate the curfew to come to the church except to pick up or drop off an emergency food bag.

Cleaning. Lance is continuing to keep the office and the rest of the building clean. He can be found most mornings spraying disinfectant spray on every surface he can reach. The rest of us are washing our hands often and keeping as much distance as is feasible between us as we do our work.

Staff Self-Care. We are doing our best to stay positive and healthy and to keep things as normal as we can. We are seeking out things to keep us grounded and help us deal with stress while we explore the exciting (and daunting) possibilities of online community. We also find solace in snuggle time with our dogs and cats. And, of course, we welcome and appreciate your prayers!