"Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity:  for God loveth a cheerful giver."
2 Corinthians 9:7 (KJV)

THANK YOU for how you blessed me. I am grateful for all of the the cards, gifts, texts and well wishes for a Happy Birthday. I appreciate those that also took the time to show up at my "Drive By Birthday Celebration" on Saturday.
Thank you!

September 17, 2020
Dear GEBC Members,
Praying God's mercy and grace over your lives and of those whom you love. This week's update contains mostly repeat information that is significant and has long term impact on all of our lives.
We have no new members added this week. Connect with some of those who were named here recently.
Rev. Frederick L. Bowers, III
Deaconness Brandon
Deaconness Brantley
Deaconness Curry
Marie Edmonds
Deacon Ford
Cynthia Seymour
Demoin Smith
Sunday is our Annual Homecoming Day.
Every Tuesday at 5:45 P.M. via Zoom
Deaconness Clayton is the instructor. They are currently studying  the Book of Romans.
Weekly at 12:00 Noon via Zoom (Meeting ID #8953460736; Password 946422)
Service begins at 10:00 A.M. via Facebook Live.
U.S. CENSUS 2020
We cannot emphasize enough just how important it is for each and everyone to be counted in this year's census. This is an official count of the amount of people living in the United States. The information gathered is used to determine how some government funds and programs are provided to various cities. This information is used over a period of ten years. That means, if the number of people is underreported, we will have to live for the next ten years with less governmental supports, all because people chose not to participate.
    • It is important that you check your registration and update it, if necessary. This can be checked online easily.
    • Request your Mail In Ballot NOW. Make a plan on how and when to return the completed ballot EARLY. This is not something that you can procrastinate about, because it's too important.
    • It may be wise to return your ballot to the Board of Elections and not rely on the US Postal Service.
    • If you are choosing to vote in person, you can use the website above to find the location of your Polling Place.
Our young people are now engaged in virtual or a hybrid version of learning. It is critical that they receive all of the support that they need to be successful under these "new normal" circumstances. Some suggestions are listed below.
                • Set up their learning station in an area with limited distractions.
                • They should not be able to view the television during lesson time.
                • Set up a daily schedule and post it. Try to follow this to establish a virtual school day routine.
                    • Maintain a regular school bedtime. They still need their rest in order to think.
                • Require young people to read for 20-30 minutes daily. Their independent reading level will determine                                whether you are reading to them, or they are reading silently. From time to time have the younger ones
                   read out loud to you. 
                    • Math is all around us. Engage children in cooking and measuring.
                     •  Research the history of Philadelphia neighborhoods.
                • School District of Phila (philasd.org)
                    - Grab and Go Meals
                        - pick up day changed to Fridays 9 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.
                        - locations listed on the site


Renee Coleman