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March 26, 2021
Grace Church Family,
Throughout this past year we have consistently asked “What would glorify God?”, “What does His Word require?”, and “How can we wisely shepherd this flock?” As your elders, we take our biblical calling very seriously. We seek to make God-honoring decisions for the flock God has charged us to care for and watch over. We look to the Chief Shepherd, Jesus, to lead us, as we lead you.
We are resolute about doing what the church is called to do in Scripture. We are not bound to a building or certain hours. We have freedom in choosing forms and formats. We will never neglect or forsake gathering together to worship God, preach the Word, praise Him in song, pray together, celebrate the Lord’s Supper and believer’s baptism, and do the one-anothers. We will always seek to honor Jesus Christ.
We have enjoyed worshipping under the big tent since June 7, 2020. In the summer, youth groups, small groups, Bible studies, and Home Groups began meeting again. In the fall, Early childhood classes and Awana reconvened. By February, Sunday Bible classes restarted. We have had more multigenerational opportunities to worship, learn, and serve together than ever!
Going forward, we plan to keep the tent through June 30. We plan to reconvene indoor worship services in our worship center beginning June 6. Our worship services will be led from indoors (Approx. 80-100 seats. Masks will not be required). We will also have an outdoor overflow area. During the month of June, the tent will be utilized for midweek ministries and Vacation Bible School June 21-25.
It is a joy to follow Christ together with all of you. We pray for God’s glory to be revealed even more clearly as He saves and sanctifies as He wills and as our body goes in His power to reach into the community and to the ends of the earth with the gospel.
Yours in Christ,
The Grace Elders
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September 10, 2021
A NOTE FROM PASTOR MIKE
Grace Church Family,
Everybody loves love, but it remains an overused word and an underused choice. What does it mean to be loved, chosen, and changed by God? What does it mean to love the family that God adopted us into and deeply connect and commit to relationships and ministry?
This Sunday, we start 1 Thessalonians, a letter about being loved by God and loving Christ’s family as we wait for His return. We will begin to see how those beloved of God become beloved to one another, and what it means to be “A Beloved Church”.
Now, calling all GCO Men! Tomorrow on 9/11 my friend Austin Duncan will be speaking at our quarterly men’s gathering, 8-10 AM at GCO. Bring your Bible, a buddy, and be ready for a good breakfast and some strong encouragement from the inerrant Word.
Sunday night is Bring the Book (each new series in a Bible book… we read the book together, different people reading portions). 5 PM is taco cart time and the public reading of Scripture (1 and 2 Thessalonians) will begin at 5:30 PM.
P.S. Please take the GCO “Beloved” Survey below!
GCO BELOVED SURVEY
As we begin our 1 Thessalonians series this Sunday 9/12/21, Pastor Mike has developed a survey he would like all adults to take within the next week. There are 21 questions in three sections and it should take you about five minutes. The topics center around life change, connection in relationships, and commitment to ministry. The initial survey will close on Friday 9/17/21 at noon. You will be asked to retake this same survey the week of 10/31/21. Thank you for your participation! Take the survey here.
BRING THE BOOK
Join us this Sunday, September 12th, 5:00 pm at GCO for Bring the Book! As we start the series in 1 & 2 Thessalonians, we will read the whole books out loud from beginning to end. Taco dinner is provided so please sign up if you are coming! Sign up here.
- Women's Mentoring More info & sign up here. (If you were in the program last year, you will need to sign up again!)
- Women of the Word starts Thursday, September 16th, 6:45 pm at GCO (sign up here). Other women's Bible studies are also available. Info here.
MEN OF THE WORD
Resumes on Friday, September 17th at 6:30 am at GCO. Sign up.
Sunday, September 19th, during 2nd service. Parents, we will be offering an opportunity to dedicate your child to the Lord. Sign up here!
ADULT MIDWEEK SERVICE
Starts on Wednesday, September 22nd, at 7:00 pm in the Worship Center.
- Anchored [Sun. September 12] Meets 7:00 pm at the Holbrook Home
- The Open Door [Tues. September 14] Meets at 7:00 pm at GCO
- Awana [Wed. September 15] Meets 6:30 pm at GCO
- Jr. High [Wed. September 15] Meets 6:30 pm at GCO
- High School [Wed. September 15] Meets 6:30 pm at GCO
- El Modena Park Ministry [Thurs. September 16] 3:30-6:00 pm at El Modena Park
JOIN US THIS SUNDAY!
- We meet in the Worship Center at 8:00, 9:30, & 11:00 am. Outdoor overflow is available. Livestream on YouTube here at 9:30 am. Join us to worship the King!
- Anclados en Cristo - Servicio en Español 11:00 am.
- Children's Ministry is available all three services for birth - 2nd Grade.
- Classes for 3rd-4th, 5th-6th, Jr. High, & High School available at 9:30 am.
- Multigenerational Bible classes available all services. List of classes here.
- Click here to see the Sunday Schedule and where classes are.
Every believer at Grace needs to consider how to engage their God-given gifts to serve Jesus and bless others! 1st step: Go to our Serve at Grace link (here) to express your interest. A ministry leader will reach out to you. Urgent Needs: Early Childhood & Connecting Team - Parking and Welcome tent. We also need help with setup on Sunday mornings. If you can come at 7:00 am once a month, contact Andrew McNeill here.
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Thank you for your joyful, thoughtful, sacrificial, gracious giving that has enabled us to do so much ministry this year. We are looking forward to what God enables us to do with that which is entrusted to us in the coming year as we continue to joyfully, thoughtfully, sacrificially, and generously give.