This Saturday! Food, Fellowship, & Firearms!!!

The Men’s Ministry Breakfast and Outing event:  “Food, Fellowship, and Firearms” is scheduled for this coming Saturday, October 7th, at 8:30am.  After breakfast at the church, we will travel to a private pistol range for target practice and fellowship.  Please, see Pastor Mark with any questions.



October Pastor’s Notes

     The Scriptures are clear that before God saved us, we were dead in our trespasses & sins; and then at the moment we first surrendered to Him in repentance & faith, we were made alive together in Christ (Eph. 2:1-5; Col. 2:13).  The wonder of God’s grace should never cease to amaze us and we should always celebrate with the angels every time a new soul is added to His kingdom (Luke 15). 

     But have you ever wondered about the journey all of us took to that single day of salvation?  Yes maybe we remember the person who shared the Gospel with us that day, a friend, a co-worker, or a pastor.  But think for a moment, just how many people prayed for us, shared the Gospel with us in both word and deed, or simply loved us like Jesus when we needed it?  How many, of what seemed at the time to be unrelated events, encounters, and conversations, did our sovereign Lord lovingly use to guide us on our journey to Him?  Just thinking about it staggers the mind. 

     I have personally found it easier if I think of our journey as a long chain that has hundreds if not thousands of links in it.  Each link is one of the people who prayed us, invited us to church, taught us a Sunday School or Awana lesson, took us to lunch and listened to our problems, or simply greeted us with a smile and a small dose of Jesus’ love. 

     Beloved, every one of us is at least one link in the chain of someone else’s journey to Christ!  And this month we have so many low pressure opportunities that through the power of the Holy Spirit can be turned into another link in someone else’s journey.  Think how easy it is to invite someone to share a free breakfast and enjoy shooting at a private range.  Or how about proclaiming the Free Grace of God by simply handing out some waters or painting some children’s faces? There may be someone you know who hasn’t been in a church for years, but they would love to help out those suffering around our country today by giving blood.  And each year we’ve had over 120 kids come to our Trunk & Treat and this year we are also giving each family a Gospel DVD that is in both in English & Spanish.

     This month, please don’t think of these events as volunteering or doing your duty, instead take hold of them as the divine opportunities that Jesus has sovereignly laid before you to be a link in the chain of salvation for someone you love or someone you don’t even know yet, but who will one day be your brother and sister for all eternity.
 
   

 



Fall Blood Drive

HELP SAVE A LIFE! The need for blood donations is constant, and especially after several destructive hurricanes have hit the US in recent days. Just one donation can potentially save up to 3 lives! Grace Baptist will be hosting another Blood Drive with the American Red Cross this year on Wednesday, October 25th, in the Fellowship Hall from 3-7pm. Please pray and consider donating and/or volunteering for this wonderful cause. Sign up by visiting http://www.redcrossblood.org/give/drive/driveSearch.jsp?_requestid=153745 and searching “gbcs” or “24171”, or contact Pastor Mark (pastor@hisgraceforyou.org).

If you are curious about what is involved in the process of a blood donation or what happens to your donation afterward, be sure to click one or both of these links: www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/donation-faqs and www.redcrossblood.org/learn-about-blood

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by FB messaging the church or emailing at: office@hisgraceforyou.org



WED EVENING WORSHIP IS BACK IN FULL SWING!!!

Beloved, our Wednesday night services are up and running again, and if last week was any sign of what is to come, God is going to deliver some incredible blessings this year!!!

The Fellowship Hall was full as we all enjoyed Carol’s delicious chicken tetrazzini while catching up after our summer break. Please remember that this week is our monthly Potluck, when we bring a dish to share with everyone (if you can’t bring one, d

on’t let that stop you from coming, there is always plenty to share).

Praises to God, for bringing a record 51 young people to start our AWANA ministry last Wednesday and may He increase it again tomorrow!!!!

We also restarted our 6:15pm study of “Right Thinking in a World Gone Wrong,” but it was only a review night, so if you were not able to make it, come tomorrow night, because you haven’t missed any new material.

The Isaiah’s Bells ministry kicked off rehearsals for another exciting year and our Voices of Grace choir is also back for our weekly 7:40pm practices!!!

So, I hope that you will be able to join us tomorrow night for another wonderful evening of Food, Fellowship, & Fun worshiping our Mighty Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!!!
Pastor Mark



September Pastor’s Notes

Everyone get  ready, because starting the first Wednesday in September (the 6th), we will be kicking off all of our exciting Wednesday Night Ministries!!!

Fellowship Meals:  This is a wonderful ministry that allows us time to both catch up with old friends and also to introduce yourself to new ones.  We will be using the same schedule as we have for years:  First Wednesday a Prepared Meal, then Potluck, then Prepared, then Prepared (sandwiches/subs), and if there is a 5th Wednesday in a month, we will have another Potluck.  As always, there is a suggested donation for members, but guests are always FREE!!

AWANA:  This is an excellent ministry that allows us to pour God’s love and Word into the next generation of His children.  And, every year since God brought this ministry to us here at Grace, we have seen Him add to our number and our joy.  We pray that this year, He will do the same again!!!

Bible Study:  This year we will be continuing our study of a thought -provoking and educational book called, “Right Thinking in a World Gone Wrong”.  This is an interactive study of how the Bible responds to some of the most difficult and hotly debated topics of our time, from Abortion to Homosexuality and Marriage to Politics.  Everyone is invited and all materials will be supplied.

Isaiah’s Bells:  Grace’s bell ministry will begin another year of rehearsals and preparations, so they can bring a touch of God’s beauty to our services!!!  If you have any questions regarding the bells ministry, please see Marceia Bartlett.

AWANA  MAMAS:  We encourage the moms who bring their children to AWANA to be spiritually fed as well, but  any women are welcome to join us as we discuss books that focus on living our lives for Christ, particularly as mothers.

Choir:  Although we have been getting ready for the last several weeks of August, the choir is preparing to kick into high gear now that we are in September.  We are preparing for another exciting year of worshiping the Lord that will include numerous Anthems and  special Christmas and Easter celebrations!!!

Beloved, it is going to be another incredible year of Wednesday Evening Ministries, so please mark your calendars and invite your friends and family up to Grace Mountain!



August Pastor’s Notes

As summer vacations begin to wind down and the school year begins to wind up, it is time for us to once again turn our prayers to whom God desires to be our next Deacons.  There are new members and guests since our last Election, so I thought it would be helpful to review our process and seek God’s guidance in this very important endeavor.

As we saw in our recent sermon series, we have a very biblical and God-honoring Leadership Structure here at Grace.  At its founding, we decided to combine the roles of Elder and Deacon into one office, that of Deacon.  Each Deacon serves a 4 year term on the Leadership Team with the Pastor.  This year, Lee Bryant finishes his term and rolls off of our Leadership Team. 

Our Bylaws divide the Deacon Election process into 3 phases: 

  • The Nomination Phase runs through the entire month of August and it allows members to prayerfully discern whom they believe God is calling into this important leadership position. A Deacon nominee must be at least 18 years old, have been a member of Grace for at least one (1) year, and meet the following standards: 
    • A Deacon must live above reproach, meeting the biblical standards as laid out in

    1 Timothy 3:1-13 & Titus 1:5-9.

    • A Deacon must be committed to some level of ongoing service within the church.
    • A Deacon must be a regular attendee of weekly church services.
    • A Deacon must be regularly involved in an ongoing church sponsored study of the Bible.

     

    • The Qualification Phase begins in September. It allows each interested nominee to meet with the Pastor and Chairman of Deacons to discuss the Biblical Qualifications and the Practical Responsibilities of a Deacon at Grace Baptist, as well as the Basic Biblical Doctrines of our church.

     

    • The Voting Phase begins by distributing a secret ballot of all qualified nominees to every member of Grace Baptist Church. There will be a 3 week time period for all ballots to be returned to the church, at which time they will be tabulated and the results reported to the church.

     

    I encourage everyone to read your Bibles and prayerfully discern whom God is calling to lead our wonderful family here at Grace.

    God bless!

Pastor Mark


Baptism Service This Sunday!

We will be having a special Baptism service next Sunday, August 13th. These baptisms will take place in Dick and Pat East’s pool, directly after our regular morning service here at Grace. Please, come join us, as we celebrate together the new life these believers have through their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. After the baptisms, stay for a little cookout and fellowship. If anyone has any questions about being baptized, contact Pastor Mark, as soon as possible.  And if you can, please bring a side dish or dessert to share.


This Sunday! Potluck & Quarterly Business Meeting

Special Sunday Service!!!
This Sunday, July 30th, we have so many different ways to worship our Risen Lord!
• Our Puppets of Praise
• A Sing-A-Long (find your favorite hymn)
• A Potluck Fellowship Meal
• Our Quarterly Meeting (voting on Bylaws Adjustments)
 
I hope and pray that you will be able to come this Sunday and enjoy all of these worship opportunities! And please remember to bring a covered dish or dessert that we can all share together after the service.
 
In the Powerful & Precious Name of Jesus,
Pastor Mark
 


TOMORROW! VBS/Community Carnival!

Tonight is our last night of VBS…but the fun is not over yet!!!
 
Tomorrow, Saturday, July 15th, we will be having our annual Community Family Fun Day from 10am-2pm to finish off our VBS week! This is open to the whole community whether or not your child was in VBS. It’s just a fun day with songs, a comedy show, games, a bounce house, face painting, dunking booth, crafts, emergency vehicles, balloons, hotdogs, cotton candy, popcorn, sno-cones, candy, and more! If you have any questions, please contact Pam Elkins.
 
This event is a ton of fun so please spread the word and invite your friends!!!


TOMORROW! Operation Arctic VBS!

Spread the word! VBS: Operation Arctic starts TOMORROW at GBC on Tues, July 11th – Fri, July 14th (5:45-8:30pm), with our Community Family Fun Day on Sat, July 15th (10am-2pm). At VBS, kids can enjoy fun Bible lessons, crafts, snacks, songs, outdoor games, and a comedy show every evening!
 
Then don’t forget to join us on Saturday, July 15th, for our Community Family Fun Day from 10am-2pm
to finish off our VBS week! This is open to the whole community whether or not your child was in VBS. It’s just a fun day with songs, a comedy show, games, a bounce house, face painting, dunking booth, crafts, emergency vehicles, balloons, hotdogs, cotton candy, popcorn, sno-cones, candy, and more!

Attention Parents and Guardians interested in registering their child! You can now pre-register online! Here is your chance to save time on Registration Day (Tuesday, July 11th at 5:45pm) for VBS at GBC. Visit https://hisgraceforyou.myanswers.com/operation-arctic/ to learn more information about this year’s VBS, and register your child online! Please comment or message back if you need help or have any questions!



Happy 4th! July Grace Notes are Here!

God Bless America!

Happy Independence from GBC! The Grace Notes Newsletter has arrived for you to stay up-to-date on the latest news, announcements, pictures, and our monthly calendar. Visit http://hisgraceforyou.org/grace-notes/ to download this month’s newsletter!
 

4th of July Picnic

Tomorrow! Be sure to join us for our annual 4th

of July Picnic at Dick & Pat East’s house. It will be a fun evening of fellowship, food, games, swimming, horseback-riding, singing, and an amazing fireworks show!!!! Please, bring a covered dish and chairs. We also need some help cleaning up the next day.
 

OPERATION ARCTIC VBS

Operation Arctic VBS is only 1 week away and you have the chance to pre-register online! Visit https://hisgraceforyou.myanswers.com/operation-arctic/ to learn more information about this year’s Vacation Bible School, and you will have the opportunity to register your child ahead of time and save time on our first night of VBS. Be sure to continue spreading the word and please share our online registration with your friends!


4th of July Picnic Details!

Independence Day is almost here, and you know what that means for GBC. Every year, we gather together for a Picnic at the East’s house for a fun night of Fellowship to celebrate and remember the 4th of July. You will not want to miss this event!
 
The festivities begin at 3pm with fun and games. There’s horseback riding, a pond (feel free to bring your fishing gear), a pool (please bring a modest swimsuit), outdoor games (cornhole, volleyball, horseshoes, water balloons, etc.), gospel singing, and more!
 
We also enjoy a wonderful dinner together. Drinks, burgers, and hot dogs are provided, but we need your help to bring a covered dish and/or dessert. You will also want to bring your own lawn chair to sit in.
 
AND THEN…*drumroll please* Fireworks!!! We are very blessed to enjoy an amazing fireworks display at the end of the night!!!
 
This year, we will also need your help to clean up the next day, Wednesday, June 5, at the East’s house. It will be simple and easy, but your help is needed!
 
Please contact Pat East if you have any questions and/or need directions to the East’s house.


VBS: Operation Arctic is Coming Soon to GBC!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Tues, July 11th-Sat, July 15th
 
Vacation Bible School is coming to GBC once again, but this summer, we are headed up north!  Kids between the ages of 4-13 are invited to join us for another fun-filled week of Bible lessons, crafts, snacks, songs, outdoor games, and a comedy show every evening! Then on Saturday, we enjoy a special Family Fun Day open to everyone in the community!
 
We begin on Tues, July 11th – Fri, July 14th, from 5:45pm – 8:30pm, along with our VBS/Community Family Fun Day on Sat, July 15th, from 10am – 2pm, and we need volunteers! Please pray and consider serving for this awesome Children’s Ministry opportunity. Just fill out the volunteer form, which is located in the hallway outside the sanctuary, and give it to Pam Elkins as soon as possible.
 
Also! We have an extra special project in store for this summer’s VBS! We will be constructing an igloo out of gallons jugs. Please donate clear, plastic gallon-sized or half-gallon-sized jugs (e.g. milk, tea, or water jugs) that have been cleaned out and have the lids on, and place them inside the igloo in the Fellowship Hall. Thank you!


IMPORTANT PRAYER REQUESTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS!

Beloved, please be in prayer for Karen Walker as she was admitted to Martinsville Hospital yesterday with multiple pulmonary embolisms in both lungs. They are giving her blood thinners to dissolve the blood clots and she should be able to come home in a few days. Please pray for her quick recovery and also for her Dad (Junior) who is having 2 skin cancer related procedures this week…today and Friday.

NEW! SUN MORNING CLASS
We have recently had interest in a new class for those who are prayerfully considering becoming members of Grace’s Church Family. This Grace Family Foundations class will be on Sundays, June 11th – June 25th, at 9:45am. There will be a make-up class offered each following Monday night at 6:30pm, June 12th – June 26th.

GRAD PICS DUE TONIGHT!
Congratulations to all of our graduating high school and college seniors! Join us next Sunday, June 11th, as we recognize our graduates in the church service. Please send Casey Elkins (office@hisgraceforyou.org) at least 5 pictures of your graduating senior, along with their full name, school/college, degree/major, and a very brief summary of their plans in the Fall. Please send these to Casey by TONIGHT for our special slideshow.

UPCOMING INFO MEETING
On Wednesday, June 14th at 6:15pm, we will be having our first Informational Meeting regarding the proposed adjustments to our Constitution & Bylaws, which were handed out at the last Business Meeting. The Leadership Team will be present to answer any questions. If you need a copy of the proposed adjustments, please contact our church secretary Casey Elkins. We will be voting on these proposals at our next Business Meeting on Sunday, July 30th.

WED NIGHTS IN JUNE!
AWANA is over for the year, but there’s still exciting things happening for the month of June every Wednesday night at GBC! Throughout June, we will continue to have Fellowship Meals in the Fellowship Hall at 5:15pm, Bible Study at 6:00pm, and Choir Practice at 7:30pm. Childcare is also provided! If you have any questions about the “Right Thinking in a World Gone Wrong” Bible Study, please contact Mark Elkins. If you have any questions about the AWANA Mamas bible study, please contact Pam Elkins.



Blood Drive Reminder!

This Wednesday! GBC is hosting a Blood Drive for the American Red Cross in just 2 DAYS!!! The Red Cross will be set up in the Fellowship Hall from 3-7pm. Please pray about donating blood and help us to spread the word to others in the community about the Blood Drive. Just a single blood donation is able to make a life-saving impact for up to three people. If you are interested in donating, volunteering, or with any questions, please contact Pastor Mark.


It’s going to be a full & fun weekend!!!

Men’s Fellowship Breakfast Tomorrow

Saturday morning at 8:30am we will be serving breakfast for The Men of Grace Small Group. After breakfast we will have some fellowship and review Chapter 7 of our current study How People Change.

All men over 14 are welcome to join us whether you have come before or not.

It Is A Harvest Sunday!!!
This Sunday we will be remembering our Lord’s sacrifice by partaking in the Lord’s Supper. Which means that it is also a Harvest Sunday, where we encourage you to bring a can good or two in support of the Patrick County Food Bank.

Face Painting Workshop After Church Sunday
Directly after the service Sunday, we will be having a Face Painting Workshop in the Fellowship Hall, for all those interested in serving in this important ministry.



May’s Monthly Newsletter Has Arrived!

Be sure to read this month’s church newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest news and announcements for the month of May…Because May is going to be AWESOME! Visit our website at http://hisgraceforyou.org/grace-notes/ to check it out! Please contact Casey Elkins (office@hisgraceforyou.org) if you have any questions about the Grace Notes or if you would like to be added to our Church’s email list.
 
Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.” Hosea 6:3


Info About Upcoming Baby/Child Dedication

There wilI be a Baby/Child Dedication Service on May 14th (Mother’s Day.)  If anyone is interested in dedicating their child/children to the Lord, during our Worship Service, please see Pastor Mark, as soon as possible.

You might ask yourself… “What is a dedication service? Why do we do it?”

GotAnswers.org provides a detailed answer from their website on the subject:

“Answer: In the majority of Protestant denominations that practice it, child dedication is a symbolic ceremony undertaken by Christian parents soon after the birth of a child. Some churches perform these ceremonies en masse and have several couples and children participating at the same time. The rite is intended to be a public statement by the parents that they will train their children in the Christian faith and seek to instill that faith in them. The congregation often responds through responsive reading or some other method to affirm that they, as a church family, will also seek to encourage the parents to bring up the child in the faith. There is no implied salvation in the ceremony, and it varies from church to church.

The idea of dedicating a child to the Lord can certainly be found in the Bible. Hannah was a barren wife who promised to dedicate her child to God if He would give her a son (1 Samuel 1:11). Luke 2:22 begins the account of Mary and Joseph taking Jesus to the temple after forty days in order to dedicate Him to the Lord. This was slightly more involved since it involved a sacrifice, but once again this ceremony did not indicate any level of salvation.

Child / baby dedication is not one of the two ordinances—baptism and the Lord’s Supper—required of Christians in the New Testament. As Christians, we are baptized and participate in the Lord’s Supper as outward and public signs of what Christ has done within us. While baby dedication is not an officially instituted ordinance of the church, there does not seem to be any conflict with Scripture as long as parents do not view it as assuring the salvation of the child.”



GBC Red Cross Blood Drive

Grace Baptist Church is hosting a Blood Drive for the American Red Cross on May 17th. The Red Cross will be set up in the Fellowship Hall from 3-7pm. Please pray about joining us and spread the word for the Blood Drive to serve and potentially save the life of someone who needs blood. A single blood donation is able to help up to three people. If you are interested in donating, volunteering, or if you just have questions, please contact Mark Elkins. You can also learn more by visiting www.redcrossblood.org.


“The time of singing has come…”

“For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.” Song of Solomon 2:11-12

Here’s a reminder that this Sunday is the day of our Spring Missions Ingathering. This year, we are excited to combine the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering with the Vision Virginia Offering. Both of these offerings serve the purpose of raising money, prayer, and awareness for missionaries who diligently glorify God by reaching the people in their communities by serving, preaching, and teaching the good news and love of Jesus Christ. The Annie Armstrong Offering supports missionaries in the United States and Canada, whereas the Vision Virginia Offering focuses on supporting missionaries in our home state of Virginia. Please pray about these offerings as we come together to worship this Sunday at GBC, to pray for and support these missionaries.

We would also like to give a huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped in any way to make our Egg Hunt such a success! Praise God for such a wonderful Easter season this year!!!



Easter Service Schedule

This year, we are having a Good Friday Service on April 14th, at 6:30pm. It will be a worshipful time of reflection on the amazing sacrifice our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ made on our behalf.

Easter Sunday is almost here! Be sure to invite your friends and family to GBC on Sunday, April 16, as we celebrate the joy of Jesus Christ’s resurrection, and finish our 3-part series on the Harmonization of the Easter account. We will have a Sunrise Service at 7am, rain or shine. There will be no Sunday School on Easter Sunday. Then at 11am, we will have a special Easter Service.



This Sunday! Easter Egg Hunt!

Mark your calendars and get your Easter baskets ready! Our annual Easter Egg Hunt is coming up on Sunday, April 9th. There will be a hot dog lunch at 12:30pm and the Egg Hunt and Games will begin at 1pm. This event is FREE and open to everyone in the community, so please invite anyone you know with young children to join us for this fun event! Please contact office@hisgraceforyou.org if you have any questions.



Grace Notes, Clean-Up Day, & MORE!

CHURCH CLEAN-UP DAY TOMORROW!

Beloved, tomorrow morning (Saturday), we are having our annual Easter Church Clean-up Day. We will be freshening up the mulch, planting some flowers, cleaning out the light fixtures, and giving the church a general cleaning. Please, bring tools and cleaning supplies, if possible.

We will begin with a hearty breakfast from 8:00-9:00am, provided graciously by our Deacons.

And I know that many of us have been battling various illnesses lately, which means we will not all be able to do the same level of heavy lifting as usual, so if you are available this Saturday, please come and join us because many hands make for light work!

APRIL’S MONTHLY NEWSLETTER IS HERE!
Be sure to check out this month’s church newsletter, Grace Notes, for all of the latest announcements, calendars, and pictures–including the Easter Sunday schedule. April is going to be a jam-packed, fun-filled month at Grace Baptist Church, so stay informed to know everything that’s in store! Visit http://hisgraceforyou.org/grace-notes/ to download a PDF version of the newsletter.

SPECIAL EASTER SERIES BEGINS SUNDAY
This Sunday, we are beginning a special Easter Series, “The King is Coming”, which will unravel and harmonize all four of the Gospel accounts of the final days of Jesus’ life. Jesus’ birth, life, death, and resurrection are the pinnacle of all of history, with His final days being the climax. So, please join us over the next 3 weeks for an interesting and edifying worship of the King.



Funeral Arrangements for Clanton Howell

Beloved, I want to let you all know what the final arrangements are for Clanton Howell’s funeral this Sunday:
Visitation………………..Saturday 6:00 to 8:00pm at Norris Funeral Home Stuart, VA


Funeral Service……..Sunday 3:00pm at Grace Baptist Church
Graveside Service…Critz Baptist Church
Reception……………….Grace Baptist Church

Also, here is a link to Norris Funeral Home if you would like to view the obituary and have the opportunity to leave an online condolence: http://www.norrisfuneral.com/obituari…/Clanton-Lamar-Howell…

In His Love & Mercy,
Pastor Mark



Urgent Prayer Request!!!

Beloved, I want you all to know that our brother Clanton Howell won his battle last night and went home to be with his Lord around 2:00am.

Please be in prayer for Nancy, Lamar, Kim, Lena and the rest of the family, as they mourn His passing.

I will let you know the arrangements, as soon as they are finalized.

Thank you for your tireless Love and Prayers for One Another…
In His Love & Mercy,
Pastor Mark



Spring Forward Tonight!!!

Yes, tonight is that dreaded time of year we know as “Daylight Saving Time’.  This means that we all need to set our clocks forward one hour before we go to bed tonight. 
I hope this little video makes it a little easier to bear:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbRVxAvdXsc

Look forward to seeing you tomorrow at church.

 



ALL Church Activities CANCELED for Tonight!

I’m sad to announce that we are canceling ALL Church Activities Tonight due to the possibility of severe weather.

They are calling for up to 2 inches of rain, with 40 mph wind gusts, and the possibility of tornadoes.  Therefore, we will not be having any church activities tonight:  Fellowship Meal, AWANA, Bible Studies, Choir or Bells.

We will be praying for everyone’s safety.  Please let us know if you need any assistance.

In the precious and powerful name of Jesus Christ our Lord, Pastor Mark



Prayer Request & Funeral Arrangements

Beloved, please be in prayer for Jimmy & Jane Hall and their family as they mourn the passing of his mother Annice Hall this last Sunday evening.

The family will be receiving visitors at Moody’s Funeral Home this Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:00pm and the funeral will be held the next day, Friday afternoon at 2:00pm, also at Moody’s. Also, we have the privilege to host a reception for the family after the interment back up here at Grac

e on Friday afternoon.

Here is a link to the on-line obituary if you would like additional details and/or would like to leave a note for the family: http://www.moodyfuneralservices.com/obituary?id=284818

The family also wanted everyone to know that they will be staying at Jimmy & Jane’s house the rest of this week, if you want to stop by and visit with them there.

Thank you for your tireless Love for One Another…
For His Glory,
Pastor Mark



Church News & Updates!

This year is already off and running and we have a lot of opportunities to glorify God coming soon. Here are a few quick bits of news regarding what is going on at GBC:
 
This Sunday is our First Quarterly Business Meeting and Potluck Lunch. The lunch will begin directly after the service and the meeting will follow the lunch. There are information packets available on the table in the hallway outside of the sanctuary and here is a link to the meeting agenda:

http://hisgraceforyou.org/business-meetings/

Also this Sunday we are going to be presenting Glenna Shelor with a Deacon Emeritus Plaque for Jim Shelor, so please come to support her and honor Jim’s faithful service.

This Sunday is also going to be our quarterly Sing-a-Long during the 11:00am service, so join us with your favorite Hymn and let’s worship the Risen Lord together!!!

There is going to be a Missions Meeting in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday February 5th directly following the service. We will be discussing Local, Regional, and International mission plans for 2017 and beyond. If you are interested in learning more or feel led to serve in one of these areas please plan to attend.

Praise God, we are already beginning to see some offerings in the Large Baby Bottle for the Pregnancy Care Center. Please continue to fill your bottles and bring them in and if there’s time refill them again. The final day for collections will be Sunday, February 12th.

This is the last week for submitting your request for a new Security Code, so please see Pastor Mark at your earliest convenience. New codes will go active next week.

We are putting the final touches on our new Church Directory and hope to have it ready for February. There is a rough draft in the sanctuary, so please take a moment this Sunday and check the information regarding your family, make sure that we have everything correct, and add any contact information before we print the final versions.

In the precious and powerful name of Jesus Christ our Lord, Pastor Mark



Church Schedule & Prayer Request Updates!

Praise God, the church driveway is finally clear! This means that all of our normal Wednesday night church activities are ON For Tonight; including AWANA (Crazy Hat Night), Fellowship Meal (POTLUCK), Bible Study, Choir Practice, and Bells.

Also, praise God because both Robert Reynolds & Clanton Howell are home from the hospital. And although they are both strong brothers, they still need a lot of prayer, so continue to beseech the

Father for healing, comfort, and wisdom.

And finally, please keep Linda Griffin and her entire family in your prayers because her brother James went home to be with the Lord Monday evening. Pray that God will provide the strength and peace to get them through this difficult time.

In the precious and powerful name of Jesus Christ our Lord,
Pastor Mark