Wed Night Activities Canceled Due to Inclement Weather!

 

All Wednesday Night Activities (AWANA, Fellowship Meal, Adult Bible Study, Isaiah’s Bells, and Choir Practice) are cancelled tonight due to inclement weather! Stay safe and enjoy your evening with your families! We look forward to seeing you on Sunday for our special Baptism Sunday!



Lottie Moon Christmas Offering

 
December 9-16th is the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering’s 2018 Week of Prayer for International Missions. Every year, the International Mission Board (IMB) collects money from churches around the Christmas season. 100% of the proceeds go to missionaries serving all around the globe to spread the gospel and the love of Jesus Christ. Our annual Offering date is Sunday, December 16th.


Angel Tree Christmas 2018

Being with your family is one of the special blessings about the holiday season, but so many kids don’t have that same privilege this Christmas. You can help bless a child who has a parent in prison by stopping by our Angel Tree, which will be in the hallway outside the Sanctuary very soon. Please, consider picking up an angel card from the tree, and purchasing the requested items on the card, praying for the child, and dropping off your wrapped gift (with the angel card attached) by the Angel Tree. The deadline is Sunday, December 9th.  Please, contact Wendy Buchanan if you have any questions.


Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child is back and we need your help to share God’s love with a child who needs the gospel. You may take one of our OCC boxes to fill with a special toy or craft, hygiene items, clothing, school supplies, and $9 for shipping. Or you can just bring some of the supplies suggested or donate money for shipping costs.  This year, OCC is asking people to not send any candy or liquid items, including toothpaste or lotion. There will be a Packing Party directly after church on Nov 18th. Please contact Peyton Elkins if you have any questions.



November 2018 Pastor’s Notes

     This Thanksgiving our church has so much to thank the Lord for!  Our children’s ministries have continued to grow in both number and Gospel effectiveness.  God brought a record number of souls to both our VBS and AWANA ministries this year.  We were also able to adjust our classrooms downstairs to allow us to increase the size of our nursery to accommodate all the new children and our new Puggles Ministry.  And, after a lot of planning and hard work, we were able to open our Children’s Ministry Room so teachers would have better access to the many teaching tools that God has provided for us, including our amazing Puppets and a new wall-mounted TV with DVD player.

     We are also very thankful to God for leading us to form seven new teams to clean the church, in addition to several teams to cut our grass.  And, since the switch to our new July to June fiscal year these savings combined with an increase in our weekly giving has created a marked decrease in our budget gap.  In fact, we have determined that if every family in the church increases their weekly giving by only $10.00, we should be able to completely close that gap!

     God has also blessed us with a number of new families that He has already begun to weave into the fabric of our Grace family.  This summer, He gave us four new professions of faith and two new baptisms.  And I’m happy to announce that we are going to have at least one more new Baptism on Sunday, November 18th.  We also had 13 new souls in our summer New Members/Grace Family Foundations Class and as of our Business Meeting last Sunday, we have two more individuals who want to take the class as soon as possible with the intention of joining the church.

Beloved, this Thanksgiving, we truly need to thank our Lord for the blessings and grace He has bestowed on our church this year!



Baptism Sunday

We will be having a special Baptism Service on November 18th!!! Our worship service will begin in the sanctuary at 11am. Please, be sure to join us as we celebrate together the new life these believers have through their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Please contact Pastor Mark if you have any questions.



Children’s Christmas Play

THIS SUNDAY! It’s time again for the GBC Children’s Choir to prepare for their yearly Christmas performance. This year, we will be presenting the musical production, “Christmas Where, When, and Why.” We will have a short meeting Today, directly after the Worship Service, and practices will be held each Sunday, at 4pm, until our show on Sunday, December 16th, at 6:30pm.  Please contact Pam or Maura Elkins with any questions.



Trunk & Treat

Mark your calendars! Our annual Trunk and Treat will be on Tuesday, October 31st from 6-8pm in the Grace Baptist Church parking lot. Please join us for some safe family fun, as we pass out free candy, roast marshmallows, drink warm apple cider, and hot chocolate, as we enjoy fellowship together. Be sure to invite your friends for this fun, FREE event! Please comment or message Grace Baptist Church if you have any questions!
 
Note: We will not have Wednesday Night Fellowship activities on Wednesday, October 31st. We invite you to bring your families for our fun event.


Apple Dumpling Festival Outreach

The Stuart Apple Dumpling Festival is on Saturday, October 20th, from 10am-4pm, and we will be there with a GBC booth.  We need help from volunteers like you for setup, clean-up, handing out waters, and face painting.  If you would like to join us (and we would love to have you), there is a sign-up sheet on the Ministry table in the Sanctuary.  It is a fun event of service, fellowship, and representing our great God to the community!



October Grace Notes

Well Beloved, Fall is in the air and it is already October!!!  This means that we have so many opportunities to glorify God at Grace this month, that it can actually be hard to keep track of them all:

  • Women’s Retreat—Oct. 6th
  • Apple Dumpling Outreach—Oct. 20th
  • Blood Drive Outreach—Oct. 24th
  • Trunk & Treat Outreach—Oct. 31st

     In addition to all of this, we are also going to begin to examine our first new book of the Bible in three years.  As our church continues to grow and we see more and more new families becoming part of our Community of Christ, it is important for us to consider exactly what the Bible teaches us about the church and how it is supposed to function.  This is why I am pleased to announce that after much prayer, I believe that God wants us to carefully review Paul’s first letter to his protégé:  1 Timothy.

     Paul wrote to Timothy, a young pastor of a church in need of Instruction, Encouragement and Warning.  Although he wrote almost 2000 years ago, the topics that he addressed are still concerns today for the 21st century church in America.  For example, over the next several months, we will learn of the Importance of Prayer & Perseverance in the Church, God’s Qualifications for Church Leaders & Servants, the Roles of Women & Pastors, the Proper Handling of Money & False Teachers, and the Church’s Responsibilities to Widows, Pastors, Slaves, & the Lost.

     We will be kicking off our review with a four-part series that lays the ground work for the rest of Paul’s Letter:  “The Who, Why, What, & How of 1 Timothy.”  So, please invite your family, neighbors,  and friends to join us, as we begin this exciting and informative look at God’s Instructions for Christ’s Church.
 
Pastor Mark Elkins


Ladies Retreat

We invite you to join us for a very special Ladies Retreat this October at Grace Baptist Church! The Retreat was created for women of every age and stage, so please invite your friends!

The fun begins at 10am and ends at 1pm. This is a free event, and you can register online today at www.hisgraceforyou.org/ladies-retreat!

Our special guest speaker, Anne Van Curen, will be focusing on Jesus as the greatest storyteller ever known, and how He desires to share His love for us through His parables. Let’s dive in together to contemplate Christ’s love through His stories!



Sunday School & Children’s Ministry Luncheon Canceled for Tomorrow!

Due to the effects of the remnants of Hurricane Florence, we have canceled tomorrow’s 9:45AM Sunday School & postponed the 12:30PM Children’s Ministry Luncheon (we will update you on a new date soon).  Unless there is a power outage at church or severe flooding, we are still planning on having our 11:00AM Worship Service.  Please check out our website (hisgraceforyou.org) and Facebook page (facebook.com/hisgraceforyou) for further updates.

Also, if anyone needs any help in the storm, please don’t hesitate to contact me on my cell:  (276) 229-5719

Be safe and pray for all those affected by this storm, especially our first responders.
In His Grace & Love,
Pastor Mark



Children’s Ministry Luncheon & Training this Sunday!

Our Children’s Ministry Luncheon and Training is THIS Sunday, September 16th, directly after the worship service for everyone who is a part of our GBC Children’s Ministry.  We invite you to attend this very valuable workshop, which will include guest speaker, Pam Hylton, talking about the issue of bullying.



AWANA Kick-Off & New Online Registration!

Wednesday, September 5th, is our special AWANA Kick-Off Night. Each clubber will get to meet their AWANA leaders for the year and get a fun, brief taste of what the year will be like. Then we will end the night with an ICE-CREAM SOCIAL for the whole family!!!

We at Grace Baptist Church are very happy to begin a new year of AWANA for our 7th year. We would love for your family to come join in on the fun on Wednesday Nights! AWANA is a fun and interactive ministry that teaches kids the gospel and God’s Word in an exciting and enjoyable way. We meet every Wed at Grace Baptist Church at 6pm until 7:45pm.

**NEW! You can now pre-register your child online for the 2018-2019 year! Save time on Kick-Off night by registering today! Visit http://hisgraceforyou.org/awanaregistration/ to register online.***

Our newest AWANA Club, Puggles, introduces kids from the ages of 2 and 3 about God and His word. At Cubbies, we teach kids through the ages 4-5 about the Bible right to their level using fun and games. At Sparks, kids from grades K-2nd are introduced to memorizing Scripture and enjoying entertaining games together. We also have our T&T Club. T&T stands for “Truth and Training” and this club hosts students from grades 3rd-6th. It’s a very special club where the kids move forward with memorizing and learning scripture in addition to hanging out and competing in exciting games at recreation time. And last but not least is our newest club…TREK which is geared toward older students in the 7th and 8th grades.



Church Clean-Up Day Tomorrow!

Fall Ministries are almost here and we need your help! We are having a Clean-Up Day this Saturday, August 25th, at the church.  We will begin the Clean-Up at 9am. We will be weed eating the grounds, cleaning the upstairs closet, and cleaning  the outside storage unit. We also will replace some of the light bulbs in the sanctuary if possible. Please see Dale Hollandsworth, if you have any questions.



Baptism Service this Sunday!

We will be having a special Baptism Service this Sunday, August 26th!  Our Service begins at 11am at Grace Baptist Church, then we will travel to Dick and Pat East’s home for the Baptisms. Be sure to join us, as we celebrate together the new life these believers have through their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We will also have a fun time of fellowship after the service at the East’s house with a hot dog lunch (provided by the church). Please bring lawn chairs and a side dish or dessert to share.



MOPS is Back! First Meeting is Next Tuesday!

The Grace Baptist MOPS group is having their first meeting of the new year next Tuesday, August 21st, at 10am! Be sure to join us for a inclusive group of authentic women who offer friendships, advice, and a place to fellowship. (And FREE childcare!) The Mothers of Preschoolers will meet here at Grace Baptist Church, every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, to encourage and equip one another in the love of Jesus Christ.

Do you have a couple hours twice a month to give in service to the young families who will attend the MOPS meetings here at Grace?  If you can help provide childcare for the babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, please contact Jennifer Brown.



Promotion Sunday is THIS Sunday!

Back-to-School season has arrived, and we are so excited about welcoming your kids and students into their next class at GBC! This Sunday, August 12, students will move up a grade in our Children’s Ministry just like they do in school. Promotion Sunday offers us more than just this though, it also offers us the invaluable opportunity to be more aware of praying for each and every child in our Children’s Minitstry. Here is what you need to know about Sunday:

Something that everyone of every age and stage of life can do for an eternal impact is to pray earnestly and intentionally for the hearts of the students in our ministry as they begin a new school year. We will also have a special time during this Sunday’s worship service to devote to prayer. All school age children will come forward and Pastor Mark will say a prayer of blessing on them. They will also receive a back-to-school packet which will include a prayer calendar, so that they can write down their own specific prayer requests. James 5:16 says, “the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective”. You can also pick up your own Prayer Calendar to pray over the students from our Ministry Table in the Sanctuary. Let’s set them up for success through our faithful prayers!

Sunday Morning Children’s Ministry Age Groups

Sunday Morning Small Group 9:45am-10:45am

  • Beginners Nursery (Infant – 3 Years)
  • Explorers 4 – 6 Year Olds
  • Treasure Hunters 1st – 4th Grade
  • BLAST 5th – 7th Grade
  • Student Ministry 8th – 12th Grade

Worship Service 11:00am-12:15pm

  • Nursery (Infant – Pre-K)
  • Children’s Church (Kindergarten – 3rd Grade)

 



August 2018 Pastor’s Notes

     I just have to start by saying Thank you!!!  Thank you for all those who prayed & prepared, who taught & cared, and who served & shared!  Thank you to all those parents, who night after night placed their kids in our care.  And most importantly, thank you to our good, gracious, and faithful God, who ultimately made this our most successful Vacation Bible School ever!

     Not only did we have a record number of kids and volunteers, but we also had, for the first time, over 100 children every night of the week!  Even our fun-packed Community Day saw our highest number of kids and families to date.  All of which means that more souls heard the Gospel this year presented in lessons, games, crafts, and drama than ever before!!!

     And now that VBS is in our rear view mirror, it’s time to begin praying and planning for what God is going to do through our AWANA Ministry.  Last year, He graced (and challenged) us with over 60 kids!  If past experience and VBS success are any indicators, there is a very good chance that we will top over 70 children this year.  This is even more possible when you consider that we are starting a new group this year, the Puggles (ages 2-3).

     So, what do we have to do to prepare the fields for harvest?  Well, everything that is to honor God must begin with prayer, so I encourage you to pray throughout the entire month of August.  Pray that the AWANA leaders will be able to prepare for the harvest.  Pray that God will touch the hearts of the parents who He wills  to come.  Pray that we will be blessed with the ability to provide all the necessary resources.  Pray that God may reveal your part in our AWANA ministry this year.

     With the harvest that we are praying God will send to us, we still need Him to provide laborers who can:

  • listen to kids’ memory verses for as little as a half-hour
  • help organize and participate in Game Time
  • commit to being a prayer partner for each child

Beloved, God is doing a mighty work here at Grace Baptist, and I can’t wait to see what blessings the next leg of our journey together will bring.



Tomorrow! Time Lab VBS Begins!

Set your watches! Be excited! A time-traveling adventure begins TOMORROW at 5:45pm at Grace Baptist Church with TIME LAB VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL! Join us as we learn about Jesus from eternity past to eternity future through games, crafts, snacks, worship, drama, and bible lessons! Vacation Bible School runs through Tuesday, July 10th–Friday, July 13th, from 5:45pm–8:30pm, followed by the very special VBS/Community Family Fun Day on Saturday, July 14th, from 10am – 2pm.

You can still save time by pre-registering online at: https://gracebaptistchurch.myanswers.com/timelab/. Pre-Registration closes on Tuesday at noon! Then Registration will open at the door at 5:30pm!
 
Volunteers: Please, arrive at VBS each night at 5:20pm for prayer and announcements in the Fellowship Hall; and park on the side of the building or the back row of the parking lot. Thank you for your help and ministry service teaching kids about Jesus and His Word!

We still need some help for our VBS/Community Family Fun Day this Saturday. Set-up begins at 8am, the special program is at 10am, lunch is served around 11am, outdoor fun goes until 2pm, and then we clean up. Any amount of time you can give is appreciated. Please, let Pam Elkins know if you can be a part of this terrific outreach opportunity.

See you tomorrow!



Tonight! Last Night of Wed Fellowship Activities!

TONIGHT is our last night of Wednesday Fellowship Activities and it is going to be special! The night is going to be kicked off with a fun, FREE cookout with hamburgers and hotdogs at 5:15pm. At 6pm, children ages Nursery through high school will join us for our “Grace Games,” and tonight is Water Night, so please bring a modest swimsuit, a towel, and dry clothes. At 6:15pm, there will be an Adult Bible Study with Pastor Mark and Women’s Bible Study with Pam Elkins. Then the night finishes with the last Voices of Grace Choir Practice for the summer at 7:30pm.



Wed Nights in June for the Whole Family!

While AWANA has ended for the summer, we will continue to have Wednesday Night Fellowship Activities throughout the month of June. We will have a Fellowship Meal together at 5:15pm in the Fellowship Hall. At 6pm, children ages nursery through high school will participate in our very special “Grace Games,” and tonight is Outdoor Game Night! At 6:15pm there will be an Adult Bible Study with Pastor Mark, and a Women’s Bible Study with Pam Elkins. Then the night will be finished with the Voices of Grace Choir Practice at 7:30pm. We hope to see you there!


Vacation Bible School: Time Lab

Get ready to set your watches, because this Summer we are traveling back in time for VBS: Time Lab at Grace Baptist Church!
Every night from July 10th-13th at 5:45pm-8:30pm, kids can enjoy fun Bible lessons, crafts, snacks, songs, outdoor games, and a comedy show every evening! Ages 4-13.
 
Then join us on Saturday, July 14th 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! All ages.
 
Be sure to mark your calendars and invite your friends!
Please email office@hisgraceforyou.org if you have any questions!!!


June 2018 Pastor’s Notes

Hold on to your hats…it’s already June!!!  And that always means two things:  first, another amazing year of our AWANA Ministry is coming to a close and second, another awesome week of VBS Ministry is right around the corner! 

     On the first Sunday in June (the 3rd) we are going to have a special time of AWANA recognition and awards where all 62 of the kids who participated this year will be individually recognized for what God has accomplished in their lives.  There will also be a fun video of memories from throughout the year.  Directly following the service there will be a special Raceway Luncheon with hot dogs and all the fixings.  And then we will have our first annual AWANA Grand Prix, where kids of all ages will race their pinewood derby cars to crown a champion in each bracket:  Cubbies, Sparks, TNT, Trek, and Adults.

     And as soon as the dust and rubber settle from the Grand Prix, it will be time to begin preparations for this year’s Vacation Bible School:  Answers in Genesis’ “Time Lab”.  Yes, I realize that our VBS doesn’t officially start until July 10th, but as anyone who has served in the past knows, it takes an awful lot of work to get ready for our single biggest evangelistic and outreach ministry of the year.  Last year, God brought us over 130 souls to share Jesus’ love and Gospel with and we are praying for even more kids this year!!!

     Which means that we are going to need everyone to prayerfully consider how God is calling them to serve, so we can be ready for God’s harvest.  And don’t think there is nothing you can do, because in our VBS there are so many ways to serve.  We need people to be tour guides to lead the kids from class to class, people to be helpers with games and crafts, people to prepare & serve food for the kids, people to help build & set up the drama set, people to prepare food for the volunteers’ breakroom, people to man all of the tables & tents at our Community Family Fun Day on Saturday, and people to be prayer warriors every day and hour that the kids are here with us.

     So, I urge everyone to prayerfully consider where God needs you this year, and if you aren’t sure, please contact Pam Elkins (276-694-2268) and I’m sure she has a need you can fill.  Also, please mark your calendars for Sunday June 24th or July 1st for our mandatory VBS Training Courses (just attend one.)  They won’t take long, but because God is entrusting us with so many young souls, it is imperative that all of us take every step necessary to Glorify Our Lord Jesus Christ.



TOMORROW is the GBC Red Cross Blood Drive!

TOMORROW IS YOUR CHANCE TO SAVE A LIFE!

HELP SAVE A LIFE! The need for blood donations is constant, and especially after several destructive storms and tornadoes have hit the US in recent days. YOU can make a HUGE difference in someone’s life. Just one donation can potentially save up to 3 lives! Grace Baptist will be hosting another Blood Drive with the American Red Cross on Wednesday, May 16th, in the Fellowship Hall from 3-7pm. Please pray and consider donating and/or volunteering for this wonderful cause. Sign up by CLICKING HERE.

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

 

SAVE TIME AT YOUR DONATION WITH RAPIDPASS!

What is Rapid Pass?
Rapid Pass allows you to complete your pre-donation reading and answer health history questions online ahead of time. It will ask you easy questions that everyone is asked before they donate blood. If you complete your Rapid Pass, and print it out for the Blood Drive, you will be able to save valuable time at your blood donation!! You must fill out your Rapid Pass on the day of your blood donation. It will only take 10-15 minutes of your time, and now you can use Rapid Pass on your mobile device. Be sure to bring your printed out code when your arrive to the drive, or the code from your mobile device if you completed Rapid Pass on your phone. CLICK HERE
to complete and/or learn more about Rapid Pass.


Help Save Lives at Upcoming Blood Drive!

GBC is hosting another Blood Drive for the American Red Cross on Wed, May 16th. 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.. If you are interested in donating, volunteering, or if you just have questions, please contact Mark Elkins. If you are curious about what is involved in the process of a blood donation, be sure to click one or both of these links:

www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/donation-faqs and www.redcrossblood.org/learn-about-blood



Grace Family Foundations Coming in May!

Interested in potentially becoming a member of Grace Baptist Church?  A new session of Grace Family Foundations classes will be offered next month.  The first session will be on Sunday, May 6th at 9:45am, and continue throughout May.  If you miss a session, makeup sessions are offered on Thursdays at 6:30pm (Childcare will be provided).  If you are interested in being a part of this class, please, contact Pastor Mark.



April Pastor’s Notes

     This is a really exciting time for Grace Baptist Church!  The Holy Spirit has been answering our prayers and bringing much fruit in the form of new families, dozens of new children, and new ministries like the Marriage & Women’s Conferences, and the upcoming AWANA Grand Prix.  It is certainly a season of harvesting and of replanting, in the power of our Lord Jesus Christ!

         And along with all the incredible things God is doing in our midst, there also comes an even greater responsibility of oversight and stewardship.  As our little family of God grows into a larger community, it is imperative that each of us consider our individual and collective roles in God’s plan for this body of Christ.

        Unfortunately, over the last several Quarterly Church Meetings, we have noticed a decline in the number of people who are remaining after our Fellowship Meal to hear updates and help make decisions that affect the future direction of our church.  I know that we are all very busy, but these meetings are vital for the continued health and growth of GBC. 

     Which is why I wanted to take a moment in this month’s Pastor’s Notes to encourage everyone (especially members) to plan on attending this month’s Quarterly Church Meeting on Sunday, April 23rd directly following our Worship Service and Potluck Fellowship Meal.  Although some meetings have been longer in the past, our Deacons have strived over the last year to streamline our agendas in order to target a 30 minute timeframe.

     Please, make a note on your calendar to remain an additional half-hour after the Fellowship Meal, so that together we can prayerfully seek the Holy Spirit’s future course for Grace Baptist Church.



Easter Service Schedule

Join us this Easter to experience and celebrate the hope we have in Jesus.

Our Maundy Thursday Service will be at 7pm on March 29th. It will be a night of worship and reflection, as we remember the night of the Lord’s Supper and His arrest. Childcare will be provided in the nursery.

On Easter Sunday, April 1st, we will have a Sunrise Service at 7am, rain or shine. There will not be any Sunday school, but we will have a special Easter Service at 11am. Please join us and invite your friends to our special Easter Service, as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ together!

Due to last weekend’s snow, we are moving our annual Egg Hunt directly after the service, so all children are invited to join us in the sanctuary for this fun family event. We will not be having our planned hot dog lunch, so that we can begin the Egg Hunt and Games around 12:30, allowing families to quickly get to any other activities they may already have planned for Easter.

Please Note: that there will be NO Sunday School on Easter Sunday.We will also not be having Children’s Church, but we will be handing out Easter activity packets for children of all ages.There will be Nursery care available.

Please invite your friends and neighbors, and we look forward to seeing you this Easter Sunday!



SUNDAY MORNING SERVICES CANCELLED & EASTER EGG POSTPONED!

All Sunday Services Are Canceled!!

Due to the snow, we have decided to cancel all of our Sunday Services for today, March 25th.  Please remain warm, safe and worship our Risen Lord with your family.
 

Easter Egg Hunt Postponed to Next Sunday

Also, due to the snow we are moving our annual Egg Hunt to next week, directly following our 11am Easter Sunday Service.
We will not be having our planned hot dog lunch, so that we can begin the Egg Hunt and Games around 12:30, allowing families to quickly get to any other activities they may already have planned for Easter.

Be safe & warm and if you need help from the storm, please contact me or your Deacon,
Pastor Mark
276-229-5719