Children’s Choir Spring Rehearsals

The Children’s Choir (Ages 3 – 13) will soon be preparing to sing during the Worship Service on Easter Sunday. We will have practices on Sundays, March 11th and 18th at 12:30pm, and on Sunday, March 25th, directly after the Egg Hunt.

Easter Egg Hunt

Mark your calendars and get your Easter baskets ready! Rain or shine! Our annual Easter Egg Hunt is coming up on Sunday, March 25th. 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!

Help needed:  We are collecting bags of candy and plastic eggs for the Egg Hunt.  We will be stuffing the eggs after church, on Sunday, March 18th


Tomorrow! PCC Open House!

Thank you to everyone who has helped raise money in our Baby Bottle Boomerang for the Pregnancy Care Center of Martinsville Henry County! If you forgot your bottle(s) on Sunday, you can still bring it with you to the Open House tomorrow!

The Pregnancy Care Center of MHC will be hosting a very special Open House tomorrow, Saturday, February 24, from 2–4pm. A group from Grace Baptist Church will be carpooling to the center for this event. We will leave the church parking lot at 1:45pm. We get the special opportunity for a tour of the facilities learn more about how the Pregnancy Care Center is serving the community.
Please, contact Pastor Mark if you have any questions. Their address is 314 Fairy Street Extension, Suite E in Martinsville.

Upcoming PCC of MHC Open House

Thank you to everyone who has helped raise money in our Baby Bottle Boomerang for the Pregnancy Care Center of MHC!

The Pregnancy Care Center will be hosting a very special Open House on Saturday, February 24, and a group from Grace Baptist Church will be carpooling together for this event. We will leave the church parking lot at 2pm. Please contact Pastor Mark if you have any questions or if you are interested in attending.

“What Did You Expect?” Marriage Conference

Happy Valentine’s Day from Grace Baptist Church! This is the perfect day to announce that GBC will be hosting a marriage conference next month!

*** Register online at: ***

Somehow, someway, every marriage will become a struggle.

If you want to enjoy a beautiful, life-long relationship, you will need more than romance. You will need something deeper than shared interests and mutual attraction. According to best-selling author and marriage expert Dr. Paul David Tripp, you need realistic expectations, and you need radical commitments. Most importantly, you need grace.

In this life-changing marriage event, Dr. Tripp will share fresh insight and new application. Even if you’ve heard Dr. Tripp teach on marriage before, this will be fresh for your ears and refreshing for your soul!

Join us at Grace Baptist Church for this FREE Simulcast event of Dr. Tripp’s Marriage: What Did You Expect? Conference.

Friday, March 9th (6:15 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.)
Registration will begin at 6:15pm
Conference with Dr. Paul Tripp will begin at 6:45 p.m. with a brief time of worship.

The conference continues on Saturday, March 10th (9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.)
Check-In and continental breakfast at 9:00 a.m.
Conference will begin at 9:15 a.m. with a brief time of worship.
Enjoy teaching from Dr. Paul Tripp and break-out discussion sessions in small groups.
Lunch will be provided for attendees and children in childcare.

Please purchase the ticket that best fits your situation. CHILD CARE SPACE WILL BE LIMITED. Register ASAP.

For questions contact Ashlee Logan at 276-728-6671 or e-mail:

MOPS! What is MOPS?

MOPS is a wonderful ministry for mothers of preschoolers (and other ages, as well), and their first meeting for the month of February is  Tomorrow at 10am! And there’s a lot to be excited about this ministry! Mommy fellowship, Bible study, yummy lunch, and FREE childcare!
MOPS International, Inc. was started in February 1973 in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, and as of 2017, there are about 4,000 groups worldwide. Their mission is to “encourage and equip moms of young children to realize their potential as mothers, women and leaders, in relationship with Jesus, and in partnership with the local church.”
If you are interested in learning more about MOPS, helping with childcare, or being a Mentor Mom, please contact Ashlee Logan or Jennifer Brown.

All Church Services are Cancelled for today February 4th.

All Church Services are Cancelled for today February 4th.

Due to the icy conditions we have decided to CANCEL all church services for today (Sunday, February 4th).

Please stay home, remain safe, and worship our Lord with your family.

In His Grace & Peace,
Pastor Mark

Sunday School is Canceled, but the 11:00am Service is on for NOW.

Due to the winter weather forecast for tomorrow morning, we are canceling tomorrow’s (February 4th) 9:45am Sunday School Hour.

We are currently hoping that the temperatures will rise and we will be able to still have our 11:00am service, but we will not make the final call until around 10:00am tomorrow morning. So, before leaving for church, please check one of our various communication outlets (Facebook, Website, Email, Phone Messages), for a final update.

If we do have services tomorrow at 11:00am, please use your own personal judgment of the conditions in your area before venturing out, and if you do come, please be very, very careful.

In His Grace & Peace,
Pastor Mark

Baby Bottle Boomerang is Coming!

Sanctity of Life Sunday, January 21st, will be the day we launch our “Baby Bottle Boomerang” for 2017, and it will continue until Sunday, February 18th. Together, we will raise our prayers, raise people’s awareness, and raise the funds necessary for the Pregnancy Care Center of Martinsville to fulfill their mission of saving the lives of babies and caring for them and their parents, before and after they are safely brought into this world, all for the glory of Jesus Christ our Lord.

“It All Happened in the Country” Christmas Play

Mark your calendars! The Grace Baptist Church Children’s Choir presents “It All Happened in the Country” on Sunday, December 17th. Please join us for a musical treat as we celebrate the true meaning of Christmas! The performance will be in the Church Sanctuary at 6:30pm, and there will refreshments for everyone to follow in the Fellowship Hall. You will not want to miss this!

Operation Shoebox Packing Party this Sunday!

It’s time again for Operation Christmas Child! Please help us 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 please include $9 for shipping. Also, consider sending a personal note and photo along with your box to send a little extra love!  Or you can just bring some of the supplies suggested or donate money for shipping costs. 

This year, OCC is asking that we refrain from including any candy or liquid items, including toothpaste and lotion. There will be a Packing Party after church on Nov 19th. Also, you can donate money for shipping costs or pay online and track your box as it makes its incredible journey around the world! Visit to learn more. Please, contact Peyton Elkins if you have any questions. Pizza will be provided for all of our “packers.”  Please, join us!!

Children’s Ministry Training Workshop

GBC is happy to host an upcoming Children’s Ministry Training Workshop on November 18th from 10am-12pm. Our workshop leader is Allison Beavers, and she will be speaking on a range of topics to equip children’s ministry volunteers. Lunch will be provided. We encourage everyone involved or interested in the children’s ministry to attend this event!
Topics of Learning Include:
Creating an Environment
How to Edit Curriculum
How to Communicate with Parents
How to Deal with a Difficult Class
How to Have a Backup Plan
How to Interact with Visitors
A little about our speaker:
Allison graduated from Lee University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Children’s Ministry and in 2008 with a Masters Degree in Youth and Family Ministry. In her 10 years of experience, she has served on the Children’s Ministry staff in three unique church settings in Tennessee and Florida. Many Children’s Ministry parents have described her as a “kid magnet” who is consistently finding creative ways to reach the next generation. She has been married to Ryan for eight years, and they have one daughter, Zoe.
Please contact Pat or Nandrea Groves if you have any questions.

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.

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 and searching “gbcs” or “24171”, or contact Pastor Mark (

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: and

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

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 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 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 is only 1 week away and you have the chance to pre-register online! Visit 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!


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.

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.

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 ( 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.

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.

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.

Tomorrow! Face Painting Workshop

Festival season in Patrick County is about to kick off again with the Stuart Strawberry Festival on Saturday, May 20th (10am-4pm), in Uptown Stuart. Please pray and consider serving, as we pass out free water to thirsty festival goers, offer free face painting for the children, and share the love of Jesus with all we meet. There is a sign-up sheet in the hallway outside the sanctuary for various time slots (including set-up before and clean-up after the festival). We will also be hosting a brief Face Painting Workshop in the Fellowship Hall after church on Sunday, May 7th, for anyone interested in learning to face paint and being a part of this ministry!
Note: Even if you can only be by church booth for a short amount of time, or if you cannot even make it to this particular festival because of scheduling, know that we would love your help for any amount of time you are able to give to service. GBC typically does anywhere around 3 or 4 festival during the Patrick County Festival season.

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 to check it out! Please contact Casey Elkins ( 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?” 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

“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.