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.

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 if you have any questions.

Grace Notes, Clean-Up Day, & MORE!


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!

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 to download a PDF version of the newsletter.

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:…/Clanton-Lamar-Howell…

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:

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

NEW! February Grace Notes Are Here!

Check Out This Month’s GBC Newsletter!

February is here, and that means that Spring is just around the corner. Read this month’s Grace Notes newsletter to keep up with GBC’s latest announcements, pictures, calendar, and more! Visit to check out this month’s newsletter.


Tonight will be full of fun Wednesday Night Activities so be sure to join us. The evening starts with our Fellowship Meal in the Fellowship Hall at 5:15pm. Tonight’s meal is PREPARED.

Our Saturday Morning Men’s Ministry will be having their first meeting of the new year THIS SATURDAY at 8:30am in the Fellowship Hall. All men aged 15 and up from the church and the community are invited for a hearty breakfast and manly fellowship.

We held our first Quarterly Business Meeting of the new year last Sunday afternoon. If you were unable to attend, please contact Casey Elkins if you would like a copy of the meeting’s handouts.

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:

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

All Sunday Church Services Are Canceled for Tomorrow!

 All Sunday Church Services Are Canceled for Tomorrow!

Good Afternoon Beloved,

The Deacons and I have discussed the conditions around the area and the very low temperatures forecast for tonight and we have decided to Cancel all Sunday Church Services for tomorrow.

Please stay safe and enjoy a worship service with your family.

For the glory of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
Pastor Mark

Saturday Morning Men’s Ministry 2017!

We are starting up our Saturday Morning Men’s Ministry up again with the new year! Start fresh at 8:30am on Saturday, January 7th in the Fellowship Hall. This is a free event for any men in the church and the community aged 15 an up. Please contact Pastor Mark (276-229-5719) if you have any questions.

Sanctity of Life Sunday


Sanctity of Life Sunday, January 15th, will be the day we launch our “Baby Bottle Boomerang” for 2017, and it will continue until Sunday, February 12th. 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.

Christmas Eve Service Update

Christmas Eve, we will be hosting our annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service in the sanctuary at 7pm. It will be a festive event of remembrance and rejoicing as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ over 2,000 year ago in a little town called Bethlehem.

This Christmas, we have the special opportunity to celebrate Christmas in the Lord’s house Sunday, December 25th. Sunday School will be cancelled, but will have a brief, worshipful church service at 11am, with nursery available, but no Children’s Church that day.

Christmas Celebration

Mark your calendars for an amazing musical celebration on Sunday, December 18th at 7pm in the sanctuary.  Join us as we celebrate the true meaning of Christmas! The experience will be a night of worship, a drama from the Children’s Choir, the Voices of Grace, and more! Refreshments will be served following the program.
Attention everyone involved with this year’s Christmas Program!  We will be having a special Rehearsal on Saturday, December 17th at 10am in the sanctuary. Please try to be there as we prepare for our special event!
The Children’s Choir will be performing a short skit for the Christmas Celebration, which will be on Dec 18th.  Any children interested in being a part of this, please join us in the sanctuary on the next two Sunday evenings, Dec 4th and 11th at 5pm.  Please, contact Pam Elkins with any questions.