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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



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