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Merry Christmas Grace Baptist Church!!!

Merry Christmas Grace Baptist Church!!! It has been a wonderful year full of reasons to praise God for His Grace. Let’s take a brief moment to walk through the year together and bless His Holy name for what He has done.
In January, we began the year with a focus on prayer and fasting and look how God has responded. In February, we had a record Baby Bottle Boomerang for the Pregnancy Care Center, raising over $1,200.00. In April, our Annie Armstrong Easter Mission offering was over $700.00 more than the previous year. In July, we had a record breaking Vacation Bible School with over 66 children in attendance each night. Then in August, we had an amazing Mission Trip to a housing project in Roanoke, VA, where we were able to put on an awesome festival that celebrated the Grace of God as displayed in the account of Jonah.
In September, we had another record breaking start to our AWANA ministry and saw God gift us with a free bus (from our Roanoke ministry partners) to help push back the darkness that has cast its shadow on so many of the children in our community. In November, we set another record with the 116 Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes that we sent to children around the world, who most likely do not know the name or the salvation of Jesus Christ our Lord. And just this Sunday, I noticed that all of the children’s names had been adopted from our Angel Tree and that there was already a stack of wrapped presents beneath the tree.
What do all these amazing blessings have in common? They are all examples of the generosity of this body of Christ, which we call Grace Baptist! Our generosity as a congregation is a direct outpouring of the Grace that God has given us through His Son Christ Jesus. His Grace became incarnate in the womb of a young virgin when the King of kings left His heavenly throne and took on flesh. When we are generous with what God has given us, we are following the path of our Lord and the Spirit within us. Just as the Apostle Paul described in his letter to the Philippians: “5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Phil. 2:6-8).
Beloved, it is especially important this time of year, when we focus on the generous gift of God in the incarnation and birth of Jesus Christ our Lord, that we both thank Him for the wondrous things He has done in our midst this year and beseech Him to do even more in the year to come. My prayer is that this will truly be a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, for you and your family…in the precious and powerful name of our Lord, Jesus Christ.




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