SVPS Walk for Life

Grace Church has partnered with Susquehanna Valley Pregnancy Center throughout the years, affirming our common commitment to protecting the lives of the most vulnerable, the unborn. Many people from Grace Church have participated in the Baby Bottle Boomerang fundraiser as well as donating gently used clothing to the clothing bin on our property (which is sold by Jubilee Ministries and benefits SVPS).

Susquehanna Valley Pregnancy Serives (SVPS)’s biggest fundraiser, Walk for Life, is a practical way for you to get involved in helping provide life-affirming services to people in our area. This year’s Walk for Life is on Saturday, May 10th. Some highlights of the event include a walk, 5K run, motorcycle ride, kids’ zones, kids’ stage, and a chicken BBQ. Here is a video about the event.

SVPS walk for life

SVPS is in need of walkers, runner, motorcyclists, sponsors, and volunteers. Can you fill any of those needs? Here is the schedule for the day. For more information, to order chicken BBQ, or to register for the event, click on a link or contact Keilah from SVPS.

Engaging Through Compassion: Congratulations Weavers!

A few Grace Church ministry leaders, a Grace Church elder, and several Grace Church families filled Courtroom # 6 at the Lancaster County Courthouse Thursday morning to witness the adoption proceedings for Jayden! Jayden has been living with the Weaver family as a foster child since his birth, but is now (officially) a part of the Weaver’s forever family. Grace Church has a large number of families who have been called to the ministries of foster care and adoption, and we love to celebrate these families as they say “yes” to God’s voice. Though building families is filled with joy and blessing, it also requires sacrifice. There are many who have counted the cost and agreed that it is totally worth it!

Weaver adoption

A highlight from the proceedings was when the judge asked the Weaver’s daughter what she thought of her little brother (referring to Jayden). Her response: “He’s pretty heavy”! Laughter filled the courtroom – not just in response to her joke, but in an overflow of joy for this beautiful family!

Not every family is called to foster or adopt, but Grace Church wants to support those who are in any way possible. If you have any questions about foster care or adoption, or desire to get connected to people who have been through the process, please contact Pastor Doug HERE. If you’d like to give to our special fund that helps families who are fostering and adopting you can mark gifts to Grace Church “adoption fund” at any time.

Please take a moment to thank God for the mosaic of forever families at Grace Church, and to pray that He will call each of us to tangibly serve the children of the world who need our help the most!

LC 5K Eagle Run/Carnival

Make sure you put Lititz Christian School’s annual 5K Eagle Run and Carnival on your calendar for Saturday, May 3rd! This family friendly event is a great way to spend the day together. The 5K race, starting at 9am, begins and ends at Lititz Christian School (includes all ages). The Kids Fun Run (ages 2-10) will begin at the same time as the Carnival (10:30am). Carnival activities include laser tag, pony rides, jousting, carnival games, bouncy rides, petting zoo, prizes, and an art tent! For more information, visit the website. Register for the 5K by April 19th to be guaranteed a tshirt and goodie bag.

Eagle Run and Carnival Logo 2014

Grace Church is hosting the art tent at the Carnival! This is a great opportunity to touch the lives of members of our community. Crafts include spin art, sand art, temporary tattoos, face painting, scratch art, and coloring! Please consider serving as a volunteer for this event. Volunteers will need to arrive at 8:30am (before the road closes down at 8:50 for the run). We will clean up following the conclusion of the event at 2:00pm.

Next step: Pray that many lives will be touched through this event. Pray that Lititz Christian would raise the needed funds. Email Rachel to volunteer for the art tent.

A 1-Week Opportunity that will Change your Life!

Encounter ATL

 

Encounter ATL is a 5-day trip to Atlanta with Encompass World Partners from June 27-July 3. Encompass’s headquarters are in Northeast Atlanta which represents one of the most ethnically diverse geographic regions in the U.S. Just a few days there will allow you to visit all four corners of the globe and expose you to the religions of the world. You will learn how to engage Hindus, Muslims, and Buddhists, and you will strengthen your own biblical worldview. The week will include opportunities to be involved in local community outreach and coaching to help you live ‘on mission’ at home. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity. Check out more details HERE or by contacting Pastor Doug HERE.

God Heard my Cry

Grace Church recently had the opportunity to help another friend in the Central African Republic. We have a missions budget that guides how we spend most of our missions dollars each year, but we also budget a little money to “respond” to needs that arise – needs that we believe God has in mind for us to meet. We recently had one such opportunity.

The following was written by Encompass missionary, Jacquie Jensen:

Julien is a friend of ours in Bangui, CAR who worked sometimes at the mission station as a night guard.  When we were “grounded” at the station during the Coup d’etat, these guards stayed with us for several days 24 hours/day as none of our other guards could come into work because of shooting and mortars.  We met to pray together every evening.  Julien knelt at times to pray asking God to forgive him for worrying.  I asked him to pray for my mom who was very worried about our safety & he prayed a beautiful prayer for my mom.  He is a special, hardworking man who loves God and His Word.  Julien has several little children, and helps several of his siblings. He attends our Ngoumboutou Grace Brethren Church in Bangui.   He has been sick for some months but had managed to make the mud bricks himself to build a new house & scrape together enough money for the metal roof but the roof was stolen before the house was finished.  And without the roof, the mud bricks would ruin in the rain so he would have to make them all over again.  

 Grace Church provided money to pay for the stolen roof. Jacquie continued:

I can imagine Julien is saying at this moment:  “Nzapa ama toto ti mbi awe na Lo to ye so amanque mbi.  Mbi ye to mu merci mingi na Lo. Mbi ti sala ye so a mu gloire na Lo”  (Sango for: God heard my cry and He sent what I needed.  I give many thanks to God.  I want to give Him the glory.)

An example of a mud brick home with tin roof in the Central African Republic.

 Thank you, Grace Church, for being a caring and compassionate church, demonstrating the love of Jesus to the far reaches of the globe!

Salamat Po – Thank you!

Cydney Vance has grown up in the ministry of Grace Church, as well as in it’s backyard. Cydney attended Lititz Christian School for some time, but would eventually graduate from Warwick High School. After graduation, Cydney headed to Liberty University, where she is currently studying Psychology. In the beginning of the year, she had an incredible opportunity to go on a missions trip to the Philippines with Light Ministries (a partner of Liberty University). Below is a “thank you” letter from Cydney in response for the support Grace Church gave towards the trip in order to enable her to serve Christ in this way.

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Dear Grace Church,

            Thank you for all your support throughout my time raising money and sharing Christ’s love in the Philippines. While in the Philippines, our team was able to help in various ministries. One of the ministries we participated in was Kids Jam, where we were separated into four teams to help do a fun Bible lesson for the kids in various locations of the city of Manila. While at these locations we sang, played games, and helped hand out snacks. It was a time of fun and perfect way to share God’s love.

            While in the Philippines our team traveled to the Island of Bantayan, a province of Cebu, which was extremely impacted by the typhoon that hit the Philippines in early November 2013. While there we attended a church service where Dr. Wheeler (My Team Leader) spoke about God being there through the struggles of life. Also, on the island we were able to help at a feeding center where many of my teammates and I led games, songs, and Bible stories for the children and some teens there. My favorite part of the island though was the time our team spent helping rebuild the church, literally. The typhoon that hit the island completely destroyed the building, but used our team to build the new church for the congregation. I was able to help lay bricks and put cement down for the wall. Some of the team cut down trees for a new garden being planted and painted walls within the current church building.

            The third location we traveled to way Iba, Zambales where there was a camp. This 24 hour camp was a daily event where up to 1,500 students from ages 13 to 25 come for a possibly life changing experience. At the camp each student has the opportunity to hear the gospel, accept Christ, be counseled, be baptized, and be discipled. While we were there, we assisted in counseling and sharing the gospel with teens. Personally, I was able to share the gospel with 12 girls and had 10 of them make decisions for Christ. Overall, in that one night approximately 500 students came to Christ! In the morning, following a night of rest, students had the opportunity to be baptized. This was my favorite part because while the guys on our team baptized, along with our ordained leaders, I prayed for the students as they stepped into their new life. Overall, 200 students were baptized and many students wanted discipleship. God is so good! Thank you again for all your prayer and support. Through you God accomplished and is still accomplishing his mighty works.

In Christ,

Cydney Vance

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SALT in the City: Don’t Miss this Opportunity

Grace Church S.A.L.T. (Salt and Light Team) is looking for volunteers to help at Urban Hope’s annual street carnival in Kensington, Philadelphia on Saturday, April 26. The carnival draws thousands from the surrounding neighborhood and is a great opportunity to share the love of Jesus in a cross-cultural setting. It’s an all-day commitment (leaving Grace Church at 7 a.m.) but will be a day you’ll never forget! Are you ready for the challenge? Step out and serve in this amazing opportunity.

urban hope carnival

Check out Urban Hope HERE

If you’re interested in participating, your next step is to stop by the Urban Hope table in the Grace Church lobby this Sunday or next Sunday morning, or to email Rachel here.

 

Here’s a story of one of our Lititz Christian School teacher’s experience at Urban Hope this winter when a group from Grace Church helped at Kingdom Kids (a Sunday afternoon children’s church program):

We decided to go to Urban Hope in December 2013 because we were looking for a way to get connected with Grace church’s service ministries. The opportunity to go to Philadelphia had been in the bulletin for a number of weeks before the trip. Each week we read about it and finally we decided to email for more information. We were informed that there was still room to go, so we signed up!

One thing that stuck out to both of us was the sincere enthusiasm of the kids that were involved in the Kids Kingdom program. We both thought it was amazing to see that circumstances and environment did not change the fact that these kids were excited to learn more about Jesus (and sing a few crazy songs in the process!)  Before the actual program started we split into teams and were assigned a street to help pick up the kids.  It was exciting to watch the kid’s faces light up knowing that they would get to spend their evening at Urban Hope.

Everyone with a passion for serving should consider spending a day at Urban Hope.  The ministry is in the heart of the local community, and provides hope that comes from knowing Jesus to families in the area.  It is a special opportunity to share the love of Christ and be a part of a ministry leading people toward a relationship with Christ.

urban hope