A GROWing Partnership

Grace Church is so excited to be partnering with GROW. Faa & Ning shared powerful stories of answers to prayer during our Sunday morning worship services last week, and expanded on what God has been doing in the past year at the Missions Celebration. We also wanted you to be able to see this great new video from GROW (which was shown last Sunday night).

We are sending Heidi Christner and Joan McCracken to visit GROW from September 26-October 13th. During their trip, they will be able to encourage Faa, build relationships with the children and staff at GROW, and explore the possibility of taking short-term trips in the future. There is a prayer card and support letter for them located at the missions table in the church lobby.

Take a moment to pray for this amazing ministry, and consider supporting it by partnering with Heidi and Joan as they travel there in a few weeks!

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/100609817″>GROW – Grace Refuge Outreach Worldwide</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/user7195014″>Jonathan H. Lee</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Volunteer Opportunity: Bible 2 School

Bible 2 schoolBIBLE 2 SCHOOL is a non-profit organization that provides non-denominational Bible classes to kids in Public school. This is a great opportunity for students to hear from the Word of God, but it doesn’t happen without the help of volunteers! They have added more Bible Electives for fall and are in need of volunteers! If you’d like to learn more about Bible 2 School, click here! If you would like to get more information about volunteer opportunities for released time Bible classes, contact Alicea here or by calling 717-419-0450.

Celebrating Missions: Part 3 of 3

Sunday night the Grace Church missions team hosted a missions celebration! Those who attended thoroughly enjoyed the variety of experiences throughout the night and walked away challenged to be more engaged in our responsibility to “reach the nations” with the good news of Jesus. This is the final blog in our series for this week highlighting different elements of the event in case you weren’t able to make it! (Click here for part 1 and here for part 2!)

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As we mentioned last week, if we are followers of Jesus, we are responsible for His mission! We began the evening considering how all of our missions efforts at Grace Church fit into that context and our vision – to lead people to Christ and to coach them to live for Him with purpose and abandon!

Pastor Doug spent some time identifying a few practical ways that people can be involved in what we do all over the globe, which are summarized below. How are YOU involved?!

  • AWARENESS – Be pro-active in knowing what is going on in missions! Bookmark this blog for information on Grace Church’s efforts or connect with other reputable sources.
  • GIVE – We need committed partners to give to Grace Church and support our “home” commitments, but part of every dollar goes to support our commitments to partners all over the world. In addition, we do a few special missions projects throughout the year, and have short-term teams needing funded on a regular basis. We’ve also included special projects with many of our short-term teams – the team that just returned from Haiti raised money to provide Bibles for the orphans and staff at the House of Hope orphanage!
  • GO – Perhaps there are some who God will call to relocate “on mission”. There will be more who are called to grow in their discipleship journey through a short-term experience. These trips allow God to open our hearts in a unique way, and allow us to work together with our partners to develop relationships and accomplish their ministry objectives.
  • PRAY – This is perhaps the easiest AND most important investment we can make! The miracle of changed hearts and lives comes from God, so we must be on our knees asking Him to work. Pick up your prayer cards and commit to praying for our partners! (Don’t have your prayer cards yet? Stop by the missions table in the lobby to pick up your set!)

If you have any questions about missions at Grace Church, please contact Pastor Doug here.

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Celebrating Missions: Part 2 of 3

Sunday night the Grace Church missions team hosted a missions celebration! Those who attended thoroughly enjoyed the variety of experiences throughout the night and walked away challenged to be more engaged in our responsibility to “reach the nations” with the good news of Jesus. This is the second blog in our series for this week highlighting different elements of the event in case you weren’t able to make it! (Click here if you missed part 1!)

Those who attended got their passports stamped on a journey around the world! Tables were set-up representing different short-term missions opportunities and ministries engaged by Grace Church people this summer. Tables included:

After visiting each table, “passports” were “stamped” and those with full passports entered a give-away to local “international” restaurants!

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One of the required stops was the Grace Meeting Room, where the team from Haiti provided a more extensive presentation of their trip. Our prayer has been that people would have at least one interaction that would lead them to be more engaged in missions through Grace Church.

How are you “living on mission”? We’ll give you some practical ideas tomorrow!

Celebrating Missions: Part 1 of 3

Sunday night the Grace Church missions team hosted a missions celebration! Those who attended thoroughly enjoyed the variety of experiences throughout the night and walked away challenged to be more engaged in our responsibility to “reach the nations” with the good news of Jesus. We’ll post a few blogs this week highlighting different elements of the event in case you weren’t able to make it!

We’ll start at the end! We ended the evening by covering the entire world in prayer! Literally! We asked everyone who attended to pick 3 countries to pray for and had them circle the country name on a world map. It was awesome to see couples, families, and other individuals huddled together and praying for the work of the gospel across the entire globe! Many wrote the names of their countries down to continue to pray for them throughout the week as well. A changed heart is a work of God, so prayer is a powerful way to be involved in missions.

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Another prayer element came in the form of a packet of prayer cards for all of Grace Church’s missions partners! We encouraged everyone to take one home and to place it at a visible place in their home to remember to pray for our partnerships and investments all over the globe. We continue to make new cards for Grace Church folks who are serving on short-term trips as well, so your pile can continue to grow over time. A display gave people ideas of how to use the cards:

  • Place them in a box in the middle of the dinner table and pray for one partner each night before dinner
  • Place them all in a photo album and keep it in your purse or with your Bible to pray during down-time or quiet time
  • Hang them on a line across a play-room wall to keep them visible and in the front of your mind
  • Clip them to your fridge with a fridge-magnet and pray for one when you open your fridge

If you missed the event, stop by the missions table in the lobby to pick a packet up, or contact the church office to mail you one!

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A final prayer element that was quite moving was to have Faa, from our featured partnership, GROW, praying for us in Thai! Pastor Doug asked Faa to pray in either Aka (her native, tribal language) or in Thai. She chose to pray in Thai “because that’s the language she has memorized Scripture in”! In other words, she was praying Scripture! Though we couldn’t understand her prayer, our hearts were aligned and moved as we observed her passion while she spoke to God.

Urban Impact (Part 3 of 3)

As a part of Grace Church’s continued efforts to be salt and light in our surrounding communities, we are sending a group to Urban Hope to participate in a street carnival on September 27th! We have sent groups of volunteers to UHTC many times, and they always come back with incredible stories of how God is working through Urban Hope in Philadelphia. If you missed part one of this series, check it out here!

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This is the last group that went to Urban Hope!

The upcoming group will leave the parking lot here at Grace Church at 6:30am and return at 8:00pm. This is a great opportunity to spend a full day training and serving in a cross-cultural environment! For more information or to sign up, contact David (717-715-5779) and Del-Rae (717-715-5782) Rice by phone or by email here.

To hear about more opportunities like this one, come to our Missions Celebration this Sunday night at 6pm in the cafe! Coffee and dessert will be provided. To find out more information about this event, click HERE!

You do NOT want to miss this event!

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HISTORY LESSON (Cliff notes version):

  • About 2000 years ago, God expresses His love for sinful mankind by sending His Son, Jesus, to earth.
  • Jesus proves He’s God while living a perfect life, then coming back to life after being brutally murdered for sinful man.
  • Through this, Jesus becomes THE WAY for ALL OF MANKIND to be in relationship with God for all of eternity (rather than being doomed to separation from God for all of eternity).
  • Before Jesus returns to Heaven, He gives his followers a job – TELL EVERYONE THE GOOD NEWS!

Which brings us to NOW. When we choose to follow Jesus – accepting His free gift of salvation – He doesn’t swoop us off to Heaven! He leaves us here because He wants us to bring others with us. He wants the WHOLE WORLD to know how much He loves them.

Grace Church takes this job seriously! And this Sunday night we are going to celebrate what God is using our church to do – to reach people all over the globe with the GOOD NEWS!

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WHY YOU SHOULD COME:

  • To visit 9 tables representing people who have been ACTIVE in sharing the GOOD NEWS this summer!
  • To hear from the Haiti team who just returned a few weeks ago!
  • To consider a short-term opportunity to share the GOOD NEWS cross culturally!
  • To eat some yumm-o food!
  • To try and win a gift card to an “international” establishment!
  • To hear what God is doing through one of Grace Church’s new partners!
  • To receive a free gift that will help you more effectively engage in sharing the GOOD NEWS globally!
  • To buy an AWESOME MOTHCO (more than conquerors) shirt to benefit Urban Hope!
  • To participate in a prayer time for every single country in the world!

DETAILS:

  • This Sunday, August 17
  • 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Grace Church Café!

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