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GraceLink Newsletter April Edition 2019


For those of you who are text savvy you know what those three letters mean. Growing up, if I would have uttered that, I would have been in BIG trouble. Saying: “Oh My God” would have been considered disrespectful and borderline swearing.

I once heard a pastor share a story about being in a car with a well-known Christian speaker. It was late in the day, and the sun was setting. They couldn’t see the sunset because they were driving in a valley. They made a left turn and began to head out of the valley. As they crested the hill, they saw the most beautiful sunset to which the speaker shouted out: “OH MY GOD!” At first, the pastor was taken back by the statement but the speaker went on with: “You are so awesome Father, thanks for showing us your creative beauty!”

Sometimes, I see or hear things about how God is working at Grace and I just want to shout: “OH MY GOD! You are so awesome.” The most recent has been the answered prayers in the Breaking Through series: healings, new jobs, financial answers, relationships restored, marriages strengthened, new relationships beginning with Jesus, closer connection with God, those learning how to connect with God, the list goes on and on!  If you have had a breakthrough, an answer to prayer, please share it. One way is to write it down on a Breaking Through Celebration sheet on the cafe tables in the auditorium. We will be posting these for a few more weeks.  As we continue to celebrate and see what God has done, an appropriate response is: “OMG, you are so awesome, thank you for answering our prayer!”

REFRESH. We are coming to the end of the Refresh work, and I wanted to let you know a few important details. First, thank you to all who have given financially and given time to make refresh a reality. Over the last several months we were able to repaint, re-carpet a few areas, relocate and install a new Info Center, create a new Grace Kidz check-in system and location, establish a Groups area and Mission Central, install electronic displays which help announce upcoming events, refresh the library with a lounge area and electronic check-out system, directional signage, and spruce up the cafe. You may be wondering how we did that and were we on budget. The short answer is: through generous people who gave and yes we were within the budgeted amount. We had donations of money, we had professional trades people giving their time, and donations of electronic equipment. There are a few small additions you will notice over the next few weeks, but for the most part, REFRESH is done.

Easter is coming and along with it there are many opportunities for you and your family at Grace. Easter is a great time to invite people to church. Invitations will be available starting the first week in April with a listing of what’s going on at Grace. Make plans to invite and be at Grace this Easter.

In Him,

Pastor Marty

Join us on Saturday, April 13th from 1pm-6pm for our Prayer Walk. Bring the whole family, come as a Small Group, or by yourself to Grace. We will have 12 family-friendly guided prayer stations you can go through and prepare your heart for Easter.
Our Annual Indoor Garage Sale is a great place to find new treasures at a great bargain! Concessions will be offered, and sales benefit the Grace Kidz.
Good Friday – Join us at Grace on Friday, April 19th at 7pm for a special adult-focused Gathering. Experience an encouraging message that will propel you into the Easter weekend! Classes available for nursery – 4th grade.

Easter Egg-stravangaza Breakfast and Egg Hunt – Bring the whole family out to Grace Church for breakfast and an Easter egg hunt for preschool – 4th grade! Special activities for 5th and 6th graders.

Easter Gatherings – Bring a friend and join us at 9:30am or 11am for one of two identical family-friendly Gatherings with great music and a relevant message. Classes are available for nursery – 6th grade.

Join thousands of people across the globe in our mission to bring life-changing clean water and fullness of life to children in communities around the world.

Walk, run, or push a stroller with us at the World Vision Global 6K for Water on April 27, 2019. Each registration provides lasting clean water to a child, like the child on your race bib! Click here for more info and to register. Get $10 off your registration with code ‘WWD19’ in honor of World Water Day until Sunday, March 31st!

Our next Baptism Gatherings are on May 19th. Baptism is a public testimony identifying a believer with Christ. For more info about Baptism, click here! We know that you may still have questions, and we are here to help answer any questions you may have at one of our upcoming meetings.

Adult Baptism Meetings
April 28th and May 5th | After both Gatherings
Join Pastor Marty after either of the Gatherings for more info and to learn how to take your next step with Baptism.

Kidz Baptism Class
May 1st and 2nd | 6:30pm
Any child that is interested in being baptized is invited to attend the kidz’ baptism class on either Wednesday or Thursday taught by Linda Hilligoss, Kidz Ministries Director. A parent or guardian is required to attend with the child. Register and get more info here.

Easter Egg Hunt – Preschool through 4th graders, join us on Saturday, April 20th from 9am-10:30am for an Easter Egg Hunt and Pancake Breakfast. There will be a special activity for 5th-6th graders. If you would like to donate candy for the Easter Egg Hunt, please drop off donations at the Grace Kidz Check-In counter.

Fall Ball – Got an athlete in your household age 5 to 7th grade (as of 2019 – 2020 school year) who needs a fun activity during the fall? Fall Ball may be the perfect idea! Your youth will learn to be a part of a team, develop great skills, and get physical activity in a safe and family-friendly environment. Click here for more info and to register!

Wings Day Camp – Save the date!
June 3rd – 7th | 10am – 2pm

CDYC – Middle School CDYC is June 22-25 | High School CDYC is June 26-30
CDYC Early Bird Registration is happening NOW through April 2nd!
At CDYC, students express their God-given talents and passions through art, music, and athletics, strengthen Godly friendships, engage in powerful worship and relevant teaching, and simply have fun! Students will gain life perspective and acquire tools to develop a healthy relationship with Jesus and others. Join us for the best week of the summer! If you have any questions about CDYC, please email Nate Patterson, Student Ministries Pastor, or click here to register!

Grace Student Ministries Quiz Team – Congrats to the GSM Bible Quizzers! The teams studied the Gospel of John and consistently took top individual and team honors this season! Quizzing is open to students in 6th-12th grade and will begin a new season in August. Email for more info!

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