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GraceLink Newsletter | February Edition 2019

New Year…New You?

Here we are, solidly into 2019. With every new year comes a barrage of commercials, ads, and invitations to re-invent yourself. From resolutions to make-overs we are bombarded with opportunities to start over.

I hope you will consider the opportunity God gives you every day. He says His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:23). It’s our choice to lean into God’s mercy or not, just like it is our choice to utilize a new year to make some changes. Here are a few things I hope you will consider that will help you in this New Year become a New You:

Breaking Through: 40 Days of Prayer

This Saturday, February 2nd is a day of prayer. I want to encourage you to be a part of this interactive family-friendly event at Grace from 9am-9pm. To sign up for a time slot click here.

It’s NOT to late to get into a small group for the next 6 weeks. We have groups that have room and would love to have you. If you are interested, stop by the Groups kiosk in the lobby or click here to email our Groups Director.

Each week we are unpacking what prayer is and how we can connect with God on a personal level. God wants to break through for YOU. What breakthrough do you need? Make plans not to miss.

Financial Update

We ended 2018 with a small surplus in our budget to giving ratio. We are grateful to those of you who gave. Guess what? Our budget needs continue this year! No Kidding! Because of a few weeks where weather was an issue for many not attending, we are starting the year a bit behind. Please remember, each week there are needed expenses we are obligated to meet. Thank you for you faithful generosity.

You can give in one of three ways: in the offering each Sunday, by texting 317-659-8314, or online.

Weather Cancellations 

In case we need to cancel gathering(s) due to the weather, here is how you will know:

1. Check our Facebook page

2. Check our Website

3. Check with the local TV stations on air and their websites.

4. We are setting up a texting blast that would alert you to the changes.

Anticipating many breakthroughs in the coming weeks,

Pastor Marty

If you are new to Grace Church, join us in the Gym on Sunday, February 3rd for Taste of Grace. Pastor Marty and a few of the Grace staff will be holding an informal reception with light refreshments after both Gatherings. No RSVP needed, just pop in, say hi and enjoy a snack.

Make 2019 the year you win with money! Learn how to apply God’s word to your finances through our next Financial Peace University’s 9-week series beginning February 7th at 6:30pm in Room 237. To register for this life-changing class, click here! Childcare will be available for a small fee. Free previews will be held on Thursday, January 31st @ 6:30pm and Sunday, February 3rd @ 12:30pm.

The Women’s Ministry retreat is quickly approaching! There’s still a few spots left, and there’s still time for you to sign up if you haven’t already. We have a weekend full of fun, relaxation, reflection, and fellowship planned. Special Guest Speaker, Lori Ferguson, will be speaking on the prayers of women in the Bible. Registration closes February 1st so click here to register today!

During the month of March, Grace will be collecting groceries for Churches in Mission and Active Grace. You can pick up lists at the Info Center starting February 24th. Please bring your filled bag to Grace Church by March 31st and make sure the items are unexpired and shelf-stable.

As the adults are “Breaking Through” in prayer, the Grace Kidz are diving deep into prayer, too! We’ll be learning from the big names in the Bible — Daniel, Samuel, David and more— about how prayer was a part of their lives, and how prayer is important for the Grace Kidz.

Preschool PJ Party – All preschoolers are invited to join us for a night of music, games, pizza, and fun on February 1st from 6pm-8pm. Click here to register!

Pancake and Sausage Breakfast – Grace Kidz Team Volunteers and families are invited to join us on Sunday, February 10th in between the Gatherings as we thank YOU for volunteering your time. If you aren’t currently serving in Grace Kidz but want more info, come on out and talk to our team. Click here to register!

SuperStart! Conference – All 4th-6th graders are invited to join us for the SuperStart! Conference on March 8th and 9th. This will be a weekend full of fun, learning, and worship! Click here for more info. Register by February 19th for special pricing!

GSM recently explored a process for critiquing media by asking questions and comparing it to the truths we find in Scripture. Perhaps your student came home with one of these “how to” guides. The guide is called How to use your head to guard your heart by Walt Mueller. If you’d like a copy, we have some extras available. You can also see an example of Mueller’s own use of this guide to analyze a few music videos here. Try This At Home: Use the guide to do your own analysis as a family. If you do, let us know how it goes. We’d love to hear your stories!

SAVE THE DATE:

Middle School CDYC (Youth Conference) will be June 22nd-25th

High School CDYC (Youth Conference) will be June 26th-30th

Finally, here’s a great pic from Winter Escape. We had safe travels, a great time, and important time spent focusing on God. Thanks for your prayers!

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