This past Sunday the congregation voted and approved all three of the ballot items:
1. To approve the proposed constitution revisions as presented. (Passed with an 81% yes vote)
2. Assuming the passage of item #1, to then approve the recommendation of the deacons to form the transitional Elder and Deacon nomination committee responsible for presenting candidates to the congregation for the council of elders and new group deacons for 2016 (Passed with an 86% yes vote)
3. To grant licensure to Jim Phipps for Gospel Ministry (Passed with a 98% yes vote)
Now the work begins. The congregation is now responsible for nominating well-qualified men to be elders, and well-qualified men and women to serve as Deacons. Below you will see two buttons that will take you to the online versions of the nomination forms (also available via paper copy at the church office). We encourage you to nominate as many people from the congregation who you believe should seriously be considered. However, please use wisdom in whom you decide to nominate and prayerfully consider the responses you give to the nomination form questions.
Elder Nomination Form CLICK HERE Deacon Nomination Form CLICK HERE
Towards the beginning of our blog, we shared with you an app. That app at the time had the cost of $5, but now it is free! This app is a creative tool for learning Bible verses, it guides you through memory games and helps you attain your goals of memorizing and retaining scripture. If you are interested we invite you to watch the short video below and click here to go and download it onto your phone.
We are told that a staggering 70% of Americans do not have a current will. Wow! The ramifications of this on children, surviving spouses, on taxes and fees is immeasurable.
We think there are many reasons for this. Fear of dying, procrastination, confusion about the estate planning process, the cost of creating a will…and more.
We, at Grace Baptist Church, want to provide some “layman friendly” estate planning information that can enable you to protect your family and be a wise steward of what He has entrusted you with.
So, grab a cup of coffee or tea, kick off your shoes and browse around the links below. If you just want to get down to business, you can click on the Estate Plan Organizer on any page and walk yourself through a tutorial/data gathering process. At the end, you can print it at home or ask for help. All of the information you log in is confidential. The Estate Plan Organizer does not ask for social security numbers or bank account numbers. No one will see your entries unless you submit at the end and ask for help.
In that case, one of our friends at PhilanthroCorp (a trusted estate planning firm) will be in touch to serve you in any way they can.
We invite you to watch the video below to learn more.
Also if you would like, please click this link and make an inquiry!
We have something new for you! After much consideration and evaluation, we want to share our global outreach partner updates with you. These people are important to us, and we know many are important to you. The updates we will be posting will be their stories, experiences and photos, so we invite you to read them, share them and comment with your encouragement to them! God has blessed Grace with being able to partner with a vast and diverse group of people and we can’t wait to share their passionate outreach endeavors with you.
Last week our students went on a grand trip to Algonquin, Canada. The group going was made up of the coming year’s Radiate Student Leadership Team called The SHIFT, four adult leaders went with as well. The group started off the week energized and ready to go. Through their trip they encountered cold weather, pouring rain, and many bugs. Each person who went on the trip came back full of exciting stories, memories and experiences they’ll never forget. Check out what some of the students had to say below and also some pictures. You’ll see a lot, but it won’t tell the whole story, so go and find some of the adventurers and ask them more about the trip!
“It was a great trip that showed God’s beauty through creation and circumstances. It was a lot of fun and was an amazing experience!”
– Josiah Winey
“This Algonquin trip not only brought me closer to those who I was with, but closer to God as well.”
– John Sizer
“The trip was a great way to refocus ourselves and to grow as a team!”
“Throughout this trip, I learned several things and also grew closer to Christ. There is something so powerful about always being completely surrounded by encouraging people and God’s beautiful creations.”
– Elizabeth Daniels
We invite you to dinner! This coming Wednesday evening we’d love for you to join us in the gym at 6:00pm for hamburgers and hot dogs. This is a fantastic time to get together with others and get to know the Grace family just a bit better.
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The Algonquin team has departed this morning and is aiming to get to Toronto tonight! They will begin their canoe travel tomorrow. Please take a few moments and pray for this team, their safety, and their growth.
MK Transition Seminar is coming up soon! Donna Messenger with Barnabas International is in the planning process of this re-entry transition for missionary kids, which will take place at Cedarville University, July 12-24. Help is still needed with making beds, doing laundry, preparing snacks, and doing airport runs.You can sign up to help and pick up a prayer card in the lobby. Contact us here with questionsIf you are blessed with more produce in your garden than you need,why not consider sharing with our church family? You may drop off your fruits and vegetables on the table in the Welcome Center beginning today. Everyone is invited to take as needed.