This coming Monday is the 2015 CedarFest Labor Day Parade with the theme of “Proud to be an American”. With that theme in mind, our Grace parade entry is recognizing our church military personnel. We are inviting any Grace member or attendee who is retired or current military personnel to participate by either walking or riding on the trailer we will have. We have a good number already signed up, but If you are interested in still joining this group, please email Kevin Reilly or call the church office at 766-2391. We would be honored if you would participate!
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.
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.
It’s that time of year again–the sun is out and the pools are open. However, fall is inevitable. The leaves will change color, the weather will stay inconsistent, and school will begin. For some parents their kids will be entering kindergarten. To confront this challenging transition from preschool to kindergarten, Grace Baptist offers a program, KinderKamp, to make that transition more fluid.
KinderKamp allows the soon-to-be kindergartener to experience a taste of the classroom setting. In addition to that experience, the child receives one-on-one attention from a volunteer to improve the areas in which the he or she lacks. Gross motor skills, fine motor skills, reading, writing, word recognition, and so much more is addressed in the two weeks of KinderKamp.
For the last four years, I have participated in KinderKamp as a volunteer. It has been a blessing to be part of such a successful ministry. I use the term “successful” because of how much the kids benefit from the program. The growth that occurs from the beginning to the end always amazes me. It never ceases to fascinate me when the information CLICKS for the child. You can actually see it in their faces. In some cases, it isn’t about learning the material; rather, it’s about learning self-control and the social aspect of a classroom. The kids practice listening to instruction, working in a group, and how to treat one another.
KinderKamp is designed to benefit kids who are entering, repeating, or finishing Kindergarten in 2015. The child must be age 5 by August 1, 2015 to be able to participate in KinderKamp. There is no charge for the program. KinderKamp will begin August 3 and continue till August 14. The application deadline is Friday, July 17. Please register early as space in this program is limited. For more information, contact Barb Hunt at email@example.com.
Written By: Tara Reilly
Kindergarten instructor, Grace Baptist Church
Senior nursing major, Wright State University
This Saturday, June 6, from 9am-3pm. If you can paint, power wash, haul, move, or clean, Safe Harbor House could use your help! Come for all or part of the time at 1001 S. Center St. in Springfield. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by June 3 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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So many cool things happen at Grace each week. Sometimes we get the pleasure of going back and checking it out via pictures and video! We invite you to check out photos and videos of our Grace Radiate “Rad Awards” show. This year Mike Standish and Stephen Bell kicked it in to high gear and pull off an amazing celebration our the seniors of Radiate. Here is a little thank you that Pastor Mike mentioned on Facebook.
Wow…so grateful for all the help we had last night to put on the 2015 RAD Awards! Thank you Joel Wallis and Aimee Hill Wallis, Andrea Kinsinger, Mark Klimek and Cheryl Martin Klimek, Jack Berg and Peyton Berg, Scott Huck,Colin Idris Jones, Andrew Biddinger, David Joseph Thurlow, Josiah Winey,Joseph Zavodney, Chad Clark, Ian Waltz, Jonathan Zaharek, Kristin Klimek,Ella Kinsinger, Anna Kinsinger, Ben Kinsinger, and a SPECIAL THANKS toStephen Bell (who put in tons of hours for this show and was stinkin’ hilarious…you do “awkward” way too well man!) Tyler Kirkpatrick, we enjoyed having you Facetime in and make your appearance again this year. Keep working that resume!:) I also want to thank the many others who participated as presenters and performers. Finally, I want to thank my wife Erica Bartlett Standish who sacrifices SO MUCH to have me away to work on things like this. You are my biggest support and do so much more than anyone will ever know for our ministry. I love you!
As I sit exhausted this morning trying to recoup from the busy weekend, I can’t help but truly thank God for an amazing group of leaders and students that he has given me to work with at Grace Baptist Church.
Students, your talent was incredible, and Seniors, I hope you heard all the words others spoke about you and to you. Find your identity in Christ and keep him at the center of your life! On behalf of the GraceRadiate student ministry, we love you all!
After the program Stephen Bell put the videos online so you can watch them at home. CLICK HERE to check them out!
Also many pictures were taken by Jonathan Zaharek! Check them out in the album below.
We are looking forward to our Summer Wednesday Night Dinners this year. They will be on June 10 and 24, July 8 and 22, and August 5, at 6pm in the gym. These dinners are a great way to get to know others in our Grace family! The church will provide an entrée for each dinner, and you bring a side dish, salad, or desert, and $2 to help cover the cost of the main dish (7-yr-olds and under are free). Sign-up today for our June 10th meal and bring friends as well!
This week is a busy one here at Grace! We know you are, too, so here are three things for you to know for the upcoming week:
First up, please be aware that as the school year is almost complete, we will switch to our single service schedule on May 10. This means that Adult Bible Fellowships will be at 9:00am and the service will be at 10:45am. We will still have MIXLR Live streaming throughout the summer, so as you go, take us with you!
Next, we will have Parent/Baby Dedications also on May 10. Public dedication of our children provides accountability and encouragement to us as parents as we seek to lead our children toward knowing, loving, and serving Jesus. Dedications are also a regular reminder to our Grace family of the importance of our children and our shared responsibility in their spiritual growth. Click here to register this week!
Finally, we’d love for you to plan on supporting the Walk 4 Life this year! Help save the lives of babies by joining the Miami Valley Women’s Center (MVWC) annual Walk 4 Life on Saturday, May 16, 2015. This major fundraiser allows the MVWC to provide pregnancy testing and limited ultrasounds to clients at no cost to them. Last year, 727 women chose LIFE! This event also helps the MVWC share the Gospel, provide abstinence education, minister to women who have experienced a past abortion or infant loss, and help hundreds who are seeking resources in our community. Use a FundEasy personalized web page again this year to help you meet your fundraising goal! Pick up a sponsor pledge form in the lobby and Walk 4 Life! Questions? Call Jenny Shoup at the MVWC at 298-2822 or go to www.miamivalleywomenscenter.org.
One of our core values here at Grace is service. We desire to further the impact of the Gospel and serve others through many avenues, both in the church and out. This week we have two areas of ministry where you could serve.
1. We are seeking volunteers for a short “Landscaping Workday” at Grace this
Saturday, April 25 from 9-12am. If you would like to help spruce up our grounds, please show up for donuts at 9:00am – and work at 9:05am! Bring your gloves; all other tools will be provided. Contact us by clicking here with questions.
2. We are also seeking people to work the check-in kiosk for our children’s ministry! Its a comfortable commitment and it provides safety and security for the children of Grace. This commitment is one or two services a month. All you need is a friendly face! Please let us know if you could serve with us by clicking here.
Service Core Value
We must look beyond ourselves. As we transform and consider our fellow brothers, we lose our selfish ways, and look for ways to serve those in our church family and those outside our wall, whether believer or unbeliever. To serve is to solidify God truth in our lives.
For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Galatians 5:13, 14