Ladies Retreat

We invite you to join us for a very special Ladies Retreat this October at Grace Baptist Church! The Retreat was created for women of every age and stage, so please invite your friends!

The fun begins at 10am and ends at 1pm. This is a free event, and you can register online today at www.hisgraceforyou.org/ladies-retreat!

Our special guest speaker, Anne Van Curen, will be focusing on Jesus as the greatest storyteller ever known, and how He desires to share His love for us through His parables. Let’s dive in together to contemplate Christ’s love through His stories!



Sunday School & Children’s Ministry Luncheon Canceled for Tomorrow!

Due to the effects of the remnants of Hurricane Florence, we have canceled tomorrow’s 9:45AM Sunday School & postponed the 12:30PM Children’s Ministry Luncheon (we will update you on a new date soon).  Unless there is a power outage at church or severe flooding, we are still planning on having our 11:00AM Worship Service.  Please check out our website (hisgraceforyou.org) and Facebook page (facebook.com/hisgraceforyou) for further updates.

Also, if anyone needs any help in the storm, please don’t hesitate to contact me on my cell:  (276) 229-5719

Be safe and pray for all those affected by this storm, especially our first responders.
In His Grace & Love,
Pastor Mark



Children’s Ministry Luncheon & Training this Sunday!

Our Children’s Ministry Luncheon and Training is THIS Sunday, September 16th, directly after the worship service for everyone who is a part of our GBC Children’s Ministry.  We invite you to attend this very valuable workshop, which will include guest speaker, Pam Hylton, talking about the issue of bullying.



AWANA Kick-Off & New Online Registration!

Wednesday, September 5th, is our special AWANA Kick-Off Night. Each clubber will get to meet their AWANA leaders for the year and get a fun, brief taste of what the year will be like. Then we will end the night with an ICE-CREAM SOCIAL for the whole family!!!

We at Grace Baptist Church are very happy to begin a new year of AWANA for our 7th year. We would love for your family to come join in on the fun on Wednesday Nights! AWANA is a fun and interactive ministry that teaches kids the gospel and God’s Word in an exciting and enjoyable way. We meet every Wed at Grace Baptist Church at 6pm until 7:45pm.

**NEW! You can now pre-register your child online for the 2018-2019 year! Save time on Kick-Off night by registering today! Visit https://www.hisgraceforyou.org/awanaregistration/ to register online.***

Our newest AWANA Club, Puggles, introduces kids from the ages of 2 and 3 about God and His word. At Cubbies, we teach kids through the ages 4-5 about the Bible right to their level using fun and games. At Sparks, kids from grades K-2nd are introduced to memorizing Scripture and enjoying entertaining games together. We also have our T&T Club. T&T stands for “Truth and Training” and this club hosts students from grades 3rd-6th. It’s a very special club where the kids move forward with memorizing and learning scripture in addition to hanging out and competing in exciting games at recreation time. And last but not least is our newest club…TREK which is geared toward older students in the 7th and 8th grades.



Church Clean-Up Day Tomorrow!

Fall Ministries are almost here and we need your help! We are having a Clean-Up Day this Saturday, August 25th, at the church.  We will begin the Clean-Up at 9am. We will be weed eating the grounds, cleaning the upstairs closet, and cleaning  the outside storage unit. We also will replace some of the light bulbs in the sanctuary if possible. Please see Dale Hollandsworth, if you have any questions.



Baptism Service this Sunday!

We will be having a special Baptism Service this Sunday, August 26th!  Our Service begins at 11am at Grace Baptist Church, then we will travel to Dick and Pat East’s home for the Baptisms. Be sure to join us, as we celebrate together the new life these believers have through their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We will also have a fun time of fellowship after the service at the East’s house with a hot dog lunch (provided by the church). Please bring lawn chairs and a side dish or dessert to share.



MOPS is Back! First Meeting is Next Tuesday!

The Grace Baptist MOPS group is having their first meeting of the new year next Tuesday, August 21st, at 10am! Be sure to join us for a inclusive group of authentic women who offer friendships, advice, and a place to fellowship. (And FREE childcare!) The Mothers of Preschoolers will meet here at Grace Baptist Church, every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month, to encourage and equip one another in the love of Jesus Christ.

Do you have a couple hours twice a month to give in service to the young families who will attend the MOPS meetings here at Grace?  If you can help provide childcare for the babies, toddlers, and preschoolers, please contact Jennifer Brown.



Promotion Sunday is THIS Sunday!

Back-to-School season has arrived, and we are so excited about welcoming your kids and students into their next class at GBC! This Sunday, August 12, students will move up a grade in our Children’s Ministry just like they do in school. Promotion Sunday offers us more than just this though, it also offers us the invaluable opportunity to be more aware of praying for each and every child in our Children’s Minitstry. Here is what you need to know about Sunday:

Something that everyone of every age and stage of life can do for an eternal impact is to pray earnestly and intentionally for the hearts of the students in our ministry as they begin a new school year. We will also have a special time during this Sunday’s worship service to devote to prayer. All school age children will come forward and Pastor Mark will say a prayer of blessing on them. They will also receive a back-to-school packet which will include a prayer calendar, so that they can write down their own specific prayer requests. James 5:16 says, “the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective”. You can also pick up your own Prayer Calendar to pray over the students from our Ministry Table in the Sanctuary. Let’s set them up for success through our faithful prayers!

Sunday Morning Children’s Ministry Age Groups

Sunday Morning Small Group 9:45am-10:45am

  • Beginners Nursery (Infant – 3 Years)
  • Explorers 4 – 6 Year Olds
  • Treasure Hunters 1st – 4th Grade
  • BLAST 5th – 7th Grade
  • Student Ministry 8th – 12th Grade

Worship Service 11:00am-12:15pm

  • Nursery (Infant – Pre-K)
  • Children’s Church (Kindergarten – 3rd Grade)

 



August 2018 Pastor’s Notes

     I just have to start by saying Thank you!!!  Thank you for all those who prayed & prepared, who taught & cared, and who served & shared!  Thank you to all those parents, who night after night placed their kids in our care.  And most importantly, thank you to our good, gracious, and faithful God, who ultimately made this our most successful Vacation Bible School ever!

     Not only did we have a record number of kids and volunteers, but we also had, for the first time, over 100 children every night of the week!  Even our fun-packed Community Day saw our highest number of kids and families to date.  All of which means that more souls heard the Gospel this year presented in lessons, games, crafts, and drama than ever before!!!

     And now that VBS is in our rear view mirror, it’s time to begin praying and planning for what God is going to do through our AWANA Ministry.  Last year, He graced (and challenged) us with over 60 kids!  If past experience and VBS success are any indicators, there is a very good chance that we will top over 70 children this year.  This is even more possible when you consider that we are starting a new group this year, the Puggles (ages 2-3).

     So, what do we have to do to prepare the fields for harvest?  Well, everything that is to honor God must begin with prayer, so I encourage you to pray throughout the entire month of August.  Pray that the AWANA leaders will be able to prepare for the harvest.  Pray that God will touch the hearts of the parents who He wills  to come.  Pray that we will be blessed with the ability to provide all the necessary resources.  Pray that God may reveal your part in our AWANA ministry this year.

     With the harvest that we are praying God will send to us, we still need Him to provide laborers who can:

  • listen to kids’ memory verses for as little as a half-hour
  • help organize and participate in Game Time
  • commit to being a prayer partner for each child

Beloved, God is doing a mighty work here at Grace Baptist, and I can’t wait to see what blessings the next leg of our journey together will bring.



Tomorrow! Time Lab VBS Begins!

Set your watches! Be excited! A time-traveling adventure begins TOMORROW at 5:45pm at Grace Baptist Church with TIME LAB VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL! Join us as we learn about Jesus from eternity past to eternity future through games, crafts, snacks, worship, drama, and bible lessons! Vacation Bible School runs through Tuesday, July 10th–Friday, July 13th, from 5:45pm–8:30pm, followed by the very special VBS/Community Family Fun Day on Saturday, July 14th, from 10am – 2pm.

You can still save time by pre-registering online at: https://gracebaptistchurch.myanswers.com/timelab/. Pre-Registration closes on Tuesday at noon! Then Registration will open at the door at 5:30pm!
 
Volunteers: Please, arrive at VBS each night at 5:20pm for prayer and announcements in the Fellowship Hall; and park on the side of the building or the back row of the parking lot. Thank you for your help and ministry service teaching kids about Jesus and His Word!

We still need some help for our VBS/Community Family Fun Day this Saturday. Set-up begins at 8am, the special program is at 10am, lunch is served around 11am, outdoor fun goes until 2pm, and then we clean up. Any amount of time you can give is appreciated. Please, let Pam Elkins know if you can be a part of this terrific outreach opportunity.

See you tomorrow!



Tonight! Last Night of Wed Fellowship Activities!

TONIGHT is our last night of Wednesday Fellowship Activities and it is going to be special! The night is going to be kicked off with a fun, FREE cookout with hamburgers and hotdogs at 5:15pm. At 6pm, children ages Nursery through high school will join us for our “Grace Games,” and tonight is Water Night, so please bring a modest swimsuit, a towel, and dry clothes. At 6:15pm, there will be an Adult Bible Study with Pastor Mark and Women’s Bible Study with Pam Elkins. Then the night finishes with the last Voices of Grace Choir Practice for the summer at 7:30pm.



Wed Nights in June for the Whole Family!

While AWANA has ended for the summer, we will continue to have Wednesday Night Fellowship Activities throughout the month of June. We will have a Fellowship Meal together at 5:15pm in the Fellowship Hall. At 6pm, children ages nursery through high school will participate in our very special “Grace Games,” and tonight is Outdoor Game Night! At 6:15pm there will be an Adult Bible Study with Pastor Mark, and a Women’s Bible Study with Pam Elkins. Then the night will be finished with the Voices of Grace Choir Practice at 7:30pm. We hope to see you there!


Vacation Bible School: Time Lab

Get ready to set your watches, because this Summer we are traveling back in time for VBS: Time Lab at Grace Baptist Church!
Every night from July 10th-13th at 5:45pm-8:30pm, kids can enjoy fun Bible lessons, crafts, snacks, songs, outdoor games, and a comedy show every evening! Ages 4-13.
 
Then join us on Saturday, July 14th for our Community Family Fun Day from 10am-2pm to finish off our VBS week! This is open to the whole community whether or not your child was in VBS. It’s just a fun day with songs, a comedy show, games, a bounce house, face painting, dunking booth, crafts, emergency vehicles, balloons, hotdogs, cotton candy, popcorn, sno-cones, candy, and more! All ages.
 
Be sure to mark your calendars and invite your friends!
Please email office@hisgraceforyou.org if you have any questions!!!


June 2018 Pastor’s Notes

Hold on to your hats…it’s already June!!!  And that always means two things:  first, another amazing year of our AWANA Ministry is coming to a close and second, another awesome week of VBS Ministry is right around the corner! 

     On the first Sunday in June (the 3rd) we are going to have a special time of AWANA recognition and awards where all 62 of the kids who participated this year will be individually recognized for what God has accomplished in their lives.  There will also be a fun video of memories from throughout the year.  Directly following the service there will be a special Raceway Luncheon with hot dogs and all the fixings.  And then we will have our first annual AWANA Grand Prix, where kids of all ages will race their pinewood derby cars to crown a champion in each bracket:  Cubbies, Sparks, TNT, Trek, and Adults.

     And as soon as the dust and rubber settle from the Grand Prix, it will be time to begin preparations for this year’s Vacation Bible School:  Answers in Genesis’ “Time Lab”.  Yes, I realize that our VBS doesn’t officially start until July 10th, but as anyone who has served in the past knows, it takes an awful lot of work to get ready for our single biggest evangelistic and outreach ministry of the year.  Last year, God brought us over 130 souls to share Jesus’ love and Gospel with and we are praying for even more kids this year!!!

     Which means that we are going to need everyone to prayerfully consider how God is calling them to serve, so we can be ready for God’s harvest.  And don’t think there is nothing you can do, because in our VBS there are so many ways to serve.  We need people to be tour guides to lead the kids from class to class, people to be helpers with games and crafts, people to prepare & serve food for the kids, people to help build & set up the drama set, people to prepare food for the volunteers’ breakroom, people to man all of the tables & tents at our Community Family Fun Day on Saturday, and people to be prayer warriors every day and hour that the kids are here with us.

     So, I urge everyone to prayerfully consider where God needs you this year, and if you aren’t sure, please contact Pam Elkins (276-694-2268) and I’m sure she has a need you can fill.  Also, please mark your calendars for Sunday June 24th or July 1st for our mandatory VBS Training Courses (just attend one.)  They won’t take long, but because God is entrusting us with so many young souls, it is imperative that all of us take every step necessary to Glorify Our Lord Jesus Christ.



TOMORROW is the GBC Red Cross Blood Drive!

TOMORROW IS YOUR CHANCE TO SAVE A LIFE!

HELP SAVE A LIFE! The need for blood donations is constant, and especially after several destructive storms and tornadoes have hit the US in recent days. YOU can make a HUGE difference in someone’s life. Just one donation can potentially save up to 3 lives! Grace Baptist will be hosting another Blood Drive with the American Red Cross on Wednesday, May 16th, in the Fellowship Hall from 3-7pm. Please pray and consider donating and/or volunteering for this wonderful cause. Sign up by CLICKING HERE.

If you are curious about what is involved in the process of a blood donation or what happens to your donation afterward, be sure to click one or both of these links: www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/donation-faqs and www.redcrossblood.org/learn-about-blood

 

SAVE TIME AT YOUR DONATION WITH RAPIDPASS!

What is Rapid Pass?
Rapid Pass allows you to complete your pre-donation reading and answer health history questions online ahead of time. It will ask you easy questions that everyone is asked before they donate blood. If you complete your Rapid Pass, and print it out for the Blood Drive, you will be able to save valuable time at your blood donation!! You must fill out your Rapid Pass on the day of your blood donation. It will only take 10-15 minutes of your time, and now you can use Rapid Pass on your mobile device. Be sure to bring your printed out code when your arrive to the drive, or the code from your mobile device if you completed Rapid Pass on your phone. CLICK HERE
to complete and/or learn more about Rapid Pass.


Help Save Lives at Upcoming Blood Drive!

GBC is hosting another Blood Drive for the American Red Cross on Wed, May 16th. The Red Cross will be set up in the Fellowship Hall from 3-7pm. Please pray about donating blood and help us to spread the word to others in the community about the Blood Drive.. If you are interested in donating, volunteering, or if you just have questions, please contact Mark Elkins. If you are curious about what is involved in the process of a blood donation, be sure to click one or both of these links:

www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/donation-faqs and www.redcrossblood.org/learn-about-blood



Grace Family Foundations Coming in May!

Interested in potentially becoming a member of Grace Baptist Church?  A new session of Grace Family Foundations classes will be offered next month.  The first session will be on Sunday, May 6th at 9:45am, and continue throughout May.  If you miss a session, makeup sessions are offered on Thursdays at 6:30pm (Childcare will be provided).  If you are interested in being a part of this class, please, contact Pastor Mark.



April Pastor’s Notes

     This is a really exciting time for Grace Baptist Church!  The Holy Spirit has been answering our prayers and bringing much fruit in the form of new families, dozens of new children, and new ministries like the Marriage & Women’s Conferences, and the upcoming AWANA Grand Prix.  It is certainly a season of harvesting and of replanting, in the power of our Lord Jesus Christ!

         And along with all the incredible things God is doing in our midst, there also comes an even greater responsibility of oversight and stewardship.  As our little family of God grows into a larger community, it is imperative that each of us consider our individual and collective roles in God’s plan for this body of Christ.

        Unfortunately, over the last several Quarterly Church Meetings, we have noticed a decline in the number of people who are remaining after our Fellowship Meal to hear updates and help make decisions that affect the future direction of our church.  I know that we are all very busy, but these meetings are vital for the continued health and growth of GBC. 

     Which is why I wanted to take a moment in this month’s Pastor’s Notes to encourage everyone (especially members) to plan on attending this month’s Quarterly Church Meeting on Sunday, April 23rd directly following our Worship Service and Potluck Fellowship Meal.  Although some meetings have been longer in the past, our Deacons have strived over the last year to streamline our agendas in order to target a 30 minute timeframe.

     Please, make a note on your calendar to remain an additional half-hour after the Fellowship Meal, so that together we can prayerfully seek the Holy Spirit’s future course for Grace Baptist Church.



Easter Service Schedule

Join us this Easter to experience and celebrate the hope we have in Jesus.

Our Maundy Thursday Service will be at 7pm on March 29th. It will be a night of worship and reflection, as we remember the night of the Lord’s Supper and His arrest. Childcare will be provided in the nursery.

On Easter Sunday, April 1st, we will have a Sunrise Service at 7am, rain or shine. There will not be any Sunday school, but we will have a special Easter Service at 11am. Please join us and invite your friends to our special Easter Service, as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ together!

Due to last weekend’s snow, we are moving our annual Egg Hunt directly after the service, so all children are invited to join us in the sanctuary for this fun family event. We will not be having our planned hot dog lunch, so that we can begin the Egg Hunt and Games around 12:30, allowing families to quickly get to any other activities they may already have planned for Easter.

Please Note: that there will be NO Sunday School on Easter Sunday.We will also not be having Children’s Church, but we will be handing out Easter activity packets for children of all ages.There will be Nursery care available.

Please invite your friends and neighbors, and we look forward to seeing you this Easter Sunday!



SUNDAY MORNING SERVICES CANCELLED & EASTER EGG POSTPONED!

All Sunday Services Are Canceled!!

Due to the snow, we have decided to cancel all of our Sunday Services for today, March 25th.  Please remain warm, safe and worship our Risen Lord with your family.
 

Easter Egg Hunt Postponed to Next Sunday

Also, due to the snow we are moving our annual Egg Hunt to next week, directly following our 11am Easter Sunday Service.
We will not be having our planned hot dog lunch, so that we can begin the Egg Hunt and Games around 12:30, allowing families to quickly get to any other activities they may already have planned for Easter.

Be safe & warm and if you need help from the storm, please contact me or your Deacon,
Pastor Mark
276-229-5719



New Weather Related Cancellations and Postponements!

Sunday School Canceled

Due to the snow, we have already decided to cancel our Sunday School for tomorrow morning.

The Deacons and I will assess the conditions for the 11am service by 8:30am tomorrow morning.

 

Easter Egg Hunt Postponed to Next Sunday

Also, due to the snow we are moving our annual Egg Hunt to next week, directly following our 11am Easter Sunday Service. 

We will not be having our planned hot dog lunch, so that we can begin the Egg Hunt and Games around 12:30, allowing families to quickly get to any other activities they may already have planned for Easter.

Be blessed and safe!
Pastor Mark Elkins



New Weekend Weather Update!!!

Clean-up Day
Because of the snow forecast we have two important changes to our clean-up schedule:

**David’s outside mulch team will begin tomorrow at 8am to try and beat the snow

**Dale’s inside cleaning team will be postponed until next Saturday March 31st.

Easter Egg Hunt Contingency Plan
It is still too early to know for sure, but if the snow is as bad as forecasted, the Egg Hunt will be rescheduled for the following Easter Sunday, directly after the service. Be sure to keep an eye out for any upcoming announcements from the church’s email, Facebook page, and/or mobile app.



All WED Night Activities Cancelled!

All Wednesday Night Activities (AWANA, Fellowship Meal, Adult Bible Study, Isaiah’s Bells, and Choir Practice) are cancelled tonight due to inclement weather! Stay safe and enjoy your evening with your families!

We will be sure to keep you posted about any weather-related closings in the future, but we hope to see you on Sunday!
God bless!



Children’s Choir Spring Rehearsals

The Children’s Choir (Ages 3 – 13) will soon be preparing to sing during the Worship Service on Easter Sunday. We will have practices on Sundays, March 11th and 18th at 12:30pm, and on Sunday, March 25th, directly after the Egg Hunt.



March Pastor’s Notes

     As we head into March, we are right in the middle of our series about  Right Relationships, which is fitting because on March 9th & 10th Grace Baptist Church is hosting its first ever Marriage Conference.  Beginning with Registration at 6:15pm on Friday, we will be joining the first session of a simulcast from pastor, event speaker, and best-selling and award-winning author Paul David Tripp.  With more than 30 books and video series on Christian living, Paul’s driving passion is to connect the transforming power of Jesus Christ to our everyday lives.  The conference will continue Saturday morning at 9:00am with a Continental Breakfast and the next two sessions.  We will then take a short break for lunch, followed by the fourth and final session.

     The conference is entitled, “What Did You Expect?” and it will be helping us experience the true joy God planned for our marriages, by refocusing our relationships on God’s Kingdom, instead of our own.  The truth is that each of us brings his or her own particular expectations into the marriage, whether it’s about romance, finances, roles or a whole host of other issues.  And although these expectations will change over time, they still often remain the driving forces behind our feeling of either happiness or discontentment.

     To help us navigate the deep waters of our hearts, Pastor Tripp will be asking us  to answer two important questions and to make two important commitments: 

  • What Did You Expect When You Got Married?
  • Whose Kingdom Rules Your Marriage?
  • Commit to Build a Sturdy Bond of Trust
  • Commit to a Regular Lifestyle of Confession & Forgiveness

         I have had the opportunity to review the materials and I’m convinced that this is going to be an exciting and rewarding weekend for all those who attend.  Which is why we are providing this conference for FREE in the hopes that not only will every couple from Grace be able to come, but that also you will bring other couples to experience this wonderful blessing.  So, please join us on Friday March 9th and invite your friends, family, and neighbors. 

To register either:

  • call Ashlee Logan: 276-728-6671
  • or visit our website for a link: hisgraceforyou.org  
  • or register at the event


Easter Egg Hunt

Mark your calendars and get your Easter baskets ready! Rain or shine! Our annual Easter Egg Hunt is coming up on Sunday, March 25th. There will be a hot dog lunch at 12:30pm and the Egg Hunt and Games will begin at 1pm. This event is FREE and open to everyone in the community, so please invite anyone you know with young children to join us for this fun event!
 

Help needed:  We are collecting bags of candy and plastic eggs for the Egg Hunt.  We will be stuffing the eggs after church, on Sunday, March 18th

 



Tomorrow! PCC Open House!

Thank you to everyone who has helped raise money in our Baby Bottle Boomerang for the Pregnancy Care Center of Martinsville Henry County! If you forgot your bottle(s) on Sunday, you can still bring it with you to the Open House tomorrow!

The Pregnancy Care Center of MHC will be hosting a very special Open House tomorrow, Saturday, February 24, from 2–4pm. A group from Grace Baptist Church will be carpooling to the center for this event. We will leave the church parking lot at 1:45pm. We get the special opportunity for a tour of the facilities learn more about how the Pregnancy Care Center is serving the community.
Please, contact Pastor Mark if you have any questions. Their address is 314 Fairy Street Extension, Suite E in Martinsville.



MOPS! What is MOPS?

MOPS is a wonderful ministry for mothers of preschoolers (and other ages, as well), and their first meeting for the month of February is  Tomorrow at 10am! And there’s a lot to be excited about this ministry! Mommy fellowship, Bible study, yummy lunch, and FREE childcare!
MOPS International, Inc. was started in February 1973 in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, and as of 2017, there are about 4,000 groups worldwide. Their mission is to “encourage and equip moms of young children to realize their potential as mothers, women and leaders, in relationship with Jesus, and in partnership with the local church.”
If you are interested in learning more about MOPS, helping with childcare, or being a Mentor Mom, please contact Ashlee Logan or Jennifer Brown.


All Church Services are Cancelled for today February 4th.

All Church Services are Cancelled for today February 4th.

Due to the icy conditions we have decided to CANCEL all church services for today (Sunday, February 4th).

Please stay home, remain safe, and worship our Lord with your family.

In His Grace & Peace,
Pastor Mark



Sunday School is Canceled, but the 11:00am Service is on for NOW.

Due to the winter weather forecast for tomorrow morning, we are canceling tomorrow’s (February 4th) 9:45am Sunday School Hour.

We are currently hoping that the temperatures will rise and we will be able to still have our 11:00am service, but we will not make the final call until around 10:00am tomorrow morning. So, before leaving for church, please check one of our various communication outlets (Facebook, Website, Email, Phone Messages), for a final update.

If we do have services tomorrow at 11:00am, please use your own personal judgment of the conditions in your area before venturing out, and if you do come, please be very, very careful.

In His Grace & Peace,
Pastor Mark



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