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AWANA Kick-Off Sept 14

Wednesday, September 14th, 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!!! This is an excellent ministry that teaches kids the gospel and God’s word in an exciting and enjoyable way, and we are very excited to begin our 4th
year. Please invite your friends and neighbors for this fun event!
 
“What’s an AWANA?” Well, AWANA is an acronym that stands for “Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed.” This comes from the passage 2 Timothy 2:15 in the Scriptures. AWANA is also a fun and interactive ministry just for kids from the age of 3, up to the students in the 8th Grade, and there are specific clubs for each age group. We meet every Wednesday at Grace Baptist Church at 6pm until 7:45pm. At Cubbies, we teach Pre-Schoolers 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 more and more 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.


August Pastor’s Notes: Deacon Nomination Month

Last week, with the passing of James Shelor, another of our church’s “Lions of the Faith” went home to receive his reward from His Savior.  And as I reflect on the void his homecoming has left, I am reminded of the reality that as a church we are on a very important journey.  When God called me to Grace, the first thing I observed was that this church was a strong family of God.  The second thing I observed was that it was also a church in transition. 
 
Over the last four years, in both conversations and in sermons, I have described our transition as a ten-year journey.  The first faithful souls that stepped out, on the belief that God’s Word is the final authority for the Christian life and the life of the church, have served Christ well in laying the foundations for Grace Baptist Church.  Next month, we enter the 5th year of this journey, and we will continue to build on the original, strong foundation. 

During this month, an important part of that building process occurs, because we will be asked to nominate men that we believe are called and biblically qualified to serve in a leadership position in Christ’s church as Deacons.  I ask you to pray and seriously consider what the Bible has to say about who should fill these important roles, especially what God reveals in 1 Timothy 3:1-13 & Titus 1:5-9.  Also, ask yourself important questions that reflect these biblical principles, like:

  • Are they faithful attenders?
  • Are they engaged in regular Bible Studies?
  • Are they already leading and participating in various ministries of the church?
  • Are they men you would go to for spiritual counsel?
  • Are they men who can rightly handle the Word of God?

These and other important spiritual questions are the keys to recognizing the men that God has taught us should help lead His church, as we continue on this exciting journey together.

In His Grace,

Pastor Mark




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