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Blog Archives: December 2013

Fasting and its Role in the Christian Life

December 30, 2013
Don Ward
January 10-12 is a Weekend of Fasting and Prayer at GCC, and there are many opportunities for you to participate! We will meet for prayer at 7:00pm Friday night and 10:00am Saturday morning.  A 12-hour prayer chain will start at noon on Saturday.  Adult Foundations on Sunday at 9:15am will include a lesson on prayer and a time of prayer together.  A suggested fasting schedule is to refrain from eating from after dinner on Friday to breakfast on Sunday, but feel free to adapt that as needed. Why are we fasting and praying now?  It hopefully ...

Making the Most of the Bible in the Year to Come

December 26, 2013
Don Ward
By the time you read this, Christmas day will have passed!  2014 is fast approaching and it is a great time to consider planning to enhance some aspect of your spiritual life in this year.  We won’t call it a New Year’s resolution, since we often fail at those.  Consider making one or two objectives for your personal spiritual growth in the year ahead.  Something is always better than nothing.  Having family devotions three times a week consistently is better than attempting to do so seven days a week and never getting it done at all.  A ...

Giving to Our Mercy Fund

December 18, 2013
Don Ward
This week I want to bring you up to speed on one of the great things at GCC that is quiet and nearly invisible, but still a meaningful ministry.  On Christmas Eve, GCC takes up an offering for something we call the “mercy fund”.  You may have seen the yellow cards in your bulletin throughout this month about this fund. What is this special fund and how is it used?  Why is it a worthwhile thing to support? This fund is administered by the deacons of our church as a part of their unique role in ministry at GCC.  If a person at GCC has a ...

A Different Kind of Consumption

December 10, 2013
Don Ward
Hello, Gracians!  It was hard to cancel church last Sunday!  I really missed seeing everyone.  My little home worship service couldn’t hold a candle to Karen Sawyer and the worship team!  Your safety is our priority, so if a snow or ice storm is forecast before, during or after Foundations or worship, we are more likely to cancel.  If we can make our space safe for you to be at, and you can get there safely, we want to have church.  Thus, we once met this year with no power! The Town Hall meeting will be THIS Sunday at 9:15am, and ...

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

December 04, 2013
Tag Tuck
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Do you agree with the lyrics to this popular Christmas tune? For some it truly is the most wonderful time. It is a wonderful time of family coming together. It is a wonderful time of gathering with friends to celebrate. For others, it can be the most painful time of the year. For those who have lost a loved one in the past year, it is painful. For those who are estranged from family, it is painful. For those who are full of anxiety or stress because of marriage, career, or money, this can be an ...