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Blog Archives: December 2015

Word of the Week

December 30, 2015
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Plan Hi, gang!  I hope you had the merriest possible Christmas.  Our families at GCC have a wide range of experiences at Christmas, from joyous family Christmas full of people, to reminders of grief and loss, to concern for family members deployed overseas and separated from spouses.  Ours was blessed and fairly quiet except for a short trip to Baltimore, from which I am recovering today. One thing many people do as a New Year’s resolution is plan to read the Bible.  This link is for the Discipleship Reading Bible Plan.  ...

Looking Forward

December 29, 2015
Tom Breeden
This week we finish out another year and with each new year comes New Year’s resolutions. I must admit that I am not a huge fan of making resolutions. If I want to change something or make a long-term plan, why not just do it? Why wait for a particular time of year? But I get why New Year’s resolutions are popular. With a new year come new opportunities and a time for reflection. We think about the past year, in all its successes and failures, and dream about what the next year might hold. So as we think about what the next year might hold, ...

A Christmas Thank You

December 23, 2015
Don Ward
Merry Christmas everyone!  Last week I had a wonderful lunch with Tom Gilliam, a GCC-sponsored missionary.  Tom and Vicki are great examples to me of faithfulness under trial.  For the last five years they have continued to minister faithfully in Ireland as they grieved the loss of their son Tommy.  We received this great Christmas thank-you letter and I wanted to pass it along to you this week. Dear Members of Grace Community Church, Merry Christmas to each of you! There is something particularly special about being back in the ...

Word of the Week

December 23, 2015
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Lasting Without thinking very much, take five seconds to name one gift you received last year.  Did you come up with one?  I love opening presents, but I don’t remember very many of them.  The people that are there, the times we had, the ones that don’t remain around the table - those things stick with me.  What makes a Christmas memory lasting?  Sometimes it is pain, like a blowout at a family outing.  My prayer for us all is that love may abound in our hearts, and that what will last is the love we have experienced from ...

Parents' Day Out

December 17, 2015
Cara Kidd
Thirty excited children, owl ornaments, teenagers, adults, Uno, tag, basketball - what do all these things have to do with one another? Parents’ Day Out! For the last 2 years we have sponsored an event for the families and friends of Grace Community Church called Parents’ Day Out. It began with wanting to serve our GCC families and friends during the busy holiday season. Our hope was that parents would be able to have some free time to shop or wrap (or really do anything that they wanted to!) without their children. We also wanted to serve ...

Word of the Week

December 16, 2015
Don Ward
Word of the week:  Unshaken Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people both now and forevermore. (Psalm 125:1-2 NIV) “Which cannot be shaken.” I’m struck by those words this morning.  Those who trust in the LORD cannot be shaken.  That doesn’t seem to be our experience.  We trust in the LORD and yet are shaken up. Right now the Christmas season is shaking some of you up.  It’s a stressful season.  I have two ...

Love in Action

December 10, 2015
Stacey Powdrell
A couple in their 80’s struggling with different health issues. A 79-year-old grandma feeling the wear and tear of aging. A widower and single dad.  What do they have in common?  The youth ministry Rake-A-Thon! Their yards were all invaded by a crew of hardworking GCC students and adult volunteers on November 22nd. I received a note in the mail this week from one of the ladies we were able to help out. It said, “On a recent Sunday afternoon I had the pleasure of a visit from a group of young people. They came armed with rakes and plastic bags ...

Word of the Week

December 10, 2015
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Epic Epic: extending beyond the usual or ordinary especially in size or scope (Merriam-Webster) Epic has other primary meanings, but I use it as defined here.  Sunday, December 6, 2015, was Epic.  We had four baptisms (three of them were adults), four professions of faith, and a total of seven new members join the church. Numbers didn’t just make it epic; it was the stories beyond each life represented up front. Epic: The baptism of a child from a family who a few years ago wondered if having children would ever ...

Our Savior: Perfectly God, Perfectly Man

December 03, 2015
Tag Tuck
You should act more like your older brother. Have you ever heard someone tell the story of a well-intentioned mother speaking to her younger child? She means well and wants the best for her baby, but she expresses by holding up the older brother as an example of how things should be done. Is it always wrong to do this? I don’t think so. Does it usually help the younger sibling? Almost never. Similarly, we can treat Jesus like this. We read the Bible, listen to a sermon, talk to one another within the church and somehow hear something about ...

Word of the Week

December 02, 2015
Don Ward
Word of the week:  Thanks? This week’s word is thanks - with a question mark!  Do you feel thankful about your Thanksgiving? I’ve talked to several about their Thanksgiving experience with family.  For some there were moments of delight and joy.  For many of us, we hoped to keep our dysfunction to a manageable roar.  We hope those who carry wounds in our family won’t walk away more deeply wounded.  What happened to that Hallmark commercial Thanksgiving and Christmas I had hoped for?  Sometimes the holidays are stressful because we are ...