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Blog Archives: May 2018

Summer Reading

May 31, 2018
Don Ward
Don here with some recommendations for summer reading.  With no claim to being great at such recommendations, here are a few suggestions. Stuff for your Soul or Life: Desiring God by John Piper.  It’s a classic. It should be required reading. The Way of the Heart by Henri Nouwen. Because of how most of us think, this is a good counterbalance to our over rational and over busy lifestyle The Meaning of Marriage by Tim and Kathy Keller.  If you are married, or ever want to be, Keller is full of good practical and biblical wisdom. You can ...

Word of the Week

May 31, 2018
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Shocker Shocker. It’s never good to see that your cell phone had a late-night call and voicemail. Then you look and see texts and Facebook messages on the phone also. The pulse rate picks up as you wonder, how bad is the news? Early Sunday morning I learned that one of our members, Janice Edwards, was in UVA intensive care facing surgery and recovery from a ruptured aneurysm in her brain. It was a real shocker. I quickly went through a range of human emotions that settled on sorrow that our friend is so ill, and that ...

What is Habitat for Humanity?

May 23, 2018
Tom Breeden
You find yourself fishing out in the ocean, miles off the coast. The water has been choppy but so far you’ve managed. After a few hours, you start to realize your toes are wet. Maybe water splashed over the sides? Soon the icy water is up to your ankles. Now you know something’s wrong. There’s a hole in your boat – and it’s starting to sink. What do you do? You have two major options. You can bail the water out or you can plug the hole. If you bail the water out, more will keep coming in. If you plug the hole, you can change the situation ...

Word of the Week

May 22, 2018
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Missions The Word of the Week is Missions! For as far back as GCC missions goes, Fleming Straughan has been our chairman. If you grab Fleming for a bite to eat, he will no doubt talk about Ireland and missions, and you will sense that he is passionate about missions anywhere, everywhere, at all times. I appreciate Fleming stepping up to lead us all these years. Every missionary Grace supports knows exactly who he is! This year, at the elders' direction, the missions committee started the process of revisiting its purpose ...

What is Jail Ministry?

May 16, 2018
Joe Varaksa
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Of the 600 plus Jewish laws, Jesus chose these two as the greatest – and they are both relational.  Our relationship with God, and our relationship with others. Does this include those outside of our church...?

Word of the Week

May 16, 2018
Don Ward
Word of the week: Relaxed For many of our members, summer is a more relaxed time. There are planned trips and vacations. Students are off from school, and our teachers have a precious few weeks to regain their balance. Attendance is a bit lower, and volunteers are less available, so our church has a more relaxed schedule as well. We trim back to just a 10:30 service after Memorial Day weekend, and the church schedule feels relaxed to me. This schedule creates an opportunity and let me encourage you to take it. When you are here in the ...

Who is Greene Alliance?

May 10, 2018
Tom Breeden
You’ve just moved to a new city and everything is, well, new. All of the restaurants are new to you. The back roads and short cuts are completely foreign to you. Finding a new barber is no small task! If this place is going to become home to you, what are you supposed to do? The easiest thing to do would be to ask someone who knows. If you want to get to know a new place, ask someone who’s been there for a while. GCC isn’t totally new to mercy ministry, but we are renewing our efforts and stepping up our game. With this renewed vision to be ...

Word of the Week

May 09, 2018
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Bang! Hi Church, As we move toward a more relaxed summer schedule of one service, more free time for fellowship and family activities, it seems like we are going out with a BANG!  The church calendar is full of things from men’s and women’s events to youth group’s goodbyes to Sean and Gabby Smith. The men and boys go to Fredericksburg on Saturday, the ladies have a brunch the following Saturday, and on it goes. Just as school ends we have the Malawi Talent Show (June 9th at 7:00pm). If you have a talent to share click ...

What is Mercy Ministry?

May 01, 2018
Andreson Aaron
What is mercy ministry? Have you ever asked yourself that question? Have you wondered why the Church engages in such an activity or considered how this involves you personally? If you have – or if you just like reading pithy blogs – hang around for a few minutes. At the most basic level, mercy ministry is helping people with a practical need in the name of Jesus Christ. This can take on many forms and can be achieved in a variety of ways. It may involve providing a meal or paying an electric bill, teaching a person how to manage their ...

Word of the Week

May 01, 2018
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Celebration Why is it that spring is always the time of such awesome celebrations? There is the whole wedding thing where so many people choose the warm season of the year to get married, so our mailboxes are full of “save the date” cards. Then there is the graduation thing - high school and college students are getting ready to finish one season of life and start another. Those seasons end up touching our Grace family as well. We see young people that some of us have known their whole lives move forward to future ...