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Blog Archives: July 2013

What is RUF and Why Should We Care?

July 24, 2013
Don Ward
On Monday the 29th, the RUF ministry from Virginia Tech will be at GCC at 7:00 PM for a dessert meeting. Reverend Andy Wood is our Reformed University Fellowship pastor at VT and is one of eight campus ministers that GCC supports through her giving to the Presbytery of the Blue Ridge. We directly support Reverend Shawn Slate at UVA in our annual budget. Those campuses include Christopher Newport, Lynchburg (area), William and Mary, UVA, VCU, VT, and Washington and Lee. For those of you who have an interest in Virginia Tech (students, parents ...

Why in the world do we talk about the world so much?

July 17, 2013
Don Ward
You may have noticed that we have quite a few missionary reports in the course of a year. In some cases, we hear from missionaries that we don’t officially support yet, like the Nolls whom we heard from last Sunday. Many of these missionaries are from Mission to the World, the official missions board of the PCA. Part of our vision of discipleship through relationship is educating you about God’s work around the world and engaging you in his mission. We will have failed you miserably if we don’t encourage you to see the world that needs ...

My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less

July 07, 2013
Tag Tuck
Growing up in a traditional church setting I sang a hymn for years before realizing anything about what it was saying. The famous old hymn attests: My hope is built on nothing less Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness I dare not trust the sweetest frame But wholly lean on Jesus’ name I knew it was about Jesus, but the words “sweetest frame” always puzzled me. What did Edward Mote mean when he penned these words in 1834? For a long time I assumed he was talking about a pretty girl. It seemed my head was always turned toward the ...

Why Not Church Plant Now?

July 03, 2013
Don Ward
Recently we had a congregational meeting to discuss the growing pains we are having here at GCC and to explain the decision to select an architect to provide a master plan for us. This master plan will help us see the next best steps for revamping our site to reach more people. We talked about ways to respond to the growing demand for our space on Sunday morning while continuing to welcome new people at GCC. I want to respond to one of the questions that came out of our meeting. Some people asked about planting another church rather ...