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Blog Archives: August 2014

Foundations

August 27, 2014
Tag Tuck
Every Sunday we want lay a gospel foundation in the heart of each person who attends Grace. That’s why we don’t call the hour between 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. Sunday School; we call it Foundations. It’s not a school. It’s not just teaching. These are no mere classes in session. What is it? How about a biblical-collaborative-relational-intellectual-theological-emotionally intelligent conglomeration of all ages to gather together in order to think, feel, laugh, wonder, ponder, study, relate and apply the truth of God’s character revealed by ...

A Word from Our Pastor

August 27, 2014
Don Ward
This past Sunday at GCC was another memorable one, with so many families back from summer vacations and travels, with the recognition of Carol Hill’s eight years of service as Children’s Ministry Director (and the transition to Cara Kidd’s leadership of children’s ministry), and Fall Charge Up to help us connect to community and plug in to serve. Any Sunday that ends with cake and refreshments has a good ending, right? We are carrying over the Fall Charge Up opportunities to this coming Sunday as well! Let me highlight two opportunities....

A Word from Our Pastor

August 20, 2014
Don Ward
This week at Grace we were privileged to have time with Pastor Joe Slater, the new RUF pastor at my alma mater, James Madison University.  RUF (Reformed University Fellowship) is the grace and gospel driven college ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America.  A new chapter is starting at JMU. It is a vital ministry.  Research showed that at James Madison only about 10% of students are engaged in either campus ministry or local church ministry. The number may be artificially high because some are involved in both (church and campus ...

Back to School Sunday

August 20, 2014
Don Ward
One of the best Sundays of the year is coming up; it is the Sunday after school starts up in our area.  Everybody is back from vacation.  Our 9:15am Foundations classes start back up again after being on break since early June.  Youth ministry starts its regular schedule again soon, and small groups from middle school to adults start waking up from their summer slumbers.  We usually have a high Sunday morning attendance this week than others.  That’s a bit of an advertisement.  Let me address something that is more deeply spiritual than mere ...

FAQ: Stephen Ministry

August 19, 2014
Stephen Ministry is a ministry in our congregation in which trained and supervised lay persons, called Stephen Ministers, provide one-to-one Christian care to individuals facing life challenges or difficulties. Stephen Leaders are the ones who oversee and direct our Stephen Ministry. They recruit, select, train, organize, and supervise our Stephen Ministers, identify people in need of care, and match them with a Stephen Minister. We have two Stephen Leaders: Terry and Laura Woodworth. Stephen Ministers are the caregivers. They have ...

Online Resources, Part 2

August 14, 2014
Tag Tuck
Here’s part 2 of some online resources suggested and reviewed by one of your pastors. I’ve divided my review of sites into four sections: general interest, book sources, helpful people, and apps.  These are some sites that serve as the gateway to good resources. However, you should know that just because your pastor recommends a site it does not mean that he agrees carte blanche with everything written on it. Look for what edifies you the most and enjoy. Please let me know what has been helpful to you as well. These sites are probably ...

A Word from Our Pastor

August 12, 2014
Don Ward
The word of the week is “bustle.” Merriam-Webster defines it “to move briskly and often ostentatiously”.  I believe many of you are hustling and bustling.  Vacation is over.  No more beach or lake days left!  Children are returning to school.  Young adults are returning to college.  Your life is speeding up.  You are “moving briskly.” That is true around the GCC office now, too.  August 24 is kick off for Foundations, our 9:15 discipleship hour on Sundays.  Crossroads is gearing up.  Volunteers are being recruited.  On August 24 we aim to ...

Online Resources, Part 1

August 07, 2014
Don Ward
Charles Dickens begins his famous book A Tale of Two Cities with the words, “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.”  This could be said of our own present era with regard to the progress of the gospel in our postmodern Western culture.  One way that it is the best of times is in the amazing resources that are available for English-speaking believers in Jesus in our generation.  There are abundant resources available online to help you grow in your faith. Of course the internet doesn’t self-select orthodoxy from some mix of ...

A Word from Our Pastor

August 07, 2014
Don Ward
If you were there Sunday, you know I wasn’t there.  I attended the wedding of one of our members who got married on Saturday evening in Yorktown, VA.  So my friend and mentor Dr. Wright Doyle stood in for me since Pastor Tag was on vacation.  The wedding was a joyous celebration of the goodness of God, as this member lost his first wife to cancer.  He married another believer in Jesus who herself suffered the loss of her first husband.  It was a moment to remember. For me the weekend ended on a sad note, as I attended the memorial service ...