Download the Advent ebook from Desiring God called Good News of Great Joy as a daily devotional to go through during the month of December.
Excerpt: "What I want most for Christmas this year is to join you (and many others) in seeing Christ in all his fullness and that we together be able to love what we see with a love far beyond our own half-hearted human capacities.”
CLICK HERE to go directly to DesiringGod.org to download the ebook.
As you enter the sanctuary you will notice four new art pieces displayed on the long wall. They are the result of many months of work by many artists hands, but most importantly, they represent four of our values as believers here at Grace Fellowship Church.
The process of creating these pieces was lengthy and involved many members of Grace. Please CLICK HERE to enjoy a video showing the how these paintings evolved into what we see today.
Who Is Alpha For?
Alpha is for anyone and people attend from all backgrounds, religions, and viewpoints. They come to investigate questions about the existence of God, the purpose of life, the afterlife, the claims of Jesus and more. Some people want to get beyond religion and find a relationship with God that really changes life. Others come for the close, long-lasting friendships that are built during the Alpha course.
Many guests have never been to church, others may have attended church occasionally but feel they have never really understood the basics of the Christian faith. Everyone is welcome.
How Much Will It Cost?
There is no charge for attending the Alpha course. We will ask for a small contribution to help cover meals and the weekend getaway costs.
What Happens At Alpha?
Each gathering begins with a meal or refreshments - a chance to get to know others. Then there is a short talk which looks at a different aspect of the Christian faith each week. This is followed by a time of discussion in small groups, where everyone is welcome to contribute their opinion and ask questions. People usually stay in the same small groups for the duration of the course so they can get to know each other, continue discussions and deepen friendships. The emphasis is upon exploration and discovery in a relaxed and informal environment.
Our Alpha Intro Dinner is Thursday, September 26th at 6:30pm and then there will be an optional 7 week course every week after that. Sign up online HERE (http://gracefellowshipchurch.org/event/alpha/2793)
The talks each week cover the following topics, which serve as a springboard for the small group discussions:
Intro Dinner (9/26)
Week 1: Who is Jesus?
Week 2: Why did Jesus die?
Week 3: Why and how should I read the Bible and pray?
Week 4: How can I be sure of my faith?
Week 5: How does God guide us?
Weekend: 1. Who is the Holy Spirit? 2. How can I be filled w/ the Holy Spirit? 3. Does God heal today?
Week 6: How can I resist evil?
Week 7: How can I make the most of the rest of my life?
This course is for everyone. If for some reason you are unable to make Thursday nights, Rock Harbor is also hosting the Alpha Course on Tuesday nights and they would love to have you. If there are any questions please contact Rzeulner@greacefellowshipchurch.org.
You would like to learn more about Alpha, CLICK HERE to watch a video.
Each week we will meet from 6:30-8:30pm.
Meal time: 6:30 - 7:00pm
The talk: 7:00 - 7:30pm
Break: 7:30 - 7:45pm
Table Groups: 7:45 - 8:30pm
We will end at 8:30pm as a large group.
It is with joy and gratitude that I write this letter of thanks to you.
Since 2011 you have shown me love, kindness and generosity which started when you invited me to come to America for the first time. With love, compassion and mercy you heard my prison story and turned my life around.
Friends you have prayed and encouraged me through my ministry and helped us build a church building for the church I was pastoring in Zambia.
For the past three years you have monthly provided me with finances enabling me to study and serve the LORD without hunger.
Friends, today I stand as an educated graduate of Northrise University, a happily married man, an effective minister of the Word of God and a blessed man with a scholarship to study for my masters in divinity at Baylor University.
This August 2013, my wife and I will be at Baylor University, Waco, TX and we say
A BIG THANK YOU TO YOU FOR BEING LIKE CHRIST TO US!
With love and gratitude,
Mulenga and Hellen
***Editors note, Mulenga is now in Texas and has started school, but Hellen’s Visa was denied. Mulenga and Hellen are asking us to pray that she will be granted to come to the States in January when she can apply again.
In the Apostle Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus he said, “I beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.” The Greek word Paul uses for worthy is ‘axios’, signifying a correspondence between our ‘living’ and our ‘calling’.
This is the vision for the Axios discipleship ministry - to provide a context for biblical study that will help men faithfully live out their God given calling. Axios will lead you through various passages and themes in scripture, with insights from leading commentators and scholars to help unearth greater levels of understanding of the text. Each lesson will give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in foundational biblical truths, through independent study during the week, culminating in small group discussions each Friday morning. Group discussions will be centered around a set of questions intended to encourage you to lean into the truths you’ve encountered and consider their application to your life.
On September 13th we will be kicking off our 5th year of Axios with registration beginning August 18th. Most groups meet on Friday mornings at Grace from 7:00-8:15am and will continue through the school year, ending June 6th.
To register, click HERE
If you would be interested in joining a discipleship group or bible study but can’t meet on Fridays, contact Mark Page at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will try to find a study that works for you.