07 Feb

Update Email 2.7.2017

Admin GBC

Church Family,
Are you evangelizing? We would love to hear about your efforts in evangelism. As we consider how to spur one another on to love and good works, we want to begin having GBCers share public testimonies about current opportunities in evangelism. Simply reply to this email (or email me anytime) if you have an encouraging story to share.
Below is a brief update on the ministry and life of GBC.

Here is how you can pray for GBC and our work in the world

  • Let’s be in prayer for the confirmation process of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the SCOTUS. Pray for wisdom and discernment for our senate and their staffs as they prepare to vet and potentially confirm our next justice. May the Lord work in the process to achieve his purposes.

Here is what’s happening in the life of the church

  • Women’s Ministry Staff Position: After years of faithfully serving the women of GBC, we have decided to bring Angela Stump on staff as our director of women’s ministry. She has labored (along with her team) to build a vibrant ministry that continues to bear much fruit. We are delighted to have Ang on our staff team. I will have more to say about Ang’s hire this coming Sunday.  In the meantime, you can click HERE to view the job description.
  • 1 Thessalonians Series: We will kick off a new 5-week sermon series in 1 Thessalonians on February 19th. Click HERE for a the link to the series outline. Also, I would greatly appreciate your prayers for the ministry of the word.
  • Parent-Child Dedication: We have scheduled our next parent-child dedication for March 5th. Please email Shannon if you would like to participate.
  • Baptism: We have planned our next baptism for March 19th. If you have trusted in Jesus Christ for salvation, the way you go public with your faith is through baptism. Send me an email if you would like to participate.

Our Upcoming Gathering
Lord willing, Marc will lead us in singing, Dave Berry will lead our service and I will preach about the complementing roles of men and women in ministry. Please pray for our gathering and come ready to worship.

02 Feb

Update Email 2.2.2017

Admin GBC
Church Family,
Grace to you and God’s peace be with you.
Below is a brief update on the ministry and life of GBC.

Here’s how you can pray for GBC and our work in the world

  • Roger Buskers’ dear wife, Barbara, went to be with the Lord last weekend. Please pray for Roger and those close to the Buskers as they mourn. Pray for God’s comfort and for renewed hope through the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.
Here is what’s happening in the life of the church
  • Barbara Buskers Memorial Service: 1pm on Saturday at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home. Reception to follow.
  • Haiti Meeting Recap: A number of you had conflicts on Sunday and you were not able to attend the      informational meeting for the summer Haiti missions trip. But you can get up to speed by clicking HERE for Sunday’s meeting minutes.
  • Membership: Some of you may want to respond to Sunday’s sermon by signing our membership covenant. Click HERE for the online form. Once a membership covenant is signed, an elder will follow up with you to help guide you through the membership process.
  • Women’s Retreat: This coming Sunday is the final day to register.
    To fill out the online form follow this LINK.
  • February Verse Card: Click HERE for the Children’s Ministry Verse card for the month of February. You can find this on the GBC website on the Children’s page.
Our Upcoming Gathering
Lord willing, Marc will lead us in singing, I will lead our service, Mike Riegelmann will lead us to the Lord’s Table and Dave Berry will preach from Hebrews chapter one. Please pray for our gathering and come ready to worship.
24 Jan

Update Email 1.24.2017

Admin GBC

Church Family,

Anthony did a wonderful job of leading our first members’ meeting on Sunday. We heard more about The Seed Company from Thomas Slawson, Lisa Perez gave us an update on Children’s Ministries, I gave a financial update, GBCers where given space to ask questions and share ideas, and we had a sweet time of worship and prayer.

Below is a brief update on the ministry and life of GBC.

Here is how you can pray for GBC and our work in the world

  • Matt and Sharon Mormance will be back in the states on home assignment from February 25th through April 28th. Please pray for God’s sustaining grace for their ministry in Slovenia while they are absent. Also, pray that their time here will be productive and replenishing.

Here is what’s happening in the life of the church

Haiti Informational Meeting: Following our service this coming Sunday we will have a brief informational meeting about our summer missions trip to Haiti. All are welcome to come and hear about this exciting opportunity.

First Image Bottle Drive: Be sure to pick up a baby bottle from our resource table to support First Image‘s bottle drive.

Women’s Retreat: You can now register for the upcoming women’s retreat online. Follow this LINK for more details.

Personal Update: I am having a minor procedure next week and I will be unavailable during my recovery (1/30 through 2/3). As always, our elders are happy to serve you.

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Thomas will lead us in singing, Dave Berry will lead our service and I will preach 1 Corinthians 12:12-26 “Plug In.” Please pray for our gathering and come ready to worship.

10 Jan

Update Email 1.10.2017

Admin GBC

Church Family,

Thank you for your understanding regarding our need to cancel Sunday’s gathering.
I hope that your day was blessed and that you stayed warm and safe.

Also, if the ice has caused damage to trees on your property, I recommend reaching out to either Dave Rasmussen or Joe Prodan for help. Both men are highly capable of severing limbs.

Below is a brief update on the ministry and life of GBC.

Here is how you can pray for GBC and our work in the world

  • Please pray for our summer missions trip to Haiti (August 5-12). We are trusting the Lord to build a team and provide the resources for a successful trip. Pray for God’s grace to draw people to the work and for generous support.

Here is what’s happening in the life of the church

  • Members’ Meeting Rescheduled: We have rescheduled our members’ meeting for Sunday, January 22nd 4:30-6pm at the church office. Click HERE for the meeting description and purpose.
  • Haiti Missions Trip: A brief informational meeting is scheduled for Sunday, January 29th, following our morning service in the Greenhouse room (choir). Additionally, we have launched a fundraising page to help generate support, click HERE to check that out.

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Marc will lead us in song, Dave Berry will lead our service and I will preach about the life of the church and your role within the body of Christ.  Please pray for our gathering and come ready to worship.

03 Jan

Update Email 1.03.2017

Admin GBC

Church Family,

Happy New Year! We are praying that you will enjoy Christ more in 2017.

Below is a brief update on the ministry and life of GBC.

Here is how you can pray for GBC and our work in the world

  • Pray for our joy in the Lord. Joy is the fruit of the Spirit and ought to be a hallmark in every Christian’s life. Pray that as we abide in Christ, joy will abound in our lives.

Here is what’s happening in the life of the church

  • Members’ Meeting This Coming SundayWe will have our first members’ meeting on Sunday, January 8th 4:30-6pm at the church office. Click HERE for the meeting description and purpose.
  • Student Ministries Is Back! Middle School group resumes this Wednesday and High School group will resume this coming Sunday.

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Marc will lead us in song, Dave Berry will lead our service and I will preach about the mission of the church.  Please pray for our gathering and come ready to worship.

01 Jan

Update Email 1.01.2017

Admin GBC

Church Family,

I am looking forward to kicking off the new year with a message on slowing down to spend time with God. We are routinely over-committed and as a consequence we often neglect our relationship with the Lord. I am praying that the sermon this coming Sunday will help us all keep Christ at the center in 2017.

Below is a brief update on the ministry and life of GBC.

Answered prayer for Ligaya

  • This morning I received an update on Ligaya Pen. She is out of the hospital and on adjusted medication. She says that she feels much better and is doing fine. As always, she is more concerned with caring for orphans than for herself. Thank you so much for praying.

Here is what’s happening in the life of the church

  • New Addition: The Lord has blessed Jason and Lynsey Bock with a beautiful baby boy, Zachariah Archer. We praise God for his grace.
  • Members’ Meeting: We will have our first members’ meeting on Sunday, January 8th 4:30-6pm at the church office. Click HERE for the meeting description and purpose.
  • GBC 101: Our next GBC 101 class is scheduled for Thursday, January 19th 6:30-8:30pm. Follow this LINK for more details.
  • Resuming Operations: We get back into the rhythm of tearing down this coming Sunday. Please remember to fold up your chair and place it on a rack.
  • End-of-Year Giving: Please remember that 2016 giving must be dropped off at the office by 12/30 or postmarked on or before 12/31.
  • Student Ministries Winter Break: Middle School group will resume on January 4th and High School group will resume on January 8th.

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, Kristina Schell will lead us in song, Dave Berry will lead our service and I will preach the story of Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42). Please pray for our gathering and come ready to worship.

20 Dec

Update Email 12.20.2016

Admin GBC

Church Family,

As you prepare for our day of fasting this Wednesday December 21st, let 1 Peter 4:1-2 be your meditation:

“Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God.”

Below is a brief update on the ministry and life of GBC.

Here is how you can pray for GBC and our mission in the world

  • Our dear sister Ligaya Pen has been hospitalized for the third time in the past 10 days with breathing and heart issues. You all are well aware of her work and the ministry she provides to orphans in the Philippines. Pray fervently for her healing. We are trusting God to deliver her.

Here is what’s happening in the life of the church

  • Student Ministries Winter Break: Middle School group will resume on January 4th and High School group will resume on January 8th.
  • End-of-Year Giving: The Christmas season is a time to meditate upon God’s inexpressible gift to us in Jesus. As our year (both calendar and fiscal) comes to a close, consider responding to God’s generosity by making an investment in GBC. Also, please remember that 2016 giving must be dropped off at the office by 12/30 or postmarked on or before 12/31. With questions email Noel.
  • Homeless Resource Bags: Our homeless resource bag stock has been replenished by the Lyda family. Resource bags are once again available at our resource table.
  • Why & How to Fast: HERE is a link to our day of fasting plan. Also, sermon audio on the subject is available HERE.

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, we will have a family worship service on Christmas morning. Marc will lead us in celebrating the birth of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. And I will preach a brief message from John 1:14-18. Also, there will be a worksheet for kids and delicious treats.

Please pray for our gathering and come ready to worship.

13 Dec

Update Email 12.13.2016

Admin GBC

Church Family,

I have been really encouraged by our series on evangelism. Thank you for praying for the ministry of the word. If you’ve missed any of the messages you can listen to them HERE.

Below is a brief update on the ministry and life of GBC.

Here is what’s happening in the life of the church

  • Friday Night Set Up: If you’re available, we could use your help setting up the commons area for service and the gym for the potluck that will follow. We will begin at 6:30pm on Friday night.
  • Kid’s Christmas Program: Parents, please check your Greenhouse and Harvest students into class at the beginning of service. All other classes including nursery will be open after the fellowship time. Greenhouse and Harvest will be performing during the first part of service.
  • GBC Christmas Brunch: Our Christmas potluck will be AFTER our regular service this coming Sunday. You are welcome to bring your dish in a slow cooker or skillet (plug-ins available) and you can use the fridge in the teacher’s lounge/nursery to keep your food cool. Click HERE for more details.
  • Sweat My Sweater Christmas Party: Student Ministries this Wednesday 6pm, bring a white elephant gift!
  • Family Christmas Service: Yes, we will be gathering on Sunday, December 25th at our normal time. Our service will be shorter in length, feature more singing, and it will be a family service so no Sunday school classes that morning. But we will have worksheets and crayons available.
  • Day of Fasting: Our next day of fasting will be Wednesday, December 21st. HERE are the details. And you can follow this LINK to find a helpful message on fasting.

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, I will wrap up our series on evangelism and I will preach about “Our Methods”, Marc will lead our music, our Greenhouse and Harvest classes will perform their Christmas program, and Joe Bryant will lead our service. All of this will be followed by our annual Christmas potluck. Please pray for our gathering and come ready to worship.

06 Dec

Update Email 12.6.2016

Admin GBC

Church Family,

I pray and trust that the Lord is blessing your work. Below is a brief update on the ministry and life of GBC.

Here’s how you can pray for GBC and our work in the world

  • By God’s grace, prayer is growing. Let’s continue to pray for an ever-increasing and powerful ministry of prayer in our church. May the Lord cause greater prayerfulness and dependence on Him to abound in GBC.

Here is what’s happening in the life of the church

  • Women’s Ministry Brunch: Ladies, you are invited to a brunch this Saturday at Julie Rasmussen’s home. Follow this LINK for more details.
  • GBC Christmas Brunch: Our Christmas potluck will be AFTER our regular service on 12/18. Along with a festive time of fellowship, we will have a photo booth and a cookie decorating station. Click HERE for more details.
  • End-of-Year Giving: The Christmas season is a time to reflect upon God’s inexpressible gift to us, and a fitting response is generosity. As our year (both calendar and fiscal) comes to a close, consider making an investment in GBC. Also, please remember that 2016 giving must be dropped off at the office by 12/30 or postmarked on or before 12/31.

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, we will continue our series on evangelism and I will preach about “Our Motivation”, Marc will lead our music and Dave Berry will lead our service. Please pray for our gathering and come ready to worship.

29 Nov

Update Email 11.29.2016

Admin GBC

Church Family,

THIS artistic presentation of the gospel as an acronym is just too good not to pass along. I hope you enjoy it.

Below is a brief update on the ministry and life of GBC.

Here’s how you can pray for GBC and our work in the world

  • Let’s pray for Thrive Ministries and the upcoming DHS basement project. Pray that our good works will bless the DHS staff and the families they serve. Also pray that we will be salt & light and that God would use our service to glorify the name of Jesus.

Here is what’s happening in the life of the church

  • Advent Devotionals:
  • DHS Project: If you would like to learn more about the DHS project, follow this LINK.
  • GBC 101: This Thursday December 1st @ 6:30pm GBC Office Suite 110. Please email Vergil if you are planning to attend.  This is a great way to get connected and hear more about GBC.

Our Upcoming Gathering

Lord willing, we will continue our series on evangelism and Thomas will preach Matthew 28 “Our Mission”, Anthony will lead our music and I will lead our service. Please read the text, pray for our gathering and come ready to worship.