From Pastor Peter 05-June-2015

We’re moving out this Sunday!
As you know, this Sunday marks the last Sunday we’ll hold worship services in the movie theaters.  After church this Sunday, we’ll pack all our things up in a truck and haul them back to the Florence campus while we prepare to launch in Fort Thomas in September.  Thank you SO much for the great response to our “all-call” for help in packing last week.  We have plenty of people signed up and are looking forward to serving together, and then enjoying Dewey’s Pizza together afterward.

LaRuffa Family Sabbatical
This Sunday also marks the last Sunday I work before I go on my Sabbatical.  I’m very much looking forward to this extended time to unplug, refresh, and recharge on many different levels, and am very grateful ours is a church that offers me the opportunity to do this.  Our family will spend some time on the road, some time visiting family, and some time at home enjoying each other.  We’re very excited as to how the plans have shaped out.  Please pray for this special time for our family.  I look forward to returning to work on Sun, 09-Aug.

Updates over the Summer
Todd Richmond will serve as Project Manager in my absence, and will be sending out updates re: how things are progressing as we work towards our launch in Fort Thomas.  Keep an eye peeled for that via email, social media, and/or the like.

Social Media Merge
Speaking of social media, we’ve merged our social media channels on Facebook and Twitter.  Please be sure to “like” the Facebook page entitled “Grace Fellowship Church,” and to follow @GFC_KY on Twitter so you won’t miss a thing.

Sermon This Sunday
We have the privilege of hearing from Dr. Heath Lambert this Sunday.  Heath is the Executive Director of the Assoc. of Certified Biblical Counselors, as well as Assoc. Professor of Biblical Counseling at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He’s a great friend of Pastor Brad & Grace Fellowship Church, so please pray for him as he opens the Word with us on Sunday.

Have a great weekend!

God bless,

Pastor Peter

From Pastor Peter 29-May-2015

Dear Grace Family,

Next Sunday – ALL HANDS ON DECK!

We need your help packing up to move our stuff out of the theater after church next Sun, 07-Jun.  After we finish, we’ll load and unload elevators, make trips to loading docks, and load up our stuff in a truck.  Note: we only need help on the Newport side of things (others will unload at Florence).  Please consider hanging around after church and helping us out!   Dewey’s Pizza lunch will be provided for all who lend a hand once all the work is done.

Finishing Touches

I spent a few hours yesterday in Covington, staring at paint colors, flooring samples, and thinking WAY outside the box with some folks who are WAY more talented in these areas than I am.  I’m thankful for Douwe & Marcie Blumberg, Bob Smith & Todd Richmond for their help and input.  I think we all left the meeting very excited about what was decided, clarifying many different details to make the best use of our space in Fort Thomas in the Fall.  I can’t wait to see it!

This Sunday

We're continuing our “Church Matters” series this week with a message about church discipline entitled The Church and its Most Neglected Love Language.  Despite the fact the Bible speaks clearly about this necessary practice among believers, not many people or churches practice it.  We do.  Why?  How is this ‘loving?’  I’m excited to hear from Pastor Brad as he opens the Word with us on Sunday.

See you on Sunday,

Pastor Peter

From Pastor Peter 22-May-2015

Dear Grace Family,
This Sunday we'll hear from our Director of High School Ministry, Ryan Fultz, about the Church and the Fall.  If we are going to be excited about the Gospel and taking it to our community, we must come to terms with sin and our own depravity.  Without the Fall there is need no for a savior and without sin we don’t need grace.  May God use this Sunday to help us see him more clearly and love him more fully.
Elders' Forum: Newport Campus Recap
Be sure to get updated on news from the great Forum we had last Tuesday night as we rolled out the new direction for our campus. Thank you to everyone who turned out and asked so many great questions.  View the Recap HERE.
In Christ,
Pastor Peter

From Pastor Peter 15-May-2015

Grace Family,

This Sunday we're excited to kick off a new sermon series we’re calling ‘Church Matters’ that will take us all the way through the summer.  This series also has some amazing guest speakers who are some of the people that have impacted the life of our church leaders and church family. More info about the series HERE.

Elders' Forum: Newport Campus Recap
Be sure to get updated on news from the great Forum we had Tuesday night as we rolled out the new direction for our campus. Thank you to everyone who turned out and asked so many great questions.  View the Recap HERE.

A word from Todd Richmond, Director of Missions: 
In hindsight, we realized that at the Forum we dropped a pretty big surprise on you [Newport taking a sabbatical over the summer and worshiping at the Florence Campus] right at the end of the meeting without time for good dialogue on that topic.  Please forgive us.  Although we do believe that the pros outweigh the cons, we are very aware that we are not all knowing or all wise.  So if you have helpful thoughts or comments regarding this, please either email me or call me at the church.  [Peter is currently on vacation.] We do want to hear from you, particularly on this topic.  Thanks, Todd Richmond!

Our best days are ahead of us because God is still leading us.

Love in Christ,


From Pastor Peter 8-May-2015

Dear Grace Family,

This Sunday I’m excited to open the Word as we wrap up our “Basic Equipment” sermon series.  I’ll be preaching on prayer, but specifically what it looks like to pray with the heart of a child.  Of the many ways the Word of God refers to believers, the term used most often is “children,” reminding us of our relationship to our heavenly Father as His adopted sons and daughters.  How ought this affect our prayer life?  Why is this so important to remember as we pray?  I hope God will use our time in the Word together to show us just that.

An important Elders’ Forum is coming THIS TUE, 12-MAY, 7p at the Florence Campus!  I trust you received my email last week re: exciting changes we’re about to make concerning our Newport Campus.  I hope you’ll join us on Tuesday night to hear all the great details, and to engage in dialogue with us about these exciting next steps for our church.  Childcare will be provided, so help us prepare by registering HERE.  Hope to see you there!

Have a great weekend!

Love in Christ,
Pastor Peter

From Pastor Peter 1-May-2015

Dear Grace Family,


This Sunday, we'll worship together with the rest of our church family at our Florence campus, celebrating new life in Christ. It'll be a great time hearing how God has worked in the lives of our brothers & sisters to draw them to Himself.  I'm especially excited to be baptizing four of our own from the Newport campus:

Sean Barry - 1st service (8:15a)
Will Klostermann - 2nd service (9:45a)
Hannah Beal - 3rd service (11:15a)
Mark Pepper - 3rd service (11:15a)

Save the [NEW] date for our Elders' Forum on Tue, 12-May.  We were unable to provide childcare on the original date, so thought it would be best to move the Forum to a different day & time.  Hopefully you received my email about some exciting changes concerning the Newport campus (if you haven't, please drop me a note HERE and I'll send it to you right away).  Join us to learn more, to talk together, to hopefully leave excited, with loads to pray for and look forward to.

Here's a unique opportunity to serve the Newport community.  Perhaps you've heard me mention the "Game Changer" nights at Newport Intermediate School (1 block south of the Levee).  It's an after-school event held this Wed, 06-May, 5p-7p at the school. Our church provides pizza and serves in any way we can on that evening. It's a great time to engage with families from Newport, as well as to encourage staff & faculty within the school.  Consider joining me and others as we lend a hand and seek to be good neighbors to kids, parents & teachers.

God bless,

Pastor Peter

From Pastor Peter 24-Apr-2015

Dear Grace Family,

Please pray for me!
I'm preaching at a retreat for high school seniors at the Catholic school I attended as a teenager.  I'll spend the weekend leading a Small Group, serving in any way I can, and preaching.  If you care to pray at a specific time, I'll be preaching the Gospel at 11:00a tomorrrow (Sat) morning to all in attendance - students, staff & other alumni.  Pray, pray, pray for the Word as I preach it, for the conversations I'll have with others, and for whatever I can do to be salt, light, and a faithful witness to those there.

PIT Crew Emails
By the way, did you know Pastor Brad & I send out PIT Crew Emails about once each month?  "PIT" stands for Pastor's Intercessory Team.  By joining the team, you receive emails from us with prayer requests for us re: ministry, family & personal life.  If you're interested in joining this team, send me an email and we'll get you subscribed.

Important Elders Forum - Save the Date!
As you know, a team of Elders & staff have been meeting regularly, prayerfully considering what might be the best "next steps" to take for our church in Newport.  This past Monday, I presented the fruit of our labors to the Elders at large, and it was unanimously approved. it's time to roll it out and get moving together.  Especially after the great turnout and spirited dialogue we had last time, I think the best way to do that is to have a Forum on Mon, 04-May, 7p at the Florence Campus.  More details to come, but do save the date for now.

This Sunday, Pastor Brad is back in the pulpit talking about the next piece of "basic equipment" needed to live the Christian life; scripture memory (particularly longer passages of Scripture).  Similar to last week, get ready for an emphasis on answers to "why" that we hope will motivate us all to make the practice of working to memorize larger passages of Scripture a part of our spiritual diet.

Have a great weekend, and thanks for praying.

Love in Christ,

Pastor Peter

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