From Pastor Peter 06-Sep-2013

Dear Grace Family,

How dead is dead?

It’s been great to spend the time we have in Romans thus far!  This Sunday we’ll drill down a little more into what it really means when Paul says that we’ve ‘died to sin’ and been made ‘alive to God.’  This will be the final message this year as we hit ‘pause’ and step aside and do a sexual purity series.  Fear not!  We will pick Romans up again in 2014, but with all the confusion in our culture regarding marriage, homosexuality, and rampant immorality, it's wise and prudent for our church family to know what God says about our sexuality.  The series entitled “Holy Sex – Sexual Purity in a World Gone Madstarts on Sun, 22-Sep.

Small Group Sunday

We'll be officially kicking off our Small Groups next Sun, 15-Sep.  Every year we dedicate a sermon in the Fall to Small Groups.  I'll be preaching that sermon this year, which is why I won't be with you this week since I'm preaching it at our Florence campus.  I look forward to worshiping with you and preaching next  Sun, 22-Sep  weekend.

From the Elders

Check out the Elders' latest post as we ask you to think a bit outside the box with us concerning Church Business Meetings.  This post represents a change we're thinking of making specifically with GFC Newport and future campuses in mind.  Click HERE to read all about it, and let us know what you think!

Thank you

Sarah & Silas have been at home sweet home since late Sunday night.  Would you believe it if I told you we had Christian music playing during the c-section?  I'm not kidding.  Sarah had a c-section with Matt Redman's "10,000 Reasons"Matt Maher's "Lord, I Need You" and other worship songs playing on a radio as Silas made his entrance into the world.  I'm misty-eyed as I think back upon the many evidences of God's grace in our lives, particularly in the events surrounding Silas' birth.  There's so much more I could tell hyou.  For now, I just want to thank you for praying for us, encouraging us, and celebrating Silas' birth with us.  We are overwhelmed by the love you show us and how God uses you in our lives.  May God grant us growth in Christ and long-lasting, fruitful ministry together to the praise of the glory of His grace.

And, of course, here are some more pics... {:-D

Love in Christ,

Pastor Peter

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