From Pastor Peter 31-Oct-2014

Dear Grace Family,

This week, I told Pastor Brad I honestly thought his sermon last week was one of (if not, the) best sermon we've had in Romans thus far.  What a Word!  If you missed it, check it out HERE when you get a chance (particularly if you can watch or listen to it before Sunday).  Several times this week, Sarah & I remarked how grateful we are to sit under the preaching we're blessed with at our church.  I don't ever want to take it for granted.

This week, we'll dig a bit deeper into what it means to be "groaning" differently than the rest of the world.  Consider reading through Rom. 8:18-26 before Sunday, maybe in a few different versions of the Bible.   

Grace For You & Baptism classes starting Sunday

Don't forget these two informative classes that are taking place this Sunday!

Grace For You in theater 2 at 9:00 AM (info & registration HERE)
Baptism class in Dewey's Pizza immediately after church (lunch included; info & registration HERE)

"Orphan Sunday"

Ever heard of it?  It's a Sunday during which many churches pray for and equip their folks to learn more about orphan care.  Typically, it's the first Sunday of November (meaning this weekend).  We'll be offering a brief informational seminar re: foster care & adoption, but we're unable to offer it this particular Sunday.  We're working out the details for an alternate meeting date/time, and I hope to have that information to you very shortly.  Stay tuned!

Have a blessed weekend!

In Christ,

Pastor Peter

From Pastor Peter 24-Oct-2014

Dear Grace Family,

This week, Pastor Brad is back in the pulpit, preaching on Romans 8:18-30 and "Suffering in Light of Eternity."  Consider taking a look at this passage between now & Sunday, preparing your heart & mind for the preaching of the Word.

Also, our candidate for Pastor of Small Groups will be worshiping with us this Sunday, and available for a "Meet & Greet" after church in theater 3.  We'll be holding a special Business Meeting at the Florence Campus at 5:45 PM this Sunday to vote on this important decision.  Stop by theater 3 to meet (and greet) him & his wife, and then come to the Florence Campus later Sunday afternoon to vote (all are welcome, but only current church members can vote).

Next Sunday is a busy one at GFC Newport...

"Grace For You" starts NEXT SUN, 02-Nov

New to Grace Fellowship?  Maybe you're wondering if you should get more connected, or would just like to find out more about how and why we do what we do.  "Grace For You" is that opportunity! Beginning Sunday, November 2nd – 9:00am – Theatre 1 and running three straight weeks, the class is open to all who would like to learn more about Grace Fellowship and if this is the place God has planted you to Grow and Serve (also satisfies a prerequisite for church membership, should you decide to join). Please register HERE so we can plan for materials.

Baptism Lunch Meeting after church NEXT SUN, 02-Nov

Have you been publicly baptized since you came to faith in Jesus?  If not, consider taking this important step of faith and obedience to the Scriptures in celebrating your new life in Christ.  Just not sure?  Got questions?  Wanna learn more?  You commit to nothing by just coming to the meeting (and you get free Dewey's Pizza), so come to listen and learn (help us get a headcount by registering HERE).

See you on Sunday!

God bless,

Pastor Peter

From Pastor Peter 17-Oct-2014

Dear Grace Family,

I'm looking forward to being back with you at church this Sunday!  Ryan Fultz will be taking us back a bit in Rom. 8 to cover the verses I skipped over last Sunday, specifically Romans 8:5-13.  I'm excited to focus on what God's Word has to say about the life in the Spirit we've been given.  Hope to see you there!

Coming Soon: More Outreach Opportunities at Newport Intermediate School!

Yesterday, I had a great meeting with a Guidance Counselor and Family Resource Coordinator at the Newport Intermediate School.  I also got to see Kyle Niederman once again, only this time he's the school Principal (he was Asst. Principal last year).  I wanted to congratulate them on the great press they got in the Enquirer a few weeks ago for the progress they're making, as well as learn about what ways we might serve them again this school year.  I came away with lots of notes and ideas, and look forward to spending some time in prayer, as well as talking to some of our Small Group leaders and staff to see what might be the best way to come alongside them.  Please pray for me as I do that over the next two weeks.

A Request for Prayer (and Brainstorming)

Also, while I'm overjoyed to be serving them in the ways they suggested, it's my heart's desire to somehow, in some way, use this as a bridge between them and our church.  I'd love to see these students and their families join us for worship on a Sunday and give them the life-changing, life-giving Word of God we know and love so dearly.  This is something else I plan on spending some focused time in prayer and thought on.  Will you join me in praying for that?  I'd definitely appreciate it.  Oh, and if you have any ideas as to how we might better connect them to our church, I'd love to hear from you!  Call me at the church office during the week (859-371-7880) or drop me a note at peterlaruffa[at]graceky[dot]org.  I look forward to hearing from you!

Have a blessed weekend,

Pastor Peter

From Pastor Peter 10-Oct-2014

Dear Grace Family,

I’m looking forward to preaching the Word this Sunday!  We’re going to skip a bit ahead in Rom. 8 and look at verses 14-17, focusing specifically on what it means to have the “Spirit of adoption.”  Take some time to read through Rom. 8:1-17 to prepare your mind for our time together, and pray the Word will impact all of us as we worship together this Sunday.  I'll miss being with you this weekend as I preach at our Florence campus, but look forward to returning next Sunday.

I spent most of this past week in California attending the Annual Conference for the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors.  What a blessing it was to be with over 1,000 people who want to continue to sharpen their skills in sharing the saving, sanctifying Word with others who are looking for help & answers in life.  I’m so thankful to be a part of church that equips people to rightly handle the Word of God when teaching, counseling and discipling others.  Consider checking out their website,, every once in awhile.  There are lots of helpful resources to be read & watched, and most of them are free, too.  I hope you’ll pay them a visit.

God bless,

Pastor Peter

From Pastor Peter 03-Oct-2014

Dear Grace Family,

From the Elders
New post over on the Elders' blog!  Click HERE to check it out so you can know how to pray more specifically for us in the days ahead.

Elders' Forum
Thanks so much for coming out to our Elders' Forum on Monday night!  I enjoyed the dialogue that took place, and also enjoyed sharing a bit about my time in Albania the preceding weeks.  If you missed it, I'll get a recap up on the blog soon to give you a summary of what we discussed.  Also, special thanks to Megan Curd for her hard work in putting all the pieces together.  It wouldn't have happened without her hard work, particularly since that was my first day back in the office after being in Albania.

This Sunday!
We're taking new ground this Sunday!  No more looking back.  We're jumping into Rom. 8, and Ryan Fultz (Dir. of High School Ministry) is taking us there.  Pray for him as he puts the final touches on his sermon and preaches the Word this Sunday.

See you then,

Pastor Peter
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