From Pastor Peter 28-Nov-2014

Dear Grace Family,

Most families have traditions, especially around this time of year.  Our church family is no different!  Every year, we typically set aside the Sunday after Thanksgiving for hearing what God is doing among us.  Come hear what God is doing, and consider sharing some of what has done in your own life.

Maybe you have an answer to prayer, or something God has been teaching you from His Word.

Maybe you've had an opportunity to share the Gospel with someone or help point a brother or sister back to Christ.

Maybe God is sustaining you in a situation that isn't getting any better, or perhaps is getting worse, but God is giving you strength.

I look forward to thanking God with you at church.

Also, thanks so much for participating in the Thanksgiving Meal Outreach.  With your help, we were able to bless over 100 families with groceries, the Word of God, the Gospel, and an invitation to church.  It's becoming another great "family tradition" among us, and one that I'm especially excited about growing as we continue to think outside ourselves, blessing others because we've been so blessed by Christ.

Enjoy your weekend!

God bless,

Pastor Peter

From Pastor Peter 21-Nov-2014

Click HERE to check out the latest post on the Elders' blog.

Dear Grace Family,

This Sunday: Baptism Services at our Florence Campus!

This Sunday we'll gather together as one church family at the Florence Campus to celebrate new life in Christ!  We'll be baptizing over 25 people, including two from our branch of the church family tree at Newport.  Anthony will be baptized at the 2nd service (9:45a) and Erin will be baptized in the 3rd service (11:15a).  Hope you'll join us for a very special worship service in Florence (click HERE for directions.  There will be no worship services in Newport this Sunday).

Thanksgiving Meal Outreach - get your stuff!

Folks from our church will hit the streets of Newport this Sunday to bless over 100 families with groceries to make a Thanksgiving Meal.  If you're participating, don't forget to pick up a Bible, a gospel tract, and a church information card to add to each package you're dropping off.  Check out the table in the foyer at the Florence Campus for more information.

Elders' Forum - 5p at Florence Campus

The Elders will hold a Forum during which we'll discuss items to be voted on in our Annual Business Meeting on Tue, 09-Dec.  These items include the annual budget, and new Elders & Deacons.  If you so desire, join us at 5p to learn and talk about these important items.

See you on Sunday!

God bless,

Pastor Peter

From Pastor Peter 14-Nov-2014

Click HERE to check out the latest post on the Elders' blog.

Dear Grace Family,

I'm looking forward to being back with you this Sunday!  Lots to cover, so I'll try to be brief (which is hard 'cause it's exciting stuff that's fun to talk about):

Sermon This Sunday

This week we'll look at history's greatest missionary, Paul, to see what we can learn from the master builder (1 Cor. 3:10).  Consider reading through Acts 13-14 before coming to church on Sunday, and check out our website to gain a better understanding of much of the missions work that our church is involved with all over the world.

"Orphan Monday"
( Orphan Sunday...except...on a Monday.)

The Florence Campus held an informational meeting on Orphan Sunday, 02-Nov.  We're holding the same meeting this Mon, 17-Nov, at the Florence Campus.  Whether you're considering adoption or foster care yourself, or just want to learn more so you can better come alongside others who are in process, this informational meeting will prove to be very helpful.  Dinner & childcare provided, if that makes it easier for you to attend.  Meeting starts at 7p, with optional dinner served at 6:30p.  Check out the agenda and other details HERE.

Thanksgiving Meal Outreach

What a joy it is to serve together like this.  We've already far exceeded the number of families we served last year, and people are still signing up!  There's still time for you, your family, or your Small Group to sign up, so click HERE if you'd like to participate.

I tried to be brief.  High-fives all around for making it to the bottom!  K I'll stop now.

See you at church,

Pastor Peter

From Pastor Peter 07-Nov-2014

Dear Grace Family,

Thanksgiving Meal Outreach

Last year we blessed 68 families with the means to have a Thanksgiving meal as folks from our Florence & Newport campuses hit the streets of Newport with boxes & bags of Thanksgiving groceries to give to those in need.  We're doing it again this year!  Consider signing up to put together a box of groceries with your Small Group or on your own.  We'll tell you everything you need to know to reach out to a family in a very special way, as well as hook you up with a Bible, a Gospel tract and a church information card to give those you're blessing with food.  Click the banner below for more info, or let me know if you have any questions.  Hope you'll join us!

Sermon This Sunday

This Sunday we'll look at Rom. 8:28-30 as we see what the Lord wants us to know with certainty about our circumstances, our sanctification, and our security in Christ.  As we've seen in recent weeks, God wanted us to realize six simple words that have us looking forward to eternity with Him during times of difficulty in this life (and long before Sinatra sang it): The best is yet to come.  Consider reading through Rom. 8:18-30 before coming to church on Sunday as we'll spend the lion's share of our time there, particularly the last three verses (I'll be preaching out of the ESV this Sunday).

Did you know...?

Since I'm preaching this Sunday, I'll be at the Florence campus.  Did you know I pray for you each time we're away from each other?  Usually between the first and second services at Florence, I take time to pray for your time together.  Truth be told, there's usually one instance during the 2nd service that I look at the clock and notice it's near 10:30 and Newport worship services are just about to start or have just started, and I'm a little distracted for a second or two. :)  That's because you're on my mind & heart whenever I'm not there, and I'm always looking forward to being back.  Thanks for distracting me a little while I preach.  I think it's a good thing. ;-)

Have a blessed weekend,

Pastor Peter
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