Shepherds and Sherpas

March 22nd, 2015

Sermon Title:  Of Shepherds and Sherpas
Sermon Text:  Acts 6 & 20
Speaker:  Jonathan Matias, Lead Pastor
Series: The Church:  The dearest place on earth

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Sermon Title:  How to Talk to God When He Has Said No
Sermon Text:  2 Samuel 7
Speaker:  Ron Bean, Elder
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Rescheduled Event: New Date and Venue

The Marriage Forum is moved to April 25 at Franconia Baptist Church due to snow. REGISTER HERE.

If you registered for the canceled seminar, please re-register so we know you’re coming. If you can’t come this time but already paid, let Pastor Jonathan Matías know for a full refund.

Ponder mystery. Pursue oneness. Prize grace.

The Marriage Forum is for all married couples and anyone who would like to learn about a healthy marriage. Special guest Rodney Pearce will lead a discussion to help us assess, strengthen, and enjoy marriage even more.

Time and Place

Saturday April 25, 2015
9 am to 3 pm
at Franconia Baptist Church
5912 Franconia Road, Franconia, VA 22310


Event includes:

  • lunch
  • breakout times with your spouse
  • a discussion guide

Topics include:

  • Foundations for aHealthy Marriage
  • Gender and Roles
  • Communication
  • Sexual Intimacy

Cost: $15 per couple

Childcare: If childcare is needed, it will be available for a $10 donation per family. Consider if your children will be manageable for 5 1/2 hours in childcare. If you’re not confident of this, please consider alternate arrangements.


  2. Pay registration fee on The City ( by clicking “Giving” from the left menu and donate $15 to the “Marriage Seminar” fund.

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Sermon Title:  The Gospel + Relationships = Growth
Sermon Text:  1 Thessalonians 2
Speaker:  Jonathan Matias, Lead Pastor

Sermon Title:  Through the Flood | To the Feast
Sermon Text:  Matthew 3
Speaker:  Garrett Lee, Elder
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Adult Bible Class

Join us at 9:30 am for engaging studies & discussions at Adult Bible Class (ABC) in March, April, and May. The ABC schedule is as follows:

  • Church History Q&A March 1. “Where Does GCA fit in the Spectrum of Church History? Bring your questions about church history and GCA. Last in the Church History series.
  • Kingdom Come: Living Under the Reign of Christ – March 15 thru April. A 6-week study of the present and coming reign of Christ, based on The Gospel Project curriculum.
  • Information Meetings on GCA’s New Governing DocumentsComing in May. Presentations and Q&A on a (slightly) revised constitution and statement of faith.

Children’s Bible Class (Ages 7-10)

Have kids who are Ages 7-10? Children’s Bible Class for kids ages 7-10 is offered at 9:30 am Sundays in the library.

1:30 pm Update – West Community Group IS MEETING tonight at the Bean home. Details below. But Old Town Community Group is CANCELED due to unplowed street and no parking options at the host home.


Grace Church’s morning service & all classes are CANCELED this Sunday February 22. We will not meet in the morning due to ice & snow.

Instead, come on out to a community group later in the day, weather permitting:

  • 6:30 pm West Community Group at the Bean Home (9561 Penhook Ct #204, Manassas‎, VA). Host phone # is (703) 987-8963.
  • 4:30 pm Old Town Group at the Frost Home (624 Kings Cloister Circle, Alexandria, VA 22302). Host phone # is (703) 887-9754.

Everyone is welcome to a community group, even if this is your first time visiting one.

How should we think about violent and bloody persecution against Christians across the globe right now? What in the world is going on as 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians were beheaded last week by an ever-advancing ISIS? Is the gospel losing ground as 7,000 Christians have been martyred by Boko Haram and al-Shabaab recently?

In his latest prayer letter, one of Grace Church’s friends, Tim Keesee of Frontline Missions, reminds us of the wise words of Samuel Zwemer, an early missionary to Muslims, who said:

“When you read in reports of troubles and opposition, of burning up books, imprisoning colporteurs, and expelling workers, you must not think the Gospel is being defeated. It is conquering.

What we see under such circumstances is only the dust in the wake of the ploughman. God is turning the world upside down that it may be right side up when Jesus comes. He that plougheth should plough in hope. We may not be able to see a harvest yet in this country, but furrow after furrow, the soil is getting ready for the seed.”

Sermon Title:  Digging for Hidden Treasure:  A Scripture-Saturated Church
Sermon Text:  Proverbs 2
Speaker:  Jonathan Matias, Lead Pastor
Series: The Church…The Dearest Place On Earth

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