GCA Adoption Fund

Grace Church of Alexandria is deeply committed to “caring for orphans in their distress” (James 1:27). The surge in adoption and orphan involvement by our church family demonstrates this. Someone from Grace Church anonymously donated $500.00 to start a fund to help church families who want to adopt. This initial seed money, we hope, is the beginning of a robust fund that provide grants and interest-free loans to help families with the cost of adoption. The elders have enlisted Lifesong for Orphans to administer the fund, which is being done at no charge.

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How Do I Give To the Adoption Fund?
Help add to the fund so we can make more adoptions possible!

**When you give, specify that your gift is for “Fund P386 Grace Church of Alexandria.” P386 is GCA’s account number at Lifesong.

1. Give online now by clicking here.
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2. or Mail a check to:

Lifesong for Orphans
Attn: Grace Church of Alexandria Adoption Fund P386
P.O. Box 40
202 N. Ford Street
Gridley, IL 61744

Your gift is tax-deductible. You can give to the fund generally, or you may specify that you intend the gift to help a specific individual/family in the church who is adopting. No admin costs will be deducted from your gift, so 100% of what you give will help member families with the cost of adopting, which may include application fees, paying hospital costs of a baby’s birth, travel costs to another country, home study costs, etc.

How Do I Apply To Receive a Grant?
Any member of Grace Church of Alexandria is eligible to apply for financial assistance from the church adoption fund. You may apply to receive funds to go toward a) the cost of your adoption or b) continuing education to help you as adoptive parents.

There are 2 easy steps.

1. Fill out the application.
Click here to download the application

2. Send your application to Lifesong for Orphans.
Lifesong will process your request and give Pastor Garrett Lee a recommendation as to whether you are eligible for funds, as well as the amount of financial assistance Lifesong recommends for your situation.

Please pray with us that the Grace Church Adoption Fund will help our church open our homes to orphans and demonstrate God’s gospel love to the community.

Questions?
Pastor Garrett Lee is Grace Church’s fund administrator. See him with your questions.

The Fine Print

  • Donations of $250 or more will automatically receive a tax receipt. If your gift is smaller and you would like a receipt, please request one with your gift.
  • To give for a specific family, that family must already have an approved application at Lifesong – so check with the family before sending in your gift.
  • Because of IRS tax law, Lifesong cannot promise that your gift will go toward a specific adoption, but Lifesong understands your preference in giving and has a history of honoring donor requests.
  • PayPal takes a 2-3% admin fee for online donations.

Table Manners

October 19th, 2014

Sermon Title: Table Manners
Sermon Text: Luke 14
Speaker: Garrett Lee, Elder

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Sermon Title: The (Mis)Adventures of Samson, Part 3
Sermon Text: Judges 15
Speaker: Jonathan Matías, Lead Pastor
Series: Judges: {Un}Faithful

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Sermon Title: The (Mis)Adventures of Samson, Part 2
Sermon Text: Judges 14
Speaker: Jonathan Matías, Lead Pastor
Series: Judges: {Un}Faithful

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Sermon Title: The (Mis)Adventures of Samson, Part 1
Sermon Text: Judges 13
Speaker: Jonathan Matías, Lead Pastor
Series: Judges: {Un}Faithful

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Family Feud: Judges–{Un}Faithful

September 21st, 2014

Sermon Title: Family Feud
Sermon Text: Judges 12
Speaker: Jonathan Matías, Lead Pastor
Series: Judges: {Un}Faithful

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GCA Sermon Discussion Guide

Pastor Garrett Lee has written a handy sermon discussion guide to help you get the most out of sermons at Grace Church. View and download it here. I’m a big fan of this tool Garrett has created! I believe it will help you get the most out of the Bible.

Sermon Discussion Guide – Grace Church of Alexandria by gracealexandria

How To Use The Guide

This study aid is a practical tool to use for personal, family, or small group settings. Use the guide to:

  1. Lead your community group in applying the latest sermon;
  2. For personal application, apply a sermon to yourself by using the guide.
  3. For your family devotions, discuss Sunday’s sermon from GCA.

Highlights

Four elements make this a highly effective tool to use for applying God’s Word to your life as expounded and preached to you in your local church setting.

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1. Major Biblical Events Grid: The colorful timeline on the back draws your attention to the plan of God for history and where that particular sermon & passage rests in that plan. Does it teach you about creation and fall, exodus and conquest, exile and return, death and resurrection, or return and consummation?

2. About the Sermon: The opening section helps put your mind around the sermon by leading you to state the big idea of what you heard preached.

3. About the Passage: The next section leads you to think about God in Trinitarian terms and about the gospel and its relevance to your life.

4. About the Body: This final section reminds us that spiritual growth is a community event. God doesn’t intend for you to live out the Christian life in a vacuum, but rather closely connected to other Christians.  This section leads you in applying the passage to yourself and to your relationships in your local church.

Give the guide a try.

Salt and Light

September 14th, 2014

Sermon Title: “Salt and Light”
Sermon Text: Matthew 5:13-16
Speaker: Aaron Kraft, Pastor, Franconia Baptist Church
Series: Guest Speaker

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Words can hardly capture the magnificence of the Lord’s extravagant grace. Songs and hymns help us capture the wonder of salvation and channel our hearts to praise of God. Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder is one such song that exults in the gospel.

This month at Grace Church we’re singing this moving hymn, first published in 1774 and put to new music by Indelible Grace in 2001. Other GCA songs of the month can be found here.

Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder
1. Let us love and sing and wonder
Let us praise the Savior’s name
He has hushed the law’s loud thunder
He has quenched Mount Sinai’s flame
He has washed us with His blood
He has washed us with His blood
He has washed us with His blood
He has brought us nigh to God
2. Let us love the Lord Who bought us
Pitied us when enemies
Called us by His grace and taught us
Gave us ears and gave us eyes
He has washed us with His blood
He has washed us with His blood
He has washed us with His blood
He presents our souls to God3. Let us sing though fierce temptation
Threatens hard to bear us down
For the Lord, our strong salvation,
Holds in view the conqu’ror’s crown
He, Who washed us with His blood,
He, Who washed us with His blood,
He, Who washed us with His blood,
Soon will bring us home to God4. Let us wonder grace and justice
Join and point to mercy’s store
When through grace in Christ our trust is
Justice smiles and asks no more
He Who washed us with His blood
He Who washed us with His blood
He Who washed us with His blood
Has secured our way to God5. Let us praise and join the chorus
Of the saints enthroned on high
Here they trusted Him before us
Now their praises fill the sky
Thou hast washed us with Thy blood
Thou hast washed us with Thy blood
Thou hast washed us with Thy blood
Thou art worthy Lamb of God

©2001 Laura Taylor Music.

Sermon Title: “How To Talk To God When You’re In Trouble”
Sermon Text: Genesis 32
Speaker: Ron Bean, Elder
Series: How To Talk To God When…

A sermon about how to (and not to) approach God in times of crisis.

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