December 1st, 2013
November 26th, 2013
A Combination of Poetry, Artistry, and Music
Last week our small group , the Wednesday Community Group, watched the powerful and compelling JŌb the Film. The film retells the biblical story of Job by combining the poetry of John Piper, the artwork of Chris Koelle, and music by J. Aaron Greene. When Christy and I were going through a painful trial, as we read aloud the John Piper book this film is based on, we found renewed trust in God’s promises and mysterious purposes.
Be Prepared For Suffering
In the words of the film, “Job lost everything: his wealth, his health, and his ten children. All swept away in one satanic storm. Reduced to a heap of flesh, ashes, and tears—rebuked by friends and jeered by strangers—righteous Job wrestled over the purpose and presence of God in the midst of unbearable pain.” The book and film are helpful tools to prepare yourself for suffering or to comfort a friend or yourself in troubled times.
See the Film at Grace Church
Grace Church of Alexandria has a license to show it to church groups, so if you’d like your GCA small group to watch it, let Pastor Jonathan Matías know.
JŌb the Film Trailer
Buy JŌb the Film
A movie download or DVD edition are available at www.jobthefilm.com/buy-now.
November 24th, 2013
November 24th, 2013
We’re pleased to announce the launch of Grace Church’s Adoption Fund!
Why a 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. And this summer, 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.
How Do I Give To the Adoption Fund?
Help add to the $500 that is initially in the fund!
**When you give, specify that your gift is for “Fund P386 Grace Church of Alexandria.” P386 is GCA’s account number at Lifesong.
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 an individual or family from church who is adopting whom you intend the gift to help. 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.
Who Can Apply To the Adoption Fund?
Any member of Grace Church of Alexandria is eligible to apply for financial assistance from the church adoption fund. There are 2 easy steps.
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.
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.
November 20th, 2013
The 365-day devotional book Heart of the Matter which Christy and I are reading together this year is on sale for 60% off through Friday Nov 22. I can’t commend this devotional booklet enough. I’m thrilled it’s 60^% off this week. Pick up a copy today. Read my review “A Treasure For Hungry, Thirst Hearts” here.
November 19th, 2013
At Grace Church we’ll be observing Orphan Sunday on November 24, 2013 at 9:30 am Adult Bible Class and 10:30 am Worship Service. Since November is Adoption Month, we set aside a Sunday in November to think about God’s heart for the fatherless and how it should stir his people to care for children in need. Come join us! Here’s what’s coming up–
9:30 am Adult Bible Class – Special Guests From Romania Reborn
We’ll be hearing from Romania Reborn, a local ministry which sponsors relief and missionary work among orphans, abandoned babies and other needy children in Romania. This vital ministry was started by a friend of mine when she was 20 years old. Learn about Romania reborn here: www.romania-reborn.org
10:30 am Worship Service – Orphan Sunday Theme
Testimonies, video, songs, prayers, and preaching about the gospel truth of adoption and how this motivates us to care for orphans to make God’s adopting love tangible.
Wondering more about Orphan Sunday or why adoption and foster care are such a big deal at our church?
- One church’s adoption story
- past blog post with adoption and foster care resources
- video explaining what Orphan Sunday is all about!
November 18th, 2013
November 12th, 2013
Chris Sicks, NavPress author and pastor in Alexandria, will be preaching about mercy ministry at 10:30 am on Sunday November 17, 2013, at Grace Church of Alexandria. Join us at 10:30 am to hear Chris–an engaging, thoughtful, compassionate believer–share how we can make God’s gospel love tangible to people in our city.
Chris has an incredible story of grace to tell, about how God has led his church Alexandria Presbyterian Church to have a powerful ministry to refugees in the Washington D.C. area, which has opened up countless doors to witness. Read the story here.
As I’ve gotten to know Chris, by his life I’ve been personally challenged to reassess how I should more actively and lovingly care for the physical needs of people in my life. By sacrificially meeting physical needs, this opens up doors to speak the truth of the gospel to hurting hearts. Chris has challenged me–what he would call a “word” person”–t0 also be a “deed” person, to make God’s gospel love touchable and real to people, so they will be more open to the saving message of Christ. As Chris says,
“I find it fascinating that Jesus chose to help hurting people as the most frequent proof of his divinity. He could have commanded the sky to rain or snow, moved mountains, and turned rocks into diamonds. These acts would have demonstrated his divinity as clearly as healing and feeding did. He once calmed a storm on the Sea of Galilee, but even then his attention was on the terrified men in the boat. Jesus’ heart of compassion was always moved by people and their needs.”
- p. 30 from Tangible