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Sit back and settle in for an epic biblical journey thought the remarkable book of Exodus in the new sermon series at Grace Church of Alexandria. Through this series Exodus–The God Who Redeems, get a front-row seat to the unmatched might and mercy of God to the weak and the needy, like us.

During this journey through Exodus, we will:

  • Learn why God chooses and empowers the insignificant;
  • Gaze at the incomparable power of God through the plagues and Exodus;
  • See how Jesus’s life story repeats patterns from the life of Moses and Israel;
  • Glimpse the holy and majestic splendor of God at Mt. Sinai;
  • Consider the authority and power possessed by God’s written words;
  • See how the Sovereign God controls the heart of Pharaohs and Presidents;
  • Find strength for following God in his promises and mighty deeds.
  • Discover God’s personal name he discloses in Exodus.

Join us Sundays at 10:30 am at Grace Church of Alexandria for the incredible story of Exodus: The God Who Redeems.

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Throughout this Winter, Grace Church of Alexandria Salt Shaker Dinner Groups come together once a month, on a Saturday evening, for a communal dinner. The idea  for these dinners is to meet new people and strengthen our fellowship. These informal dinners take place at the volunteer hosts’ houses.

You can choose to host, or just to attend. You bring a dish, and the other dinner guests each bring a dish.

Host: Guests will be randomly assigned to you each month. As host, you will provide the main dish. You will also coordinate with your dinner group to set a time for the dinner, and to arrange for guests to bring drinks and side dishes.

Guest: The goal is for you attend Salt Shaker dinners with different host families. The host will contact you to confirm and ask you to bring either drinks or side dishes. If for some reason you cannot attend the dinner, just let the host know.

Host/Guest: Sometimes you will host the dinners and sometimes you will be a guest at the dinners. 

The dinner dates for Winter 2016 are:
January 30
February 27
March 26
Participation in all three dinners is not required, just sign up for the days that work for you. The deadline for signing up for these dinners is Friday, January 22. We will distribute the dinner group list on Sunday the 24th. Please update your preferences via this link:

Join us Sunday December 27 for a 10:30 am worship service centered on the Christmas theme. On 12/27 we will take a break from having 9:30 am Adult Bible Class or Children’s Bible Class.

Both classes will resume on January 3, and Adult Bible Class will start a new winter theme: The Bible in XV.

 

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What would a sermon be like that is about the whole Bible? To find out, join us for a special Christmas sermon this Sunday 12/20 at Grace Church of Alexandria!

Pastor Jonathan Matías will give a tour of the magnificent story of the Bible from cover to cover showing how the first Christmas fits in, through a special presentation The History of Redemption.

The History of Redemption is a compilation of powerful Bible passages from Genesis to Revelation in concert with a stunning visuals by artist Chris Koelle. Come on out to church this Sunday December 20th, at 9:20 for our Holiday Prayer Brunch and then at 10:30 for the worship service featuring this unique sermon.

The Bible is more than just a collection of stories; it is God’s personal revelation to his creation… It’s the story of covenantal love that failed to be extinguished even by our insidious rebellion. Great sinners redeemed by a  great Savior. It’s the story of God rescuing his children from the clutches of sin through his Son Jesus Christ that we might find eternal happiness in him. This awe-inspiring story comes to life in a fresh and memorable way through the stunning artwork of Christopher Koelle encouraging the reader to treasure it deeply in their heart.

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p.s. special thanks to artist Chris Koelle for granting Grace Church of Alexandria to show his artwork this coming Sunday!

Prayer Brunch will be held this Sunday at 9:20 am for you! Breakfast foods (not a continental breakfast, but more than coffee & donuts) will pave the way for a time of concentrated prayer.

How often do we get time to pray together? This is a special, valuable chance to talk to God as a family. Please join us. This Sunday December 20 at 9:20 am before our 10:30 am worship service.

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This Sunday November 15th, we’re taking a break from All In Orphan Care Class to hold our Annual Family Meeting at 9:30 am. Members of Grace Church–come vote on the church budget and officers for 2016 at the annual business meeting for church members.

All In Orphan Care Class will resume next Sunday November 22, with a testimony from an adoptive family and a lesson on “The Theology of Adoption.”


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Becoming a Church That Cares for the Vulnerable

What does it look like for a church family to get engaged in caring for orphans–children who have lost one or both parents? How can do something for the weak and vulnerable? What are some small (and some big) steps we can take to make a difference in orphans lives?

A Class For Everyone (Not Just If You’re Thinking about Adopting)

From October to December, at 9:30 am Adult Bible Class we’re on a journey together called All In Orphan Care. This class at Grace Church of Alexandria is for the whole church: for kids to learn to care about the lives of fatherless children, for singles to find out how to sponsor an at-risk child, for couples to discover what temporary fostering, fostering, and adoption look like, for everyone to learn what we can do to reflect God’s heart for the fatherless.

This class is for you, not just for a family who is looking to adopt!

We’ll watch short films, hear moving testimonies from Grace Church members, study the Bible, and discuss small and large steps our church can take to “visit the orphans in their affliction” (James 1:27).

A Roadmap To Love the Fatherless

In six sessions, we’ll explore:

  • What Is Orphan Care? October 25
    Exploring God’s heart for the orphan and our mandate to care for them
  • The Theology of Adoption – November 8
    Discovering how the imagery of adoption in Scripture paints a vivid picture of our redemption in Jesus
  • How Orphan Care Displays the Gospel – November 22
    Uncovering three unique, tangible ways our care of orphans reflects God’s care of us in Christ
  • The Other Side of Orphan Care – November 29
    Pursuing the goal of permanence through both prevention and adoption efforts
  • Making Orphan Care Small – December 6
    Embracing the call not to change the world for all orphans, but to change the world of at least one
  • Identifying Your Role – December 13
    Understanding that not everyone is called to do the same thing but everyone is called to do something

Join us Sundays at 9:30 am for All In Orphan Care at Grace Church of Alexandria.

To apply to or give to our Church Adoption Fund, click here.

Orphan Sunday, November 8, 2015

Also, join us for Orphan Sunday as we dedicate a whole worship service on November 8 at 10:30 am to look at God’s adopting love and see how it motivates love for orphans.

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From Fall to Spring, Grace Church groups come together once a month on a Saturday evening, for a communal dinner. The goal for the Salt Shaker Dinners is to meet new people and strengthen our fellowship. These informal dinners take place at the volunteer hosts’ houses.

Host: Guests will be randomly assigned to you each month. As host, you will provide the main dish. You will also coordinate with your dinner group to set a time for the dinner, and to arrange for guests to bring drinks and side dishes.

Guest: The goal is for you attend Salt Shaker dinners with six different host families. The host will contact you to confirm and ask you to bring either drinks or side dishes. If for some reason you cannot attend the dinner, just let the host know.

Host/Guest: Sometimes you will host the dinners and sometimes you will be a guest at the dinners. 

Right now, we are going to focus on the three Saturdays for this fall and they are:
  • September 26
  • October 24 
  • November 21 
Participation in all three dinners is not required, just sign up for the days that work for you.
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GCA attenders–please log in to The City and sign up to attend Salt Shaker Dinner Groups here. The deadline for signing up for the fall dinners is Friday, September 18th. We will distribute the dinner group list on Sunday the 20th. Not on The City and need an Invite to The City to Sign Up. Request access to The City here.

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Gender and Sexuality
What does the Bible say about gender and sexuality, which are undergoing lightning-fast cultural developments in the 21st century? Join us on Sundays at 9:30 am at Grace Church of Alexandria for an insightful discussion Scripture on the sexual revolution.

Let’s Bring Our Questions To God and Listen to Him
Starting Sunday September 6, 2015 and running through October, we are discussing the following questions about self-identity, the body, and sexuality:

  • Why did God create us as sexual beings?
  • Should I attend a same-sex wedding?
  • Can you be gay and a Christian?
  • How should I teach my child about their gender?
  • What does biblical femininity and masculinity look like?
  • Why does GCA have women deacons but not women pastors?
  • Is it right or wrong to go along with transgender feelings?

Not Ammo for Culture War…but Compassion for Broken People

The starting point of this biblical series is not to give you ammo to fight the culture war raging in America. This conversation will go deeper and more intimate than that. The starting point for this is the gospel. Specifically, that as a result of the Fall, all of us, including me and you–are broken people and need redemption, especially in the area of our sexuality.

We will listen thoughtfully to God’s timeless Word of grace to experience healing for our self-identity. Through this we will begin to learn know how to minister God’s transforming grace to fellow humans (in Grace Church and our community, maybe even ourselves) who are drawn to pop feelings and well-branded lifestyles that are actually forms of rebellion against the Creator God.

The aim is to unfold God’s design for gender and sexuality and to equip you with God’s grace to compassionately help yourself and others find Jesus Christ as more desirable than the alternate lifestyles promoted today.

Join us Sundays at 9:30 am for Gender and Sexuality.

Backpacks

Here’s a final update and word of thanks about the project to gather backpacks and school supplies for children in need who attend Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School.

I just wanted to take a minute and express my gratitude towards everyone who supported this effort.  Whether you supported us through donation and/or prayer, it is because of your efforts that I am able to say that we were able to fill 24 backpacks with extra supplies to donate.

 The backpacks are filled with at least one of every item that was on the supply list, as well as a small gospel tract and information card about Grace Church of Alexandria.  These backpacks and supplies will go straight to kids in our community in need attending school at Samuel W. Tucker Elementary.  

We will directly touch well over 24 students, but through your actions and love, we will touch countless families, teachers, and staff at Samuel Tucker.  So, thank you, thank you for your participation and support.  I pray we will be able to do this again next year.

~ Dominique Johnson, Project Coordinator

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