Christ died for the church, and now he lives for the church.
And so should we.

Why does the church play such a big part in God’s redemption plan? How does God intend to use the church to help me grow in the faith? Why should I bother to join a church?

These and more are questions we’re exploring in The Church…the Dearest Place on Earth, the Winter 2015 sermon series at Grace Church of Alexandria.

From January to March we’re discussing how to get the most out of your Grace Church experience, and how God may use you to contribute to the lives of others. We’re covering:

  • The Big Picture: Why out of love God would spill blood for his church
  • The Centrality of the Gospel: the cross is at the heart of everything at Grace Church
  • How to Talk to God About Your Church: what to pray for your local church
  • Scripture Intake: why the Word of God is your lifeblood; you can’t live without it.
  • The Gospel + Relationships = Growth: how to form discipleship relationships
  • Take Me To Your Leader: how to follow the leaders God gives your church.
  • Evangelism is a Team Effort: when it comes to witnessing, you don’t have to go-it-alone
  • Membership: Don’t Leave Home Without It: Why join a local church?
  • Changed Into His Image: how God uses tough love and relationships to grow us.

Join us Sundays at 9:30 am for Church History Adult Bible Class and 10:30 am worship service for The Church, the Dearest Place on Earth.

This December at Grace Church, come get an in-depth look at the splendor and glory of Jesus Christ in a special Christmas sermon series, Captivated By His Beauty. These sermons will paint a portrait of the One who came out of love to rescue us on that first Christmas morning. We’ll consider:

Who is this infinite One who contained himself as a fragile, vulnerable child in the manger?
What is Christ able to do for us because he took on flesh for us through the incarnation?
What is so compelling about the Lord Jesus that stokes our joy and gives us indomitable hope?

Join us Sundays at 10:30 am in December:

  • December 7: The Glory of the Pre-Incarnate Christ
  • December 14: The Glory of the Incarnate Christ
  • December 21: Christmas Meditations
  • December 28: The Glory of the Exalted Christ

Listen to the song that inspired the sermon series title: Hast Thou heart Him, Seen Him, Known Him?


GraceBooks Sale

GraceBooks resources available on Sundays at GCA are on sale!

  • All GraceBooks Table books & DVD’s now 75% off.
  • GraceBooks will close down Dec. 31, so all items are discounted
  • Items are by donation. So pay 25% or even take an item for free if you cannot afford it. Yes, take it! Resources are there to serve you.

Questions? See John Martin (GraceBooks Table manager).

We’d like to keep the book table running, but with so many resources available via the internet, we’ll transition to highlighting good resources on our web site, blog, and The City as well as through occasional book reviews.

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

2 Corinthians 8:9

New Online Giving Option

The Bible encourages believers to give back to the Lord from his provision to us. To help making giving easier as an act of worship to God, this week we’ve launched online giving via The City for church offerings to Grace Church of Alexandria.

How to Give?

  • Where: Go to The City, GCA’s online meeting place which is at Then select Giving from the left menu.
  • Need an account? If you do not have access to The City, click here to request an invite.
  • How: Set up a method for giving (checking account or credit card).
  • Which Fund? Choose which fund(s) to give toward (regular offerings go to the General Fund, or choose a special fund).
  • Frequency? Decide if this is a one-time gift or a recurring gift to repeat weekly, bi-weekly or monthly

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Where Your Gifts Go

You can choose for your tax-deductible contribution to go towards the following options:

Regular offerings to go…

  • the General Fund (for the overall ministries of the church)

Special funds…

  • the GCA Future Fund (building and projects fund)
  • the GCA Adoption Fund (to help fund adoptions and post-adoption training), or
  • the 2014 Thanksgiving Offering (to benefit Aaron and Carrie Kraft, missionaries to Mexico).

A small administrative fee of several percent is deducted from each gift. Feel free to add between 1-3% to your gift to compensate for the processing fee (which does not go to GCA).

The Heart of Giving

As you give online, remember that this is a gift of worship to bring honor and praise to the LORD. To maintain a heart of worship, consider taking time to reflect and pray when you log in and give online. If you set up automatic giving once a month, considering scheduling a time for reflection and prayer once a month on the day your gift is scheduled to be sent.


See Jonathan Matías, the lead pastor, with questions about the new online giving system.



Two new Bible classes have launched in for kids ages 7 to 10 and for adults! Join us Sundays at 9:30 am for these special offerings that are a key part of the Grace Church experience.


Church History Adult Bible Class – 9:30 am Sundays
This 13-week class retells stories of how Christ is building his church. Hear of the gospel’s advance in

  • the early church,
  • the Middle Ages,
  • the Reformation,
  • the English Reformation,
  • the Great Awakening,
  • and the 21st century.

Along the way, learn about key Christian doctrines and how the church has guarded the core set of Christian beliefs known as orthodoxy. Bring your questions for this interactive class! Let’s grow together in the Christian faith!


Children’s Bible Class for Ages 7-10 – 9:30 am Sundays
Drop your children off ages 7 to 10 for  Children’s Bible Class while you go attend the 9:30 am Adult Bible Class. Your kids will hear a lesson from The Gospel Project which traces God’s redemption plan through the Bible at a level your kids can understand. Please arrive prior to 9:30 am to check in your children in the library where the class meets.

Why say no to breakfast and fellowship? Come enjoy breakfast with other men of Grace Church and hear Paul Thompson share the compelling story of his time in the U.S. Navy and how God led him to believe in Jesus Christ. Sign up here at the City to bring a dish or help setup/teardown.
Time: 9:15-10:15 am

When: Sunday, July 27, 2014

Where: In the 4-6 year olds GraceKids area

Not on The City? Request an invite here.


A Motley Cast of Characters

This spring and summer at Grace Church of Alexandria, we’re entering a new 10:30 am sermon series entitled Judges: {Un}Faithful. You’ll encounter with us some of the most surprising characters you’ll ever find in the Bible. A left-handed assassin. A warrior-poet and woman who led Israel in a crisis. An army that doesn’t carry weapons into battle. A long-haired, supernaturally-empowered warrior with a total lack of control.

Highly Relevant For Today

This cast of heroes and villains will teach us a host of lessons:

  • Culture: Living for God in a worldly culture on a downward slide in its sexual ethics;
  • Marriage: How to embrace the biblical role in marriage God has given you as a husband or wife;
  • Leadership: Principles for effective leadership at work, church, and home;
  • Growth: a reminder to work with the Spirit in rooting out sin in your heart;
  • Grace: the depth of God’s faithfulness to broken, spiritually-weak people like us.

I’m excited about this 20 week journey we’ll share together. Come, join us on Sundays at 10:30 am for a look at this fascinating book of Scripture.

Are you wondering why Christians worship Jesus of Nazareth? Do you have questions you’ve been wanting to ask about the credibility of the Christian faith or reliability of the Bible? As Lead Pastor, I invite you to contact our church, for we’d be glad to share the core message about Jesus Christ and answer your questions in a short discussion study called Christianity Explained

Christianity Explained
We’d be delighted to introduce you to the message of Jesus in six brief discussion studies in the Gospel of Mark, a biography of Jesus in the Bible. One of our thoughtful, listening members and the booklet shown below, Christianity Explained, will be your guide. You are welcome to ask any questions that you have, and no question is too threatening, or off-the wall. Jesus made staggering truth claims and issued incredible promises to his followers. We’d like to show you what he said, and give you a comfortable atmosphere to think through those claims and promises for yourself.

Interested in going through Christianity Explained? Contact me at 703.639.4077 (press 4 to reach the pastoral staff) or email the church here. Please also come join us for Sunday services at 10:30 am in April as we consider who Jesus is and what’s the big deal about him.


The Story
In addition, here is a visual explanation of the gospel, the good news of the person and work of Jesus Christ, that has changed our lives. It’s called “The Story” and it tells how you can find peace with God and enter into an everlasting relationship with him!


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Join us Sundays in April, especially Easter Sunday April 20, as we explore together what Christianity is all about.

9:30 am Adult Bible Class – Sitting in the Ashes with Job: The Book of Job
10:30 am Worship Service – Jesus Messiah–The Gospel of Matthew


To the good folks of Grace Church of Alexandria, Pastor Garrett Lee summed up so well how your pastors feel about you:


We pastors (Jonathan, Garrett, and Ron) are grateful for you–the congregation–which we are privileged to shepherd and serve.