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On Sunday May 8, 2016, you are invited to Grace Church of Alexandria hear from a courageous Christian and graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) who is leading the Ugandan church to care for orphans, specifically those with HIV/AIDS.

9:30 am Behind The Scenes Tour
Dr. Ben Tumuheirew, founder of Juna Amagara–will give a behind-the-scenes tour of the village for orphans in his hometown at 9:30 am during Adult Bible Class. Kids are welcome for this special presentation about God’s heart for fatherless children!

10:30 am–Interview on God’s Heart for the Fatherless
During Grace Church’s 10:30 am worship service, we’ll conduct a live interview of Dr. Ben Tumuheirwe before the sermon. We’ll hear from Dr. Ben on how American believers (like us!) can support and pray for churches worldwide that are caring for orphans in their own neighborhoods.

Dr. Ben will be with GCA Friday evening May 6 through Monday Morning May 9. If you’d like to invite him over for a meal, or meet up with him to learn more, please see Lead Pastor Jonathan Matías.

Orphan Care: A Pillar of Grace Church
Grace Church of Alexandria takes seriously the command of God that “true religion before God the Father is this…to visit widows and orphans in their affliction” (James 1:27). To this end, regularly we hold conversations about the plight of the fatherless and how individual Christians can impact the life of an orphan…through fostering, adoption, sponsoring, helping at an orphanage, and more.

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Join us this Sunday at 9:30 am for a special one-time session Worship is Not a Spectator Sport on why and how we gather and worship as a congregation.

If you come to Grace Church’s worship services, this is for you! (hint: that’s all of us)
If you wonder why GCA does worship services the way we do, this is for you!
If you wonder why Grace Church has women lead worship, read Scripture, serve communion, this is for you!
If you serve up front in any capacity at GCA, this is for you!
When a church meets for worship, the congregation are not to be spectators but participants. We talk to God as we pray, we praise God as we sing, and we listen to God as the Word of God is preached.
When a church meets to worship, the leaders are not performing for an audience. They invite you to pray and sing with them as the church participates in corporate worship and the preacher proclaims a message from God for all the church, including himself.
This conversation with Pastor of Insight Ron Bean will give you a window into the intentionality of gathered worship at Grace Church of Alexandria.

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Join us Sunday May 1 at 5:30 pm for a special gospel celebration for several men who want to show their loyalty and faith in Christ by being baptized!

As a church that meets in a school we don’ have a convenient place to baptize, so we’re excited that Grace Bible Church of Lorton is hosting this special service for our church family.

Please join us for a 30 minute re-enactment of the good news, testimonies from the men being baptized, singing, and a homily on the cross. Community groups are encouraged to come to the baptism service rather than meet up on your own.

When: Sunday May 1, 5:30 pm
Where: Grace Bible Church – 9115 Lorton Station Blvd, Lorton, VA 22079
How Far: 15 minutes south of our church

 

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Ordinary relationships. Extraordinary miracles. Forged by Love.

Every one of us needs kind, thoughtful person to enter our lives, especially when life is really rough. Likewise, every one of us can be that kind, thoughtful person who enters another’s life and sees God’s transforming grace work in our relationships. As counselor Ed Welch says,

“Friends are indeed the best helpers.”

Join us Sundays at 9:30 am as we discuss Side By Side: Practical Guidance for Loving Others Well. Our heartbeat at Grace Church of Alexandria is developing real relationships to find joy in Jesus Christ together.

Side By Side, running from May through July at 9:30 am includes:

  • A free copy of Side by Side by Ed Welch (yours to keep!)
  • How to enjoy hearing others tell their story…and how to tell your own
  • Honest conversation about how (not) to mess up relationships
  • Open discussion on starting relationships, purposeful conversations, healing words
  • Going public with our spiritual needs
  • Tell the story (the gospel)

I invite you to join me to see God use ordinary relationships to work extraordinary miracles in the lives of people around you. Sundays at 9:30 am at Grace Church of Alexandria. We’re at the Duke Street exit of I-395 and the Van Dorn Street exit of the D.C. beltway I-495.

Meet author and series creator Ed Welch–

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We’re growing! We’ve outgrown our current worship space and are moving into a larger worship space on the grounds–the gym of the school. All church members, volunteers, and interested attenders are requested for training and prayer sessions the next 2 Sundays for the big move.

To entice you, we’re providing finger food and childcare for ages 4-6 for the 4/10 session!

April 10, 9:30 am – Training for all members on worship in the gym

  • Learn the basics of setup in the gym
  • A Show-and-Tell by Ministry Team Leaders
  • Training for new service roles
  • Finger food for all
  • Childcare for Ages 4-6 in the cafeteria (check in at 9:20 am)

April 17, 9:30 am – Prayer Time + Discussion on a Warm & Welcoming Church.

  • Prayer for God’s blessing and filling our expanded worship space
  • Group discussion on a welcoming atmosphere for GCA
  • Hear from ministry team leaders on how to welcome guests to be part of GCA

I hope you will come out for these vital training sessions to help us transition smoothly to worshiping the gym. God has blessed our church with growth in worshipers and depth, and these 2 sessions will help us make the most of the opportunity the LORD has given us!

Jonathan Matías, Lead Pastor

This afternoon when we showed up at Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School, the staff who greeted us were all smiles. Grace Church of Alexandria had the joy of dropping off 30,000 sheets of paper to help the school handle a paper shortage from budget cuts. “This will probably last us through Spring Break,” exclaimed one staff member.

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We are immensely grateful for the privilege of meeting for worship at Samuel W. Tucker Elementary, where we have been gathering on Sundays for 8 years–since 2008. The teachers and staff who serve our children in West End Alexandria are doing a stellar job, and the donation of paper is just one way of saying to them, “Thank you!”

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Are you wondering what direction Grace Church of Alexandria is headed? Curious what motivate and drives us as a church family? Listen to this 3-part series Gospel Growth where we unfold from Colossians 1:5–6 the ambitions God is leading our congregation to pursue for his fame.

  1. Gospel Growth, Part 1
  2. Gospel Growth, Part 2
  3. The Power to Grow a Church by the Gospel

If Grace Church is–or might become–your church home, I encourage you to listen closely to the vision we’re pursuing to magnify Christ in our city. Your guides to unpack Grace Church’s vision are Rick Altizer (our Site Strategy Leader), Lead Pastor Jonathan Matías, and Pastor Ron Bean.

Come take a closer look at:

  • The heartbeat of our church–the gospel of Jesus Christ
  • Expanding our worship space at our current meeting place
  • Investing in a building we can call our own
  • Strengthening our global mission partnerships
  • Finding your part in our church family
  • Discovering what is The Grace Church Trifecta
  • Thanks for God’s provision in our first 8 years
  • Pouring ourselves into our highest priority–prayer.

Join us this Sunday at our 10:30 am worship service for the current sermon series Exodus: The God Who Redeems.

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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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