We had the privilege of having Dennis Roberts, the artist who did the stained glass at the front of our Sanctuary, with us a few weeks ago. He sat down with Andy to talk about the symbols within the artwork and what it means as a whole.
Thanks to your generosity and commitment to global missions, this year we brought in more than $67,000 for our Special Missions Fund. These funds will allow us to continue and start new strategic partnerships in the coming year, send teams from Grace on short-term mission trips, and provide additional financial support to our long-term missionaries. We are so grateful to the Lord and to everyone who contributed for making all of this possible!
The C.S. Lewis Fellows Program and the Colson Fellows Program are two opportunities to learn and go deeper in your faith. We encourage anyone in our church body to consider applying for either of these programs.
The Colson Fellows Program is a powerful nine-month entreprenurial discipleship training program for Christian worldview in action that provides spiritual transformation, clear vision, practical skills, and a powerful network. The vision is developed and you will begin to execute a tangible plan for pursuing Christian worldview that taps into the unique skills God has given you and the place He's put you.
The program options include both national and regional offerings. Participants in both programs read the best books on worldview, cultural analysis, and spiritual growth. Bi-monthly webinars with the authors and other Christian leaders provide a deeper dive into current issues. Daily devotional material and Breakpoint commentaries provide additional support. Join like-minded men and women who share your passion and training, who can challenge and support one another in their pursuit of God's call. The 2018-2019 class begins in August. Apply online.
The C.S. Lewis Institute is devoted to developing disciples who can articulate, defend and live faith in Christ in public and personal life. The Fellows program is a year-long intensive mentoring/discipleship program that focuses on spiritual and theological growth. It begins with an orientation in May, one meeting in June followed by summer readings, and a retreat in September. There are monthly meetings the first Saturday morning of each month.
The Fellows Program’s unique approach to discipleship focuses on the integration of heart and mind in a small group context and is designed to dramatically alter the trajectory of spiritual growth in order to help Fellows become more like Jesus Christ. A combination of focused Bible study, dynamic teachers, classic writers, experienced mentors, effective discipleship groups and active response to the Word and the Spirit helps believers mature in their ability to articulate, defend, share and joyfully live out their faith in public and personal life. If you are interested in being a part of the Fellows program, apply online. For more information, contact Fred Durham.
Kevin, Andy, Lucas, and Cindy discuss what's happening at Grace over the next month.
This Sunday we will begin a new sermon series with Pastor Andy on the book of Philippians. Join us as we study Joy: The Attitude of Faith.
Join us as we prepare our hearts for Easter. We will have a Good Friday service March 30 at 7 p.m. in the Sanctuary. On Easter Sunday, April 1, we will have services at the usual times: 8:45, 10:00, and 11:15 a.m. Celebrate the resurrection with us!
Missions Conference is coming up Sunday, February 25 at Grace. This is a great opportunity to learn about missions at Grace and be introduced to some of our missionaries. We will have food trucks after the second and third services. Meal tickets are available in The Commons for $5/person or $20/family of 4+ people.
We will also have break-out sessions with guest speakers during all three services.
Dr. Sukhwant Bhatia's ministries include formal and non-formal theological education and ministry training, evangelism, church planting, fresh Bible translations in Hindi and Punjabi languages and development of various resources for a variety of ministries in northwest India.
(8:45, 10:00, 11:15 a.m. in room A11)
Dr. Celestin Musekura is the president of African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM), which exists to empower the African Church to impact the African continent by training and equipping pastors and church leaders with biblical and theological skills while developing ministry tools to nurture and deepen the Christian faith for the spiritual transformation, biblical forgiveness, and reconciliation of the African communities.
(8:45, 10:00, 11:15 a.m. in room A13)
Raimie and Stephanie Bateman train impoverished pastors and their wives who lack access to education so that they can reach the masses of the poor in their country. They also raise and send missionaries to do the same. Finally, they are working to build the most financially transparent and efficient mission organization in the US.
(10:00, 11:15 a.m. in room A12)
East-West is a mission organization based in Dallas with one consuming passion—to make God known among every nation, every tribe, every tongue, and every people.
(10:00, 11:15 a.m. in room A9)
Pastor Andy will be starting a new sermon series Sunday, January 14 on Habits for your Heart. Join us as we walk through the habits that define us as Christians.
Community Group Link is an opportunity to find a community group where you can develop strong relationships with others at Grace. Community Groups are a place to be cared for and encouraged in a safe environment. Groups meet in homes throughout Dallas various nights of the week. Community Group Link will be January 28 following the third service in The Garage at Grace. Lunch and childcare will be provided. The childcare registration deadline is January 19.
Men of Grace is starting a new Bible study helping men explore the truths their children are learning in Grace Kids on Sunday mornings and going through the entire Bible in three years. It will be offered on Monday nights at 6:30 beginning January 15 and Thursday mornings at 6:30 a.m. beginning January 18. If you are interested in participating, contact Troy Godwin.
For more information about Men's Bible studies, see the Men of Grace page.
Join us in celebrating the birth of our Savior! We will have three Christmas Eve services Sunday, December 24. Our two morning services will be family services with a special children's message and an adult devotional. Grace Kids will be for kindergarten and under. The evening service will be a candlelight service.
9:00 a.m.- Family Service
10:30 a.m.- Family Service
10:00 p.m.- Candlelight Service
Sunday, December 31, we will have services at our normal times: 8:45, 10:00, and 11:15 a.m. There will be no Adult Bible Classes, and Grace Kids will be for kindergarten and under. Adult Bible Classes and Grace Kids will resume January 7.
This Sunday Pastor Andy will begin a new sermon series on Hebrew holidays from the Old Testament. He will teach on three Jewish holidays over the next few weeks and then will pick the series back up a few weeks prior to Easter. Join us as we look at these ancient holidays and how they impact us today.
We are continuing to pray for Houston following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. Two resources that can help you get involved either by serving or donating are Unite the Church and Awaken My City.
If you are looking to donate resources, Dallas County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) member Trusted World will be taking donations. Clothing in good conditions, toiletries, hygiene products, and non-perishable food will be accepted. The drop off location is open daily 3-8 p.m. They are in need of new underwear and socks, toiletries/hygiene products, and baby formula, wipes, and diapers.
GIVE & VOLUNTEER
If you want to give, some of the best known options are Samaritan's Purse, Salvation Army, and World Vision. Samaritan's Purse also has volunteer teams deploying to the coast if you're interested in helping hands-on. If you desire to volunteer with Red Cross or Samaritan's Purse, please pursue getting certified early. These organizations are getting plenty of volunteers currently, but they will need many more in the next few weeks. Volunteer certification takes an hour or two, so if you can pursue certification now you will be able to respond quickly to the growing need later.
If you would like to give directly to churches helping with flood relief in the Houston area, here are a couple of options. Money will go toward basic necessities including food, bedding, clothing, baby formula, diapers, and bottles.
The Church at Creek's End
Bethel Church of Houston
Grace Bible Church Houston
Thank you for praying and giving.
Pastor Andy will do a short two-week sermon series beginning this Sunday on Righteousness. Plan to join us in all three services as he teaches on the impact of personal and corporate righteousness July 23 and July 30.
Dear Grace family:
Growth brings change. Our Lord commissioned us to reach new people, and our recent growth, especially in the nurseries, is bringing about change.
As I mentioned last Sunday, we have been praying and studying what to do for some time. As a result, the staff and boards have concluded that it is time to add a third service on Sunday mornings.
Beginning February 12, we will be moving to three services.
Grace Kids: birth- 5th grade
Grace Institute (A9)
Fred Chay's class (A12)
Grace Kids- birth-5th grade
Grace Student Ministry
Don King's class (A9)
Rocky Miller's class (A12)
Lucas Roger's class (A11)
Gene Pond's class (A13)
Grace Kids- birth-5th grade
Kevin Goldsmith's class (A13)
We will continue providing information in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please keep our church in your prayers. And join us in celebrating the growth that God has given us.
Dear Grace family:
As you may have noticed, we are in a wonderful season of steady growth, and it has been especially pronounced in our nurseries and children’s ministries. The number of young families seems to increase weekly—and they represent our church’s future!
In light of this growth, the leadership is happy to announce the addition of a new (old) staff member. We have created the position of Young Families Pastor who will work to ensure that we are adequately providing opportunities for spiritual growth. This will include coordinating our children’s and student ministries, as well.
Although the position is new, we are pleased to reintroduce an old friend who will be rejoining us to build this ministry, Lucas Rogers. Lucas was a valuable part of our staff for several years before he joined Paul Anderson in his ministry in Pennsylvania. Lucas and Carrie have loved serving the church there, but they have felt God’s leading to come “home” to Grace and we are pleased to have them return.
Kevin Goldsmith will continue building our ministry to young adults, especially those who are single or just married, in addition to building our outreach ministries. We believe that God is blessing our church with an incredible team.
Depending on the sale of their home, Lucas and Carrie will arrive in Dallas no later than January 1. Please join me in praying for God’s special blessing on them in this time of transition, and pray for Paul and Jenny Anderson as God continues to build their work in Pennsylvania.
God is at work. My prayer is that we will boldly serve Him.
SPECIAL CONGREATIONAL MEETING OCTOBER 2 DURING BOTH SERVICES
The Elder board is proposing some changes to the Grace Constitution. Please click the link below to see a PDF with the proposed amendments.
Dear Grace family:
I am excited to tell you about our new staff member: Brian Piper is joining our staff bringing new leadership to our Worship and Music ministries. Brian will be leading our Contemporary service and continuing to build that ministry team. He will also assist the Traditional worship team as the needs arise.
Brian is a gifted musician, composer, and singer. In addition to performing in venues such as the Summer Musicals, jazz festivals, and his own albums, Brian has served on the music team for Park Cities Presbyterian Church for the last eleven years. He has performed at Grace on multiple occasions, and he always brings not only his skills, but also his joy in Christ.
I have known Brian for many years and I am thrilled to have him join our team.
Ty McAllister has done a wonderful job leading our contemporary service at 9:00, as well as taking over the 10:30 service this summer. Ty has decided that he wants to pursue new opportunities. I hope you will join me in expressing deep appreciation for Ty and praying for him as he moves to Ft. Worth and begins a new chapter in his life.
In light of Ty’s leaving we will be discontinuing the Contemporary at 9:00 service after this week. We know that it has met a need for some of our congregation, but we will no longer have the personnel to make it work. You will be hearing soon about new worship opportunities for the future.
Grace is always changing. But with each change, God has blessed us in new ways we did not anticipate. I am excited to see this new chapter in our Worship ministries.
At Grace, we place a high priority on the teaching of God's Word. We have excellent Adult Bible Classes with teachers who are committed to communicating the truth of the Bible, as well as special events that encourage Biblical knowledge and facilitate application. We are now recording several of our Adult Bible Classes and encourage you to take advantage of these excellent lessons. See the Learning page to listen to Sunday morning lessons and past special events.
While Andy is on sabbatical this summer, we will have the opportunity to hear from some great speakers who have had an impact on Grace in the past. The list of sabbatical speakers includes:
Paul Anderson, Adam Bonus, Fred Chay, Jace Cloud, Greg Crosthwait, Peter Fretheim, Kevin Goldsmith, Chris Howell, Dr. Duane Litfin, Victor Neufeld, Lucas Rogers, Andrew Russell, Johnnie Standard, Jerry Wagner, and Jason Wiesepape