I trust you have had an enjoyable week! As you know, I am a warm weather creature so this week has been just fine for me. Earlier this week I had a doctor’s appointment. I am not a fan of going to the doctor or the dentist. I have doctor friends and dentist friends so this is nothing personal. I guess you could say I get a little nervous. When I arrived at the office everyone treated me as if they had known me for years. They were kind and helpful, which was a relief. Think with me about this for a minute. What if we treated people that came to our church just like the folks at the doctor’s office treated me? What do you think would happen? They would very likely want to come back and be with us again. Right? As you come to the services, look for new people! Sometimes your friends bring their friends with them to church. Be sure to welcome them and make them feel at home! They might even come back and look you up! This is also true for Sunday Bible study times! Be a friend and make a friend… you will be glad you did!
Our Sunday School meets at 9:45AM. Please make every effort to be on time! This Bible study hour is crucial for your spiritual growth as a follower of Christ. If you are not presently attending a Sunday morning Bible study, please get connected with a class. You will make new friends and find great opportunities to fellowship with other members of your Grace Church family! You will also be able to get more involved in other ministries active in the church. If you want to join a class, please call Seth (252-355-3500), and he will point you in the right direction. Our teachers prepare every week to share God’s Word. They love what they do, and they would love to have you in their classes.
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND is Sunday, May 28th. We will not be having an Evening Worship Service on this weekend! Enjoy your time with your families, and pray for our nation. As Christians, we possess the power to alter the direction of our country. The Lord calls us to pray for our national, state and local leaders. Please take some time and pray! The Lord hears and answers the prayers of His righteous people! Let’s do this together! God bless you!
2 Chronicles 7:14 … if my people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.
Christ Above All!
Mike and Cheryl <><
Yesterday (Thursday, May 4) was our National Day of Prayer. Prayer is a vital lifeline for every child of God. Silence is golden except when it comes to prayer! Scripture often describes prayer as “crying out” to God. Prayer is also characterized as “humbling yourself before the Lord.” Prayer in the lives of God’s people is also connected to experiencing “the presence of God.” Yes, prayer is a vital lifeline for each of us as Christians. Daniel prayed morning, noon and night. With this practice, Daniel was following King David. Psalm 55:17 says, Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and He shall hear my voice. Daniel is a powerful example of how prayer comforts and sustains us in the hour crisis! Are you in the “lion’s den” today? If so, cry out to the Lord, humble yourself before Him, seek His presence and pray! And then, expect deliverance! Daniel 6:21-22 says, Then said Daniel unto the king (Darius), O king, live forever. 22 My God hath sent His angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt. Praise the Lord our God still answers prayer!
Thank you for your faithfulness to the Lord! I thank the Lord for you! What a great joy it is to pastor such a loving group of people. Jesus said that men would know His disciples by the love they have for each other… this is true at Grace Church. This past Wednesday evening there was such a sweet spirit of fellowship at the church. Most Wednesdays I leave church around 8:00PM and take dinner over to DR and Phyllis Daniels. This gives me a few minutes to reflect on my GYMTime Men’s Bible study and my fellowship with the church family! There is no doubt; this is one of my favorite times of the week! Thank you again for being the body of Christ… it brings glory to His Name!
This Sunday we will serve the Lord’s Supper. Jesus instructed us to serve this “Supper” in remembrance of what He has done for us in redemption. Jesus said, “This do ye in remembrance of Me.” As His body, as the church He loved and gave Himself for, we will obey His command! Every member should be present. Do your best to be in your place, and let’s remember and reflect upon the salvation we have in Christ!
A few months ago I began a series of messages through The Revelation. As you know it has 22 chapters and we are now in chapter 7. This has pricked my interest in the Second Coming of Christ and what the Bible says about it. I have taught The Revelation before but for some reason this time I have a somewhat deeper interest. I hope you will join us on Sunday evenings at 5:30PM for these messages. Each week I teach verse by verse through a number of verses. These messages are informative and current. Each week I seek to apply the Scriptures to our everyday lives. You will enjoy the study. I normally finish my message at 6:30PM. We have some wonderful singing and good fellowship in this evening service as well.
Recently the Lord has also been working on me about Scripture memory. I have decided to work on this area of my spiritual life. Scripture memory requires serious discipline. The benefits of memorizing Scripture are huge. Listen to Psalm 119:9-11 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. 10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. 11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. This is a life changing truth! Think about it; maybe you can join me and let’s do some Scripture memory together!
REMINDER: On Sunday morning our Grace Church Children’s Choir will be singing two songs! They are doing a great job! Plan to be in Sunday’s service to hear them. They meet on Wednesday evenings for a Bible lesson and to practice their singing. Last week they had 18 children. If your children are not involved they should be! This is a great opportunity for your children to sing for the glory of God. I hope you will take advantage of this good ministry!
Also, if you did not have a copy of our Faith Promise Missions Ministry brochure… please pick up a copy when you come to the services. Thank you for supporting FPM! Obedience to the Great Commission is essential for every Christian church!!! We exist as worshippers for the purpose of making Christ known to the nations! Please get involved in FPM by giving financially to support our present missionaries. THANK YOU!
Christ Above All!
Mike and Cheryl <><
The CHILDREN OF BELARUS will be with us for the month of July! Already families are preparing for the arrival of the children. The medical and dental appointments are being made and the interpreter is getting ready for this important time. Hosting these beautiful children takes organization, prayer, and finances. The Pettitt and Thorpe families will be hosting Anna, the interpreter, this year and will be offering a lunch immediately after our 11:00 AM Morning Worship service on Sunday, April 23rd. This lunch will include a luscious salad, main course, and some amazing desserts. Suggested donation: $5.00 (children under 5 free). Please let us know if you plan on attending! Signup at gracechurchnc.com
“His disciples came by night and stole Him away.” What? Those eleven men were off somewhere cowering in fear, John 20:19. They were so scared that when He was arrested, they fled in fear. They were so afraid that only one of their number was brave enough to go to the crucifixion. They were so afraid that they allowed the women to go to the tomb to finish preparing the body. These men would never have stolen that body. They were just too afraid! Besides that, all of them but John, and he was boiled in oil, died for their faith. They were persecuted to death because they preached the resurrection from the dead! If it were not true would they have died for it? If don’t think so!
John 20:19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.
Source: Pastor Alan Carr