Church Directory Update

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Would you like to update your picture in the church directory or perhaps you were not available the last time the Lifetouch photographers were here? We are updating our directory! Photographers will be here, one day only, on May 23 from 2 pm – 9 pm.

Click on the link above to schedule your appointment or call the church office Tuesday – Friday @ 585-343-0729

 

A Great Weekend of “Almost There!”

It was a full weekend and a full house as we celebrated the Christmas season with our live nativity and musical presentation of “Almost There” with a 70 voice choir! I want to give a special word of appreciation to all the choir members who began practicing this music in September and for Kathy Meloon and Martha Woodruff for their administrative effort that was needed to make this happen. Dale Choate was a narrator second to none and John and Hayley Baker sang the solos of Joseph and Mary impeccably. The message came through loud and clear due to the great work of our sound technicians Paul Meloon and Colin Cassidy. Thank you to all who served in putting together the nativity from set-up to tear-down and everything in between from shepherds to angels and even a real donkey! A special thank you goes to Joe Gassaway and his team of parkers and greeters who did a fantastic job getting people into the building with some challenging icy conditions.
Most importantly, God was glorified not only in the three presentations, but in you, our church family taking advantage of the opportunity to invite people to hear this gospel presentation. Each ministry performance had many guests. While I had the distinct privilege to meet several of them; I had meaningful conversations with some who are still searching in their spiritual journey and are planning to return. We do this to be a blessing to our community and I simply wish to say thank you to our church family for catching this vision!  Enjoy these pictures that capture highlights of this special weekend of purposeful ministry!

From my study…

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It is beautiful stereo. In my left ear are the melodic notes of Vivaldi. In my right ear is the sweet drone of the excavator finishing demolition of the house out front! Monday, in an hour and a half, a long-standing obstacle to our public visibility was gone. Yesterday I was at the site talking to the equipment operators. One man asked, “When did you build that new part to your church? I’ve lived in Batavia all my life and never knew this was here!”

Monday evening we had over 1,600 guests show up for Trunk or Treat, many of whom never saw our property before! WOW! It was an incredible evening. Having the house down just opened things up in a fresh and exciting way. Seeing the enthusiasm of all those who participated and helped from our church family was a huge blessing.

This Sunday is Friendship Sunday. Let’s be in much prayer that “obstacles” to faith in Christ be broken down and removed. As Pastor Corey challenged us last Sunday evening, pray that we as a church family will “image God” before our guests for His glory.

Enjoy a few pictures of what’s happened this week outside my study window.

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The Partnership of Parents

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Two weeks ago we enjoyed a special Parent Dedication service that highlighted several of our families who are serious about their essential role as parents. It was a great time that culminated with prayers of dedication. What was especially moving in that Sunday’s group of parents is that half of them are families committed to the calling of adoption and foster care. Several other families in our church are also actively engaged in this great work that models the heartbeat of our Savior.
Tomorrow we look forward to the ministry of Bill and Kathy Brittain from Baptist Children’s Home of Valparasio, Indiana. It is a ministry that ministers to over 900 orphaned, needy and disadvantaged children throughout the world (United States, India, Myanmar, Liberia and Nepal). We’re looking forward to their challenge! Enjoy these pictures from our Parent Dedication Day.
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Sunday School & ABF Adjustments

We’re praising God for breaking our Sunday School attendance record by 40 this past Sunday!

Every room was jam-packed.  Thank you for being flexible, durable and heat-resistant.  The trustees are in the process of addressing the HVAC needs of each ABF room.

Growth is a good problem, and we’re finding ways to be creative to accommodate the folks the Lord has blessed us with.  Jesus once attracted a crowd so large at someone’s house that a paralytic’s friends couldn’t get through the door, so they hoisted him onto the roof and lowered him down to Jesus!  You won’t need to be so unconventional getting into an ABF at Grace.

Because of the crowded conditions a couple changes are in order:

  1. Mark Woodruff’s Forgotten God ABF will relocate to the auditorium.  That’s the best venue for our largest class using a DVD-based curriculum.  Mark’s ABF had 60 people squeezed into their room on Sunday!
  2. Mike Johnson’s Living in the Real ABF will relocate to the Patch room just one door down to accommodate their needs.
  3.  The 4th and 5th grade class will relocate to Pastor Shirk’s old office (southeast corner).
  4. Pastor Jeff will begin the following ABF this Sunday in the gray room where Mike’s class was on Sunday:

The Gospel Journey. New to the Bible? Would you like to know God’s Word better? This class will span one year and move quickly through an overview of the entire Bible. In interactive fashion, we will identify key themes and doctrines that bring clarity and life to our faith.

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The Gospel Journey begins here!

 

See you Sunday!

Team Togo!

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Last evening several members of our mission team met with Eric and Brenda Kosiorek. We wanted to touch base with them before they head back to Mango this Saturday. God was very good to them in His provision to return home for all that transpired with baby Eli and to support Josh and Courtney. When not with family, they’ve been working hard and gathering needed supplies to take back to Africa. As we met last night, I was struck with the caliber of choice servants they are. Amongst all the challenges of daily life in that needy community to which they are called, what occupied our discussion was not a preoccupation with the dirt, heat, bugs, safety, disease, loss of power and internet. What they asked prayer for was spiritual impact. Greater proficiency to speak French. Relational contacts in their neighborhood and surrounding villages. Their mission is first and foremost not about running and maintaining a hospital. It’s about seeing Togolese come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Please pray for them as they return to Africa on Saturday. It will not be an easy flight. Pray for their return drive to Mango from Lome. It will not be an easy 10 hour drive. Pray for their return home as they encounter the various surprises that creep into your residence when unoccupied for several weeks including freezers that have been without electricity due to power outages. Pray that the long-haul view of why they are there would be that which motivates them to endure. Pray that the joy of the Lord would be their supernatural experience. Pray for healing grace as they continue to grieve the loss of their first grandchild. And pray that we would be just as vigilant in seeing why we are right where we are to reach our community for Christ.

The Ministry of Muscle

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord” (Col. 3:23). Last evening, a host of people did just this in our first phase of preparing the front lot for future parking! Not only was it hard work, but it was a ton of fun!  Many thanks to all who came out with chain saws, mauls, axes and rakes…even “the golden wheelbarrow” showed up! Enjoy a few pictures and video clips of our tree cutting ministry crew hard at work for the glory of God!

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