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Announcements for January 29

The information that follows is meant to serve any and all that are ‘formally’ or ‘informally’ a part of the family of Greenville Grace Church. If this is applicable to you, read on! If you’ve found us by ‘mistake’, please, read on, but also know that we’d like to take this opportunity to invite you visit us! We hold 2 services each Sunday at 9 and 11am at 4805 SR 49 S, Greenville, OH. We would love to get to know you!

Today’s Text: 1 Timothy 3:1-16 | Preacher : DANNY WRIGHT (teaching pastor)

PRESENT JASON BLOOMINGDALE & JASON KERNS | The elders of Greenville Grace would like to present Jason Bloomingdale and Jason Kerns to the body as candidates for joining the elder team. While the elders have examined them, this is not simply and elder decision, but a church decision. Please look over passages pertaining to elder leadership (1 Timothy 3, Titus 1, 1 Peter 5, ect.) and share any feedback (either concerns or confirming their call) you have about Jason & Jason being an elder at Grace. Also, use this review as an opportunity to again hold your current elders accountable as to their qualifications. Questions about the process of becoming an elder? Contact the church office at 937.547.0065

VISION NIGHT | If you call Grace your home join us on Tonight at 6p as we will be holding our annual vision night. Please plan on this meeting! We will spend some time sharing about all things Grace….from our current financial position, and where we see encouraging things happening to where we have been praying for and seeinghere at Grace. Childcare will be provided.

LADIES NIGHT OUT | Ladies, do you need a night out? Mark your calendar for February 24th at 6 pm. The ladies of Grace will be meeting at Panara Bread in Troy. Please see the sign up sheet at the Welcome Center so they can have an idea of how many will be attending.

WELCOME TO GRACE CLASS | If you enjoy coming to Grace and would like to learn more about who we are, where we’ve come from, and what we hold to, we are offering a three-session class February 12 February 26, and March 12 (all Sunday evenings) beginning at 6:00pm here at the church. While this class is required for those pursuing membership at Grace, it is open to all who are interested in learning more about Greenville Grace Church. Register by signing the sign-up sheet at the Welcome Center or by contacting the church office @ office@greenvillegrace.org or via phone at 937.547.0065. Childcare will be made available at no cost if needed.

DOMINICAN TRIP NEEDS | Again this year our church will be sending a team to the Dominican Republic in March. They are in need of some medical & personal items for the people of the Dominican Republic. There is a list of items located at the Welcome Center and the items can be placed in the boxes in the Narthex.

LONG STORY SHORT | This week’s lesson: Week 48 (God Gives Samson Strength). Your Children’s Church teacher will spend time working through the basic storyline of this week’s lesson. The lessons in Long Story Short (the book all of our classes use) are broken into 5 days to help facilitate a consistent, Gospel-centered family devotion time in your home. Copies of the book are available at the Welcome Center or by contacting the church office @ 937.547.0065 .

CASTINE FOOD BANK ITEMS FOR JANUARY | Jell-o & Canned Fruits
FINANCIAL GIVING | Average thru 01/22/2017— $7124| 2017 wkly need — $7436

Announcements for January 22

The information that follows is meant to serve any and all that are ‘formally’ or ‘informally’ a part of the family of Greenville Grace Church. If this is applicable to you, read on! If you’ve found us by ‘mistake’, please, read on, but also know that we’d like to take this opportunity to invite you visit us! We hold 2 services each Sunday at 9 and 11am at 4805 SR 49 S, Greenville, OH. We would love to get to know you!

Today’s Text: 1 Timothy 2:8-15| Preacher : DANNY WRIGHT (teaching pastor)

PRESENT JASON BLOOMINGDALE & JASON KERNS | The elders of Greenville Grace would like to present Jason Bloomingdale and Jason Kerns to the body as candidates for joining the elder team. While the elders have examined them, this is not simply an elder decision, but a church decision. Please look over passages pertaining to elder leadership (1 Timothy 3, Titus 1, 1 Peter 5, etc.), and share any feedback (either concerns or confirming their call) you have about Jason & Jason being an elder at Grace. Also, use this review as an opportunity to again hold your current elders accountable as to their qualifications.  Questions about the process of becoming an elder? Contact the church office @ 547-0065.

LIFEGROUPS..You in One?? | LIFEgroups are a vital part of being a part of the family of Grace. We gather on Sundays..then scatter around the valley to meet in homes to encourage each other in our walks with Christ. If you’re not in one…please consider it!! To get more info please go to https://greenvillegrace.churchcenteronline.com/groups/lifegroups. From there you can view the available groups and contact a leader if you’d like to join them, or ask questions. Still have questions after viewing the website? Email Marshall Gipe at marshall@greenvillegrace.org or call the church office at 547.0065.

VISION NIGHT | If you call Grace your home join us next Sunday,  January 29th at 6p (a Sunday night) as we will be holding our annual vision night. Please plan on this meeting! We will spend some time sharing about all things Grace….from our current financial position, and where we see encouraging things happening to where we have been praying for and seeing here at Grace. Childcare will be available.

WOMEN’S STUDY | This winter the Grace women will have their choice of 2 different studies to pick from; “Missional Motherhood” by Gloria Furman and “Choosing Gratitude. ” by Nancy Leigh Demoss. “Missional Motherhood”, there is not such thing as just mom. Gloria Furman searches the scriptures for the mission of God in motherhood. “Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy” challenges & equips the reader to live a life of intention, a life based on thankfulness for the freedom Christ has provided and for the blessing of others. “Choosing Gratitude will be offered on Monday evening and Tuesday Morning. “Missional Motherhood” will only be offered on Tuesday morning. Childcare is offered only on Tuesday morning. Today is the last day to sign up. Sign-up’s are located at the Welcome Center. For questions contact the office at 937.547.0065 or office@greenvillegrace.org

LONG STORY SHORT | This week’s lesson: Week 47 (Gideon’s Victory). Your Children’s Church teacher will spend time working through the basic storyline of this week’s lesson. The lessons in Long Story Short (the book all of our classes use) are broken into 5 days to help facilitate a consistent, Gospel-centered family devotion time in your home. Copies of the book are available at the Welcome Center or by contacting the church office @ 937.547.0065 .

CASTINE FOOD BANK ITEMS FOR JANUARY | Jell-o & Canned Fruits
FINANCIAL GIVING | Average thru 01/15/2017— $7954| 2017 wkly need — $7436

Announcements for January 15

The information that follows is meant to serve any and all that are ‘formally’ or ‘informally’ a part of the family of Greenville Grace Church. If this is applicable to you, read on! If you’ve found us by ‘mistake’, please, read on, but also know that we’d like to take this opportunity to invite you visit us! We hold 2 services each Sunday at 9 and 11am at 4805 SR 49 S, Greenville, OH. We would love to get to know you!

Today’s Text: 1 Timothy 2:1-20 | Preacher: Danny Wright (teaching pastor)

LIFEGROUPS..You in One?? | LIFEgroups are a vital part of being a part of the family of Grace. We gather on Sundays..then scatter around the valley to meet in homes to encourage each other in our walks with Christ. If you’re not in one…please consider it!! To get more info please go to https://greenvillegrace.churchcenteronline.com/groups/lifegroups. From there you can view the available groups and contact a leader if you’d like to join them, or ask questions. Still have questions after viewing the website? Email Marshall Gipe at marshall@greenvillegrace.org or call the church office at 547.0065.

VISION NIGHT | If you call Grace your home join us on January 29th at 6p (a Sunday night) as we will be holding our annual vision night. Please plan on attending this meeting! We will spend some time sharing about all things Grace….from our current financial position, where we see encouraging things happening, what we have been praying for and seeing here at Grace. Childcare will be available.

WOMEN’S STUDY
| This winter the Grace women will have their choice of 2 different studies to pick from; “Missional Motherhood” by Gloria Furman and “Choosing Gratitude. ” by Nancy Leigh Demoss. “Missional Motherhood”, there is not such thing as just mom. Gloria Furman searches the scriptures for the mission of God in motherhood. “Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy” challenges & equips the reader to live a life of intention, a life based on thankfulness for the freedom Christ has provided and for the blessing of others. “Choosing Gratitude will be offered on Monday evening and Tuesday Morning. “Missional Motherhood” will only be offered on Tuesday morning. Childcare is offered only on Tuesday morning. Next Sunday is last week to sign up. Sign-up’s are located at the Welcome Center. For questions contact the office at 937.547.0065 or office@greenvillegrace.org

PLANNING CENTER ONLINE TRAINING | Do you serve here at Grace? Do you use Planning Center? Are you confused about how to work Planning Center? Join us next Sunday January 22 @ 1p for a quick session on planning center & how it can he you serve better. No Childcare. Questions or comments call the office at 937.547.0065 or office@greenvillegrace.org.

LONG STORY SHORT
| This week’s lesson: Week 46 (God Calls Gideon). Your Children’s Church teacher will spend time working through the basic storyline of this week’s lesson. The lessons in Long Story Short (the book all of our classes use) are broken into 5 days to help facilitate a consistent, Gospel-centered family devotion time in your home. Copies of the book are available at the Welcome Center or by contacting the church office @ 937.547.0065 .

CASTINE FOOD BANK ITEMS FOR JANUARY | Jell-o & Canned Fruits
FINANCIAL GIVING | Average thru 01/08/2017— $6206| 2017 wkly need — $7808

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Church Leadership Qualifications

Qualifications for an Elder

Biblical Qualifications

  • Above Reproach (1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:6). An elder will not be perfect, but his reputation must be such that he is not known for violating the other qualifications.
  • Husband of One Wife (1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:6). We do not believe that divorce and remarriage automatically disqualifies an elder. Again, the issue is reputation. Is this man known to be faithful to his wife? It should be noted that this also means the man should not be known for having wandering eyes or being flirtatious.
  • Temperate/Self-controlled (1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:8). Though an elder may be passionate, he is not driven by his emotions.
  • Prudent/Sensible (1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:8) The elder is able to demonstrate common sense. He has an ability to think rationally and exercise good judgment.
  • Respectable (1 Timothy 3:2). Not only an indication that others show him honor and respect, but the elder is also one who shows respect to others. He treats others with the value they deserve as people created in the image of God.
  • Hospitable (1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:8). The elder is willing to open up his home (and also his life!) to the church body and to non-believers of the community. He does not act secretively or distant from those around him.
  • Able to Teach/Holds Fast the Faithful Word (1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:9). This does not mean every elder must be able to preach or share in a large assembly. Titus goes on to say he must be able to exhort in sound doctrine and refute those who contradict. The elder must know the Word well enough to be able to both communicate truth and identify and correct false doctrine.
  • Not Addicted to Wine (1 Timothy 3:3; Titus 1:7). This does not require that an elder abstain from alcohol, but alcohol should not control him.
  • Not Pugnacious (1 Timothy 3:3; Titus 1:7). While an elder needs to be able to stand for what’s right, refute those who are wrong, and earnestly contend for the faith, he is not to do it in a combative way. The elder should not resort to force or intimidation to accomplish his purposes.
  • Gentle (1 Timothy 3:3). An elder is not to be weak, but he should never use more strength than is necessary. His desire should not be to break or crush, but to handle others carefully.
  • Peaceable (1 Timothy 3:3). Reconciliation should always be the goal of an elder. Even if the elders determine that a person must be put out of the church, it should be with the desire that a person is won back over to the Lord, not as an act of final condemnation.
  • Free from Love of Money/Not Fond of Sordid Gain (1 Timothy 3:3; Titus 1:7; 1 Peter 5:2). An elder should not compromise decisions, either for his own financial gain, or simply to appease the will of those who might give to the church. He should never use his position as an opportunity for personal wealth.
  • Manages Household Well/Having Children Who Believe (1 Timothy 3:4; Titus 1:6). No one can cause the salvation of another, so this qualification does not mean an elder’s children must all be believers. However, 1 Timothy 3:4 goes on to say, “keeping his children under control with all dignity.” This should be seen as a parallel to Titus 1:6 which can be translated “children who are faithful.” Even if an elder’s children are not believers, while they are under his care in the home, they should conduct themselves with respect toward their father.
  • Not a New Convert (1 Timothy 3:6). Scripture does not define a “new convert” by a specific length of time. First, an elder must have walked with the Lord long enough to develop a reputation of “above reproach.” Also, the elder needs to have been a believer long enough that he is not able to boast or become proud at the rate of his Christian growth.
  • Not Self-Willed (Titus 1:7). The elder should never use people to serve his purposes but should use his office to serve the people God has entrusted to him.
  • Not Quick-Tempered (Titus 1:7). An elder should not sin when angry but should be quick to listen. He should not react simply because he is annoyed or frustrated but should act for the purpose of sanctification, both his own and the congregation’s.
  • Lover of What Is Good (Titus 1:8). An elder should not have his eyes unhealthily fixed on what is wrong and sinful with the world, nor should his attention just be on abstaining from bad things. His desire should be set toward the gospel, wanting to draw others to what is good and right.
  • Just (Titus 1:8). An elder does not show favoritism, nor is he given to compromise. He is righteous and law-abiding.
  • Devout (Titus 1:8). An elder is committed not only to teaching the truth, but to living it. He seeks to do what is holy and pleasing to the Lord. The Word stands as his binding authority.
  • Serves Voluntarily (1 Peter 5:2). An elder does not serve the congregation because he feels he has too, but because the Lord has put a desire within his heart to serve. He finds joy in his service to the Lord and the congregation.
  • Not Lording, But as an Example (1 Peter 5:3). In shepherd imagery, sheep are not driven (like cattle) but herded. That means that the shepherd is down among the sheep. An elder is not just a shepherd, but one of the sheep. He must seek to influence and lead in a personal, close, and vulnerable way.
  • Good Reputation with Those Outside the Church (1 Timothy 3:7). Very similar to “above reproach,” an elder’s reputation with those outside of the church will be positive if he is walking according to the other qualifications.

 

 

Qualifications for a Deacon

Biblical Qualifications

  • Dignity (1 Timothy 3:8). While a deacon may be a fun-loving guy, he needs to also have a serious side. When necessary, a deacon must be able to handle himself with reverence.
  • Not Double-Tongued (1 Timothy 3:8). A deacon must speak truth, not allowing his audience to dictate his words. Regardless of the audience, a deacon must be consistent in his speech.
  • Not Addicted to Much Wine (1 Timothy 3:8). This does not require that a deacon abstain from alcohol, but alcohol should not control him. He should also avoid drunkenness.
  • Not Fond of Sordid Gain (1 Timothy 3:8). A deacon should not compromise decisions, either for his own financial gain, or simply to appease the will of those who might give to the church. He should never use his position as an opportunity for personal wealth.
  • Holding to the Mystery of Faith with a Clear Conscience (1 Timothy 3:9). A deacon must be a man who practices what he preaches. His actions should be the result of his doctrine, and his doctrine should clearly be centered on the work of Christ on the Cross.
  • Must be Tested…Beyond Reproach (1 Timothy 3:10). A deacon should be examined and then found to have a good over-all reputation. This does not mean that the deacon must be found perfect, but that his general testimony should be one that points to Christ.
  • Husband of One Wife (1 Timothy 3:12). We do not believe that divorce and remarriage automatically disqualifies a deacon. Again, the issue is reputation. Is this man known to be faithful to his wife? It should be noted that this also means the man should not be known for having wandering eyes or being flirtatious.
  • Good Managers of Their Children and Their Household (1 Timothy 3:12). No one can cause the salvation of another, so this qualification does not mean a deacon’s children must all be believers. Even if a deacon’s children are not believers, while they are under his care in the home, they should conduct themselves with respect toward their father.

 

Announcements for January 1

The information that follows is meant to serve any and all that are ‘formally’ or ‘informally’ a part of the family of Greenville Grace Church. If this is applicable to you, read on! If you’ve found us by ‘mistake’, please, read on, but also know that we’d like to take this opportunity to invite you visit us! We hold 2 services each Sunday at 9 and 11am at 4805 SR 49 S, Greenville, OH. We would love to get to know you!

Today’s Text: 1 Timothy 1:1-11| Preacher : Jason Bloomingdale (youth & music pastor)

LIFEGROUPS..You in One?? | LIFEgroups are a vital part of being a part of the family of Grace. We gather on Sundays..then scatter around the valley to meet in homes to encourage each other in our walks with Christ. If you’re not in one…please consider it!! To get more info please go to https://greenvillegrace.churchcenteronline.com/groups/lifegroups. From there you can view the available groups and contact a leader if you’d like to join them, or ask questions. Still have questions after viewing the website? Email Marshall Gipe at marshall@greenvillegrace.org or call the church office at 547.0065.

VISION NIGHT | If you call Grace your home join us on January 29th at 6p (a Sunday night) as we will be holding our annual vision night. Please plan onthis meeting! We will spend some time sharing about all things Grace….from our current financial position, and where we see encouraging things happening to where we have been praying for and seeinghere at Grace. Childcare will be provided.

WOMEN’S STUDY | This winter the Grace women will have their choice of 2 different studies to pick from; “Missional Motherhood” by Gloria Furman and “Choosing Gratitude. ” by Nancy Leigh Demoss. “Missional Motherhood”, there is not such thing as just mom. Gloria Furman searches the scriptures for the mission of God in motherhood. “Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy” challenges & equips the reader to live a life of intention, a life based on thankfulness for the freedom Christ has provided and for the blessing of others. “Choosing Gratitude will be offered on Monday evening and Tuesday Morning. “Missional Motherhood” will only be offered on Tuesday morning. Childcare is offered only on Tuesday morning. Sign-up’s are located at the Welcome Center. For questions contact the office at 937.547.0065 or office@greenvillegrace.org

PLANNING CENTER ONLINE TRAINING | Do you serve here at Grace? Do you use Planning Center? Are you confused about how to work Planning Center? Join us on January 22 @ 1p for a quick session on planning center & how it can he you serve better. No Childcare. Questions or comments call the office at 937.547.0065 or office@greenvillegrace.org.

FALL 2016 FINANCE UPDATE YTD | October 31, 2016 the General Fund giving is $343,526, which is $5,176 (1.5%) over budget. The expenses are $328,080, which is $10,350 (3.1%) under budget, resulting in an excess of $15,446 in revenue over expenses. As a result of significant wind damage, that was likely to repeat, a decision was made to make a substantial investment in a metal roof for the front section of the building. The cost, after the insurance settlement, is $29K and sufficient funds from the General and Designated Funds have been set aside to cover these costs. If anyone has any questions and/or comments please feel free to forward those to the office or speak to any of the following finance team members: Linda Fourman, Mike Gallagher, Katie McKee, Kent Powell or Monty Stump.

LONG STORY SHORT | No Children’s Church this week. The lessons in Long Story Short (the book all of our classes use) are broken into 5 days to help facilitate a consistent, Gospel-centered family devotion time in your home. Copies of the book are available at the Welcome Center or by contacting the church office @ 937.547.0065.

CASTINE FOOD BANK ITEMS FOR JANUARY | Jell-o & Canned Fruits
FINANCIAL GIVING | Average thru 12/25/2016 — $7776| 2017 wkly need — $7808

Announcements for December 25

The information that follows is meant to serve any and all that are ‘formally’ or ‘informally’ a part of the family of Greenville Grace Church. If this is applicable to you, read on! If you’ve found us by ‘mistake’, please, read on, but also know that we’d like to take this opportunity to invite you visit us! We hold 2 services each Sunday at 9 and 11am at 4805 SR 49 S, Greenville, OH. We would love to get to know you!

Today’s Text: Mary Christmas| Preacher: DANNY WRIGHT (teaching pastor)

NEW YEARS DAY SERVICES | We will have one service next Sunday, New Year’s Day at 10 am. We will have nursery, but there will be no Children’s Church. Looking forward to worshiping with you.

VISION NIGHT | If you call Grace your home join us on January 29th at 6p (a Sunday night) as we will be holding our annual vision night. Please plan on this meeting! We will spend some time sharing about all things Grace….from our current financial position, and where we see encouraging things happening to where we have been praying for and seeing here at Grace. Childcare will be available.

WOMEN’S STUDY | This winter the Grace women will have their choice of 2 different studies to pick from; “Missional Motherhood” by Gloria Furman and “Choosing Gratitude.” by Nancy Leigh Demoss. “Missional Motherhood”, there is no such a thing as “just” mom. Gloria Furman searches the scriptures for the mission of God in motherhood. “Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy” challenges & equips the reader to live a life of intention, a life based on thankfulness for the freedom Christ has provided and for the blessing of others. “Choosing Gratitude” will be offered on Monday evening and Tuesday Morning. “Missional Motherhood” will only be offered on Tuesday morning. Childcare is offered only on Tuesday morning. Sign-ups will begin on January 1, 2017. For questions contact the office at 937.547.0065 or office@greenvillegrace.org

PLANNING CENTER ONLINE TRAINING | Do you serve here at Grace? Do you use Planning Center? Are you confused about how to work Planning Center? Join us on January 22 @ 1p for a quick session on Planning Center & how it can help serve you better. No Childcare. Questions or comments call the office at 937.547.0065 or office@greenvillegrace.org.

FALL 2016 FINANCE UPDATE | YTD October 31, 2016 the General Fund giving is $343,526, which is $5,176 (1.5%) over budget. The expenses are $328,080, which is $10,350 (3.1%) under budget, resulting in an excess of $15,446 in revenue over expenses. As a result of significant wind damage, that was likely to repeat, a decision was made to make a substantial investment in a metal roof for the front section of the building. The cost, after the insurance settlement, is $29K and sufficient funds from the General and Designated Funds have been set aside to cover these costs. If anyone has any questions and/or comments please feel free to forward those to the office or speak to any of the following finance team members: Linda Fourman, Mike Gallagher, Katie McKee, Kent Powell or Monty Stump.

LONG STORY SHORT | No Children’s Church this week. The lessons in Long Story Short (the book all of our classes use) are broken into 5 days to help facilitate a consistent, Gospel-centered family devotion time in your home. Copies of the book are available at the Welcome Center or by contacting the church office @ 937.547.0065.

CASTINE FOOD BANK ITEMS FOR DECEMBER | Canned Chicken & broth
FINANCIAL GIVING | Average thru 12/11/2016 — $7869| 2016 wkly need — $7808

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Culture, Legalism, and Christmas Morning

Eleven years ago, our current building was just finishing construction. While we tried to keep our eyes on ministry around us, “the big move” was obviously a distraction as well. We were receiving nearly week to week updates on when the building would be completed and when we could potentially move in. I remember sitting in a staff meeting in the basement of Fair Street when we started looking ahead at our calendar and it hit us:

Oh no. Christmas is on a Sunday this year. What do we do?

 

We weren’t alone in that question for it almost immediately became a conversation for Christian radio, podcasts and even blogs. It seemed like two camps were seeking to pull churches in opposite directions. “Jesus should come before family, gifts and figgy pudding. If you are not at church you are caving to idolatry!” one voice would shout. The other side would respond, “What’s one week out of 52? Couldn’t we send a positive message about family by encouraging people to stay home? Besides, we don’t want to be a legalist.”

Ultimately, we decided to go ahead and hold services. I’m so glad we did. In fact, that experience meant that it wasn’t even a debate for our elders when this Christmas Sunday rolled around. We are having our Christmas Eve service at 7 pm and Christmas morning service at 10 am. These are two different services entirely. But now the ball is in your court, and I want to encourage you to consider what you plan to do this Sunday, but also to consider the issue of creating culture in your home.

First off, let’s get the silly “legalism” argument out of the way. Unless the elders stated, “Righteousness will be made available by attending church on Christmas day,” it is not legalism that we stick to our church calendar. In fact, it’s not legalistic for us to also say we really hope you will consider coming, even making sacrifices to family tradition and comfort to do so. I’m not asking you to reconsider your holiday plans out of legalism or guilt, I want you to consider “culture.”

Establishing Culture in your home

Parents, one of your biggest jobs is to establish the culture of your home. This is difficult to describe but critical to the home. In fact, it’s unavoidable. You are creating a culture in your home. The question becomes, “What kind of culture are you establishing?” With this in mind, my challenge goes beyond, “Will you come to church on Christmas Sunday?” but, “What will your attitude be about coming to church on Christmas Sunday?” Here’s some ways I’d encourage you to think:

  • We can view Christmas Sunday as just one out of fifty-two. What’s the big deal to skip? Or, we can view the gathering of saints as an all-to-rare privilege. We could see each of those gatherings as special and rejoice that on Christmas Day we get to celebrate the gift of being the Body of Christ with one another.
  • We can view Christmas Sunday as an interruption to our to our family traditions or we can see it as an invitation to create new traditions. Looking ahead, the next three Christmas Sundays are 2022, 2033 and 2039. For most of us parents, that means your kids will be in your home for two or three Christmas Sundays. What if we embraced the uniqueness of that tradition, and passed it on to our children (Though it feels rare, it alternates between every six or eleven years.)
  • We can view Christmas as a season, more than just a day on the calendar. One reason I love our more intentional discussion of the Advent Calendar is that it has drawn us into anticipation for weeks. The Incarnation of Christ deserves more pause and reflection than just a day or even week. Will a church service disrupt some Christmas plans and traditions? Probably. But what if you embraced those changes as an opportunity to extend out the celebration!
  • We can view Christmas season as culture shaping rather than tradition interrupting. If your home is like ours, we typically start Christmas morning with a special breakfast. We head into the living room where the gifts are under the tree and I read the Christmas story in Bible. As I read, I feel like the gate at the Kentucky Derby, just barely holding the thoroughbreds back. We say the day is to be about Jesus, pray and then “BANG, they’re off!” and the day just doesn’t feel as much about Christ as I wished. This year, the sacrifice of shifting around all our typical plans may be a way for us to insert a slightly more Christ-centered perspective to our holiday.

These are just a few of my own thoughts. In our home, the question has been asked, “Do we have to go to church on Sunday?” Charity and I both grab ahold of that question and respond, “No, we get to go to church on Sunday.” Sure, it brings an eye roll immediately (and we know it’s a slightly exasperating response, so we don’t even condemn it!), but then we seek to bring our kids along to see the beauty of gathering with the body of Christ to celebrate the fact that Christ took on a physical body for our sake.

I understand that for many, you may not even have a say about what happens on Christmas morning, as grandparents and extended family may be making the decisions for the calendar, where you are on Sunday morning may truly be out of your control. If so, go and rejoice with family. Seek to celebrate Christ in whatever environment you find yourself.

But if you can control your calendar, I’d encourage you to seek to gather with the saints on the Lord’s Day–not because you are legalist and think you’ll be more righteous because you did—but because you are a culture setter, and you want your family to truly rejoice in the gift that God’s grace to us is!

Announcements for December 18

The information that follows is meant to serve any and all that are ‘formally’ or ‘informally’ a part of the family of Greenville Grace Church. If this is applicable to you, read on! If you’ve found us by ‘mistake’, please, read on, but also know that we’d like to take this opportunity to invite you visit us! We hold 2 services each Sunday at 9 and 11am at 4805 SR 49 S, Greenville, OH. We would love to get to know you!

Today’s Text: Matt. 1:5/ Ruth 1-4| Preacher : DANNY WRIGHT (teaching pastor)

ELEVATE YOUTH FAMILY CHRISTMAS PARTY | All youth & their families are welcome to join us for youth on December 21 from 6:30-9 for a fun family Christmas party. We will be having dessert, a white elephant gift exchange, games, and fellowship. Questions contact Jason at jbloom@greenvillegrace.org or call the office at 937.547.0065.

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE
| We will have our Christmas Eve service on Dec. 24th at 7pm. Bring your families and join us in celebrating the birth of our Lord & Savior.

CHRISTMAS DAY & NEW YEAR’S DAY SERVICES | We will have one service on Christmas Day & New Year’s Day at 10 am. We will have nursery, but there will be no Children’s Church. Looking forward to worshiping with you on these days.
VISION NIGHT | If you call Grace your home join us on January 29th at 6p (a Sunday night) as we will be holding our annual vision night. Please plan on this meeting! We will spend some time sharing about all things Grace….from our current financial position, and where we see encouraging things happening to where we have been praying for and seeing here at Grace. Childcare will be provided

WOMEN’S STUDY | This winter the Grace women will have their choice of 2 different studies to pick from; “Missional Motherhood” by Gloria Furman and “Choosing Gratitude” by Nancy Leigh Demoss. “Choosing Gratitude will be offered on Monday evening and Tuesday Morning. “Missional Motherhood” will only be offered on Tuesday morning. Childcare is offered only on Tuesday morning. Copies of books will be $15 per participant. Sign-ups will begin on January 1, 2017. Watch the bulletin for more info on each study. For questions contact the office at 937.547.0065 or office@greenvillegrace.org

FALL 2016 FINANCE UPDATE YTD October 31, 2016 the General Fund giving is $343,526, which is $5,176 (1.5%) over budget. The expenses are $328,080, which is $10,350 (3.1%) under budget, resulting in an excess of $15,446 in revenue over expenses. As a result of significant wind damage, that was likely to repeat, a decision was made to make a substantial investment in a metal roof for the front section of the building. The cost, after the insurance settlement, is $29K and sufficient funds from the General and Designated Funds have been set aside to cover these costs. If anyone has any questions and/or comments please feel free to forward those to the office or speak to any of the following finance team members: Linda Fourman, Mike Gallagher, Katie McKee, Kent Powell or Monty Stump.

LONG STORY SHORT | This week’s lesson: Advent week 4 of 4. The Advent lessons are stand alone lessons. Spend these weeks interacting with your children about what they have learned in Children’s Church. The lessons in Long Story Short (the book all of our classes use) are broken into 5 days to help facilitate a consistent, Gospel-centered family devotion time in your home. Copies of the book are available at the Welcome Center or by contacting the church office @ 937.547.0065 .

CASTINE FOOD BANK ITEMS FOR DECEMBER | Canned Chicken & broth
FINANCIAL GIVING | Average thru 12/11/2016 — $7869| 2016 wkly need — $7808

Announcements for December 11

The information that follows is meant to serve any and all that are ‘formally’ or ‘informally’ a part of the family of Greenville Grace Church. If this is applicable to you, read on! If you’ve found us by ‘mistake’, please, read on, but also know that we’d like to take this opportunity to invite you visit us! We hold 2 services each Sunday at 9 and 11am at 4805 SR 49 S, Greenville, OH. We would love to get to know you!

Today’s Text: Joshua 6| Preacher : DANNY WRIGHT (teaching pastor)

ELEVATE POSTAL SERVICE | It’s that time of year again! Elevate Student Ministries will be collecting Christmas cards for people in the body here at Grace through Dec. 14 to help you save on postage. Please drop your Christmas cards off at the table in the Narthex along with a suggested $5.00 donation. Christmas cards will be ready on Dec 18th at the church. Any questions contact Justin or Lori Palmer at loridpalmer@gmail.com or 937.467.8293.

ELEVATE YOUTH FAMILY CHRISTMAS PARTY | All youth & their families are welcome to join us for youth on December 21 from 6:30-9 for a fun family Christmas party. We will be having dessert, a white elephant gift exchange, games, and fellowship. Questions contact Jason at jbloom@greenvillegrace.org or call the office at 937.547.0065.

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE | We will have our Christmas Eve service on Dec. 24th at 7pm. Bring your families and join us in celebrating the birth of our Lord & Savior.

CHRISTMAS DAY & NEW YEARS DAY SERVICES | We will have one service on Christmas Day & New Years Day at 10 am. We will have nursery, but there will be no Children’s Church. Looking forward to worshiping with you on these days.
VISION NIGHT | If you call Grace your home join us on January 29th at 6p (a Sunday night) as we will be holding our annual vision night. Please plan onthis meeting! We will spend some time sharing about all things Grace….from our current financial position, and where we see encouraging things happening to where we have been praying for and seeinghere at Grace. Childcare will be provided.

FALL 2016 FINANCE UPDATE YTD | October 31, 2016 the General Fund giving is $343,526, which is $5,176 (1.5%) over budget. The expenses are $328,080, which is $10,350 (3.1%) under budget, resulting in an excess of $15,446 in revenue over expenses. As a result of significant wind damage, that was likely to repeat, a decision was made to make a substantial investment in a metal roof for the front section of the building. The cost, after the insurance settlement, is $29K and sufficient funds from the General and Designated Funds have been set aside to cover these costs. If anyone has any questions and/or comments please feel free to forward those to the office or speak to any of the following finance team members: Linda Fourman, Mike Gallagher, Katie McKee, Kent Powell or Monty Stump.

LONG STORY SHORT | This week’s lesson: Advent week 3 of 4. The Advent lessons are stand alone lessons. Spend these weeks interacting with your children about what they have learned in Children’s Church. The lessons in Long Story Short (the book all of our classes use) are broken into 5 days to help facilitate a consistent, Gospel-centered family devotion time in your home. Copies of the book are available at the Welcome Center or by contacting the church office @ 937.547.0065.

CASTINE FOOD BANK ITEMS FOR DECEMBER | Canned Chicken & broth
FINANCIAL GIVING | Average thru 12/4/2016 — $7813| 2016 wkly need — $7808

Announcements for December 4

The information that follows is meant to serve any and all that are ‘formally’ or ‘informally’ a part of the family of Greenville Grace Church. If this is applicable to you, read on! If you’ve found us by ‘mistake’, please, read on, but also know that we’d like to take this opportunity to invite you visit us! We hold 2 services each Sunday at 9 and 11am at 4805 SR 49 S, Greenville, OH. We would love to get to know you!

Today’s Text: Matthew 1:3/Genesis 38| Preacher : DANNY WRIGHT (teaching pastor)

ELEVATE POSTAL SERVICE | It’s that time of year again! Elevate Student Ministries will be collecting Christmas cards for people in the body here at Grace starting today through Dec 14 to help you save on postage. Please drop your Christmas cards off at the table in the Narthex along with a suggested $5.00 donation. Christmas cards will be ready on Dec 18th at the church. Any questions contact Justin or Lori Palmer at loridpalmer@gmail.com or 937.467.8293.

ELEVATE YOUTH FAMILY CHRISTMAS PARTY | All youth & their families are welcome to join us for youth on December 21 from 6:30-9 for a fun family Christmas party. We will be having dessert, a white elephant gift exchange, games, and fellowship. Questions contact Jason at jbloom@greenvillegrace.org or call the office at 937.547.0065.

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE | We will have our Christmas Eve service on Dec. 24th at 7pm. Bring your families and join us in celebrating the birth of our Lord & Savior.

CHRISTMAS DAY & NEW YEARS DAY SERVICES | We will have one service on Christmas Day & New Years Day at 10 am. We will have nursery, but there will be no Children’s Church. Looking forward to worshiping with you on these days.
VISION NIGHT | If you call Grace your home join us on January 29th at 6p (a Sunday night) as we will be holding our annual vision night. Please plan on attending this meeting! We will spend some time sharing about all things Grace….from our current financial position, and where we see encouraging things happening to where we have been praying for and seeing here at Grace. Childcare will be provided.

LONG STORY SHORT | This week’s lesson: Advent week 2 of 4. The Advent lessons are stand alone lessons. Spend these weeks interacting with your children about what they have learned in Children’s Church. The lessons in Long Story Short (the book all of our classes use) are broken into 5 days to help facilitate a consistent, Gospel-centered family devotion time in your home. Copies of the book are available at the Welcome Center or by contacting the church office @ 937.547.0065 .

CASTINE FOOD BANK ITEMS FOR DECEMBER | Canned Chicken & broth
FINANCIAL GIVING | Average thru 11/27/2016 — $7813| 2016 wkly need — $7808