Jul 192011
 

Here are a few things I want you to be aware of:

Please pray for our Romania Team that leaves this Friday evening!  They will leave this Friday and return the following Saturday on July 30!  Pray that God keeps them safe and that they have an incredible week of ministry and mission work sharing the gospel and meeting needs in the name of Jesus.

Don’t miss this Sunday!  We will be making a couple of Big Announcements over the next couple of weeks and you don’t want to miss what we have to share.  It is very exciting to see what God is doing in and through the life of Church at the Grove!

Our youth ministry summer “UNITED” meets at Monroe High School for the next two Wednesday nights.  I hope to see your middle school and high school students this Wednesday at 7pm.

Be praying for our Social Circle Launch this coming January!  Is God leading you to be a part of that launch team?  Please send me an email, call me or speak to me on Sunday if you are interested.

THANK YOU!

Because we can’t do it without you and to show appreciation for all that you have done and continue to do, we offer our 2nd annual Volunteer Appreciation night!

Sunday night August 28 at Lenora Park @ 6:30 we will gather for a night of fun at the water park.  It will be for the entire family of those that serve in any capacity at Church at the Grove!  Please begin to RSVP to our office by phone or email to let us know you plan to attend.

Don’t forget to be reading the gospel of John chapter 1 this week each day.  Ask God to speak to you and reveal Himself to you as you read.

Group Link is August 7!  Save the date that night so you can connect with one of our Group Link homes and connect relationally with some other people in the Church at the Grove family!

I hope you are having an awesome summer!  Please continue to pray that God will use Church at the Grove to impact this community and the world!  Make it a priority to be at our Sunday gatherings and bring a friend or family-member with you.

Consider where you will connect in a Community Group this fall.  Remember that circles are better than rows when it comes to building relationships in the Body of Believers.

Continue to invest in conversations and relationships with people in your neighborhood, family, and circle of relationships.  These are the best and natural places to invest in people and share the hope that is only found in Jesus Christ.

Keep praying, Keep investing, and Keep inviting!

 

 

 Posted by at 1:42 pm
Jul 122011
 

We simply have the World’s greatest volunteers!

I am so thankful for the many men and women that make Church at the Grove happen! 

We have a group of people that come in early on Sunday mornings and set up for our Sunday gatherings!  They create the environment so we can share the gospel of Jesus with the community.  We have people that pick up biscuits for our team, we have people that put out donuts and water.  We have team that come in and help with name-tags, set up resource tables and greet guests as they come in.  We have teams that hand out programs and give people a smile when they come through the doors of the auditorium.  We have an incredible worship (sound; lighting; & graphics included) team that comes in very early and sets up, rehearses, and they come prepared to lead us into the presence of God through music and singing.

We have an awesome team in our preschool and children’s ministries that setup, prepare and teach our children the gospel of Jesus!  I am so thankful for them.

There is no way we could do what we do without awesome volunteers that sacrifice and serve to glorify God and fulfill the Great Commission by sharing the gospel and Making Disciples.

Making Disciple requires faithful servant volunteers to give their hearts and lives to the sharing the gospel of Jesus with those around us.

THANK YOU!

Because we can’t do it without you and to show appreciation for all that you have done and continue to do, we offer our 2nd annual Volunteer Appreciation night!

Sunday night August 28 at Lenora Park @ 6:30 we will gather for a night of fun at the water park.  It will be for the entire family of those that serve in any capacity at Church at the Grove!  Please begin to RSVP to our office by phone or email to let us know you plan to attend.

Also Considering your place of service:

  • Please make sure you are faithful to serve on dates that you are assigned.
  • Please be on time or early to the areas you are responsible.
  • Please make sure to cover your areas and recruit replacements when you cannot be there.

We cannot do what we do without you!  You are MVP’s! our Most Valuable People!

Keep praying! Keep Investing! Keep Inviting!

 Posted by at 9:38 am
Jul 062011
 

Let me make myself clear:  I am disgusted by the fact that little Caylee Anthony likely will not get justice!  I hate it that someone either killed her, accidently killed her or discovered her accidental death and put her in a bag and threw her in the woods.  That is sad and I hate it!

I am a little disturbed by the outrage over her mother’s acquittal and here are a couple of questions I have in response to the internet outrage over Casey’s acquittal:

I have read repeatedly that there are so many wonderful families that would have been willing to raise that little girl and if the mom didn’t want her she should have given her to her parents or put her up for adoption.

That is great but if everyone is upset why aren’t they signing up to adopt one of the many of the world’s orphans that need a loving home on this planet? I am just asking!

Also: Where is the outrage over the plight of the unborn children that are killed legally everyday in this country and around the world?  Just asking!

Here is what concerns me:  We have become a nation that has severely disconnected what we say we believe and are passionate about from our practical daily actions.  We don’t live daily with practical concern over orphans and unborn children that are killed daily but we get drawn into the sensationalism construed by the news media over one little girl that was tragically killed.

I am not saying that Caylee doesn’t deserve the attention.  What I am saying is that there is a practical disconnect from our passions and beliefs aroused by this Media driven outrage and our practical actions for the plight of so many that need attention every day that go without homes and are killed legally!

Question:  What about our outrage and disgust over people that die eternally separated from God that simply need someone to tell them about an eternal Savior that died to give them life.  If we are so concerned about this little girl (rightly so) then why aren’t we motivated to share our faith in Jesus with those around us?  Let’s connect our practical daily actions to our passions and beliefs! 

In CATGrove news:

Let’s continue to fast and pray that God will draw us into His mission of redemption!  Join us in fasting a couple of meals one day each week.  If you cannot fast from food, then give up media, internet, television, facebook or someone that is of value to you.  Let’s stay focused on our purpose as a church!  Let’s see what God will do with our new launch in Social Circle and let’s see God work in a tremendous way as we send a team to Romania!

Let’s move forward!

Keep Praying, keep investing, Keep inviting!

 Posted by at 10:32 am
Jul 042011
 

Happy July 4th Independence Day!  What a great country we live in and I am grateful for the freedoms we have!

In light of this day, let’s look at an excerpt from Washington’s Farewell address that connects these valuable freedoms to the True GIVER of Freedom!

September 26, 1796

Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice ? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

May we never forget from where our true freedom comes!

God Bless America!

 

 Posted by at 9:34 am