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.


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
Feb 102011

What an incredible weekend at Church at the Grove! We continue to have record crowds at CATGrove and this past Sunday we had several place their faith in Jesus and turn to follow Him for the first time!

We had a great “Next Steps” gathering and several people turned in their membership covenant to join CATG!

I had a blast hanging with our students at the Nealin house watching the Super Bowl!  So much fun.  God continues to work and change lives!  Here are a few thoughts from our first week of “EKG: All of life comes from the heart!”

The mouth is the stethoscope to the heart.

If you want to know what’s in someone’s heart, listen to what they say.

Matthew 15:17–19 (ESV)

17 Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is expelled? 18 But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.

Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)

23 Above all else, guard your heart,

for it is the wellspring of life.

All you do comes from the heart!!

All of life comes from the heart!!

Christianity is not about behavior! God wants to give us a new heart!

Guard what comes in & what goes out!

 Posted by at 2:56 pm
Nov 262010

Let me first say:  DON’T MISS THIS SUNDAY!

We begin a brand new series this Sunday morning titled “The Griswold Family Christmas” as we head into the Christmas season.

CATG Griswold Family Christmas

This series will be fun and challenging as we look at maintaining a focus on what really matters for families during the Christmas season. Stress and dysfunction can steal the hope, peace, joy and love that families should encounter during this special time of year.

I hope you have had an awesome week celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends.  I hope you ate enough but not too much.

I am thankful for Jesus’ undeserving grace, my wife’s unconditional love and my children’s endless joy!

We had an awesome time down on the farm in Soperton over the last few days!  We hunted, ate, fished, four-wheeled, ate some more, made syrup, rode tractors, ate some more and spent time with family on the farm!

I am so thankful for a generous church that gives so unselfishly to make things possible like “Shop with A Hero”. Because of your generosity and the help of organizations like the Loganville Fire Dept., CORNDAWGS, Wal-Mart, the Loganville Police Dept and other it looks like we are going to reach our goal of investing in over 70 children in “Shop With A Hero”!

Thank YOU!

Now, It is Friday and I am at my home office working on a few things before we head over to my family’s thanksgiving gathering.  I will not go to a store today!  REPEAT!  I will NOT go to a store today! I want to maintain my sanity and ability to focus on my integrity and character!

Keep Praying!  Keep Investing!  Keep Inviting!

 Posted by at 12:02 pm
Feb 172010

Stacie Hollingsworth, one of our own at Church at the Grove wrote this and it fits perfect with our marriage series “Staying in Love” 

This Old House
Hebrews 10:35-36
So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
This past Saturday morning I was sitting in the den with my husband drinking my coffee and watching This Old House.  As I watched they discussed all the plans for restoring a home in Roxbury, Boston, they showed the house in its current state which was terrible, it looked as if it had caught on fire at some point and had clearly been abandoned for quite a while as the windows and doors were all boarded up.  The drawings looked awesome, I was anxious to see how in the world they were going to make this dilapidated old house new again.  Norm Abrams is like a magician where these things are concerned!!!   As the show went on they talked about how they had to pour new footings and how the foundation was going to have to be re poured, they were putting up supports so that the floor joists wouldn’t collapse when they removed the old foundation and poured the new one.  There was all sorts of stuff that I didn’t exactly understand going on and quite frankly the house still looked terrible!  I finally looked at my husband and said “at this point I think I would just say forget it and go buy a whole new house!”  You see, I am more of an HGTV girl.  I like to repaint, buy some new accessories and voila a pretty new room!
At my church we have been doing a series on “Staying in Love” and as the day wore on I thought about that statement and I started thinking about my own marriage, and about friends that we have that are struggling.  My heart ached for them and I felt the need to thank God for the fact that in my own marriage He was our “Norm”, He was willing to put in the effort to rebuild our foundation, He was willing to work a miracle in our marriage and restore it.  You see when I look at my husband today, I see an amazing, Godly man, he is strong, smart handsome, caring, loving.  We have a wonderful relationship and I can’t imagine my life without him.  Not all that long ago though I didn’t see any of that, my marriage was that sad broken down house that needed more work than I could do but God was ready and able to restore us.  When I look at our marriage today I see something close to that artists rendering that they showed at the beginning of the show.  It is new and beautiful but it still has the character that you only see in and old restored home.  I know that we still have to do the work that it takes s to keep up our marriage.  Just like an old  home, once that home has been restored, there will be cracks in the plaster that must be repaired, eventually they will have to put on a new roof or repaint, having a beautiful home takes work but it is worth it.  In my marriage I have to keep my selfishness in check, I have to put Lee’s needs/feelings before mine.  I have to choose to hear his side rather than shouting mine.  I have to over look his faults and remind myself of my own sometimes.  I have to forgive as I have been forgiven even when Lee is wrong and some Saturday mornings I have to watch This Old House instead of HGTV.  You see having a good marriage takes hard work and sacrifice too but the rewards amazing!
I thank God that He restores what everyone else has given up on, that He specialized in resurrecting that which was dead!  If you are struggling in your marriage you have the very creator of marriage on your side, God sees what is possible if you will just submit to Him and allow Him to work with and through you.  Trust Him, after all, He is the expert!

 Posted by at 1:14 pm