Monthly Archives: October 2016

Michael Adams Family Update

Hello Grace Church Family and Friends!

ENGAGE 2016 was a tremendous blessing to us all! It helped us refocus our attention on our Great Commission Mission as a Gospel-centered church! Pastor Dennis Omondi blessed us with his preaching and Dr. Tom Bartlett led us in Spirit-filled worship… everything pointed us to Christ, the Gospel, the nations of the world and the Kingdom of God! We are so thankful for everyone’s help! We heard from new missionaries headed to the field and from our local community outreach ministries! My heart was touched and I know yours was as well! Pastor Dennis left us with this thought on Sunday morning, “Jesus wants all Christians to share the Gospel with all people — everywhere!” Think about these words and let the Lord use them to guide you in your daily walk as His disciple!

This Sunday, October 30 is Michael and Julie Adams last Sunday at Grace Church. The Lord has called the Adams to Yanceyville, NC to pastor Community Baptist Church. As you can imagine, they are excited about the Lord’s call upon their lives! Pastor Michael will be preaching Sunday morning at 11:00AM. After the Morning Worship Service we will have a POTLUCK LUNCH in the Fellowship Hall with their family! Let’s enjoy lunch together with the Adams family. We will also a LOVE OFFERING for their family. They have faithfully served the Lord here at Grace Church and this is just one way we can show our love and appreciation for their faithfulness to Jesus and His church! Michael and Julie have also requested that we dedicate Sarah Beth Adams to the Lord on this Sunday. If you would like to dedicate your new baby, please contact Seth Burdette at the church office (252-355-3500). This is going to be a great day of worship and praise to our God! Plan now to join us! Please do not miss this service! It is going to be a unique service… I promise! If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call me at 252-341-4017 or Seth at 252-355-3500.

PARENTS: Andy Sugg will be leading our children as they sing in our Morning Worship Service this coming Sunday. Andy, and others worked with our children during ENGAGE 2016 and they are excited about singing. They will be practicing tonight at 6:30PM. Your children are welcome to sing… bring them over tonight. They will love it and so will you!

God bless you… see you this evening at Grace Church!

Pastor Mike and Cheryl <><

ENGAGE SPEAKER (bio) ~ Pastor Daniel Shrader

What’s our Mission? We exist to glorify God by cultivating, equipping and mobilizing Christian leaders in Northeast Tennessee. What’s our Story? Daniel grew up in Greenville at Grace Church, got involved with Cru at ECU during his undergrad, and went into missions full-time.  Meredith grew up in Wendell, got involved with Campus Crusade (Cru) at ECU, and went on to grad school at ECU to become a physician assistant. We met doing missions work in Russia in 2004.  We share a passion for missions and discipleship.  We have been married for nine years and have two delightful children, Lily, 6 and Hosea, 3.  Daniel graduated with his M.Div from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in May 2010, and today he is helping to revitalize a dying church by serving as the lead pastor, training pastors and church leaders through the Seminary Extension, and encouraging other church-revitalizers through a REV Brothers group. Meredith serves as a pastor’s wife and de-facto children’s minister.  She’s also a full-time homeschool mom, part-time PA, and part-time LuLaRoe Fashion consultant. You can follow our adventures at 


Daniel, Hosea, Meredith and Lily Shrader

ENGAGE SPEAKER ~ Robert Kornegay (Bio)


Robert is an eastern NC native and he and Josie, his wife of 42 years, live on the White Oak River near Swansboro. Robert owned and operated a custom home building business for 15 years before serving with Mercy Ships for over a decade in 30 countries on three continents. Robert held a number of leadership roles in both land and ship-based missions.

Robert is the associate pastor of Emerald Isle Chapel By The Sea, a small evangelical church on the Southern Outer Banks. Each November the church hosts the annual Apologetics By The Sea Conference, this year featuring Dr. Alex McFarland, author and popular apologetics speaker. Robert also serves as president of the board of the Coastal Pregnancy Care Center in Morehead City.

Robert has a BS in Business Administration from Trinity College, and an MA in Religion (Apologetics) from Southern Evangelical Seminary. Robert is also a Certified Fund-raising Executive (CFRE) and served as the seminary’s VP of Development during his post-graduate studies. He is the volunteer chapter director of Ratio Christi at East Carolina University, an apologetics-training ministry for students and faculty on the Greenville campus.


Be a Servant!

Jesus said in Mark 10:43-44 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: 44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.

Jesus was a great example! He taught His disciples how to serve. Jesus told those around Him that He did not come to be served, but to serve! What a powerful life lesson! Jesus went about feeding and healing people. Sure Jesus performed miracles, but as a man He was always looking for ways to touch the lives of people in need! Jesus served poor people! Jesus served hurting people! Jesus served people who had committed great sins! Jesus gave those around Him hope! Every time we serve someone we are showing them Jesus! Right now is a great time to go and serve someone in Jesus’ name! Today is the day! Touch someone today for Jesus’ sake!

Let me encourage you to be praying for our local community. Earlier today I drove out to check on some of our people. Flood waters are rising and they are concerned about their families and their homes! If my home and property were on the verge of being flooded I would want my church family and friends to pray for me! We all know someone who needs our prayers and a helping hand. Do what you can for those in need. Our dinner tonight will be used to serve those around us. If you know anyone needing food for this evening please call me at 252-341-4017. Let’s put feet to our prayers… serve someone today for Jesus’ sake!

Be safe and keep your eyes on Jesus… He is coming again! Revelation 22:20-21 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. 21  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

On Mission for Christ!

Mike and Cheryl <><

ENGAGE SPEAKER ~ Pastor Dennis Omondi (Bio) ~ Friday, October 21 ~ Sunday, October 23

Dear Pastor Mike and Grace Church,

I hope you are well and the Lord is blessing your ministry! It is October and the conference is around the corner. I just realized that I never sent you my bio. Here it is:

I am a pastor of South Coast Community Church in Ukunda, Kenya – a Church that I founded two and half years ago after leaving a church that I had been pastoring for about 7 years. This was a revitalization project that went very well. It was about 30 people when we began, and it grew to 200 by God’s strength and grace.

I am also the founder and director of SERVE Kenya Ministries. This is a Ministry of Denton Bible Church in Denton Texas. SERVE exists to Cultivate, Equip and Mobilize Christian Leaders Worldwide (for us specifically in Africa). We have overseen the training of over 1000 pastors and Church leaders; we have 342 pastors currently in training around the country.

My wife, Allison, and I have been married for 9 years and have two adopted children from Kenya. Anjela, our daughter is 9, and BJ, our son is 5. They are a joy to parent and have amazing God-size stories.

I did Information Technology in Kenya, before leaving it to pursue my Bible Training Passion at Denton Bible Church in 2001. I graduated from Denton Bible’s Missionary Training Institute in May 2004 and left for Kenya in June of the same year to start SERVE Kenya Ministries. I am currently a student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC.


Dennis Omondi



A significant study that came out earlier this summer revealed that Americans who don’t go to church are more than happy to talk about religion and often think about the meaning of life.

They are also open to taking part in community service events hosted at a church.

Or going to an event – like a church concert.

Now, this does not mean they think about what happens after they die. Nor, that they are as willing to actually attend a church service. Consider those to be steps taken a bit further down the road. It’s not that they are hostile to church; they simply do not think it is for them.

But according to a survey of 2,000 unchurched Americans from LifeWay Research and the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism, they are wide open to the first steps, or approaches, of evangelism.

This. Is. Important.

A full 79% of unchurched Americans agreed with this statement: “If a friend of mind really values their faith, I don’t mind them talking about it.”

So let’s do the math. We are called to convey the message of Christ to a fallen world. Further, we are called to care – and care deeply – about the spiritual state of those around us: friends, neighbors, family and co-workers.

And they are more than willing to listen, more than willing to engage.

That should be adding up to swelling churches, vast conversions and sweeping revival.

But it’s not.

Here’s why:

We don’t believe what they are saying.

We think they aren’t interested, and that any conversation – any sharing, any invitation – will simply be awkward. And unproductive.

So we don’t have those conversations.

The irony is devastating: The unchurched are willing to listen to the churched about their faith, but the churched aren’t willing to talk about it.

For all you C.S. Lewis fans, I can’t help but feel we may discover another trove of “Screwtape Letters” and find that this juxtaposition was masterfully, diabolically manipulated to prevent more human “patients” on earth from entering into the Light.

Perhaps one of those letters may read like this:

My Dear Wormwood:

Now that your patient has crossed over to the Enemy, the goal is not only to keep him from drawing near to the Enemy, but to keep him from encouraging others to join their ranks. If he were to be successful in that regard, it would add nightmare to the horror of what you’ve already allowed in your bungled handling of a soul that was almost ours.

We have had a fair amount of success in creating apathy toward the state of their fellow souls, but not as much as we would like. Our latest effort, however, is working brilliantly. An enterprise which, I might add, I had some hand in helping create. Rather than attempt to prevent the relationships from occurring, or even dulling their concern toward those around them, the new effort is to simply sow seeds of poor social taste.

Plant the thought, upon every chance, at how offended others would be if he talks about the Enemy. How painfully awkward it will go. Unfortunately, we know this isn’t true – but your patient doesn’t. If we can get him to believe this simple lie, then it doesn’t matter who comes into his sphere of influence, or how much the sniveling worm may care. He will fear uttering even the slightest word, and the victory will be ours.

(And for hell’s sake, do not let him even begin to contemplate that his efforts might be met with that blinding, searing Light we, as yet, cannot help but flee, the Spirit of the Enemy.)

The most powerful of those in the Enemy’s army didn’t fear us (They had a pathetic confidence in the Enemy that way.). And they didn’t fear the reaction of their peers. This was our great miscalculation. We let them become… I can hardly bare to utter the words… bold in their faith. How I hated them!

Thank the diabolical father that we aren’t making that mistake again.

So this is what you simply must not allow. Counter boldness with timidity; courage with the fear of embarrassment. I think you will find this will work quite nicely.

Your affectionate uncle,


James Emery White



Our “ENGAGE” MISSIONS CONFERENCE 2016 is almost here. We have a wonderful group of missionaries scheduled to be with us from Friday night, October 21 through Sunday morning, October 23. Our conference will begin on Friday night at 5:45 pm with a roast beef dinner followed by a Worship Service at 7:00 pm. SIGNUP TODAY AT THE WELCOME CENTER FOR FRIDAY NIGHT’S DINNER AND SATURDAY’S LUNCH. The food will be great and the fellowship even better. You will meet our missionaries and enjoy a mission-focused message from Pastor Dennis Omondi from Kenya. Pastor Omondi is a speaker you do not want to miss. He is new to Grace Church. His conference messages will be timely, no doubt! Pray for these and others as they come our way.

“ENGAGE” MISSIONS CONFERENCE 2016 includes our children. Every session (Friday night, Saturday and Sunday morning) is family friendly and includes services for our children. This is intentional and purposeful. This year we have a special treat for our children! Pastor Terry Coats and his wife Luann will be using chalk art to teach our children. They will love Pastor Terry and Luann’s teaching! Take advantage of this opportunity to educate your children about what it means to be a missionary. Your family is important to the Lord. This Gospel mission focus will bless you and your family!

If you have any questions, please contact the church office (252-355-3500) or any of our staff members. Call or text us… our numbers are on the bulletin. God bless you as you worship our Lord today!

Jesus is with us even in the storm!

Pastor Mike <><


“Following Jesus!”

Our Lord Jesus was a marvelous teacher! He had a unique way of leading and guiding His disciples. He called His disciples sheep. In John 10:10 Jesus mentions the thief in contrast to the Good Shepherd in 10:11. The thief destroys sheep but the Good Shepherd cares for His sheep and gives his life for his sheep! This is how Jesus ministered to His followers. He was their loving and kind Shepherd. This is our Jesus; He is our Good Shepherd! The beautiful thing here is that Jesus speaks to His sheep. Jesus’ sheep not only listen to Him, they follow Him! Jesus, our Good Shepherd speaks to us as His own and He wants us to follow Him! Let me encourage you today. Follow Jesus… He is our Good Shepherd! Jesus said in John 10:27-29, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand. 29  My Father, which gave them Me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father’s hand.” Jesus… what a Shepherd and what a Savior! FOLLOW HIM!!!

Our THIRD ANNUAL ENGAGE MISSION CONFERENCE begins on Friday, October 21 with a roast beef dinner at 5:45 pm. Last year we had a feast! This great time of fellowship will be followed by our first service beginning at 7:00 pm. Our speaker will be Dennis Omondi from Kenya. This is Dennis’ first time with us at Grace Church. He has a unique ministry in Africa. His preaching will touch your heart! Dennis’ family will be with him as well. Pastor Terry and Luann Coats will use chalk art to teach missions to our children. They will love the Coats family and the chalk art lessons! Saturday begins with a Worship Service at 10:00 am followed by teaching sessions led by our missionaries and others. There will be classes for you and your children. We will have lunch together on Saturday at — and conclude with another time of worship at — with everyone. Again, there will be a children’s service as well! Please do not miss a service or a class. ENGAGE will conclude with our Sunday Morning Worship Service at 11:00 am. Missionaries will also be available for Sunday School classes.

Psalm 150:6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD. 

Pastor Mike and Cheryl <><