Monthly Archives: February 2018

Loving Greenville… Together!

Wow, what a beautiful day! I thank the Lord for you and for how the Lord is using our church in Greenville! Over 2,000 years ago we were commissioned to go out and make disciples of all nations! Making disciples results from showing people the Gospel in action. The truth of the Gospel transforms lives. Living out the Gospel touches hearts and opens doors of service! Our recent BABY BOTTLE PROJECT for the Carolina Pregnancy Center will provide much needed financial support for our friends with the CPC! This offering reflects our love and support for the unborn! Presently, we are engaged in a FOOD DRIVE with the EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA FOOD BANK! Our teens and our American Heritage Girls are also loving Greenville to Christ! As I said earlier I am so thankful for each of you! Greenville needs to see Jesus! Loving Greenville to Jesus is our calling! Thank you for sharing Christ by loving our beautiful city!

Our Sunday morning Bible studies are a huge part of our ministry. We have a number of gifted teachers serving in our teaching ministry. We are also fortunate to have great study materials provided by LIFEWAY! I am part of a class each week. I do not teach every week but have the opportunity to listen as others in our class share God’s Word. I highly treasure this hour of fellowship with our church family! Our SUNDAY SCHOOL begins at 9:45AM and ends at 10:45AM. We are concluding our study of ACTS and will be moving into I Corinthians soon! There are many great adult classes. There are classes for all ages. Join a class and study God’s Word with us weekly. The Lord will bring new friends into your life as well. Come on in this Sunday at 9:45AM and join a Bible study. You will be glad you did!!!

MEN on Saturday, March 17 we are hosting a MEN’S FELLOWSHIP at 4:00PM. We will be serving oysters, shrimp and fish. We will also have some game food like bear and deer. Guys don’t miss this time of fellowship. Last year we had an awesome group of guys! This year will be no different! BRING A FRIEND! This is the perfect time to introduce your friends to your church buddies. Plan now to be with us. You can also bring your sons. Make it a father/son outing. That would be great!

Enjoy this beautiful day! We love you and we will see you Sunday!

Mike and Cheryl <><

NOTE: Return CPC Baby Bottles this Sunday, February 25. THANK YOU!

 

Pray… don’t give up!

Prayer is God’s way of working out His purposes in our lives. Prayer is more than an emotional shout out to God on our behalf or on behalf of a friend in need! Jesus once encouraged His disciples to pray and not to give up. These are challenging words from Jesus! We all have somewhat of a history when it comes to prayer. At times we all pray, and then after a few days our minds wander, and we move on to another spiritual discipline only to quietly return to prayer when a serious need arises again! What would it be like to pray and then to keep on praying? In His Sermon on the Mount Jesus said in Matthew 7:7-8 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. What is Jesus saying here in Matthew 7? Let me paraphrase it: Pray and keep on praying! Jesus said this for a reason. He is not suggesting for us to pray as the hypocrites do with vain repetition. He is teaching us to faithfully pray, and then to keep on praying, believing that our LORD will hear and answer our prayers. In other words, persistence makes a difference in prayer. Crying out to our Heavenly Father is a good thing! Persistence in prayer is a sign of deep faith in God! Let’s be known for seeking the Lord through prayer. As we persist in prayer, God will hear and answer us. Brothers and sisters, we serve a big GOD; through prayer He works! Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. WOW, WHAT A PROMISE!!!

Take a few minutes, and pray as you prepare for Sunday’s services. We will have a time of fellowship beginning at 9:15AM in our Fellowship Hall! Join us, and bring your family. There will be plenty of food, juice and coffee. At 9:45AM our ladies will move to the Sanctuary to be taught by Sarelle Pendergraft. Our men will remain in the Fellowship Hall to continue eating! (Laugh here… it’s a joke!) While our ladies are being taught in the Sanctuary, Austin Pendergraft will teach our men! This is going to be a great day! Our children will be joining us for some food as well!

2018 is shaping up to be a fruitful year of ministry at Grace Church. Let’s LOVE GREENVILLE TOGETHER! Sunday’s Bulletin Insert includes some of our plans for the future. Check them out on Sunday morning!

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

God bless you as you grow in grace!

Pastor Mike