Dear God of Heaven and Earth,
Our hearts are resting in You! We rest in Your unchanging grace! We rest in Your unfailing love! We rest in Your tender mercies! We are at peace with You and within ourselves knowing that we can trust You. Lord, Your faithfulness strengthens our resolve to be faithful to You until we enter Your presence, as Your sons and daughters. Our hearts are overflowing with thanksgiving and praise. We bless Your holy name! Thank You for watching over us. Thank You for supplying our daily needs. Thank You for Your promises upon which we stand. We are secure in Your everlasting Word that leads us to confess our sins and failures. Cleanse our hearts and give us influence among those that are lost in their sins and do not know Jesus. Let us be light! Let us light up this dark world so that others may see the glorious light of Your saving Gospel. Let us rejoice that we know You and that You know us. We are Your sheep; yes, the sheep of Your pasture. As Your church, we are thankful, and we are grateful! Our hearts overflow knowing that Jesus is coming again and that it may be today! In His precious and holy name we pray, Amen!
Dear Heavenly Father,
We come before You in the name of Jesus, Your blessed Son and our glorious Savior. Thank You for Your saving grace and healing mercy. Without Jesus we have no hope of enjoying Your presence forever. Our moment by moment assurance rests upon His finished work at Calvary. We rejoice in the sufficiency of Jesus’ sacrifice! He is our all in all! We look to You for hope as we contemplate the brevity of this life. Knowing life slips away so quickly, we rest on Your lovingkindness for peace of mind. Some refuse to accept the randomness of death and are therefore hopeless. Lord God, knowing Jesus strengthens us in the face of our enemy called death, we glory in His cross. Thank You that Jesus slew death and in the process gained for us an eternal home in glory! You are our King, and we willingly fall before You as humble followers of Jesus! In His glorious name we pray! Amen!
Dear Grace Church Family and Friends!
THANK YOU for allowing the Lord to use you! ENGAGE 2018 was without a doubt our best mission’s conference yet! First, the Lord answered our prayers. He was faithful to His people. Pastor Tom was the right man with the right message! The presence of the Lord was obvious in every service. Secondly, your sacrifice of time, effort and money made a huge difference. I watched you and was blessed by what I saw. We had more volunteers this year than ever before! OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD was awesome! Thirdly, the response from our speakers and missionaries was tremendous. Throughout last week I received messages from our guests. The Lord used you to encourage and bless each one of them! Honestly, I could go on and on about how the Lord blessed Grace Church and ENGAGE 2018. I deeply appreciate you stepping up and letting the Lord use you!!! Cheryl and I are blessed to be a part of Grace Church!
Last week Pastor Jamin, Pastor Chuck, and I, along with our Administrative Assistant Vicki Valerioti reviewed ENGAGE 2018. We all noted the good things! We also listed things that need to be improved. We discussed the schedule, the speakers, the services, the timeframes, the ENGAGE KID’S CONNECTIONS, and the date for next year’s conference. If you have questions or input please feel free to send them our way. Forward your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org. One of the beautiful things about ENGAGE is that we work together and fellowship for hours on this mission’s emphasis weekend! We love the time with you!
Let me encourage you to give prayerful consideration to your mission’s giving. Some of you may need to start giving to missions, while others may want to increase your giving. EVERY Christian should give to missions. Do it and see how the Lord uses you! Our Faith Promise’s Missions Team also reviewed ENGAGE. They are presently considering new missionaries and mission efforts that we can support. Anthony and Lori Willis, Chuck Barber, Roger Thorpe, Darlene Wade and Cheryl Meshaw serve on this oversight team. These are mission’s minded people who take seriously their work for missions at Grace Church! Giving to missions will always be a priority at Grace Church. Our local missionaries love coming to ENGAGE for their Breakout Sessions. We love having them as well!
THANK YOU again for supporting ENGAGE and FAITH PROMISE MISSIONS at Grace Church! When you support missions, you support the Lord’s work among the nations!
For The Nations,
Mike, Jamin and Chuck <><
The Lord continues to bless His work at Grace Church. THANK YOU for being a part of the Lord’s work. When people are connected and contributing to the overall work of the ministry, it is powerful! And I do mean powerful!!! With ENGAGE 2018 beginning tomorrow (ENGAGE FELLOWSHIP DINNER @ 5:45pm) I am overwhelmed with how you have responded. ENGAGE is a lot of work! But as someone has said, “Many hands make light work!” THANK YOU for doing your part! Many of you have brought in items for Operation Christmas Child, many are preparing food and many will be serving in our ENGAGE Kid Connection services. I know that I am missing some of you, so just take this message as a blanket “Thank you” from me, Jamin and Chuck! The Lord honors faithfulness, count on it!
Hebrews 6:10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have shewed toward His name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
REMINDER: If you have not signed up for the meals that will be served at ENGAGE 2018, please go to gracechurchnc.com and do so as soon as possible. You may also call the church office at 252-355-3500 and sign up. Invite your friends to dinner… they will love it!
Also, keep in mind that Tuesday, November 6 is ELECTION DAY. Please vote; let your voice be heard. As Christians, one way we represent the Lord and His church is by voting. A number of years ago the Lord convicted me about complaining about the political climate in our great nation. He convicted me about complaining, but not voting. GO VOTE… cast a vote that you believe honors the Lord. Early voting is still available… go today if possible! Remember, you can stand up for what you believe by voting. Silence is NOT an option. Be heard, VOTE!!!
Again, my heart is overflowing with anticipation for ENGAGE 2018! A good many of you are giving of your time and effort this weekend! I deeply appreciate it! Heaven rejoices when the church obeys the Great Commission given to us by Jesus! Thank you so much for making a difference for Christ sake!
Serving Jesus Together!
Mike and Cheryl <><
Hebrews 7:25 Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them.
Dear Heavenly Father, We realize that without You we are nothing. We know that we cannot do anything of spiritual worth without You! You made our relationship with You a reality through Your Son Jesus. Thank You for the Indescribable Gift we have in Jesus! Our hearts yearn to see Him glorified in our lives, in our churches, in our communities and in the nations and peoples around the world! The Gospel has been made clear to us by Your Spirit. We treasure the work of Your Spirit in our hearts. Through Your Spirit we experience Your abiding presence. How sweet it is to know You in all of Your glory! Lord, help us to give away what You have given to us in Christ. Help us to give of what You have blessed us with to guarantee that others may have just one opportunity to hear about Jesus. Let our hearts grieve over the fact that millions perish having never heard the name of Jesus. Unite our hearts as believers around Your command to make disciples of all nations. Bring us together in one accord around the saving power of the Gospel. Thank You for the promise of Your work among us. We seek Your face, Your heart and Your desire to see people born into Your Kingdom by Your grace. In Jesus’ name, amen!
ENGAGE 2018 begins next Friday, October 26 and runs through Sunday, October 28. Our guest speaker is Pastor Tom McCracken. Tom’s bio can found here on The Pastor’s Blog. Please pray for these special services that focus on our mission’s outreach here in Greenville, NC and around the world. Every year we introduce new ministries and missionaries to those that attend the services and breakout sessions. The entire schedule for ENGAGE 2018 is also posted on this blog spot.
This conference is for our church and anyone interested in missions. Our outreach extends to the Greenville community and the surrounding area. The Lord has been good to us over the years as He has provided monthly for our financial commitments! We are truly thankful for the Lord’s blessings! If you are planning to attend ENGAGE 2018, please go to our website at gracechurchnc.com and sign up for the three meals that will be served.
Please feel free to join us next weekend for ENGAGE 2018! If you cannot attend, your prayers would be greatly appreciated!
Serving Jesus Together!
Pastor Mike <><