What is a tongue?

If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.James 1:26

Oh we know this, but still, we insist on chattering. Gossip is never the work of God. Backbiting is never the work of God. What we call righteous indignation is too often self-righteous justification. There is a time to call evildoers to justice. It is our own pettiness that is even more dangerous. Telling a panhanldler to “get a job”, calling prisoners of war “losers”, saying that something is fake just because it is inconvenient. These are all ways to practice ungodliness.

GBC’s American Baptist Women’s Ministry

Grace Baptist Church’s ABW ministry for the 2013-14 year was very successful despite its shrinking membership.

ABW’s ministry includes donating 26 ditty bags full of knitted caps, socks, bathroom items, games, and hard candy (total value $312) to the Seafarers Ministry of the Golden Gate; adopting a low income family via InnVision’s Christmas Adopt-A-Family program (total value $615); rolled bandages for mission hospitals in the Condo; and donating monies to various charities ($100 each), such as the Kodiak Alaska Mission, Downtown Street Team Ministries, AB China Mission, Christmas gifts to GBC’s own homeless, as well as a Love Gift to ABW National Missions.

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GBC’s ABW also holds a tea in May to benefit a chosen Special Project, such as CIC ministries, digging clean water wells in Haiti, or the local Bill Wilson Center that helps homeless youth complete their education, find jobs, and housing. This past year’s total donations totaled $1,940.

Grace’s ABW ladies would be happy to receive financial help from the congregation with their mission projects. To help, please contact any of the ABW officers: Doris Vaughan, Marge Burns, or Celaine Krois.

Annual Homecoming Picnic

Sunday, September 21st – 12:30 pm

We hope you will join us for the Annual Homecoming Picnic in History Park! Join us for the Sunday worship service and then follow the crowd or hitch a ride to beautiful History Park on Senter Road.

We would especially like to invite those who we haven’t seen in a while. Let’s truly make this a HOMECOMING event by reconnecting with friends and family and bringing them to this fun event. It is always a good time! Pick up the phone and bring someone along :)

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Feeding Others

l&f in kitchenOnce again, Grace has stretched its soul and it’s physical resources to encompass a new ministry for us and our community.  Starting on March 3rd, Grace Baptist Church begins collaborating with and hosting the Loaves and Fishes food mission–5 days a week!

Loaves and Fishes is a community based non-profit organization that provides nutritious meals to those in need throughout the city of San Jose.  They have been doing a one-evening-a-week pilot program here at Grace for several weeks.  Now they have geared up to provide a meal five evenings a week in our gymnasium, Monday thru Friday.  They begin serving at 4:15 pm and serve for 1 hour.  They are cleaned up and ready to leave by 5:45 pm.

Being mindful of Jesus’ words about feeding the hungry, we are embracing this opportunity even though it means some adjustments to our mindsets, scheduling, and creative problem solving.  Oh, if only we owned a parking garage!!!!