Grace Baptist Church is excited about this month of October!
We are celebrating more baptisms on the 8th during our morning service. This is a great event for the church; please make sure to be with us that day.
A small group from GBC is traveling to Seattle to participate in Evergreen’s annual meeting. We will represent our church and meet the new Executive Minister (conditional to caucuses’ affirmation). We will also have a retirement banquet for Marcia. Blessings to you, our dear friend!
By the end of the month, the weekend of 27-29, we will make our annual trip to Lillaskog for a wonderful retreat time. Join us!
The Staff of Grace
Birthdays This Month
Cheryl Evans 10/01
Marcia Patton 10/06
Deborah Hall 10/07
Mike Daggett 10/09
Dennis Glover 10/11
Rita Camacho 10/14
Barbara Kellogg 10/21
Gwen Nail 10/23
Chris Young 10/23
Daryl Lavway 10/27
Rev. Dr. Liliana Da Valle
“And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that you are not alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet.”(Matthew 24:6)
I have never been a prophet of doom. I’ve learned in my preaching class many years ago that preaching is to be positive. And yet sometimes, it is difficult. Recently, I’ve preached from the prophet Nahum; the one who prophesized the destruction of Nineveh and the downfall of the Assyrian Empire. The whole book, three chapters, is filled with announcements of destruction, suffering, and calamities. It was really hard to find a piece in that book where there was any hope at all. Oh, but Nahum 1:15 talks about those who announce peace. This unique verse in contrast with the rest of the book encourages the people of God to celebrate.
As children of God in these days, we are tempted to cry with Psalm 137 about our sad endeavors. Here we are in the midst of a city and county where the housing crisis is the worst in their history. We see gentrification happening in plain sight; people are pushed away by those who can afford more for rent or mortgage. Saddened by the images of hundreds of homeless people roaming the streets in our own neighborhoods, we get home and turn on our TV’s for a little distraction but, oh no! the news is on: hurricanes destroy thousands of homes in Houston and Florida, the Caribbean is devastated, two huge earthquakes in Mexico. Well, we say to ourselves, natural disasters; nothing we can do about that other than giving some money in church on Sunday to send relief to the victims.
Other news hits the screen: more Black men killed by White policemen. Ohio, Missouri, Texas, Florida. People killed in protests all around the Country because of KKK and Nazi demonstrations. Stop, please! Change the channel. What? Have we declared war against North Korea? They want to shoot a nuclear bomb to our West Coast? No more, please; no more…!!!!
And we wonder, how can we sing the Lord’s song in this land?
By remembering that God is our refuge, that He’ll protect us in the hollow of His hand. Remember, my dear friends, the word from the Lord encouraging us to celebrate our relationship with Him and believing that nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus; Not even death!
Community of Grace
Visit with the Vaughans
September Birthday Luncheon
American Baptist Women’s Ministry
- Tuesday, October 3, 6:30pm – Monthly Class for Leaders (Walters Room)
- Tuesday, October 10, 6:30pm – Monthly Discipleship Class (Walters Room)
- Thursday, October 19, 6:30pm – Leadership Meeting (Walters Room)
- Sunday, January 28 2018, 1:30pm – Annual Business Meeting Meeting (Fireside Room)
Weekly Bible Studies and Small Groups
Sunday School – 9:45am (Walters Room)
Grace Baptist Church Information
Sunday Worship at 11am
(child care is available)
Bible Studies 9:45am (Walters Room)
Rev. Dr. Liliana Da Valle
Mon – Fri 10:00am – 3:00pm
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