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Kizzire  Komments     Identity: My Life at work  
 
If anyone wants to follow JESUS ...  
 
Colossians 3: 22 Slaves, obey your human masters in everything. Don't work only while being watched, as people-pleasers, but work wholeheartedly, fearing the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people, 24 knowing that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ. 25 For the wrongdoer will be paid back for whatever wrong he has done, and there is no favoritism.  
4 Masters, deal with your slaves justly and fairly, since you know that you too have a Master in heaven.  
 
My life at work.  

Our identity in Christ shapes our attitude and values. This passage encourages those who follow Christ to be good employees, whole hearted at work, to work from the heart, to think of work as service to the LORD Jesus, to realize rewards are not always given in this life- there are eternal rewards and if you are a business owner or leader treat everyone justly and fairly.   
Recently, in the news, an actor was job shamed.  Job shaming is probably more common than we want to think. This culture is bent on shaming and bullying others.  Isn't it sad that we have taken work and made it into something unhealthy?  Work is valuable and  important. All work that contributes to the betterment of our community is worthwhile.  

Geoffrey Owens  wants you to know he's doing just fine.   The 57-year-old Cosby Show  alum  opened up  about the sudden influx of attention he's received since photos were published of him b agging groceries at a Trader Joe's in New Jersey last week.  
Owens - who was proudly wearing his Trader Joe's name tag - said he was "really devastated" at first - until celebrities and fans alike  jumped to his defense  on social media.
 
"The period of devastation was so short because so shortly after that, the responses, my wife and I started to read [them] ... and fortunately the shame part didn't last very long," he said. "It's amazing."  

"It's really overwhelming, in a good way," he continued. "I kind of feel like that character in that Woody Allen movie that wakes up one morning and he's a celebrity suddenly ... it came out of nowhere. I really want to thank everybody out there ... for the incredible support, the amazing support and positivity that they've shown for me. It's quite astounding."  

Owens, who worked at the grocery store for 15 months, said he first took the job because he wanted "flexibility" to stay in the entertainment business. (He's been acting, teaching and directing for over 30 years.)  

"People recognized me every day and they were very, very cool about it," he said, adding that he's since quit over the attention.  

Owens went on to say that he hopes his experience will reshape "what it means to work, t he honor of the working person, [and] the dignity of work. "  

"I hope that this period that we're in now, where we have a heightened sensitivity about that, and a reevaluation of what it means to work and the idea that some jobs are better than others - that's actually not true," he said. "There is no job that's better than another job. It might pay better, it might have better benefits, it might look better on a resume and on paper.  But, it's  not better. Every job is worthwhile and valuable."  

"No one should feel sorry for me," he added. "I've had a great life. I've had a great career. I've had a career that most actors would die for.  So  no one has to feel sorry for me. I'm doing fine!"  (Article on People.Com)  

It seems like worthwhile goals as Christian people to teach others what it means to work, the honor of the working person and the dignity of work. God works. He enjoys work. We are made in His image.  

CU Sunday, jerry  
 

On September 30, 2018, Grand Avenue Christian Church will host Friend Day, where everyone will invite (at least!) one person. This is a day to invite friends, family, relatives, co-workers, neighbors, and others to sit with you in the worship service. This will be an exciting day and a day to remind ourselves of the value of friendship.

Invite your friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers to be with you on September 30. Physical invitations (or "friend requests") will be available at the Welcome Center this weekend! This friend request has two parts. One part is for your friend to place on their refrigerator as a reminder. The other part is for them to sign as their acceptance of the invitation and for you to bring back to the church and place on the Friend Day board.

We are so excited to see our church building packed with our friends and loved ones on September 30. Start inviting right away!


David and Charity Harshman's  College-Age Sunday School class is transitioning into a Young Adult class! High school graduates through 30-somethings are invited to join in as the group studies  Francis Chan's "Forgotten God." 

The JOY Ladies will kick off their 2018-2019 season on Monday, September 10, at 6:15 PM. Natalie Kizzire will be the keynote speaker. Women of all ages are invited! Childcare will be provided and light refreshments will be served. 

Our men's breakfast and Bible study will resume on Saturday, September 8, at 7:00 AM! All men are welcome to come each week for breakfast and Bible study as we explore "Soul Detox: Clean Living in a Contaminated World", by Craig Groeschel.




All ladies are invited to join us each Wednesday night at 6:30 PM as we study the second part of the book of John. "Trusting Jesus" challenges us to grow in our faith and strengthen our relationships with others. Questions? See Jill Jackson, our group facilitator!



Greetings! The GACC staff needs your help on Project 119! Help us build the big book of essentially everything anyone needs to know to  be able to  do almost anything at Grand Avenue!  

The goal is to identify,  list, and detail every  task essential  to  our operations and  ministries at  Grand Avenue  Christian Church.

Do you ever wonder how flowers appear on the stage? How communion trays are filled? How nursery volunteers prepare to serve the youngest members of our congregation? How coffee is made? H ow to schedule building use? How to start a small group? How to give an announcement?  ... or hundreds of other things here at GACC?   

Someone knows! 

We do not want to create new tasks or ministry areas--we want to collect information on what our members are already contributing. We want the information to be practical and operational--a simple how-to guide as opposed to a  theoretical list of instructions.  

If you (yes, you!) contribute to any one of the hundreds of essential activities at Grand Avenue, we need your help! Please send an email to Lesley at  info@gacc.net  and answer these three questions:  

What do you do? What is the name of your task or event?
Who does this with you? Who else is involved?   
In 119 steps, or less how do you do this? Please be as thorough as possible!

The time and energy that each of you dedicate does not go unnoticed. Thank you for all you do to build up the Kingdom of heaven.  We hope to hear from you soon!


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GACC Announcement Requests

The purpose of announcements through our church is to promote the ministries of Grand Avenue Christian Church that help us glorify God and make disciples. If you would like to request that information placed in the church bulletin or in our weekly newsletter, please complete an announcement form and return it to the church office.

This form is due two weeks prior to your event or two weeks prior to the week in which you wish your announcement to be published. You can download the form here or pick up a copy in the foyer display rack.

Questions or concerns? Call our office at (618) 457-4222 or email us at info@gacc.net.