On The Journey
Our Mission is to Glorify God and Make Disciples
Kizzire Komments: "Do you see this woman?" Luke 7:44

Everyone loves a good story. The popularity of Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Avengers illustrates the affection most of us have for engaging tales of romance, intrigue, and the omnipresent theme of good versus evil. Even in the dystopian novels there is a wrestling with good versus evil. Divergent, Maze Runner, Hunger Games and more.

As evidenced by the variety, characterization, and sheer spontaneity of his parables, Jesus must have been the most brilliant storyteller of all time.

While brief, his stories are filled with engaging characters who grab our attention: harsh judges who care nothing for poor widows, rich men gone bad and shrewd employees doing questionable practices, prodigal sons who eat out of pig sties, and shocking Samaritans who rescue wounded Jewish travelers.

The parables illuminate both the nature of the kingdom and how different people respond to its arrival.

The kingdom of God is like many things, Jesus says: a farmer sowing seed, a man hunting treasure, a woman kneading dough, fishermen casting a net, a man forgiven a debt, a wedding guest who forgot his jacket, virgins waiting for a bridegroom, a landowner being generous, a stranger helping, a son coming back from rebellion. The kingdom is like seed, yeast, pearl, fish, banquet, vineyard. It's so many different things, it's hard to say it's any one thing.
It's something an enemy seeks to destroy.

In everything, the parables illustrate the need to be drawn and to enter the kingdom of heaven. Those who receive are filled with joy.

A woman who has lived a sinful life prompts Jesus to tell Simon the Pharisee a parable of two debtors. It is a lesson about valuing what God has done for us. Have you been forgiven of a huge debt or a little debt? You don't have to answer. Your life already declares how you feel.

Do you see this woman? Her sins are forgiven that is why she loves much.

I'm so glad Jesus set me free Singing Glory, Hallelujah! Jesus set me free! Satan had me bound, But Jesus set me free, Singing Glory, Hallelujah! Jesus set me free! I'm On My Way To Heaven, And I'm Shoutin' Victory! Singing Glory, Hallelujah! Jesus set me free!

CU Sunday, jerry

Come spread some love with GACC's Date Night Challenge on Friday, February 15. We will provide free childcare from 6 PM to 9 PM while you and your partner celebrate your relationship. While this event is geared toward parents, all couples are welcome to get involved! 

We will have envelopes containing unique dates from "52 Uncommon Dates" available for anyone who would like to get adventurous. Have you ever tried a photography date? A water date? What about a second first date?  Each date will set the scene for couples and walk them through making it happen. Learn how to practically speak each other's love language, incorporate prayer in ways that are natural and relevant to real life, and finish strong with questions that help keep conversation alive.  Ignite prayerful and playful connections in ways that deepen the relational, physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of your relationship, one date at a time.

Show love to our local veterans! The JOY Ladies are collecting donations of cards and candy in the church foyer through Wednesday, February 13! 

Bust out your best recipe, because GACC's Chili Cook-Off will be held after service on Sunday, February 24! All are welcome to bring a salad, side dish, or dessert, and we will need assistance with set-up, serving, and clean-up. Visit the Welcome Center to see how you can contribute or to sign up as a competitor!
Please join us for a baby shower honoring Charity Harshman. All ladies of the church are welcome! The shower will be held at GACC on Saturday, February 16, at 2:30 PM. Charity is registered at Target. We ask that you bring a book instead of a card, and you can also bring a package of diapers for a chance to win a prize! See Amanda Harshman or Melissa Kinnard for questions. 

The J.O.Y. Ladies will meet Monday, February 4, at 6:15 PM. To accommodate  those who wish to attend the Leadership Summit at 6:30 that night, a brief business meeting will held first followed by refreshments and making Valentines for Vets. All ladies are invited! For more information, contact Christine Stearns at cestearnsmk@gmail.com.

Save the date! On Saturday, February 23, ACTIVE Ministry will host its annual fundraising dinner. Come join us for a wonderful meal, visit with Peter (live from Albania!), and hear all the ways to get involved with His work in Zimbabwe. 

Tickets are $25 and can be reserved at the Welcome Center. Free childcare will be available. 

Check out the table in the foyer for a list of donations needed for gift baskets for the silent auction!  You may purchase one of the items yourself or solicit a business to donate the item you select. Did you perhaps get a Christmas gift that you just don't need or isn't to your liking? Feel free to donate any of those items or any other item that is in new condition.  

If you would like to host a table, donate to the silent auction or dessert table, or assist with set-up and clean-up, please call or text Jill Jackson at (618) 305-0542 or Joyce Addison (618) 303-2066.

All junior high and high school students are invited to join Quest, GACC's youth group. We meet on Sunday evenings at 6:00 PM for a lesson, activity, refreshments, and small group time. Our current focus, "WHY," explores the true motivation for our choices and behavior. 
All ladies are invited to join our Women's Winter Semester Bible Study each Wednesday beginning on January 9 for "Trusting Jesus: Who Is To Come," a nine-week study from John 12- 16. This is an opportunity to cultivate relationships with other women as we grow together to trust Him more! The morning group meets at 10 AM at The Landings, and the evening group meets at 6:30 PM at GACC. 
Beginning on Sunday, January, 18, our Children's Church will be divided into two groups. After offering, our pre-k and kindergarten students will head to their classrooms in the Children's Wing, and the 1st through 5th grade students will head to the gym. Pick-up for all students will still take place at the Children's Check-In Counter after worship service.  
Tips for Making New Friends at Church

Here are some habits that can increase your chances of meeting someone new.

1. Start Going at the Same Time Every Week

Eventually, you'll see people you recognize and can say hello or make small talk. Allow your regular attendance to be the first step in connecting with others.

Smiling at people at they sit down. Saying "good morning" at the beginning of service and "have a good day" at the end before you leave. Introducing yourself to someone you see every week. ("Hi, it's good to see you again today. I'm Jane.") Asking a question. ("I was just curious, have you ever attended the Sunday school here?") Asking them out for coffee after the service. ("I'm fairly new here and would like to get to know some people. Would you be interested in meeting up for coffee sometime after church?")

2. Get Involved in Activities

A great way to meet other people is to sign up for activities or class. Again, check out the bulletin or website to see what's going on, and if you don't see something, be sure to ask. Sometimes activities get scheduled at the last minute and, as a result, they aren't listed somewhere, so asking around can help get you connected. Also, do this more than once. Repetition is the best way to meet new people.

Possibilities: Join one of the classes on Sunday morning, Sporting events, basketball or volleyball. Bible studies. Groups for women and men. Youth groups. Classes that focus on a financially responsible life. Events change from time to time, so if you don't see something immediately that interests you, keep checking back.

3. Volunteer

There is perhaps no better way to get involved at church than by volunteering. There is always a need for help. You might be asked to hand out bulletins at a service, answer questions for other newcomers, direct people to the proper area, or even lead a small group. Pray about how you can best put your individual skills and talents to use in the church. When you give this quiet consideration, you'll naturally see something that will come your way.

There are opportunities in children's ministry, helping around the building, greeting, communion prep, worship, the Genesis team, outreach events...

Tip: try something... you may find that some service does not work for you. It is okay to say that something doesn't fit but keep trying until you find an area that allows you to contribute.

4. Be Genuine

Be receptive of the message and allow your authentic enthusiasm to help you attract new friends. The common point is our faith and relationship with Jesus Christ. There is a need to be authentically following the Lord and desiring to live out the Christian life.
Grand Avenue Christian Church:

Introducing "Leadership Summit 2019"

As the leadership of Grand Avenue Christian Church, we are responsible for the direction of GACC. It is our decisions and efforts that will shape this congregation and reach more and more in the surrounding area. Over the last few years there have been some leadership changes and transitions. There is a need for us to spend some time together getting on the same page and developing clearer communication with one another, more concrete vision and mission.

Introducing the "Leadership Summit." This will be a six-week meeting on Monday nights beginning February 4, 2019 at 6:30 PM. It will meet each Monday night at the church building.

Elders, deacons and staff will be present, but the summit is open to anyone who would like to come and sit in on the discussions.

The topics of discussion will include:

Communication: creating rock solid conversation

Recruiting/ Delegation/ Inclusion,

Vision, Why aren't we growing faster?

Relational environments/Making disciples, How well are we doing?

Personal growth and development, Prayer

If you've missed a sermon or aren't able to attend service, our  sermons are live on Facebook as they happen and they all are posted on our Facebook page. 

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.