Sunday night’s business meeting was a great time of celebrating what God has been doing among us lately – here are the highlights!
Restoration Church – Pastor Ross Manders thanked Grace Point for the vision and resources that allowed RC to get off the ground. Together we celebrated the amazing work God has done to position RC to be independent in just over two years, and Paco Batres prayed for God’s continued blessing on the new church.
GP Youth – Maura Giannone shared the impact of GP’s youth ministry on her life, specifically thanking Nate and Jendi Korpi for their investment. Nate gave a brief recap of next steps toward becoming a missionary with Converge. Dave Wolf shared that Scott Leuz will head up the Youth Director Search Team, with the elders beginning work to identify members of the search team. Bill Wright will serve as staff point person for Youth Ministry during the time of transition, with several key volunteers overseeing youth programming on Sunday morning, Thursday night, and outreach activities.
Missions Update – Appreciation was expressed for Tim Yoder’s work on the GO Team, as he is stepping down after leading for the past year. Steve Weir has begun his new role as Director of Missions and Communications.
Three items were presented for vote, and all were overwhelmingly approved:
Paco Batres was reinstated as elder; Paco has experience with several previous terms as elder at Grace Point, and much respect.
The 2016-17 Budget represents a 4.8% increase over 2015-16 giving and retains the most crucial funding for ministry, missions, and staffing. We also celebrated God’s provision as our expected fiscal year 2015-16 deficit of $90,000 turned into a surplus, and we will end the FY in the black. Thanks to our Grace Point family for pulling together to support God’s work – we are positioned well to launch a new year of ministry!
Constitutional Changes include a definition of marriage in the “Humanity” section of our statement of faith, and updated language related to constitutional mentions of deacons and deaconesses. The elders have adopted a position paper, titled “God’s Design for Marriage,” available upon request from the office. The updated Statement of Faith is available on our GP website.
Psalm 40:5 sums up the evening well -a time of giving God glory for the great things He has done!