121 Advent is for kids too!
Here is the link to the Advent Conspiracy video we watched together in Sunday’s service!
Consider having a conversation with your family about “doing Christmas differently this year.” Here are some discussion questions you might use to engage your family in the decision:
- What do you like, or not like about the idea of giving each other fewer presents this year?
- What are different kinds of gifts we could give to one another that don’t cost a lot of money?
- What activity could we do together to make a memory that lasts longer than a physical gift?
- How could we collect the money we save from shopping in a visible way (maybe a container in the kitchen) to give toward clean water for people in need?
As we hit the halfway mark in our Revelation series, “A Concise Guide to the End of the World,” we want to make you aware of two resources that might interest those who want to do extra study.
1 – Revelation Q&A with Dr. Jonathan Master. Mark your calendar for Friday, November 9, from 7-8:30pm, in Rooms A5-6. Dr. Master, Professor of Theology at Cairn University, will respond to questions that expand on our sermon series. Submit your End Times questions on the book of Revelation to email@example.com.
2 – Overview of Revelation Interpretation. The ESV Study Bible offers an excellent overview of various ways to approach the book of Revelation. You can read the overview here, and see the first few pages of Revelation with study notes as well. You might also consider the ESV Study Bible as a Christmas present for yourself or someone you love!
There is an amazing wealth of riches available to us when we belong to Christ. To explore in more detail, check out this extensive post.
As you read, I encourage you to pause, note, and marinate on any riches that particularly grab your attention. God may be opening your eyes to a treasure He has provided to meet one of your needs!
And don’t forget to mark your calendar for our Connection Picnic on Sunday September 9! An opportunity to take another step toward belonging at Grace Point.
Here are a few ideas to “make neighbor a verb, not a noun!”
- Donate to the Levittown Salvation Army Back to School project, or volunteer to be a shopping buddy
- Volunteer at Sunday Breakfast Thrift Store or Rescue Mission – opportunities to build bridges and bring hope to people in need
- Check out the opportunities at Seeds of Hope Ministry in Camden NJ, including “She Has a Name,” a ministry to female drug addicts which has been highlighted at a previous GP Women’s Ministry event
- Get involved volunteering at a local food pantry or donating food
Don’t know where to plug in, but know you have a heart for Urban Ministries? Come to our Urban Ministry Interest Gathering in August, led by Steve Weir (Pastor of Missions & Communication): click here to sign up.
Hello Grace Point family! In case you missed Sunday’s exciting worship service, or were there and need a recap, here you go:
Congratulations to Steve Weir, whose ordination to the Gospel ministry was formally recognized through the presentation of his ordination certificate and the prayers of our elders. Please congratulate Pastor Steve Weir on his obedience to God’s call on his life!
Congratulations as well to Brian Weber, who grew up at Grace Point, served on pastoral staff, and has now taken a position as Converge MidAtlantic Executive Minister serving over 100 churches in 10 states! Grace Point is part of the Converge association of churches and we look forward to continuing our relationship with Brian in his new role!
Support for GP family battling cancer: One of our GP elders, Phil Anders, has been battling esophageal cancer for nearly two years. Because of Phil’s leadership as an elder, the IRS restricts the church from providing financial assistance via our church Fellowship Fund, yet there are significant financial needs for the family due to treatment expenses and loss of work time. If you are moved to assist this special family with their needs, you may donate at www.gofundme.com/philndonnaanders.
Thanks to all of your generous donations for meatball sandwiches Sunday – our Bolivia Mission Trip raised over $2000!
Watch for the rollout of RightNow Media, our new video library, this Sunday. All regular attenders of Grace Point with an email address on file will receive an invitation for free access to what has been called the “Netflix of Christian Bible Studies.” This is a great resource for Life Groups, families, and anyone with an interest in growing in Christ!
Today we closed out our current series on the Pain of Life, which comes after messages about offering grace and truth to those who may think and live very differently than we do.
These have been some challenging topics, and we realize they may have raised more questions.
The leadership of GP would like to hear what is on your heart, what topic(s) would you like to see addressed from God’s perspective?
Take a moment and fill out the form to submit your questions and/or topics.
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Sylane Mack’s books are all available on Amazon and Kindle:
Other related books:
Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend
Cry of the Soul by Dr. Dan B. Allender & Dr. Tremper Longman III
Healing for Damaged Emotions by David A. Seamands
The Healing Path by Dan. B. Allender, Ph.D.
When Life Isn’t Fair by Dwight Carlson, M.D. and Susan Carlson Wood
When God Doesn’t Make Sense by Dr. James Dobson
To explore other counseling options, please contact our Pastor of Congregational Care, Chuck Arnold.
Hope is available for you in Christ! Please let us help you.
Since September 2017, our elders and staff have been working on a major project: updating our church vision statement. Vision statements have been very powerful in the journey Grace Point, as evidenced by our most recent vision which led to the establishment of a partnership with Unidos en Cristo Church in Bolivia and the planting of Restoration Church in Levittown.
On January 14, we conducted a survey at the end of our worship service, collecting demographic data and seeking the input of our church family regarding what you perceive to be our strengths, areas for improvement, and ideas for the future. Our response rate was over 75%, which is fantastic – thanks to all who participated!
Below you will find some of the most significant findings from the survey. This data, as well as much more, has been reviewed by our ReVision Team and is being considered as we begin the formation of our new vision statement.
- Elders and staff will review and refine the draft statement at our retreat April 6/7.
- We will seek feedback on the statement from focus groups in the weeks to come.
- We anticipate a finalized vision statement and resulting staff goals/objectives to be formulated by July 1.
Integral to this process has been the work of three Grace Point attendees who are skilled in data collection and tabulation: Paul Benchener, Dan Hughes, and Tom Nolte. We also wish to thank two individuals who are “on loan” from Crossing Community Church who have also volunteered their expertise: Larry and Cindy Newman – thank you for your heart to build the Kingdom!
And a reminder of who comprises the ReVision Team – feel free to talk with them at any time if you have comments or questions: Glenn Ely, Scott Leuz, Rich Speeney (elders), Steve Weir, Joan Zeberlein, and Dave Wolf (staff).
Your prayers for this ReVision process continue to be appreciated and impactful!
And now, some key findings:
|Weaknesses (Areas to Improve)