Marriage Matters: Experiencing Trauma, Loss, and Grief

During our journey through life we will experience losses, and in some cases, a traumatic event; some predictable and expected, but others a total surprise.

Being alive means we constantly have to resolve problems. Every new situation we encounter provides us the opportunity to develop new ways of using our resources in order to gain control. When a problem or situation seems beyond our capacity to cope, we are thrown off balance. This is known as a traumatic experience often leading to a crisis. A traumatic event brings about an acute response. An individual’s psychological homeostasis (balance) is disrupted both horizontally (with others) and vertically (with God).

The losses and traumatic events of life can be overwhelming. The question then becomes; How do we cope with the powerful emotions, chaos and confusion that follows a loss or traumatic event? What do we do to ease the pain and grief we feel? How can we carry on and eventually return to a normal daily routine?

During the classes of February 11, 18, and 25 we will explore the world of Trauma, Loss and Grief. This will be an opportunity to, perhaps, share your story and find a sense of healing as you interact with others.

Come join the class at 9:00am in rooms A-1 and 2.

Please contact Pastor Chuck with questions or comments.

Marriage Matters – Building Healthy Marriages

As we enter the month of November each year it serves as a time of personal reflection. I look forward to Thanksgiving; spending time with the family and thanking God for the blessings of life. I also use this time of reflection to both look back and look forward. I look at where I have been and what I would like to accomplish in the future.

Reflecting on our Grace Point Care Ministry, we now have a Marriage, Family and Relationships ministry. We had 37 couples attend the Great Date Night. Looking forward we will continue to build the care ministry. Please consider joining us for one of the three dates in November for our next class.

On each of the following dates, November 13, 20, and 27, we will be looking at the subject: Building Healthy Marriages

In considering this topic, I see three foundational principles to explore.

  1. Marriage is not about your happiness or getting your needs met through another person. Practicing self-denial and self-sacrifice, patience, understanding, and forgiveness are the fundamentals of a great marriage.
  2. During courtship, opposites attract. After marriage, opposites can repel each other. Differences are God’s gift to you to create new capacities in your life. Different isn’t wrong. It’s just different.
  3. Love isn’t a feeling. Love is a commitment. You can’t begin a marriage without a commitment. You can’t sustain one without it either. A marriage that goes the distance is hard work. If you want something easy and has immediate gratification, then go shopping or play a video game.

Come join us at 9:00AM on November 13th, 20th, or 27th in rooms A1-2.

Please share your thoughts on the following question: What does Thanksgiving mean to you?

Sermon Based Small Groups

Our mission is to help more people become fully committed followers of Jesus Christ. One way that happens is by connecting with others and growing in our faith, together. Small Groups are one way to connect with others at Grace Point.

Starting this week, we’re introducing Sermon Based Small Groups – using Discussion Questions based on that weekend’s message. Our sermon series this fall is taken from Genesis 1 – 3, entitled “Scarred.” If people from your Life Group miss Sunday morning’s message, they can go to GP’s website which promises to have the audio portion online by noon Monday. On that page, you’ll also be able to find the Discussion Questions.

All new groups will be using the Sermon Based Small Group Questions and will meet for 10 weeks. We’re asking new LG attendees to commit to seven consecutive weeks. After that it’s your decision if you want to continue with your group, or opt for another group beginning in January for 10 weeks.

For existing groups, you’re highly encouraged to try it out. It would be great to get all our groups aligned and on the same page for the fall. There are real advantages that benefit the church as we all study the same passage(s). This also helps new attenders to GP – there’s no hidden studies, or feelings of being left behind. We’re all together, and it’s easy to pick up if you’ve missed a week.

If you’re not in a group, we hope you’ll seriously consider joining one. You can always email Jay Button, Pastor of Connection at groups@gracepointpa.org if you have any questions or are interested in joining a group.

Hashtag GP Summer 2016

A lot of us are on social media. We post about our food, our trips, our weekend plans. We post our lives on Social Media. Do you have a great summer family idea that you want to share with others at Grace Point?

Wherever you’re posting, use the hashtag #gpsummer2016 and your post might be shared on our spaces (Facebook, twitter, Instagram).

Growing in biblical community means learning from one another and learning how to “do life.”

  • Got a great new grilling recipe? #gpsummer2016
  • Capture a great photo heading down the water slide? #gpsummer2016
  • Experience a “God-sighting” on vacation? #gpsummer2016

See you in the Inter-webs!