GP Kids Parenting – Importance of Play

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.” -George Bernard Shaw

Most of us have probably heard that quote before. As adults, we can forget how important playtime is to kids. We live in a time of rushing and busyness: rushing to get from place to place and rushing our kids to grow up. Sometimes we forget to let our child just be a kid.

Take a few minutes and check out this month’s parenting class on playtime. We explore why play is so important for our kids. Later this month, we will dig deeper and explore creative ideas for kids and suggestions for parents.

https://vimeo.com/parentministry/review/107774699/a835499b54

June Ministry Celebration recap

On Sunday evening we held our June Ministry Celebration and Business Meeting. It was an encouraging evening celebrating what God has been doing at Grace Point!

Here are some of the highlights:

  • We celebrated those who have taken the step of baptism this past year, by re-watching the video of Craig Stranahan being baptized in December!
  • Josh DeLeo was recognized for his faithful service in the A/V area, as he is stepping down to devote more time to his family.
  • Three staff members were recognized for their loyal service: JoAnn McDowell (17 years), Darrell Benjamin (15 years), and Steve Weir (15 years). Kudos to each of these special people for their vital contributions to our church family!
  • The Youth Pastor Search Team, and in particular Scott Leuz who served as chair, were recognized for their hard work in helping us find our new Youth Pastor, Greg Shelton. The Youth Transition Team was recognized for doing a great job keeping GP Youth going strong over the past year, thanking point person Bill Wright, along with Martin Hack, Matt Gibson, and John Kindred. And we celebrated the news that God provided a buyer for the Sheltons’ house in just over a week!
  • Charlie and Shirley McDonough were welcomed as new members to the church.
  • We heard a testimony from Julia Bonner, who took the three month “tithing challenge,” and shared how much God taught her through that experience.
  • Bill Wright, Director of Administration shared a financial update. Although giving is under budget, expenses have been less than giving and so we expect to end the fiscal year in the black – praise the Lord! For the first time in several years, giving has not declined from the past year but has leveled out. In addition to general fund giving, we have seen generosity demonstrated in special ways such as the Christmas and Easter offerings. Thanks to all who are practicing steady stewardship and gutsy generosity!
  • Dave Wolf, Senior Pastor, gave an update on the work staff is doing to develop strategies, goals, and objectives to address a central issue: helping people move from being me-centered to Christ-centered. The staff’s proposed goals and objectives will be reviewed by the elders later this month.
  • Glenn Ely, Elder Chair, led us in a vote that unanimously approved the 2017-18 budget, two new Management Committee members,
    • Treasurer: Tom Ames
    • Member-at-Large: Jan Haas
      and two other vital serving roles:
    • Church Clerk: Lynne Holmes
    • Head Teller: Dave Hefty (second 3 year term)
  • Glenn gave two elder updates: Jim Weber and Keith Brown will be observing a sabbatical year beginning July 1; and our two new elders, Dave Kneller and Rich Speeney, will begin their terms July 1. Jay Button is also planning a three month sabbatical, to begin in late August, pending final elder approval this month.

Praise the Lord for His work among us!

Stop Trying…

I have a Virtual Mentor, Michael Hyatt. He makes me think twice about stuff that matters. In a recent post entitled “The Difference Between Trying and Doing,” he said Tony Robbins once gave some advice to a woman who was struggling in her marriage.

“She stood up in one of his seminars to ask a question. She complained that she had “tried everything” to improve her relationship with her husband but nothing had changed.

Tony went on to make a distinction that I think is vitally important. He asked the woman to try to pick up the chair she was sitting in. She turned around and picked up the chair.

Tony said, “No, you picked it up. I said try to pick it up.”

The woman looked confused. Tony reiterated, “Try to pick it up.” The woman just stood there, not knowing what to do.

Tony continued, “No, now you’re not picking it up. I said try to pick it up.” Again, she picked up the chair.

Again, Tony, said, “No, you picked up the chair. I asked you to try and pick it up. You either pick it up, you don’t pick it up, or you try to pick it up.”

The point is that when we say we are trying we don’t really have to do anything. It also provides us with an excuse for why we didn’t accomplish the outcome we say we want.

Do you understand the difference? You either do something or you don’t do it. Trying is really the same as not doing it. It just makes it easier for us to let ourselves off the hook when we fail.

It made me stop and think…what am I “trying” to do? Wouldn’t it be better to ask, “What am I committed to doing? I’m trying to get in shape? Really? Or am I just trying? I’m trying to please my wife? Really? Or am I just trying to please my wife…and then complain about her to my inner self and others.

Bottom line…maybe it’s time to quit trying and just do it.

Romans 12:10, “Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.”

Ministry Celebration and Biz Meeting Recap

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!

You have multiplied, O Lord my God,
Your wondrous deeds and Your thoughts toward us;
none can compare with You!
I will proclaim and tell of them,
yet they are more than can be told.
Looking forward to what God will do in the year to come!

Welcome to the Grace Point Blog!

Yes, it’s new! We know that summer takes us all in different directions to different destinations. Where we’re heading this way and that it’s hard to keep in touch with what’s going on at home……enter the Grace Point blog!

This site will be updated with all sorts of helpful information. It could be a new summer recipe, a new springtime hangout, a verse or passage of scripture that’s meaningful, or maybe just a great book to share. It will also be a primary place to get updated information about news, events, and other happenings at Grace Point.

Stay tuned for more information and updates!