One of the best invitations I have ever heard is simply, "Come and See."  It is one of my favorite invitations in the Bible.  So I extend an invitation for you to "Come and See" what God is doing at Grace Presbyterian Church.


Grace Presbyterian Church is a warm and welcoming congregation that is open to all those who are seeking a life of faith.  Wherever you are on your journey, come as you are to Grace Presbyterian Church.  Come and See!


Rev. Thom Lamb

Join us for Worship  each week as we worship ONLINE: 

Sunday morning Worship Service:

    10:00 am - Live Stream 

Wednesday Evening Prayer Service:

      7:00 pm - Wednesday Evening Prayer Service Live Stream

                     

 


"Come grow with us!"

Dear Friends,
Dear members and friends of Grace Presbyterian Church, During this time of physical separation from each other due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the leadership of Grace wants to assure you that we are monitoring the situation closely. While there are still many uncertainties about when and how we will be able to worship together in our sanctuary, and resume our beloved fellowship activities, we are committed to ensuring the health and safety of all our members and staff.

Our Pastor and church staff acted quickly and decisively when it became apparent that holding worship services, Sunday School, and fellowship activities could be harmful, and the closing of the building was necessary. But, it is important to remember that the church is not a building, but a community of believers, and that even though the building is closed, the work of the church goes on. The initiation of online worship and prayer services have provided an opportunity to continue to stay connected, and many of our missions e.g. Family Promise, Feed My Sheep, and Meals on Wheels continue. 

We all yearn for the day when we can once again worship together in person. However, the timeline for that is still undetermined. There is much talk in the media, and many conflicting views on re-opening of businesses and reducing the restrictions on social distancing and large gatherings. Much of this is politically driven, and may not be in the best interest of members of our church. We feel that the most important thing is protecting the health of our members. To that end, we will follow a very cautious, measured approach that relies on the best available science, not on politics or public opinion or social media posts.

We do not yet have a time frame for when we can start back, but we do know that it will most likely be several weeks, if not months. And it most likely will not be 'business as usual' when we do start back, but instead a slow resumption of some activities that are considered low risk. And when we do resume regular worship, there will be changes that may include things like no handshakes and hugs during the passing of the peace. We may be required to wear face masks during services, or limit the number of attendees at any one service. It is too early to have specifics, but know that we are carefully evaluating best practices for our congregation, and are committed to keeping you informed about this ever-changing situation. 

In the meantime, we hope that you will continue to join in the online services, and stay connected with each other through prayer, phone calls, Facebook, and other “safe” methods. If you have any specific prayer requests or other concerns, please call Thom at the church office, even when he is not at the church, he is checking his voicemail regularly. If you are not currently on the GPC Prayer email list, this is also a good way to know about joys and concerns of your fellow church members. 

You can join the list by emailing Donna Bowling at [email protected]

Please know that it is our desire to keep all our members safe and healthy during this pandemic. Please be patient as we navigate the best path forward for all of us. We pray that you and your family are safe and healthy and remain so. 

In Christ -for the Session, 
Dr. Janice Smith, Elder 
Hon. Fancy Jezek, Elder 

WORSHIP WITH US ONLINE SUNDAY'S AT 10AM

Join us at 10am on Sunday's, as we worship together LIVE stream. 
You can tune in to worship by clicking the WATCH LIVE tab on this website (located at the top),
watch on
Facebook, or on our YouTube channel.  


NEW MEMBER CLASSES

New Member Classes are on pause for now. Normally classes are at 10 am in the Fellowship Hall and include a light breakfast for to those attending.  If you are interested in knowing more about our church and/or becoming a member of Grace Presbyterian, we encourage you to attend.  If you are interested in membership before our next class, email Rev. Thom Lamb. Register below by filling out one per person attending.  

Thank you for signing up for New Member Class. We look forward to seeing you on October 20. Please make sure to register one per person (not per couple). Thank you!
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At-Home Weekend Vacation Bible School!

Friday, July 24 - Sunday, July 26

(Take-home boxes will be delivered the week before)

Register Here:

https://vbspro.events/p/events/graceprestemplevbs2020

We are excited to empower you as a family to participate in VBS this year with your children at home. VBS will happen over a weekend, Friday-Sunday. Everything you need will come in your very own VBS Take-home box! 

Church volunteers will deliver the boxes to your home and leave them on your porch!

Each VBS Take-home box will include:

A Friday, Saturday, Sunday SIMPLE schedule for you to follow.  We are using VBS curriculum from GENON ministries, the same folks who create the LOGOS program.  Each family VBS gathering will be centered around a meal.  In your BOX you will find the daily VBS sheet, info to access the online bible story and lesson for each day, prayers to say around meal time, t-shirts, a craft and a game to play as a family!  We hope you will find this VBS engaging, energizing and simple to do with your children at home.  We are praying for you and your families as you share the love of Jesus together during this VBS!

Remember – this is flexible! You can register to receive your VBS Box and do it anytime that is convenient for your family – especially if on the designated weekend you already have plans.

THE BOOK OF THE EVERY OTHER MONTH CLUB

Currently on Pause!


Several folks have asked for a book study, so in response we want to offer an installment of the Book of the Every Other Month Club. We will begin reading right away and the first meeting will be in March. Sign up in the church office. All of the books are available on Amazon. If that poses a problem, we can order books through the church office - let us know if you need a book. The cost of the books will range from $11- $15. We will meet at my home (Thom Lamb) for ‘coffee,’ dessert and a discussion of the first book. Here are the first four books that have been selected.


March 20 at 6:30 pm - CANCELLED OR POSTPONED!

The Remarkable Ordinary: How to Stop, Look and Listen to Life, by Frederick Buechner ($11)

Based on a series of mostly unpublished lectures, Frederick Buechner reveals how to stop, look, and listen to your life. He reflects on how both art and faith teach us how to pay attention to the remarkableness right in front of us, to watch for the greatness in the ordinary, and to use our imaginations to see the greatness in others and love them well. As you learn to listen to your life and what God is doing in it, you will uncover the plot of your life’s story and the sacred opportunity to connect with the Divine in each moment.


May 22, 6:30 PM - CANCELLED OR POSTPONED!

The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming, by Henri J. M. Nouwen ($13)

The bestselling Henri Nouwen title of all time! Over a million copies sold worldwide. For all who ask, “Where has my
struggle led me?” or for those “on the road” who have had the courage to embark on the journey but seek the illumination, this work will inspire. A chance encounter with a reproduction of Rembrandt’s The Return of the Prodigal Son catapulted Henri Nouwen on a long spiritual adventure. Here he shares the deeply personal and resonant meditation that led him to discover the place within where God has chosen to dwell.


July 17, 6:30 PM - CANCELLED OR POSTPONED!

A Gospel of Hope, by Walter Brueggemann ($14)

Beloved and respected by scholars, preachers, and laity alike, Walter Brueggemann offers penetrating insights on Scripture and prophetic diagnoses of our culture. Instead of maintaining what is safe and routine, A Gospel of Hope encourages readers to embrace the audacity required to live out one’s faith. This must-have volume gathers Brueggemann’s wisdom on topics ranging from anxiety and abundance to partisanship and the role of faith in public life.


September 18, 6:30 PM

The Great Divorce, by C.S. Lewis ($12)

C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce is a classic Christian allegorical tale about a bus ride from hell to heaven. An extraordinary meditation upon good and evil, grace and judgment, Lewis’s revolutionary idea in the The Great Divorce is that the gates of Hell are locked from the inside. Using his extraordinary descriptive powers, Lewis’ The Great Divorce will change the way we think about good and evil.