Xplore Fall 2019

Join us at Aaron and Lori Chastain’s home for 8 Sunday evenings beginning October 6 5pm-7pm. The cost is only $20 and includes your study material, book, and snacks.

Get signed up by emailing Aaron ASAP.

This study focuses on global missions and how YOU can be involved. You will learn about what the Bible says about missions, different world religions, good mission strategy, and how you can determine what role you will play in all of this.




Say Something Training

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Say Something Training is a 2-hour class taught by Scott Ward. During the class you will learn…

  • what is the Gospel
  • how to start spiritual conversations
  • how and when to share the Gospel
  • how and when to share your testimony
  • what is means to make disciples

Our next class will be held Sunday, October 27 immediately following the Worship Service in Room 120 (College Room). We will be serving a free lunch, but you need to be signed up by clicking the link above.

There will be no childcare provided.

Contact our Mission Pastor, Scott Ward, for more information.

For The City: October

Our For The City emphasis for October is We Love Our Neighborhoods!

This month, as the weather begins to get cooler, we want to encourage you to do things in your neighborhood. You can even enlist your small group to help!

Here are some fun ideas you can do…

  • Make homemade, fall-flavored cookies and take them to your neighbors
  • Gather your small group to rake leaves up out of the yards of your elderly neighbors
  • Organize a neighborhood clean up day
  • Host a small BBQ for your neighborhood (you can even use our church’s block party trailer)
  • Get involved with your neighborhood as they plan out Halloween, decorate your yard, and have lots of candy on hand

Remember, our goal is to use these opportunities and events as ways to build relationships with the people that are near to us, but far from God.




Columbus Day 2019

Columbus, Ohio Day, not Christopher Columbus!!!

Every year, we pick the Sunday close to Columbus Day and use that day to celebrate our church planting partnerships in Ohio.

This year on Sunday, October 13 we will be taking up a one-time offering for our church planting efforts in Columbus. You can use the offering envelope provided or you can give online.

Your money will go to help guys like Jason Williams at Church in the Wild or Aaron Taylor at Living Hope Church. These are both new plants doing incredible work in a difficult city.

Aaron & Elizabeth Taylor
Jason & Samantha Williams


Holiday Foto Fair

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Our church will be hosting a fundraiser for River Valley Christian Life Corps (RVCLC) in the gym on Saturday, October 26.

You can sign up for a 30-minute time slot for $50 from 8am-7pm. You will be given a personal photographer and a personal assistant. During your time you will be able to use the many holiday backdrops in the gym and outside to get unlimited pictures of your family.

At the end of your time, you will be given all of your copyright free photographs on a thumb drive for you to use as you want.

You are welcome to bring your pet on a leash!

Signup by clicking the link above.

100% of the proceeds goes towards supporting the ministry of RVCLC.

New Partnership – Brazil

Beginning in 2020, we will enter into a new mission partnership in Brazil. This will be a different kind of partnership in that we will be partnering with a local church to help mobilize them for missions.

The church that we will be working with is located on Florianópolis, which is a large island off the coast of Brazil. The island is home to a university with more than 20,000 students, a semi-pro American football team, 2 pro soccer teams, and 40+ beaches.

Our connection there is our former staff member, Steve Moore, who spent 10 years in Brazil with the International Mission Board. We will be working with pastors and lay leaders who Steve and Laura discipled when they lived there.

We are looking at a possible trip in July 2020. If you would like more information, contact our Mission Pastor, Scott Ward.

Disaster Relief

***Hurricane Dorian – I know many of you want to help! The Bahamas are currently getting hammered by this storm, and this hurricane will soon impact the Eastern US. Our disaster relief unit is on stand-by right now to be deployed to the coast as soon as we are needed. Many are asking about relief work in The Bahamas. This is done through Baptist Global Response – our SBC’s international arm.

GIVING: Over the next couple of weeks, you will be inundated with marketing to give toward hurricane relief. The two BEST ways for you to give will be through either Arkansas Baptist Disaster Relief or Baptist Global Response.

It has been a CRAZY summer with a 500-year flood, unbelievable flash flooding, and now a huge hurricane bearing down on the US.

Most people don’t know this, but Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is among the three largest providers of disaster relief assistance in the United States!

It was incredible getting to host Arkansas Baptist Disaster Relief in our church for three weeks in June. We got to see first-hand how this ministry impacts a community for the gospel.

As a result of getting involved with AR Baptist Disaster Relief, we are now the proud owners of a disaster relief trailer which will be equipped as a flood recovery and chainsaw unit. We are looking for individuals that are willing to get trained and certified, so that when disaster strikes we will be ready to deploy with a qualified team.

If you are interested in the ministry, contact our Mission Pastor, Scott Ward.




We Love Our Firefighters!

Our For The City emphasis for September 2019 is “We Love Our Firefighters!”

We are asking each of our Sunday School Departments to collect snacks throughout the month. At the end of the month, gather all of the snacks and take them to your assigned Fire Station. Be sure and take some pictures and email them to scott@grandfamily.net.

***You will notice that some of your classes are working together, since there are only 11 Fort Smith Stations.

Station 1 – The Monday Class
Station 2 – College
Station 3 – Women of Heart
Station 4 – Young Adults 1/Adult 8
Station 5 – Young Adults 2/Adult 10
Station 6 – Young Adults 3
Station 7 – Young Adults 5
Station 8 – Adult 3
Station 9 – Adult 4/Singles
Station 10 – Adult 5
Station 11 – Adult 6/Adult 7


Starting Point

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Starting Point is a 10-week journey to discover your role in the mission of God.

This study will be taught during the Sunday School hour beginning September 29 (9:15am) in Room 210. The facilitators will be Scott & Jennifer Ward.

You are encouraged to attend this study, and you will then be able to go back to your normal Sunday School Class after December 1.

Honduras – Orphanage Emmanuel

We are super excited to be involved in another year at Orphanage Emmanuel in Guaimaca, Honduras.

Next year we will have three weeks available for you to go…

  • February 1-8
  • February 8-15
  • February 15-22

We will be needing folks available to do all kinds of construction stuff, painting, dentistry, etc., but most importantly LOVING ON KIDS!

We will be hosting an informational meeting on Sunday, September 8 immediately following the worship service in Room 114. It will only last a few minutes, then you can go grab lunch.

For more info or questions contact Val Oliver.