Be sure and come by the Mission Area in Guest Services to pick up your heart bank. These are little heart-shaped piggy banks. We would love for you to use them throughout the month of February to collect your loose change.
At the end of the month, bring your bank back, and we will put them all together to give a donation to River Valley Christian Life Corps.
RVCLC is a faith-based nonprofit in our city that mentors people with all kinds of needs. They enter into a mentoring covenant for 1 year.
Our For The City emphasis for February 2020 is “We Love Our Healthcare Providers.”
We hope that throughout the month of February you will look for ways to show your appreciation to your healthcare providers.
There are many ways that you can do this…
Be sure and remember that we are not just doing this as a good deed. As Christians, we need to also be looking for opportunities to start a spiritual conversation or share the gospel.
Our Wyoming Mission Trip will be July 24-August 1. You can get signed up by clicking HERE.
This mission trip is open to everyone, but it is an especially great trip for families. Many of our families travel before or after the trip to see Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, Mount Rushmore, etc.
Our purpose in going on this trip is to work toward reaching the Northern Arapaho on the Wind River Indian Reservation with the gospel of Jesus Christ by building long-term relationships.
***Sunday, February 9, immediately after the Worship Service in Room 114, we will have a very short informational meeting. If you are at all interested in this trip, we would invite you to come. We will pass out an info sheet and answer any questions you may have.
We have some incredible Spring Break Mission Trips for everyone! Now is the time to get signed up. Click HERE to see all of our mission trips and get signed up.
We have three different college trips…
We also have a great Student Ministry Trip…
And we have an incredible trip to South Asia for anyone interested…
UPDATE March 25, 2020 – Secret Church is currently still on! It is a virtual simulcast anyways. They are going to allow us to share the church’s login info with individuals so that you can participate in Secret Church in your own home. We will arrange a way to get your books to you beforehand. Be sure to purchase your ticket soon! We have reduced the ticket price to ONLY $5!
Secret Church 2020 will be April 24th 6pm-12am in the Refuge. Tickets are only $5 and include the simulcast, workbook, food, and coffee.
Secret Church has grown every year that we have held it here at Grand. We hope that you will make plans to attend and get your ticket early. There is the chance that if you wait to get your ticket, we will run out of workbooks and not have time to order any more.
For those who don’t know, Secret Church is an annual event where David Platt, former IMB President and now Pastor at McLean Bible Church in Washington, DC, teaches on one topic for the entire evening. During breaks in the teaching, we also learn about a particular unreached people group and pray for them.
Here’s some info on this year’s Secret Church:
“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities” (Romans 13:1).
But what if you don’t agree with who those authorities are and how they are governing? How does this apply to different types of governments in different parts of the world? How does this command apply to the persecuted? In summary, how should Christians relate to government? Should we gladly submit to government, work to change government, or both, or neither? And what do Christians do when they disagree about political positions and personalities, cultural concerns and challenges?
Secret Church 20 will explore how the gospel transforms the way followers of Jesus relate to governing authorities in any nation for the glory of God in all nations. The purpose of this Secret Church is definitively not to advocate for a political position, party, or candidate in any particular country. The purpose of this Secret Church is to establish biblical foundations for understanding how the character of God and the content of the gospel totally transform the way Christians relate to government.
Along the way, we will examine how these biblical foundations help Bible-believing Christians promote love and preserve unity even when we disagree on policies and politics. Ultimately, we will encourage one another to live faithfully as citizens of heaven while we’re citizens on earth.
Our For The City emphasis for January 2020 is Sanctity of Human Life.
Throughout the month of January, we will be collecting diapers of all sizes to go to First Choice Pregnancy Medical Center. This nonprofit, faith-based organization does a wonderful job of stemming the tide of abortion in our area. They provide free pregnancy tests, free STD tests, and free ultrasounds. Along with these services, they also provide pregnancy counseling and education.
We will be collecting the diapers in Guest Services in the missions area. Just look for the signs.
Each year, throughout the month of December, we encourage our members to bless their co-workers or businesses that they shop at with donuts.
Grab a couple of dozen donuts and some invites to our Christmas events and take them to your break room or to a business or a school. Use this as an opportunity to not only invite people to church, but to also start a spiritual conversation with someone.
Before delivering your donuts, pray that God would give you the boldness and opportunity to share the gospel or get to a spiritual conversation with someone.
We will be taking up our Lottie Moon Christmas Offering on December 22, 2019.
The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering is an annual offering that is taken up the Sunday before Christmas. 100% of the money given goes towards our international missionaries and their work on the field with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Well over 100 years ago, a single missionary named Lottie Moon, while serving in China, began writing letters challenging the American church to send and support more workers to go there. After her death on the field, her challenge was heeded in the formalization of an offering in her name. Her life is a reminder of why we must give to send and support missionaries serving among unreached peoples in unreached places.
December 8-14 is our Week of Prayer for International Missions.
Each year in December we set aside a week to focus our prayers on our international missionaries and their work among unreached people groups.
We do have a prayer guide available in your Sunday School Department, or you can pick one up in the Mission Area of Guest Services. Also, this guide is found online with videos you can watch. Click HERE to go to the online prayer guide.
Be looking on our Facebook Mission’s Group for updates throughout the week.
This is one full week where we are calling an all out blitz of service projects in the River Valley. We have projects scheduled for morning, afternoon, and evening. We have projects for skilled workers and for anyone, even kids! Signup NOW!
Our goal is two-fold:
We want you to signup for as many projects as you can do! 90% of these projects will only last about 1 hour or less. Prior to your scheduled project, you will come up to Grand in Room 118, be given a t-shirt, any materials you might need, instructions, and someone will pray over your team. It’s that simple!