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.

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Aaron & Elizabeth Taylor
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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.

 

 

 

Vietnam Partnership Lunch

Sunday, August 25 you are invited to a special lunch in Room 120 with our IMB missionary partners who serve in Vietnam. We will have sandwiches to enjoy, and you will get to hear about the work in Vietnam.

Our IMB family that we partner with are currently on Stateside Assignment and will be heading back to Vietnam in less than a month.

As a church, we have had the opportunity to take a few trips there to support them in their work. We look forward to the chance of continuing to go back in the years ahead. We are currently looking at another trip in early May 2020.

 

Go Day

Save the date… Go Day will be Sunday, October 20th right after morning worship in the Activities Building.

We will be doing things a little bit differently this year. Instead of Go Night as in years past, we will be having Go Day. During our morning worship service we will have the pleasure of hearing from Dr. John Marshall (see bio below). Following our regular time of worship, we are inviting everyone to go over to the Activities Building where we will have booths representing all of our mission partnerships located.

Throughout the booth fair you will be able to find out about all of our mission partners, future mission trips, and even sample some foods from the different places we go.

Make plans to attend this very special event!

 

 

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Dr. John Marshall

Dr. John Marshall Bio
Dr. John Marshall has served 50 years in the gospel ministry. A native of southeast Missouri, Marshall is a sixth generation preacher who felt a call to the ministry at the age of 15. He is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Marshall was the youngest man ever to earn a Doctor of Ministry degree from a Southern Baptist seminary (age 23). He has pastored churches in Missouri, Mississippi and Arkansas. Marshall became pastor of Second Baptist Church, Springfield, in 1995. During his pastoral tenure, the church was annually one of Missouri’s leading churches in baptisms, as well as the state’s largest contributor to the Cooperative Program. Nationally known as a mission-minded church, Second Baptist has given $2.6 million to plant 51 new churches in the US in the past seven years. After 22 years as Second Baptist’s pastor, Dr. Marshall retired from full-time ministry and is now enjoying time with family and serving as an interim pastor.

 

 

 

 

 

iReach

iReach is our ministry to reach out to the international college students on the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith campus.

Our heart for iReach is to build relationships with the international students to get to gospel conversations, see them accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior, and disciple them in such a way that they can go back as missionaries to their home countries.

iReach offers tons of ways that YOU can get involved. Every Thursday during the school year they host Conversation Club where we provide the international students with a homecooked meal and guided conversation so that they can work on their English skills. They also host many outside activities, such as visiting Northwest Arkansas, Little Rock, and Tulsa, hiking trips, going out to eat, and inviting them into our homes.

If you would be interested in being a part of this incredible ministry, contact our ministry leaders, Beau & LaTasha Barerra.