Dear family of Grace Fellowship,
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
There are many in our faith community that are suffering and are in a time of crisis right now. Lost loved ones, health concerns, strained marriages, struggling jobs, bored kids, disconnected from community…. the list goes on. So it is good to be reminded that our God is able. He is able to rescue, redeem, restore, renew, and refresh. He is able to do even more than our wildest imagination. And that power that can do that is not far away — it is at work within us… Even when we may not see it, he is working and he is willing and he is able to bring about the sanctification and edification of His bride (the church).
Many times the above passage stops at vs. 20. And I never understood that. It just hangs there. Vs. 21 is paramount- To Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations for ever and ever! Amen. The provisions of God and the glory of God go hand in hand. So may God be glorified in us as we seek to bring life to the lost and purpose to the living.
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Even in the challenges, we have been very blessed. I firmly believe we put our fruit out front and celebrate how God has provided and moves in our church family;
•The number of Ministry Partners has climbed from 36 to 41!
•The leadership team of Faith Assembly has agreed to let us use the gym (what we call the “faith building”) until Aug of 2021. It has been a great blessing to be able to have full time usage of this building!
•Wade Palmer has stepped into leading our Worship Ministry.
•Financial Advisory Committee has been established. This group functions in an advisory role to the elder board. They review our quarterly statements and provide recommendations to the elders as needed. These team members are Michael Gough, Steven Holdcroft, Jennifer Avey, Ron Brown, John Wilson and Scott Avey.
I want to publicly thank Terri Ehlert for serving as treasurer faithfully for the last two years. She has decided to discontinue in this capacity after her term ending in Dec 2020. The Elders have asked Ron Brown to take over in that function and he has agreed to do so. Ron is an active Ministry Partner and serves on the Financial Advisory Committee as well. Please take a moment to thank Terri and Ron!
As you’ll see below, our finances are strained during this season. As stewards, we are trimming expenses as much as we can. We’ve never before had to challenge our people to give, but I want to challenge our church body to increase giving so we can meet our expenses for this year. Please pray for God’s provision and wisdom as we steward the resources He’s given.
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You will aim for what you measure. So to communicate with you, the committed team members of Grace Fellowship, how we are doing in mission critical areas, we publish a quarterly “GFC Dashboard”. This is so we can celebrate what God is doing, take a hard look at growth areas, and keep our rudder set in the right direction.
The metrics are organized by our three imperatives of Know It, Live It, and Give It Away. You inspect what you expect and these are the numbers that we track in the name of our vision.