January 7, 2017

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Terre Haute

Grace Communion

LIVING AND SHARING THE GOSPEL

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Welcome 

January 7, 2018

 

MISSION STATEMENT

Worship God in Spirit and Truth

Grow in His Grace and Knowledge

Share the Love and Hope we have in Christ.

A New Year’s Prayer

Lord, as a new year begins, we come to You and ask for Your blessing.  We pray that you would give us joy to fill our days, peace to fill our hearts, and love to fill our lives. Thank You for the plans You have for us in this new year.  We wait in anticipation to see all You will do! Thanking God for you and praying your new year is blessed in every way.“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

(Taken from www.dayspring.com)

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Perhaps this is a difficult year for you. The future stretching out before you may seem gloomy or threatening. In your rare moments of quiet, you may wonder, Where is God? He’s right there at your side, my friend. He has never left. He has never removed His eye from you, nor has His attention wandered to other matters. Not even for a heartbeat. He has never ceased caring for you, thinking about you, considering your situation, and loving you with a passion and  intensity beyond comprehension–Charles Swindoll

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From Greg: Celebrating Jesus’ headship

Greg and Susan Williams

Hard to believe, but 2018 is here! For GCI, it will be a year of transitions, and so that is the theme we’ve chosen for GCI Equipper in 2018. Early in the year, we’ll be moving the GCI Home Office from Glendora, CA, to Charlotte, NC. Then, throughout 2018, we’ll see several personnel transitions. I’ll become GCI President at the end of 2018, when Joseph Tkach retires. Several other denominational leaders, Home Office staff and pastors will also retire this year—we’ll share the details as the year progresses. Thanks for your prayers!

These transitions come with excitement, some apprehension, and several questions: Will GCI remain the same? Will we hold to the same truths? Will our new leaders be as effective as the ones who are retiring? Though I don’t have complete answers to these important questions, I’m not worried—I know that Jesus is the head of GCI and of all his body, the church. For that reality, I give God thanks.

As we journey together through the transitions of 2018, I pray we will do so reassured that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Heb. 13:8). Though Jesus transcends our earthly limitations, we rejoice knowing that he never stops caring for us. Through the Spirit, he joins us in our struggles, including our transitions, to guide us through them.

Will GCI change? I certainly believe so, since Jesus has always been about transformation, and I think you’ll agree that God is continually transforming us. In our journey forward with Jesus, will we hold to the same truths? The answer is that God has put us on a remarkable path of renewal, and I’m confident he will continue to lead us on that same path. As we journey forward, we will continue to strive to gain an even better understanding of the truth—Jesus, himself, is that truth.

Will GCI remain the same denomination? Our collective prayer and commitment is that we will continue to strive to be the denomination that Jesus wants us to be. We will seek to continue going where Jesus leads us by his Spirit and through his word.

In the opening chapter of Colossians, Paul reminds us about who Jesus is: He is the creator of all things. He is “the firstborn from among the dead.” He is the one who is “before all things and in him all things hold together.” Jesus is, and always will be, the head of the church (including GCI). Though being under Jesus’ headship means many things, let me address three here: 1) mutual submission, 2) corporate testimony and 3) shared ministry.

  1. Mutual submission

Mutual submission occurs when men and women submit their individual lives to Jesus as Lord; and then these individuals join as a community of believers, collectively submitting to Jesus as Master over the life of the group—the body, the church. Knowing Jesus is head over all things to the church is encouraging and comforting news to those in leadership positions, and maybe even more reassuring to the members.

  1. Corporate testimony

The church (ekklesia) is the “assembly” of God’s people. The writer of Hebrews encourages believers to not forsake assembling together. Why does the church gather? From our perspective, we do so to be built up and encouraged (submitting one to another) and to worship (giving glory to and submitting to God). From God’s grander perspective, the church meets to make his Son Jesus known, real and accessible. This is our corporate testimony. We share the same message—we worship as we witness, and we witness as we worship. Our redeemed lives are living testimonies to the reality of Jesus and we offer ourselves daily as living sacrifices, which is our reasonable response of worship.

  1. Shared ministry

The Holy Spirit leads us to find ways and means to participate in shared ministry as we worship and witness together. As he leads us to shared ministry, fruit results. This is because Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, is still at work in his people. Acts tells the story of Christ’s work in and through his servants as they were energized and directed by the Holy Spirit.

When Jesus ascended into heaven, his work did not end; rather, he chose to express himself through a body of believers who would continue his life and ministry on earth. Grace Communion International is one part of that body of believers. Yes, transitions can be exciting and can lead to apprehension, but this we know: Jesus is the head of his body, the church, and even more personally for us, he is the head of GCI! For that we give thanks, and in that, we are reassured.

Looking forward to our journey together, with Jesus, in 2018,        

Greg Williams, GCI Vice President

 

†† Pastor’s Corner ††

Pastor David Perry & Jonnie

A dear friend, who’s had a tough year, posted this on Facebook.

   “So, New Years is my least favorite holiday celebration. Actually, I always dread it. For years it’s just been a holiday that held false hope for me. I wondered what new challenges the year would bring. Everyone hoping for a “happy” new year. As if one day is going to magically change all the bad stuff and that the next year is going to be happy. No sense in hoping for a happy new year when all of the rest of the” New Years,” brought more challenges with my health. I actually became fearful. It seemed like each year just brought blindsides. I could never get a foot hold on my health. Always the golden carrot of the possibility of a better year.

     But then my husband said something to me last night that changed my whole perspective. He said we should stop saying “Happy New Year” and start saying” Blessed New Year”. Now, I’ve said that to my family and friends before, in fact, I always say it. But as he continued to talk to me about the difference between a Happy New Year and a Blessed New Year, I began to realize that the happiness we seek is false. It is not really attainable in this lifetime. Challenges always arise, crisis happen, sadness comes to each of us. All of this can steal happiness and joy. But if we can face the new year with the idea that it will be filled with God and His blessings, then we can face the new year with joy and peace.

     Now, that’s not to say that the year won’t be full of challenges, sadness, disappointment, loss and hardship. It will. But what if we can begin to see those things as His blessings. His gifts to us. Wrapped in different packages than we may expect, brought to us from Hands that love us and desire to see us grow and prosper in Him. I know for me this last year has been full of challenges and difficulties, and I can say, more growth in my faith and walk with Him than ever before. All of the challenges I faced last year, and indeed all the years before, were and are, His blessings to me. As hard and dark and difficult as this year has been, I would not change it. I am thankful for it. The pain of cultivation and pruning bring forth lovely flowers or fruit or children of our loving heavenly Father. So, as you face this new year, I pray you can face it with assurance that the year will be full of His blessings, presence, guidance and most of all, love. God bless you all and Blessed New Year!”

   Well said my friend. Please always know that the Lord is still your Emmanuel- God in you and God with you. – keep your eyes fixed on Him. He is holding you in His loving arms, and will never let go of you. He continually says. “I have got this-whatever concerns you also concerns me–remember you have my life and love with you forever in the good times and hard times.”  His mercy and grace are new and sufficient every morning…for us…because we are loved. 

                A New Year ~ Same Loving God   ~ Pastor David

 

Prayer Requests

Stormy Seas

Stormy Waters

Prayers for our Country and Pres. Trump

Prayers for the Body of Christ World Wide

Our Persecuted Christian Brothers & Sisters Around The World

Local Prayer Requests

JW Holmes-(friend of Vicki Auxier) has leukemia Dr’s say two years to live.

Mary Coffey, prayers for healing, strength & encouragement.

Jerry Hudson, PRAISE new med. is helping him. Pray for complete healing

Anita – (niece of Barb Hudson) – very serious illness needs treatment & healing

Other Prayer Requests

Janis Beck – Complete healing of cellulitis

Kathy Ennis – Sees her doctor this Monday to see if she can have boot removed on her foot following surgery.

Anita Franz – Bruised rib

Jim Wood – Severe case of psoriasis

Harriett Cox – Recovery from recent fall

Chuck Davison – Prayers for a safe trip to Georgia to visit family

Doug Whitlock – He is home now – prayers for recovery from health issues

Richard Cravens’ Family Prayers of comfort and blessing after the loss of Richard

Jim & Donna Dunbar – Prayers for safe travels to Florida

Joseph & Georgette Franklin, Our Haiti Church & School– Prayers for safety & blessing & provision.

Joe & Tammy Tkach – Protection, safety, wisdom & encouragement

Our Persecuted Christian Brothers and Sisters Around The World

For Divine Appointments To Touch Others With Jesus’ Life & Love

Living Hope Fellowship Prayer Requests January 7, 2018

Our Persecuted Christian Brothers & Sisters Around The World

Janis Beck  – Complete healing of cellulitis

Kathy Ennis – Healing of her foot

Jim Wood – Recovery from psoriasis

Doug Whitlock – Prayers for recovery from and answers to his health issues. Prayers for his wife Connie and her family.

Jim & Donna Dunbar – Prayers for safe travels back from Florida

Al Talison He has cataract surgery scheduled for his left eye on 1/19 and the right Feb 2

For Our Country and Government

Joseph & Georgette Franklin, Our Haiti Church & School – Prayers for safety & blessing & provision.

Joe & Tammy Tkach – Protection, safety, wisdom & encouragement

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