Grace.Forward! – 1/3/2019

Hey, Grace’rs,

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Forward: Any movement toward what is or is considered to be the front or the goal
Directed toward a point in advance.
Dictionary.com

Follow me!
—Jesus

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This week we begin our 15 month countdown to our 15th Anniversary (March 27, 2020). Our theme for the next 15 months: Grace.Forward!  In life we’re either moving forward, stagnating, or falling behind. As our theme suggests, Jesus is always leading us forward. 

As we countdown the next 15 months, in what area(s) of life do you sense a need for Grace to lead you Forward? Your relationships? Your health? You finances? Your job? Your family? Your spiritual life?

Each week, through our Grace.Forward! emails, the weekend worship services, and other opportunities, we’ll hear the voice of Jesus calling us forward and deeper into the grace life! 

This weekend: We launch our new series: God, Money, and the Sexes. Consider it a Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus look at how we as men and women deal with the issue of money.  Up first: Homeland Security. I highly recommend you purchase the program created by our friend Shaunti Feldhahn and her husband Jeff: Men, Women, and Money.  It includes a video and workbooks.

Families with last names starting with A-F have the food table this weekend.

After Saturday@5 Dinners resume January 12 with a Chili Cookoff to raise funds for Feed My Starving Children.  Bring Chili to Share!

A big big atta Grace to all of you for making our Giving Tree a huge success this year:  $10,442 raised toward Feed My Starving Children!

Coming Up:
Worship Weekends: God, Money, and the Sexes
January 12/13: He Wants to Fix it…She Wants to Talk about it
January 20/21: Worry Warts
January 26/27: Running of Empty

For the Youth: 
Reckless begins Sunday with a new look:
Sundays, 4:30 pm: Jr High (6-8 grades).  6:00 pm: Sr High (9-12 grades)

Grace Notes Kids Choir Resumes Wednesday, January 9@5:45.
For ages K-5th Grade.
The kids will be working on our Special Edition Worship Service coming in May: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.

The Noise Vocal Performance Group resumes Sunday, January 13@1
For grades 6-12

For the Men:
Men’s Saturday Bible Study resumes on January 12@6:30 am

For the Women:
Breathe by Priscilla Shier  Freeing Ourselves From the Bondage of Busyness.
Classes start Tuesday January 15th
Morning class:10:30-12:00
Evening class: 6:30-8:00
Sign ups in the Lobby.

For our Active Adults: YOLO
Breakfast, January 16@8:30 am.
Speaker: Roger Naylor of the Arizona Republic on Route 66!
Sign up in the lobby.

For Moms:
The Well, Thursday, January 17, 6:00-7:30 pm.
The guest speaker is a professional home organizer.  She will offer practical tips to help moms get organized for this new year.

Special Event: BJ Thomas Unplugged! The Iconic Songs and the Stories Behind Them. An Interview/Concert Event. 
March 3, 6:00 pm.
20 years ago this coming February BJ performed for the first time at Community Church of Joy (the church that birthed Grace). To celebrate 20 years of concerts with us we’re going to do something special. I’ll be interviewing BJ about his life and career and he’ll sing many of his hit songs. (We are the only church where he performs!)
Tickets: $20 ($5.00 going to Feed My Starving Children). On sale starting January 12/13.

This new series on God, Money, and the Sexes, will be fun, informative, inspirational, and will move you forward into financial health. Invite some friends as this is a series they’ll enjoy, as well.

See you Saturday@5, Sunday@8:45 or 10:15.

Following Forward!