Greetings Church Family,
It’s strange to think that one year ago (June 7th) we had our first Sunday service in the park and now we’re in the initial phase of preparing to go back to the community center. In our update today we’re going to primarily focus on the biggest piece of transitioning back indoors and that’s going to be rebuilding our ministry teams. Here’s the roadmap for our update:
- Serving Survey
- Missions Update: Seita and Emma
- Member Update: Debbie Sperry
Don’t forget that we have a prayer meeting tonight, information at the bottom of this update.
One of the most common metaphors for the church in the New Testament is that of the family. We are all members of the household of God (Eph. 2.18) called to look to and treat each other as brothers and sisters, as mothers and fathers (1 Tim. 5.1-2). We at Grace Church have the privilege of being this family to one another!
This picture of the church as a family is a very meaningful one highlighting our close connections to one another. But this picture of the church as a family highlights another important reality for us: as members of the family, we each have an important role to play to keep the household “running” (1 Cor 12.14-26; Eph 4.16; 1 Pet 4.10-11).
This reality is especially important for us to grasp because just like it takes a lot of work to keep a household running, it’s going to take a lot of work to get our Sunday gatherings up and running.
As a first step for us in this process, we’re asking all of our members to fill out what we’re calling our “Serving Survey.” This survey contains a description of each of our Sunday teams and a place for you to “check” all of the teams that you’d be interested in serving on. This will then allow each of our ministry team leaders to know who they can reach out to as they start rebuilding their teams.
So please click HERE to take the survey and thank you in advance for considering how God might want to use you to help keep our family running.
As a church we have the privilege of supporting missionaries who are taking the gospel to some of the most underreached people groups in the world. Two of those missionaries are Seita and Emma Sakaguchi who are serving Christ in Toyosu, a neighborhood in Tokyo, Japan.
They recently sent out a prayer update which includes a personal and ministry update, as well as a couple prayer requests, including the following:
- Pray that the Lord will lead us and give us a suitable venue [for their Sunday gatherings] in his timing.
- Pray for deepening relationships in our community.
- Please pray for relational fruit.
- Please pray for God’s ongoing protection, guidance, and wisdom for our family.
I invite you to take a few moments – even right now – to pray for Seita and Emma in these ways.
Click HERE to read full update, you can also subscribe to receive their prayer update emails HERE.
This week in a meeting with her doctor, Debbie Sperry found out that her most recent MRI revealed some new spots on her brain. They are unsure exactly what this means at this point and will be performing more tests in the near future.
In light of this hard news, let’s renew our commitment to be praying for Debbie and Tim, as well as their whole family, as they walk with faith during this uncertain time. Specifically, Debbie has asked for prayer for these new spots on her brain, and for more tests and treatment that are to come.
PRAYER MEETINGS – tonight at 7pm
As we’ve seen in this update, there’s certainly much that we can be praying for – our transition back inside, Debbie Sperry, as well as Seita and Emma – so I invite you to consider joining with other members of Grace Church at one of our weekly prayer meetings, information for each is below.
- Every Sunday morning down on the amphitheater stage at 9:15am we have a prayer meeting to pray for our service as well as the ministries of our church.
- Every Wednesday evening (that’s tonight!) we have a corporate prayer meeting via Zoom from 7-8pm. Please click HERE for the Zoom link and password.
On behalf of Steve, Marshall, Rick, and Tab,
grace and peace,