Thursday, August 28, 2008

Things You Need to Know

Here's the all-church email that was sent this afternoon. . . .

Beloved Grace SLO Family,

As promised at the beginning of last week's message, here is a rundown of dates, events and information you need to know about the next month here at Grace as we kick off the fall and prepare to move into our renewed Early Childhood Center and Founder's Hall. This list is not comprehensive as I have tried to focus on all-church happenings that affect the majority of us. PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO CAREFULLY READ THIS EMAIL! Here goes . . .

Sunday, August 31
- This is Labor Day Weekend -- expect a slightly lighter attendance
- Nursery - 4s/5s meet in their normal classes, all services
- NO SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR K - 6TH
- Student Ministries & College meet as usual
- Combined Adult Bible Fellowship meets as usual
- Fall Growth Group enrollment begins
- Sign up on the TAB to help with the Moving Day (Mon, Sept. 15) and Fall Kick-Off (Sept. 21)
- Sign up in the Courtyard for POW, Women's Bible Study

Thursday, September 4
- POW, Women's Bible Study begins

Sunday, September 7
- This is All-Church Camp-Out Weekend -- expect a lighter attendance
- Nursery - 4s/5s meet in their normal classes, all services
- NO SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR K - 6TH
- Student Ministries & College meet as usual
- Combined Adult Bible Fellowship meets as usual
- Fall Growth Group enrollment continues
- Sign up on the TAB to help with the Moving Day (Mon, Sept. 15) and Fall Kick-Off (Sept. 21)

Tuesday, September 9
- AWANA Round-Up
- Your chance to enroll your children in AWANA

Sunday, September 14
- Close out of our Galatians Series
- Look for and welcome Parents dropping off their college students at Poly and visiting church
- Nursery - 4s/5s meet in their normal classes, all services
- NO SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR K - 6TH
- Student Ministries & College meet as usual
- Combined Adult Bible Fellowship meets as usual
- Sign up on the TAB to help with the Moving Day (Mon, Sept. 15) and Fall Kick-Off (Sept. 21)

Monday, September 15, 5:30 - 8:00 PM
- Moving Day for the Early Childhood Center
- Pizza provided for the family. Movie in the ministry center provided for the kids
- Get a sneak peak of the Early Childhood Center and serve, all at the same time.
- Experience the joy of God's faithfulness
- Sign up on the TAB the Sundays before, so we know you are coming.

Sunday, September 21
- Fall Kick-Off Sunday - 10:00 AM
- One combined Family Worship Service in Mitchell Park at with lunch and fun into the afternoon
- Launch of a new fall series entitled, &quotThe Gospel for Real Life"
- Look for and welcome hundreds of new college students who will be visiting our church on that Sunday
- Pray and invite your friends, neighbors, family, roommates and co-workers
- Pastor Ken's return from sabbatical
- Fall Growth Group enrollment continues

Tuesday, September 23
- First Night of AWANA

Sunday, September 28
- Founder's Hall & Early Childhood Center Dedication Sunday
- Return to 3 service schedule, 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 AM
- Move-Up Sunday for all Sunday School Classes (see new class locations in Life@Grace)
- Adult Bible Fellowships separate and move to new locations (see new class locations in Life@Grace)
- Student Ministries and College meet as usual
- Fall Growth Groups launch, last day for enrollment

Monday, September 29
- Ladies Salad Supper in the Ministry Center

Sunday, October 5
- College Pizza in the Park
- Hopefully things are beginning to settle down into a &quotnew normal"

Fall is the busiest time of our ministry year here at Grace. This is the time, not only when college students return to our community, but also a time when families are exploring churches. It's an excellent time to invite friends to church and an important time for us to be welcoming and really reaching out to those who darken our doors. This fall, let's not let anyone fall through the cracks or leave our campus without a warm, real welcome.

You should also know that it's frustrating to me that we are not offering any K - 6th grade Sunday School between now and September 28. It is not ideal during this important time. We have talked this issue extensively as a staff and don't see anyway around this during this BIG transition time with both teachers and facilities. So, let's see this as one more opportunity to FLEX together and WORSHIP together. Parents, this is an excellent opportunity to lean into Family Worship, one of our core values here at Grace. When you bring your kids to worship with you, you'll find that you are not alone. As a primer for you and to help you get prepared for worshiping together, you might find it helpful to listen to a message I preached on the value of Family Worship. You can listen by clicking this link:

http://mp3.graceslo.org/grow/mp3/sermons/A%20Vision%20for%20Family%20Worship.mp3

If you have questions about any of these fall happenings, please feel free to contact any of our Ministry Staff. If they can't answer your specific question, they will find the answer for you.

It's going to be an exciting fall. God is so good and faithful. Let's love and look to Him together.

Because of and for the Gospel . . . Pastor Tim

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Pastor Tim – By October the 5th you guys should be ready for vacation. All I know is that you have a lot to keep up with. I thank God for you guys.

FYI – About a year before my family and I darkened the doors of Grace, we were searching the web for local churches. We downloaded this same Family Worship mp3 from the Grace web site. God used this sermon to encourage us to visit. After that, we never looked back. Grace is our home – you are our family.

Here’s a sad story. In our searching, we attended one church that frowns on little ones in the worship service. They made us feel very uncomfortable bringing our youngest one in with us. Can you believe it? Glad that's over with.

allen peek

Robbin said...

No wonder I'm tired...just reading what's coming up makes my head spin. Praise God, though, that we have a fun time and can fellowship in all sorts of ways. Neat comment from Allen Peek. That's how I felt when I first came to Grace as a teen. WOW! Many moons ago. :) Thanks for keeping everyone in the loop.