Feb 28, 2009

March, 2009

Looking at the month of March at Grace Bible Church ...

Sunday, March 1 -
Communion Service with Elder Craig McGlassion

Wednesdays at 6:15 - Coffee, Dessert, Fellowship and Bible Study in the book of Ephesians.

Sunday, March 8 - Discipleship Flock Meeting

Sunday, March 15 -
Installation Ceremony for Elder Kevin Godin

Tuesday, March 17 -
Ladies Bible Study begins ... Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
*See February's post for complete information*
7:00pm - Elder's Meeting

Sunday, March 22 -
Outreach Teams Planning Session for 2009

Sunday, March 29 -
Fellowship Flock Meeting

March Birthdays & Anniversaries

Rob Carpenter - March 7
Nancy Connell - March 9
Chris Plaza - March 14
Bill Wilkins - March 15
Linda Sourbeck - March 17
Camilla McKee - March 31

Stan & Harmony Solgot - March 2
Danny & LaShawn Toma - March 30

Toddler Nursery Schedule

Toddler Nursery Schedule - March & April, 2009

March 1 - Kelly McKee
March 8 - Rachel Norman
March 15 - Harmony King
March 22 - Karen Roelofs
March 29 - Beth Godin

April 5 - Nancy Connell
April 12 - Kelly McKee
April 19 - Rachel Norman
April 26 - Harmony King

Feb 24, 2009

Ladies' Bible Study

Beginning March 17 - Ladies Bible Study at Grace Bible Church
You're Invited to Join Us

Wanda Gabbert - Class Leader

Beth Moore - Author & Speaker

Beginnning Tuesday, March 17, a Ladies' Bible Class will be held from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m at Grace Bible Church. Classes will be held each Tuesday morning for 10 weeks and the subject is "Believing God" from the book of the same name. You must purchase a workbook (for a cost of $10.00), and we'll be watching a video each week that is taught by Beth Moore. Wanda Gabbert will be leading each week's discussion. Ladies, please sign up by seeing Sandy McGlassion so workbooks can be purchased prior to the beginning of the class. All ladies are invited to come and bring a friend or friends with you.

Here's an excerpt from the introduction to the book:

"Believing God: Experiencing a Fresh Explosion of Faith by Beth Moore is based on Isaiah 43:10 and explores what it means to not only believe in God but to believe Him.

Do you take God at His Word, believing what He has told you, or do you just believe in His existence and the salvation He offers? Beth Moore came face-to-face with this question well into adulthood. At first, her response to God was, "Lord, of course I believe in You. I've believed in You all my life." Over time, the Holy Spirit led her to understand He was saying, "I didn't ask you to believe in Me. I asked you to believe Me." Through studying the lives of Abraham, Moses, and others from Hebrews 11 as examples of persons who believed God, Beth encourages women to deepen their own trust in God and receive a fresh word from Him."

For additional information, please see Wanda Gabbert or Sandy McGlassion. You may also contact the church office at 734-282-0115 or sandym@gracebiblesouthgate.org.

Feb 20, 2009

Men's Conference

For Men Only ....
Fellowship in the Gospel '09
Detroit-Area Men's Conference May 1-2, 2009

"Fellowship in the Gospel. It's the name of our first Bi-Annual Men's Conference. It's what the speakers and the organizers of the conference share in. It's what we hope the men of Metropolitan Detroit (and the surrounding areas) will immerse themselves in at the conference and then be better equipped to do after they leave. Fellowship in the Gospel is what we all need: exhorting one another in the truth of Colossions 2:6 "[A]s you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him".

Keynote Speaker: Pastor Joshua Waltz of Parker Hills Bible Fellowship
in Parker Hills, Colorado

Break-Out Sessions: Leadership Qualities in Light of the Gospel

Criticism...Can You Take It?
Pastor Bob Johnson Cornerstone Baptist Church (Roseville, MI)
Forgiveness... How Much is Enough?
Pastor Fred Froman Holt Baptist Church (Holt, MI)
Can Patience and Anger Co-Exist?
Pastor Don Magee Lakes Baptist Church (Walled Lake, MI)

I am absolutely certain that this teaching opportunity will be a blessing to all who attend. I intend to attend, and would encourage you to clear your calendar for it as well. We could carpool at the church in several vehicles and spend Friday evening together. Then again, in the morning, travel and spend much of Saturday there together. Consider it a retreat without leaving the metro area! Please check out the link below and if you wish to attend, please sign up on the white board outside my office or send me an email. Pastor Bill Connell

Feb 17, 2009

Something to Think About...

What Does Luck Have To Do With It?

Joni Eareckson Tada is one of the most gracious and effective Christians in the world. She has lived with the results of a diving accident that broke her neck during her teen years. At 50 she continues to radiate Christ to a listening world. Joni is known by thousands of Christians, perhaps millions, through her books, radio program, and conference speaking.

Once my brother asked Joni how she made it through the difficult battle with her paraplegia. I later heard her give the same answer in a large conference in Orlando. Her reply will surprise you. "I suppose what helped me get through this more than any other thing" she said, "was reading Loraine Beottner's Reformed Doctrine of Predestination." Now that caught you off guard, didn't it?

What she was saying was that she came to understand through this book that God is in control. And if God is in control then her accident wasn't just a fluke, but a purposeful arrangement by a loving God. She could trust a God like that. That accident cost her freedom and brought chronic suffering. But to Joni, that diving accident was a huge gift from God—a platform for speaking to the world about her favorite subject, Christ.

I know that it might seem insensitive to say that God is in control. But this is what the Bible teaches, like it or not. When we analyze national tragedy we sometimes recoil from the notion that God could be in control of His world. We seek to protect God from such an accusation. But the Scriptures don't do this.

The Bible teaches that all good things, as well as all tragic things, come from God. (See Lam. 3: 37-38) They usually come via secondary sources, that is, they are delivered on your doorstep by other people or through the convergence of events and complex connections. Without being a tempter or evil (James 1:13), God determines all things, while still leaving men responsible for their actions. Complicated? Sure. But true nonetheless.

A clear illustration of this can be seen in the death of Christ. Is the death of Christ a good thing? Of course. Did God just "hope" that everything would work out to accomplish the greatest event of the universe? Did God feel lucky that it all worked out as He projected?

The early Christians did not think it was luck that brought about Jesus' redemptive death. Here's the way they put it in a prayer meeting:

For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done. (Acts 4:27-28)

We can think of all events, tragic or good, under two categories. They are either for the punishment or for the benefit of the person, but they're all in the end for the glory of God. Now think carefully. First, realize that everything that happens to a non-believer is a tragedy. Even mercies from God, if sinned against, work out for the worse to the non-believer. Every apparently good thing coming to a person who will finally reject God, only serves to make his judgment more severe. (See Rom. 2: 4-6)

But for the child of God, life works out exactly the opposite. The Bible says, "All things work together for the good of those who love God, the called according to His purpose." (Rom. 8:28).
So, when a difficult thing comes into the life of a believer, as in Joni's swimming accident, then the end result is good. It is for a loving purpose. Even discipline from God toward true believers is for the good. And when sinful people are involved, we can say with Joseph, "You meant it for evil; but God meant I for good." (Gen. 50:20)

As one theologian said, "Tragedy is anything that happens to a non-believer." And we can add, "Good is anything that happens to a true Christian." This can only be said because God is in control. And luck, well, it isn't even there.

This article by Jim Eliff - http://www.ccwtoday.org/

Feb 1, 2009

February, 2009

A look at Grace Bible Church events for February

Communion Service, Feb. 1 with Elder Rob Roelofs

Tuesday, Feb. 3 @ 7:00 p.m.
Special Elders Meeting

Wednesdays at 6:15
Coffee & Dessert will be served, followed by our on-going
study in the book of Ephesians with teacher Kevin Godin
A time of prayer will be held after Bible Study
You're all invited to join us!

Friday, Feb. 6 is the deadline to get all committee reports
in to Sandy McGlassion

Sunday, Feb. 8 Pastor Bill's sermon on the Apostle Paul's
exhortation to the Elders in Ephesus from Acts 20

Sunday, Feb. 8 at 6:00 p.m. - The Discipleship Flock Meeting will be held at
the home of Sandy Horning. Tom Gabbert is facilitator.

Tuesday, Feb. 10 @ 7:oo p.m.
Regular Elders Meeting

Sunday, Feb. 15 - Annual Church Business Meeting
following the morning worship service

Sunday, Feb. 22, 6:00 p.m.
Fellowship Flock Meeting

February Birthdays & Anniversaries

Jerry Golden - Feb. 3
Everett Sollars - Feb. 8
Clyde Moore - Feb. 20
Linda Gosline - Feb. 21

Tom & Jan Royal - Feb. 7

Toddler Nursery Schedule

Toddler - Preschool Nursery Schedule

Feb. 1 - Harmony King

Feb. 8 - Karen Roelofs

Feb. 15 - Beth Godin

Feb. 22 - Nancy Connell

Mar. 1 - Kelly McKee

Mar. 8 - Rachel Norman

Mar. 15 - Harmony King

Mar. 22 - Karen Roelofs

Mar. 29 - Beth Godin