Jun 28, 2009

Sunday Bulletin Notes, June 28, 2009

Grace Bible Church is an evangelical group of believers committed to the authority of God's Word, and the mandate to love one another as Jesus did. We believe that a Great Commitment to the Great Commission and the Great Commandment will grow a Great Church!

Today's sermon was given by Elder Kevin Godin. To hear his message taken from II Peter 3, go to http://www.gracebiblesouthgate.org/, click on Listen to Recent Sermons and then click on today's message by Kevin. You'll be thankful you did!

Children can leave a hand-print on your heart. We're offering the ladies of Grace an opportunity to be involved in the lives of our children. We ask that you prayerfully consider taking one of our children from the Kids for the Lord class as a mission of prayer for one year. All that is required is that you pray regularly for your child and perhaps send notes of encouragement or cards through-out the year, letting them know they're special to God and to you. We ask that you not request a child that is related to you. We've taken the names and photos of each child and put them on a card so that it's easy for you to remember to pray for them. We will be distributing all the prayer cards when we reach the goal of one partner for each child. We are in need of at least three more prayer partners. Please consider making a difference in a child's life ... the sign up sheet is in the church foyer.

Are YOU missing from the new church directory? If you're not filled out an information sheet or had your photo taken, please so do soon. Blue information sheets are located on the literature table in the foyer ... fill it out and turn it in to an Usher or the Church Office. To schedule to have your picture taken, please see Clyde or Louise Moore. Thank you.

Today: 9:45 a.m.
Adult Bible study in the book of Genesis with teacher Danny Toma;
several children's classes also at this time.

10:45 a.m.
Kid's for the Lord, our Children's Church program meets
downstairs during the Adult Worship Service.

Wed., June 30, 6:30 p.m.
Coffee & dessert fellowship; continuing our methodical Bible study of the book of Ephesians with teacher Kevin Godin. Prayer meeting follows.
Dessert: ??

Sunday, July 5
Communion Service

Tuesday, July 14, 7:00 p.m.
Elder's Meeting

Wed., July 15
Final preparation & training for Vacation Bible School
Monday - Friday, July 20 -24, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
'Crocodile Dock' Vacation Bible School
To register as a worker or participant, go to

Prayer Opportunities:
Family of the week
Pastor Bill & Nancy Connell & family

Missionary of the Month:
In Touch International, Inc.
Bill & Harriett Bathman

Jun 15, 2009

On Saturday, June 27 from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. we'll once again be using the Downriver Cruise as an outreach opportunity.

As these photos from last year show, we meet in front of the Downriver Christian Library,
3755 Fort St., at the corner of Highland, in Lincoln Park.

We'll again pass out cold bottles of water and gospel tracts as we watch many of Detroit's cars as they drive down Fort Street. If you would like to participate, here's two ways to do it:
#1. Come join us at the Library! It's always a day of fun, fellowship and relaxation
(Bring your camera, you'll see lots of cars)
#2. Donate water. This year we're giving out the 8oz bottles. We ask that you leave them in the foyer of the church near the front door.

Please notify Pastor Bill or Joel Ashby if you'll be joining us and be sure to mark
Saturday, June 27 on your calendar

Father's Day

Hmmmmmmmm............where to begin. Of course I know my dad is the best but why? Well he has a strong spirit that has always made me believe that anything or any problem can be worked out. His heart is so full of love for his family, it's amazing. I don't know anyone stronger. I don't know anyone who can command respect without even raising his voice like my dad. I can honestly say that because of? my dad and my mom, I have not one bad childhood memory, not one (although it is pretty safe to say that they can't say the same in reverse about me)! I have nothing but love, gratitude and respect for my dad.
p.s. He's also pretty funny
Lisa Blevins

My dad, Jim, was a quiet man, so when he spoke you listened and from him I learned an appreciation of the world around me as it pertained to trees, animals, things in general and humor. If you listened and observed there was a lot to learn and appreciate. Dad also loved to play jokes, especially on children. During one Easter I was the recipient of one of his pranks. He said, "Let's have a contest" and handed me one of two perfectly dyed eggs. "Let's see who can crack an egg over their head, peel and eat it first." As I said, dad loved to play jokes, which usually meant on those who were unsuspecting and gullible and he hit the jackpot in me because I was certainly all of those things. What dad "failed" to mention was that my egg was not cooked! While he certainly had a good laugh as the egg slowly spread all over the top of my head, I gained another example of humor and a wonderful memory to file away. I learned a lot from him.

Jim was a hard worker, not only hauling cars and campers for many years but during periods when he was not on the road in the 1950's he would contract with the government to cut down trees to make room for future roads in Marquette and other areas. During those times we lived in various places, one being what was then a 125 year old log house which included 80 acres and a trout stream. Dad also kept a large garden (there was certainly plenty of room) and he and mom would do a lot of canning. One winter he also found time to have some fun after finding a pair of ski's in the attic. He took them over to a hill on a farm across the road from us and I tagged along. Did I forget to mention there were no poles with the ski's? That did not stop dad from trying. Who needs poles? Of course there were several attempts down the hill though I won't say he was necessarily standing up when he arrived at the bottom but it was fun. All in all, he appreciated life and living and I will always be grateful to God for giving me the example of my dad." -Marianne Ashby

Born in 1921, my Dad was the youngest of nine children. According to what I've heard from various sources he was just a bit spoiled, being the 'baby' of the family. I suppose by the time he came along, energy for discipline was waning. He served in World War II as an Engineer. His Dad rode horse-back through the mountains of Eastern Kentucky to preach. It's amazing to me how God has weaved Christianity through our families for generations. I'm very grateful He has.
Growing up with Dad wasn't always easy. His word was law and I seldom had the desire to trespass it. It wasn't until he was in his early 70's that I developed a friendship with him and I'm thankful we had that time before his death in 2000 at the age of 79. I would visit him in Ohio and we would sit on the front porch swing and talk, take a ride through the country and stop for ice cream when weather permitted. We always watched Larry King before turning in for the night. If the preview seemed interesting, we would sit up and watch the program; if not, we'd both go to bed. Morning came early at Dad's place.

I was grateful to be able to help my brother and two sisters care for Dad in the months before he died. It was a difficult time but one I wouldn't trade. During those last months he assured us he was prepared to leave here and that he had made peace with the Lord. We talked of that often before his illness, but we all wanted to make sure he was going to heaven and that we would see him again.

Dad didn't always do everything right but I believe he did the best he knew how at the time and I appreciate that. Were it not for him and my Mom, I wouldn't be here. God saw fit to allow me to be born to these two people and I'm grateful for the gift of life and the privilege of having Winford Riddle as my father. - Louise Moore

Food for thought...

“Don’t slack off seeking, striving, and praying for the very same things that we exhort unconverted people to strive for, and a degree of which you have had in conversion. Thus pray that your eyes may be opened, that you may receive sight, that you may know your self and be brought to God’s feet, and that you may see the glory of God and Christ, may be raised from the dead, and have the love of Christ shed abroad in your heart. Those that have most of these things still need to pray for them; for there so much blindness and hardness and pride and death remaining that they still need to have that work of God upon them, further to enlighten and enliven them. This will be a further bringing out of darkness into God’s marvelous light, and a kind of new conversion…”

-Jonathan Edwards, Advice to Young Converts-

Jun 7, 2009


This Wednesday, June 10 - 6:30 p.m.
V.B.S. Training Session meeting in the Fellowship Hall

All volunteers are needed at this meeting!

Note: Bible study is being replaced by this training session this week

To register your child or grandchild, or to volunteer
see Lynn Bolton or go to

(The next training class will be held Wednesday, July 15, 6:30 p.m.)

The dates for VBS are
Monday-Friday, July 20-24, 6:00 -8:50 p.m.
V.B.S. Finale Church Service, Sunday, July 26
followed by our annual Church Picnic on church grounds

Prayer for the week of June 7, 2009

Praying this week for
Virginia Latimer

Missionaries this month:
Bill & Harriett Bathman
In Touch International, Inc.

Jun 2, 2009

June Calendar, 2009

Wednesdays: June 3, 10 & 24
Continuing our study in the book of Ephesians
Our teacher is Kevin Godin
Coffee, Dessert & Fellowship ... Prayer time after Bible study

Wednesday, June 10 ... VBS Training replaces Bible study for this night only
Be at the church at 6:30 p.m.
Need information? Please contact Lynn Bolton

Tuesday, June 9, 7:oo p.m.

Sunday, June 21

Once again we'll be using the Downriver Cruise as an outreach
opportunity to minister the good news of Jesus Christ.
Date: Saturday, June 27 - Time: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Place: Downriver Christian Library, 3755 Fort St., Lincoln Park
Contact Pastor Bill or Joel Ashby for additional information

Meetings this Month:
Discipleship ... June 7 - 6:30 p.m.

Jun 1, 2009

Prayer for the week of June 1, 2009

Praying this week for:
Maggie Salewske & Jimmy

June Birthdays & Anniversaries, 2009

Pat Grant - June 3
Verda Hedden - June 3
Madison McKee - June 5
Louise Moore - June 9
Lana Norman - June 10
Maggie Salewske - June 11
Kina Robinson - June 14
Edna Milburn - June 19
Lee Anne Blevins - June 25
Erica Moore - June 25
Stanley Solgot - June 27
Stephanie Moore - June 28

Jacque & Everett Sollars - June 4
Bill & Barb Hammons - June 25

Toddler Nursery Schedule, June - July, 2009

Toddler Nursery Schedule

June 7 - Harmony King
June 14 - Karen Roelofs
June 21 - Beth Godin
June 28 - Nancy Connell

July 5 - Kelly McKee
July 12 - Rachel Norman
July 19 - Harmony King
July 26 - Karen Roelofs