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Listening to God: A Vision for 2013 and Beyond
Sign up today for the first Vision Weekend slated for May 31 and June 1. Several have asked what we are going to do over the course of those two days. We are going to open our Bibles and study together! Our desire is to be a church that has a specific mission that honors God in the time and place that we live. When it comes down to it, it does not matter what I think the church should be or do. And the same holds true for you. What God desires is all that is important.
We are not here to play church. We were not here to occupy space in a chair on Sunday morning. We are certainly not here to be critical spectators whose primary purpose is to critique the service of others. We are here to honor God and strive to fulfill His divine will. I would urge you to be present for the vision weekend that our leaders have prayed over and planned carefully.
Childcare will be provided at the first Vision Weekend. Please indicate when you register how many children you will be bringing and their ages. You can register in Bible class this morning or call the church office (817-573-2613). The registration deadline is Wednesday, May 29.
I look forward to seeing you there!
Last Larry’s Wednesday Night Diner until the Fall – May 22, 5:30pm – 6:15pm – Chicken Cordon Bleu, Rice, Green Beans, Salad, Rolls, Dessert & Drink for $5.00. Kid-friendly menu is also available for $1 per item.
On Wednesday, May 29, Larry’s Diner will be closed; however, the teens will prepare a spaghetti meal as a fundraiser for the Youth Scholarship Fund which aids students who need help with summer camp tuition and mission trips. Desserts will be by donation as well, with the proceeds going to buy bedding for children in India, a joint project our teens are doing with the youth of the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement.
Hearts and Hands Ministry at the Christian Service Center will be held on the third Monday, May 20, instead of the fourth Monday due to the Memorial Day Holiday. The program will be Summer Fun For Kids. All ladies are invited to attend.
It is time for the Brazos Pregnancy Center (a non-profit organization) Baby Bottle Fundraiser. The Center’s purpose is to minister to women and families confronted with unplanned pregnancies with a variety of support services while being an advocate for the unborn child. GCOC makes a yearly donation to this clinic in addition to this fundraiser. Plastic baby bottles have been placed in the Adult classrooms. Please pick one up and fill it with coins or your dollars or check donations during the month of May. Please return all bottles by Father’s Day to your classroom or the church office.
Royal Family Kids’ Camp
Camp date this year for RFKC is June 16 – 21. The last chance for Camp staff and counselor training will be June 15 and 16.
RFKC thanks to those who have provided the standard-sized pillowcases for the RFKC children. The camp now has all the pillowcases they need, but would like standard-sized pillows to go with the pillowcases. One pillow and pillowcase that the children decorate themselves will be given to each child at Camp this year in lieu of quilts. Call Pinkie Jeffries for more information.
Mid-sized jelly, olive, etc jars are needed to do sand art with the RFKC children. A box for the jars will be provided outside the door to the nursery.
Mothers of infants through kindergarteners – Join us for our first session of Motherly Love on Tuesday, June 11, from 6:00-8:30pm, at the home of Darlene Archer, 5709 Tee Box Ct.
Game and Potluck Day – Each Thursday beginning at noon in the Parlor. Bring a sack lunch and your favorite game and join us for a fun afternoon.
Youth Fund-Raiser – To raise funds for youth trips and camps this year, the teens are selling cards which give discounts at several local restaurants and businesses. The cards are $20 each and are good for one year. To purchase a card, please see Michael or one of the teens.
HS/MS Small Group Studies on Sunday evenings from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Bring $2 for a meal and your Bible.
Dinner and Hanging out with Michael on Mondays, at 6:30pm, at Michael’s house, 2736 James Rd.
Last Thursday, staff members attended a meeting of representatives from churches and other non-profits to find out how we can be a part of a coordinated response to the victims of the tornado last Wednesday evening. Here is how we can help both short-term and long-term:
1) There is no need for more food, clothing, or water donations. Many individuals and organizations have been quick to respond and generous.
2) All donations of kitchen supplies, appliances, bedding, etc. should be taken to the CSC Monday through Thursday. Bill Baldree is also calling for additional volunteers to help with the Share Your Love ministry that please) for children’s and adult clothing. will be receiving these donations. Bill is also asking for plastic hangers (no wire hangers,
3) The Rancho Brazos area remains closed to volunteers wanting to help with clean-up. As of Friday, the indication was that the clean-up utilizing volunteers would begin ‘sometime next week.’ Anyone who wishes to volunteer in any way is asked to register with CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) at the Granbury First United Methodist Church at 301 Loop 567. They will contact you as needed.
4) Experienced volunteers from the Western Heights Church of Christ in Sherman have offered to help with clean-up when that work begins. If they come, there will be a need for housing. If this develops, details will be posted via email. If you receive the eProclaimer, you will receive this notification or you may contact the Church Office(817-573-2613).
5) Cash contributions remain one of the best ways of helping short-term and long-term needs. Through the CSC we will be assisting with rent, utility deposits, etc. We annually contribute to Habitat for Humanity as a part of our annual church budget and will very likely be helping fund the reconstruction of the Habitat homes that were damaged. (See below for information on how to contribute)
6) The CSC will need some extra volunteers over the next few weeks as the emergency needs are added to the ongoing ministry of providing food, clothing, and used furniture.
Here are things that have been done:
1) The washers and dryers in the CSC and the church building have been offered to the victims housed at the First Christian Church. If you want to help do the laundry at our facilities, please call the CSC (817-573-0316) on Monday. One lady has already responded to this need, but a little more help may be needed.
2) The Fellowship Center was used all day on Saturday for a ‘Resource Fair’ for victims to meet with insurance reps and agencies offering assistance. Thanks to the members who helped serve that event.
3) Relief supplies from the Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort were delivered on Friday. Distribution began on Saturday and will continue in the days ahead. Thanks to all who quickly volunteered to unload the truck.
Please pray for those whose lives have been overturned and for all the workers who are trying to help them rebuild. As you know, the recovery is long-term and more calls for help will be issued in the days ahead.
To Make a donation: Send to Granbury Church of Christ, 1905 West Pearl St, Granbury, Tx. 76048.
Make checks payable to Granbury Church of Christ and write Disaster Relief Fund in the memo).