Beginning Next Wednesday Evening
Honoring the Word: Knowing the Story
Tom Williams in Room 5
Every Christian needs to have a working grasp of the central story of the Bible. We need it first to be able to present a simple but coherent defense of the truth, and second, because the story of God’s people is our story. We are players on the stage of that story, and it is crucial for our own understanding of who we are that we know the script so we can play our part in the cosmic drama. This course will present that story in five lessons telling and explaining the meaning of: Creation and Fall, The Old Testament and the Law, The Sacrifice of Christ, the Church, and the Christian’s Future.
Pursing Unity: Bind Them All Together
Jan Knox in Room 12
Achieving unity in Christ’s church is no easy task. The challenge of blending together people of diverse background, culture, personality, and thought can seem daunting, or even impossible. This class will take an in-depth look at the definition and purpose of biblical unity, various factors that can potentially divide us, and attitudes and actions we are to embody that will lead us, as the body of Christ, to perfect unity.
Serving the Community: Without the Orange Coveralls
John Knox in Room 7
How can we best serve our community as a church? What are the benefits and how can God be honored? This class will focus on serving in the name of Jesus. Specific opportunities will be explored, and time will be provided to think out of the box. We will dig into Scripture and brainstorm as well. Join us as we consider this important dimension of the mission of the Granbury Church of Christ. Class titles include: Why serve our community?, How can we best serve in the Name of Christ?, What opportunities exist at the present time?, How can we think out of the box?, and My own story of service and the spiritual benefit I have enjoyed.
Extending the Kingdom: Making a Difference for Christ Where You Live
Chris Frizzell in Room 8
How can we extend the kingdom of God? This class will explore a number of ideas and resources that will both challenge and encourage our thinking and our practice of being the ambassadors for Christ that God calls us and enables us to be. We live in a wonderful and fearful time. Wonder is experienced in the number of resources and opportunities that Christians have to influence the world. Yet, it is a fearful time because the domain of darkness seems ever more threatening. This class will both instruct and inspire what it means to live in the kingdom of God and be equipped by God to make a difference for Christ where you live.
Antenor and Phyllis Goncalves, longtime mission partners of Granbury Church of Christ, touch hundreds of lives as they minister to people, not only in their local church of almost 300 in the city of Itu, but across the entire nation of Brazil. Here are some of the things they are doing as they serve the Lord in South America.
Media Ministry: Antenor partners with several others to produce Christian television and radio programs, such as Impacto TV, which are aired across Brazil on the Rede Super TV channel and throughout the world online. Their internet site receives 20,000 hits per month, just one indication of the tremendous success of this ministry. (Though in Portuguese, of course, you can get a feel for the kind of programming that Antenor prepares by searching Youtube for Abra Sua Biblia 2014 – Open Your Bible.)
Church Retreats and Workshops: Antenor and Phyllis are both gifted speakers and share their knowledge and experience at numerous retreats and workshops. They minister to leadership groups and missionaries throughout their country on marriage and family, spiritual renewal, and leadership.
Annual Events: Their local work in Itu includes several annual events, such as Vacation Bible School, Camp Roots, and Family Day, which drew 230+ people this year. Despite the World Cup activity in Brazil during the summer months, the medical mission led by Dr. Greg Dunham of the Johnson St. Church of Christ in San Angelo was conducted at the end of June and served 844 patients.
God has used the many talents of this dedicated couple to impact the nation of Brazil in a big way. We can also play a vital role in continuing God’s mission in this country through our generosity on Harvest Sunday. In combining all of these resources, the Lord can and will accomplish great things!
The Christian Service Center would like to show their appreciation to their volunteers by serving dinner on October 23 at 6:00pm in the Fellowship Center. Please RSVP to Jonna at 817-573-0316 or email@example.com.
Granbury Middle School needs Mentors for some of their students – 30 minutes with a child once a week during their lunch period. There will be an information meeting next Wednesday afternoon at GMS. For information, contact Billy Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2nd Spanish Class Offered – October 25, in the Parlor, from 9:00am-12:00pm. It is not too late to join. The class is taught by Jan Vernon and is recommended for middle school students through adults, although younger children may attend with a parent. A $5 donation (if able) is requested to cover the cost of handouts. Call the church office to register for the class, or call Jan Vernon for more information.
Piecemakers Quilting Bee – Tuesday, October 28, from 4:00pm-8:00pm at the Christian Service Center. Bring your own supper. Experience is not necessary. Time is spent working together piecing quilts to be donated. If you have questions, contact Betty Curbo, Becky Roberts or Jamie Skelton.
Wrapped in Love Ministries Training – Saturday, October 25, 9am – 3pm, for Certified Childcare Provider Certification (there are still some spots open; the cost is $35; call the Church office to make a reservation); Saturday, November 8, 9am – 6pm, for Respite/Foster/Adoptive PRIDE Training; Friday & Saturday, November 14-15 (please note date correction), 9am – 6pm each day, for Respite/Foster/Adoptive Standards Training.
Wednesday Night Diner – October 22, 5:00pm – 6:00pm. The White Plate special includes – Pork Chops, Sunday Company Potatoes and Corn, Salad, Dessert and Drink for $5. Kid-friendly menu of Chicken Nuggets or Individual Pizza (Cheese or Pepperoni) or Salad is also available for $1 per item.
Help Needed – James Royse and Athan Tsakonas, deacons serving the nursing home ministries, are needing individuals or groups to serve the Lord’s Supper to Christians in Granbury Care Center and Granbury Villa. Please contact James at 817-579-6141 or Athan at 817-219-8068.
Attention: All High Voices – The Vocal Enhancement Team is looking for some good high voices – Sopranos and Tenors. We need additional singers at both first and second services. We practice on Wednesday nights in the auditorium after Bible classes are dismissed. No need to be afraid – it’s low stress and high laughs. If you would like to join the team, please email John Duty at email@example.com to set up a meeting.
Spaghetti and Game Night – Thursday, October 30, at 6:30pm in the Fellowship Center. Cost is $5. Sign up in Bible class today or contact one of the following: Ronnie Roberts, Mike Gilbert, Kirk Woolery, Heath Hamrick, or Richard Snowbarger.
Sunday night, October 19– Teen families are invited to come enjoy a fun game of softball and singing at the city park from 5:30-7:30pm. Bring your supper and glove. Hope to see you there!
Middle School Retreat is October 31 – November 2. This will be a fun weekend of fellowship, learning and service. The retreat will be at the Southwards’ in Nemo, TX, and the cost is $25 per teen. More details on what to bring will be emailed soon.
High School Retreat is November 21 – 23 at Lubbock Christian University in Lubbock, TX. To register for the retreat, go to www.lcucamps.com. Please register by October 31. More details on what to bring will be emailed soon.