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New Ministry Training – Respite Care Providers
Posted by Rita at 2:27 pm on July 25, 2014

Mark your calendars and make plans to attend our first annual Respite Care Provider Training certification class on August 8, 9, and 16, from 9:00am – 7:00pm.  This is a three-day training event, hosted by the Granbury Church of Christ and our child placement agency partner, New Horizons, Inc.  After the conclusion of this training, each participant will be certified with the State of Texas to provide short-term supervision or care of a foster child in an emergency or on an intermittent basis. 

Respite care provides foster families relief from the daily care of a foster child whose mental or physical condition requires special or intensive supervision or care.  Respite care aids in preventing abuse of foster children, foster parent burnout, and the loss of experienced, quality foster parents.  Sometimes these families have emergencies that arise or need a break in caring for the children.  When Child Protective Services removes a child from a home, they might utilize respite care providers for that crucial 24-48 hours while next of kin or other relatives are being located. 

The “Wrapped in Love Ministries” of the Granbury Church of Christ is considered to be an Internal Respite Ministry, meaning we are committed to building a network of loving support around the children and foster families right here in Hood County and are prepared to care for them in unique ways.  Your involvement is crucial in giving these families the support they will need in a variety of circumstances. We understand that this training is extensive, but the support you can bring to this ministry through your commitment is invaluable.   

This class is FREE and does not obligate you as a respite provider.  You can go through the training and then decide if you want to be a part of this ministry.  The training schedule consists of the following:

Friday, August 8:  Orientation / Programs / Reporting/Contracts / Transportation / Foundations I&II / Policies & Procedures

Saturday, August 9:  Psychotropic Meds / Positive Discipline &     Trauma / Peaceful Intervention

Saturday, August 16:  P.R.I.D.E. Training

If you wish to attend this training, you must RSVP with Kevin Brown (kbrown@granburycoc.net or 817-573-2613).  Unfortunately, childcare will not be available, so please plan to make alternate arrangements for children.  We look forward to having you in  our training sessions.

Kevin Brown


Sharing the Blessing
Posted by Rita at 2:26 pm on July 25, 2014

Last Wednesday in our teen worship, we had a great discussion on gratitude. We have seen God bless us time and time again with family, friends, shelter, food, etc. We see His hands working in and through our lives, but the question is: Are we using our hands to pass on those blessings of God to others? Are we sharing the blessing or just waiting for more? 

One of the key mission statements that we at the Granbury church try to live out is reaching out to our community. John Knox has done a wonderful job this summer in his Sunday morning series in showing us what it looks like to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our own community. This has really been our niche, and we as a youth ministry want to give a helping hand to those who need it most.

Last summer, our middle school students spent a week in Arlington, TX painting houses for families in need. I loved watching our students work with others from the Arlington community to bring joy to a family’s life through acts of service. When we came back to Granbury, I noticed houses here in our neighborhoods that needed the same type of love that we shared in Arlington.  So this year, we are having a mini-week service project on August 5-7, from 8:30am – 3:30pm, right here in Granbury. The cost is $12 per person, and lunch will be provided. We will meet at the church to assign projects, then head to our job sites. Everyone in the congregation is invited to help. We will take young and old alike! Whether you can give an hour, a day, or three days, your time and service will be greatly appreciated!

We hope to see you there to help our church family share what we have been given. Remember, our overflow may be someone else’s necessity.

Michael Grayson


Posted by Rita at 2:24 pm on July 25, 2014

CCA Welcome Brunch – To welcome Cornerstone Christian Academy to our site, we are hosting a brunch on August 13, the day of their Meet the Teacher event. If you would like to join us in welcoming our honored guests by helping provide finger foods, please contact Sue Coppersmith (sue_coppersmith@hotmail.com) to coordinate what you bring.

Piecemakers’ Quilt Bee is moving to the Christian Service Center. We will still meet the last Tuesday of each month but at the CSC starting Tuesday, July 29, from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. Bring your machine and supplies as needed and your own dinner. We will break at 6:00 for dinner. As always, come when you can and leave when you must.

LTC Summer Series – Schedule of Activities: July 28 – Webpage (advanced prep needed)., August 4 – Songwriting, August 11 – Video Bible Drama and August 18 – Scrapbook. Remember, parents should reserve a spot in advance for their child by contacting Melissa Doss if they wish to participate.

Carter BloodCare will be receiving donors in the Fellowship Center Sunday, August 10, from 9:00am – 1:00pm.

Motherly Love

Mothers of infants through kindergarteners – Join us for our last session of Motherly Love on Thursday, August 14, from 6:00-8:30pm, at the home of Margaret Sawyer, 440 Woodcreek Ct. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Ginger McCall or Amy Clarkson by Sunday, August 10.

 Connections Groups

The Sawyer Group will meet this evening, at 6:00pm at the home of Jerry and Margie Turner for a potluck dinner. Everyone is invited to attend.

GCOC Youth

Serve Granbury – The teens are hosting a service event August 5-7. We will be doing yard work and painting houses for various people in our community who would like a helping hand. Projects have been lined up; we just need the help! The service times will be from 8:30am-3:30pm. Lunch will be provided. Cost is $12 per person. If you are interested in being a part of our service days or would like to donate to the cause, please call Michael and RSVP by July 28. This event is open to all in our church family!

We are in need of supplies, so if you have the following that we could borrow, it would be greatly appreciated:

- water hoses       – trailers (two)

- rakes                   – ladders (4-6)

- tree trimmers    – paint scrapers

- mowers (push or riding)