GCOC Youth will be providing desserts for Wednesday Night Diner on Wednesday, February 25. The funds will be going to Feed Our Starving Children, an organization we partner with at Soul Link. Every $22 raised will provide 100 meals to hungry children in Africa and Haiti. Additional desserts can be bought for a donation to the cause; students will be available at the tables to share more information about the organization.
First Sunday Welcome Lunch – The Climbers and Elders classes invite visitors and new members who have placed membership since March 2014 to be their guests for lunch in the Dining Hall of the Fellowship Center this Sunday, March 1, immediately following the 10:45 worship service.
The Ladies’ Newcomer Committee would like to invite you to dinner. This will be a great time to get acquainted with other ladies. The committee will be providing the food. We hope you can join us Monday, February 23, at 6:30 pm, at the home of Becky Roberts, 6302 Westover Drive, in Pecan Plantation. Committee members: Please bring a finger food or a dessert. You might want to carpool and invite a new member to come with you!
Additional PRIDE classes for Fostering and Respite care training are still available on March 20-21, from 9:00 am – 8:00pm at the Christian Service Center. Contact Kelly Hamilton at 817-773-4049 to register or for more information.
You’re invited to a mini retreat on March 7, beginning at 8:30am, for Christian Seniors at Pleasant Ridge Church of Christ in Arlington. The topic is Making the Most of the Rest of Your Life. Please reserve your place before March 2, by calling 817-478-8245 or emailing patmalone@ plesantridgechurch.org.
Foster’s Home for Children’s Annual Auction – March 6 and 7 at their campus in Stephenville. Items in the auction so far are: gently used cars, boats, and trucks, furniture, tools, exercise equipment, household items, home décor and much more. To view current items or to stay updated with new ones, go to their Facebook page at facebook.com/Fosters HomeforChildren This year features a Storage Wars Style Box Lot sale, a silent auction and a free BBQ lunch. Activities begin at 6:00am on Friday and 9:00am on Saturday. For information or to have donations picked up, contact Lacy Barton, 254-968-2143, ext. 245 or Lacy@fosters home.org.
Wednesday Night Diner – February 25, 5:00pm – 6:15pm. The White Plate special includes Smothered Steak, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, California Mixed Veggies, 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.
The Sawyer Connections Group will meet this evening, February 22, at 6:00pm at the Sawyer home for a potluck dinner. Everyone is invited to attend.
Social media has been a great resource for sharing the daily Bible readings associated with the 2015: Living Our Mission devotional calendar that you are receiving in your email. In addition, I compose a brief devotional thought each day that reflects on the message of the reading for that day and post it on our Facebook page. The page is a “public” group that you can join if you already have a Facebook account. The name of the group is “2015: Living Our Mission.” If you have trouble finding the group, email me at jknox@granbury coc.net. Social media is a great tool for endeavors like this one. I hope we will see you there!
Welcoming New Members
Always be eager to practice hospitality. Romans 12:13
Do you remember your experience as a new member of the Granbury Church of Christ? In a congregation this size, the task of learning names, getting acquainted with hundreds of new people, and becoming involved in the ministries of the church can seem overwhelming, even impossible. With a quarter of GCOC’s membership having been here five years or less, and half the congregation here for ten years or less, chances are that many of you have not forgotten that feeling of being “the new kid on the block.”
About twelve years ago, a group of ladies saw a need and formed a ministry to help welcome and assimilate new members into the congregation. Through the years, this ministry has evolved into what is now known as Ladies’ Newcomer Dinners. Every other month, women of all ages host a dinner at a volunteer’s home, inviting all ladies who have become new members in the past year to be their guests. Each time, the dinner’s location is rotated to a different area of the community, and committee members provide the food and a “get acquainted” activity. It is a good way for new members to meet others in a smaller, more intimate setting. Many of those who attend as new members enjoy it so much that they decide to join this ministry once their one-year mark has passed.
The next dinner is scheduled for Monday, February 23, at 6:30 pm, at the home of Becky Roberts, 6302 Westover Drive in Pecan Plantation.
Ladies, if you are a new member, make plans now to attend. If you are interested in serving in this ministry, please contact Susan Blevins.
Come join the fun!