Email From the Pastor

Hello Brothers & Sisters,

We concluded our Jesus Heals series this past Sunday with the message, Desperate Faith (4 of 4). You can listen on our website or via the Grantham Church Podcast on iTunes. I have heard from many of you that the series encouraged you in one way or another. I’m thankful for how the Spirit worked through our worship services and spoke to your hearts about healing.

Did you receive instantaneous healing at some point in this series? Did you begin taking steps on a journey toward healing? If so, I want to invite you to share that with others. I’d love to hear about it, but you could also share it with a family member, a friend, or a member of your Learning Community or small group. The important thing is that you share your experience and/or decision with others in the Body of Christ. God wants to use the sharing of your story to build you up and encourage others on journey with Jesus.

Bishop Ken Hoke will be with us this Sunday and he will be bringing a message called, Learning to Listen, from Matthew 13:3-9. His sermon will address the reality of Pentecost and the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in our church. I’m excited about having Bishop Ken with us. The last time he was at Grantham was for my installation service last July.

Also, this Sunday we will be presenting Bibles to our first graders, recognizing our high school and college graduates, and viewing a short video from Dave Perry, our new Worship Arts Pastor who will be with us on Sunday, July 9. I hope you can make it.

The following Sunday, we will begin a 3-week sermon series called, Train ‘Em Up: Raising Children to Love Jesus & the Church. I’ll be sharing more about that next week.

In the meantime, don’t forget that VBS is the week of June 12-16. Please talk to our Children’s Pastor, Pastor Denise Fogelsanger, ASAP if you’d like to volunteer. You can register online and help us spread the word on social media.

Are you interested in baptism? We are planning a baptism at the creek in July or August. If you have recently decided to follow Christ, or you’re interested in taking that first step, or you’ve trusted Christ but never been baptized, please reach out to the church office at office@granthamchurch.org. I would like to meet with you and talk about your interest. In the future, we will be talking about baptism in our Grantham Church membership class, but we will not be re-launching that class until September. We will be sharing more details about that class at the end of the summer.

Thank you to all those who stayed for the luncheon on Sunday to show your appreciation for Nathan Rosentrater. As many of you know, Nathan has moved back to Indiana to be close to family as he seeks God’s direction in teaching and ministry. Please continue to pray for Nathan as he prayerfully discerns his next steps.

Also, pray for Youth & Young Adult Pastor search process. I have been meeting with the Youth Commission and we are very hopeful about the future of youth ministry at Grantham and believe God has some great things he is preparing for our young people starting this fall.

Since our youth ministry is in transition, I wanted to inform you that we felt it was wise to forgo the TIMS mission trip this summer. There were challenges pulling it together, and it seemed best to spend some energy investing in our students and building relationships through some fun, simple gatherings at home this summer. I appreciate your understanding and prayerful support of the youth ministry moving forward. If you have any questions about summer youth meetings and events, please contact Lindsay Young at LYoung@macpas.com

Finally, this Sunday we are making the new issue of Connections available to you. I do hope that you will take the time to read it. I think you will see that we’ve been putting a great deal of effort into making this quarterly publication a meaningful collection of articles that are intended to help us reflect on the past few months of our church life. We don’t want to report the past or promote the future in Connections, we want to reflect. By doing this, we intend to answer questions like, “What impact are we making on the people around us by what we’re doing?” and “What difference did this series or event make on our church and/or our community?” We hope that you will read the latest issue and agree with us. The Holy Spirit is at work in the Grantham Church.

See you this Sunday!

Grace & Peace,

Pastor David

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