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Weekly Newsletter 02/02/2023

Shalom! Friends, as promised, below is the article about serious issue that recently has raised some questions. May God encourage you through reading about such a difficult topic, once again, realizing that we live in a world afflicted by sin, and if it were not for Christ and His grace, we would have no nope of victory over sin. A biblical view on suicide News have recently spread that a prominent church minister has committed suicide. Many have been shaken….

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Weekly Newsletter 01/26/2023

Greetings dear Church! The letter for this week will be shorter, but expect in the next week’s letter a lengthier article. Please, pray for the men’s camp that begins today. Continue supporting the churches working among the people who have suffered from the war in Ukraine: https://gfchurch.com/ukraine/ The Scripture memory text – Acts 17:26-28 26 And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27 that…

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Weekly Newsletter 01/19/2023

Grace to you and peace! Charles Spurgeon was famous for his humor. He was once confronted by someone because his horses worked on Sunday, bringing him to church. To which his response was that his horses are Jewish, so they rest on Saturday. When he repented during his youth, his mother wrote that she was very happy that God answered her prayers regarding his conversion, however she didn’t ask that he would repent and become a Baptist! His response was…

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Weekly Newsletter 01/12/2023

Shalom! Prayer, it’s a spiritual discipline that we talk a lot about, know a lot about, but practice very little. The beginning of a new year is always a good time to reconsider various aspects of the Christian life, and prayer is one of them. We heard on Sunday that the vision for this year can be described using one word – discipleship. This is part of the Great Commission mentioned in Matthew 28:18-20 and all other passages in the…

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Weekly Newsletter 01/05/2023

Once again, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! The prayer week is continuing today, and tomorrow, Lord-willing, we will continue the prayer marathon. Our goal every year is to begin the year with prayer together, so that God’s grace would continue to pour out on us when we pray. And prayer is, firstly, letting our desires be known to God so that He would in our heart and then with our circumstances, as He sees fit. “Do not be anxious…

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Weekly Newsletter 12/29/2022

Shalom, beloved! One more time, Merry Christmas! Those who understand the true meaning of the coming of the Son of God onto this Earth rejoice during this holiday! Happy New Year! This holiday makes us notice the passing of time, more specifically how we use our time and how we are nearing eternity. For believers, this holiday is a great reminder about the temporary nature of life on this Earth. But now for some encouragement, I want to share some…

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Weekly Newsletter 12/22/2022

Beloved, Merry Christmas! Gifts. Gifts. And many gifts! Maybe you’re against gifts? Maybe you just like receiving gifts and don’t like gifting them? Do you regift gifts? What are the most memorable gifts you’ve ever received? Maybe you can’t remember a single gift you’ve received and wonder if they’re even worth it? Or maybe you remember the worst gifts, maybe even offensive ones? How much money do you spend on gifts? How useful are the gifts? Do you return gifts…

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Weekly Newsletter 12/15/2022

Beloved, Christmas time is here and with it comes some extra free time. Vacations and extra days off allow us to spend more time with family, close ones, and friends. We strongly urge you to include people in your fellowship from outside your circle. Carefully look for people at the services who may have recently immigrated, or recently came to the church, or also those who don’t know the Lord as their Savior. For the sake of Christ, who for…

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Weekly Newsletter 12/08/2022

Greetings dear church! In preparation for the next church membership meeting in January, we, the Elder Board, have been discussing various aspects of life and ministry in the church. In particular, we discussed the importance of all church members regularly attending these meetings. One of the goals of this meeting is to help us all acquire a feeling of ownership toward what is happening in the church. Besides listening to reports and voting on various issues, we want to have…

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Weekly Newsletter 12/01/2022

Peace to you! Why does the pastor periodically give assignments to the kids? And he also passes out candy? Wouldn’t it be better to simply focus on the older generation and on those who have come to listen to the Word of God, rather than on those brought by their parents? These are global questions that we, the elder board, answer as such: teaching and bringing the young generation to worship God can be done not only by explanation but…

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Weekly Newsletter 11/23/2022

Greetings! As we all know, Thanksgiving is this week. This is a special time for many to gather and thank God for all the blessings and mercies in our lives, and most of you will be gathering at the dinner table with friends and relatives. For many this has already become a tradition, to invite brothers and sisters from the church who would perhaps have no one else to celebrate the holiday with. How wonderful would it be if no…

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Weekly Newsletter 11/17/2022

Shalom, beloved! The midterm elections were held last week and I want to explain a little our view on the politics in the country where we live. Even though votes are still being counted in a few states, the big picture is already clear. The awaited “Red wave” did not occur. If you are not aware of how the political scene works in the US, then let me quickly explain: there are two main political parties, and in the past…

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Weekly Newsletter 11/10/2022

Peace to you! Dear church, there are many things happening in the world we live in. And oftentimes we get used to very serious and sad news, such that subsequent news about the pain and suffering of others no longer disturbs us like it should. Take for example the war in Ukraine. The things happening there have slowly become the new normal and we’ve gotten used to the reports of how many have died and so on. Today I want…

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Weekly Newsletter 11/03/2022

Shalom dear church! 1. On behalf of the PCSBA and the GFC Elder Board, a huge thanks to everyone who served last week in planning and holding the convention at our church. Starting with the parking lot, kitchen, ushering, and stage, you all, beloved, created an excellent celebration for our guests. We know that this was done by you for God’s glory, and we’ll remind you that this was your investment into many other churches which are part of the…

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Weekly Newsletter 10/27/2022

Greetings! 1. This past Sunday at the evening service at GFC we had a new group of brothers and sisters join the church. I will remind you that it is important for many of the new members to get used to the flow of things and become functioning parts of the body of the church. For this to occur, it is imperative that we participate in this via prayer, inviting them to our house, visiting them (if you can’t accept…

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Weekly Newsletter 10/20/2022

Shalom! Praise the Lord! Last week’s Fathers and Sons (8 years and up) event was a success. We had very straightforward and edifying instructional seminars on the puberty of boys. I can’t share everything (nor should I), but here are a few important takeaways to remember: – Kids must see the Gospel in action in their parents so that when the time comes, they may live by it themselves. – Parents shouldn’t shy away from showing joyful, healthy affections between husband…

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Weekly Newsletter 10/13/2022

Greetings! Dear church, on behalf of the Elder Board I want to thank everyone who made the Church Day celebration possible! Many people labored and sacrificed their time and energy to make this day special for the church! Like we already heard this Sunday, this month is a special month in the calendars of many Americans as Pastor Appreciation Month. Along with this, I want to suggest one of the most important ways that you, beloved members of the church,…

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Weekly Newsletter 10/06/2022

Grace to you and peace, dear church! There’s just one important announcement this week. This upcoming Sunday we are celebrating the church’s 19thbirthday! This means that we are planning just one service at 10:00am instead of the usual two. There will be a very interesting gift for all during the service! After the service, we will have lunch followed by various, interesting activities for all ages. Plan to be at church until 4:00pm. If you would like to participate as…

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Weekly Newsletter 09/29/2022

Glad to greet you! Perhaps you’ve talked to some people who are considering moving to another state or city, or perhaps you’re one of those people weighing your options. The last 2-3 years have showed that this is a pertinent question for many, especially with the various things happening in our state. For some it is an issue with finding work, for others, vaccines, a liberal government and education system, expensive lifestyle, or a lifestyle that’s too quick, unsafe, etc….

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Weekly Newsletter 09/22/2022

Shalom! Dear friends, I’ll share what I’ve noticed in my own heart, and what I presume is also present in others. Every week, and even every day, we come into contact with God’s Word. It brings life, grace, and strength for a believer to live a righteous life and stretches out a saving hand to the unbeliever (1 Pet. 2:1-3; Rom. 10:17). However, as with so many other good things in life, unfortunately we get used to things. This is…

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Weekly Newsletter 09/15/2022

Greetings dear church! God is good! He answers prayers. He takes care of our needs daily. He gives both physical and spiritual strength to obey His will and fulfill our purpose here on this earth. And our greatest task is to praise God, build up the church, and preach the Gospel to everyone around. In this case, the goal of the church is to equip the saints for this work. Consider the church services as a tool, not an end…

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Weekly Newsletter 09/08/2022

Peace to you! When recently talking to a couple, we touched on a simple yet important principle: family and marriage require constant replenishment and attention, and if this doesn’t occur, as so common in the world, then the family will be going downhill, falling apart, and fading away. Special attention is required for the relationship between parents and children. Someone said that the most valuable thing a parent can give their child is time! Martin Luther once said, “Let the…

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Weekly Newsletter 09/01/2022

Peace to you! The small (home) group fair was a success! It was wonderful seeing many who were interested, registering, and inviting their friends to a group. One more time, on behalf of the elder board, I want to thank God for all the leaders and helpers who will be leading 22 small groups. This is a great work of love. And beloved, please pray that these brothers and their families would do this work with joy, from the heart,…

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Weekly Newsletter 08/25/2022

Rejoice always! Beloved, this week let us direct our attention to the events and things happening in the life of the church. This Saturday at 9:00 AM, in the church cafeteria, there will be a prayer retreat for all people who serve in the church. This is a significant event in the life of the church, firstly because this is a special time for prayer and also because it provides an opportunity to see and talk to all who are…

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Weekly Newsletter 08/18/2022

Peace to you, dear church! On behalf of the elder board, I want to remind you, beloved, that this year we are especially emphasizing growth in evangelism. We talk more about personal evangelism, share more about our experiences, and oftentimes begin our meetings with prayer for the people we evangelize. And now here is another step towards helping us grow in personal evangelism. What we’re proposing will help inform and equip us. We want to give all the members of…

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