Weekly Update | April 7, 2022
Weekly Newsletter 04/07/2022
Beloved, there are just a couple things I want to inform you about:
(1) Refugees from Ukraine have started to arrive and our church members are opening their houses, temporarily hosting them. Many families are large, and much help of various kinds is needed. Please, let’s look at this question as our ministry together. It’s definitely possible that those who are hosting someone wouldn’t be offended if someone of us would periodically bring some dinner, or take someone to some appointment, or could help solve various kinds of domestic questions. I believe that if we invite the newcomers to visit us, that this too would lessen the load on the hosting family.
(2) Our brothers (Vasiliy Zavorotny and Yevgeniy Yakimov) have been helping refugees in Tijuana (Mexico) for a few days now. They asked to convey this request to you all: there’s a need for more volunteers who would feed, help with organization, and help with other needs of those who are crossing the border. For this you need to have your own car, American passport, a team (we don’t recommend traveling by yourself), and a readiness to really serve.
(3) Afghan-American Church of Freemont will be giving away 2,000 Easter bags in Sacramento apartment complexes with Afghan communities from April 13-16 with the purpose of evangelism. They need help of 16 people per shift (two shifts per day from 9:30am – 12:30pm and 2pm – 5pm). The goal is to carry out great commission among Afghan peoples and planting churches. Here is a link with information where you can sign up https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090948aaa622a4fa7-easter1
For more information, please call Aleksandr Chernysh (347) 274-4433.
If you have the willingness to serve in some part of this ministry, please contact Andrey Nesterenko or Yevgeniy Yakimov.
Why are we talking about this so much right now? The church in all times differentiated itself with the ability to react and help people in need at the right time. We do this for the sake of the Gospel. The Gospel which changed our souls, and we believe, will change those to whom we proclaiming the Gospel in deed and in word.
“But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere.” (2 Cor. 2:14)
Continue supporting the churches which are working among the people who have suffered from the war in Ukraine: https://gfchurch.com/ukraine/
Prayer for the ministry in Poland:
Beloved, we continue praying for the work of Joseph and Julie Sheremet among the refugees in Poland. Here is what they have asked us to pray for:
(1) The guidance of the Holy Spirit in serving the people who are going through loss, grief, pain, and tears… There are thousands of people, but we can only help some.
(2) Wisdom in helping people – there are more needs than we can fulfill so it is important to help those with the highest priority.
(3) The development of teamwork in helping people.
(4) Caring for the spiritual condition of believers who are serving the refugees – unfortunately there is a weakening in being in the Word and prayer.
(5) THE MOST IMPORTANT – IN EVERYTHING WE DO AND WILL DO – THAT CHRIST AND THE GOSPEL WOULD BE CENTRAL.
The Scripture memory text for the next few weeks is – Matthew 5:3-123 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Below are the services and meetings for this weekend:
Today, Thursday (6:30 PM) – Children’s Bible School (open to all but required for parents), followed by Bible Study (Proverbs) for the whole church at 7:30 PM.
- – Worship Service in Russian at 9:00 AM
- – Worship Service in English at 11:15 AM
- – Youth Worship Night at 6:00 PM
Next Thursday, April 14th (7:00 PM) – Passion Thursday, Communion
Elders of GFC