BREAKING OF BREAD SERVICE The weekly breaking of bread service is a special and unique time for not only taking part in the Lord’s communion, but a unique opportunity to worship our God. During this service we have the opportunity to offer praise and worship sacrifices to God. We spend time in remembrance of His ultimate sacrifice at the cross of Calvary for our sins.
The uniqueness of this service is in that the entire hour is worshipping and glorifying God by putting our concerns and personal thoughts aside, focusing on the bread and cup. While other services are about edifying us, this service is about worshipping and glorifying God.
This past year we have shared this service amongst a faithful group of 45-50 saints. We look forward to having many more, if not all of you, join us for this weekly service Sundays at 9 am. 2 Corinthians 2:15 For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. – submitted by Ray Anchan
BULLETIN TEAM The Bulletin Team is comprised of four volunteers who are responsible for creating, printing and folding the weekly GNBC bulletin. Announcements, prayers, our giving, song lists and sermon text is added and updated accordingly. Inserts are added to the bulletin when applicable. We also assist in creating new inserts as needed. Each team member helps out at least once a month and have volunteered for many years now. Updates needed in the bulletin should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon each Friday to ensure it gets into Sunday’s bulletin. – submitted by Ann Kepaa
CELEBRATE RECOVERY The past year at CR has seen an increase in devoted participants. With the closing of the CR at Easton Baptist some of the ladies have made their way over to our Monday night group here at GNBC. In addition to that we have several devoted servants that bring their talents weekly to perform worship for us. Women’s and Men’s 12-Step Studies are both ongoing and offer the promise of a rise in more men and women that seem willing to accept leadership responsibilities in the form of sponsorship and other duties.
Prayer Requests: That God would protect the participants of the Step Studies and provide them incredible healing through the process. mm- submitted by Geddy Kohler & June Kohler
CITY SUPPER Isaiah 58:10 NIV. “…and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the opposed, then your light will rise in the darkness…”
The City Supper Ministry (CSM) ‘servants’ have provided a healthy dinner every Tuesday. Not only providing food to strengthen their bodies, but, also ‘spiritual food.’ Our yearly breakdown:
· “Walk in guests” (some have a car, others ride their bike, others walk) 735 guests.
· Public transportation, the City provides the GATRA bus to drop off and pick up 506 guests.
· Overall meals served 2,049
· All totals are up 12% from last year.
We would like to thank the congregation for their continued support via prayers, supporting our Christmas Tree project, and continued encouragement. We are humble servants who participate in this ministry, because…
1. “It’s my way to show people in a practical way the love of God”
2. …because it’s a way for me to learn more about God’s love and be a vessel to share Gods love
3. Each person in the Community is important and deserves to feel valued.
– submitted by Terri-anne Shea
Areas of responsibility:
1. Building Maintenance Church & Parsonage
– Repair lower chapel entry/roof – Complete
– Roof repairs/painting- Ongoing
– Annual building inspections – Completed
– Repairs to heating system – Completed
2. Benevolent fund
– Administered the Act’s 4:32 fund
3. Manage and maintain financial records
4. Breading of Bread services
5. Supporting & serving the body as needs arise
6. Maintain building use and calendar
7. Kitchen & supplies /Inspections & Permits
8. Manage setup teams for gym
2019 Projects & Estimated Cost:
Replace carpeting – $20k collected
Parking lot – $7k|
Chapel roof replacement – $10k
Chapel house roof – $6.5k
Replace AC unit over the gym – $10k
Replace boiler in lower chapel – $10k
Rekey the buildings – $1.5k
DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING Discipleship training has been in place now for approx 1.5 years with end target time frame Dec 2019 We have a small group of committed believers. This takes place at 9 am in the lower chapel every Sunday morning. We are using the book Christian Discipleship by Steven Collins and augmented by the Foundation series of IntoTheHarvest.org online. We have a solid group of believers that are being trained in the foundations and doctrine and its application in everyday life. This includes evangelism, service, studying, prayer, fellowship, and giving. Goal for January 2020, is that at least 3 new Discipleship training groups emerge from this core group. – submitted by Mark Wurster
ELDERS The elders are responsible for the overall spiritual life of the Chapel. We meet twice a month for prayer and overseeing the direction and ministries at GNBC.
The elder team currently includes Ray Anchan, Dave Stebbings, Freddy Perez, and Steve DuPlessie. The team was reduced in 2018 when Ben Parker and his family moved to downstate NY, and more recently with Mark Wurster moving to elder emeritus status after serving for 15 years.
This past year has been spiritually challenging. We are confident that God will continue to use GNBC in the future as He has in the past.
2019 is a year of identifying and establishing the next generation of leadership. We value your prayer in that ongoing project. – submitted by Steve DuPlessie
EMERGENCY SHELTER The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ – Matthew 25:40 Whenever the temperature is forecast to drop below 15 degrees, or more than 5 inches of snow are forecast, the Attleboro Emergency Homeless Shelter opens at 5PM at Faith Alliance Church, Pleasant Street, Attleboro, and a call goes out to the list of trained, vetted volunteers who will work in teams of three on three overnight shifts to host the otherwise homeless guests. Servants from GNBC served on 18 nights in the 2018 season. For more information, connect with Mic Moniz – 401-439-7424.
FINANCIAL PEACE UNIVERSITY Financial Peace Ministry held one session in the fall of 2018. We had 8 members complete the course. On it’s surface it is a biblically based 9 week course teaching the principles of personal finance. In practice this course strengthens relationships, brings hope and helps us walk closer to God as we learn to handle money His way. Financial Peace University has recently updated their course materials which we plan on using in a session we will offer in the fall of 2019. – submitted by Adam Chamberlain
GLOBAL REACH The GNBC missions team dissolved in 2018. The prayer and financial support of our existing missions partners continues:
· Laura & Josue Moldanado in Spain
· Abigail in the Horn of Africa
· Dalitso & Eve Numeri in Malawi
· Nathan & Julie peck in Germany
We are planning for a visit from Dalitso at GNBC in mid-July to report on their work in Malawi. Any interested in connecting with our Global Reach partners should contact Steve at 508.212.1980
GNBC EN ESPAÑOL The goal of the 52 members of the GNBC Spanish language ministry is to reach out to unbelievers to come to Christ. That ministry team conducts the Sunday morning service during the 10:45am Celebration & Growth service. The Spanish language Life Group meets on Friday nights from 7-9pm. A Spanish language worship service is held the last Friday each month from 7-10pm. – submitted by Freddy Perez
GOOD NEWS KIDS (SS) In August of 2018, I became the new Good News Kids Sunday School Team Leader I have really enjoyed getting to know the teachers and the children. The teachers are so faithful to their ministry to children, and really have hearts for the Lord.
As you know, this year the children have been learning “The Story”, along with the rest of the church. It has been a wonderful curriculum for learning about God and His word.
As we wrap up “The Story” in May, we will be getting ready for summer. We are praying about what works best for the summer. We are currently reviewing curriculums for the upcoming year.
As we prepare for Easter, the children will be singing a song or two during the morning worship time. Stay tuned for details! – submitted by Susan Ferris
GREATER BOSTON FOOD BANK Jesus said, “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16 The GBFB team meets the third Wednesday each month at 8am at the Chapel to unload pallets of pre-boxed free food from a tractor-trailer truck, transferring it to smaller trucks for distribution to qualifying senior citizens in Attleboro, Rehoboth, North Attleboro, Seekonk, and Norton. Total food handled in 2018 was over 12 tons! Join us any 3rd Wednesday at 8am for a good workout!
GREETER TEAM The Greeter Team was blessed to have Howard Spader (a.k.a. Howie) available to hand out bulletins at the door to the gym on Sunday mornings. Howard has taken it as a challenge to learn everyone’s name as he meets them. He has been very consistent and is terrific at making people feel welcome.
Matthew Chartier has stepped in to hand out bulletins at the top of the ramp. Matthew saw that I wasn’t there one Sunday, saw a need and acted on it. He has been very consistent being there on Sunday mornings.
Eddy Dionne and Dave Trima have been available to help with seating and to hand out bibles if either myself or Howard are not there. Their contributions are much appreciated.
I would really appreciate having one person available in the foyer to show new people around and to make visitors feel welcome. Also, if you see someone with a Welcome Packet in their hand, please say hello and make them feel welcome. – submitted by Bob Boyce
LIBRARY The GNBC lending library is located off the foyer, to the left of the gym. We very much appreciate the donation of a comfy chair and rug that provide a homey spot to sit and look through books.
Over the past several years we have been blessed with donations of some wonderful Christian Faith based books. You can find books that will help you in different areas of your Christian life and walk. Some of the categories are: men’s and women’s interests, marriage, family, finances, prayer, knowing God, missions, biographies, evangelism, grief, addictions, history of the church, being single, working in the ministry, devotionals, bible study guides, young adults, youth as well as books for our youngest readers. In addition, there are several Christian fiction books and novels for all ages as well as a limited number of music CDs and DVDs.
You can borrow any item and return it when you are done with it so someone else can enjoy it. Please place it in the “Returns” container. – submitted by Phoebe Christensen
LIFE GROUPS In Life Groups, people from Good News, neighbors, friends & family “do life together.” Life Groups provide communities where people can study and discuss God’s Word, share the joys and struggles of life, uphold each other in prayer and enjoy fellowship together. Most groups have been enjoying a great time going through The Story, getting the big picture of God’s plan of redemption, from Genesis to Revelation.
At Good News we currently have 15 groups meeting across the seven days of the week. Over the last 8 months approximate 150 people have participated in GNBC Life Groups but there are still many that have not connected with a group. Over the next year, we hope to see more people connect, as we lock arms together and go deeper in our walk with the Lord. If you want to find your place to connect, please contact Dave Stebbings – 774-254-0090 – email@example.com. – submitted by Dave Stebbings.
MARKED MEN FOR CHRIST MMFC is an international network of men who want to be stronger in their faith and obedience to Jesus. With Marked Men For Christ growing now on 4 different continents we have seen the 10,000th man go through the initial Phase 1 weekend experience this past year. Praise God! The continued involvement of men here at GNBC has dwindled a little bit over the last year but, the lasting effect of the ministry has proven to create strong leaders here. Our hopes are that we can get more men to attend the next Phase 1 weekend in May and continue growing stronger men for Christ.
Prayer Requests: please pray that God will draw men that may be “stuck” in their faith walk with Him to the next Phase 1 weekend in May. – submitted by Geddy Kohler
MEN’S MINISTRY In recent months a group of Men at GNBC have begun an effort to create an all-inclusive interconnected Men’s Ministry at GNBC. In January we launched monthly Saturday morning breakfasts, on the second Saturday of each month, for all Men to gather for food, fellowship, and discipleship. This ministry has now reached over 70 men, and we hope in the coming months to encourage more men to attend and become involved in the many activities for men at GNBC.
This includes a mix of internal activities (summer softball, Monday night games, hillwalking days, Thursday men’s breakfast etc) and external ministries (Marked Men for Christ and Man Camp @ Berea). Our aim for 2019 is to continue connecting men to God, His Word, and to other men for the purposes of winning, growing and training Godly men in Christ. “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17 – submitted by Stuart McKellar & Darian Medeiros
SECOND CHANCE CLOTHES I needed clothes and you clothed me… – Matthew 25:36 Hundreds of pounds of “new to you” clothes are given away free in Jesus’ name the last Saturday morning of each month at the Chapel to those who need them. The free clothes make it easier for those in need who are choosing between clothes, food, the rent or electricity this month.
The leadership of the SCC team transitioned this year from Brittany Warner and Paige Rhynes to Kelly Valequette. The team met monthly to sort new donations, set up tables, lay out the clothes, serve the guests and then pack up and store the clothes until next month. If you would like to serve on the Second Chances Clothes team, connect with Kelly at 774.266.1819.
TECH TEAM The GNBC Tech Team handles all the audio, video, and lighting needs at the church. The six members that make up the Tech Team works together to assist in presenting the Sunday service to our members in way that make the service a powerful spiritual experience. The team consists of Steve DiBastiani, Jonathan Link, Beth Fabbo, Robbie Delvental, Samantha Forcier, and Dane Stebbings. The work and commitment is greatly appreciated by all at GNBC. Over the course of 2019, we are looking to upgrade some of the equipment we use to improve the quality of the experience at GNBC. – submitted by Steve DiBastiani
WOMEN’S MINISTRY – CONNECTIONS Our purpose is to glorify and know God through connections with each other, connections in the community and connections with sister churches.
The year started with our IF dinner with sisters, where we enjoyed a meal and fellowship and formed small groups of women who repeated the meal and fellowship in homes for the next several months. The women hosted a couple of all-church Family Game Nights. Pizza, pretzels, popcorn and games for all ages and abilities!! Several women took part in the Berea Women’s retreats in NH. Once again our church was part of the annual Operation Christmas Child campaign. We were able to send over 60 shoe boxes full of gifts and God’s message of love to needy children around the world. We closed the year and celebrated the Christmas season by making baskets of cookies for the guests of City Supper and swapping some of the goodies amongst ourselves. The night included a devotional and craft making.
In 2019, we look forward to hearing from Canadian Bible speaker Jodi Greenstreet and the music of the group Alanna Story. This all-church event will take place at GNBC on May 9th. Also, starting at the end of May we will be launching a new women’s Bible study. We will continually have a 6-8 week study, three times per year, every other Thursday evening. It will be starting May 30th with Priscilla Shirer’s study on Gideon. More details will be upcoming.
In addition to the bulletin and the GNBC Ladies Face Book page, you can find more information and flyers regarding upcoming events and activities on the bulletin board in the foyer. If you would like to be part of the Women’s Ministry team feel free to contact Phoebe Christensen at 508/410-8468.
YOUTH MINISTRY / STUDENT ID Designed for MS & HS students, youth ministry at GNBC went through a year of transition in 2018, with 16-year veteran Ben Parker moving to downstate NY with his family, and alumni Justin and Stef Wallace stepping up to lead after serving with Ben’s leadership team.
Student ID meets Wednesday nights at the Chapel. In 2018 students went to Deep Freeze at Berea in March. And starting in September, Student ID began using materials from the church-wide THE STORY project for the weekly group meetings.
YOUTH PRAISE BAND Youth Band has been making noise at Good News for a few years now, but Fall of 2018 brought me on board to lead. The kids, of mostly high school age, teach me with great patience.
The consistent presence of Craig Fabbo on the team has provided stability, mentoring, and musical excellence. The students are enthusiastic and have high standards with contemporary music and hymns alike; performing about once every 6 weeks.
We focus on being a part of each others lives, praying for each other, and holding each other accountable as leaders in worship.
Because kids grow up, move on, and have very busy lives, Youth Band is in constant need of new talent and ways to encourage budding musicians. This Spring we’d like to grow the Band, inviting kids who have made a declaration of faith (including Junior-High musicians) to come and practice, even if they aren’t ready to perform on a Sunday yet.
We’d also like to incorporate more bilingual worship. If you have a student that may be interested, talk to them about their faith and motivation, and watch for a GNBC notice about Open Youth Worship Team night. – submitted by Meegan Delvental