MARCH 13, 2019
Hi Good News family!
Here’s a few things you should know this week…
> CHRISTMAS IN MARCH! Hope never grows old. Chapter 22 of The Story is a huge transition from looking at the promise of the Messiah in God’s Upper Story — to the arrival of the Messiah in the Lower Story of a teen-age peasant girl! Not exactly what everyone at the time thought the Messiah would be. This Sunday we re-launch The Story in the New Testament. Read Matthew chapters 1 & 2, Luke 1 & 2, and John 1& 2 to prepare (The Story, chapter 22).
> PRAYER & PRAISE…
- Pray for GNBC students headed to Deep Freeze at Berea this weekend. Pray for God to work in the hearts and minds of the students, and God’s blessing on Justin and the team of leaders with him for the weekend. (Pray for Stef; she has pneumonia and will have to stay home and miss the weekend!) More info online at berea.org.
- Praise God our sister Diane is home safely from Beth Israel Hospital, Boston.
- Pray for God to be glorified in the funeral service this weekend in Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada, for Austin Chartier, 22 months old, (grandson of Cheryl & Don, nephew of Matthew), who crossed over to glory last Sunday morning.
- Pray for Effie Brandoli, Rich’s wife, facing emergency surgery at Sturdy Hospital after a fall at the Attleboro Healthcare Center nursing home.
> ANNUAL GNBC REPORT MEETING + POT LUCK LUNCH IS SUNDAY MARCH 17 You’re invited! Plan now to stay for a pot luck lunch (bring a main dish + a salad or dessert to feed your family + another family), plus get reports of ministry teams activities in 2018 and plans for 2019, get the GNBC financial update and budget for 2019, and talk together about what is happening at the Chapel now and plans for the future.
“If you’re a church person and not a Jesus person, my heart hurts for you. It’s like being engaged and never getting married. It’s miserable.”
– Matt Chandler
> IF YOU MISSED IT LAST SUNDAY I announced that the GNBC elders are forming a search committee to identify someone to take my position as Teaching Pastor. You can read the full text of that announcement below this email. There will be more details and discussion of the plan at the Annual Report Meeting this Sunday following the Celebration & Growth service.
> MEMORIAL SERVICE PLANS FOR SUE SMITH Sue,68, went home to be with the Lord last Friday morning after a difficult fight with pancreatic cancer. Known to many at GNBC as the co-founder of the Attleboro Emergency Cold Weather Shelter for the homeless hosted at Faith Alliance Church, Sue was a program director for Community Counseling of Bristol County. Memorial service: 2pm Sunday, March 17, at Memorial Baptist Church, 340 Central Avenue, Seekonk.
>CELEBRATE RECOVERY 6:30 EVERY MONDAY NIGHT Our God is a God of rescue and redemption. Help from God’s word — for women and men — for life’s habits, hangups and hurts. Bring a friend who’s hurting and be blessed.
> THE LIFE OF GNBC IS IN LIFE GROUPS Don’t miss this opportunity to grow as a disciple of Jesus and grow closer to new friends in faith. Check out the mid-week Life Group options by clicking here. Then call the host and tell them you’d like to check out their group. You’ll wonder why you waited so long to connect!
> NEED A RECEIPT FOR 2018 GIVING? Connect directly with deacon/treasurer Art Warner (508.930.4538) for a tax-deductible receipt for your giving to the Lord at GNBC this year.
> MISSED A SUNDAY? You can always get the Sunday sermon here — listen online or download the MP3 — plus get a PDF of the sermon notes, plus a PDF of the weekly Program with announcements, prayer page, gospel page, Global Reach Partners update, and the current Life-Group list, etc. All available each week here.
Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights.
Only by grace,
Announcement | March 10, 2018
As many of you know my family and I have been attending GNBC since 1973, In fact my wife, Deb’s grandfather help plant this gathering back in 1935. I’ve had the privilege of serving this body as an elder for the past 34 years while I worked in the marketplace, and then as the staff teaching pastor since 2005.
For some time now, The Holy Spirit has shown me that my particular strengths and gifts are not what GNBC needs as it moves forward. I am convinced it is time for a new, fresh voice, and fresh visionary leadership as God leads this church forward on His mission.
So, along with the other elders and at my request, we are beginning a search for a new teaching pastor for GNBC. As much as I have loved having this opportunity to teach, counsel, and mentor here full time, I’m looking forward to what God has planned for me in the next chapter of my life here in Attleboro.
If you want to be part of this search committee, please speak to an elder today. And please plan on attending the annual corporate report meeting and pot luck lunch next Sunday, March 17th, immediately following the C&G hour for more discussion on the search process.
In the meantime I ask each of you to be praying for Good News, for the leaders here, and for me and my family as we all together look for The Lord’s will in this new chapter for GNBC, and a new chapter of ministry that I look forward to.
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