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Grace Mail: Sept. 25, 2014
Cookie Crush
Drop off cookies Oct. 4-5
Great job, Grace Fellowship! Cookie Crush sign-ups are full! If you signed up to bake cookies to help us show appreciation to school personnel in our community, be sure to pick up your packaging kit! Kits will be available this weekend outside the church entrance. Cookies must be brought in to the church office Oct. 4-5.Open Gym
Beginning Oct. 2
Join us at Grace Fellowship for open gym on Thursday evenings, beginning Oct. 2. Open gym times:

  • 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm: ages 45 +
  • 9:00 pm – 10:30 pm: ages 18 + (and out of high school)

Grace Students Connect
Oct. 5, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
High school students, join us Oct. 5 at Grace Fellowship for Grace Students Connect! Connect is a unique monthly gathering for students in 9th-12th grades. You’ll connect with students and leaders while learning more about Grace Students’ core values.
Fight Club Launch
Oct. 10, 11:00 pm
Join us for the launch of Fight Club – Grace’s exciting ministry built to equip men to fight for what really matters. A new Fight Club round launches Oct. 10 at 11:00 pm at the church. At the launch, men will learn what the Fight Club ministry is all about and how they can become an official Fight Club man. There is not a man at Grace Fellowship who can afford to miss this unique and memorable night. Fight Club is for men 18 and older.
Haiti Medical Mission Teams
Early 2015
We are excited to continue medical efforts in Haiti and give the opportunity for three teams from Grace to travel to Haiti early next year! These trips are open to doctors, nurses, nursing students, dentists, dental hygienists and all emergency response personnel. Trip dates are Jan. 9-15, Feb. 27-Mar. 5, and Mar. 20-26. Click here to apply.

College Student Care Packages
Is your son or daughter away at college? Are you a college student yourself? Our Care Team sends care packages to college students a few times a year as a way to show them we’re thinking about them. To be included, fill out this form.

Numbers 13:30 – Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”
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Grace Mail, 7/17/14

Grace Mail: July 17, 2014
Friday Night Lights
Tomorrow, July 18, 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Jr. High students, join us July 18 for Friday Night Lights! We’ll have games, open gym and more. Please bring $5/student for food, drinks and fun. Friday Night Lights will happen again on August 22, so mark your calendars now!

SING! A Night of Worship
July 30, 7:00 pm
Join us for a night of worship through song Wednesday, July 30 at 7:00 pm. We’ll lift our voices and seek God together as we celebrate who Jesus is and all He is doing in our lives. Childcare will be available for preschool and under. Don’t miss out on this amazing night!

Single Parent Fair
Aug. 9, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Our annual Single Parent Fair is coming August 9. We love blessing single parents in the community and in our church through this fun, free event! Each year, we seek a variety of volunteers and donations.

  • Volunteer: We need you! There are volunteer opportunities for licensed professionals (children’s hair cuts, parent massages, and more) and general volunteers (childcare, car wash, and more). Click here to sign up!
  • Donate: We are collecting a variety of school supplies to give away at the event. For a complete list of what’s needed, click here. You can also donate gift cards ($25-$100) for single parents to win. Gift card donations can be dropped off in the church office.

Capital Kings Concert
Aug. 15, 7:30 pm
Get ready for a fun, energetic night! We are excited to host Capital Kings, an electronic pop duo that has been garnering praise and building hype around the country! They blend pop, rock, hip-hop, and dance music into their songs. You won’t want to miss this concert at Grace! Click here to purchase tickets. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $12/each (group rates available).

Haiti Fall Mission Trip

Nov. 14-20
Application Deadline: July 27

We are excited to send a team to serve with our ministry partner in Haiti this fall! This trip is open to adults and students who have completed 10th grade. Trip dates are Nov. 14-20. Click here to download the application.Application and deposit are due July 27.

Where is Grace This Summer?
We want to see YOU in Grace Wear this summer! Wear your favorite Grace shirt on your summer vacation, snap a photo, tell us where you are, and post it to social media. Tag your photo with #gracevacation on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, or email it to the office. Your summer vacation pics could be featured during our weekend services! Don’t have Grace Wear? Purchase yours online here.

John 16:7 – But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.
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PHC Update

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Dear PHC sponsors and friends,

I hope this note finds you well and enjoying summer’s simple pleasures. I just returned from the Central African Republic (C.A.R.) and can now update you on our (PHC’s) situation.

THE SECURITY SITUATION IN THE C.A.R.

  • The country continues to be unstable, the instability extending now to pretty much everywhere depending on the day. It can pop up for days and go away for months, or stay for months with occasional interludes of calm.
  • The capital city of Bangui is hobbling along. Some areas are always dangerous, which people learn to avoid. Many neighborhoods, while not stable, are at least predictable enough to risk going to buy and sell at the market. This pretty much sums up the C.A.R. economy and its people’s daily lives these days.
  • The future? It’s anybody’s guess. What we do know is that atrocities continue on both sides – the Seleka rebel side vs the non-Muslim Anti-Balaka side – and that both sides continue to recruit soldiers. It’s a safe assumption that they are not recruiting soldiers for peace.
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  • It is said that people respond in three different ways to trauma: fight, flight or freeze. During my time in the C.A.R. and throughout the past 18 months of this war, I’ve seen all three responses. For now, all in all I think people are just trying to figure out how to live their lives in the new “normal.”
  • Trauma healing is now a primary focus as people struggle to process all that they have suffered, experienced, and lost since March 2013. It is safe to say that no one has escaped without scars.
PHC’s SITUATION -The report of PHC’s situation at present is mixed

On a positive note

  • All PHC staff have been paid every month since the war started
  • Since January 2014 PHC has provided $35,000+ of extra food and/or seed + gardening tools (over and above normal budget) for PHC orphans
  • Temporary houses were constructed for 13 PHC widows and food given to 100
  • We have not heard of any child – Hand in Hand (HnH) or Sponsorship – who has been killed or recruited/kidnapped to be a child soldier. Two of our children were kidnapped in October, but were returned to us when a ransom was paid.

Sadly

  • Two teachers have been hit with gunfire, one died of his injuries (January 2014 and the other has recovered from her injuries (April 2013).
  • In March, one Bangui orphan was shot in the arm and leg. She is still recovering.
  • At least two orphans have died from malaria during the time when they were living in the savannah and out of reach of medical help. We imagine there are more cases like this that have not yet been reported.

HnH SCHOOLS – Half of the 44 church-based Hand in Hand (HnH) orphan schools have managed to provide some services, though at times spotty, to their orphans this past year. Since HnH students live in rural areas and are part of the same community as their HnH teachers and church family, keeping track of them is easier. When fighting erupts in their village, they all flee together to the savannah to wait it out – usually for days but sometimes for months.
SPONSORSHIP – The Bangui-based orphan sponsorship model has struggled to function.

  • While we have provided for the orphans who have returned to us (about 60%), we cannot provide for those orphans who cannot get to us.
  • Keeping track of sponsorship orphans has become difficult and in some cases impossible, usually because they and their extended families have fled Bangui.Unlike the HnH orphan care model, Bangui’s sponsorship children are living in 30+ neighborhoods throughout the city. They attend different churches and are part of many unconnected communities. This model can work during peace-time, but breaks down during war.
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PHC’s FUTURE
Barring a major turn of events, PHC’s HnH orphan schools will continue as always; what is unclear is what we should do with the Bangui-based sponsorship branch. Some possible directions include:

  • Staying as we are. This is our prayer, but it will require a miracle for which we are praying.Modifying our Bangui-based sponsorship program’s infrastructure so that there is a more robust local/neighborhood organizational structure.
  • Discontinue the sponsorship branch until the security situation in Bangui is resolved all-together. This is our least desirable alternative, but is a real possibility.
  • In 2003, I met with Compassion International, inviting them to start an orphan project in the C.A.R. They were already working in war-torn Congo, and eyed with suspicion the C.A.R.’s shared border with Congo. Sure enough, even while I was meeting with them in Colorado Springs, war broke out in the C.A.R., some of it spilling across the river from Congo. At that time, Compassion made the heart-breaking but necessary decision to close their project in Congo, and they were no longer interested in talking about coming to Bangui. There are a few key similarities between PHC’s situation today and Compassion’s Congo situation in 2003: 1) our similar models of orphan ministry and 2) elements of the same war. While closing PHC’s sponsorship branch is not our option of choice, it is a possibility for the same reasons Compassion closed Congo.

August = decision time
Since the situation on the ground is ever-changing, making a decision now about next school year would ill-advised. We continue to watch and get input from the C.A.R., input which will inform our prayerful decision concerning PHC’s future. This decision will be communicated in early September.

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WHAT CAN YOU DO UNTIL AUGUST?

  1. PRAY for wisdom and for the well-being of 3000+ PHC orphans and thousands of other needy kids.
  2. Continue to GIVE, if you feel so inclined, knowing that your monthly funds will only ever be used to help needy kids in the C.A.R. While we cannot guarantee that your gift will go to help YOUR specific orphan (depending on whether he/she is coming to our orphan centers), we can promise that it will go to help needy kids in the C.A.R. – and there have never been more kids in need in the C.A.R. than there are now.
Grateful to be your coworker in Christ,
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Barb Wooler, PHC Director Box 588, Winona Lake, IN 46590
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Grace Mail

Grace Mail: March 20, 2014
Sing! A Night of Worship
April 6, 6:30 pm
Join us for a night of worship through song on April 6 at 6:30 pm. We’ll lift our voices and seek God together as we celebrate who Jesus is and all He is doing in our lives.Childcare will be available for birth through fourth grade. We’ll also be collecting supplies that evening to benefit human trafficking victims. You can donate ready-to-eat meals and snacks (pop-tab style foods, tuna, etc.) or travel bottles of shampoo or conditioner (no hotel brands, please). Don’t miss out on this amazing night!

Eggsplosion

April 18, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Save the date for our biggest Impact event for kids (4th grade and under)! Eggsplosion will take place at Pickerington High School North on April 18 at 5:30 pm. Look for more information this weekend on donation and volunteer opportunities.
Softball League
Registration Deadline: April 6
We are beginning preparations for our summer softball league. Games begin the week of May 5. Men’s games are played on Monday nights. Co-ed games are played on Friday nights. The cost is $40 (includes league fee and a Grace softball shirt). If you are interested in either team, click here. Registration deadline is April 6.
Online Resources & Forms
Do you have an upcoming visit to the hospital and want someone to visit you? Are you interested in renting a room or equipment at Grace? Visit our website for these forms and more.

Grace Wear
Online Sales
Want to show your support for Grace Fellowship and look fashionable at the same time? Check out our Grace Wear sales online. T-shirts are $15 each and hoodies are $25 each.

Job 10:12 – You gave me life and showed me kindness, and in your providence watched over my spirit.
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Serve the PCMA Food Pantry by getting your oil changed!

Hello everyone,
In case you can’t open the attached, here’s what it’s about:
Midas has teamed up with Mytime to help the PCMA Food Pantry of Pickerington raise money. If you book a Midas Oil Change through Mytime before April 30, 2014, you will get a $10 discount AND PCMA Food Pantry will receive a $10 donation from Midas.

Here’s what you need to do:
1. Visit http://midas.mytime.com
2. Select the Pickerington Midas
3. Pick a date and time for your oil change
4. Apply code PCMA to save $10!!
5. Complete your purchase online.

THANK YOU.
If you do not have access to the internet, please contact the store at 614-548-0661 for details.
Gessica Peraza
Director of Operations

PCMA Food Pantry of Pickerington
70 Cross Street
Pickerington, OH 43147
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614-834-0079

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Grace Mail

Grace Mail: March 13, 2014
What is the Blessed Life?

What does it mean to live a blessed life? Send us a 30-60 second video telling us what you think! Post it to social media and use the hashtag #graceblessedlife. Your video could be part of an upcoming Grace Fellowship video. Eggsplosion
April 18, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Save the date for our biggest Impact event for kids (4th grade and under)! Eggsplosion will take place at Pickerington High School North on April 18 at 5:30 pm. Look for more information next week on donation and volunteer opportunities.
Softball League
Beginning in May
We are beginning preparations for our summer softball league. Games begin the week of May 5. Men’s games are played on Monday nights. Co-ed games are played on Friday nights. The cost is $40 (includes league fee and a Grace softball shirt). If you are interested in either team, click here.

Grace Wear
Online Sales
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2 Corinthians 10:5 – We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
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Garments of Praise Event! Seating is limited – Register now!

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Lower Lights Ministries presents:
Garments of Praise
TO HONOR AND BENEFIT THE WOMEN OF RACHEL’S HOUSE
fashion show, silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and dessert

Garments of Praise 2013
Garments of Praise 2013

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

6 p.m. – check-in and silent auction
6:30 p.m. – hors d’oeuvres

Purchase Tickets Now
Tickets are $25 or
buy 7 tickets, get the 8th FREE!

Rachel’s House exists for previously incarcerated women to experience the love of God in a physically and emotionally safe environment, empowering them to establish healthy relationships with God, family and community. The program provides transitional housing and comprehensive services for 6-24 months directly following incarceration.
See Angela’s story from Garments of Praise 2013:

Angela's Garments of Praise
Angela’s Garments of Praise

Promotional Documents:
Garments of Praise Poster

Garments of Praise PowerPoint Slide

Garments of Praise Bulletin Insert

Held at Meadow Park Church of God
- Bethel Campus

2425 Bethel Road

If you want to help promote the event or if you have questions,
contact Rebecca Brown

Lower Lights Ministries
PO Box 908
Columbus, Ohio 43216

“When You’re Here, You’re Family”

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“When You’re Here, You’re Family”

by Stephanie Taylor

Forgive my shameless cheesy title. I couldn’t help myself.

Cause that’s the best way to describe changes I’m seeing. In the close relationships, the ones that lift my heart up on the hard days & remind me that there are a few people that are finally building trust, it can feel like you’re family.

Trust is huge. I mean everywhere, it’s a buzz word, right?

But I’m talking trust in a country where the term has been shattered.

Here’s what it meant to me today:

I was visiting with Janine (our next door neighbor) and her cousin when Kiki got home from school, accompanied by his big cousin Bethsaida who sometimes comes home with him. After they both kissed us all on the cheek in greeting, Bethsaida came over and stood in front of me, with her back to me.

…? Okay? I’m used to kids just standing by me here, so I figured that’s what she was doing. But I wondered why she was, because the first thing you do after school is get your clean uniform off to keep it pristine. Then Janine told Bethsaida “get closer so Stephanie can undo the buttons for you”.

Then I realized that Janine had sent her over naturally (she didn’t tell me) to help her with getting the uniform off, and five-year-old Bethsaida had seen this as natural and come over. I went ahead and helped her and gently said “you’re good, go change!”

Kiki started running around (he does that) and Janine gently scolded him, “Kiki! Go over to Stephanie so she can help undo your buttons on your shirt!” – Which he obediently listened to, respectfully waiting until I said “It’s done!” to take his shirt off dramatically and run to the house.

Bethsaida was already there and they started fighting, I sat for a moment until a meltdown was clearly on it’s way and Janine was about to have to stand up mid-feather plucking (she was preparing a chicken for dinner). I went in and took Kiki out to gently tell them to just change separately, and Janine yelled to Kiki to show me where his clothes were so I could help him get a play outfit on. Walking through a door I hadn’t been to, I went in alone with this three-year-old to the back room of the home, walking through other rooms to get there. We were in there for who knows how long, as I helped him get an outfit and wondered if Janine would think it was sketchy that we’d been in there so long (I don’t just walk in people’s homes alone, and I know that I don’t let others do that in my home).

We came out and Kiki showed off his outfit as I sat back down to have Janine ask him about what he learned in school – “anyen” – nothing.

Kiki's photo skills today: getting a shot of Bethsaida after she got play clothes on.Kiki’s photo skills today: getting a shot of Bethsaida after she got play clothes on.

She had been plucking a chicken for dinner and asking if I knew how to do it, insisting along the way that she was going to give me a big plate of the food she was making. Because of her insistence, I came back hours later after doing more rounds in the neighborhood. She was with Kiki, a picky eater, and said “Steph will feed you, then” as she asked me to watch him eat.

Okay, now I need to interrupt here so you read this story how it’s intended. Janine is NOT a lazy mother, in any way. She is my age and happens to be one of the mom’s who has it all together. She wakes up early in the morning to take care of Kiki and both sells from a stand all day, including selling phone minutes, as well as sells dinner food at night (she’s trying to start a restaurant). Kiki is her only child and he is the absolute apple of her eye, she adores him. The money she works hard for goes to get him awesome shoes, a secure future, and healthy food all day long. He loves to cuddle her, as does she, and her time is more than dedicated to him. She reflects the Haitian proverb that children are the wealth of Haiti, as that is totally how she sees her son, and she in no way pushes him off on me.

Anyways, I tried to creatively get him to eat (his mom makes amazing food, so it shouldn’t be hard) and Janine plopped a plate for me on my lap (in a basket so the heat didn’t burn my legs) as I helped him. She had even picked all the beans out for him! But he found one and called me out for trying to sneak it into his mouth with the spoon.

Kiki decided to take his shirt off in the middle of dinner. Cause....that's what he does.Kiki decided to take his shirt off in the middle of dinner. Cause….that’s what he does.

We got him to eat the plate (minus one bite) and he went back to dancing and fighting invisible bad guys. I worked on my plate and Janine gave me a Limonade, insisting I drink it. We talked today about how we’ll miss seeing each other while I’m in Ohio in the spring. We joked about things and she both helped me with my Creole as well as defended what I was saying as her cousin threw the marriage questions at me like many others do on a daily basis.

Rice, Beans, and Bird straight from the yard! My plate was given with a basket to keep my legs from burning.Rice, Beans, and Bird straight from the yard! My plate was given with a basket to keep my legs from burning. And hi, Kiki.

Now, my point -

First off, teams love kids, but have you ever come on a team? Imagine a kid standing still for you and waiting for you to help them with your uniform (that their mother naturally said you’d help with). You can’t imagine it, the kid would be too busy climbing on you (and getting in trouble for not taking off their uniform to climb). Sometimes I sit back and think, “I’m a white girl doing this. That is NOT normal.” I say that not because I think it, but because everyone else – including the cousin visiting Janine today – think it. They can’t get over the idea that I’m sitting down to talk, let alone the fact that Janine would choose ME to take care of the after school routine. That’s just a part of this to point out and help understand my heart, as I’m so thankful that this is where I am with my neighbor.

More importantly, let’s go to one of our favorite buzz words: trust. I said that Janine does not push Kiki off on me – and I mean it. There is a big difference in how you hand off a child, and to who….I wish you could meet Janine and see her heart (you wouldn’t quickly, she holds back), so you could really understand this friend of mine. Her sending the kids said nothing about her parenting and everything about how she views me as well as how the kids view me. I’ll repeat the idea that children are the wealth here, and it’s true! And Janine trusts me with what is mot precious to her, and on top of that for me to just walk around her family’s home alone with a three-year-old! Trust is not easy to come by, especially the kind that puts itself on the line to defend a friend in front of family like she did with her cousin today.

Going to bed thankful tonight. For Kiki’s personality, for a belly full of Janine’s rice, and for what I can’t believe I get to do. God has created relationships that seem so hard for nothing some days, and then I get to see what he’s doing from a perspective like today. I don’t know why it’s me, but I’m thankful for what He can do when we say yes.

Stephanie Taylor | February 21, 2014 at 7:46 pm | Categories: Uncategorized | URL:http://wp.me/p3aDex-90

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Eat free pancakes and serve a local ministry partner!

Dear Church Partner,
Please share this opportunity with your congregation via bulletins, websites, etc. Thank you for your support and prayers.
God bless!

National Pancake Day
Gather your friends, family and neighbors and visit any central Ohio IHop on Tuesday, March 4th to celebrate National Pancake Day and enjoy a FREE stack of pancakes! Donations to Pregnancy Decision Health Centers will be accepted. Support local women and families while treating yours to a delicious meal. It’s a win-win!
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