Sunday, September 1st, 2019

Purpose

READ John 20:26-31

This is John’s thesis statement and is where we’ll spend a bit of time this first Sunday in John. Memorize this verse and refer back to it as we work our way through this profound, yet simple gospel as a church this fall. Allow this purpose to inform your understanding. When reading a difficult passage in John ask, how does this section support John’s purpose in writing this book? As we see this purpose borne out in every verse, may we worship Him anew together!

Friday, August 30th, 2019

I Am…

READ John 6:35, 8:12, 10:11-15

With each “I am” Jesus hearkens back to God’s revelation in the Old Testament - not just the divine name “I am that I am” but to His identity as shepherd, sustenance, etc. As you read through just a few of these statements, reflect on Jesus’ claim in your own life. What is Jesus saying about himself? Why does it matter to his listeners?

Wednesday, August 28th, 2019

A Woman Known

READ John 4:1-26

It was culturally inappropriate for Jesus to initiate this kind of conversation - both because she was a woman, and because she was a Samaritan. In effect, this episode records Jesus’ willingness to engage an ‘outsider,’ and her realization that followed. As you read, what does Jesus mean by his claim in v. 13? The final paragraph recognizes that location will no longer matter with respect to worship. Why is it so significant that true worshipers will worship in “spirit and truth” instead?

GBC and Copper Jewelry

Some missions’ organizations call it the “development of a micro-industry,” providing training and resources so that local believers can start their own business and help lift themselves out of poverty.  For GBC it means that three members of our church have used their God-given skills to help our friends in Haiti by teaching them how to make wire jewelry out of copper.

Two years ago, Carolyn Kinzer, Deborah Harms, and Susan Baker taught several Haitian ladies how to do just that.  Our GBC trainers used a simple method: they taught the ladies basic copper jewelry-making techniques and then told them to get creative.  Three ladies have continued on and made more than 100 pieces of jewelry that GBC has brought back and sold for them.  The women have even been selling the jewelry to their friends in Pignon.  

This opportunity has been life changing for these three women.  Since the average Haitian earns less than two dollars per day and women even less than that, the few hundred dollars they have earned from their jewelry has significantly changed their lives.   

Sona has a daughter with health issues, and she has been able to pay doctors and hospital bills with the money she has earned.  

Marie has been able to pay the tuition to keep her children in school. 

Renaud, a single mom of four, truly sees this opportunity as sent by God.  She has taken her money and gone to Hinche (a larger nearby city) and purchased items that she brings back to Pignon to sell and make even more money.   

The women are proud of their creations.  And, earning their own way has improved their self-esteem.  What a joy it is to watch God use three women in our congregation to dramatically improve the lives of three Haitian families. Praise Him!

 

GBC Vision Teams (January - August 2017)

1.  Haiti
         March 4-11
    Medical Outreach, Construction
    Senior High and older
    Cost:  $1600
    Information Meeting—today, 11:30 p.m., Conference Room

2.  Haiti
    April 8-15 (school vacation week in CT)
    Medical Outreach, Construction
    Senior High and older
    Cost:  $1600

3.  Builders For Christ
    May 27-June 3
    Logan, Ohio
    Church Construction
    Over 18
    Cost:  Approx. $750.    

4.  Navajo Nation
    July 1-8    
    Construction, VBS
    Senior High
    Cost:  $1,100

5.  WorkcampNEMiddle School
    July 2-8
    Home Repair
    Middle School—Adult leaders needed
    Cost:  $425

6.  WorkcampNEHigh School
    July 16-22
    Home Repair
    High School—Adult leaders needed
    Cost:  $425

If you’d like more information on any of these teams, contact Andy Bonner, andy@grotonbiblechapel.org.