Grace Weekly

Regarding In-Person Sunday Services

On Friday, May 22nd, both President Trump and Governor Newsom held press conferences speaking about loosening restrictions for houses of worship. This is great news as re-opening may be sooner rather than later, and our desire is to meet in person as soon as possible.

The Grace leadership team is monitoring changes and watching for State of California guidelines regarding houses of worship, to be released early next week. We will work to provide on-campus experiences, in the best way and at the best time, to ensure we meet the updated requirements and provide an excellent, safe gathering experience for all who join. We will provide updates as they are available via our social media channels:  @gracescv,    gracebaptist.org/together   and the eNews (subscribe here:  gracebaptist.org/enews
)

Currently our campus remains closed, but please join us for Sunday services online at:  gracebaptist.org/streaming-service   Weekend streaming Sunday services will now look a bit different as we will live-stream our 10am service from the Worship Center, our Grace Family Living Room! This is a small step toward the Grace Family gathering soon, in person. We are praying that this weekend's online gathering will be an encouragement and remind us of the great privilege we have as followers of Jesus, to be joined with His family, and find our worth and identity in Him.

Posted by Xenia Willett at Tuesday, May 26, 2020

GRACE TOGETHER

Let's stay connected!
Go to:  gracebaptist.org/together


“Grace Together,” located on our Church Website, is designed to help keep you informed and it is updated Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. You will find devotionals and great articles from our pastors and you can access our Sunday sermons here (with notes here)  as well as ministry resources for adults, kids and students.

Our desire is for Grace to be a hopeful, Gospel-informed light in the midst of some uncertainty. We encourage you to stay engaged with the Grace Family through this page and your circles of ministry. We look forward to gathering together again in the future, but in the meantime, we’re grateful for technology to keep us connected.
You’re in our prayers, Grace to you!
- Grace Baptist Church Elders, Pastors, and Staff

If you or someone you know is in need of assistance,
please do not hesitate to send an email to info@gracebaptist.org

Stay connected also at:   Face Book and Instagram

Posted by Xenia Willett at Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Executive Pastor Search

Grace Baptist is accepting applications for the position of Executive Pastor. This key leadership position will serve the congregation as the leader of our staff, bringing overall cohesion and efficiency as GBC continues to strengthen its core ministries. This position will play a critical role in shaping ministry direction and lead all staff in accomplishing the mission of our church as guided by the elders.

This candidate would possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration or related fields. A Biblical education would be beneficial. In addition, the successful candidate would have a proven track record of:  effective leadership, shepherding, sound judgment, good business acumen, and meet the qualifications of an Elder as outlined in 1 Timothy 3:1-7.

If you are interested, email  xpsearchteam@gmail.com  for a copy of the full job description
and to be informed of documents needed for your application to be considered.

Posted by Xenia Willett at Monday, May 18, 2020

Songs of Hope on SPOTIFY!

Our Music Department has created a playlist called, "Songs of Hope."
It's our desire that these songs would provide for you comfort and relief
from our current challenging events.

Listen at:  gracebaptist.org/spotify

Posted by Xenia Willett at Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Library Curbside Pick-Up!

Beginning today, Tuesday, May 26, curbside pick-up and drop-off, will be available at our Grace Library.
Go here for for further information:  gracebaptist.org/library

 

Posted by Xenia Willett at Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Letter from Pastors David, Aaron and Jared

Dear Grace Baptist Family, 

We feel it, too. The restrictions on our lives, and especially our worship, have grown old and we all long to have things the way they used to be. We’re with you. But it is important in this crazy season that we bind ourselves to the instructions of the Apostle Paul when he encouraged the Philippians to “let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ …” (Philippians 1:27) 

Christ’s call on our lives, no matter our circumstance, is to be conspicuous as those whose allegiance is first to Christ and Scripture. 

At this point, that means honoring the regulations our governmental officials have put in place. Do we agree with these regulations? I’m sure we’re all conflicted, and there certainly are varying degrees of understanding what Paul meant in Romans 13 when he called for Christ-followers to “be subject to the governing authorities.”

And how do we do that? How do we as Christ-followers “walk worthy of the gospel” in this unique season? How do we live “subject to the governing authorities” as Christ-followers? 

Some are suggesting that Moses, Gideon and the other Judges, and even Paul himself rebelled against unjust governments, and that we should as well. But, if we study the biblical record we find that Moses was directed in his course of action by God himself, personally and directly, as were the Judges who were obedient to God – their only King! – and empowered by him to protect Israel and deliver them from idolatry. In Paul’s case, his defiance of governmental orders was in line with that of Peter and other Apostles in this way: They only went against governmental regulations and orders when to obey them directly contravened God’s commands. 

We can assure you, if our government demanded that we not preach the gospel (as Jerusalem’s officials did in Peter’s case) we would gladly stand with the Apostle and state “we must obey God rather than men.” But what we are enduring now is not religious persecution. The regulations pertain to every segment of society, not just religious organizations. 

So, what do we do? Most importantly, we remember that we represent Jesus Christ. We are his ambassadors. We follow the instructions he gave in Mark 12:13-17: “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

Jesus meant God alone should command our ultimate allegiance. And while some will try to take advantage of this COVID-19 season for political or economic advantage, we must see it as a unique opportunity to testify to the presence of Christ in our lives through the way we think, act, and speak. 

So, how do we act when we disagree with our governmental officials? First, we remember to be honoring and respectful in our demeanor, truthful in our assertions, and self-controlled at all times. We also remember that our Christian witness is not disconnected from our earthly citizenship. How we protest reveals that our true citizenship is not of this world. 

Second, remember the unbelievers watching us feel the same squeeze we do, but without the hope and assurance of Christ. So while Christ-followers are not called to hide or ignore our frustrations and have every right to speak in the public square, we also have a transcendent identity. We serve our King Jesus, and his reputation must always come first.

Third, it would be tragic if our witness during this season were more characterized by frustration and anger than by the love, life, and hope of Christ. It would be a significant lost opportunity if those around us who are searching for answers and hope would fail to see in us the joy of our eternal home and the rest and refuge we find in our Sovereign God. 

Fourthly, as we go forward as a covenantal group of Christ-followers, let us not allow COVID-19 to divide us. All around us the unbelieving world is taking sides, excoriating officials, demeaning those who hold opposing opinions, and generally flinging out their exasperation and anger childishly. But, that cannot be us. Let us be the people of God, the Body of Christ, whose minds and tongues and keyboards are being sanctified, useful to the Master and engaged in good works. 

Lastly, as leaders of Grace Baptist Church we want you to know we are working tirelessly to present and promote worship and learning opportunities that God the Spirit can use during this challenging time. We are with you in longing for the day we can be together again. Also, we are in touch with our state and national officials on an almost daily basis, asking questions, getting guidelines, and receiving information that will help us plan the future and be ready to take full advantage each time the regulations are relaxed. 

It is obvious that our great enemy Satan is intent on using this season to break down our unity as brothers and sisters in Christ. Don’t fall for it! Rather, take drastic measures to “run the race before you, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith” (Heb. 12:2).

Grace to You, 

Your Preaching Team 
David W. Hegg, Aaron Miller, Jared Burkholder

Posted by Xenia Willett at Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Grace Women

Main Bible Study
Registration Now Open!
 

Women of Grace, our Main Bible Study for women will be starting up again in the fall. We'll be studying the wonderful book of Philippians. You can join us for either the Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning session. Childcare is available for both days. We begin September 15/16 and we’d love to have you with us! Things may look a little different this year, but what never changes is the power of God’s Word and His love for His people. Come to experience both of those!

Go to:   gracebaptist.org/mainbiblestudy   for information and to register! 

Posted by Xenia Willett at Monday, May 4, 2020

FANTASTIC FOURS Registration

Fall Registration Now Open!
Looking for a mommy and me preschool opportunity? Fantastic Fours registration is now open to children who will be age four years by September 1.  This co-op program allows moms to spend time with their child the year before Kindergarten and also have time for fellowship with other moms during this special stage.  Fantastic Fours is aimed at pointing little hearts to Jesus, while providing an educational experience for the children and an opportunity for moms to grow in the Lord as well. We will be taking approximately 25 children, so register now to secure your spot!

For more information or if you have questions, visit: 
gracebaptist.org/fantastic-fours

Posted by Xenia Willett at Friday, May 1, 2020

Baby Bottle Boomerang - ONLINE!

Begins May 10- June 21
Join us in supporting our local ministry partner, SCV Pregnancy Center, in one of their largest and most successful fundraisers of the year- Baby Bottle Boomerang! 
This year you can fill up your baby bottle, virtually! Go to:  scvpc.org/EVENTS/BABY-BOTTLES   for more info on how to participate.

Posted by Xenia Willett at Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Grace U Class: A Study in Philippians

Join Pastor David on Mondays, 7-9pm...
as we walk through Paul’s letter to the Philippians. We will explore four chapters in four nights on May 4, 11, 18, and June 1. Philippians is filled with great theology and practical counsel all wrapped up in the Apostle’s call to “rejoice always, and again I say rejoice!” Class notes will be emailed to you before the first class. There is no charge for this class and you do not need a Facebook account to stream the class. 

To register, go to:  gracebaptist.org/graceu  so you can receive the weekly link!
Posted by Xenia Willett at Monday, April 27, 2020

Prayer Portal

We are privileged to pray together as a Church family, connecting with and caring for one another’s needs. With our online Prayer Portal, you can submit a prayer request and pray for others any time, day or night. Partner with us as we love each other and depend on the Father.  Go to:  gracebaptist.org/prayer

Posted by Xenia Willett at Monday, March 23, 2020

GBC Job Opening

The Grounds Department currently has an opening for a part-time groundskeeper.
If interested, contact:  hr@gracebaptist.org
Posted by Xenia Willett at Saturday, March 21, 2020

OUTREACH

CARE PORTAL
There are so many who are being impacted in our community through loss of employment and income. We have been hearing regularly from the school district and others about needy families within our valley. Recently, Grace has joined a network featuring community needs called CarePortal. This platform helps connect churches to needs posted by the Department of Children and Family Services, our local school districts, and others. Meeting these needs plays the vital role of helping families in crisis and connecting them to Godly families and churches.

If you, or your ABF/Grace Group would be open to assisting in meeting needs and showing the hope of Christ, email:  outreach@gracebaptist.org  for more information. God wants to mobilize His church for good and the Gospel during this season!


REACH OPPORTUNITY

Here's a way for you to write notes to your immediate neighbors and deliver
a socially-distanced word of encouragement or Scripture passage.
Be sure to include your contact info in case they want to follow-up! 
Download the Neighbor Card

SHARE HOW GOD IS WORKING!
We'd love to know how God is using you or these circumstances to shape lives
and magnify His glory. If something comes to your mind, please take a moment
and send an email to Grace.

Global Partner Update:
Please be praying for our global partners during this time of uncertainty and isolation
due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ways to you can pray:
• Pray for health of families abroad
• Pray for God’s peace to guard the hearts and minds of our partners
• Pray for Gospel opportunities within their communities
• Pray that their daily needs be met

Thank you for praying!

Posted by Xenia Willett at Friday, March 20, 2020

Sign Up for Grace eNews!

Receive an email newsletter Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for updates, GBC event details, upcoming sermon info, and more! Go to:  gracebaptist.org/enews
Posted by Xenia Willett at Wednesday, March 18, 2020

GRACE KIDS

Grace Kids LIVE!
We welcome you to join a new addition to our Sunday Service live stream called "Grace Kid's Live." Gather your children from 9:30-9:50am on our LIVESTREAM page to join us for a sing-a-long and Kid Talk relating to the weekend’s sermon. We hope this will be a helpful resource as you disciple your kids in the following weeks. Be sure to check this page out for resources to keep your kiddos occupied while you tune into the Sunday service!
We know you've got kids at home during the week, so check:  gracebaptist.org/together  for home activities that might help break up the day.

Posted by Xenia Willett at Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Speak with a Chaplain

Despite our current closure of activities on campus at Grace, ...
we still have volunteer chaplains available to those who might need to talk or pray through life challenges, over the phone, Mon.-Thurs. 8:30am-4:30pm. If you, or someone you know, might benefit from meeting with a chaplain, call the church at 296-8737.
Posted by Xenia Willett at Tuesday, March 17, 2020

The GBC App

Take time to explore the app for a newsfeed that will have upcoming events, recent sermons, and more, right on your homescreen. We’ve added a Resource Section with book recommendations curated by our pastors and directors. If you haven’t downloaded it yet, this is the perfect time! Visit:  gracebaptist.org/app
Posted by Xenia Willett at Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Giving

You’re faithful and sacrificial financial gifts to Grace are greatly appreciated during these uncertain times to help support the Grace family. There are three ways you can give:
1. Go to: gracebaptist.org/give
2. Mail your offering to the church office at:
    Grace Baptist Church, 22833 Copper Hill Drive, Santa Clarita, CA 91350
3. You can also use "Push Pay" on the Grace App. Visit:  gracebaptist.org/app

If you have a need, please reach out to the church office, we would love know how to help.

Posted by Xenia Willett at Monday, March 16, 2020

Baptism Is a Powerful Object Lesson

Baptism portrays the reality of salvation by faith in Christ alone. The spiritual deadness which once characterized the sinner is buried forever and in its place God has raised the believing person to new life in Christ! Let’s celebrate what God has done! If you’re interested in being baptized, email: outreach@gracebaptist.org
Posted by Xenia Willett at Friday, March 13, 2020