FOOD DRIVE: The R.O.C.K. youth group is sponsoring a food drive for the Northeast Iowa Food Bank as they serve thousands of persons in need throughout the Cedar Valley and beyond. Your help is requested in donating any canned and non-perishable food items (especially bags of rice, canned fruit, boxed meals, and tuna) as well as personal hygiene items as you are able. A few totes have been placed in the foyer to receive these gifts. The youth will then deliver them to the Food Bank on Wednesday, May 3 as we join another area group for a work project of sorting food and goods. Your support and generosity is much appreciated. The youth of The R.O.C.K. thank you and so do needy families of the Cedar Valley!
SUMMER CAMPS: Lakeview Camps near Pella is offering summer camp opportunities for children, youth, and persons of all ages. Brochures/registrations are available on the mail slot shelf. The church will pay one-half of the early-bird (by May 1) registration fees up to $100 for children and youth who are active in our program. Contact Nancy Macomber (Fish Net) or Pastor Dave (The ROCK0 if you are interested. Please return completed registrations with payment by this Wednesday, April 26. Parents are encouraged to consider this opportunity with your children.
SPRING CLEAN-UP: A special thanks to all who came out and helped spruce up the church properties yesterday. Your help and the giving up of your time is very much appreciated. We also thank our property deacon, Dave Schilling, along with assistant Al Rindels, for coordinating the project. May we continue to be good stewards and care well for that which God has entrusted to us!
BRAINSTORMING UPDATE: Lots of great ideas were shared earlier this year in our church-wide brainstorming session on how to move Grace Church forward. Your input and ideas are valued and continue to be prayerfully and carefully considered by our consistory. Whereas not all the countless ideas can be implemented, several themes were identified which will guide us moving forward: 1) Wider in Witness – a clear desire to turn our church “outward” into the community through service and by having a greater presence in our community whenever and wherever possible, 2) Deeper in Discipleship – encouraging one another in Bible study, prayer, and small groups with an emphasis on marriage and family support, 3) Higher in Hallelujahs – more diversity in worship including youth involvement and the sharing of stories and testimonies to the honor of God, 4) Larger in Leadership – focus on leadership development and training with an emphasis on discovering and using our unique talents and spiritual gifts for God and church, and 5) Finances and Facilities – fostering faithful giving of time and treasures, and participation by all in property upkeep and making facility enhancements and improvements as possible. Please join the consistory in praying for the continued growth and revitalization of Grace Church, and as we seize the opportunities God provides this year to advance our mission and goals. “I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it” (Matthew 16:18). May God lead us forward into His glorious future!