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The Church News for 13 August 2023

The Grace Missionary Church Office distributes the Church News for 13 August 2023.
Have a blessed week ahead.

If anyone sins and does what is forbidden in any of the LORD’s commands, even though they do not know it, they are guilty and will be held responsible.
BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES

Below is a list of our members and adherents celebrating birthdays and anniversaries during the coming week. If you are also celebrating your special date during this period and your name is not listed, please visit our “Birthdays / Anniversaries” page to update your information.

August 13th

No Listing

August 14th

Elaine Chin (o/s)
Damion Hylton
Kara-Leigh Jones
Pansie & Carl Carey – Anniversary

August 15th

Haley Richards
Royston “Jimmy” Nicholson
Peggy & Richard Burgher – Anniversary
Bobby-Ann & Steven Morris – Anniversary
Bloom & Carl Wellington – Anniversary

August 16th

Carlton Anderson
Catherine Barclay-James

August 17th

Tennyson Chin
Gresford Dinald
Renae Evans
Lileith Facey
Brianna Lewis
Tiviene & Duane Smith – Anniversary

August 18th

Sandra Wilson (o/s)

August 19th

Zaken Asiel Jones
Noel Stennett
Novlete & Noel Brown – Anniversary
Oprah & Jonathan Simpson – Anniversary

Prayer Meeting and Bible Studies:

On Wednesdays, we meet in the Sanctuary for our weekly midday Bible Study at 11:00 AM and, later, our Prayer Meeting session starts at 7:00 PM on ZOOM. The evening Bible Study starts at 8:00 PM and is shared on ZOOM and YouTube.

Youth Meetings

Grace Youth Ministry (GYM), Youth In Praise (YIP) and Teens In Praise (TIP) are on break for the summer.

Sunday School Activities

Sunday School classes will break for August and resume in September 2023.

Sunday Service

Our Worship Services continue in a face-to-face format from the Sanctuary each Sunday at 9:00 AM. It is shared via ZOOM and live-streamed on our YouTube Channel. Our speaker for this Sunday is Reverend Michael Smellie.

We welcome your feedback regarding our Bible Studies and Sunday Services. Your comments will help us to grow and serve you better. So call or email the office or any of the Elders or Deacons, or email us via our website using our contact page. In addition, you may complete an online survey on our Polls page. We greatly appreciate your feedback.

Membership and Baptism

We ask anyone desirous of Baptism or Membership, please indicate your interest to the Church Office, or speak directly with Reverend Mark Dawes.

GMC Connect Card

The GMC Connect Card is available on our Membership Page and from our Team of Ushers. We invite you to complete and submit the card to help us to get to know you better. This will help us to provide the spiritual support you may need from time to time.

Members’ Milestone Recognition

The Membership Department wants to recognize and celebrate with our members who have upcoming Milestone Birthdays or Wedding Anniversaries. If you have one such special event, please share it with Sister Dawn Ashley- the Social Support Officer or a member of the Church Office Team.

Other Announcements

Our heartfelt condolences go out to Brother Jeremy Richards and his family on the passing of his Dad, on Friday, August 4, 2023. Funeral arrangements will be shared when available.

Sister Yvonne Wright is grieving the loss of her sister Mrs Ann Bennett-McKenzie, who passed away on Friday. Funeral arrangements will be shared when they are finalized.

The family of the late Sister Lucille Alexander advised us during the past week that the Thanksgiving Service for her life had been postponed. A new date will be announced in due course.

We continue to offer support through our prayers and words of encouragement to our members and adherents who have recently lost loved ones. May the peace and comfort of our Lord be yours.

We also remember our brethren who are not well or are recuperating, at this time. Let us keep surrounding them with our prayers and words of encouragement:

  • Reverend Garnett Roper
  • Brother Leonard Bowerbank
  • Brother Lloyd Trusty
  • Sister Mary Gray (scheduled for surgery on August 21, 2023)
  • Mr Ashley Bennett, brother of Sister Yvonne Wright, in the hospital in Vancouver, Canada.

Prayer Emphasis – 40 Days of Prayer for Children & Youth

Today GMC launches our Prayer Initiative scheduled for August 13, 2023, to September 21, 2023. A number of activities have been organized, through Corporate and Individual times of seeking the Lord. You are invited to join us for this season of prayer.
The activities include:

  1. A Prayer Chain
    A 24-hour schedule during which you are invited to commit to pray each day during a selected timeslot.
  2. Prayer Meetings
    Our scheduled Wednesday Evening meetings will, during this time, include intentional prayer for our Children and Youth.
  3. Prayer & Fasting on Thursdays
    The GMC Sanctuary will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm each Thursday to facilitate those wishing to pray there during the day, at their convenience.
  4. Early Morning ZOOM Prayer Meeting
    Morning prayer meetings have been scheduled for the following dates @ 5:00 AM.
    • August 15, 2023
    • August 29, 2023
    • September 12, 2023

Prayer Focus points have been circulated for your guidance and the Online Link to the Zoom meetings will be shared.

Efforts continue to develop a Church Photo Directory here at GMC, to help our members recognize and get to know each other. This is a part of our drive to facilitate caring relationships within our fellowship. For those who wish to participate, we are asking that you kindly email to the Church Office, a recent photo ( a selfie will also work), that represents you. GMC’s email address is gracemis@cwjamaica .com. Those without electronic access may send or hand deliver photos to the Church Office Team.

NMYM Summer Camps 2023: July 15 – August 19, 2023

The curtain comes down on NMYM Camp 2023 next weekend. We are down to Camp 5 for our “18 and overs” and continue to pray for a great time of fun, as well as the safety and spiritual upliftment of the campers.

CampAges (yrs)DatesCost
518 and overSat Aug 12 – Sat Aug 1912,000.00

Prayers

Please continue to pray for God’s healing touch for our members who are at this time recuperating. Also, please remember to pray for the “Sick and Shut-Ins” and those classified as vulnerable. In addition, remember to stay in touch with each other during our time of isolation and separation.

Sick and Shut In List
Sick and Shut-In List

Resumption of Church Activities

We continue to observe the following protocols for your safety and comfort when we meet:

  1. Hand Washing and Sanitization.
  2. Mask Wearing in enclosed spaces (highly recommended, but not mandated).
  3. Maintaining Physical distance (highly recommended, but not mandated).
  4. Remaining at home if you are feeling unwell.

Also, please remember to pay very close attention to the periodic updates and advisories issued by the Health Authorities.

Please remember to call and pray with one another. Also, keep safe, practice social distancing, wash hands, and clean surfaces regularly.

In addition, remember to wear your masks, sanitize, and maintain 6 feet physical distance. Also, let us keep in touch and encourage each other, especially during these very challenging times.

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