Tuesday, March 31, 2020
We had a resource that was made available to us free from GROUP, a Christian ministry. There are children's, youth, and family devotionals available free from them right now relevant to our current trial. You can go here or on our home page at gracevalpo.com to use them at home with your families, kids or yourself! Choose from their list of resources here, enter your e-mail and enjoy!
Also remember to try the 2020 Vision prayer walk we did at church at home. You can apply it to your own home and family as well as our church!
We have seen and heard how many have drawn closer to the LORD JESUS during this time, sharing with spouses and family what God has been speaking to them in quiet times, praying with children, and pressing into the heart of the LORD! Isaiah 26:20 says "Come, my people, enter into your rooms And close your doors behind you; Hide for a little while Until indignation runs its course." God is certainly shaking things right now, I pray that each household would be ignited with the Spirit of God today, He is speaking! May we resolve to choose this day whom we will serve...
"If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15)
I Pray God's grace to you and your family today! We continue to pray for our dear ones on the front lines; doctors, nurses, medical workers and so many others in harms way right now. May the Lord keep us and provide for us, passing over us and protecting us under the cover of his loving arms!
Love in Christ Jesus,
Saturday, March 28, 2020
Sunday, March 22, 2020
Greetings all, hopefully you were able to join us for our livestream service this morning! Thanks to Mark Michalec and Sara Michalec for setting this up online and doing worship, also thanks to Steven Reuter for sharing message. We plan on doing livestream for upcoming weeks and will pipe into our sound system next week which should make the sound quality much better. Also hope to work out better streaming experience to avoid losing stream, thanks for the feedback!
We thank the Lord for each of one of you and just want to encourage you to keep doing the Father's business! We were suppose to be in Florida today visiting my sister but things have changed for all of us these past weeks. We were blessed this past week in numerous ways. A St. Patrick's Day corned beef and cabbage meal from Don and Nancy Ontto delivered to our home! Ari,Emma,and Becca had 8 youth group girls over for a luncheon (that's under the 10 allowed:). Julie and Ari were able to take care of a 20 year old single mom's baby these past weeks as she has had to go to work. Numerous emails or texts with a Scripture or encouraging word, so thank you.
We were also blessed by the movie "Before the Wrath" that was given to us by Wayne and Linda Voigt Lea as our family watched it. It's a movie that explains what Jesus meant in John 14:1-3- “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also." It's a picture of the Jewish Galilean wedding, Jesus is our bridegroom and we are His bride! Yesterday it actually hit #4 on the amazon top selling movie list and is the #1 Christian movie, we have a copy at the church and would be glad to deliver it to someone.
We were also blessed to be able to deliver some groceries and movies to a few people this weekend that are high risk and not able to go out as much, so please if anyone needs a movie, books, food, or just a smiling face (or phone call) to visit with just let us know!
Continue in His Word and draw near to our Lord! I've heard great testimonies from those that have grown in quiet time and Word. Family bible studies in home, also prayer groups praying via facetime!
Another question has come up with many, how should I send my tithes and offerings in? You can either mail your check in to the church or give online through our website. Thanks so much!
Love in Christ, The Gerdt family
P.S. Want to prayer walk in your home? Use the 2020 Vision prayer walk we did at our church at beginning of year in your home.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Greetings Grace Chapel family,
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!
The last few days and weeks have certainly changed our world in so many ways with so much activity coming to a standstill, financial markets plummeting, and much panic from the world. Always remember Jesus is LORD, and God is certainly shaking the nations today to wake up to the reality of HIM, and for His Church to be filled with the Holy Spirit and the power of His Word. The Church is being shaken to wake up to the fact that the Bridegroom Jesus is coming back soon to get His Bride the Church; so let's be watching, waiting, working, praying, sharing, loving, trimming our lamps and ready for Him! The nations are also being shaken and we have a great opportunity now as His Church to shine the light of Christ, be salt and light in our communities and world, and bring the Good news of Jesus Christ to a world in need of a Savior!
"See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking. For if those did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape who turn away from Him who warns from heaven. And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, “YET ONCE MORE I WILL SHAKE NOT ONLY THE EARTH, BUT ALSO THE HEAVEN.”This expression, “Yet once more,” denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire." (Hebrews 12:25-29)
His voice was like the sound of a trumpet (Exodus 20:18) that shook them on Mt. Sinai, and perhaps God is once again using a Trump in office to shake things. Perhaps God is shaking His Church to operate in ways that are different than what we are use to and necessary because of the virus and the government guidelines that are being put in place as far as meeting together. Let us be praying together for God's wisdom in these areas in the upcoming days.
This morning the elders and I met after getting a lot of feedback from medical professionals and others. Additionally, government safeguards that have begun to be put in place are discouraging groups of 10 or more to meet together. Therefore, we have cancelled our Wednesday evening group bible study that meets at 6:30 starting tomorrow through at least April 8th. We have also cancelled the April 10th Passover Seder meal at church. The Men's Shelter that meets on Thursday nights here and at other churches during the week has been moved as of this week to the New Creation Center on Calumet Avenue for the near future. We are currently looking to "livestream" the Sunday service starting this Sunday through our website Facebook page. We will be testing that in the upcoming days, but plan on that for the next several Sundays (through April 5) and we will re-evaluate after April 5th. Mark and Sara Michalec will plan on doing some worship songs this week and Steve Reuter is scheduled to share a short message on March 22nd at 10am. You should be able to view it through our website facebook page link, even if you don't have a facebook account (we will test that this week).
I've also put a link for any new email updates and announcements we may have that you can view on our website home page if you scroll down and click the link. If you can't make the livestream we still have all our sermon messages on our website. https://gracevalpo.com/media/messages
Please feel free to email me or the elders with any thoughts or concerns. Also let us know how you are doing and how we may be praying for you. Continue to email Trixie Gavelek at firstname.lastname@example.org with any prayer chain requests.
May the Lord bless you and keep you,
May the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you,
May the Lord look upon you with favor, and give you peace!
Love in Christ Jesus our Lord,
Pastor Kevin Gerdt