“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2).
The following quotes have been clipped from social media:
Status quo is easy.
Just don’t deal with anything.
Don’t make waves.
Don’t be courageous.
Don’t challenge yourself or others.
Don’t get involved.
Don’t step out of your so very comfortable comfort zone.
And whatever you do, DON’T try to be like Jesus.
That last one is when “easy” gets especially “difficult” to live with. Hopefully, too difficult to ignore!
“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15).
Quoting Jesus is a good thing.
Understanding Jesus is a better thing.
Transforming to be like Jesus is the best thing!
“God has no grandchildren. At some point, every person must decide to become a child of God or not.”
Sheila K. Butt
If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”
In a world filled with pain and suffering, anger and resentment, despair and depravity, our human experience can often overwhelm us all from a physical perspective. Yet, it is this same world that fills us with wonder and awe, joy and love, opportunity and praise. This duality, the highs and the lows of our lives, are matched by the duality we all experience as both spiritual beings and physical beings.
As Christians, this duality is explained and envisioned as eternal souls living as finite physical beings. We seek eternity while knowing and experiencing physical life on a day to day basis. Life and death are real – as real as our physical experiences and senses allow us to emote. We feel them, experience them, and live them. Yet our longings are also real – longings that nothing in this world will ever be able to quench.
So, as we are seeking to share the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ, to each and every one of our fellow beings, both spiritual and physical, it is easy to focus on the eternal and miss how much the physical affects our experiences.
Thus, while the gospel is the answer to our eternal needs – it is also the answer to our physical experiences through the loving acts of serving others as Jesus Himself served us all by coming to this world. So, share the gospel by feeding the hungry. Loving the lost. Clothing the needy. Sheltering the homeless. Freeing the oppressed. Breaking the chains of the slave. Do both.
Our duality does not end with our spiritual needs especially if our decisions are informed by our physical experiences. Share the gospel – love every aspect of mankind’s experience.
Help us make our 5000 lb. goal! We are currently at 1227 lbs. of food in the pantry. Items that we are in need of for the food drive are as follows: Corn, Sweet Peas, Mixed Vegetables, Dry Beans, Pineapples, Peaches, Pears, Apple Sauce, Cranberry Sauce, Pumpkin, Sweet Potatoes, Pasta Sauce, Broth, Rice, Potatoes, Oatmeal, Soup, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Fruit Cocktail, Chili, Green Beans, Carrots, Ravioli. See William Ireland with any questions.
New Horizons Senior Bible Study
The New Horizons Bible Study is here at the building Wednesday’s at 12:00 pm. Anyone is welcome to attend. See Keith Franklin with questions.
“The Pearl” Service
We conduct a service each Sunday afternoon at 1:00 pm at The Pearl of Fort Mill memory care facility next door.
Video for Brett and Nancy
You are invited to record a brief video message for the Pharr’s. A video camera is set up in the Women’s Connection Room for 30 minutes following each service for video recording of well wishes.
Brett & Nancy Pharr Potluck
We will have a potluck luncheon honoring Brett & Nancy Pharr Sunday, November 3rd following morning services. Please bring your favorite dishes so we have plenty to share! We are thankful for the years of service they have dedicated to GHR.
3rd Annual Veterans Day Breakfast
Volunteer Meeting TODAY at 5pm for the 2019 Veterans Day Breakfast. Sign-up rosters are on the bulletin board, for both veterans and volunteers. Set-up event (dinner provided); Friday 11/08 at 5pm. The Veterans Day Breakfast is Saturday 11/09 from 8:30—10:00 am. (All events at the building).
Wednesday Evening Fellowship Dinner
We will have our next Wednesday evening fellowship dinner on October 30th from 6:00 to 6:50 pm. Please join us for fried chicken & green beans fellowship followed by our midweek Bible study at 7:00. Friends and family are encouraged to attend.
Phone Tree/ One Call Now Program
If you wish to receive church updates via email and phone calls, please submit your updated emails or phone number to the office. We have no way of knowing you have changed phone numbers or email addresses unless you notify us!
Trunk Or Treat Tonight
Come TONIGHT for the annual Trunk Or Treat after evening services. Get your trunk & costumes ready and make your soup or sandwiches! Dessert not needed as there will be tons of candy! Trunk decorating will begin at 4:30. Please no distracting costumes during worship service.
See the bulletin board for event details
11.2 Ladies Day/ Boiling Springs/ Emily Hatfield
11.15-17 Youth Rally/Boiling Springs/Joe Wells
Sword Swallowers class for 4th – 6th graders during evening services.
Girls Middle/ High School Bible Study
There will be a Middle / High School Girls Bible Study will be here at the building on Sundays, at 5pm. Ellie Powell on happiness October 27th. Please come join us, any questions, see Haley Cox.
Friday Night Lights
November 1st Catawba Ridge vs Ardrey Kell at 7:30 pm at CRHS. Tailgating begins at 6:00 pm General parking is free, tickets are $7.00per person. Sam Dickerson who has been attending here will be playing.
* Les Cole, Keith Franklin, Gil Lawrence, Doris Leggitt & Shirley Jeffers are all recovering from recent procedures.
* Joe Manning continues his radiation treatments.
* Harold Weston is having difficulty with one of his hips and is affecting his ability to walk. Please pray also for Sharon as she cares for him.
* Continue to pray for both Dave & Cris Newell.
* The mothers’ of Barb Arbaugh, Rodney Grant, April Greene, Kelly Janes, Shontrell Overton, Jim Passmore, Len Patterson, Ron Shepherd, Mark Walker, Chloe Walker, and Margaret Wallace are all dealing with various health issues.
* The fathers’ of Dave Beels, Jerry Brooks, Greg Gross, and Derrick Williamson are dealing with various health issues.
* PJ Inness’ sister-in –law, Kathy Stevens is continuing her treatments.
* Barry & Sandra Murray’s granddaughter, Julia, has developed a heart condition and will have to have an EKG every Wednesday.
* Charles Taylor’s co-worker, Helene Ward’s cancer has spread to her bones.
* Mark & PJ Inness’ neighbor update* Linden’s latest scan show that another tumor has developed. They are traveling to Duke in hope of another opinion, but are feeling discouraged.
* Mark & Chloe Walker’s close friend, Dan Martin passed away, prayers for his wife Elaine and family.
* Tim Mastenbrook reports: Madam Beljour continues to recover from her recent heart surgery.
* Friend/neighbor to several of our members in Sun City, Sue Rogers has been diagnosed with stage four cancer.
* Remember our shut-ins: Gloria Girard, Ruby Lett, and Lois Viera.
Sermons & Classes
“Three Terrifying Words”
Reading: Matthew 7:21-23
Matt Ibbetson will be leading our devotional.
Fall Quarter Classes (September 1)
Sunday Adult Auditorium:
Fall Quarter Classes (September 4)
Wednesday Adult Auditorium:
Mark Inness, Steve Miller,
Jim Passmore, Gilbert Shelton
“Peter, From Disciple to Apostle”
Wednesday Adult Downstairs
Ladies Only Class
“Fragrance of Faith”