A Hammer or a Lamb?
February 18, 2024
Sundays | 10:30AM | In-Person or via Livestream
We encourage you to join us for worship every Sunday morning at 10:30 AM, either in person, or via livestream at our church YouTube page.
If you are interested in joining with others to share life and dive deeper into the sermon and what it means for our lives, please contact Pastor Melissa.
What does it mean to live as a Christian in your workplace? Some may be or feel as though you are the only Christian at work. And some may be unsure how to integrate your faith into your work. God has us in our workplaces to demonstrate and declare his glory and grace, but what does that look like in your vocation?
Throughout 2023-2024, we will be hosting several one-time meetups over lunch for those serving in specific vocations. Join with others engaged in the same field of work as you to receive encouragement and share the challenges and opportunities you’ve experienced in living as a Christ-follower in your workplace.
Schedule (subject to changes & additions):
Please RSVP if you plan to attend to Pastor Melissa.
Due to the generous donations of many in loving memory of Bob Ives, Senior Pastor at Grantham Church from 1971 to 2001, we have made several updates to our church library.
Stop in after the service on February 25 to take a look at the changes, including some new furniture and a children’s reading nook, and learn about new resources that are available.
Light refreshments will be served and Nancy Ives will be present to share greetings.
We are excited to partner with the American Red Cross again this year to host a blood drive on Thursday, March 14. Just one donation can save up to three lives and we invite you to join us in making a difference.
If you are interested in participating, please register in advance. Visit RedCrossBlood.org/Give and type “GranthamBIC” (no space) in the search box on the left.
The Red Cross has been making a humanitarian impact for more than 130 years and has been collecting blood for over 70 of those years. We can all be part of something important when we work with the Red Cross to strengthen the blood supply and give back to our community.
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Interested in, or questions about Learning Communities, contact Pastor Melissa Lowther.
The Biblical letter of James challenges readers to reflect on the relationship between faith and action. It shows us what living out our faith means practically and unpacks themes of wisdom, words, and works. Join the Philathean class as we explore the letter of James this Spring quarter.
FROM NONRESISTANCE TO ACTIVE NONVIOLENCE
FEB 4 – MAY 26 in C8–12
Drawing on historic documents of the Brethren in Christ Church, we’ll track the development of the denomination’s peace position from 1780 to the present. We’ll consider the challenge of maintaining unity in the midst of growth and increasing diversity as the BIC Church moved into the 20th century. And we’ll look to the denomination’s journey from nonresistance to active nonviolence as a guide for managing difficult issues in our own time and context.
TEACHER | Randy BasingerCLASS COORDINATORS | Ken & Yvonne Martin
PARENT LEARNING COMMUNITY
throughout the year in C7
Parenting is both difficult and rewarding and being part of a local church gives us a community with whom to face these challenges and opportunities together. In this class, parents will explore Scripture as well as other resources to help orient our hearts toward Christ and his desire for our families. Join this judgment-free environment to share in the realities of parenting and grow with others as we seek to live as wise, loving, and gracious parents.
YOUNG ADULT LEARNING COMMUNITY
throughout the year in C9
Young adulthood has unique advantages and challenges. The Bible speaks to these experiences, and we also benefit from sharing our joys and struggles with others. Geared toward those in their 20s who are learning to navigate life as adults, this class includes Scripture reflection, prayer, and conversation as we seek to grow in our faith together and share it with others.
MEN’S BIBLE STUDY
FRIDAYS @ 6:45–7:45AM in the Coffee Shop
The men’s weekly Bible study resumes meeting on January 5, 2024, and welcomes new early birds to study 1 John together. We include much discussion and emphasis on practical application of biblical truth. We always end promptly at 7:45am to allow time to get to work or other engagements.
LEADERS | Rich Stuebing, John Yeatts
GRANDMOTHERS IN PRAYER
4TH THURSDAYS @ 9:30–11AM in C8–C12
All Grandmothers are invited for a time of fellowship and prayer for our beloved grandchildren. During the time together, we will be using Philip Yancey’s book Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? with discussion led by various grandmothers. From September-April, we will discuss chapters 13-18.
LEADER | Velma Yoder
Sharing life around the table is one of the best ways we can connect together as the body of Christ. Over a meal we meet new friends, celebrate God’s goodness, and carry one another’s burdens. Grantham Church has partnered with One80 Ministries to host this time where God can strengthen our friendships across divides, encourage us as we journey together in our faith, and provide a welcoming space for anyone seeking to be known and loved. There’s room at the table!
Winter-Spring 2024 meal dates are:
To help make these meals possible, contact Dawn Isley to find out about volunteer opportunities.
LIBRARY BOOK CHAT
The Library Book Chat meets to share informally about inspiring books, both fiction and nonfiction. When you have a book to present, contact Edie Asbury to set up a mutually agreeable time to meet, either by Zoom or in person, and other Book Chat participants will be invited to join the meeting. This is a great way to hear about what others are reading on their discipleship journey!
LEADER | Edie Asbury
Questions? Contact Pastor Denise Fogelsanger
BIRTH–24 MONTHS | C11 (NURSERY)
Loving care will be offered in the nursery
2–5 YEAR OLD PRESCHOOLERS | D23
Preschool children will be using the Wee Wonder curriculum to explore what it means to come to church, God made the world, and thanking God this fall.
KINDERGARTEN–5 GRADE | D26 & D27
School age children will be using the Shine: Loving in God’s light Curriculum. This fall they be learning about becoming a People of God as they learn about the family of Abraham and Sarah through stories from Genesis, and the Journey to Freedom from stories of Exodus and Joshua.
Children 3 years up through high school are welcome to join as we practice songs that will be performed in the worship service throughout the year.
INFANTS & TODDLERS
Birth- 24 months will receive loving care in the nursery (C11) during the worship service.
Children aged 2-3 year old will be in D21, children aged 4-5 year old will be in C19 where each class will have a time of play and Bible Stories.
Children in K-6th grade will join their families for the first part of the worship service. At the start of the sermon, they will be invited to a special worship service. Children in Kindergarten through 6th grade will meet in the area near the mailboxes. We will then split into 2 classes and move to the Children’s wing.
Sing & Play, a time for preschoolers and their favorite caregivers, to come play in the Fellowship Hall with 8 different stations to choose. We will be resuming on Fridays for the fall starting on Jan. 19 through Mar. 22, with 2 sessions that will last 45 minutes each (one at 9:30-10:15am; and the other at 10:30-11:15am)
Questions? Contact Youth Coordinator, Chrissy Hoffner
Sunday mornings in Learning Community, we meet over hot cocoa and occasional snacks for discussion and prayer.
Sunday evenings in Youth Group, we meet for lessons, games, snacks, and small group discussions.
Every other month, or so, we have dinner with a small group of “non youth” members of the greater church body.
Youth Ministry makes a difference. 15 years ago, statistics showed that Christian youth stayed in school longer, were healthier, felt better about themselves, were more likely to volunteer their time to help others, and had better relationships with their parents. Statistics today show that nearly six in ten (59%) young people who grow up in Christian churches end up walking away. We need to build relationships with the teens to help them understand and own their faith.
Do YOU want to make a difference in the life of a teen?
Questions? Contact Pastor Melissa Lowther.
Get to know people of various ages and stages of life over a free lunch twice/month. This is a great way to feel part of our church family and share life together.
We have families & individuals who would love to come alongside you during your time in college through prayer, occasional meet-ups, and general relational support. If you’d like to get connected with someone, contact Pastor Melissa: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Receive texts about twice/month with reminders about what’s happening at Grantham Church, as well as short devotionals & encouragements. Text “@gccollege” to 81010 to sign up.
Interested in, or questions about Worship Arts, contact Pastor David Perry.
A collective of musicians, tech volunteers, and Scripture readers that help lead our congregation in faithful and heartfelt worship. In particular, we are looking for more volunteers to run projection and sound.
COMING TO THE ART GALLERY
Finding Beauty in the Discarded
The Art of Geoffrey Isley
Working with raw materials that were headed to the trash heap has been a focus of artist Geoffrey Isley for over a decade. From making art quilts from upcycled fabric leftovers, to making collages from handmade scraps of papers or prints, or creating stained glass mosaics from fragments of glass leftovers, his work invites you to explore how beauty can be found in brokenness and restoration.
In 2024, Grantham Church is celebrating 20 years of sharing art in the gallery. The visual arts ministry began in 2004 with its inaugural exhibition of community artists as part of the first Worship Arts Weekend. Geoff has been a working graphic artist for over 30 years, part of the visual arts team, and coordinator of the church’s art gallery programs for 20 years. This is his first solo exhibition.
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