January 1st News

December 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Happy New Year! Welcome 2012!

This Sunday we are meeting and eating to ring in the new year. That’s right. Come and enjoy a time of pot luck breakfast stuff, some scripture, and some prayer.

If you can, bring something to share. If that’s tough, then just bring yourself– I know that some folks are bringing things to eat.

Also, if you are available tomorrow (Saturday) from 7-9:30ish, GFF is serving breakfast at the PIN Ministry. We gather at Beach Petecostal Church at 15th and Baltic, prepare breakfast and then serve and clean up. It is a great time of helping those in need.

Looking forward to Sunday!

Grace and peace,


May 8th News

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This week we will finish up our study in the Gospel of Mark by looking at Peter’s reaction to Jesus’ arrest, trials, and crucifixion. To prepare, read Mark 14:27-31 and Mark 14:66-72.

If you’ve ever felt like you failed in your relationship with God– or that you’ve let Jesus down– you will want to see Peter’s experience with failure.

Looking forward to Sunday!

Grace and peace,


March 11th News

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Remember to SPRING FORWARD this Saturday night! That means it will feel like we’re starting church at 8:00 am– but, really, it is 9:00am.Spring_forward_1

I know that you will be tempted to skip because of losing an hour of sleep… but we are looking at a great passage on Sunday (okay, they’re all great– but this week is a very cool story). We’ll talk about Mark 10:17-31. It’s the story of an encounter between a Rich Young Ruler and Jesus.

So go to bed early on Saturday night and I’ll see you bright and early on Sunday!


Grace and peace,


March 6th News

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This week we continue our study of the Gospel of Mark by looking at Mark 10:1-12. The heading in my Bible describes this passage as a “Teaching About Divorce”. What we will discover is that it is actually “A Teaching About Marriage”.

This is a difficult and sensitive topic because divorce has touched most of our lives in one way or another. Jesus deals with the topic head-on and the way he handles it may surprise you.

Looking forward to Sunday!

Grace and peace,

PS– Several of you have helped out by bringing in coffee for us to brew… I was just at the church and discovered that we are on the last big blue container. If you can, please help us re-stock the coffee coffers!

February 27th News

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This Sunday we continue in the Gospel of Mark. We going to cover a lot of verses but really hit one major theme.

To prepare, I suggest you read Mark 9:30-50. Also read mark 10:13-16. The main focus is the idea Jesus presents in Mark 10:15…

I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.

We’re going to talk about that, because it’s really pretty radical.

Looking forward to Sunday!


Grace and peace,


February 13th News

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I want to ask all of you to pray for Chad Kohler’s mother (and for Chad, Natalie, and their family).

Last night, I got this text from Chad:

Please pray for my mom. She had a major stroke just tonite and is currently in Wooster hospital. She is not very responsive. Making the drive up to Ohio tonite. Love to all. Will try to send updates.

I called Chad today but have not heard back yet. Please pray for this situation. Some of you may remember Chad’s mom and dad– they’ve joined us for worship a couple of times. Pray for peace and healing.

I also want to let you know that we will be reading Mark 9:2-13 on Sunday. This is a story about the Transfiguration of Jesus. It is a story of power and glory and beauty that is significant for all of us today– especially when faced with difficult realities.

Looking forward to Sunday!


Grace and peace,


January 30th News

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VNDF_logo_-_concrete_2I want to thank Tim and Katie Adams for sharing their hearts and their ministry with us last week. It has been a joy to walk with them over the last 6 years and to see how God is using them to impact the world. I encourage you to pray for Tim and Katie and for the Verbo Church in Nicaragua– and to visit www.verbodevelopment.org to see what is happening in their ministry. I also want to encourage you to consider how you could support them in the calling God has placed on their lives. They are a part of our family and give all of us the opportunity to share the gospel and to love our neighbor in specific and tangible ways.

This week we will get back into the book of Mark and explore an incredible statement by Jesus. It’s found in Mark 8:34-9:1. These are challenging words, but they are extremely important to consider. I’m looking forward to talking about them together.

Make sure you check out the announcements below… Lots going on!

Looking forward to Sunday!


Grace and peace,



Grace2F Happenings…

PIN Ministry Pancake Breakfast

This Saturday (Jan. 29th)PINMinistrylogo

Where: Beach Pentecostal (15th and Baltic)

When: 7:00am-about 9:30am

What: Cook and serve breakfast with a gigantic smile!



On Sunday Feb. 6th our new service time will be in effect.  We will begin at 9:00am sharp (this is especially important if you have children that you want to place in childcare/Sunday school).



Feb 6th is also Super Bowl Sunday and we are having a Hilltop Tailgate Party to prepare for the big game.

WHAT: Food, fun, and fellowship

WHEN: Sunday, Feb 6th from 1:00pm-4:00pm

WHERE: Hilltop Community Church Fellowship Hall

Bring: Food to share… Tailgate stuff. Dips, chips, soups, caviar… whatever you want. We will also have a professional chef preparing several kinds of chicken wings.



WHAT: A meat loaf competition. Make your best meatloaf and try to win a real good prize… Or just come and eat some really good meatloaf, hang out, and have some fun.

WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 16th; 6:00pm

WHERE: Hilltop CC Fellowship Hall



WHAT: A time to take out you spouse, significant other, or just yourself to enjoy a great meal, get to know some folks, and hopefully be entertained and laugh together about the joys and challenges of marriage

WHEN: Friday, February 18th; 7:00pm-9:00pm

WHERE; Hilltop CC Fellowship Hall

COST: $20.00 per couple; tickets must be purchase ahead of time.

More info to come.

January 16th News

January 14, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

This week we will continue our study of the Gospel of Mark by reading Mark 8:27-33.

I love this passage because it touches on an issue of primary importance: Who is Jesus? There are a lot of different views out there about Jesus, but we are going to look at what God, himself, says.

Read the passage and see for yourself– then we’ll talk about it.

I also want to let you know about our involvement with the PIPINMinistrylogoN Ministry. PIN (People In Need) serves the homeless in Virginia Beach. For the last couple of years we have helped at their pancake breakfasts (Saturday mornings from 7:00am-9:00am) and their Sunday dinners and service (Sundays afternoons from 2:30pm-4:30pm).

Grace Family Fellowshiphas committed to serve at the pancake breakfasts on the following dates:

Jan. 29th; April 30th; July 30th; Oct. 29th; and Dec. 31st.

I want to encourage you to sign up for these events– they are a great opportunity to serve others and to see what the PIN Ministry is all about.

Looking forward to Sunday!


Grace and peace,


January 9th News

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This week we officially leave the holidays behind us and return to our study of the Gospel of Mark.

When we were last with Jesus we saw him cast a demon out of a Gentile woman’s daughter, heal a deaf man, and feed four thousand people (Mark 7:24-8:10. This week we will see Jesus interact with the Pharisees, heal a blind man, and ask a very important question of his disciples.

One thing is for sure: It doesn’t get boring when you travel with Jesus!

To prepare for Sunday, I encourage you to read Mark 8:11-30. As you do, understand that the crowds are now beginning to fall away from him. This occurs during the last year of his ministry– as he gets closer to the cross.

Continue to pray for Chris Adams and his family. He is recovering very nicely, indeed, and feeling much better. Hopefully, we’ll see him Sunday!

Looking forward to seeing you all again…


Grace and peace,


November 28th News

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grace2flogo-300x150Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope that you have a wonderful holiday and spend some time to consider all the things for which to be thankful. We are truly blessed to live in this country, to live in this time, and to live under the incredible grace of God.

This week, I’ll be reflecting a little on Thanksgiving by sharing something that I am especially thankful about– and I think you’ll be thankful about, too. To illustrate what I mean, I will continue in Mark by looking at Mark 7:31-37.

After this Sunday we will set aside our study of the Gospel of Mark until after the new year. Instead, we will focus on Christmas and the celebration of the birth of Jesus.

Grace and peace,