We each have a story of how God intersects with our lives. Each story is different but they all show how good God is. Sharing our stories with one another strengthens our faith. Here you’ll find stories of encouragement, answers to prayer, faith stories, and ways that God uses us to bless others.
Celebration of Generosity
On Sunday, October 29, 2017, our church family gathered together in one service at the Myles Reif Performing Arts Center to celebrate God’s generosity to us through worship and various speakers who have been integral in the Making Space for Change building campaign. Marilyn Isaac, the chairman of the campaign team welcomed us as she spoke about leaving a spiritual legacy, Pastor Ken Abramson continued his teaching on the generosity of God, Doug Hanson, one of our elders, walked us through how we envision the new space to be used, and Matt Grose, the chairman of GREFC’s executive board, walked us through the campaign brochure, highlighted what has already been pledged and challenged us to pray about how God might be asking us to contribute.
Celebration Sunday: God At Work – Loving People, Changing Lives
On Sunday, April 2, 2017, we met in one combined service to celebrate all that God is doing in the lives of our church. We had special guest speakers who shared a bit of their God-story as well as a short sermon from Pastor Ken Abramson. After the service, Student Ministries treated us to a great lunch.
With special guest speakers:
Our youth group brought in guest speakers Andy and Jen Abramson, of Verge Ministries, to speak on honorable dating in March 2016. It was open to parents and students alike. Andy and Jen shared ways to stay connected to your kids throughout the dating years, ways to help students move their friends closer to God, and ways to be missional with your kids’ sphere of influence.
Missions Trip to Dominican Republic
Two of our members, Doug Hanson and Paul Huttner, traveled to the Dominican Republic in October of 2015 with the group Building Without Boarders. While they were there, they helped build two houses for two families in a very remote area near the town of San Cristobel on the Dominican side of the island (the other side is Haiti). To say the experience made an impact on these two men is a vast understatement.
The experience caused them to immediately sign up for another trip. They presented their trip to our congregation on December 6, 2015. You can listen to the audio of that presentation HERE. This video shows some of the work they did and the people they had the pleasure to help.
Paul and Doug are leading another trip to the Dominican Republic on March 15-20, 2016 and are bringing us along. Find out how you can impact lives for Christ by learning all about how you can help with this upcoming missions trip (click HERE).
Three Streams: God, Man, Sin & Salvation by Dr. Ron Frost
We had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Ron Frost in October of 2015 for two days of intensive teaching about the history, origins and biblical basis of three sects of current western Christianity.
In January of 2015, we gave out $2,500 in $100 increments to the people who attended one of our worship services one Sunday morning. The challenge was that they were to use that money to bless someone else AND they had to share the story of what they did, what it meant to them and how they saw God at work. Here are a few of those stories.
Share Your Story
If you have a great story about God at work in your life and would like to share it, please submit your story here:
You can also contact Michelle Schwake at (952) email@example.com to discuss sharing your faith story.