Upper Room-Lent 2018

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From Pastor John 1-9-18

 Today was a first for me. I squished an avocado in my coat pocket. Messy. Not how I wanted to start the morning, not how I envisioned being relentless and victorious in getting things done. Worse things have happened to me, but sometimes we reach a tipping point. You know, that one more thing that piles onto the load of mistakes/failures/junk/guilt/disappointment that we carry around. But a life of faith gives you a way to trudge through what the day and the world throws at you. I am reminded of the Christmas scriptures in Luke, “For nothing is impossible with God” Luke 1:37. May you persevere in prayer and know that God is right there in your moments of weakness.

Christmas Is Not Over

Upper Room-2017 Advent 2

Upper Room-2017 Advent 1

Pet Blessing & Fall Fun Festival 2017 – Alison’s Blog

GRCC’s annual Pet Blessing and Fall Fun Festival took place this past Sunday, October 29. Though it was a cold afternoon, many people came by with their pets to enjoy hot soup, fall fun activities, trunk or treating, and some great fellowship! We had in attendance both church members and people from the local community

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The last two XGen Sundays, I have been blessed to share a children’s moment with our youth. These occasions have been especially dear to me because the messages were about having conversations and processing our thoughts and feelings together as a family. I truly believe that these are some of the greatest gifts we can give to our kids.

August and September

If you have asked me any time since July how I’m doing or what’s going on with me, I probably said something like, “Good, a little stressed. Getting ready for fall is my busiest time of year.”

Today, “getting ready for fall” season is officially over and “actual fall” season has begun! Genesis, Chi Rho, and CYF youth groups have all had their kickoff events, our youth have been promoted and blessed into their new school year, and our new “Sunday School Central” program is one Sunday down!

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Upper Room Devotion 2017-09-19

The Upper Room daily devotional: Handwritten Encouragement


Handwritten Encouragement


Read 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Paul wrote, “Encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

— 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)

Today’s Devotional

One day I received a letter from someone who was unknown to me. As I read through it, I found it was regarding an article I wrote that was published in a Christian magazine. Handwritten and four pages long, the letter was from one of my readers. He was 93 years old and said that he appreciated my article and encouraged me to continue using my spiritual gift of writing for God’s glory. After I had gone through the letter, I wondered: Why did this stranger take so much pain, at his age, to send me a handwritten letter? Read more…