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Here are 5 things you can be praying and trusting God for as Graystone Church moves forward on mission for God:

1. Pray for the 40,000 mailers we sent out this week inviting people to Home for Christmas at Graystone Church.  Pray that God uses them to draw people to church this Christmas and even in the New Year.  More importantly, please pray for God to draw people to HIMSELF.

2.  Trust God for over $200,000 to be given in this year’s Christmas Offering.  The year’s special end of the year offering will go towards 3 incredible projects that will impact others for Christ in our community and in Brazil.  We’ve already had over $30,000 given to the Christmas Offering, so we are off to a good start.  Let’s continue to trust God to do what only He can do.

3. Please pray for Heath Hollandsworth, Justin Wojtczak and myself as we fly down to Curitiba, Brazil on Sunday night. We will be delivering the Christmas shoeboxes to the orphans and hopefully, surprising the Dunn family with a large check for a brand new 12 passenger van.  We are due back on Thursday morning, so it’s a quick trip.  Please pray for God to use us in a powerful way.

4.  Please pray for the City of Monroe to approve our plans for the renovations of the Walton Campus building.  We are still waiting on a building permit to begin construction.  We’ve had to make several changes to the plans, so let’s pray that this is the final construction document.

5.  Please pray for an easement from Ozora Lakes neighborhood for us to connect to sewer. We are currently maxed out on our septic system, so in order to add the new Student and Children’s Building, we have to get connected to sewer.  We have been working on this for a few years.  Recently, a new owner has bought the neighborhood and is about to develop Phase 2, so it looks like the timing perfect. Please pray for God to work out all the details with the developer and county.

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Christmas at Graystone Church is an unforgettable service for the entire family.  It is also the best time of the year to invite your friends.  Who are you bringing?

It’s for your friends!

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10 Years_The Best Has Yet To Come

Over the last several weeks we have celebrated the 10 year anniversary of Graystone Church.  We first looked at all God has done and the HUGE steps of faith He led us to take along the way. We then spent a few weeks discussing where our ministry is focused: orphan care, serving/reaching our community, and student and children’s ministry (our #1 mission field).

I also shared the vision that God has laid on my heart for the next 10 years.  It is BIG! And the way that we will reach our vision is through relationships, specifically through life on life discipleship…one man and one woman pouring his or his life into another and seeing it multiplied into a 3rd spiritual generation.

Well….the next 10 years begins today.  Graystone Church is not a “keepers of the aquarium” church. We are a “fishers of men and women” church.  Lord willing, we will continue to advance the gospel, build His church, and expand the kingdom of God into new territory.  I truly believe the best is yet to come!

In the words of Red from Shawshank Redemption, “It’s time to get busy living or get busy dying.”  It’s time to put our hands to the plow and not look back (Luke 9:62).  Let’s work as if it all depended on us. Let’s pray as if it all depended on God (which it does).  And let’s have the time of our lives being a part of something that is so much bigger than ourselves.  In other words, let’s work hard, pray hard, and play hard.

The next 10 years begins today!

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This past Sunday our whole church participated in Graystone SERVES. Instead of meeting for our regular worship services, we went out to serve our community through various projects. It was a great way go outside the walls and BE the church in our city.

Thank you to everyone who participated! Here is a list of where we served and some feedback from them:

Schools: Archer HS, Atha Road ES, Bay Creek MS, Cooper ES, Grayson ES, Loganville MS, Lovin ES, McConnell MS, Sharon ES, Starling ES, Trip ES

Parks: Bay Creek Park, Blue Springs Park, Harbins Park, Tribble Mill Park

Other: City of Grayson, Path Project, Organizing Foster Care Supplies, Care Packages for Policemen/Firemen and City of Loganville

“I have had numerous people come up to my office to say thank you for making our campus look so beautiful.  They also said that it was neat that our church helped in the community.”

“I was very impressed with the amount of volunteers that came on Sunday!  Thanks for your interest in our school and community! You guys make a difference in Grayson!!!!!!!”

“I am so grateful!!!!  The group was amazing.  They worked so hard the entire time and we got so much done.  They did in a couple hours what would have taken me months to accomplish!!!!  I think the idea of a “Day of Service” is fantastic and truly shows your faith in action!  Thank you, Thank you”

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We are right in the middle of our 10 Year Anniversary Celebration at Graystone Church, and God is doing amazing things.  I was completely overwhelmed with the HUGE crowd that showed up last Wednesday for our Night of Worship (10th Birthday Party).  The band led us in a sweet time of worship, and a big THANK YOU goes out to Special Kneads and Treats for providing 25 different kinds of cupcakes.  If you did not get a cupcake, I apologize.  I was only expecting a few hundred people, and we had more than twice that many.

Below are 5 pictures to celebrate this past week.  This Sunday I will be sharing the 2024 Vision (The Next 10 Years) of Graystone Church.  I hope you will make it a priority to be there.  The best is yet to come!

Hundreds committed to do their PART to care for orphans

Hundreds committed to do their PART (1 Cor. 12:12-27) to care for orphans

Graystone Serves was a great opportunity to serve our community.

Graystone Serves was a HUGE success and a great opportunity to serve our community.

Around 100 students and adult volunteers participated in Fall Retreat.

Around 100 students and adult volunteers participated in Fall Retreat.

Thank you Special Kneads & Treats for providing 350 cupcakes for our 10th Birthday Party.

Thank you Special Kneads & Treats for providing 350 cupcakes for our 10th Birthday Party.

 

We had a packed house for Night of Worship. It was overwhelming.

We had a packed house for a great Night of Worship. It was overwhelming.

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I am so proud of all of the coaches and players who invited their teams and friends to Jersey Day at Graystone Church.  We had dozens of first-time visiting families, and our staff team is working hard to follow up with each of them.  Let’s pray for God to continue to work in people’s lives and draw men, women, and children to Himself (John 6:44).

Here are a couple of the teams who participated in Jersey Day at Graystone:

Grayson Rams 8U Football Team and families

Grayson Rams 8U Football Team and Families

Coach Bill Batchelor and the Grayson Rams HS Softball Team

Coach Bill Batchelor and the Grayson Rams High School Softball Team

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A big THANK YOU to Coach Small, Coach Conn, Coach Dyer, Coach Nelson and Coach King for sharing what “Beyond the Game” means to them. We are so blessed and honored to have such godly high school coaches in our community.  May we all follow their example and have an eternal perspective in each of our various vocations.

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