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One over Ninetynine

I talked with a young couple at church yesterday. It was the second time we have spoken. They wanted me to meet their 2 year old son. They said their son had a hard time going into the Graystone Kids area at first, but now he loves it.

The young dad said they’ve been coming to Graystone as a family since the Unhappily Ever After series. He said it’s the first time he has been to church in over 15 years. I asked him what brought him back to church. His wife answered and said that they were invited by friends who are members of Graystone.

She said she came by herself for the first time on Vision Sunday when I shared about the ONE. She said her husband was her ONE, and God answered her prayer really fast. PRAISE GOD!

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Graystone Church is partnering with The Hope Epidemic and sending a short-term mission team from our Walton Campus to Karosta, Latvia from May 17-27. Please pray for their safety. Pray for them to grow closer to God and have a life-changing experience. And pray for God to use them to share the love of Jesus, care for orphans, and impact lives for all eternity. Thank you.

Latvia Team Members

Andrew Coats
Cindy Matza
Sawyer Matza
Kevin O’Shields
Nathan O’Sheilds

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Saturday Night Service

Saturday Night Service

I want to thank EVERYONE who helped make Easter at Graystone a phenomenal weekend. Thank you to our incredible staff team and selfless volunteers. You all are amazing! It’s an honor to serve God with you.

Thank you to EVERYONE who came on Saturday night! We actually had a packed house and this created room for Sunday morning at our Ozora campus. Parking and traffic flow was much better this Easter, and we had plenty of empty seats at 11:00AM where we had many first-time visitors. We gave away approximately 50 gift bags to first-time families. Thank you also to those who parked in overflow at the Ozora campus.

Thank you to those at the Walton campus who attended the 9:30 service. This created more room at 11:00. Actually, both services were equal in attendance with lots of energy and excitement.

Thank you to Kyle, Zach and our incredible bands and tech teams. The music was moving, powerful, and enhanced the Easter message. Thanks for giving it your all for EVERY service.

Thank you to all of our amazing volunteers. Thank you to those who cleaned, mowed, set up and tore down. Thank you to our incredible parking team, greeters and ushers. Thank you to our children’s workers. Thank you EVERYONE who served.

We set attendance records at both campuses. And I know of at least ONE life that was changed for all eternity. PRAISE GOD!

Thanks again for serving on the Graystone Team. You are loved and greatly appreciated. The best is yet to come!

Your Pastor and Friend,

Jonathan

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photoOur Graystone Staff Team is working incredibly hard to prepare for our 6 Easter services on 2 campuses. We are expecting the largest crowd in Graystone history, and we are trusting God for dozens of lives to be changed for all eternity. Over the next couple of days, I will share a few things you can do to help us maximize this amazing opportunity to reach out to our friends, family and community.

We will be giving free gifts to first-time visitors to Graystone Church. These gifts will be in light blue gift bags and will include a Graystone Live Worship CD, bumper sticker and pertinent information about Graystone Church. Our first-time visitors will receive their free gift at Guest Services and Children’s Check In.

So Graystone peeps (members and regular attenders), if you see someone carrying a light blue gift bag, I would like to encourage you to walk up to them, introduce yourself, and welcome them to Graystone Church. Ask them if they have any questions or if you can help them in any way. You could even go so far as to invite them to sit with you during the Easter service.

Who knows, God may use your small act of friendliness to change ONE person’s life for all eternity. Thank you for serving on the Graystone Team and helping us DOMINATE our community with the love of Jesus Christ. Let’s keep praying BIG BOLD PRAYERS for our Easter services.

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This year Graystone will have two community-wide Easter events for the entire family.  Both will take place on Sunday, April 13.  And each will be hosted by our Graystone Kids ministries at our two campuses: Ozora and Walton (Loganville High School).
Walton’s Eggstravaganza follows the 11:00 service:

  • Egg hunt starts at 12:30 for toddlers-5th grade.
  • Foggy Bottom BBQ and Kona Ice (snow cones) will be selling food.
  • Bunny Petting Zoo, Face painting, Egg Painting, Inflatables, and much more.

Ozora’s Easter Bash begins at 5 PM:

  • Petting zoo (Jessie’s favorite), face painting, inflatables, photo booth, The Bubbleman from Stone Mountain Park, games, family competitions and more.
  • Foggy Bottom BBQ and Kona Ice (snow cones) will be selling food.
  • For the golf fans, we will have the final round of The Masters playing on the Big Screen in the main auditorium.

EVERYONE, these are two of the best events of the year to invite the ONE person that we want to see God change his/her life for all eternity.  It is a FREE event except for the food, and you might even want to offer to buy your friend lunch or dinner.  These events will be laid back and a ton of fun.  It will be  great time to meet new friends and hang out with old ones.

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It was 60% chance of rain yesterday at our Ozora campus, and with an incredible display of divine irony (My message was on Noah and the great flood.), God held off the rain. Only God!  It was a phenomenal day from the food & fellowship on the front patio to the worship in the auditorium.

Thank you EVERYONE who served.  Thank you to EVERYONE who parked in overflow.  Thank you to Andre King for sharing the love of Jesus with hundreds of elementary age kids.  I know more than ONE life was changed for all eternity.

I am really proud of EVERYONE who invited their teams, friends and family.  I’m pretty sure that there were more soccer players at church yesterday than in the history of Graystone.  We did set a new high attendance record for Graystone Kids.  PRAISE GOD!  And thank you to Katie, Brie, and our entire Kids Min Team.  You are all amazing!

 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14

Here are a few pics from Jennifer’s phone.  Enjoy.

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Andre King shares with the kids about being a game changer.

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A Ram and a Tiger

Rookie takes a pie in the face.

Rookie takes a pie in the face.

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jersey day

Top 5 Sundays at Graystone Church

1.  Christmas Eve

2.  Easter

3.  Mother’s Day

4.  Father’s Day

5.  Jersey Day

Who are you bringing?

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From Day 1 of Graystone Church, we have been heavily involved in missions both locally and globally.  We give 10% of our offering to missions.  In fact, we support dozens of missionaries, church plants, and non-profits in our community and around the world.  If truth be told, I don’t even know all the people and ministries that we support financially.

Graystone has recently launched a Missions Blog.  This will help us better know all that God is doing through our efforts outside the walls of Graystone Church.  You can click here to go the Graystone Missions Blog.  Once on the blog, go to the right side of the home page, and you can enter your email address to subscribe and keep up with all things involving Graystone Missions.

Thank you to EVERYONE who supports the ministry of Graystone Church…both inside and outside the walls of our church.

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Jersey Day is one of the biggest Sundays of the year at Graystone Church.  It will take place on March 23 at our Ozora Campus and March 30 at our Walton Campus.  Who are you bringing?

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One of our team Pizza Party winner for 2012

The Auburn Tigers Baseball Team representing at Jersey Day in 2012

Graystone is not a “traditional church”.   But we do have traditions.  One of our annual traditions is Jersey Day.  It takes place in the Spring during the seasons of baseball, softball, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, golf, track, etc.  It’s come to my attention that many folks have forgotten why we have Jersey Day (Is our church really that old that people are forgetting why we do things?  YEP!) and brand new folks to Graystone may have never heard of Jersey Day.

In 2014 Jersey Day will take place on March 23 at our Ozora campus and March 30 at our Walton campus.  It’s a day that EVERYONE (literally EVERYONE) wears their favorite sports jersey.  But it’s not just a day to wear a jersey and show pride in your favorite team.  It is one of the best Sundays of the year to invite a friend or teammate to church.  In fact, that’s why we started Jersey Day and that’s why we are going over the top in 2014 with Jersey Day.  It’s a great opportunity to invite our friends to church.

It’s pretty simple.  Whatever sport you are playing or your kids are playing, invite your teammates and their family to church.  The team with the highest percentage of players present wins a FREE pizza party.  Also, this year we will be raffling off some cool prizes for the coaches who attend Jersey Day.  So be sure and invite your favorite coaches.

I hear there may be some famous people at this year’s Jersey Day, and I’m not just talking about Coach Larry and Coach Terry.  If you do not know these coaches, you will.  Also, it looks like we will be grilling out hotdogs and if we can pull a few strings, even Bubba’s Nuts, the word’s best boiled peanuts, will be there.  The Graystone Kids are planning some special games and events for the kiddos.

Soooooooooo…Jersey Day is so much more than simply wearing your favorite jersey to church.  It’s an easy opportunity for you to reach out to your friends, family and teammates and invite the ONE person whose life you want to see changed for all eternity.

Who are you bringing?

 But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?” Romans 10:14

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