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1. Graystone Kids will be at the Gwinnett Braves Game on Friday night at 7:00.  Come join us in the outfield lawn.

2.  Our Haiti Mission Team arrives home on Saturday.  Keep praying for them.  I can’t wait to hear all that God did in and through their lives.

3. Week 2 of The Man Series is happening this Sunday.  There will be “man songs”, contests, lots of testosterone, and much much more.  Ozora campus times: 9:30, 11:00, 12:15 and Walton campus times: 9:30 and 11:00.

4. Newcomers Lunch is Sunday at 12:15PM in the Student Room of the Ozora Campus.  Lunch and childcare are provided!  There is no need to sign up.  There is a seat with your name on it.

5. Prayer Walk at our future Graystone Walton Campus on Sunday at 2:00PM.  The property has been vacated, and we hope to close by the end of June. PRAISE GOD!  Before we begin any renovations, we will circle/cover/blanket the place in prayer.  The address is 723 N Broad Street (Hwy 11), Monroe, GA 30656.

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Please pray of our short-term mission team flying down to Haiti today.  They will spend a week working with Voices of Christ Haiti and ministering to the kids of the orphanage, school and community.  Let’s pray for lives to be changed on both ends.

Team Members:

Michael Anefils

Regine Anefils

Jacob Baird

Jamie Evans
Bill Hildebrand
Maria Hildebrand
Matt Hildebrand
Stefanie Hildebrand
Fred Maidment
Kim Parker
Elliott Rogers
Jacqueline Scales
Alex Teague
Lindsay Zubler

 

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Jennifer and Gabby

Jennifer and Gabby

In my personal opinion, there is NO GREATER JOY than being used by God to change someone’s life for all eternity.  Last night at Sports Camp, DOZENS of 3rd-5th grade kids committed their lives to Jesus Christ. PRAISE GOD!

One of the Sports Dads, a man’s man, with tears in his eyes shared with me that he had the opportunity to lead two 4th grade boys to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.  They were in his small group all week, and he said it was the first time he had ever led anyone to Christ.  He would agree with me…there is NO GREATER JOY!  He also wanted me to know that he is not a crier.  I am not a crier either.  Although, I have tears in my eyes as I type this blog post.

Jennifer had the opportunity last night to lead Gabby to Christ.  Gabby is a girl from the Path Project that Jennifer has been mentoring each week.  She has lunch with her at school.  Helps her with her homework.  She picked her up all semester and brought her to kids’ small group at Graystone.  Then, last night after many hours of loving, sharing and prayer, Gabby committed her life to Jesus.  PRAISE GOD!

My 15 year old daughter, Julia, had the opportunity last night to lead 2 girls to faith in Jesus Christ.  I am so proud of her.  She is beautiful inside and out.

And guess what?  If you served at Graystone Church for Sports Camp, then God used you to change DOZENS of kids’ lives for all eternity.  Let it sink in.  Because of you, a child is no longer going to Hell but will now spend eternity in Heaven with God.  There is NO GREATER JOY!

In fact, if you have given financially to Graystone Church in 2014, then God used your offering to give DOZENS of kids the gift of eternal life.  Sports Camps is FREE for the community.  But it costs Graystone thousands of dollars to pull off Sports Camp.  The money comes from our regular tithes and offerings that we give each week.

THANK YOU for giving.  THANK YOU for serving.  THANK YOU for praying.  There is NO GREATER JOY than being used by God to see ONE person’s life changed for all eternity.  Let’s celebrate today all that God did in and through Sports Camp. And may God have all the glory!

I think it would be completely appropriate right now to stand up wherever you are and do the HAPPY DANCE!

 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” Luke 15:7

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Tyler is in training to become a great staff husband.

Tyler is in training to become a great staff husband.

There are definitely more than 99 kids at Sports Camp.  Actually, with limiting the age group to completed K-5th grade, we have a manageable number of kids to minister to this Sports Camp.  This year has been so well led and organized.  And every night I am blown away by our incredible staff, staff spouses, and amazing volunteers.  Graystone is a church full of servant leaders (Mark 10:45).

Tonight during the teaching time the gospel will be clearly presented and the older elementary kids will have an opportunity to commit their lives to Jesus Christ.  Small Group Leaders will follow up with each child in his/her group and make sure they understand the gospel. Let’s pray for the ONE in each small group.  In fact, let’s be bold and pray all day today for DOZENS of kids’ lives to be changed for all eternity.

I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” Luke 15:7

 

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Julia and her friends helping lead worship.

Julia and her friends helping lead worship.

Last night at Sports Camp while riding on a “gator”, I was talking with one of the newest members of Graystone Church.  He, his wife and his daughter are all serving at Sports Camp.  He said, “Sports Camp is incredible.  You know what we see… One big family serving God together.”  Wow!  He referred to Graystone as a big family, which is one of the metaphor of the church used in the Bible.  Nate and some of the staff often refer to me as “Poppa Bear”.  Well, I am a proud poppa.

Another one of my favorite things about Sports Camp is seeing families serve God together.  Husbands and wives serving together.  Mom, Dad, and their kids serving God together.  Fathers and sons serving God together.  Moms and daughters serving God together. It is a beautiful thing.

11 years ago this July, the Howes family moved from Texas to Georgia to start Graystone Church.  It has been a family affair.  It’s so exciting for me to see Julia on stage helping lead worship and to see Joelan on the tennis and basketball court coaching the kids.  Jennifer has always had a passion to reach kids for Christ, so she is in her element hosting the large group teaching times. Jessie, our “grandchild”, is having a blast being a camper.  One day, she will have her turn to serve.

I am a proud “Poppa Bear”.  I am proud of my family.  I am super proud of my Graystone Church family.  And what really excites me is that our Heavenly Father is pleased because we are all using our time, talents and treasures to serve Him and build His kingdom.  Thank you to EVERYONE who is able to serve and for being a part of our Graystone family!

You should be like one big happy family, full of sympathy toward each other, loving one another with tender hearts and humble minds.” 1 Peter 3:8 LB

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Sports Camp 2014 is less than two weeks away, and we hope you are planning to be at Graystone Ozora June 2nd-5th from 6-8:30 p.m. We need EVERYONE helping as our two campuses come together and serve the children in our community.

This year’s theme is The Main Event. Our kids will experience the biggest and most amazing lessons of the Bible as they learn how people were faced with one event and had to make one decision – Do we follow God’s plan. We are praying and trusting God that dozens of children will experience The Main Event and trust Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

Rookie is planning to make another grand appearance, and each night we will have a different mascot, including Chopper with Gwinnett Braves. Tuesday at 6 p.m. Gwinnett Medical Center will be offering a Concussion Clinic for parents with former football players David Greene, Chuck Smith, and Matt Stinchcomb. Thursday will be our BIG surprise show at 7:50 p.m. that everyone is invited to attend.

If you haven’t signed up to serve, we’ve got a place for you! Please e-mail sportscamp@graystonechurch.com and we will get you plugged in. We need help with parking, facilities, coaches, small groups, greeters, and registration. To find more information about Sports Camp or to register your child, go to www.graystonesportscamp.com.

Who is the ONE kid you need to bring to Sports Camp?

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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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