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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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Jessie Cheerleading

Our Grayson Ram Cheerleader with the Archer Tiger. (Not sure who that is photobombing the pic?)

 

 

This Friday night, Graystone Church will be joining the bulk of our Grayson and Archer communities for the HUGE FOOTBALL GAME at Archer High School. Grayson and Archer are two of the best 6A teams in the state, and there will be several D1 prospects on both sides of the ball.  There will be many college coaches and scouts in the stands.  Many coaches and players for both teams are faithful members of Graystone Church.  We will be a house divided.  I will wear a Graystone T-shirt and sit/stand in a neutral position in the stadium.  Over the years, I have served as team chaplain for both teams.

Graystone Church will be sponsoring the game.  We will be throwing Graystone footballs into the stands during the 2nd quarter. And thousands of people in our community will be invited over the loud speaker to Graystone Church where “We are not perfect.  And we do not expect you to be.”  

Our Graystone Kids will be tailgating before the game beginning at 5;30PM.  We will be set up in the grassy area across from the main entrance of the Archer stadium.  We will have FREE Chick-Fil-A for those who come to the tailgate.  If you are able to make it out to the BIG GAME, please come by our tailgate and say hello, hang out, toss the football with me, etc.  And let’s pray for God to use the night for something much BIGGER than winning or losing a football game.

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In this video, College GameDay’s David Pollack tells his life-changing story.  It’s hard to believe, but he shares that breaking his neck and being stuck in a halo for 3 1/2 months was the best thing that ever happened to him.  God had a better plan for David than a long career in the NFL.

I pray that his story gives you hope and inspires you to overcomes any difficulties you may be facing.

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Please pray for Christians in Iraq who are being martyred for their faith in Jesus.  Read more at this article on Christian Post: Isis-ystematically-beheading-children-in-iraq ; They-are-killing-every-christian-they-see-says-chaldean-leader.

Also, here is a link to a video interview describing the atrocities:

http://gnli.christianpost.com/video/isis-systematically-beheading-children-in-iraq-32988

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