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This morning, Graystone Church officially closed on the loan, and we “own” the land and buildings in Monroe for our Graystone Walton Campus.  PRAISE GOD.  Let the renovations begin!

 

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Over the last couple years, we have given a big prize away (ATV, riding lawnmower, Big Green Egg) for The Man Series at Graystone Church. This year is no different.  Since our message series theme is BUILD, we decided to give away a bunch of tools.  What man doesn’t need an awesome set of tools?  There will be 3 winners: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

Basically, it is a FREE raffle. All you have to do is show up at Graystone Church on Sunday, June 29, and enter your name in the raffle.  Yes, you do have to be a man (18+ years old).  And yes, you do have to be present at church on Sunday.  We will collect all the entries from both campuses and on Monday, June 30, we will draw 3 lucky names out of the hat.

Here’s the deal.  The reason we are doing this is that it’s a great opportunity for you to invite your friends to Graystone Church. They will have fun at The Man Series and have an opportunity to win an incredible tool set.  And who knows, maybe God will change his life for all eternity.  I talk to men all the time who first came to Graystone for one of our big giveaways, and they have been coming ever since.

Who are you inviting this Sunday to Graystone Church?

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When I was a kid growing up, I rarely went to church.  When I did go, it was incredibly boring.  I have to confess that during the service I would literally lay on the pew and take a nap with my head in my Ganny’s lap.

I met with a guy yesterday who said that his elementary kid loves church and cannot wait to come.   He first came to Sports Camp last year and has been coming ever since.  He said his son has fun at church and learns the Bible, which is two of our objectives for children’s ministry.  We want kids to associate fun with church.

This week our middle school and high school kids had a blast on a giant slip n slide.  There was no worship music.  There was no Bible teaching.  They just came to the church, hung out with their friends and had a blast.  It was just clean fun.

The Man Series is fun.  Eating meat off the grill and beef jerky is fun.  Watching men compete is fun.  Hearing “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd is fun (and it tied into the Bible message).  Giving away a $2000 tool set is fun.

I know there are Christians/pastors on the other side of the spectrum that say we should be living “radical lives” and church should be a “spiritual bootcamp” preparing us to do battle against the spiritual forces of evil while advancing the kingdom of God.  Well, I agree.  Personally, I think it’s both/and.

We are giving our lives to the greatest mission on earth.  And I think we can have fun doing it.  I don’t know about you, but there isn’t anything more fun and rewarding than seeing someone’s life changed of all eternity.  And we get to be a part of it.  So let’s DOMINATE our community with the love of Jesus Christ and have a blast doing it.

For the critics out there, is it really a bad thing that kids and students want to come to church because it’s fun?

I have come that you may have life and have it to the full.” Jesus (John 10:10)

 

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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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