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Grace Bible Church - Port Orchard, WA

 

 Grace Bible Church

 

It has been a great 6 months since the last update, and a lot has happened in our church and the ministry.

We have been moving forward in the building update in several ways. The first was to take out the pews that were in our sanctuary, and replace them with highly functional chairs. This allowed us to utilize the sanctuary in different ways, as our setup now has the potential to be more versatile. We can and have moved the chairs for VBS, weddings, funerals, and more giving us some much needed freedom.

 We replaced most of the carpeting throughout the upper level (foyer, sanctuary, offices, library, and classrooms), with beautiful new carpeting to replace our tired carpet that was there for many years. We also removed a fireplace and chimney to better utilize some office and classroom space.

It was very exciting to start our Home Fellowships this fall (our small group ministry) in 4 different homes throughout the week. Through such an overwhelming response, we added one group that we did not originally intend on, yet God blessed us with a couple willing to step up in a short amount of time. This ministry truly suits our vision statement as a church; “building people into intimacy with Christ, into community with one another, and bridges into the community” drawn from Ephesians 4:12-13. We have seen new families being pulled into our GBC community and growing into Christ. We have also seen families with a long history in the church reaching and meeting people that they did not know well before. As a whole, we can see growth in people’s spiritual walk as we collectively seek to apply Christ to our lives.

As the fall has come, we have seen the “regular” routine of ministry return, and we are very excited to see what God has for us in the coming year.

 

Adam Renberg (Pastoral Intern)

"Craig Apel's session on church policy matters on politically charged topics - so needed and excellent."

- 2013 GGF Leadership Conference attendee

"I enjoyed the practical nature of many of the aspects like coaching/discipleship"

- a 2014 Leadership Conference attendee

"Thanking God for all of them - their knowledge of God's Word, willingness to share it. Their concern for the lost and challenge to us was appreciated."

- 2013 FBC attendee

"I have seen firsthand the quality and caring that our "headquarters" has given and I'm proud to be part of our fellowship."

- Dr. Robert Renberg, Jr

 

"Theme of mentoring has been valuable. An essential activity in a healthy church."

- a 2014 Leadership Conference attendee

"The theme was dynamite!"

- 2014 Leadership Conference attendee

"It engergized me to go back to working w/traumatized people in the inner city."

- 2013 FBC attendee

"The newer, younger pastors teaching - that was so valuable to hear the quality, and that the GGF pastors are well prepared and energized to perpetuate the Grace movement."

- 2013 FBC attendee

"I felt very welcome, like I was "known" rather than "brand new."

- 2013 FBC attendee

"The GGF focus on integrating with many ethnic groups, emphasis on evangelism, church planting & Grace in Action - it was great! Unity of everyone involved."

- 2013 FBC attendee

"Thank you for having an event like this where we can reconnect and leave rejuvenated and stirred up!"

- 2013 GGF Leadership Conference attendee

"Dale DeWitt's History of Grace Theology was one of the best learning experiences I have ever had. I felt God wanted me to hear this."

- 2013 FBC attendee

"All [speakers] were good. It's so good to listen to these men & hear their obvious love of the Lord, GGF & what they do!"

- 2013 FBC attendee

"I was NOT surprised by the love & grace of everyone [at the conference]...Super good time!"

- 2013 FBC attendee

"I believe this was one of the best!"

- a 2014 Leadership Conference attendee