Hope Weekly 6/14/2019

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Family Promise, Barry County Cares, and More!
 
Because of our partnership with B2 Outlet Stores, when anyone makes a purchase at the B2 Outlet Store in Hastings, Gun Lake Community Church gets a percentage to pour back into the Gun lake Region. This allows us to multiply hope in many ways. Over the last couple of months, we were able to partner with these different organizations in bringing hope:
 

  1. Family Promise of Barry County, a ministry to homeless families, is up and running! Three families are currently being helped and many churches are partnering together to make this mission a success. Robin Walters from GLCC serves on their board and recently shared that one of the families should be back on their feet soon. Through B2, we were able to contribute $2,000.00 to Family Promise’s ongoing efforts. Please continue to pray for this important ministry that is in its first year, and if you want to volunteer, contact Robin or the church office and we will help get you connected.

 

  1. Barry County Cares is our primary partner in offering needs assistance to people who live in Barry County. They recently received $1,200.00 from our B2 partnership and continue to be vital to our region.

 

  1. Finally, GLCC was able to give a Hope Grant of $500.00 to the Woman’s Life Chapter 908 of the Gun Lake Region to partner in providing special beach wheelchairs for the Gun Lake State Park. These chairs are specially designed to help those with physical limitations gain access to the sand and water. We are excited for the hope that these special chairs will provide.

 
Hope abounds when people have hearts of compassion and choose to make a difference! How can you help bring hope every day to someone around you? It might be as simple as a warm greeting, a small encouragement, or a short prayer. Join in on the fun!

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit!” Romans 15:13

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Hope Weekly 5/30/2019

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Prayer Walking Is Fun, Easy, and Brings Hope!
 
Beginning this Monday and then every following Monday all summer long, we have the opportunity to prayer walk (or prayer drive) through different communities in our region! Prayer walking is:
 

  • Fun – you get to talk and enjoy the people you are with while praying for the community.
  • Easy – you simply pray for what your eyes are seeing or what your heart is experiencing while you walk. You don’t have to pray out loud if you don’t want to but you will also learn that it really is quite easy by learning from those who will be with you. If walking is a limitation or if it is raining, some choose to prayer drive!
  • Brings Hope – Prayer walking is about blessing and loving the communities around us. We have many testimonies where God’s blessing was able to flow to others through this simple practice.

 
Come join the fun this Monday by meeting at 7 p.m. in the Gun Lake Community Church parking lot! Prayer changes things especially when we step into it together.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit!” Romans 15:13

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Hope Weekly 5/23/2019

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Hand2Hand Partnership leads to a Hope-filled Summer!
 
This past school year Gun Lake Community Church partnered with Hand2Hand Ministries to feed 53 students from Baker Elementary School in Wayland. The Hand2Hand program provides for hungry kids by supplying a back pack of food that they take home each weekend. We are grateful for your support in bringing hope through this ministry all school year long!
 
But there is more! Because of your generous donations, we are able to continue to provide food boxes for families in need over the summer. This is so exciting! During the school year, there has been a Hand2Hand team that donates, packs, shops, purchases, delivers and prays over the program. During the summer, we would love to add to the team as families will come to pick up their food boxes at the church. We will need shoppers, greeters on pick-up nights, and communicators (with families) for the summer program. The first pick-up night is at the end of June.
 
Contact Vicki at vicki@hand2hand.org or 269-792-2465 if you have any questions or want to join the team! Whether through Hand2Hand or some other means, how are you bringing hope to the region? Come join the fun!

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit!” Romans 15:13

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Hope Weekly 5/9/2019

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Catch Summer Playground Coming to Delton Summer School!
 
For 10 days this summer, many students will be attending summer school at Delton-Kellogg Schools from 8 a.m. to noon. Many of these K – 8th students have parents who work and are unable to transport them home. Catch Summer Playground is a program developed by the YMCA that will provide activities and oversight for these kids from noon to 3 p.m. during those 10 days. Approximately 100 – 150 kids are expected to be in the program each day.
 
The idea came late in the year and there was no budgeted money to bring it into being. The YMCA reached out to Gun Lake Community Church and two other organizations to consider funding this program. Through our B2 Partnership, Gun Lake was able to contribute $1,000.00 to the program and all the resources needed have been raised. Catch Summer Playground is a go!
 
The Delton Catch Summer Playground is also looking for volunteers to work the 10 afternoons this summer. If you have the time and the heart to make a difference, sign up by contacting Gina at gina@ymcaofbarrycounty.org. You will bring hope and make a difference! Through one way or another, God is calling all of us to bring hope through our lives to others. Join the fun!

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit!” Romans 15:13

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Hope Weekly 5/2/2019

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Hope Grant Empowers Principal to Impact
Central Elementary School!

 
A couple of months ago, Principal Sarah Geukes of Central Elementary School (Hastings) received a Hope Grant through our partnership with the B2 Store in Hastings, Michigan. She was encouraged to bring hope to her school through blessing students and faculty in ways that would raise their spirits and bring encouragement. She said that she tried to choose ways to use the money “that impacted students, staff, and families at the school.” Here is what she did:
 
1.  I took the teachers out to Mexican Connexion for lunch on a professional development day.  They really enjoyed a nice lunch together (and one outside of the building!).  Lunch out is a rare treat for teachers!
 
2. I had postcards made that say “Great News from School! Central Elementary.” Staff members have been writing postcards to students to encourage and celebrate great things happening at school.  I had a student just this week pull out a postcard from her backpack to show me the note that she got from a teacher!  Her smile said it all!
 
3.  I sent four K-2nd grade teachers to literacy training in Bay City.  The training itself was inexpensive, but I used the Hope Grant to pay for hotel rooms for the teachers which were not in the budget.  They really learned a lot at the training and appreciated the time to build relationships with each other outside of school! 
 
4.  I am using the remaining money to pay for a family picnic (hot dogs, chips, lemonade, etc) on the evening of May 29.  We are kicking off our Summer Reading Program that evening.  I am hoping that food will help encourage families to attend and engage in our summer reading program.  My goal for the program is to help reduce “summer slide” by providing books and activities for families to have at home.
 
Great job Sarah! Thank you for partnering with us in bringing hope to others. How is God calling you to make a difference in your community? Maybe it is serving your local school as a volunteer! Whatever it is, join the fun. Together, we are bringing hope to the Gun Lake Region.  

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit!” Romans 15:13

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Hope Weekly 4/26/2019

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Easterfest brings Families together on Hope-filled Weekend!
 
Last Saturday April 20th at 4:00 p.m., Gun Lake Community was overrun with smiling kids and young families soaking in Easterfest on a bright sunny afternoon. Families from across the region came to enjoy free hotdogs and drinks, play games, and scramble across the front field during the Easter Egg hunt!
 
A big shout out to all who helped love and serve the region through this event! Easterfest couldn’t happen without you.
 
Different events designed to love our community and bring hope happen all year long at Gun Lake Community Church. Be on the look-out for how you can join the fun through Prayer Walking, Vacation Bible School, Middleville Heritage Days, Trunk or Treat, and many more opportunities to love and serve! Together we are making a difference.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit!” Romans 15:13

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Hope Weekly 4/18/2019

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Hope comes through the Scriptures on this Holy Week!
 
This week we celebrate the goodness of God through His Son, Jesus Christ. Let these verses from the Bible fill you with hope and may that hope overflow to everyone around you.
 
John 3:16-17 “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.”
 

The Romans Road (A way to share the Gospel in 4 passages from Romans)
Romans 3:23“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”
 
Romans 6:23 – “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
 
Romans 5:8“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
 
Romans 10:9-10 “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”
 
 
Ephesians 2:1-9 “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in our transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages He might show the incomparable riches of His grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.”
 
May you be filled with the hope that comes from the Gospel this week!

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit!” Romans 15:13

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Hope Weekly 4/11/2019

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Parenting Help and Hope in Parenting Workshop 2…
 
What if you could teach responsibility without losing your child’s love? Would that bring Hope? Our next parenting workshop on April 28th at 6:00 p.m. is going to equip parents to learn:

  • How to help kids learn from their mistakes rather than repeating them.
  • What to do when you can’t think of a logical consequence.
  • How to discipline children without losing their love.

Pray for another great evening with parents and grandparents! Being equipped in practical, life-giving skills brings hope!
 
To sign up or get more information about the Parenting Workshop, email Katie at katie@gunlakechurch.org.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit!” Romans 15:13

From the last Parenting Workshop. Join us!

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Hope Weekly 4/4/2019

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Bridge Street Boys advance schedule several months!
 
Bridge Street House of Prayer purchased an Adult Gift Store and Liquor Store that they are transforming into places of ministry in north Grand Rapids. GLCC’s Men’s Service Team has been helping with that transformation and on March 20, Tom DeVries, Tom Hopkins, Doug Root, Bill TerAvest, Bill Hall and Dick Hoving headed back to town. They took down the ceiling on the 1st floor to make sure that it was structurally sound. They finished taking the interior plaster and lath walls out. And finally, they picked up all the trash, wood, and plaster putting it outside the building for pick up.
 
A couple weeks later, on Monday April 1, Bob Duthler, Ed Hoogstra, Doug Clark, and Bill Hall’s grandson Luke Walker joined the rest of the guys to do the complete demo of apartments on the 2nd floor. It is amazing what can be accomplished when people come together to get a dirty job done. Ryan, the Director of Bridge Street House of Prayer expressed that the work accomplished has advanced their renovation schedule by several months!

If you want to be a Bridge Street Boy or to help with other Men’s Serve Team projects, email Dick Hoving at hovingjr@gmail.com. There is always room on the team!
 
Where is God calling you to bring hope by lending a helping hand? Maybe it is helping your neighbor with Spring clean-up or helping someone get after a project that seems overwhelming when it is just one person. We can all join in the fun!

 
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit!” Romans 15:13

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Hope Weekly 3/29/2019

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Team Hope is coming to a field near you…!
 
Spring is in the air and that means baseball/softball season! Kids, young and old, are getting ready to take the field across our region as they learn new skills and teamwork. Gun Lake Community church, in partnership with B2 Outlet Stores, is happy to be able to sponsor and support around 17 teams across the area (Hastings, Dorr, Martin, Middleville, Wayland, and Hopkins). The name on the shirts will be: 

So look out for a “Team Hope” near you! And if you find yourself in the stands or watching practice with other parents, remember that it is a great opportunity to give hope through encouragement and love. Let the fun begin!
 
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit!” Romans 15:13

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