1 Peter 4:10 “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others.”
We are called to be the church who lives and serves in a way that God breathes the gospel of grace and forgiveness into us first, then into those around us as we interact with them. GFCServes is not about lending a hand. It’s about transferring the good news of Jesus’ forgiveness through the cross and hope through His resurrection to those without it. It's not about what we can't do. It’s about what Jesus already did. It's about how we can share that good news with others through our actions and words.
B.L.E.S.S. Events for 2022
***Local/Regional Trip Training - To prepare for these mission trips, we are asking those planning to serve to attend the training at GFC on Saturday, March 26 from 10-1pm. This training will be both spiritual (perspective in “Helping Not Hurting” those in need) and practical (how to operate certain tools, equipment and building skills). Sign up on the app or in the hallway.
1. Local Mission Trips - Saturday - June 11 & June 18. Home & grounds improvement projects. More details to come. Contact Josh Burke: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Youth Mission Trip to MFuge - June 23 - 26. Our youth are heading to Asheville, NC for a week of service. Contact Paul Wingfield: email@example.com
3. Regional Mission Trip - July 7-9. Community service project in Harlan County, KY. Contact Stephen Hamby: firstname.lastname@example.org or Joe Douthat: email@example.com
4. Missionary VBS - July 13-16 in Louisville, KY. This is a conference for missionaries in Central Asia needing people to help with a Vacation Bible School for kids whose families are attending the conference. Cost: hotel and food. Contact Tim & Melissa Pitts: firstname.lastname@example.org. *Sign up deadline: May 1*
5. FunFest - July 15-23. Everyone at GFC is encouraged to volunteer at one of the FunFest events as we spend the week BLESSing our community. There are a variety of ways you can serve during the week with your friends, family or Life Groups. More details and sign ups to come. Contact Leslie Fuller: email@example.com
6. Global Mission Trip - Gordon & Varinka Williams, along with Global Health Outreach, are planning a medical mission trip to El Salvador July 23 - 31. This is a great trip for families and students. Anyone interested in serving please contact Gordon (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 865.385.3790. You can find details on the trip HERE. The mission team will sponsor a portion of your cost. *Sign up deadline: April 29*
7. Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Packing Party - GFC is partnering with Heritage Baptist and West Colonial Hills Baptist Churches to pack 1,000 OCC shoeboxes that will be sent to Hard to Reach Areas. Join us August 27, 2022 at West Colonial Hills Baptist Church. Contact Melissa Pitts: email@example.com
8. Model Love - Saturday, October 1, 2022. This is a multi-church event meant to BLESS the community of Kingsport. Service teams will be made up of a blend of people from various churches to serve as a unified expression of Christ's love. More details to come.