Celebration Sunday ~ Membership
On Sunday, January 21st we held our annual Celebration Service. This is our time to look back over the past year and celebrate what God has done in the life of our church community. We also welcomed new members into the congregation.
Membership 01.21.2018 Doug Rumschlag
You can hear Doug’s message here: http://gracetoledo.org/portfolio/celebration-sunday/
“It is very appropriate that we take some time in our service on our Celebration Sunday to welcome some new members at Grace. As we look back over 2017, we celebrate and are thankful for God’s gifts to us. Membership at Grace, this local expression of the Body of Christ, is a gift from God and we are thankful. Our God is a God who gives. The Apostle Paul writes in Ephesians 1:3, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” Those blessings include the free gift of salvation, the forgiveness of our sins in Christ, our adoption by God as His children, the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit, and the gift of life with God for eternity. His blessings also include becoming a part of the body of Christ, His church. Paul writes further about the church in 1 Corinthians 12:13, 23 “For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jew or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.” 23 “Now you are the body of Christ, and each of you is a part of it.”
Let me remind you this morning, in case you forgot, belonging to a local expression of the body of Christ is a tremendous spiritual blessing from our Father.” ~Doug Rumschlag
What membership looks like at Grace Church:
“Why is it important to join a church family? Because it proves you are committed to your spiritual brothers and sisters in reality, not just in theory. You become a Christian by committing yourself to Christ, but you become a church member by committing yourself to a specific group of believers. The first decision brings salvation, the second brings fellowship” ~Rick Warren
We welcomed into membership: Vince Cardone, Caris Croy, Gaylene Gorrell, Carol Sheetz, and Kathy Tinsley.