Thankful Thursday 6-17-2021

By | Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday 6-17-2021

Instruction Book

Thankful Thursday dawns with one beautiful morning outside here in central Pennsylvania. As I walked outside with my son to say goodbye as he headed into his day, I asked him if I should meet him later with a water bottle for his activities this evening. He looked at me and said, “Mom, I’m coming home before tonight’s activity. You don’t have to meet me.” I thanked him for the updated and shared that I mentally had not yet reviewed today’s entire plans for the family.

After sending him on his way, I got my morning coffee and spent some time in devotions and scripture. This grounding time of my day is so important as it creates not only the stepping stone for the plans ahead, but also the “how-to” guide for I the attitude I bring to each situation. No matter what we face in life, the Bible holds answers and direction for where we are right now in life.

If you feel as though you are floundering a bit, need a bit of reorienting, or just want to be grounded again, carve out a bit more time to be with Jesus. Take in His Word. Let His presence surround you, hold you, and care for you. He loves you.

I am grateful for the nurturing. This fuels me to make the changes I need and to love others as I am called. I pray you find nurturing and fuel as you spend time with Jesus today too!

Blessings to you!

Thankful Thursday 6-17-2021 Experience Opportunities:

All are invited to Worship both online and in person. In person options occur Sundays at 8 am, 9:15 am, & 10:30 am. Masks are optional when seated at all services. To learn more about online worship, click here. Or want to revisit a message that really spoke to you? Check out our Sunday Sermons.

On Facebook (Gravel Hill Church) and Twitter (@GravelHill): A Moment To Praise and A Moment To Praise For Kids! find postings from our worship leader, Joyce. She shares a small devotional, scripture, and worship song.

Weekly Wink 6.16.21

By | Weekly Wink
Weekly Wink 6.16.21

Wednesday Book Study: Week 6 is tonight at 6:30 pm, Pastor Dan leads this 6 week book study over Zoom. Contact the church office (717)838-4721 for Zoom link info. Participants may get their books from Amazon or Cokesbury.

Sunday June 20: Father’s Day

  • Sunday Worship at 8 AM, 9:15 AM, & 10:30 AM will be available in person. Masks are optional at all services. Online worship is available under our Sunday Sermons. Sunday bulletin and sermon via email – sign up here.
  • In Person Sunday School 9:10 AM for children (3 yr. old- 5th grade) in room 101 and youth (JH & HS) in the library.
  • Adult Sunday School class: The Ken Staver class will meet in Fellowship Hall.
Weekly Wink 6.16.21 Ahead Online:

Mondays: A Moment To Praise; Tuesdays: A Moment To Praise For Kids!; Wednesdays: Weekly Wink; Thursdays: Thankful Thursday; Fridays: Message Title & Scripture Sharing; Saturdays: Reminders; Sundays: Online Worship

Current Missions:

Tithing at Gravel Hill (Learn more here.) Say thank you for the blessings you have so the Gravel Hill body can continue to support you and our missions.

“Quarters for a Cause” container will be available for contributions. Donations will support the Caring Cupboard.

Gravel Hill Christian Child Care is hiring both part time and full time positions. If you are interested, please call 717-838-3620.

Through August 15 we will be taking Celebration of Life Garden Paver Orders. Pick up an order form on the Welcome Center. The cost again is $100. Place your order form & payment in an envelope marked Paver Order. Submit orders to the office, offering plate, or Sandy Fausey. Pavers will be installed in the fall. If you have questions, please contact Sandy Fausey.

Upcoming Opportunities:

June 23 Wednesday Bible Study at 6:30 pm over Zoom using the book Fierce Women of the Bible Who Changed the World by Jennifer Cowart. Joyce Lochinger will lead this study. If interested in participating, please contact the church office for link details.

14th Annual Caring Cupboard Golf Outing on July 9, 2021 at Fairview Golf Course. Registration begins at 12:00 pm with a shot-gun start at 1:30. Each golfer receives boxed lunches and meal vouchers, as well as prizes and contest holes. Registration information can be found online under the events tab at www.CaringCupboard.org

Baptism Sunday July 11– If you have someone interested in baptism, please contact the office for more information.

Sunday July 11 Food Truck Fellowship at Gravel Hill Church This event will host food trucks for you to purchase your meal, free kids games and activities, and live music beginning at 11 am. We look forward to fellowshipping with you!

July 16 Friday Men’s Breakfast The van depart at 7 am from church parking lot to Shady Maple. Masks required on the van ride to and from Shady Maple. If you are interested in attending, contact Bill Yohn as spaces are limited.

Looking for an answer? It may be Celebrate Recovery. Only 1 of 3 attends Celebrate Recovery for an addiction. Celebrate Recovery is a program based on God’s Word- The Bible. It is forward looking and focuses on the future. It combines large and small group interaction in a caring community. Celebrate Recovery emphasis on personnel responsibility and accountability. For more information go to www.celebraterecovery.com. We will be restarting this ministry soon at Gravel Hill. We are currently looking for anyone interested in committing to a leadership role. Training will be given. If interested, please contact the church office or Ken Bishop.

Ongoing Opportunities:

Gift Shopping Made Easy! You can shop for gift cards while at home and benefit Gravel Hill. Purchases support the off-site Ministry Fund. Learn more about Gravel Hill’s Scrip Program by clicking here. You can start shopping now. Create username and password. Gravel Hill’s Enrollment Code is: 21L936DB32931.

Have questions? Please contact Ashley.

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A Moment To Praise For Kids 6.15.21

By | A Moment To Praise

A Moment To Praise For Kids 6.15.21

Joyce Lochinger

Miss Joyce 

It’s officially summer!

School is out! I’m sure you are all super excited about that! I know I always was ready for summer break!

I loved staying up late and playing outside all day and sometimes, most of the night! We would play tag in the dark or sit on the porch and talk with neighbors. We would watch summer storms with their thunder and lightning and try to count between the clashes to see how far away the storm was!

But of all of the games, nothing was more fun than flashlight tag!

Here’s how to play if you have never played this game!

3 Ways to Play Flashlight Tag – wikiHow

Playing tag has always been about outrunning whoever is ‘it.’ But now, you can add a fun twist, making the game more about stealth and tact, by using flashlights to transform the game. Depending on how many people want to play flashlight…

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It’s regular tag, but in the dark and the “it” person must shine a light onto you when they tag you and say your name. That’s how you know you’re out! Anyway – I always loved being outside in the dark hiding and wondering whether I would be found? Would I see that beam of light shoot through the dark aimed at me or at a friend?

I know that is how I feel sometimes when I’m hiding something from God too! Is He going to break through with His brilliant light and find me in my hiding place? Will He find out what I’m trying to keep from Him?

A Moment To Praise For Kids 6.15.21 in Scripture

I know the answer! It is of course, yes! His light will break through and find me. But then the best part is He will heal me from my sin and He will go before me to make sure that healing will happen! See, it says so in scripture!

Isaiah 58:8 ESV – Then shall your light break forth like – Bible Gateway

Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.

www.biblegateway.com

So, enjoy your summer. Play a little flashlight tag with friends! And always looks for ways to let God lead you on good, Godly paths!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 6.15.21 in Song

Breaking Through – Bethel Music Kids | Come Alive

Watch “Breaking Through” from the Bethel Music Kids album + film, “Come Alive.” Get the album + learn more: http://www.bethelmusic.com/store/product/bethel-mu...

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A Moment To Praise For Kids 6.15.21 Learn More

Watch the video and try to make this awesome craft!

FUNNY DRAWINGS FOR KIDS Fun and Simple Sea Animals Drawing Tutorial! Light beam books

FUNNY DRAWINGS FOR KIDS Fun and Simple Sea Animals Drawing Tutorial! Light beam books #DIY #papercraft #funny

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Have a fun week!

Miss Joyce

A Moment To Praise 6.14.21

By | A Moment To Praise

A Moment To Praise 6.14.21

Joyce Lochinger

Joyce Lochinger, Gravel Hill Worship Leader

In the Business of Miracles

It is not unusual to hear people questioning God in our day and age. Does God still care? Is He still moving in our world? Is He doing the great things in this time and place in the same way He did in Biblical times? I’m sure that this is an age-old question that many people over the centuries have asked as they have looked on to a world that seems to be in disarray.

As Christians, we know that God is still working and moving in this world! Even more personally, we can feel His movement in each and every one of our lives! I have seen it in my own life, and I have seen and heard it from other believers who have been astounded by God’s work in their lives.

Experiencing Miracles

In my own life, I have recently experienced some circumstances that have felt bleak, as if there was no way they could improve. Then suddenly, the problems cleared up right before my eyes. God was able to work in each person’s life who was involved, and He showed an end result which worked for the betterment of all.  I can’t say that it was purely a coincidence because I know it wasn’t, it was the movement of the Holy Spirit at work making all things come together.

I have seen God work corporately in our congregation at Gravel Hill. It is an honor and a privilege to be able to stand up front and lead worship weekly. I see firsthand the power of the Holy Spirit as it washes over people in the pews. Sometimes, I can see visible tears in our worshipers’ eyes.  Others have their hands raised, clapping, dancing and worshiping with abandon. Others who are moved to complete stillness, heads lowered in the presence of God. It is truly a beautiful experience each and every week!

Expecting Miracles

The big key to seeing God and His miracles every day is to be so in tune with the Holy Spirit that you are waiting for Him to move in a great way, or even in a small way. You should be expecting the movement of God to appear in your life.

I hope that you will take some time going forward to relax and reflect on the miraculous things which God has done in your life. I also pray that you will start taking some time to expect the movement of God in your life. When you experience it, I pray also that you will share it with others so they know that God is still in the business of miracles!

A Moment To Praise 6.14.21 in Scripture

Share this scripture with someone today who needs to hear it!

Psalm 77:14 NIV – Bible Gateway

You are the God who performs miracles;
    you display your power among the peoples.

www.biblegateway.com

A Moment To Praise 6.14.21 in Song

Enjoy this worship song, which is calling on God’s movement in our everyday lives!

This is a Move – Brandon Lake and Tasha Cobbs Leonard | Moment

“This is a Move” sung by Brandon Lake and Tasha Cobbs Leonard live at WorshipU on Campus. Listen to Brandon Lake’s single “This Is A Move” on all music platforms.

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God Bless!

Joyce

Thankful Thursday 6-10-2021

By | Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday 6-10-2021

The Unexpected

Thankful Thursday greeted our home with an unexcepted knock at the door. Upon opening it, a smiling man from the utility company said hello and informed me his crew was there to replace the telephone pole on our property. He then asked for permission to access the work area by way of our front yard. This added excitement shifted today’s plans slightly, but I am grateful for the work done to sure up the connection with our utilities.

While doing the tasks listed on my calendar, I remember to remain connected to God. On days like today with His guidance, I shift direction, reprioritize tasks, and adapt to the new element in my day. I have found the key to making these shifts easier: gratitude. I thank the Lord for good in the new direction and for the protection He provided by not having me continue on with my original plans. Only He knows where those actions may have led and the good I would have missed without following His lead.

As Jeremiah 29:11 reminds us, For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare[a] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” This gift of hope calls us to continue to turn to Him with everything. He loves us.

Blessings to you!

Thankful Thursday 6-10-2021 Experience Opportunities:

All are invited to Worship both online and in person. In person options occur Sundays at 8 am, 9:15 am, & 10:30 am. Masks are optional when seated at all services. To learn more about online worship, click here. Or want to revisit a message that really spoke to you? Check out our Sunday Sermons.

On Facebook (Gravel Hill Church) and Twitter (@GravelHill): A Moment To Praise and A Moment To Praise For Kids! find postings from our worship leader, Joyce. She shares a small devotional, scripture, and worship song.

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