Thankful Thursday 9-23-2021

By | Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday 9-23-2021

Refreshing Rain

Thankful Thursday soothes my soul with the rain outside. From the soft steady pitter patter to loud pounding downpours, each falling speed makes me grateful for the gift of the rain. It cleanses so many physical items, but also my mind and emotions.

I walked to the mailbox through a slow drizzle portion of the morning and thought “This is the ultimate moisturizing experience for my face!” As the droplets met my face, I closed my eyes and breathed in deeply welcoming the fresh air to my lungs. As I exhaled those deep breaths, I lifted prayers of thanks to God for the moment together and released to Him my thoughts and concerns. Giving over to God these issues, I opened space for Him to refresh me through rest, renewal, and rejuvenation. Through His strength, my thoughts turn from worry and anxiety to excited anticipation for the events and opportunities before me.

I pray that as the rain moves through today that you meet God in the rain. Allow Him to give you rest, renewal, and rejuvenation. Through Him, the ultimate refresh awaits (Psalm 23:3).

Blessings to you!

Thankful Thursday 9-23-2021 Experience Opportunities:

All are invited to Worship both online and in person. This week, we celebrate the 175th Anniversary of Gravel Hill. Sunday School will occur at 9:10 am and one worship service for all will happen at 10:30 am. A picnic will follow the the worship service. Masks are optional. 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.

If you want to be part of a prayer group joining in collective efforts to support and lift up others during your time with God, you can do so through our new Facebook group: Gravel Hill Prayers. It is a closed group to be mindful of the private and sensitive requests made. And it’s purpose is for you to be a prayer warrior both interceding where others are asking for assistance in prayer and requesting prayers for situations that need lifting. To join, please send an email to Katie.

Weekly Wink 9.22.21

By | Weekly Wink
Weekly Wink 9.22.21

Be In the Light Meal returns on Wednesday September 22 from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. Learn more here. Meal RSVP here.

Kidz Choir: Begins on Wednesday September 22 from 6 – 6:30 pm. Contact Joyce for more information.

Pioneer Club: Begins on Wednesday September 22nd from 6:30 – 8 pm. Register now. Contact Shauna Dowdrick with questions.

Youth Group: TONIGHT Wednesday September 22th @ 6:30 – 8 pm. Have questions? Contact Judy. All participant must have a completed Permission & Medical form for 2021-2022.

Adult Bible Study: Begins on Wednesday September 22nd from 6:30 – 8 pm with a Meet & Greet and then will dive into the study, “The Bible Tells Me So…” by Peter Enns, on 9/29.

Adult Choir: Practice on Wednesday September 22th from 6:45 – 7:45 pm. Contact Joyce for more information.

Sunday September 26:

The 175th Anniversary Celebration We are celebrating the 175th Anniversary of Gravel Hill Church. There will be old fashioned games, music, trivia, historical memorabilia, memories and of course food. Schedule of events for the day:

9:10 – 10:30 am Sunday School

10:30 am One Worship Service for all

Picnic follows worship service

Sermon Title: God’s Faithfulness and the Future     Scripture: Isaiah 43:14-21

  • In Person Sunday School 9:10 AM for children (Pre-K thru 1st grade & 2nd-5th grade) and youth (6th-12th grade).
  • Adult Sunday School class 9:10 AM: The Ken Staver class will meet in Fellowship Hall.
  • Sunday Worship at 10:30 AM for this week. Masks are optional. Online worship is available under our Sunday Sermons. Sunday bulletin and sermon via email – sign up here.

Bell & Chime Choir: Bells practice on Tuesdays @ 6:30 – 7:30 pm. Chimes practice (excluding this week) on Sundays @ 10:15 – 11:15 am. Contact Barb Koons for more information.

Weekly Wink 9.22.21 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.

Gravel Hill Prayers is a new Facebook group created as a space both to share prayer concerns/joys needing prayer support and to offer prayer support for other’s requests within the group. If you have questions or need an invite to the group, please email Katie.

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.

Email Sign Up (Sign up to receive emails by clicking here.)

A Moment To Praise For Kids 9.21.21

By | A Moment To Praise

A Moment To Praise For Kids 9.21.21

Joyce Lochinger

Miss Joyce 

Hopes Up

One of the things I never wanted to hear when I was a kid was the saying, “Don’t get your hopes up!”

I can remember asking my parents for many things including: “Can we… go camping?  go to an amusement park? eat ice cream for dinner? have a birthday party sleepover? have a pet giraffe?”

As you might guess, some of those questions got answered with a yes. And some got answered with the phrase, “Don’t get your hopes up!”

For the most part, I am someone who has eternal hope and optimism. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I think and hope that good will happen. I know that ultimately, my hope is in God and He will provide me with all that is necessary in life – even if it is a pet giraffe!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 9.21.21 in Scripture

Bible Gateway passage: Psalm 39:7 – GW

And now, Lord, what am I waiting for?
My hope is in you!

www.biblegateway.com

I will continue to choose to get my hopes up and wait on God to show me all the good things He has in store for me! And since I am an adult now, I just might have ice cream for dinner!

A Moment To Praise For Kids 9.21.21 in Song

Bright Ones – Get Your Hopes Up

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https://youtu.be/qrchewrunpM

A Moment To Praise For Kids 9.21.21 Learn More

It’s almost fall – so get your hopes up for a fun season! Check out these 25 different fall crafts to help you look forward to this next cool season.

Have fun!

Miss Joyce

A Moment To Praise 9.20.21

By | A Moment To Praise

A Moment To Praise 9.20.21

Joyce Lochinger

Joyce Lochinger, Gravel Hill Worship Leader

Escaping

Confession time! I love action movies! Watching the thrill of car chases, intrigue, suspense and drama, I love it. I probably enjoy it so much because it is so far from the world I want to live in. I find it so fun to watch at home or in the theater while I nibble on buttery popcorn and escape for just a little while!

Usually in this type of movie, the running person escapes the pursuer in several minor car chases.  And then one final, extra-long action-packed 10 minutes eventually leads to the runner being caught in the end.

I can’t help but think that our relationship with God works in the same way. We make many attempts to run and hide from His view. We don’t want Him to catch us in our sins. At times we feel that we have successfully escaped from Him. Until we can’t avoid Him anymore! Suddenly, we are caught in the glare of His righteousness. We see our sin and repent. God tells us in scripture that we all will be found out.

A Moment To Praise 9.20.21 in Scripture
Hebrews 4:13 ESV – Bible Gateway

And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

www.biblegateway.com

In the end, we will give an accounting for our day-to-day behavior. We will have to come out of the darkness of sin and run into the light of Christ.

A Moment To Praise 9.20.21 in Song

Out of Hiding (Official Lyric Video) – Steffany Gretzinger & Amanda Cook | The Undoing

Have a great week!

Joyce

Thankful Thursday 9-16-2021

By | Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday 9-16-2021

Movement

Thankful Thursday felt the movement in the air this morning on our walk. Gratitude flowed from me as the breeze consistently kissed my skin throughout the walk. That gentleness was in stark contrast to the cool winds that whipped along side the storms that came through last evening. While these experiences varied greatly, both offered grounding and calming effects.

Despite the stark contrast in the way I experienced the wind, I also found another common element: movement. These movements brought newness and energy. The soft breeze encouraged my consistent, steady stride as I walked along. The strong cool winds brought peace and calm to me as they raced around, making my thoughts, emotions, and feelings grounded.

Our Heavenly Father knows what each of us is going through mentally, physically, and spiritually. He uses the Holy Spirit to move through our lives to encourage us, calm us, and ground us if we look and listen for His movement. The Bible tells us in John 14:26: “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” As I move through my devotion time and through the world each day, I’m grateful to our Heavenly Father for the creation of each level of movement both His and the ability gifted to you and to me.

Blessings to you!

Thankful Thursday 9-16-2021 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 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.

If you want to be part of a prayer group joining in collective efforts to support and lift up others during your time with God, you can do so through our new Facebook group: Gravel Hill Prayers. It is a closed group to be mindful of the private and sensitive requests made. And it’s purpose is for you to be a prayer warrior both interceding where others are asking for assistance in prayer and requesting prayers for situations that need lifting. To join, please send an email to Katie.

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