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HOW DO I MEET PEOPLE?
 
Our church is not a place for spectators. It is a place for team members. Whether you are a five year- old child, a ninety-five year-old grandmother, an on-the-go busy mom, or a businessman with big responsibilities, we want you to be a part of our vibrant church community. Here are some ways that you can learn, serve, and grow with our church.  
 
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LifeGroups Often, small groups of people are better able to interact and learn about a topic than larger groups are. For that reason, our church has smaller, biblically-based communities that meet in member homes. The size of the group is anywhere from six to sixteen people. At a time designated by your group leader you can participate in the small group community.
 
Each week we gather together in smaller groupings that are practical, relevant, and relational.  These times together are constantly changing, allowing us to get to know one another as a church family.  Every six weeks, our Thrive Time Groups switch up – topics, participants, and teachers.  There are Thrive Time options for every age-group, empowering exciting and easy discussion for the entire church family!When do Thrive Time Groups Meet? We “thrive together” every Sunday morning as the second half of our regular weekly worship time, typically starting at 11.20am. 
 
One of the central components to our weekly Sunday Gathering as a church family is our message time – an opportunity to hear from one of our Pastors or other guests as they open the Bible and share God’s truth with us in a relevant and accessible way. CLICK HERE for our present message series or CLICK HERE for our Podcast Archive.
 
CHURCH CALENDAR Everyone has a busy schedule … and it just keeps getting busier! With that in mind, we work hard not to clutter schedules further but rather to promote those events and activities that best reflect our vision & core values. CLICK HERE to access our online calendar and see some of what is happening in our church family right now.  Can’t find something on the calendar that you’re looking for?  SEND AN EMAIL and let us know what you’re trying to find!
 
Each Sunday morning, children get to participate in their own classes. Bible lessons are taught in such a way that every child gets to participate and learn. Each of the class teachers is carefully screened and thoroughly trained in children’s instruction. The children’s ministry of our church is central to our DNA as a family:  we love kids because Jesus loves kids! We also have periodic events and activities outside of Sunday morning to gather our youngest ones together to build relationships and engage in community life outside the constraints of our regular weekly gathering time.
 
GRACE STUDENT MINISTRY The teen years can be among the most challenging … for youth and parents alike!  We dedicate time Sunday mornings, Wednesday evenings, and various other times & locations.  We have a team of youth leaders that are passionately committed to Jesus and teens … and, of course, FUN!
 
YOUNG ADULTS (FUSION) Life can get complicated once you cross that nebulous threshold into adulthood. There are complicated decisions. Bigger stakes. Serious relationships. And a whole lot more decisions. The young adult group of our church provides a welcoming atmosphere for college and early-career aged young people. 

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WHO WE ARE

 At Grace Family Church, we strive to grow as a vibrant, relevant church family … one that serves with excellence and is excited about inviting others to experience life transformation together.  We’re guided by an unshakable desire to help people live Jesus-centered lives.

Take some time and get to know us. Spend a couple of Sundays with us in our worship gathering and use the guest card in the seat pockets if you have any questions or would like to speak to one of our pastors or overseers (elders). To get in touch with us or to stay updated on what’s going on with our church family, please visit our CONTACT page.

You can read more about our beliefs, our heritage, and our partnering agencies by clicking here.
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OUR PASTORS

PASTOR TIM Lead Pastor

As the primary teaching pastor, Pastor Tim has a passion for carefully unpacking the truths of Scripture in a practical and relevant way. Born and raised “Down Under” in the city of Adelaide, South Australia, Tim worked as a mechanical engineering tradesman for General Motors for over 5 years before pursuing ministry training. A graduate of Grace College and Theological Seminary in Indiana, Tim joined the pastoral staff of Grace Family Church in 2004. Tim and his wife Heidi have three young sons and a daughter.

CLICK HERE to contact Pastor Tim.


PASTOR BRAD 
Executive Pastor

Brad is passionate about Jesus and the Body of Christ – the worship of our Great God, the preaching of the Gospel, the community of believers in Christ. His heart beats for the church to be and do all that Christ desires! The second most amazing day of Brad’s life (after his salvation experience with Jesus) was the day his closest and most trusted friend became his wife. Liz has become a source of inspiration, support, & joy for Brad beyond his wildest expectations. Brad and Liz are constantly kept on their feet by their three young sons.

CLICK HERE to contact Pastor Brad

SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP TEAM

WALLY FLEMING
 Overseer
Wally and Bev have been part of Grace Family church for many years.  First living in Leola, once they moved to East Petersburg, Grace Family Church was too much “home” to go anywhere else.  If the church building is unlocked, you’ll probably find one or both of them there!  While officially retired, Wally works part time with the Manheim Auto Auction, and Bev operates a bookstand at Root’s Market.
 
 
STU MARTIN  Overseer
Stu and Joanne are a long-standing part of Grace Family church.  Their family is actively involved in all aspects of our church life, with two children in the youth group and one in college.  Stu serves as one of our LifeGroup leaders, and Joanne is often found helping with our Kids’ ministries.  Stu and Joanne run a Bed & Breakfast in Terre Hill, and Stu is an accounts manager with Comcast Communications.
 
MINISTRY LEADERS
 
DAN KREIDER  Worship Director
Dan and Carly have been an integral part of life at GFC for many years.  Carly is a lifelong GFCer, and Dan has been part of our family since before they got married in 2011.  Dan works in digital / print marketing, web services, and media for Paul B Zimmermans, while Carly rocks it out full time as mom to three little ones and part time as an incredible baker.  Dan and Carly have two wonderful daughters and an amazing son.
 
 
ANDREW KRUG  Pastoral Intern
Andrew began interning at Grace Family in the Fall of 2016, and he has served our church family and local community faithfully since then.
 
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One of our central values is that God’s absolutes are absolutely good.  And this means that God is knowable … that He has revealed Himself to us in tangible ways, primarily in the person of Jesus Christ, specially in the recorded Scriptures we call the Bible, and evidenced throughout His creation. 
 
When we gather together on Sundays, a major component is teaching from the Bible. We often utilize series or topics to present God’s truth, but the very words of the Bible are our truth and foundation.
 
Check back here often to find the latest in our podcast archive, whether you missed a week or were especially encouraged or challenged by a particular week’s message.
 

Dec 2, 2018
Songs of Christmas – Mary’s Song
Music is everywhere at Christmas, from complete chart-toppers, carols, children's tunes, and more ... music is always around us, but seemingly never more than at Christmas time. This month, we’ll look at the songs of a teenage girl, a respected priest, a group of angels, and an old man who will bring us to the very heart of Christmas, showing us the joy and peace that comes from meeting a baby who lay in a simple food trough and changed eternity.
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The songs we sing are more than the music, more than the style, more than the art ... the songs we sing tell the stories of our hearts.  Today we look at the song of a teenage girl who had just found out that she would be mother to the very son of God.
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  • Dec 2, 2018Songs of Christmas – Mary’s Song
    Dec 2, 2018
    Songs of Christmas – Mary’s Song
    Music is everywhere at Christmas, from complete chart-toppers, carols, children's tunes, and more ... music is always around us, but seemingly never more than at Christmas time. This month, we’ll look at the songs of a teenage girl, a respected priest, a group of angels, and an old man who will bring us to the very heart of Christmas, showing us the joy and peace that comes from meeting a baby who lay in a simple food trough and changed eternity.
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    The songs we sing are more than the music, more than the style, more than the art ... the songs we sing tell the stories of our hearts.  Today we look at the song of a teenage girl who had just found out that she would be mother to the very son of God.
  • Nov 25, 2018Louder Than Words – Week 8 (James 5.13-20)
    Nov 25, 2018
    Louder Than Words – Week 8 (James 5.13-20)
    The letter of James (in the New Testament) shows one of the church's early pastors going about his work of confronting, diagnosing, and dealing with areas of misbelief & misbehavior that had turned up in congregations committed to his care. DEEP & LIVING WISDOM is the topic. Now WISDOM is not primarily knowing the truth, although it certainly includes that. It is also the skill of living out that truth. What good is TRUTH if we don't know how to live it out? And what good is INTENTION if we can't sustain it? Join Grace Family for this series of conversations... seeking God's WISDOM so our lives will become Louder Than Words.
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    We all know that pain and suffering are a part of life ... it's an inescapable reality.  So many of our prayers (whether or not we would call ourselves religious) are centered on asking for some sort of healing - recovery from a disease, an injury, or a tragic accident.  And God DOES want us to pray about those things, but we discover today that the healing that God wants us to pursue is something much deeper, much more abiding that we could really imagine.
  • Nov 18, 2018Louder Than Words – Week 7 (James 5.1-12)
    Nov 18, 2018
    Louder Than Words – Week 7 (James 5.1-12)
    The letter of James (in the New Testament) shows one of the church's early pastors going about his work of confronting, diagnosing, and dealing with areas of misbelief & misbehavior that had turned up in congregations committed to his care. DEEP & LIVING WISDOM is the topic. Now WISDOM is not primarily knowing the truth, although it certainly includes that. It is also the skill of living out that truth. What good is TRUTH if we don't know how to live it out? And what good is INTENTION if we can't sustain it? Join Grace Family for this series of conversations... seeking God's WISDOM so our lives will become Louder Than Words.
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    We discovered over the last 6 weeks in our Louder Than Words series (looking at an ancient letter written by Jesus' brother James) that what we DO speaks much louder than what we SAY ... but we've also learned that what we DO is determined by what we really BELIEVE.  Pastor Tim challenges us to wrestle with the notion that the coming return of Jesus at the end of all things should having an impact on how I live today.
  • Nov 11, 2018Louder Than Words – Week 6 (James 4.1-17)
    Nov 11, 2018
    Louder Than Words – Week 6 (James 4.1-17)
    The letter of James (in the New Testament) shows one of the church's early pastors going about his work of confronting, diagnosing, and dealing with areas of misbelief & misbehavior that had turned up in congregations committed to his care. DEEP & LIVING WISDOM is the topic. Now WISDOM is not primarily knowing the truth, although it certainly includes that. It is also the skill of living out that truth. What good is TRUTH if we don't know how to live it out? And what good is INTENTION if we can't sustain it? Join Grace Family for this series of conversations... seeking God's WISDOM so our lives will become Louder Than Words.
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    We live in a broken world ... there is fighting and pain lingering in the corners all around or even shouting right in front of us.  God's people should form a community where this brokenness is resolved, but too often it creeps its way into what should be a haven and a sanctuary.  As we continue our Louder Than Words series this morning, we discuss the problem and the solution to this tragic circumstance.
  • Nov 4, 2018Louder Than Words – Week 5 (James 3.1-18)
    Nov 4, 2018
    Louder Than Words – Week 5 (James 3.1-18)
    The letter of James (in the New Testament) shows one of the church's early pastors going about his work of confronting, diagnosing, and dealing with areas of misbelief & misbehavior that had turned up in congregations committed to his care. DEEP & LIVING WISDOM is the topic. Now WISDOM is not primarily knowing the truth, although it certainly includes that. It is also the skill of living out that truth. What good is TRUTH if we don't know how to live it out? And what good is INTENTION if we can't sustain it? Join Grace Family for this series of conversations... seeking God's WISDOM so our lives will become Louder Than Words.
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    We live in a world where we can say what we want to whoever we want whenever we want.  We are bombarded with the words of others (whether spoken or written) almost constantly - yet it seems that our words do much more to divide and wound each other than to bring us together.  We discuss the importance of what we do with our words and how wisdom must inform our speech as we continue in our Louder Than Words series this morning.
  • Oct 28, 2018Louder Than Words – Week 4 (James 2.14-26)
    Oct 28, 2018
    Louder Than Words – Week 4 (James 2.14-26)
    The letter of James (in the New Testament) shows one of the church's early pastors going about his work of confronting, diagnosing, and dealing with areas of misbelief & misbehavior that had turned up in congregations committed to his care. DEEP & LIVING WISDOM is the topic. Now WISDOM is not primarily knowing the truth, although it certainly includes that. It is also the skill of living out that truth. What good is TRUTH if we don't know how to live it out? And what good is INTENTION if we can't sustain it? Join Grace Family for this series of conversations... seeking God's WISDOM so our lives will become Louder Than Words.
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    Belief & faith is central to the tenets of the Christian faith - and to the human condition as a whole!  However, beliefs are never really separated from our actions because what we do displays what we truly believe about anything.  We dig into that reality this morning as we continue the discussion in our Louder Than Words series.
  • Oct 21, 2018Louder Than Words – Week 3 (James 2.1-13)
    Oct 21, 2018
    Louder Than Words – Week 3 (James 2.1-13)
    The letter of James (in the New Testament) shows one of the church's early pastors going about his work of confronting, diagnosing, and dealing with areas of misbelief & misbehavior that had turned up in congregations committed to his care. DEEP & LIVING WISDOM is the topic. Now WISDOM is not primarily knowing the truth, although it certainly includes that. It is also the skill of living out that truth. What good is TRUTH if we don't know how to live it out? And what good is INTENTION if we can't sustain it? Join Grace Family for this series of conversations... seeking God's WISDOM so our lives will become Louder Than Words.
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    One of the clearest teachings in the Bible is God's desire for humanity to be united and free from prejudice ... in fact, the Good News about Jesus is deeply concerned with the idea that He paid the price so that we could individually and corporately be restored to God and (through that) restored to one another.  Today we discuss this idea and how it should impact our lives.
  • Oct 14, 2018Louder Than Words – Week 2 (James 1.19-27)
    Oct 14, 2018
    Louder Than Words – Week 2 (James 1.19-27)
    The letter of James (in the New Testament) shows one of the church's early pastors going about his work of confronting, diagnosing, and dealing with areas of misbelief & misbehavior that had turned up in congregations committed to his care. DEEP & LIVING WISDOM is the topic. Now WISDOM is not primarily knowing the truth, although it certainly includes that. It is also the skill of living out that truth. What good is TRUTH if we don't know how to live it out? And what good is INTENTION if we can't sustain it? Join Grace Family for this series of conversations... seeking God's WISDOM so our lives will become Louder Than Words.
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    Does what I believe affect how I live?  It most certainly does ... in fact, what I do demonstrates what I truly believe rather than what I simply say I believe.  Discover how this plays out in today's latest installment of our Louder Than Words message series with Dr. Lester Hicks.
  • Oct 7, 2018Louder Than Words – Week 1 (James 1.1-18)
    Oct 7, 2018
    Louder Than Words – Week 1 (James 1.1-18)
    The letter of James (in the New Testament) shows one of the church's early pastors going about his work of confronting, diagnosing, and dealing with areas of misbelief & misbehavior that had turned up in congregations committed to his care. DEEP & LIVING WISDOM is the topic. Now WISDOM is not primarily knowing the truth, although it certainly includes that. It is also the skill of living out that truth. What good is TRUTH if we don't know how to live it out? And what good is INTENTION if we can't sustain it? Join Grace Family for this series of conversations... seeking God's WISDOM so our lives will become Louder Than Words.
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    How we live is the best indicator of what we truly believe, not necessarily what we say about our beliefs.  In essence, what we do is louder than our words.  As we begin exploring this ancient letter, we dive into the deep end of looking at the trials we face in this life and how our response to them declares who we're trusting to see us through these difficult times.
  • Sep 30, 2018Let’s Talk About That! (Week 5 – Technology & Faith)
    Sep 30, 2018
    Let’s Talk About That! (Week 5 – Technology & Faith)
    Life is filled with questions. Some of those questions are hard to answer. Some of them are even hard to ask. Sometimes, there are questions that we think we’re not allowed to ask in a church. At Grace Family Church, we believe that church should be a safe place to discus any topic, from the bedroom to the bank account, so we’re chatting about some of these “touchy” subjects all month long in September. Invite your friends to be part of the dialogue!
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    Technology is a powerful force in our world today ... how are those who seek to follow after Jesus supposed to respond to it?  Are we to fear it or embrace it?  Is it the harbinger of great evil or the destined means of fixing the ills of this world?  Or - maybe - it's something else entirely.  Join the conversation today!

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