August 2019

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Fearfully & Wonderfully Made Young Women’s Conference –

Saturday, August 17 | Greektown Square And Event Center

 

Empowering young ladies in middle school and high school to be all who God has called them to be! GraceCity’s very own Erin Lonon, Youth Ministry Co-Director is throwing this amazing conference to empower the young women in this city. Please cover her and other GC women who will be speaking at the conference as they prepare to speak truth and life into these girls.
If you know a middle or high school girl, it is not to late to sign up, just hop right over to their website to learn more and register.

 

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Greeter Meet Up
Sunday, August 18, 2019 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Order & Chaos Coffee
Do you have a gift of hospitality, enjoy welcoming people and getting them connected? You should come have coffee with us and hear about all the ways you can get plugged into our Connections Ministry. We will meet up directly after church on Sunday August, 18 at Order & Chaos with a cup of coffee, fellowship, and brief chat about the greeter ministry. If you have any questions please email Whitney Plunkett.

 

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DHHS Sneak Peak Day – Care Package Handout
Wednesday , August 2, 2019 | 9:00am – 4:00pm
Let us gather to serve and celebrate the students who are coming in to DHHS this school year by handing out care packages and engaging in conversations with students.

Step 1.
Gather all the items for care packages. (WE DID THIS!!!!)


Step 2.
 Let’s write some encouraging notes to the students in the Lobby on Sundays August 11, 18, 25.

Step 3. Help fill the packages Sunday after church on August 25th in the Lobby.

Step 4. Sign up to help distribute the packages and welcome students on the Sneak Peak Day Thursday, August 29th. Sign up is easy on CCB!

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8th annual GraceCity Women’s Retreat
Friday, September 27th, 5:00 PM, to Sunday, September 29th, 10:00 AM.
NorthBay Adventure Camp

The 8th annual GraceCity Women’s Retreat is an opportunity to rest, relax, and recharge in fellowship with your GraceCity sisters.

We are fortunate enough this year to have a special speaker and GraceCity member, Kathy Tuan-MacLean, who will deliver talks throughout the course of the weekend. We will also have the joy of hearing from the women of our very own GraceCity Worship team. There will be small group time, quiet time, breakout sessions facilitated by some of our practiced GraceCity women, and fun activities planned with a variety of interests in mind.

**Please note: 20 beds are earmarked for the weekend; please sign up early so that, if needed, more beds can be requested. NorthBay would like the count of attendees 30-days prior to our retreat, so registration will close Tuesday, August 27th**

Email Adrienne Hubert with any questions prior to filling out this form. Email Sharon Lee if you would like to attend the retreat on a scholarship

Register on CCB today!

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Sunday Supper Series
Join the launch of this new ministry, Marriage + Family for their first gathering on Sunday, September 15, 2019, 4:00p – 7:00p. This evening will take place at the GraceCity Loft, 3701 Bank Street – Suite C | 21224
Sunday Super Series will be an evening of fellowship and conversation around varying topics relevant to growing and strengthening marriage.

Dinner and childcare will be provided! Please RSVP on CCB.

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Growing in Grace – The Book of Revelation Class

Our Adult Discipleship Class meets at church on Sunday before service starting at 8:45. We are excited for this upcoming class on The Book of Revelation.

 

Are you intimidated by the book of Revelation? Have you largely stayed away from its confusing symbols, and apocalyptic visions? Do your eyes glaze over when someone mentions ‘millennialism’ or ‘dispensationalism’? Are you curious about what it all means, and why it is part of our Holy Scriptures? Do you wonder whether the “Left Behind” books had it right? If your answer to any of these questions is Yes, then this class if for you! Experienced Bible teachers John Crooks and Chinwe Edeani will walk us through the book while reflecting on the sermon series we went through in Revelation.

Responding to Immigration Needs _ June 2019

To: GraceCity Community
From: Dr. Bob Bingham
Re: Children and Families at the border


Hello GraceCity friends and neighbors. Many of you have indicated a desire to respond substantively to the reports of conditions in facilities housing children and families at the border. Others wish to advocate for immigration policies that combine border security, justice, goodness, kindness and mercy. Here you will find several avenues to get involved. 

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The Southern Borders Communities Coalition lists many faith-based (and non-faith based) organizations that directly aid immigrant families on the southern border on this page.

Below you will find additional methods and links to strategize more ways to be involved, or to refer immigrants to in your network of relationships. We do not advocate for any political positions held by any of these groups. We simply seek to open doors for supporting children and families in ways that honor our call as followers of Christ. He championed children. You decide.

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If you desire to joina group of GC folks and other neighbors who will continue to pursue active response and presence in these arenas, please feel free to reach out to Pastor Bob at rcbingham@gracecitybaltimore.org. We’ll keep you in the loop.

Call Congress, your mayor and local representatives. Contact your representative and tell them you want detention conditions improved. You can also reach out to your local representatives to ask that they initiate plans to help immigrant communities around Maryland and beyond. This official government website has provided links to finding your city, county and town officials.

Share responsibly. Legal aid organizations have said that over the next few days there will be a surge of posts on social media that say ICE has been spotted. The group has urged that people verify these posts before sharing or retweeting because false alarms could spread fear in immigrant communities.

Support humanitarian efforts.  Many immigrants are not informed of their legal and civil rights as they pursue asylum or face deportation. Several nonprofits are providing free legal representation and other services for immigrants and the families of those detained. United We Dream, the American Civil Liberties UnionMijente and Immigrant Justice Corps are coordinating advocacy and services at a national level. Local organizations providing legal aid include New Sanctuary Coalition in New York, Las Americas in El Paso and Raices in Texas, Americans for Immigrant Justice in Florida and Denver Immigrant Legal Services Fund in Colorado.

Inform yourself and your community. The A.C.L.U., who joined forces with Brooklyn Defender Services, has shared a “Know Your Rights” page for encounters with ICE. They have also provided a video to help understand your rights and what to do if ICE officials come to your home.

Hold political candidates accountable. While the presidential primaries are at least seven months away, you can prepare to cast your ballot for a more humane border policy by following what each candidate has shared about their plans for immigration reform.

Speak up. Protest marches and other civic actions to end squalid conditions for children and families, are expected across the country in the coming weeks. You can also take part in Lights for Liberty, a nationwide vigil on July 12 at 9 p.m. local time. 

[We will let you know more about a Baltimore site(s) for a corresponding vigil on July 12]