December 2018

CHRISTMASEVE2018Welcome to the Christmas season at GraceCity!

Advent and Christmas Eve Schedule 2018

Sundays this December 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd
Sunday Service: 10:00am
GC Youth (middle and high schooler): 10:00am
Children’s Church (birth-5th grade): 10:00am

Christmas Eve Service 4:00pm

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Small Group Advent Study

There is no better season or reason to join a small group then the GC Advent Study. Released in the week before the corresponding sermon, these guides written by GraceCity small group leaders are meant to spur reflection and conversation in order to engage with the Christmas story in a deeper way. To participate with others, join a GraceCity small group for the holiday season.  For more information on times and locations, email smallgroups@gracecitybaltimore.org

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SHARPkids Christmas Store

In order to make the Christmas store possible we need your help. The kids use their hard earned (fake) money to buy their parents, siblings or other special people in their lives Christmas presents. We are seeking new items to fill our store with joy this year. Please consider purchasing items of donation such as winter items, household items, educational games, books, toys, sporting equipment, or clothes, gift cards. Drop off in the lobby Sunday at church now through December 16th. Or email Lil Gurney to arrange alternate pick up or drop off times.

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Come celebrate GraceCity’s ten years with us!

From our very first Sunday on January 11th, 2009 at Lee Street Memorial Baptist Church, through three venues, multiple high impact service arenas, city-wide fellowship in small groups, and more blessings by the grace of Jesus Christ than we ever expected; join us to celebrate the GraceCity story on the evening of Saturday, January 12th, 2019 at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. 

Details:
Small plate fare, dessert, magnificent memories, and dancing
Fancy urban chic dress
Doors open at 6:30 pm

Don’t miss early bird pricing which ends December 16th!

Tickets on sale in the Lobby every Sunday or on CCB.
Join us.  It wouldn’t be a party without you!

October 2018

Exciting things to be watching out for in the month of October at GraceCity…

 

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Pressure Points: Being Agents of Peace in a Culture of Violence 

October 29th | 7-9:15pm | Digital Harbor High School

Violence in any Baltimore neighborhood affects every neighborhood in Baltimore.

With a stellar panel of Baltimore leaders in education, government, law enforcement, faith, nonprofits and business – this Pressure Points event tackles the need for reconciliation across all lines, to add substantial peacemaking action and presence in our great city. Gathering together from around the city for peaceful purpose and call to action, serves to repudiate violence with a vision for greatness…

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Pray & Worship Night

October 26th | 7-9:15pm |GraceCity’s Loft

We will be praying around ‘Singleness, Relationships, Marriage & Families’

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This is your last month to sign up for S.H.A.P.E. Workshop.

The purpose of the S.H.A.P.E. Workshop is to help you uncover the ways God has specifically and intentionally designed you. This includes your (S) Spiritual Gifts, (H) Heart’s passions, (A) Abilities, (P) Personal style, and your (E) life Experiences. These are woven together to help you discover how God has wired you and already equipped you for a specific purpose in His Kingdom. Your purpose in attending may be to know and understand your spiritual gifts, to discover how you can best serve God’s Kingdom, or to re-affirm the best fit for the roles and positions you already have currently.

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And don’t forget all this month you can check out the Growing in Grace Class: “When Helping Hurts: The Small Group Experience.” It meets every Sunday morning this month. Find out more info here.

September 2018

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We hope you stopped by our Ministry Fair, Sunday 9/16. If you missed the chance or need more information on how you can get plugged in to one of our growing ministries you can find all the info you need right here.

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Pressure Points | “Schools and the City: A conversation about educating our own and ‘Other People’s’ children”

Join us at Digital Harbor High School (1100 Covington St. 21230) for a City-Wide Conversation. Friday, September 21st | 7:00pm – 9:15pm

Few subjects generate a wider range of opinions than the task of educating our children. In Baltimore City and across the nation, schools, teachers, and student outcomes undergo constant evaluation and critique.

This GraceCity-sponsored Pressure Points event will facilitate dialogue around the complex topic of education. A diverse group of researchers and advocates, former city schools students, and parents will share their varied perspectives and experiences of education in Baltimore. Together we’ll examine the role of public education, challenges facing schools and students, how those challenges might be addressed, and the role we as community members, students, parents, and educators play.

We hope you’ll join us for an interactive evening that will include panel discussions, plenty of Q&A, and space to reflect on the complex array of issues shaping the education of Baltimore’s children.

All are welcome and invited!

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When Helping Hurts: The Small Group Experience​ is a six week small group video study produced by the Chalmers Center based on the book of the same name. For Growing in Grace, the class will include two additional weeks for a total of eight classes in order to incorporate Q&A time with GraceCity’s service arenas.

When Helping Hurts​ redefines poverty and poverty alleviation in a way that gives value to the one being served and reduces the superiority complex of the one serving. While it focuses on serving the majority world, the study’s concepts are equally applicable to work being done in GraceCity’s service arenas.

For more information on this class that launches September 23rd, 8:45am at Digital Harbor High School contact Allan McBride.

 

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The GraceCity’s Men’s Ministry is getting back into the action. With a defined mission for growing mature accountable and noble men who intentionally impact their community with god’s love. There will be two ways to engage in this ministry. First they are bringing back their weekly Wednesday morning meet ups at Kobe Cafe (644 E. Fort Ave.) from 7am-8am. They will also gather the 1st and 4th Sunday of every month at Digital Harbor High School before service from 8:50am-9:40am. For more details you can contact Pastor Corey or Jamon Bailey.

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And last but not least please lift up all the Women who are attending the Women’s Retreat 9/28-9/30. We hope Jesus meets them where they need to be met.

 

August 2018

There are a lot of exciting things coming up at GraceCity in the month of August and beyond. Pressure Points will be taking the month of August off but will be back with a big one in September…stay tuned.

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3rd Annual GC Women’s Summer Pool Party

Please join us at the Otterbein Swim Club on Monday August 6th for swimming, food and fellowship at our 3rd Annual Summer Party. Please be sure to RSVP on CCB. We hope to see you there!

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Growing in Grace

Our Adult Discipleship Class makes its return Sunday, August 19. We meet at the school right before service at 8:50am. This will be a 4 week class on prayer. We will be discussing what prayer is, different types of prayer, what holds us back from prayer and, more importantly, how to pray. Our hope is that we all acquire information and tools to help us develop and sustain a robust prayer life. It will be co-led by Trish and Chinwe. You can RSVP on CCB, Facebook or just show up!

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7th Annual GraceCity Women’s Retreat

When: September 28-30, 2018
Where: Pearlstone Retreat Center– 4110, 5425 Mt Gilead Rd, Reisterstown, MD 21136
Who: All Women of GraceCity and their moms, sisters, aunts, girlfriends (and their children under 1 yr old)
Cost details: Full Weekend or Saturday only options available.
Scholarships Available
Payment plan available (must be paid in full by the beginning of the retreat)
Full weekend: $222, Saturday Conference: $75

SAVE THE DATE…

Growing in Grace (When Helping Hurts) | Sunday September 16th

SHAPE Workshop | Saturday, November 17th

July 2018

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GraceCity’s Pressure Points invites you to an honest conversation about mental health, Thursday, July 12th, 7-8:30pm. We’ll discuss myths and misperceptions, reducing mental health stigma, accessing supports, and promoting understanding and wellness.

Mental health ​receives tons of attention these days – news reports expose us to communities ravaged by addiction and families haunted by suicide; schools are increasingly addressing issues like teen depression; we might even listen to podcasts with titles like “The United States of Anxiety”…

And yet, for many of us, mental health remains an uncomfortable and stigmatized topic. All too often, not even the church feels like a safe space to talk about mental health.

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Prayer & Worship Night

A time of corporate prayer and worship outside of regular Sunday church service. To bring the church together for united prayer for Gracecity, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, and globally. Our next quarterly prayer night will be Friday, July 27th at the GraceCity Loft from 7pm-9:15pm. The focus will be on the men and women of the church and around two of our service arenas Araminta & Hope Springs. We hope you join us for a night fo prayer and worship.

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Save the Date 

7th Annual GraceCity Women’s Retreat. September 28 – September 30. Here is the link to sign up and all the information you need. (If you sign up now in the month of July you can pay for the retreat in installments)

June 2018

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This month Monday, June 18 – Friday June 22 we will as a congregation go through The Daniel Fast to embark on a journey of deep prayer and obedience. Click here for more information on daily scriptures, prayer focus, and food requirements.

Commit to praying for 21 minutes a day during the five day fast – ex. 7 minutes in the morning, 7 minutes mid-day/lunchtime, 7 minutes in the evening.
Then we will gather Saturday, June 23, 9:30 AM  –  All our invited to join us for a time of worship and prayer at the GraceCity Loft.

 

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Every year around this time Digital Harbor needs to borrow back their auditorium so they can host graduation. This year we will be moving service to the Knights of Columbus in Locust Point. There is a parking lot and this will be an all family service. We will then have a Potluck to follow. It wouldn’t be a Unity Sunday without a great delicious meal. If you could please sign up to bring something that would be great!

 

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We need Greeters!!!

The greeting team (the people that say good morning and Welcome you to GraceCity and help new people get connected) are looking for friendly people who would like to join our team! Come find out more! Sunday, June 10th in the Lobby following service. If you can’t make the meeting but are interested in joining the team please email Whitney Plunkett: wplunkett2@gmail.com

 

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June’s Pressure Points: June 14th, 7-8:30pm at The Loft

Topic: Citizenship, Political Activism, and The Church: What does political activism look like to you? Does it have a place in the church?

On June 14th, Pressure Points will facilitate a conversation about citizenship, politics, and activism. We’ll talk about how we view politics, ways we engage and disengage, and what role we think the church could or should play in the political arena. Please join us! We look forward to learning from a diverse range of experiences and perspectives. Please text “RSVP” to 443-219-7524 so we can make sure we have enough appetizers.

 

 

April Happenings

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Pressure Points

“Race and Residence in Baltimore:
A Conversation about Exclusion, Access, and Identity

Friday, April 13 | 7pm – 9:15pm at Digital Harbor High School
A City-Wide Conversation – share and invite your neighbors!

RSVP on Facebook

Don’t let the date scare you off! This GraceCity sponsored Pressure Points event promises a safe space to engage in learning and discussion around this critical issue. Our expert presenters will discuss practices of discrimination shaping Baltimore and its neighborhoods, while diving into the causes and consequences of residential segregation. Our interactive evening will include break-out discussion groups, plenty of Q&A, and stories from GraceCity members highlighting the diversity of perspectives and experiences of living in Baltimore. The evening will conclude with a facilitated conversation about ways in which individuals and institutions can address segregation, promote inclusivity, champion reconciliation, and generate opportunities for all Baltimore residents.

Click hear to read about our Guest Speakers!

March 2018

ASPIRE Informational Meeting (SHARPkids Mentoring Program) “Lives rooted in loving relationships, rising with hope” Ephesians 3:17

Sunday March 4, 2018 | 11:45am | Order & Chaos Coffee

Contact Kristen Hubbard | Kristen.Hubbard@gracecitybaltimore.org

Come find out how you could mentor one-on-one a child from our SHARPkids afterschool program. A mentor is a caring adult who takes initiative to develop a personal, growing relationship with a young person.

 

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Come join the conversation…Where do Christians stand in the conversation on engaging in Environmental Stewardship. Please RSVP and share this even with your friends and neighbors.

February 2018

Pressure Points

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Pressure Points is back and we are excited to announce our upcoming conversations. Invite your friends, neighbors, and co-workers!

Pressure Points aims to provide a safe space where we…

  • Interact and engage across diverse backgrounds and perspectives
  • Practice speaking from our own experiences and learning from the experiences of others
  • Identify and further cultivate shared vocabulary, knowledge, and values to guide future conversation

Pressure Points Calendar – 2018

Feb. 8 (Thursday)  – “Talking Across the Lines that Divide Us” 

Where:  GraceCity’s LOFT
Time: 7-8:45 pm – We’ll have some great appetizers, so no worries if you hurry over after work. Invite some friends who might never come to church, but care about what’s going on in the world. They’ll thank you for bringing them along.

RSVP text your name along with a # of people to register to: 443-219-7524 (it’s not mandatory, but it will help us plan food)

Upcoming conversations to put on your calendar…

Mar. 8 (Thursday) – “Climate Change & the Church – How do we engage with Environmental Stewardship?”

Where:  GraceCity’s LOFT
Time: 7-8:45 pm – heavy appetizers

April 13 (Friday) – “Gentrification and Race in Baltimore”

Where:  Digital Harbor High School
Time: 7 – 9:15 pm – heavy appetizers

 

Brotherhood Event: U.S. Navy 77th Brigade Boxing Finals

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Annual Men’s Outing to Annapolis Naval Yards to fellowship through activity as the U.S. Navy fights to the final bell.  Friday February 23, 2018 from 7:00pm – 11:00pm. This is a free event. Alumni Hall (U.S. Naval Academy)

Following the boxing event we will gather for food and drinks.
Free parking at the Calvert St. Garage located:
19 St Johns St, Annapolis, MD 21401

Contact Jamon Bailey bailey.jamon@gmail.com for carpooling possibilities or if you have any questions. RSVP on CCB.

January, 2018 – IF:Gathering & Prayer

 

IF:Gathering

IF:GraceCity is a two-day IF:Gathering that we live stream here in Baltimore – with speakers who will pour out their hearts and souls speaking truth to women in all walks of life. At IF:GraceCity, it’s a time to share with other women through worship and the Word.

When & Where: Feb. 9th (evening) and Sat., Feb. 10th at Church and Company in Federal Hill, which is wheelchair accessible.

Registration: Sign up on CCB by February 1st – registration is limited to 60 women. Or Contact Devon Conklin or Kristen Hubbard.

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Prayer Ministry

What & When: Join the prayer ministry on Sundays, starting at 9 am. Come and pray over the confidential prayer request, for our church and community.

Interested: Email our prayer team!

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