Happy 50th Grace Church!

steuern bei binären optionen I was to have spent this past weekend in Illinois. That was our plan until my surgery interrupted my ability to travel. We would have been celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Grace Evangelical Church of Elgin. Instead, I had to be content with sending a video greeting. I poked fun and shared some heartfelt thoughts on the nearly 20 years I spent as a pastor at GEC. There were several special events during the weekend, I think my video greeting was played during the Sunday morning worship service. In case you missed it, here it is.

Click the picture to see Pastor Jeff's video message to Grace Church

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Keflex online buy saturday delivery When I think back on my nearly 20 year at Grace Church, I think of…
…the LOVE and SUPPORT for which Grace Church has been known. Something we observed in outreach to others; and personally poured out to our family;  AND…
…RELATIONSHIPS – Watching and experiencing the “one another” relationships of the N.T. church lived out. Something that made it very difficult to leave.

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binär optionen handeln Many churches stagnate and die. That’s happening all around the world. I hope and pray that your commitment to DOCTRINE, the TRUTH of SCRIPTURE, and the LOVE of God’s people never changes; but, I also expect you’ll continue to do new things to reach new people.

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opzioni binarie sistema vincente We were sent from the Grace Church family to Texas one year ago this month. If I was still at GEC, I’d probably have written a “Dickenseque” Christmas musical for this year that involved ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. For the Past segments I’d have brought back friends who’ve moved away like Julie Hayden, Rick Maupin, and Judy Phelps. I’d have had Candy play her mother Jo. For the Future portion, I’d have us all meet in heaven and have some testimonies of people who’s lives were changed in Christ through the ministries and people of Grace Church. And for the Present, I’d announce the new senior pastor. I’d write a couple new songs like: “What Are We Singing This Sunday?” (performed by the choir) and “When Is It My Turn to Sing?” (performed by Dave Bohyer). The scary thing is I am actually starting to come up with dialogue and song ideas as I type this. By the way, I’d have Hugh Jackman play me, with one of the Jonas brothers playing the younger version of me.

http://cdaybell.com/?page_id=12?shared=email/ buy maxalt no scams I wouldn’t be who I am today, personally or ministry-wise, if I hadn’t spent nearly 20 years in the love, support and protection of our Grace Church family. Few pastors get opportunities to write and perform the musical comedies I loved doing. Not many churches allow their entire sanctuary to be transformed into a jungle (underwater sea, ranch, etc.) and have a pastor preach, in costume, with that theme. Few vocational ministers get the opportunity to revisit and change their job description every few years. (That last one was the reason I could have such a long tenure at one church, and why the job description when I left only vaguely resembled the one I was hired on with.) I could go on with stories of changing VBS to Family Camp, and Sweetheart Banquets set up like drive in movies, and preaching in costumes, and rollerblading in the sanctuary for an Awana closing program, and multi-million dollar masterplans for future expansion, and mission trips to innercity Nashville that involved primarily parent/child teams, worship services with other churches…the list could go on for pages.

opcje binarne knf There are many experiences with people that stay dear in my heart, but I’ve asked myself many times in the last year what moments I treasure in a personal ministry context from my time at GEC. Something that comes to mind often, and for which I still thank God regularly, has to do with my departure. Having told the elder board I wouldn’t leave without their approval and blessing, they were involved in our decision-making process on coming to Texas. Had they been only focused on their own desires, those men could have told me not to go. Yet, with prayerful consideration and in conjunction with dialogue between a couple elders and the elders of Waterbrook, they confirmed the call we felt to move. That confirmation and prayer of blessing are what gave us the strength to step out in faith and accept the call to Waterbrook Bible Fellowship in Wylie, Texas. That decision launched our family into a new and exciting adventure; but also set Grace Church into a season of instability because change always introduces a level of chaos and instability. But, as I stated in the video, we all know the chaos of change is preferred to the stagnation of unwillingness to change. It’s also why I believe the best is yet to come for Grace Church. Leaders who choose to follow the leading of God over our own person proclivity toward comfort travel under the protection and care of the Almighty. Those kinds of leaders know they’ll get beat up in the short term, but are more concerned with long term (eternal) results than immediate popularity polls. As long as the Grace Church family has these kind of leaders, the future is truly as bright as the promises of God!

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I have dear friends with whom I spent a season in ministry at Grace Church, and who are now blessing other  church families / neighbors / locations. In some measure, Grace Church is part of all those churches through the impact they had on each of us. In that sense, Grace Church is impacting Texas (through me!), Kansas (Todd B.), Peoria (Paul M.), Dekalb (Gary L.), Willow Creek (Pat C.), Redding, California (Jim B.), marriages through FamilyLife worldwide (Rick & Susie M.) – just to name a few (Travis, interns, the list goes on). Even through seasons of struggle, God has not diminished the reach of GEC, but has constantly been expanding it.

In essence, I write this from the Grace Evangelical Church expansion ministry in Texas; for wherever I go, my Grace Church family experiences, prayer, and love go too.

 

 

Happy Anniversay Grace Church family!

Jeff 

 

Long before he became a GEC pastor, there was something about Dan that demonstrated he had good judgment.

Long before he became a GEC pastor, there was something about Dan that demonstrated he had good judgment.

 

 

Why did we have great staff meetings? We played together. Dave, Jan, Diane, Dawn, Rick, Dan & Jeff

Why did we have great staff meetings? We played together. Dave, Jan, Diane, Dawn, Rick, Dan & Jeff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When things went well, it was because of the ladies who worked for me. Dawn & Gloria kept me in line. (Most of the time.) Why did I always work with women who cried?

When things went well, it was because of the ladies who worked for me. Dawn & Gloria kept me in line. (Most of the time.) Why did I always work with women who cried?

What great sports. I volunteered staff members for this without their permission. Pat, Dave, Gary & Jeff.
What great sports. I volunteered staff members for this without their permission. Pat, Dave, Gary & Jeff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Developing, writting, rehearsing, performing those great musicals will always be a special memory

Developing, writting, rehearsing, performing those great musicals will always be a special memory

Dave, Jan, Paul, Dawn, Jeff, Janet

Dave, Jan, Paul, Dawn, Jeff, Janet

Posted: November 9, 2009 
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  1. Esther says:

    Jeff, I finally had the time to watch your greetings to Grace Church. Thank you so much for being a very big part of our family’s life. You were always there for us no matter what. I’m not sure if I ever thanked you for coming to the Hospital the night before Pam went to heaven & the Prayers to God for her & our family it really did mean alot to us. That was 3 yrs ago today that you were there. Monday will be Pam’s 3rd birthday in Heaven so hard to believe. We miss Pam daily & our Hearts still have a very Big hole in them.Yes there has been healing but it’s a long journey.You & your family have a very special place in our hearts. We love you! Hugs! Esther

  2. Amelia says:

    I miss GEC and every one there. :D

  3. admin says:

    Esther,
    Thanks so much for your kind words. Grampa Bob & Gramma Esther have and will always be a big part of our lives. We still pray for you and the huge losses you’ve experienced over the years. What a day in heaven it will be when you’re reunited with Pam, Andrew, Aunt Esther, and so many others who got to be with Jesus first. We all love and miss you very much! (You know, there are races down here…hint, hint.)
    Jeff

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