Located at:  290 E Main Street, Merced, CA
Mailing address:  3144 N G Street, Suite 125 PMB 308 Merced, CA 95340

Grace Community Church

A Foursquare Church

Dear Grace Family,

       Christian artist, Laura Story, has a beautiful song called “Blessings.” It starts:

We pray for blessings, we pray for peace

Comfort for family, protection while we sleep

We pray for healing, for prosperity

We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering

       We are quick to come before our Father and ask for favors. Sometimes even dispensation despite bad judgements on our part. We become sick and we go to our Father for comfort and healing. That’s the way it should be, but we need to keep in mind what healing might look like to God.

       The word “healing” is defined as “the process of making or becoming sound or healthy again.” The word “Healed,” of course, means that has been accomplished… but that’s after God has looked at our situation and decided what is best for us. We don’t always get to decide what the end result will be.

       Sometimes the best doesn’t come in the form of cancer being miraculously absent from our bodies, a restored heart muscle, or a loved one coming back from the brink of death. God acts in His timing and with His infinite mercy and knowledge to ensure that we are sound and healthy again. Sometimes that process can be painful.

       Isaiah 53:5 says “He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.” Being healed is always the end result of our prayers.

       But sometimes the healing doesn’t look like we want it to. The reality is we often have to walk through pain, anger, disease, and disappointment. We are confused because we so deeply believe that He is capable of relieving every single bit of our pain. But where is the lesson and growth in getting every little (or big) thing we desire?

       Just remember, we wouldn’t give our children everything they ask for, because there would be no life lessons learned, and some things are just plain harmful to them. That doesn’t mean we love them less; it just means not everything asked for is healthy (or part of healing).

But we have the assurance that he never leaves us to wander aimlesslessly on our own.  In fact, in Isaiah 41:10 we’re told “Do not fear, I am with you; do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

       Today we are celebrating the home going of the grandfather of one of our church members. He lived a full life and left behind children and grandchildren that mourn for him. I’m sure that not every moment was peaceful and pain free, but I know he is now in a place of perfect peace.

I don’t know how unbelievers get through these types of situations. But WE have the assurance of a reunion one day. In spite of the fact that God chose this time for this grandpa to be home with Him, we know that he is now past the pain, the uncertainty and the turmoil of this world. He has received his ultimate and complete healing.

       In all things, whether the answer is yes or no, we have God’s promise that we will never walk this rocky path alone. We are healed when we have accepted God’s will for our lives and have acknowledged victory despite the end result. The rest of that Laura Story song says:

What if Your blessings come through raindrops

What if Your healing comes through tears

What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near

Rest easy in the knowledge that, with our limited understanding, we can’t possibly know what’s good for us. We often make assumptions based on the fear of the unknown. But God knows it all, and He loves us enough to sometimes say “No.”


Be blessed my Grace family. God is on the throne!

Bobbie

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The week at Grace:

TUESDAY’S, 6:00 pm:  Men’s and Lady’s Bible Study.  Everyone is welcome.  Come and fellowship and learn.

THURSDAY’S, 5:30 pm: Worship Team practice.  If you are interested in participating on the Worship team, please talk to Bobbie. 

THURSDAY’S, 6:30 – 8 pm, Youth of the Nation weekly worship service and bible study

THURSDAY’S, 6:30 – 8 pm: Weekly mid-week prayer and praise service

FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH: COMMUNION – The meal that heals!

LAST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH: RECYCLE SUNDAY (Please bring in your cans and bottles in support of Youth of the Nation.)

SPECIAL REMINDERS:

  • New Members:  Have you filled out your forms?  Be sure and return them to Bobbie. They are on the table in the Café area.
  • Look for the Time-Talent-Treasure cards on the back table: What is your special gifting?  Will you share it with your Grace family?  We need your help to keep our house running smooth.  Please grab a card and let us know where you might feel God’s prompting to step into a church ministry.
  • We are still fund-raising for our Church Van.  Can you help?  Please consider a monthly pledge, or a one-time donation.  Mark your offering envelope “Church Van” so we know to designate the funds appropriately.
  •  We are looking for additional Children’s Church teachers.  Please see Misty or Anthony if you feel God leading you in this direction.  Our youth are our most valuable resource.
  •  When planning an event, please contact Bobbie with the date so she can make sure there isn’t any conflict with other church activities.


Sr. Pastor Eric Domen has been in ministry for more than 15 years, having worked as an assisting Pastor and Youth Pastor at Victory Life Center in Merced prior to coming to Grace.  He was recently honored with Ordination through the ICFG, and has made a smooth transition into his position as Senior Pastor.  He holds a degree in Counseling, and has a heart for the people of our community.  Pastor E resides in Merced with his wife and children.

Pastor Bobbie Frye is our Administrative Pastor.  She has been in ministry for more than 20 years, and is a 3rd generation Foursquare Pastor.  She is a writer and musician, and takes care of Womens Ministries and Worship Arts.  She has a background in Procurement and Marketing, in addition to her pastoral experience. Pastor Bobbie resides in Merced.