Dear GCC Family,
While we are meeting at 8:30am this Sunday, hurricane Irma will be just hitting Miami Florida, one of the more dense areas in populated Florida. Because of the magnitude of the storm, we are “Calling GCC to Prayer,” so if you can make our special time at 8:30am it would be appreciated. Now is the time for the people of God to reflect and lift up our voice to the Lord God!
Speaking of reflection, I am sure you realize many Pastors of America will be preaching on the storm, so I want to do the same. Actually I want to impale all of Giddy and all attenders on the “horns of a dilemma,” i.e., Is Harvey and Irma direct acts of God’s angry displeasure with sin or is it the Laws of Nature blasting Texas and Florida? Make sure to think through this question as the answer might surprise you. Our whole culture is preoccupied with the larger question, “Where is God when such unthinkable catastrophe happens?”
What a wonderful day we enjoyed Sunday! I would guess it was the most attended Sunday morning and evening time we have ever had, with the exception of several special guest speakers. We are obviously in need to purchase some new chairs and arrange things so that we have plenty of seating. I have noticed a number of visitors are coming due to the website and GCC Facebook. So thanks whoever is keeping this updated! Many of the visitors from morning and evening told me they were planning to return and several couples even claimed they were making GCC their new church family. We will see.
This coming Sunday during our Sunday School we have a special even with Eleanor’s sister and her husband sharing about their ministry with Bibles and Literature in French. They will update us also on what is going on in France, bring some of their publications with them. So hope everyone can come for the Sunday School presentation.
Sunday evening the facility is being rented out for a wedding, so we will omit meeting then. We usually take several Sunday evenings off around the end of August, so that is fine. During Sunday morning worship time we examine 2 Thess. 2:1-12 dealing with “The Coming Man of Sin or Antichrist.” I am praising the Lord for how Sundayworked out for me personally, as sitting down during both sermons help me get through the day will little serious difficulty. Yes, I do feel strange sitting while preaching but guess that is what the Lord has for me these days. And yes, I have a doctors appointment on Wednesday to begin an effort to find out what this is and if anything can be done for it.
Our Mid-Week with the Master Men’s class is being retooled for our Fall Semester. As many of you know the working through the MacArthur/Mayhue systematic theology was an experiment as we didn’t know if it would be class friendly or not. Now we know – it is not. So not to kill the Men’s Study we will be changing the format, still using the text for private reading and reviewing that from week-to-week but enjoying video sermons by John MacArthur on the topic of study – that will lend an exceptional presentation and better means of class discussion after the watching. I think this will be far more dynamic than before, so men be encouraged.
Remember also to pray for Justin who is in transition with his radio ministry. Pray also for Don who begins preaching in Kenya. We will take up a love offering for the widows and orphans in Kenya, this Sunday AM.
Don left for Kenya today. It’s time for our annual camp, when all the families of the James1:27 project gather for some teaching, ministry, song, mutual support, and a lot of getting to know each other better. These families are widely scattered in this rural community, and the camp is an opportunity to make friends and encourage each other. Don will be the only representative from the US this time. Guest teachers include old friends Chris and Anne Amulo. Chris is a veterinarian who is now involved full time in ministry with the Navigators in Nairobi. His wife Anne is a pediatrician. Don will stay with Meshack and Elizabeth and work with our wonderful community volunteers to assess needs and make plans for the future. I am keeping things going here at the ranch back in Oklahoma. Please join me in prayer for a safe and productive trip and growing friendships with all those in the project.
Starting June 13th (Tuesday Nights) at 7:00pm and going to July 25th the ladies will be meeting to study the book, Trusting God:Even When Life Hurts by Jerry Bridges who now resides in Glory with Christ. The series will have multiple women teachers and be at Grace Community Church of Tulsa. We do ask that you would purchase the book. It can be found online through Amazon or if you live you in Tulsa, you might be able to find it at Mardels Christian Bookstore.
Childcare will be provided throughout this study. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Heck:
SusanHeck@cox.net or by phone (918) 695.0831
Come join us tonight as Men with the Master and Women with the Master meet tonight at 7 pm at GCC of Tulsa.
The Men with the Master has recently started our journey through John MacArthur’s and Rich Mayhue’s Biblical Doctrine. We are currently looking at the Inspiration of Scriptures. We will have the pages that are set home for reading here, so stay tuned.
The Women continue their study with Susan Heck as they look to prayer.
Childcare is provided. Classes start at 7 pm and run to 8:30pm.
Come join us!
Dear GCC family, friend and visitors,
We are currently working on updating the Church Page. It is the goal to create an updated page with weekly updates that will include videos and resources. We are now gccoftulsa.blog. We also will be utilizing the Facebook page so all can access the church page on their mobile devices and tablets.
Stay tuned for more updates!
Grace Community Church enjoys a group discussion called, GIDDY. It is a place where we talk about Theology, politics, ideas, prayer requests, and news. If you would like to be added to the group, give Pastor Heck a call at (918) 695-0832 or email him at: DougVHeck@cox.net