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This Week’s Sermon: “What Jesus Came to Do”

The whole year we have been asking this question: “Who is Jesus?” And that’s because this is Mark’s question in his gospel. Is Jesus a prophet? Is he a good and wise man? Or he is something else entirely? Peter finally gets it right. Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus is a power and truth unlike any other come to save.

But then a dramatic shift. Jesus tells them that as the Messiah, he has come to do something very specific. In other words, it is not enough to know who Jesus is. One must also know why he came to the earth. And what he will tell the disciples will shock them and reveal something so important about them. And us. Jesus came to die. He had to. Do you believe this?

Service Time Change for July & August

Beginning on July 7th, we are shifting our Sunday morning service time to 9:00am. Please mark your calendars and spread the word!

Kids Town Help Needed

We need your help! Even if you have never served with kids before, we need more volunteers to give their time in service of our little ones. We want to make Kids Town a thriving, happy and healthy ministry, and we need lots of help to make this happen. If you have any interest, reach out to Jamie Cummings. Please consider helping!

Lots of Links

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  • Tim Keller on How to Raise Children With a Christian Identity
  • National Geographic Travel Photo Contest Winners
  • Toddler and Dad Who Had Adorable Conversation now in a Denny’s TV Spot

    – Pastor Ryan

    HAPPENINGS


    July and August Service Time Change: 9:00AM  As you may have heard, the Elders and Deacons have decided to change the Sunday service time to 9am for July and August. There are two reasons for this. The first is to beat the heat (our worship space does not have air conditioning). And the second reason is to bolster our Summer attendance! We hope you will make it a priority to attend services when you are in town. If you have questions about this, reach out to any of our leaders.

    Ladies Monday Evening Bible Study: Please join us Monday evenings at 7:00pm at the church. We are studying Overcomer by David Jeremiah. Join us as Dr. Jeremiah explains how our spiritual armor allows us to stand firm against the schemes and strategies of the evil one.

    Women’s Retreat:  Ladies mark your calendar for September 20-22 for the annual Berea Women’s Retreat. The schedule for the retreat is planned deliberately to give you a chance to grow and to be refreshed, to use the time in the unique way that you would most enjoy. For more information contact Shannon. You can register at berea.org or call 603-744-6344.

    Moldova Mission Trip: We are planning to take our next mission trip to Moldova October 11th-19th. If you have any interest in going to Moldova, or would like more information, please contact Bill and Sandi Stearns.

    Small Group: There is a small group at 7:00pm every other Monday in Salem, NH. Contact Chris Cummings for more information.

    Evening Praise & Prayer: Mark your calendar for July 21st at 5:00pm.

    Men’s Bible Study: Men please join us as we study the book of Galatians. We are using Tim Keller’s book Galatians For You.  We meet every Thursday from 6:30-7:30a at the church. All men are invited!SERVE


    Help in the Café:  We need someone to fill in on the 3rd Sunday of the month for Café for July thru October (7/21, 8/18, 9/15, 10/20). If you can’t take all of these months you can volunteer for any one of these dates.  Please contact Alison to volunteer or to ask questions.

    Cuddling Babies: If you like to cuddle and hold babies, this opportunity is for you!  Lawrence General Hospital is always looking for volunteers to help soothe and comfort babies who may not have a mom present to do so.  The volunteer commitment is only as much or as little as you desire.  Coverage is needed 7 days a week from 7am-10pm and is greatly appreciated by the staff and the babies!  If you would like more information please feel free to email Kim Wilkinson.

    Helping with Slides:  We are looking for a few people to train to use our worship slides program. It’s very easy and a good way to serve at GracePoint. Please contact Joe if you would like to know more.

    Ministries at GracePoint: Do you feel that God is calling you to serve at GracePoint? Right now we need help in our Kids Town ministry! In addition, we are always looking for volunteers to serve in our café, on the worship and tech teams. Please pray and ask God where he wants you to serve. Contact Ryan for more information or to sign up!

    PRAYING FOR GRACEPOINT


    God has called each one of us as a solemn duty and as a high privilege, for the wonderful power of intercession for our church and for one another. Let us pray for:
    Praying For KidsTown

    But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”
    Matthew 19:14
    Father, thank you for KidsTown. Thank you for the children. Thank you for the volunteers that serve by teaching the kids.

    Lord, I pray for each child that goes to KidsTown. I pray that they would hear the gospel message. I pray for their salvation and their ongoing growth. I pray that they would understand your grace. I pray that you would bring many, many new children into the church to hear the gospel.

    I pray for the teachers that they would be blessed by their teaching experience and continue to be motivated to serve.  I pray for additional teachers who are happy to help.

    Thank you for Jamie Cummings as she leads KidsTown. Thank you for her willingness to serve. I ask that you would continue to encourage her and that she would be refreshed and excited for this important ministry. Help her to hear from you for new ideas for KidsTown

    In the mighty name of Jesus we pray. Amen

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