Groveland Evangelical Free Church

19172 Ferretti Road • Groveland • CA • (209)962-7131

News and Activities, Fall 2011

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Delve In 2012

Do you remember "Bible '07"? It's back!

Back in 2007 we had at least 70 of us agree to read through the Bible in a year. That time we spread the passages out so that you'd be getting a balance o fhistories, prophets, gospels and letters thoughout. This next year we're suggesting a consecutive beginning-to-end reading based on the One-year Chronological Bible in the New Living Translation.

Starting Oct 31, we will be taking orders on a large print slim-line paperback version of the Bible. (A copy is available to view in the back of the church on Sundays, or you can come in and see it during the week.) A printed schedule that allows you to do the same using our own Bible will also be available. You can see the books online: click here (order with us to save on shipping & handling).


The description for the book is:

Now available in large print editions, The One Year Chronological Bible is ideal for anyone who wants to take a fresh look at the Bible by reading it in the order the events actually happened. You can read the entire Bible in as little as 15 minutes a day with this One Year Bible, the best-selling daily reading Bible brand.

In The One Year Chronological Bible, prophetic books are interwoven with the historical accounts they accompanied. Psalms follow the events about which they were written. Proverbs are placed in the time frame in which they were compiled. The life of Christ is woven into one moving story. And Paul's letters to the young churches in the first century are integrated into the book of Acts.

The One Year Chronological Bible also has:

  • 365 daily readings to help you read the entire Bible chronologically in one year
  • Transition statements to help you understand why some Scripture portions appear where they do
  • Historical dates indicating when the events actually occurred
  • A general timeline of major events to give you a clear overview of Israel's history
  • A Scripture index in canonical order to help you find your favorite passages quickly and easily

You do not have to be a Bible historian to appreciate the fascinating new perspective waiting for you in The One Year Chronological Bible. It's like reading some of your favorite passages again for the very first time.


Threefold Communion

On Sunday night, November 20, starting at 5:30 p.m., GEFC will celebrate this annual gathering of fellowship and thanksgiving.  We start with a love feast and a short explanatory devotional at the tables.  Then the men and women separate for a time of footwashing and sharing whatever the Lord has laid on people's hearts.  (Observing rather than participating in the actual footwashing is an option that people choose regularly.)  We then reconvene in the sanctuary for singing, sharing around the theme of thanksgiving, and partaking in the Lord's supper.  If you plan to attend, circle "T" on your registration card and turn it in.


Kenny Clark & Kristin Arretche - Joshua Wilderness

Kristin Arretche and Kenny Clark are about to finish their first full month at the Joshua Wilderness Institute.  They love to receive your cards ... letters ... and care packages!  They can be contacted at the following address:  Kristin Arretche OR Kenny Clark % Joshua Wilderness Institute, 64144 Hume Lake Road, Hume, CA   93628.


Blanket Drive

The winter months are rapidly approaching.  If you have clean, gently used or new  blankets you would be willing to donate to the Food Closet please bring them by the church.  Contact Jim or Donna Thayer for further information, or call the church.


Thanks for Your Faithfulness

Final figures are in for our fiscal year ending August 31.  GEFC ended the year with a positive balance of $4,083, income versus actual expenses in our general fund.  This is due to your giving and the fact that, as usual, we didn't spend all we budgeted.  (Had we done so we would have had a deficit of $2,672.)  Your consistency and generosity are appreciated, especially in these difficult financial times.


Church Photo Directory

If you haven't had your photo taken for the church directory there is still time to sign up for the October session.  Please contact Carol Bohan at 962-6343 or go to our church website to make an appointment.


Church Exit Plan

Can't wait to get away from church on Sunday? Tired of sitting in traffic in the Church parking lot? Feeling tempted to leave just a bit earlty "to avoid the rush"? An alternative exit at the north end of the parking lot {toward the baseball field} is available for your use to help alleviate the traffic congestion between services.  "Try it, you may like it."


Food Closet Needs

The Food Closet is open the Friday following the third Tuesday every month. Donations of canned items, personal hygiene products, and household cleaning items are always appreciated. If you would care to donate any of these items, they can be left in the kitchen or call us and we will arrange to get them from you.

We can't thank the members fo this congregation enough for their continued generosity and their donations of food and funds for the Food Closet, and we so appreciate our many faithful and hard-working volunteers. The Lord has truly blessed this ministry.


Cash for Cans

Two members of our church family are collecting and redeeming aluminum cans and California redemption value plastic bottles and giving proceeds to GEFC. If you'd like to make donations contact Mike Buckley or Dick Faux (phone numbers avaialable via the church office). You can drop items at their homes.

We are not collecting these items at the church, but if you wish to make a vehicle-to-vehicle transfer on Sunday morning, call Mike ahead and time and set up an appointment.