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Monday Memo - July 1

I just received an email from Kathi Baty. Kathi volunteers in our cooperation with Mountain View, especially in providing food. In the spring, our congregation gave funds to provide food for people and families in need in the Mountain View neighborhood. It happens every Saturday throughout the summer. Here is Kathi’s report from last Saturday. READ IT CAREFULLY!  

Wow…what a day.   131 families went through the mobile food pantry….we gave out 125 boxes which was all they had and then all of the fresh food and produce on the truck….EVERY BIT OF IT by 11:00!  The word is out and the need is great.   We are engaging with them…maybe of the same each week but many more new each week.   They come up to the table and want the New Testaments and the Women’s Devotional Prayer book and the kids bible story books…we are all out of the NT Larry and Beverly Smith has gotten me more of the kids books for this week. We had a great turnout from GFC volunteers and again I just have to say…they are incredible in their spirit and incredibly hard work it is.   3 from this Saturday are coming back that were not signed up to come back…so we are good for July 6th!   Kathi

This thrills me, and I hope it does you also. I know it honors God!  If you would like to be involved in food distribution, please email Lois Martin.

I also want to tell you about a new “series” we are starting. It is called Critical Concerns. Periodically, we will address areas of critical concern in the culture and church. It will be an on-going series that will emerge 2-3 times a year for a week or two - each on a different topic. We will have our first Critical Concerns series July 28 and August 4 on the subject of same sex unions. You will not want to miss either of these two Sundays!

On August 11, a series entitled STALLED begins. Ever been there?

As I complete this Monday Memo, I am reminded of our mission, “joining God in building…reaching.”  Balance is essential, but difficult, especially in churches. When I think of what is happening every Saturday this summer at Mountain View, and what goes on at Greenwood Drive each Sunday, I am encouraged that we are striking a balance of both building and reaching. This is one of the things that attracts me to GFC for the long haul! I hope it does you also.

Please know that we do everything possible to assure that your financial giving to GFC, especially during the lean weeks of summer, is used to support our mission with integrity. Thank you for your consistent generosity.

P.S. The Well is having a huge yard sale this month to support its outreach to college students. Email Samantha McNeill to find out how you can donate items.

Grace and peace, 

Tom Oyler
Lead Pastor   


Looking Back

"Smart Prayers: Close the Gap"   Ephesians 3:14-21

Paul’s smart prayer provides us with an example of how to deal with the gap that exists between the great truths of salvation in Jesus Christ and our real life experience. This prayer guides us to see how prayer is the means to work the truth into our hearts so that it becomes a living reality in our lives.


All knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.       

            ~Johann Wolfgang Van Goethe

Live truth instead of professing it.

             ~Elbert’s Hubbard

Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.

             ~C.S. Lewis


1.    How honest are you about the gap in your life?

2.    How humble are you in asking God to close the gap?

3.    How will you use this smart prayer to shape your own prayer life?

Looking Ahead

"Smart Prayers: When I’m Weak…I’m Strong?"   2 Corinthians 12:7-10

We live in a world where power and strength are admired and praised. However, if we are honest with ourselves more often than not we feel out of control and weak. How does God view our weakness? The answer might surprise you as we look at 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 where Paul demonstrates a smart prayer in the midst of weakness.


1.    Notice the repeated phrase in v.7.

2.    Did Paul do anything to get the “thorn in the flesh”?

3.    Notice Paul’s repetitive prayer cycle mentioned in v.8.

4.    Often times we view God as having two answers to our prayers, yes and no. Notice God’s response to Paul in v.9.  How does that differ from a simple yes or no?

5.    What is Paul’s reason for being so willing to embrace his weakness in v.9? What about our human nature makes it so hard to embrace weakness?

6.     Read Matthew 26:36-46. What are some of the similarities between this passage and 2 Corinthians 12:7-10?

7.     Who is the ultimate focus for Paul’s willingness to push through his weakness and enabler for him to find joy in it? (v.10)


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