Weekly Update


Friday, August 17th
10:00am — Tremors’ Group (Parlor)
6:00pm — Roanoke Rockets Basketball

Saturday, August 18th
10:00am — Saturday Serve (MAC)

Sunday, August 19th
9:30am — Sunday School for All Ages
10:00am — Summer Choir
10:30am — Combined Worship Service
5:00pm — Youth MUD Night
6:00pm — Praise Team Rehearsal

Monday, August 20th
7:00am — Prayer Breakfast@Hardee’s Brambleton
6:15pm — Rising Sun (Gym)
7:00am — Finance Committee

Tuesday, August 21st
5:00pm — Arete Basketball
6:00pm — Use of Parlor (Gina Rexrode)
6:30pm — Wildwood Basketball

Wednesday, August 22nd
7:00pm — Harmon Basketball

Thursday, August 23rd
4:30pm — Arete Basketball
7:00pm — Pick-Up Basketball

Saturday, August 25th
8:30am-1:00pm — Hamner Hall (Ferguson)


Welcome Back Grandin Court Elementary
Saturday, August 18th, 10:00am
Join us as we make welcome back to school packets for teachers and staff at Grandin Court Elementary School. Bring supplies by the church before noon on Friday, August 17th to be packed. We are looking for things like post it notes, pens, individual tea satchels, drink flavor packets, Chapstick’s, individual hand sanitizers, granola bars, and many, many dry erase markers. If you are interested in helping us provide gift cards for the staff, please let Pastor Melissa K know and she can give you specifics about this gift. There are approximately 50 staff members at GCES that we are looking to welcome back!  All ages are welcome to help—we will be decorating our bags, and stuffing them. We’d love to see you Saturday!


“Christian Mentorship”

We all have had mentors in the faith. And we are all Christian mentors to others whether we realize it or not (which can be a bit scary once we think about it!). These two thoughts are the basis for a Sunday School short course being offered this fall.

Beginning September 16th this 7-8-week course will be held during the Sunday School hour in Hamner Hall with the discussion led by Chris White. The first week will be an introductory presentation while the following weeks will be conducted via an interview format. Chris will interview several Grandin Court Baptist Church members about their experiences with their own Christian mentors and about being a mentor to others. The interviewees will represent a cross section of GCBC life drawn from a wide range of ages and backgrounds.

Come join us at 9:50(ish) on September 16th. If you’re already part of a Sunday School class, you can still attend this short course and return to your class for the holiday season since we’ll finish up before Thanksgiving. If you don’t have a class, stop on by and add your ears and voice to the fun!


The nursery is still looking for volunteers to help in taking care of our littlest church members.  A rotation for volunteers to serve on an every other month cycle is in the works with a need for every Sunday to have at least 2 volunteers.  Sunday School classes are welcome to join the rotation of having a Sunday to serve each month with members on a rotation. Those who would like to serve every month are able to do so as well.  Contact Becky Owen if you are interested in helping in the nursery and making this rotation of volunteers happen, rgowen37@gmail.com or 434-665-0114.  To those who have been helping out in the nursery, you are so appreciated! The nursery renovation will be complete soon, so come check out all the amazing work that our Building and Grounds Committee has done!  Thank you!


Fall is just around the corner, and our Wednesday night meals will resume.  We are in need of volunteers who will take a turn preparing a meal.  This can be a group of friends, a Sunday School class, etc.  If anyone can take a turn, please contact Karen Griffith at 774-2986.


It’s time again to reorder tithing envelopes for 2019.  If you have envelopes but do not want them for 2019, please let me know; otherwise, you will remain on the list to receive them for 2019.  If you do not have them, but would like to, please let me know.  I need to turn in the order on August 31st.   Contact Vicki at 774-1684 x 110 or secretary@grandincourtbaptist.org.


GRAND-N-GLORY CHOIR will begin rehearsals Monday, September 10th, at 10:00am.  All senior adults who enjoy singing are welcome to join us for a fun time!


It’s time for our annual mulching of the playground.  This space is used by many children in our neighborhood, our Children’s ministry, and Preschool families.  We’re looking for volunteers to help out on Saturday, September 1st @ 8AM.  Please bring wheelbarrows, work gloves, rakes etc.  Water will be provided.  Thanks for making our outdoor playground safe and welcoming for all the children and families who use this space!


PLEASE NOTE:  If you wish to reserve the MAC, please use extension 120 and leave a message or email mac@grandincourtbaptist.org (Kelli Best).  Kelli will get back with you as soon as she can.


Sunday, August 19, is Promotion Sunday for our kids.  We say good-bye to nine wonderful boys and girls as they move up to the Youth Department.  We welcome our new kindergarteners as they move up from the Preschool Department and say thanks to Mrs. Connie, Mr. Bob and Mrs. Linda for all they taught them over the last few years.

With a new SS year, we have some new teachers, so I think it is appropriate to recognize the fine folks who will teach your children over the next year.  In the K-2nd grade class, the following folks will be rotating the teaching responsibilities: Mrs. Trena Swain, Mrs. Judy Barger, Mrs. Cathy and Mr. Mike Carlton as well as Mrs. Priscilla Johnson.  When you drop off your child, please thank them for giving of their time.  In the 3rd-5th grade class, Mr. Scott Huff is the most faithful teacher who is aided by Sabrina Hunsicker and me.  In this class, we could still use some folks when one of us has to be away.

Finally, it is my hope with a new SS year, we will see your child often.  We look forward to watching them grow in the year to come.

Brad Brewer, 540-589-6536




Are you new to Grandin Court?  Or have you been attending, but still need help finding your way around?  Susanna Hart has offered to give tours of the church. If interested, please meet her at the front of the sanctuary following each worship service.


HELP SUPPORT OUR PRESCHOOL – Please consider using AmazonSmile when shopping online.  Choose Grandin Court Baptist Church and a portion of your purchases are donated by Amazon to support the weekday preschool program.  You may still take advantage of your Amazon Prime benefits, too.  Thanks!


10% IS ALL IT TAKES! Our giving to both the operating budget and the building fund supports missions here in the church, throughout the community, and the world. To fully support our budget and missions requires an extra effort on all our parts. Just a 10% increase in giving is all it takes. That’s less than a latte a week!


HAVE YOU BOUGHT YOUR BRICK?  Our plan to landscape the area outside the MAC to add engraved bricks on the sidewalk, a dedication marker for the MAC, and a decorative wall are coming along. Your brick can remember a loved one, honor a friend or family member, and more. Check out the big brick in the MAC lobby for a picture of the planned project. You can buy your bricks online by going to the church website and selecting “Buy Your Brick Now!” You will then be able to select your brick, add designs, engraving and more, as well as pay for it by credit card or by a check placed in the offering. If you are online challenged, please call David Topping at 556-6459 or Pete File at 293-9105 for help.


Upper Room Devotional Books are available in the racks along with the bulletins and outside the Church Office.


 JOIN OUR PRAYER BREAKFAST – OPEN TO EVERYONE!  Anyone is welcome to attend our weekly prayer breakfast each Monday morning. We are currently meeting at the Hardee’s on Brambleton at 7:00am. Please contact Chris Hubbell at praygcbc@gmail.com or Brad Brewer at BradBrewer2015@gmail.com for more information.


KIWI ITEMS NEEDED (Kindness Items of the Week Initiative) – We are collecting snack size and sandwich size baggies and cookies for an ongoing project for the Rescue Mission.  You may place your items in the KIWI box provided in the MAC Welcome Center.










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