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Exciting Times

The week we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived, and we couldn’t possibly be more excited!

Welcoming Our New Shepherd

Nov. 16th and 17th will be Pastor Aaron’s 1st weekend at GPCC. Help us welcome his whole family during this special time together!

Saturday, Nov. 16th, we will have a “meet & greet” with the Zielinske family at the church. Join us at 2pm as we get to know our new pastor, his wife, and their children. Dessert and sodas will be served.

Then on Sunday, Nov. 17th, Pastor Aaron will be preaching the Word. After the service, we’ll have our monthly Fellowship Meal together. This will be yet another opportunity for us to welcome, get to know, and just generally love on the Zielinske family. Be here!

All In The Family

Our fellowship at Grace Pointe has long been known for its warm and welcoming atmosphere. When you come here, you are treated as family. As Christians, we believe strongly in the concept of LOVE as Jesus taught it to His disciples. There are no strangers in the body of Christ, so it is no wonder that we recognize that “kindred spirit” even when new members come into the fold.

This week, we are beyond thrilled to grow our family even more as we welcome the Zielinske family with open arms! Get to know them with us:

TOP LEFT: Gina & Aaron. TOP RIGHT: Jordan. BOTTOM LEFT: Josiah. BOTTOM RIGHT: Aaliyah & Krista.

A Prayer of Thanksgiving

We are grateful to God for His many blessings on our GPCC family this year. All glory belongs to Him! So let us give thanks…

Heavenly Father, we exalt Your Name on high! We, who are Your children, are so very grateful that we can come into Your Most Holy Presence and bring You our offerings of praise and thanksgiving. In 2019, as in years past, You have always been faithful to provide for our every need. You brought new workers into this fellowship of believers who enhanced various areas of this church’s ministry. You provided wisdom and guidance among our leadership during a time of transition, Lord. And now, You have once again opened up the floodgates of Heaven with the blessing of a new shepherd and his family. O God, we cannot praise nor thank You enough for all You have done and continue to do! But we offer up this sincere prayer as a mere token of our gratitude. And we will continue to give You the glory, for You alone are worthy! Thank You for hearing our prayer, for meeting our needs, and for just being the Great God that You are! AMEN.

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Special Thanks

We have been VERY blessed to have Pastor Mark Northcutt as our interim pastor during this time of transition. The leadership staff, church members, and attendees of GPCC would like to offer our deepest gratitude for his wisdom, guidance, and service as a spiritual leader. Mark is part of our family and will always be welcome at Grace Pointe!

We also want to express our thanks to everyone who has been contributing to the success of our worship team. Susan Shewbridge and her family have been invaluable! Her husband, Eric, and her musically-gifted children are all incredible assets. Austin (drummer) has been a blessing as well. More recently, Beth Brockmeyer Ruhkamp and her son, Noah, have greatly enhanced the music with their talent. So many to thank – including our amazing saxophonist, John, and occasional singer and bass guitarist, Dionne (Gideon) Oliver. And let us not take for granted the steadfast faithfulness of the team’s veteran members: Adam Martin, Mitch Phillips, and Stace Massengill. This church body is blessed each week by these people who honor God by offering their gifts for His glory.

Women’s Group Takes Off!

Okay, Men of Honor…time to step up your game a bit. No, it’s not a competition, but our women’s ministry has seriously been busy lately! The group’s growing success has been greatly influenced by a small committee in charge of activities and various events. That committee consists of: Gale Lowe, Sheryl Phillips, Laurie Pruett, Denise Langabeer, & Karen Martin.

Currently, they are planning a Christmas caroling event to take place on December 8th – among other things. Any ladies in the church who want to be part of this group or learn more about upcoming activities should contact Karen Martin, lead spokesperson for Women of Grace.

Welcoming Our New Shepherd

Nov. 16th and 17th will be Pastor Aaron’s 1st weekend at GPCC. Help us welcome his whole family during this special time together!

Saturday, Nov. 16th, we will have a “meet & greet” with the Zielinske family at the church. Join us at 2pm as we get to know our new pastor, his wife, and their children. Dessert and sodas will be served.

Then on Sunday, Nov. 17th, Pastor Aaron will be preaching the Word. After the service, we’ll have our monthly Fellowship Meal together. This will be yet another opportunity for us to welcome, get to know, and just generally love on the Zielinske family. Be here!

Pastoral Search Over

After a long and difficult journey through the search process, our Transition Team has finally whittled down the list of potential candidates to the one man they believe God has chosen to lead Grace Pointe Community Church in its next chapter…

The team charged with finding our new lead pastor spent months sorting through resumès, listening to sermons, discussing pros and cons, and of course praying for God’s guidance. Getting the list down to the final two candidates was grueling enough, but then choosing between those last two was even more difficult. Still, in the end, the team’s decision was indeed unanimous.

Meet the Zielinskes

Gina Gilbert Zielinske and Aaron Zielinske

Aaron Zielinske was born in Beaver Falls, PA. He served his country as a United States Marine, met and married Gina who was serving as a youth pastor, had a couple of kids and then moved to Springfield, MO. He attended Central Bible College (now called Evangel Bible College), where he got his degree. The family went to Meeker, Colorado – where Aaron was Meeker Assembly’s lead pastor – and later moved to McDonough, GA.

L to R: Aaliyah, Jordan, Krista, and Josiah

Aaron and Gina’s three children are Jordan, Aaliyah, and Josiah. Another member of the family, Krista, is also pictured above. Their servant-hearts will no doubt be a wonderful addition to our church family.

Mark Your Calendars

We are looking forward to welcoming them in person at a special meet and greet event from 2 to 4pm on Saturday, November 16. Snacks and refreshments will be served. Then on Sunday morning, November 17, Pastor Aaron will preach his first message at GPCC. Afterwards, we will have our monthly Fellowship Meal.

Join us as we welcome the Zielinske family into the Grace Pointe family!

Transition Team Progress

From the time that former pastor Mike Kofahl announced his intention to resign and retire to be with his family, the leadership of Grace Pointe Community Church knew there was a huge task ahead – finding the right person to assume the role of senior pastor. It is a task that has not been taken lightly. Almost immediately, our Transition Team was formed by the Board of Elders and included trusted members of the church. Their work was cut out for them, and they have approached it with the utmost professionalism.

Early on in the process, the team began meeting regularly and carefully considered the procedures to follow. They discussed the qualities and characteristics a potential pastor should possess (see photo below), and began the search.

Periodically, elder Rob Protasewich (pictured above) has presented the church body with progress reports. The fact that, to many people, this process appears to be taking a long time is actually a testament to how seriously the Transition Team is taking it. Being methodical about locating the right new pastor for our fellowship is crucially important. It’s not a matter to be rushed.

Please continue to pray for all those who are charged with this monumental effort. When you pray, ask God to guide our Transition Team directly to the person whom He has chosen. May God’s will be done, and blessings on you all!