GCI Update

Worship Calendar Explained

GCI President, Dr. Greg Williams, gives an update on Grace Communion International. He shares the importance of a worship calendar to help churches keep Jesus at the center of our church services and rhythms.

GCI 2020 Denominational Celebration

Save the Date!


Crossing Borders Winter Shoebox Mission

Here is a note to any who over the years have been supporters of the winter “shoebox mission trip” by Crossing Borders, and to any folks who want to know how they can help now.

Did you know this December 6-9 will be CB’s 14th winter trip (and 28th mission trip overall)?  Some of you have been a part of that ride for many years, and we thank you very much.  As always, we need the support of folks like you to make these trips actually happen, and to be able to share blessings from God with the folks we go to serve in Mexico.

We need:

Shoebox gifts – Boxes filled with necessities and fun stuff for children.  Last year we had a decrease in the number of shoeboxes donated, so we had to ration the number of boxes we could share with each ministry partner and event.  I pray that this winter we can increase the number of shoeboxes we can give away to those cute kids made in God’s image, and who actually NEED and appreciate the items in the boxes.  If you or your group can provide shoebox gifts, that’s wonderful.  If you know of some other group that could help with this, please let them know about the need and the blessing, and point them to our website for details.  Go to: www.cbmission.org and click on the Shoebox Ministry tab.  Boxes can be shipped directly to our housing facility on the border, and they need to arrive there no later than December 5.

Prayers – We are in the midst of our detailed planning for the upcoming trip.  There are multiple contacts to be made (often through difficult communication channels), safety and financial issues to consider, an events schedule to be decided upon, applications flowing in, the health and spiritual challenges of our Mexico ministry partners, travel plans to arrange, shoeboxes to prepare, ship and receive, and more.  We solicit your prayers as this final month fills up with preparation and then the actual event happens on December 6-9 when up to 28 CB missionaries spend two days reflecting the love of God, the joy of Jesus, and the hope of the Spirit to hundreds of adults and children in some very needy places in Mexico.

Other miscellaneous items – People also make or purchase blankets (adult-size and baby-size), quilts, scarves, homemade toys, heavy cloth totes with handles (great for moms of infants), baby items such as powder, lotion, pacifier, onesies, rattles, baby bottles, diapers etc. (which we pack up onsite in the totes).   Be creative; it’s all good!  (NO clothes or shoes, please [except for the baby items]).

If you have questions, feel free to call either Lee Berger, director (903-746-4463) or Steve Solari, assistant director (615-480-0826).

GC Derby Recognized for Community Award

The following statement was first published in a press release online here.

Grace Communion Derby Receives 2019 Best of Derby Award

Grace Communion Derby, in Derby, Kansas, has been selected for the 2019 Best of Derby Award in the Church category.

Each year, the Derby Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Derby area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2019 Derby Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Derby Award Program and data provided by third parties.

The Derby Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Derby area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Derby Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Derby Award Program

Derby Award Program
Email: PublicRelations@2019awardadvisory.net
URL: http://www.2019awardadvisory.net
For More Information: https://derby.2019awardadvisory.net/s8a9hn6j_GRACE-COMMUNION-DERBY

GCI Pastor Appreciation Around the World

Cape Town

GCI’s Cape Town south church had a very busy Pastor Appreciation weekend. They started off the Sunday service with a blessing of children. Next, Grant Erasmus was commissioned to lead the worship ministry. The service was concluded by honoring the pastor couples in appreciation for their service.

Blessing of the Children
Commissioning Grant Erasmus









Johan Retief and Takalani Musekwa are honored by the youth of the Solid Rock congregation.

The Solid Rock congregation presented Regional Director Takalani Musekwa and Elder Johan Retief with a certificate of appreciation and an after-service feast as a thank you for their good and faithful work with the local church and GCI as a whole.

Pastor Appreciation Sunday at Solid Rock.



At GC Baguio, the team of pastors was honored by being called to the front of the service to speak about their months, years, or in some cases, decades of leadership within the church. They were presented with gifts from the youth and honored through word and song from members of the congregation.


Passing On the Blessings

Grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. (2 Corinthians 4:15, NIVUK)

Some years ago, a lady invited my family and me around for a meal. It was quite a daunting task because our family group consisted of 9 adults and 4 children! She and her husband plus her sister were exemplary hosts and put on a sumptuous fare. I asked her why she decided to have us over. She said she wanted to because it was the time of my son’s wedding. She also, however, said something else. She said that she felt God had blessed her recently in a special way, and that she wanted to pass on the blessing.

When Paul wrote to the Corinthians, he reminded them of how blessed they were, and how blessings are for sharing. It’s part of the thankfulness for grace received. Not many of us are able to have large groups for dinner, but there are other things we can do. Send a card, give an encouraging word or smile, or help in an unexpected way. Paul went on to explain to the Corinthian church that their “generosity will result in thanksgiving to God” (2 Corinthians 9:11).

Let’s pass on the blessings.

Father in heaven, thank you for all the blessings we receive and help us in our gratitude to share them with others. In Jesus’ name. Amen


By James Henderson
Edinburgh, Scotland

We Are GCI Series | Tamar Gray

We Are GCI Series is a collection of videos where various GCI leaders and members are highlighted.
In this episode, GCI Pastor Tamar Gray shares a little about herself, why she likes to serve in GCI and in what ways she connects the most with God.

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