Check your mail for a note from Pastor Julia and a prayer. For these next few weeks of stewardship we're asking the entire church to incorporate this prayer into their daily time with the Lord. Every ministry at Grace is covered in prayer and so it seems incredibly obedient to the Lord to cover this time of giving in a unified prayer as well. You may be surprised at how the Lord leads you to ministry and moves you to respond. There is so much good happening for His kingdom on your behalf!
Our 2023 session-approved budget is $3.7 million*. The plan to meet this budget goal is straightforward: mission and ministry. Money follows mission and ministry with a vision. It is clear that Jesus established disciple making as the mission of his church (Matthew 28:18-20) and Grace has adopted the same mission. “Make disciples by equipping people to make Jesus visible in their daily lives.”
Here’s a snapshot of how God was on the move through your gifts this past year:
Over 400 women in three different Bible Studies
4,000 Kids’ Meals assembled for food insecure preschoolers
4 walls for a Habitat for Humanity home
An increase from 2 mentors to 45 mentors expanding from 1 school to 3 in Westchase
300 coats purchased for students in our partner schools
Over 160 school supply kits , 30 uniforms and 52 pairs of shoes for Stuff A Bus
329 people participated in our first year of disciple training EPIC classes
25 Disciple Groups formed with participants inside and outside our walls
680 Crowded House meals to fill up our students while they fill up on Jesus
40 students in summer mission trips
Over 3,000 touch points from deacons to the Grace family
100 connections with clients and caregivers served through The Gathering
742 VBS participants learning, dancing and signing for Jesus (460 kids-83% non-members, 132 teens, 150 adults)
55 kids and students from Kinder-12th grade sharing the story of Jesus' birth through the Grace Kids Musical
Here’s a snapshot of ministry plans and vision for 2023:
Two new staff members focusing on outreach groups, disciple groups, recovery, young adult discipleship, and men’s ministry
Starting Alpha Ministry as one of our six Initiatives to train our church who will then reach out to the unchurched
Continuing the focus on building and multiplying Disciple Groups and young adults
Increasing the number of mentors in the classrooms of our partner school students for loving and intentional ministry
Building relationships with surrounding churches to grow Friends of Westchase and the neighbors we serve
Sending mission trips to global Living Water destinations, to the Texas border, Guatemala, Africa and possibly Budapest
Continuing three intentional tracks of EPIC courses that focus on discipleship
Growing our Student ministries through small groups, Abide worship, and multi-age leadership teams
Expanding children’s ministries with entry point connections with new families and in partnership with Grace en Espanol and the Holy Nation (Congo) Church
Leading worship opportunities connected with ministry efforts
How our vision translates into action?
The Session has six initiatives designed to create a culture of making disciples that make disciples to grow the church:
1. Worship Evolution—Because we want Jesus to be visible in our worship, we’re continuing to create intentional elements through word and song to make worship a more formative time.
2. Equipping Hour—We believe in transformational discipleship, so we’ve enriched the Equipping Hour with a series of practical discipleship trainings (EPIC), adding new courses each semester that compliment our ages and stages classes.
3. Discipleship Groups—Because discipleship is most effective around a smaller table, we continue to expand and multiply new groups of 3 to 5 people to explore what it means to be a follower of Christ and multiply His kingdom.
4. Alpha Small Groups—We’re also called to make Jesus visible outside our walls, which is why we’re launching Alpha small groups.
5. Neighborhood Groups—Because we’re called to make Jesus visible across our city, we are developing a new neighborhood-based model of discipleship, which will launch later next year.
6. Serve our Neighbors—And we’re called to make Jesus visible to our brothers and sisters here in Houston and around the world, which is why we’ll continue to lock arms with Friends of Westchase here in West Houston and our Global Mission Partners around the world.
By committing your pledge on Commitment Sunday, November 20, you make it easier for the Ministry Support team to anticipate the church budgeting needs and plan for the future. Please prayerfully consider your 2023 pledge to Grace and its ministries. Thank you in advance for responding.
How to Give:
There are multiple ways to fulfill your commitment to Grace:
1. You may place cash or check payable to Grace Presbyterian Church into the offering plate on Sunday, November 20 or send it in advance by mail;
2. You may use the Grace website https://gpch.org/give-now. Use “Give Now” tab at the top of the homepage to make a recurring or onetime credit/debit card or electronic check payment;
3. You may set up Grace as a payee through your online banking institution to make scheduled donations that fit your timing and your budget.
If Want To Know More:
The *link at the top of the page is to the $3.7 million budget allocation by ministry category. The pie chart graph will show you what expenses are allocated for each ministry category.
For those who may be interested, there are Grace financial reports in the Session Minutes. You can find those minutes HERE.
Additionally we currently have approximately $2.0 million in cash and are awaiting a bequest of $1.5 to 2.5 million. While it is comfortable to have a cash reserve, the Ministry Support team and Session are constantly looking at cost-savings options to make sure our expense and contribution budgets align.
Thank you for joining together with the church in a unified prayer. May God bless you as you respond.