So much has happened in the life of the church since August, when we last updated you about the Go & Make initiative! Listen in as Ted Bryant shares an overview of what’s been happening in the last few months.
If you’re new to Granger Community Church and wondering what all this Go & Make vision stuff is all about, we invite you to learn more. It’s not too late for you to jump in and be part of the action, too. Lives are being changed—the impact of your giving is very real. Let’s keep going and carrying the momentum with us and finish 2022 strong. Let’s go!
It’s time for another update on what’s been happening with the Go & Make initiative. We know that, in order to accomplish this big vision God has given us, it will take all of us giving our T.E.A.M. (Time, Energy, Attention, Money) effort! As summer is reaching its peak, so many steps have been taken to help make this new vision become reality.
TOOLS FOR GrangerU
We are in the early stages of investing in a tool that is currently being built that will allow us to create GrangerU, an online, interactive platform where we can offer more classes, Bible studies and teaching content. We’re so excited for the ways this tool will allow us to reach and support not just those already in our circles, but those beyond, who don’t yet know they matter to God.
Since focusing on this new vision, we’ve known that life groups must play a critical role in the health and discipleship of our church family. So much so, that we have allocated resources to be able to hire a Life Groups Director. And it is with great enthusiasm that we announce we’ve hired John Kaehr! John comes with a great deal of ministry experience over the past 16 years where he served in many different roles in the church and at Bethel University. He brings a huge passion to see people connected in community and to grow in their relationship with God and each other.
This summer we’ve had several events for young adults in the 19-29 age range. They’ve hung out after the 5 p.m. Saturday services in July and, in August, gathered for a picnic, sports and some community time. Many also took part in Core Class 101 that was just for students and young adults. We love seeing them connect with and support one another in these new environments.
We’re in the process of doing research about how to be present in our community in a new way. Showing up and serving at local events that our community is already doing will help us even more to be the Church outside of our four walls. If you’re interested in being a part of our Community Engagement Launch team that will look to serve and partner with local events and brainstorm ways we can better be involved in our community, email firstname.lastname@example.org. There are some events coming up this fall that we are excited to be a part of!
Additionally, it was an honor to serve both the Michiana community and the family of the late Indiana Congresswoman Jackie Walorski after her tragic passing in August. We are so grateful we were able to provide a safe, sacred space for the Congresswoman’s life to be celebrated throughout the visitation and funeral.
Stay tuned for more updates on how your generosity is rolling out this new vision. We’re so glad you’re on the journey with us.
We had many students and adults pursue God and lift others up through mission trips this summer. Middle schoolers went to Chicago to support local ministries and an adult trip supported the efforts of Praying Pelican Ministries in Florida. That adult team from Granger Community Church (GCC) was then followed by a team of high school students and leaders who were able to continue the impact. We’re looking forward to another Chicago trip this fall for families (with kids kindergarten age and up) in November. You can still get in on the action by applying here.
In August, we launched a 15-week Revelation Bible Study for the Bible Revival part of our initiative. Around 800 people have attended—isn’t that incredible! And we’ve had almost 900 views from session 1 online. We also gifted Bibles for any outgoing 5th graders who wanted them, as part of their Launch Mission Experience, and provided Bibles at Day Camp, as well as middle and high school camps to any student or child who wanted one.
Conceptualization. Design. Planning. Fabrication. Construction. Installation. These things and a whole lot more represent significant phases of our Campus Comeback initiative. Design and development of physical spaces, at the scale we’re envisioning, requires a lot of processing and planning. We’ve begun initial meetings and conversations with nationally-based organizations and design firms about what the refresh and updated look could be for our campus spaces that will help us achieve the Go & Make vision God has given our church. More specifics will be coming soon, but we’re pretty excited about the current direction and the possibilities!
We are so excited to update you on what’s been happening with the Go & Make initiative. In case you missed any of the weekend messages in the series, you can catch up here. As a church, we’ve been so inspired to see the joy and anticipation that has spread as so many have stepped out in faith and made their pledges. Here’s a quick recap and overview of all the action:
Back on April 23-24, we kickstarted the Go & Make initiative by bringing a portion of our pledges for that whole week. And if you remember, thanks to generous donors, anything given during that week was matched, up to $1.4 million. We’re excited to share that during this Kickstart timeframe, we received a total of $1,001,500 and were able to receive a match for that amount!
Recently, we identified that the Sunburst race would be a great event to partner with our community. We had an amazing opportunity to support our neighbors in South Bend and serve during the 2022 Sunburst Marathon as “Hydration Heroes” on June 4! It was a great chance to show God’s love and care for many.
This new vision is just getting started! We’re so glad you’re on the journey with us.
In April, we hosted a young adult interest meeting for those in the 19-29 stage of life, as well as those interested in serving and supporting them. Over 90 people came together to talk about the vision and next steps for young adult ministry. A group of these young adults also came together at #4Michiana to serve the community.
FAMILY MISSION TRIP
In April, we sent 30 people (ages 6-76) on a family mission trip to Chicago to serve with Fox Valley Christian Action, where they did outdoor work, moved office furniture and more!
In taking steps towards providing Bibles for special occasions and milestone moments, we gave 24 Bibles out to our graduating seniors at their Senior Night. We also gave 83 Bibles to those who were getting baptized who requested one.