Posts with the category “community”
Loving Our Medical Professionals
April 17th, 2020
PrayThese are the names of real people in our church family who are serving as first responders and medical professionals–several on the frontlines by providing care for COVID-19 patients. Pray for th...
The Night the Rain Came Down: Fall Festival 2019
November 7th, 2019
Tornado watches, pouring rain, plummeting temperatures—not exactly ideal conditions for this year’s Fall Festival, our church’s largest OUTDOOR, outreach event.But we serve a God who works all things ...
An Awesome Responsibility: Families that Love God
October 31st, 2019
By Brandon Cutshall, Kid City DirectorAt Gospel Community Church, we have families of all types who love God and want to make Him known in their homes. Followers of Jesus will parent with discipleship...
Taking a Step Back: Testimonies from the Retreats
October 16th, 2019
From Jennifer:“The Women’s Retreat last weekend focused on Isaiah 30, and one verse that resonated with me was verse 15: “For the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has said: ‘You will be delivered by ...
Why Pastor & Leadership Appreciation Month Matters
September 26th, 2019
Written by Jeff Boyer, CFP, AAMS, GCR ElderOctober, what a great month! Fall weather and all its glories arrive. We start to enjoy sweater weather, pumpkin-spiced EVERYTHING, outdoor fires, apple pick...
College Hill Update: God is Moving!
September 19th, 2019
God is moving at College Hill: this has been the recurring theme since the beginning of our merger process a little over a year ago, and it was the overwhelming takeaway from our block party held last...
First John: From Death to Life
September 5th, 2019
“We know that we have passed from death to life because we love our brothers and sisters.”1 John 3:14From death to life: this is the story of those who have received the good news about Jesus. Every l...
A Holistic Approach to Fasting and Spiritual Disciplines
August 15th, 2019
As a 21st century, American culture, we have become obsessed with food and image. It takes nothing more than a scroll through social media or a walk down the magazine aisle to see that something is as...
July 10th, 2019
Written by Christiana BoyerI love the four seasons of the year because growing up in Houston, Texas, I never really experienced spring and fall…or winter for that matter! I basically just knew hot, fo...
Joining in God's Work: Karen's Story
July 3rd, 2019
This story was shared by Karen Nichols at the College Hill Interest Meeting on Sunday, June 30; we’ve included it here because we appreciate her heart of service and wanted to share her story with eve...
What’s In a Name? Mara’s Story
June 4th, 2019
By Jordan StaffordImagine being so dehydrated after only drinking coffee for three days straight that you change your name to “Dehydrated.” I don’t know about you, but only drinking coffee is 100% som...
On Wives, Wisdom, and Knowledge: Some Thoughts from Solomon
May 29th, 2019
written by Dr. Jim NutterSince late March, our Steadfast class (one of GCR’s Discipleship Communities) has been doing an in depth Bible study of the sayings of Solomon; each week we’ve been reading tw...
Choosing to Love
May 15th, 2019
Written by Juan Dugan, D.Min.There is a true wisdom in the way the Old Testament understood love, particularly when it comes to the topic of marriage. This wisdom and depth stands in stark contrast to...
Remember His Words
May 8th, 2019
Written by Dorian Watson, M.A.“And they remembered his words.” Luke 24:8 ESVOur modern American lives can have us running around at a mind-numbing pace. Constantly jumping from one appointment to the ...
We are Sea Glass
April 24th, 2019
written by Jordan StaffordWe are sea glass. Let me explain.Broken and shattered bottles tossed aside by undesiring hands create the beautiful sea glass found along many shores. With each pounding wave...
The Joy of Knowing
February 14th, 2019
Written by Danika Delello “God is my helper; the Lord is the sustainer of my life.” Psalm 54:4When the Christians that I know go through trials, I hear many of them talk about how they find their comf...
December 17th, 2018
by Fred Volk, Ph.D.In First Corinthians, the Apostle Paul describes what love is when he states unequivocally that no matter what we have gained in our lives in terms of accomplishments and material w...
December 12th, 2018
by Juan Dugan, D.Min. – Worship LeaderJoy is a tricky thing. We often hear it described as happiness or a positive outlook, but for anyone who has ever felt joyous, we know it’s more than that. There ...
December 5th, 2018
by Jennifer Redmond, M.Ed.In the protestant tradition, the focus of Advent is most often on the arrival of Jesus—Emanuel, God with us.But one season, that focus dramatically shifted for me. Five years...
Making Room for Hospitality
November 14th, 2018
by Abby Barr, M.Ed., Director of OperationsGenerally speaking, my husband and I are not shy people. In fact, I’m convinced that Ryan knows over half the population of Lynchburg by name, and likewise, ...
Meet the Worship and Communications Team
October 23rd, 2018
by Jennifer Redmond, M.Ed., Communications TeamAs someone who volunteers with the teams spotlighted this week, I can tell you firsthand—they are a lot of fun. (One of these leaders even plays on a sem...
Meet the Teaching and Outreach Team
October 10th, 2018
by Jennifer Redmond, M.Ed., Communications TeamDid you know this December marks 10 years since Pastor Andrew and his wife Samantha started serving at GCR? So much has happened over those years, all of...
Why Pastor and Leadership Appreciation Month Matters
September 26th, 2018
by Jeff Boyer, CFP, AAMS, GCR ElderOctober, what a great month! Fall weather and all its glories arrive. We start to enjoy sweater weather, pumpkin-spiced EVERYTHING, outdoor fires, apple picking, Maj...
God Prepares His People
September 19th, 2018
by Juan Dugan, D.Min. – Worship LeaderWhat if I told you that you’ve completely misunderstood the story of David and Goliath? If you read through I Samuel 17, it appears to be the story of a young boy...
September 12th, 2018
by Christi-Anna BoyerRecently, a group of 55 women from Gospel Community Rivermont went on a weekend retreat in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. While no one knew exactly what God was going to d...
Welcome a New Season
August 28th, 2018
by Andrew Moroz, D.Min., Teaching and Outreach PastorFor some, the end of August marks a conclusion (end of Summer, end of break, end of vacation season). For others, the end of August marks the begin...
The Strength Paradox
August 22nd, 2018
by Abby Barr, M.Ed.All of us have areas of our lives where we excel. We are called into roles in which our gifts shine and our weaknesses are minimized. If you’re anything like me, you love spending t...
Ministry of the Puzzle
August 15th, 2018
by Dorian Watson, M.A.My dad loves jigsaw puzzles, especially ones with 1,000 or more pieces. He recently bought several for us to put together as a family. As we worked on them, I noticed that more t...
We are More than the Sum of Our Failures
July 25th, 2018
by Juan Dugan, D.Min. – Worship LeaderSometimes we make mistakes. There are the small mistakes, like being late for a meeting or missing a typo in a blog post. These can be embarrassing but aren’t a b...
July 18th, 2018
by Tyler Cash, Outreach MinisterRelationships are funny sometimes. When I think about the circumstances that led Sasha (my wife) and I together, I can’t help but laugh. Never in a million years would ...
Who are Your People?
July 11th, 2018
by Christi-Anna Boyer, Women’s Ministry CoordinatorWho was your first childhood friend? What made that person your friend? Maybe it was the good times you had together, or risks you took together, or ...
Our Unstoppable God Does Impossible Things
June 7th, 2018
by Dorian Watson, Financial Assistant“I’m just one hundred and one, five months and a day.”“I can’t believe that!” said Alice.“Can’t you?” the Queen said in a pitying tone. “Try again: draw a long bre...
Serving Your Community
May 23rd, 2018
by Spenser Foley, Director of Hospitality and ConnectionsMy name is Spenser Foley, and I am the new Director of Hospitality and Connections. I am the tall handsome gentleman that may you have seen wa...
Summer at GCC
May 17th, 2018
by Andrew Moroz, Teaching and Outreach PastorSummer technically doesn’t officially start until late June; but, at Gospel Community Church Rivermont, at the end of May, we transition from one season to...