Sights from the 2014 SGC Midwest Regional Women’s Conference

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Right now over 100 women from the midwest Sovereign Grace Churches are growing from Fear to Faith through the grace of God at work in the teaching of Lydia Brownback.

Enjoy some of the sights of the conference and thank God with us for his grace to the women of our family of churches. May the Lord continue to bless this conference and show the surpassing worth of Jesus in all things!

In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
(1 Peter 1:6-9, ESV)

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A Note of Thanks From Amnion

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Amnion Crisis Pregnancy Center wishes to thank Sovereign Grace Church for participating in the Baby Bottles for Life Campaign.

Sovereign Grace Church raised $1,734.22 in baby bottle donations!

The combined total of the twenty-two participating churches raised over $20,000 to help Amnion CPC to continue to share the glorious gospel message and help moms crisis to choose life for their babies.  God’s richest blessings.

In Our Creator-Redeemer’s Matchless Name,

Janis Lamont,
Executive Director
Amnion

Coming Soon – Christianity Explored

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“You will never set eyes upon someone who does not matter to God, who does not warrant an all-out search, and for whom the whole of heaven would not rejoice if he or she were to bow down and confess Christ as Lord.” – Rico Tice, Evangelist

How’s your evangelistic lifestyle? If you’re anything like me it’s admittedly improvable… at best.

Lack of personal evangelism is sometimes frustrating because it’s viewed as a duty detached from delight. Only because of Christ’s saving grace can we actually live  joyfully evangelistic. Titus 3:5-8 often re-kindles these affections for God in declaring, “He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. Evangelism is one way we get to manifest our joy in God’s saving grace, knowing that Christ came for people  just like we used to be- lost sinners.

An amazing resource for proclaiming the gospel is the Christianity Explored course. It provides unbelievers an opportunity to come as they are and bring whatever questions they may have without any expectations upon them. Whether an atheist or someone curious about Christianity, they’re welcomed to attend. The seven week course provides answers to one of life’s biggest questions, “What is life all about?” By reading through the book of Mark, non-believers will be provided an opportunity to explore who Jesus is and why He matters.

Topics covered include:

  • Who is Jesus?

  • Why did Jesus come?

  • Why did Jesus die?

  • Why did Jesus rise?

  • How can God accept us?

  • What does it all mean for me?

As the saints of Sovereign Grace, would you pray and consider who the Lord would have you invite to Christianity Explored? Also, consider partnering in this ministry as a group leader. Amazing opportunities are available to see God work in mysterious ways for His glory by drawing lost sheep into His fold.

The course begins April 7. More details here.

Ryan Fleck,
Pastoral Intern

Third Saturday Event: Garage NO Sale

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Third Saturdays

With this frigid weather looming over us it’s hard to believe spring is just around the corner!  Spring cleaning is just a couple months away and we would like you to consider donating your very gently used, unwanted items to the Garage NO Sale hosted by Sovereign Grace Church!

Sovereign Grace Church will be opening its arms and doors on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at the church office to provide for those in need in the Burnsville area by giving them the opportunity to come and pick from among hundreds of gently used clothing items, household goods, toys, baby items, and small appliances and at no cost.

Items are donated by YOU Sovereign Grace Church attendees and members.  Keep those unwanted items until June for Sovereign Grace Church’s Garage NO Sale!

Stay tuned for further announcements as the time gets closer! Contact Erica Danielson with any questions.

A Call For Women’s Conference Volunteers

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In a little less than two weeks Sovereign Grace Church will have the privilege of hosting our first regional conference for the women of the Midwest Sovereign Grace Churches.

We are in need of some volunteers to help with pre-conference preparations, set up, and take down.  If you would be willing to help meet our needs in this area, please contact Stacey Fritz in the church office (sfritz@sovgracemn.org).

Help With Conference Preparations

On Tuesday, March 11, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00p.m. we need volunteers at the church office to help with preparing gift bags, name badges, conference booklets, etc.

Help With Transportation/Setup

Manly men, we need your help here. We need to transport a small apartments worth of audio/video and stage gear from Oak Grove to the Bloomington Hilton.

  • We are in need of an individual with a pickup truck or cargo van to help us transport items to and from Oak Grove Middle School to the hotel.
  • We need 2 set up volunteers to serve on Friday, March 14 from  2:00 p.m. – 5:00p.m.
  • We need 2 take down volunteers to serve on Saturday, March 15 from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Help With Welcome/Registration

On Friday, March 14 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. we need two volunteers to host the conference registration table.

Help With The Conference Bookstore

On Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15 we need two volunteers to host the conference bookstore in shifts 15 minutes before and after each session.

Contact Stacey Fritz in the church office (sfritz@sovgracemn.org) to volunteer.

Corporate Prayer and Fast: Week 5

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Delight In God to Display and Declare His Glory
Six Weeks of Prayer and Fasting

Monday, February 17 – Sunday, February 23

Download the entire six week prayer and fasting plan here.

This Week We Pray For:

Additional elders and deacons to equip and serve the saints of SGC.

This Week’s Scripture(s):

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherd sand teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children,tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.(Ephesians 4:11-14, ESV)

The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable,hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.

Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus. 
(1 Timothy 3:1-13, ESV)

Meditate and Think On

Elders and Deacons are given as a gift to the church to help equip and serve the saints in ministry. Gospel converts will need expanded discipleship and care.

Pray For:

  • Pray for additional men of character with a servants heart to lead and teach the saints.
  • Pray for additional men of character with a passion to serve the saints.
  • Pray for specifically for more small group leaders.

Join Together With the Body:

  • In fasting after dinner tonight until dinner tomorrow.
  • For prayer on Tuesday morning at the church office from 7:00-8:00am.

Bolivia Ministry Team Construction Offering

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Bolivia Orphan MinistryThis Sunday we will be taking an offering to support the ministry team headed to Casa De Esperanza this March. All funds collected will help to cover construction materials for needed projects around the orphanage. Due to serious flooding from constant rain this month, the needs for repair and restoration around the orphanage and town are great.

Please consider giving by check this coming Sunday by designating “Bolivia” in the memo line or give online through Realm by designating your gift to the CDE Bolivia Orphanage Fund.