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WELCOME TO GFC!

Praise God you've found us! Welcome to our website. We are a Christian community where everyone is welcome. You matter to God and to us as well. If you are looking for a church dedicated to obey the Great Commandment and the Great Commission, you are at the right place. We have a celebrative type of worship where we focus our heart's affection and mind's attention to God. We worship Him in Spirit and in truth, with reverence and awe, biblical, and acceptable to Him. We are committed to fully obey the Great Commission--make, mature and multiply disciples and churches unto all the nations. I hope you and your family could visit us in one of our worship celebrations. You may also check out our small group schedule if you desire to grow as a devoted Christ's follower and transform your community. Find one nearest you or do the honors of hosting one at your home.

Looking forward to seeing you soon,
Pastor Armando De La Merced
14 November 2019

Dear GFC Faith Family,

We are not alone as a church in reaching Virginia and the world for our Lord Jesus Christ. During the 2019 SBCV Homecoming where my wife and I attended this week, we celebrated the report that through our partnership with 740 plus churches, last year: $9.4 M were given to the Cooperative program for global missions support, 94 new churches were planted in Virginia, 6,558 were baptized, and people groups are being reached. Glory to God and thanks for your involvement in this endeavor!

Don't miss the final message on our series about the essentials to a healthy lifestyle. I'll preach on FIT TO SERVE: GOD'S POWER TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE (Phil 3:10, 4:13). How do we break out of the mold we are in--poor health, setbacks, and failures? How do we live out and sustain a healthy lifestyle for God's glory? Willpower and knowledge are not enough. We all need God's power to change our lives. The Good News is, He offers His power to us. Let us learn the path to experiencing and appropriating His power for total lifestyle change.

For healthy disciples and churches,
Pastor Arman

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November 19th-- Leadership Team Meeting, 7 pm, Taba's residence.
November 27th-- Thanksgiving Sunday
December 8th-- Christmas at GFC

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06 November

Dear GFC Faith Family,

Let us praise The Most High, whose Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom. He promised us that He works all things together for our good, and for His Kingdom's good (Romans 8:28). What Satan does to harm us, God Almighty is able to turn it to something good. Let us thank God a) for the progress we are seeing in our journey to holistic health, b) for those who served and for others who are still in service to protect our freedoms, and c) for newly elected State officials who will serve with integrity, godly values, and wisdom.

This weekend, I will preach on FIT TO SERVE: ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER (1 Thessalonians 5:11; Hebrews 10:24-25). Healthy people enlist support, help, and encouragement of a loving community of Christ's followers. We need each other for mutual encouragement, edification, and partnership in advancing God's Kingdom. We are not exempted from going through life's battles, discouragements, and tough times. Sometimes we lose hope, vision for God's Kingdom, and passion for God. That's why God commanded us to encourage and build up one another. What kind of a community does God want us to belong? How do we foster a community that is compelling, powerful, and makes God's glory visible? Find out the answers this Lord's Day. 

My hope is in the LORD,

Pastor Arman 

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November 10th to 12th: SBCV Annual Homecoming in Roanoke
November 24th: Thanksgiving Sunday
December 8th: Christmas Musical

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24 October

Dear GFC Faith Family,

Thank God who is awesome in power and in grace for His leading in our 40 Days to Wellness journey which will glorify His Name, transform our spiritual, physical, emotional, intellectual, and relational health, and enable us to become a better witness of His glory. Thank Him too for those who are in our Discipleship Groups committed to follow God's prescription for total wellness. Let us encourage more people to join us in this endeavor.

As Halloween and election are coming up, let us band together with other intercessors to pray and fast for God's mighty hand to move nationwide: a) That righteousness, justice, and truth to prevail, b) for protection and victory over evil forces (occultism, witchcraft) who will cast spells and curses for the current administration and for this country tomorrow, October 25th and on November 1st, c) for spiritual revival and d) for the advance of God's Kingdom.

This weekend, don't miss our third message on this series--FIT TO SERVE: BE DANIEL STRONG (Daniel 1; 1 Cor 6:12-20, 10:31). In this message we will know the man who inspired our journey to wellness--Daniel. He and his friends pursue excellence in spirit, body, and mind for God's glory. They stood out among many, and God used them to make a difference in their generation because they "purposed in his (their) hearts" not to dishonor Him. How do we live true to God and to His Word in a godless, dark, and broken culture? What disciplines do we need to cultivate for achieving excellence in spiritual and physical health? Let us learn the Daniel strong lifestyle together.

To Him alone be glory and praise,
Pastor Arman 

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17 October

Dear GFC Faith Family,

Congratulations for joining us in a 40 day journey to a healthy lifestyle! Together we'll learn how to become healthy spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically for the glory of God. Commit to participate in discipleship groups and never forget our assembling together for worship each week to learn and apply God's prescription for total wellness or shalom

This weekend, I'll preach the Word on, FIT TO SERVE: NOURISH YOUR SOUL (1 Peter 2:1-3; 2 Timothy 3:16-17). God uses His Word in transforming us to become more like our Lord Jesus Christ, and nourishes us to grow strong faith in God. How is this a foundation for total life-change? How do we understand and apply what God is saying through His Word? Do you desire transformation in your spiritual health? Discover how this Lord's Day, and let's bring someone with us.

Shalom,
Pastor Arman


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10 October

Dear GFC Faith Family,

Pray for the launching of our 40 Days of Wellness Campaign this Sunday. Our goal is to encourage and help every member of GFC become healthier physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually, fit for the Master's use and for His glory. This is not a fad or a weight loss program, but a lifestyle change based on the Word of God which leads to transformed: physical health, emotional and mental health, and spiritual health. Let's get on with it together. By God's grace, we will see the difference it brings to our lives in the next 40 days.

This weekend, my message is about, FIT TO SERVE: HONOR GOD WITH YOUR BODY (1 Corinthians 6:12-20). God created your body. He wants your body to be healthy and useful for His purposes such us fulfilling Christ's Great Commission and a lifetime of fruitful Christian service. Our bodies are "The temple of the Holy Spirit." How did it happen, and what's the consequence for it? What does it mean to be fit for the service of God? What healthy habits or disciplines do we need to pursue that leads to that? Find out the answers this Lord's Day. Bring a friend who needs hope and help from God.

Soli Deo gloria,

Pastor Arman 

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Oct 13th -- 40 Days of Wellness Launching, Health Fair after the service, D-Group sign up.
Oct 15th -- Leadership Team Meeting, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, at Suzette's residence.

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03 October

Dear GFC Faith Family,

Praise God for the opportunity to proclaim God's message of hope during the wake for Dan Rimando last Thursday. Thank God for the Collage and Career D-Group for leading the time of worship. Let us prepare our hearts for our Lord's Supper Celebration this weekend by meditating on what Christ has done on the cross for us and by getting right with God and with one another. Next week will be the launching of our 40 Days of Wellness Campaign. Let us pray for God's wisdom and empowerment as we go together in this journey to a healthier life for Him. The key to success in our effort to have an unprecedented spiritual growth and healthier lifestyle is not the materials and methods we are going to use but prayer. Samuel Chadwick said, "There is no power like that of prevailing prayer. It turns ordinary mortals into men of power. It brings power. It brings fire. It brings rain. It brings life. It brings God."

This weekend, don't miss the conclusion of our series on the Beatitudes. I'll preach on SALTS AND LIGHTS (Matthew 5:13-16). The counter-cultural character and lifestyle of a Kingdom citizen is not to be lived out in isolation. We are to live them out as salts and lights in the world to influence it for God's glory. Our Spirit-led lives of genuine discipleship, focused on Christ and obedient to Him, displaying the Gospel light to a dark and perishing world, will advance Christ's Kingdom to the world, and will glorify our heavenly Father. How do we become high-impact disciples whom God can use to influence our generation for Christ? From what should we guard our lives that we may not lose our effectiveness (saltiness) and not dim the full display of the light of Christ? Find out the answers from God's Word this Lord's Day. 

Blessed to be a blessing,
Pastor Arman


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19 September

Dear GFC Faith Family,

Praise God for the Annual See You at the Pole prayer event, the largest prayer meeting in school campuses around the world, that took place last Wednesday, September 25th. The theme this year is about revival based on 2 Chronicles 7:14. Let us join them in praying for revival in our hearts, in churches, in schools, and in the nation. Let us pray for Micah's parents that God will use them to bring the light of Christ in the dark corners of Central Asia. Join us also this Saturday to pray for Vision Virginia.

Don't miss what God is teaching us on the eight Beatitude this weekend, BLESSED ARE THE PERSECUTED (Matthew 5:10-12). True discipleship is about complete devotion to our Lord Jesus Christ whatever the cost (Matthew 10:37-39). We follow Christ through suffering and even in death. Just as Christ was persecuted, so all of us will be (John 15:18-19; 2 Timothy 3:12). Why are Christians the most persecuted people in the world? How do we face persecution? Learn how to stand tall and strong in the face of persecution. 

Blessed beyond compare,

Pastor Arman 

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Opportunities for Growth and Ministry:
1. We encourage you to join our Small Groups. You will grow as an authentic, devoted, multiplying Christ's follower in the context of a loving Christian community. Healthy disciples make up a church that impacts the world for Christ.
2. We love to have you in our Prayer Meeting every Wednesday (7:00pm--Joint prayer with GBC and Hispanic; 7:30pm GFC at Chilton room) and every Saturday at 9am-10am, at room B-117. Our God is worthy to be sought in prayer. He helps us become a praying church with prayer-energized lives and ministries, making breakthroughs in world missions.
3. We would like you to belong to our Church Family. Sign up to our Discover Membership at GFC seminar. Know who we are as a church family, how we make an impact in people's lives, and how you can be a part of it.
4. We would like you to grow in Christ-likeness, strong in the faith, useful and victorious. Sign up to our Discover Spiritual Maturity workshop. Learn our vision to grow Christ-like, obedient, strong and fruitful disciples. Learn a simple pathway to Christian maturity.
5. We would like you to develop a servant heart. Sign up for Finding Your Ministry at GFC workshop. Find the joy of serving the Lord using your God-given abilities and gifts. Discover ministry opportunities where you can serve with effectiveness and impact.
















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