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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
July 29, 2021

Dear GFC Family,

Where is God during these times of disruptions, diseases, and deaths? He is actively present giving hope to the hopeless, rescuing, restoring, and renewing the lost and broken people, ultimately ending all evils and miseries and establishing His Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. He is sending His redeemed people to join Him in this amazing mission through His power, and for His glory! 

Thanks for helping us improve the health of our evangelistic focus by filling up the Mobilize to Evangelize Assessment Questionnaire. Please turn them in on or before August 8th, 2021.

 
This weekend, I will preach the Word regarding -- HOW TO SHARE THE GOSPEL part 2 (Matthew 3:1-12). What kind of Gospel preaching and teaching does God use to awaken sinners and raise them to spiritual life? How do we apply those principles in evangelizing our family, friends, and acquaintances? Together, let us learn how to become a more effective witness to others.


In His harvest,
Pastor Arman

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July 08

Dear GFC Family,

We worship the Only True and Living God who is incomprehensibly and infinitely greater than all in His excellency, perfections, and majesty. Moses declared, "Who is like you, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders" (Exodus 15:11). There's absolutely none like our God. Let us then, walk worthy of our solitary, matchless, unique God, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of Him (Colossians 1:10).

This weekend, I will talk about THE GLORIOUS GOSPEL (1 Timothy 1:11-15). We are Great Commission people. We "go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel" (Mark 16:15), because our Lord Jesus Christ told us so. We spread the Gospel to our family and friends, because we obey Christ's urgent command to "Follow Me (Him) and I will make you fishers of men" (Matthew 4:19). What is the Gospel? Why is it called the glorious Gospel? What would it take to make you and I effective in sharing the Gospel? May God use this message to reignite our passion for sharing the Gospel of our blessed God, by His power, and for His glory!


How beautiful are the feet of those who bring Good News,

Pastor Arman


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July 01

Dear GFC Family,

Happy 4th of July! As we celebrate America's 245th Birthday as a nation this Sunday, let us come together for worshipping God who sent His Son to fight and win our spiritual freedom at the cross. He set us free from the bondage of sin, Satan's tyranny, and all other things that enslave us. We are no longer slaves, but sons and daughters of God Almighty!

This Lord's Day, I will speak about THE GREATEST FREEDOM (2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5-6). What is the meaning of true freedom? Why is this freedom infinitely greater than all other freedoms? How do we live and enjoy true freedom? Let us prepare our hearts to worship, celebrate the Lord's Supper, and hear the Spirit of God speak to us through His Word.

No longer a slave but a child of the King,

Pastor Arman



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June 24th

Dear GFC Family, 

Greetings in the Name of Yahweh Tsebaoth -- the LORD of Hosts! Our God is the Sovereign Ruler of His armies, angelic and human. In His Name, David conquered Goliath, Moses' army overwhelmed powerful and more numerous armies, and we, the Church, shall advance the Kingdom of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Through His Name, we are more than conquerors!

Beloved, it's time to restore the habit of assembling ourselves in person for worship, prayer, encouragement, edification, and fellowship. True believers are known for how they treat the LORD's Day. Join us this Sunday, June 27th, at 11:30 am. Though wearing mask is now optional for 70% of you who received your vaccines, anybody is welcome to continue wearing them for safety. I'm proud of you for staying faithful to God in this hard times. By God's grace, the worst part is over. I can't wait to see you again this weekend! For you who need stay home, livestreaming of our worship will be available.

Don't miss the conclusion of our series this weekend on God's Amazing Grace. I'll preach the Word on -- THE GRACE THAT SURPASSES SUFFERINGS (2 Corinthians 12:7-10; 1 Peter 5:8-11). Job says, "Man, who is born of woman, is short-lived and full of turmoil" (Job 14:1). That means, we all struggle from pain, sufferings, and troubles. However, for Christians, there's a rose of God's sufficient grace for every thorn of trouble we face in life. God in Christ suffered for us to deliver us and sustain us in our deepest pain and in our severest trial. Unique to Christian faith is the hope that Christ will ultimately end all sufferings in this world forever. How do we respond to sufferings and pain for the cause of Christ? Why would a good God allow sufferings for His faithful children? Is Christ's grace really sufficient for us in those times? Find answers from God's fully inspired, absolutely authoritative, and thoroughly trustworthy Word.

Captivated by God's amazing grace, 

Pastor Arman


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June 18

Dear GFC Family,

God has proven Himself faithful to our SBC Great Commission family of churches! In the recent annual meeting where we participated this week, praise reports were shared on the amazing things God is doing through our partnership in global missions. Despite the pandemic, we sent over 500 new missionaries to the unreached peoples, planted thousands of churches, and enrollment in our six seminaries increased. A five year Strategic Vision was approved to rally every church to pray fervently and reach the nations in North America and beyond.

Join us this Sunday, June 20th, at 11:30 am to 2:00 pm for Worship and for honoring our fathers. I think its time to crawl back to our Church gatherings as restrictions are being lifted up and cases of virus infection dropped significantly. By God's grace, no one ever got COVID by attending our in person worship so far!

This weekend, I will talk about -- PARENTING BY GRACE (Matthew 6:9; Luke 15:11-24). Christian families are struggling in raising godly families in a culture hostile to Christian values. More and more young people are leaving home and leaving the church. What biblical strategies could parents use to raise children in the ways and in the knowledge of God? Of the different styles of parenting, parenting by grace is the most effective! What is it and how does it look like? Learn grace lessons on parenting this Lord's Day from a familiar story of the Father of the Prodigal Son.


Captured by God's amazing grace,

Pastor Arman 

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June 11, 2021

Dear GFC Family,

The most comforting compound Name of God revealed to us in the Scripture is Yahweh Shammah which means "The LORD is there" (Ezekiel 48:35). He assures us of His awesome presence in every situation. He will lead, guide, provide and protect us until His work in and through us is complete. Therefore, in times of need and challenges (Hebrews 13:5), and as we obey the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20), let us trust Him!

Please pray for me, Leila, and Joanna this weekend until Thursday as we join the SBC family in the Sending Celebration of new missionaries we support, and in taking part at the Annual SBC Meeting in Nashville. Thank God for Pastor Victor Donado who will preach the Word for me this weekend. 

It was a heart-warming experience to see many of you last Sunday at our in person Worship Celebration. Let's pray that more of our brethren who are missing this privilege could also come. Livestreaming of our Service will be provided for those at home through facebook at 11:30 am. 


Grace and peace,

Pastor Arman 


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Mat 27

Dear GFC Family,

Celebrating Memorial Day takes on new meaning for Christ's disciples. As we remember heroes, alive or dead, we remember Christ who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our spiritual freedom. We remember the righteous who have been martyred for their faith and others simply for loving Jesus, "the memory of the righteous is blessed" (Pro 10:7). We remember to pray for our precious persecuted brethren to remain faithful to Christ, and also for God's comfort and peace to those who are suffering and sorrowing (Isa 66:12).

This weekend, I will talk about the second type of grace -- sanctifying grace. Let us discover -- THE PATHWAY TO GROWING IN GRACE (2 Peter 3:18, Titus 2:11-15, 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12). The only way to grow in increasing holiness, righteousness, and Christlikeness is through the grace of God. How does it work in marriages, discipleship, overcoming life's storms, and in raising Church's quality to its highest level? How does a grace-filled church community looks like? Find answers and invite someone who might need to experience God's amazing grace this Lord's Day [In person on May 29th, Saturday at 11:00 am, at the Fellowship Hall, and/or on facebook, Sunday, May 30th, starting at 11:00 am].

Grace still amazes me,

Pastor Arman 

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May 20

Dear GFC Family,

Where do we go to find hope, strength and stability in the most challenging situation and in the darkest times of our lives? Peter points us to its sure source-- the God of all grace! (1 Peter 5:10). He is able to perfect what is lacking in your faith, establish you in hope and encouragement, and give you a firm foundation to withstand the storms of life. Therefore, cast all your anxieties and all your cares upon Him, resist the devil, and be steadfast in the faith (1 Peter 5:7-9).

This weekend, I will talk about the grace of God -- The Wonder of God's Saving Grace (Ephesians 1:4-8, 2:8-10). Some of us who've been a Christian for many years do not have a clear understanding of the grace of God: its biblical meaning, its life-changing power, and its captivating influence in all aspects of our lives. Let us be amazed by God's redeeming grace for the most wicked, hopeless, and unworthy rebels and sinners such as us. 


By grace I am saved, I live, and I stand firm,

Pastor Arman 

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Worship Times:
In-Person -- Saturdays @ 11 am, at the Fellowship Hall.
Virtual -- Sundays starting @ 11 am on facebook.

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May 13

Dear GFC Family,

Let us keep our priorities straight in these times of uncertainty and disruption: intimacy and obedience to Christ, moving forward in Hope, loving Relationships, adapting to changes through Innovation, faithful Service to the hopeless and the helpless, unwavering Trust in God's sovereignty.

In these challenging days, we are to meet more frequently not less frequently (Hebrews 10:19-25). To live courageously, we need to stay connected. Join us this weekend for a safe and meaningful in person worship this Saturday, May 15th at 11:00 am at the Fellowship Hall, and/or this Sunday, May 16th starting at 11:00 am for our virtual worship on facebook.

This weekend, we'll learn about HOW TO DEFEAT APOSTASY (Jude 1:1-25). There's a disturbing trend of apostasy, a falling away from the faith and from following Christ, in American culture. The best antidote to it is to persevere in building your most holy faith. We are also called to contend for the faith once delivered unto the saints. What does it mean? How do we discern false teachers and nominal Christians in the church and win them for Christ? What is God's powerful promise and provision to believers in the days of apostasy? 


In His grip and grace,

Pastor Arman 

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May 05

Dear GFC Family,

Join us in prayer tomorrow, May 6th, a Thursday, at 7:00 pm on jitsi meet. It's the National Day of Prayer! You may also join scheduled prayer times for the nation throughout the day.

Plan your Mother's Day Celebration by setting aside time for worshipping the Lord with us this weekend: Saturday, 11:00 am, at the Fellowship Hall for our in person worship, and/or Sunday, starting at 11:00 am on facebook for our online gathering.

My Mother's Day message this weekend is, HANNAH: THE POWER OF A PRAYING MOTHER (1 Samuel 1-2). It is tough to be a mom in a culture of moral and spiritual degradation. Through prevailing prayer, God turned Hannah's barrenness into a blessing, and her sadness into gladness. She became the mother of Samuel and five more children. Let us, whether you have children or nor, single or married, learn from Hannah how to take refuge in God in times of sorrow and pain. See also the importance of dedicating your children to the Lord, if God grants, knowing that there's no greater purpose and honor, than to have your children give their lives in dedicated service for the Lord.

Exulting the Lord with you,

Pastor Arman 

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April 29

Dear GFC Family,

Praise God, our Great Provider, for faithfully sustaining us in uncertain times. He has provided yesterday, and He will provide today and tomorrow: forgiveness and deliverance from sin, oil of joy for the ashes of sorrow, guidance in the path of His will, and supplies for our needs in life and ministry.

Let us prepare our hearts for worship and Lord's Supper Celebration this weekend. Feel free to join us in person for worship, fellowship, and edification this Saturday at 11:00 am at the Fellowship Hall. Those of you who are not ready yet for that could join us online on facebook starting at 11:00 am this Sunday.

This weekend, I will speak about THE GREAT SEPARATION (Matthew 3:1-12). The message of the man considered by the Lord Jesus as the greatest prophet is about repentance, for time is coming when Christ will separate the unsaved sinners from the true believers and from the presence of God forever. What is true repentance? What will happen to unrepentant sinners at the Day of Judgment? How will you ensure that you and your loved ones are prepared for that Day?


Firmly planted by the streams of grace,

Pastor Arman 

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April 16

Dear GFC Family,

Praise God for His blessings to the righteous -- those who delight, meditate, and obey God's Word! He replanted us from the desert of the world to His paradise flowing with streams of grace. He is the Giver of strength, stability, fruitfulness, and soul prosperity. Brethren, this metaphor of a fruitful tree, presents to us a discipleship trilogy: Firmly Planted, Growing Up, and Bearing Fruit. In the next two or three months, I invite you to learn and apply God's instructions on discipleship through our message series and through our Discipleship Groups.

Looking forward once again to seeing you at our in person worship this Saturday, April 17th, at 11:00 am, at the Fellowship Hall. Those who are providentially hindered are welcome to join us online, this Sunday at 11:00 am on youtube. Pray for our return to Sunday Worship Celebration (in person, and livestreaming online). We'll let you know when is the appropriate time for that.

This weekend, I will talk about --THE GREAT TRANSFORMATION (John 3:1-8,16; 2 Corinthians 5:17, Titus 3:5). The person described in Psalm 1 as joyful to the highest degree and fully favored by God forever is a true believer transformed by God. He is "Born Again" into God's family through the miracle of the new birth. Let us learn what Christ means when He says "You must be born again" (John 3:7). Why is it extremely crucial to know that you know that you are born-again? What are the marks of a true Christian? Christ's urgent invitation to those who don't know what it means to be a true Christian and those who claims to be one but no evidence of his profession is visible in his life, the uncertain, is to turn to Him by faith before it's too late.

Because of Calvary,

Pastor Arman 


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April 08

Dear GFC Family,

Thanks for joining me in learning the Marks of a Healthy Church in Hebrews 13th. How's our healthy church challenge going? I'm glad to tell you, that we are not going back to normal. We are moving forward towards a better, stronger, and healthier future! By His grace and power, we will reset and rebuild.

Looking forward to worshipping the Lord with you this weekend. Our in person worship will be at the Main Sanctuary (Building A), this Saturday at 11:00 am. Join us as well in our virtual worship, this Sunday, starting at 11:00 am, on youtube

This weekend, I will share with you God's wisdom for living -- HOW GOD BLESSES THE RIGHTEOUS (Psalm 1:1-6). Mankind relentlessly pursues the path to happiness. God shows us where and how to find happiness which is off the charts, beyond degree, in this life and forever. Such life is not a pipe dream or a pie in the sky. It is not just a psychological experience, but an absolute reality given by God as a gift of His grace to righteous people. Who is this blessed man or woman? What does he overcome? What does he delight in? How is he blessed? What will be his destiny? Find out this Lord's Day and invite someone with you. 


Keep living for JESUS,

Pastor Arman 

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April 01

Dear GFC Family,

Looking forward to seeing you in person this Saturday at 11:00 am for our Worship Celebration and Lord's Supper. On Sunday, join us online for Worship starting at 11:00 am on youtube, and Easter Family Fellowship at 12:15 pm. Here's your link to the fellowship: GFC Easter Fellowship Time: Apr 4, 2021 12:15 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada). Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82670378231?pwd=RDhkc1k5QWxpM2U0QnBXK25BMVp0dz09 (Meeting ID: 826 7037 8231; Passcode: 321).


This weekend, I will talk about GLORIOUS TRUTHS IN CHRIST'S RESURRECTION (selected scriptures). Considering the world we live in now, highlights the significance of Christ's resurrection both in this life and in eternity future. It is an unassailable fact which surely provides living hope beyond the grave, and power that changes lives and overcomes despair, doubts, fears, and uncertainties. How do we point people to receive such hope and experience its power? 


Adoring our Risen Lord,

Pastor Arman 


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March 25

Dear GFC Family,

How are you doing? Whatever you are going through, "be thankful to God for all things" (Ephesians 5:20). Our God is in sovereign control of all things. For that, you can trust Him to cause all things for your good. He also empowers you to give thanks and sing praises through His Holy Spirit. What are you thankful to God for in this world of major disruption?

This weekend, we'll reflect upon the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. I'll preach the Word on GLORY ONLY IN THE CROSS (Galatians 6:11-18). One of the distinguishing mark of true believers is they glory in nothing but the cross of Christ. They are passionate in proclaiming the message of the cross with joy. It is a proof that they belong to Christ and they are growing in their faith. What does it mean to glory in the cross? Why do we glory in the cross? What will be its effect when it is our daily passion? Find out this Lord's Day and worship with us (Saturday at 11:00 am in person, Sunday starting at 11:00 am on youtube). 


Grateful to God for serving Him with you,
Pastor Arman 

March 27th, 1:00 pm: Sister Vicky Bueno's Death Anniversary Memorial Gathering.
April 4th, 12:15 pm: GFC Online Easter Family Fellowship 9link to be sent.
Note: God bless you for giving unto the Lord this month (2nd Wk $2,220, 3rd Wk $ 2,660, and 4th Wk $2,592)!

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March 19

Dear GFC Family,

Greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ who is the Giver of Rest (Matthew 11:28-30). Let us then "encourage one another daily" (Heb 3:13) to surrender to Him our anxieties and worries, to come boldly to the throne of grace (Heb 4:16), and to fix our eyes on Him (Heb 12:2) that we may endure trials and press on in serving Him though assailed by discouragements and difficulties. 

This weekend, we'll talk about the 7th characteristic of a Healthy Church -- A FULLY ENGAGED CHURCH (Heb 13:13, 20-25). When each member of a church does his or her part in maintaining and sustaining high impact ministries, it experiences healthy growth. When ministries are done by a few, it suffers from ministry dilution and energy depletion. Christ wants His church to be fully committed, fully equipped, and fully engaged in worship, prayer, ministry, and missions. How could that happen to GFC? Find out this Lord's Day.


For healthier and more churches,

Pastor Arman 

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March 20 at 11:00 am: COVID Safe In Person Worship at the Fellowship Hall (Please RSVP at 5712324152).
March 21 starting at 11:00 am: Online Worship on youtube.
April 3 & 4: Resurrection Weekend Worship; Get Together Fellowship Online on the 4th, Sunday, at 12:15 pm.

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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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