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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
21 February 2019

Dear GFC Faith Family,

To God be the glory for the things He has done, for the things He is doing, and for the things He will do in us and through us! Brethren, this is our supreme vision, our highest motivation, and our noblest goal. It is indeed the divine truth that governs all our thoughts, words, and actions. How are we living for His glory so far?

What's up this Lord's Day? Why missing out our assembling together for worship and edification this weekend is not a good idea? It's because God has a message for us that will align our lives to His glory. I'll preach on GLORIFYING GOD ABOVE ALL (Psalm 115). The Psalmist prays and sings, "Not to us, Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory," to disclaim glory to anyone or to anything. Why is it that God alone is worthy of glory in every: blessing, victory, and success? How do we live for His glory in a selfie-mode culture? Find out four ways you can do so.
   

Soli Deo gloria,
Pastor Arman 

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15 February

Dear GFC Faith Family,

Why is Valentine's Day such a popular holiday? Could it be that people are hungry for true love? If it is true, then as Christians, this day or this month provides us a great opportunity to honor God by being a witness to His perfect and unconditional agape love. Let us then love God, who first loved us, with all we've got, and love others like God loves them in words and deeds.

This weekend, let us not neglect the assembling of ourselves to worship our God who loves us with an everlasting love. Let us come together to be ministered unto by God's Word that builds us up, fire us up, and lift us up. I will preach on GLORIFYING GOD THROUGH CHRISTIAN SERVICE (1 Peter 4:7-11). In the light of eternity future, we are to band together in loving service to God for His glory. Though this text refers to the demands of discipleship, and shows us the vital signs that the church is alive and healthy under the Lordship of Christ, it calls us to be God's servants. How do we serve the LORD in such a way that glorifies Him? What happens to a church if everyone is passionately serving the Lord in the power of the Holy Spirit and whose motivation and goal is God's glory?

I love you all with the love of Christ,
Pastor Arman 

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07 February

Dear GFC Faith Family,

Our God almighty indeed has done and is doing great and mighty things in answer to our prayers. Prayer is one of His appointed means to display His unfading glory. Because of our concern with that glory manifesting in and through our church family, we devote ourselves to personal and corporate prayers.

How else could we glorify God? Answer: through our bodies. That's why, this weekend, I will talk about GLORIFYING GOD THROUGH YOUR BODY (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Many professing Christians think, "If I can devote to God part of myself, part of my time, and part of my possessions, that would be enough." They need to understand that Christ has bought each one of us completely, and not partly--body, soul, and spirit. Therefore, we are forever and completely HIS! The life once used for the devil's purposes are now to be used to glorify God with it. This includes every part of our bodies and everything that goes with it: talents, abilities, energies and potentials. In this message, you will learn what it means to glorify God, and three practical ways you can glorify God with your body.

For Him who gave His all,
Pastor Arman 

Opportunities:
Feb 10th, Sunday: Lord's Supper Celebration.
Feb 12th, Tuesday, 10 am to 1:30 pm, at Occoquan Bible Church: Reaching Communities Through Disciple Making

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03 February

Dear GFC Faith Family,

Let us celebrate God's goodness this Lord's Day! We've been in prayers for the mission trip in Ifugao and the Ed Johnson Ministries evangelistic campaigns in Iloilo, in La Carlota and in Antipolo. Thank God for hundreds of people who came to faith in Christ. Thank God for answered prayers regarding my angioplasty surgery last Thursday. I got home the next day ready to serve and preach this weekend.

This weekend, I will talk about the importance of prayer and how to pray effectively. My message is about, WE GLORIFY GOD IN PRAYER (John 14:12-14). To prepare the disciples for world missions, the Lord instructed them about the power of prayer as He did since the beginning of His ministry. He showed to them that prayer is essential not only in following His teachings and His examples, but also in glorifying God. The glories of His power, wisdom, and goodness shine in answer to the prayers of His people. However, churches today are experiencing decline and powerlessness due to lack of prayers. How could that change? How do we pray prayers that glorify God!

With you in building a praying church,
Pastor Arman 


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23 January

Dear GFC Faith Family,

We rejoice for God's answer to our prayers: Dan Rimando's cancer remission and Brother Alvin's last chemo. Let us keep praying 1) for the Posts and the Boozes who are on a mission trip to the Philippines, 2) for each of us to align our lives with God's glory by engaging in daily devotions, corporate worship and prayers, and by making and multiplying disciples among the nations, and 3) for my second stent placement procedure at Sentara on January 28th.

This weekend, I'm excited to preach on GLORIFYING GOD IN WORSHIP (Matthew 28:16-20; Hebrews 10:19-25). In this message, we will learn about the priority and the pattern of true worship. How do we evaluate our week by week gathering for worship and community? Do we experience the Holy Spirit's transforming and Christ-exalting presence as we engage in worship together? Why is real worship essential for our relationship with God and for building healthy disciples and churches? 

Worshiping God with you,
Pastor Arman

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18 January

Dear GFC Faith Family,

How does it feel missing our gathering for worship and community last Lord's Day? We all missed each other 
because God designed His church to be a worshiping church, and He called us to "worship (Him) the LORD in the splendor of His holiness" (Ps 96:9). This Lord's Day, let us pray that we could worship the Lord together without any hindrances.

Let us prepare our hearts for our Lord's Supper Celebration this weekend by reflecting on the glory of Christ as displayed at the cross. My message is about "We Glorify God in Missions." Our hearts' desire is to fill the whole earth with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea" (Habakkuk 2:14). We commit ourselves to make disciples unto all the nations because we are compelled by worship. Why is true worship the starting point of global missions? How do we glorify God in reaching the lost in our community and beyond? 

'Til everyone hears,
Pastor Arman


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10 January

Dear GFC Faith Family,

All glory be to our God who is relentlessly working in and through us for His Kingdom's good, for our good, and for His glory! During our 19th Anniversary Celebration last weekend, He filled us with love for one another and a sense of unity and hope as He rally us behind our 2019 theme: We Glorify God in All things (Romans 11:36). Let's get up and get on with our supreme vision of building a church that glorifies Him in all things: in worship, in global missions, in service, in holiness, in wellness, and in stewardship. 

This whole month of January, we will hear messages that will reinforce our desire to be filled with the knowledge of His glory and to display that glory to the ends of the earth. This Lord's Day, I'll talk about, WE GLORIFY GOD IN MISSIONS (1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Matthew 28:16-20). What is the explanation behind our zeal for making disciples and churches unto all the nations? Why is the glory of God paramount to missions': vision, driving-force, and methods? How will these truths propel you and your church family in living a missional life for His glory? 

Soli Deo gloria,
Pastor Arman 

***January 13th: Lord's Supper Celebration

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02 January

Dear GFC Faith Family,

May God bless you all with a truly happy new year! To be happy in the biblical sense is to be blessed with joy unspeakable and full of glory as a result of intimacy with God (Ps 16:11), obedience to His Word (Rev 1:3), and answered prayers (Jn 16:24). The Lord of Time, has ushered us into the new year assuring us of His promises and empowering presence. Let us trust God for the best year ever together.

This weekend, we are celebrating the 19th year of God's faithfulness and goodness to GFC. Since its humble beginnings in year 2000, He is incessantly working in and through us for our good, for His Kingdom's good, and for His glory. He desires in us a glorious church filled with the knowledge of His glory and reflecting that glory to our community and to the world. Thus, our theme is, WE GLORIFY GOD IN ALL THINGS (Romans 11:36). God's glory filling the whole earth is our supreme vision and our noblest passion. As we celebrate our 19th anniversary this Lord's Day through a simple yet God's glory-displaying worship celebration, let us commit our time and energies to glorifying God in all things: worship, prayer, missions, service, wellness, and stewardship.  

To Him be all the glory,
Pastor Arman 

***January 6th, 2019: GFC Anniversary Celebration; Worship at 11:45 am; Lunch Fellowship at 1:30 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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