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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
27 June 2019

Dear GFC Faith Family,

Our most important life question is, "Who is God? What kind of a God is He?" We get truthful answers from God's self-revelation to us through nature, through His Word, and through His Son. What have we been learning so far about Him? Does it affect the way we live, and does it change our character? Does your increasing knowledge of who He is increases your heart's devotion to Him, and life's dedication to obey His will and follow His ways for His glory?

This weekend, we'll have another opportunity to know God more and experience His grace daily. I'll preach the Word regarding, THE GOD WHO IS ALL-KNOWING AND ALL-WISE (Psalm 139:1-4; Romans 11:33-36). Be amazed by God's wisdom and knowledge exhibited through creation, providence, and redemption. How does our acknowledgement of God's omniscience and infinite wisdom affect the way we live, worship and pray, deal with sufferings and challenges, and make decisions? What are the requirements to get wisdom from God? Learn more about this message this Lord's Day, and let's not forget to invite or bring someone who might need this message.


Soli Deo gloria,
Pastor Arman 

* June 29th, Saturday, B-117: Prayer Meeting at 9:00 am, Evaluation Meeting at 10:15 am.


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21 June

Dear GFC Faith Family,

Thanks be to God for our young people whom He used last weekend in leading us to worship. By His grace, they did a wonderful ministry that blessed us all. What a great joy to see how God is developing our men and boys into men of God useful to Him at home, in the community and in advancing His Kingdom to the world in partnership with girls and women of God who are equally valuable in the sight of God and in His Kingdom work.

This weekend, we'll hear God's message on THE GOD OF JUSTICE (Psalm 146; Micah 6:8). We worship God who is Just, the Justifier of the ungodly, and the Judge who faithfully brings ultimate justice for all. Justice is not just about punishing those who violated His Law and rewarding the righteous. It is also about caring for the oppressed, the poor the hungry, the widows and the orphans, the immigrants, and the weak. We are not only to understand this important attribute of God and be moved to praise Him, but also to reflect His justice to the world by becoming gracious agents of justice. How do we become such people? Find practical answers from the Word this Lord's Day.

Every praise be unto our God,
Pastor Arman 

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16 June

Dear GFC Faith Family,

I thank God for the 2019 Pastors Conference and SBC Annual Meeting this week. We're tremendously blessed by the powerful preaching of God's Word about Kingdom Character, by the testimonies and reports of the awesome things God is doing through our Convention, for the new missionaries we sent out to the unreached peoples of the world, and for our Convention's commitment to the proclamation and living out the Gospel. All of these are happening because of your praying, giving and going alongside 47,000 plus churches in North America. I can't wait to share to you the details of these things this weekend. 

This weekend, pray for our young people who will lead worship. We'll also rededicate our fathers to the Lord and thank Him for the graduates this school year. My message is on BIBLICAL MANHOOD (selected scriptures). When we follow God's design for manhood and womanhood, families become strong, churches are built up, and communities are transformed. What are the marks of true manhood? How do men and women work together in fulfilling their calling to build the Kingdom of God? How do we disciple the next generation of godly and responsible men and women who will impact their generation for Christ? Learn more about this message, and bring someone with us this Lord's Day.

With you in spreading the Gospel to the world,
Pastor Arman 

June 16th: Father's Day, Celebration of the Graduates, and Youth Sunday

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06 June

Dear GFC Faith Family,

Thanks for covering us in prayers as my family and I attend a Pastors Conference and the SBC Annual Meeting in Alabama on June 9th to 12th. We will also meet with FSBFNA and FIMB to talk about reaching Fil-Ams in North America and Filipino Diasporas in the world. Your prayers and giving indeed transform lives!

This weekend, don't miss another exposition of God's Word. Pastor Victor Donado Jr will talk about -- God is Merciful. This divine perfection is directed towards sinners and those who are suffering. Discover more how God is rich in mercy and be drawn closer to God as you experience His mercy that endures forever.

Deo soli gloria,
Pastor Arman 

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June 10-12: SBC Pastors Conference and Annual Assembly; Theme:Gospel for All.
June 16th: Fathers' Day, Youth Sunday, and Honoring the Graduates Day. 

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30 May

Dear GFC Family,

Let us give thanks to God for His goodness to our young people who returned from a Youth Camp on fire for God and have learned how to grow deeper roots in Christ. Let us glory in the cross of Christ as we celebrate the Lord's Supper this Lord's Day!

This weekend, I will expound what the scriptures say on THE HOLINESS OF GOD (Rev 15:4; Isa 6:1-8). God's holiness is the divine excellency celebrated by angels and which captivates our hearts. However, little attention is given to this attribute of God today in homes, in politics, and even in churches. Discover what it means that God is holy. Learn how an encounter with a holy God will transform your life, and how do we pursue growth in holiness. 

Worshiping an infinitely holy God,
Pastor Arman 

*June 9-12: SBC Pastor's Conference and Annual Assembly, Birmingham, Alabama.


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23 May

Dear GFC Faith Family,

Memorial Day weekend is a great opportunity for us to declare our highest allegiance to God, who is King over all the nations, and to our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself as the ultimate sacrifice for our spiritual freedom. Let us thank God for every service men and women who sacrificed their lives, and for those who are still in service, for national freedom. Let us pray that God will transform, unite, and bless America!

This weekend, I will preach on GOD IS SOVEREIGN (Daniel 4:35; 1 Timothy 1:17, 6:15; Ephesians 1:11). Nothing is more comforting to a believer, who is under the most adverse circumstance or under the most severe trial, than this truth -- our God Almighty reigns! In this message, we will examine what the Bible says about this Divine perfection, its practical implications, and the answers to misconceptions surrounding this fact. Pray that the Holy Spirit will change hearts and lives through this message.

Worshiping Him who reigns supreme,
Pastor Arman 

May 24-27: Joint Youth Camp at Camp Piankatank, Hartfield, VA.

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16 May

Dear GFC Faith Family,

Let us thank God for all the amazing women He is using for His glory and purposes. Kudos for all of you who selflessly served to make our Mothers' Day celebration not only memorable but also an inspiring day for all women and ladies. Let us congratulate and pray for the graduates batch 2019.

This weekend, I can't wait to preach to you about--THE GOODNESS OF GOD (Exodus 33:18-34;7; Psalm 34:8). Our God we worship, love, trust, and serve is infinitely, eternally, and gloriously good! Learn what it mean when we say, 'God is so good.' Find answer to the questions, 1) If God is good, why is there evil?, 2) If God is good and loving, why does He send people to hell? Discover comfort and strength when your circumstances make you struggle in believing the goodness of God. Bring someone who might need to "taste and see that the LORD is good..." (Psalm 34:8).

Forever grateful for His abundant goodness,
Pastor Arman  

*May 24-27: Joint Youth Camp at Camp Piankatank, Hartfield, VA.


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09 May

Dear GFC Faith Family,

Mothers' Day is the church's third biggest Sunday of the year. Let us worship the Lord who created us, men and women, in His image and for His glorious purposes. Let us thank God for mothers and let's lift them up in prayers that God will continue to help them in their sorrows, pains, and challenges. 

This weekend, I'll preach on BIBLICAL WOMANHOOD (selected scriptures). There's nothing more satisfying, more delighting and more God glorifying than knowing God and living as He intended to be. In this message we will see the beauty and the blessedness of God's design and purpose for women in general (mother or not, married or single, working or housewife, young or old). How does a woman grow into a woman of virtue and beauty, who is "far more precious than rubies" (Pro 31:10), and whom God can use in ways beyond imagination to advance His Kingdom and to shape history for His glory? Find out this Lord's Day, and let's invite our loved ones and friends to join us in thanking God for the blessings of motherhood and womanhood in our lives.

Blessed to serve God with you,
Pastor Arman 

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May 12th at 3 pm: Mothers' Day Lunch Fellowship at Andrada's residence.
May 24th to 27th : Joint Youth Camp at Camp Piankatank, Hartfield, VA.

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02 May

Dear GFC Faith Family,

God ordained prayer as a means to accomplish His purposes for His glory. He promised to act as we pray in faith. He shapes the course of history through prayer. Today, May 2nd, as we celebrate the National Day of Prayer, let us join intercessors in a united prayer for our great nation: a) That God forgive our sins as a nation (2 Chro 7:14), b) That God's love permeate all our relationships, words and actions, and c) That by God's power and sovereignty, He will bring a great spiritual awakening in America and that His Kingdom come and His will be done in the nation's seven centers of power.

This weekend, I will start a new series--PURSUING GOD WHO PASSIONATELY PURSUES YOU. We'll take a fresh and deeper look at God's perfections that can increase our intimacy and zeal for God, and enable us to live in peace, confidence, and power in the midst of a culture dominated by fear and ungodliness. Our first message in this series is THE LOVE OF GOD (1 John 4:8,16). In this message, we'll look into the heart and nature of God--He is not only loving but He is love. His love for us is boundless, relentless, passionate, and powerful. Everyone longs to be loved. None can love us more than God does. Find out the truth about His love as revealed by the Holy Spirit through His Word. Experience and share His love to a world in desperate need for God who is love.

That I may know Him,
Pastor Arman


May 4th: Prayer Meeting, B-117, 9:00 am
May 5th: Lord's Supper Celebration
May 12th: Mothers' Day
May 24th-27th: Joint Youth Camp

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25 April

Dear GFC Faith Family,

To God be praise for our Resurrection Day celebration at the park last weekend! He answered our prayers for those we invited and He favored us with a nice weather. What an inspiring and memorable worship and fellowship we all had!

This weekend, I will preach the Word regarding, THE LAST INVITATION (Revelations 22:17). In view of Christ's return with great power, authority, and glory to rule in His Kingdom, leading to the Great White Throne Judgment for the ungodly, the Bible closes with a final invitation to come to Him and receive by faith His pardon, peace with God, and eternal blessings. Why do people choose death and Judgment instead of life and mercy? What make Christ's invitation so compelling only a fool could refuse? Why must we, as the Bride and disciples of Christ, never stop extending this invitation to a lost world compassionately and in the power of the Holy Spirit? Find out the answers, learn more of these truths, and invite someone to our church, this Lord's Day.

Dei gratia (by God's grace),
Pastor Arman 

May 2: National Day of Prayer
May 12: Mothers' Day


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19 April

Dear GFC Faith Family!

This week, let us remember Christ's awesomeness and excellencies revealed at the cross and at the empty tomb! As we do, let us: a) celebrate in praise of our Sovereign Lord and Glorious Redeemer Jesus Christ who purchased our salvation through His sufficient sacrifice, b) praise our Father who demonstrated His supreme love for us at the cross, and who guaranteed our everlasting hope through Christ's resurrection, and c) agonize in prayer for those in need of salvation by grace through faith in Christ alone.

Who will you invite to celebrate Christ's Resurrection (Easter) with us this weekend? Let us invite our family and friends to hear about the Good News of Christ's death and resurrection. Christianity is a resurrection faith. If Christ is not risen, our faith is empty, our preaching is in vain, there is no God, the Bible is not true, there is no resurrection hope, and there is no forgiveness for our sins. But, praise God, Christ is risen indeed! Because He is risen, salvation, new life, new beginning and new power are made available; hope of triumph over all difficulties, pain, sin and death are made sure.

He is risen for our justification,
Pastor Arman 

April 20th, 9:00 am-10:30 am, B-117: Meditations and Prayers on the Seven Sayings of the Savior
April 21st : EASTER with GFC, at Locust Shade Park, Triangle, VA [Worship at 9 am; Fellowship at 10:30 am; Lunch at 12:00 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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