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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
June 23, 2022

Dear GFC Family,

Let us praise our God, the almighty Creator of the universe, who is our heavenly Father through Christ's work of redemption! He is our good Father (Lk 11:13) who cares for us deeply. Because He never leaves us nor forsake us, we have confidence in facing any challenges in life victoriously. He cares for lost sinners in the world that He sent His Son, His Spirit, and us to bring them unto saving relationship with Him. Because the world's greatest problem is sin, and the only solution for it is the Gospel, we are to give ourselves daily to Him that he may use us for His mission.

This weekend, I will preach the Word on PURSUING CHRISTIAN MATURITY: The Principle of Addition (2 Peter 1:6-8). Growing in Christian character makes our witness more powerful and leads to fruitfulness in ministry as vessels of honor fit for the Master's use. Since God has given us all things we need for life and godliness, we don't have any excuse for remaining immature, joyless, useless, and fruitless in the Kingdom of God. We are to apply all diligence, make every effort, and give our best for His utmost, in pursuing Christian maturity. Learn the next five character qualities we need to cultivate, the new habits that goes with each, and how to live them out in the midst of a dark, immoral, and lost culture. I can't wait to worship our LORD with you all this Lord's Day.


With you in growing stronger and deeper in Christ,

Pastor Arman 

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June 16

Dear GFC Family,

Thank God for the recent Pastors Conference and Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in Anaheim, California. Through our partnership with SBC in giving and in prayer, we have sent 566 global missionaries in the last 18 months, and planted 1,018 churches in the U.S. last year. A new SBC President was elected in the person of Dr. Bart Barbers. He will lead our churches in focusing on the main thing -- the Great Commission!

This Sunday, we will thank God, rededicate, and encourage our dads and granddads in view of Father's Day. We will honor all kinds of families whom God cares: traditional, single parent, adoptive, childless, and those with children being raised by grandparents.

I will talk about the God-given duty of parents to -- TRAIN UP A CHILD (Proverbs 22:5-6). In the horizon of our nation's future is an ominous cloud of children growing up uneducated in the Word of God. Unless something is done about it, its bitter consequences are certain. That's why God commanded the parents to provide the right training for their children. How do parents and the Church raise up the next generation of godly children? Find out how this Lord's Day and bring your family and friends who needs this message from God.


Forever grateful to Christ,

Pastor Arman


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June 12

Dear GFC Family,

May our God almighty multiply His grace and peace to you through a deep knowledge of our God, Lord, and Savior Jesus Christ! He gives sufficient grace for us to rejoice in our salvation, worship Him faithfully, grow in our faith constantly, serve Him fruitfully, and suffer for His sake joyfully. 

Today as we worship Him, let us be reminded of His redeeming grace shown through Christ's death and resurrection to bring us into a right relationship with Him. Yes, every Lord's Day, we remember how Christ bought us with His precious blood and has delivered us from the corruption of the world. When we show up for worship, we are showing our gratitude to Him who gave so much for us--of Himself. Brethren, let us not forget the assembling of ourselves, as Hebrews 10:19-25 encourages us. Thank God for you who are faithful in doing so. If you are neglecting this, God is saying to you that it's time to get back. He wants to restore you and give you a fresh start.

He is altogether worthy,

Pastor Arman 

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Please stay with us after the Service today to celebrate the batch 2022 graduates.
Next weekend: We'll have something special for Father's Day.

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June 02

Dear GFC Family,

Having a great anticipation of encountering God with you in our worship and Lord's Supper Celebration this weekend, let us go unto the house of the LORD! The joy of worship is realized when we gather with God's people in His presence offering Him our praise and giving thanks unto His Name. It is a blessed, delightful, empowering, and enriching practice, whereas, it's neglect through prolonged absence leads to great losses and spiritual weakness.

This weekend, I will talk about God's call to pursue Christian maturity. Our message from the Word is, THE PRINCIPLE OF ADDITION (2 Peter 1:5-11). We move forward unto maturity by adding Christian graces to our character. Every addition of those graces into our character, adds quality to our maturity. Every step moving forward draws us nearer to the "Promised land" of Christian Development. The Christian life is a series of making choices. Right choices brings you closer to God and positions you for greater impact to people around you and greater rewards in eternity. Wrong choices draws your affection from God which leads to loss of power, loss of witness, and loss of rewards. How do we apply all diligence in adding to our faith character qualities essential for our being an all rounded Christian -- a fully devoted Christ follower? What is God's next step for you in this exciting journey towards Christlikeness?


Pressing on greater heights with you,
Pastor Arman


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May 26, 2022

Dear GFC Family,

In a broken world where tragedies, sufferings, and sorrows abound, our sovereign and infinitely good God provides strength, comfort, peace, and hope. Let us surround those affected by the tragedy in Uvalde, Texas, with prayers for God's grace and mercy. Let us remember our fallen heroes this Memorial Day and the ultimate sacrifice of Christ for our spiritual freedom.  

This weekend, I will preach the Word concerning, PURSUING CHRISTIAN MATURITY: THE PRINCIPLE OF MULTIPLICATION (2 Peter 1:2-4). God assures us that He will multiply His provisions of grace, peace, and everything we need, as we strive to grow in Christ. He desires that you mature unto Christ in all things: deep knowledge of Him and of His Word, character, health of the soul, loving relationships, and greater impact in the growth of others. Therefore, we must put prime importance to our Christian maturity. How have you been growing spiritually so far? What's getting in your way? How do we apply this powerful principle to accelerate our spiritual growth? 


That we may know Him more,

Pastor Arman 

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May 19

Dear GFC Family,

All glory be to our great and awesome God for manifesting His glorious and strengthening presence during our worship celebration last weekend! Thank Him for bringing to us our brethren from EFBC New York who led us in worship through songs and exhortations from the Word. Thanks to all of you who brought your family and friends to worship with us and those who helped through your ministry.

Worship is giving God the best that He has given us -- our "Utmost for His highest" -- our "Best for His glory"[Oswald Chambers]. May we join Paul in his determined purpose to "magnify Christ in my (his) body, whether by life or by death" (Philippians 1:20). 

This weekend, I will proclaim the Word regarding -- Powerful Principles for Christian Maturity (2 Peter 1:1-11). God commands us to keep growing up in Christ. No matter how long you have been a Christian, there's always a next step for your growth. The problem today is laxity in pursuing Christian maturity due to defective belief system and lack of discipleship. In this series, we'll talk about: The Principle of Solid Foundation, the Principle of Multiplication, the Principle of Addition, and the Principle of Success. Learn each powerful principle each week and take your next steps toward a more Christ-like, a more victorious, and a more fruitful disciple you can become.


Grace and peace be multiplied to you,

Pastor Arman 

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May 12, 2022

Dear GFC Family,

Let us stand in awe of God who is infinitely great in holiness, power, and goodness! We worship Him who is our Maker, Redeemer, and Sovereign LORD. This weekend, let us gather for worship, edification, and fellowship. Our brethren from New York will worship with us through a Worship-Musical Cantata entitled, "My Utmost for His Highest." Learn what it means to give of your best to God for His glory. Draw closer to Him who redeemed us to enjoy and exalt His glory. Let us bring our family and friends to worship with us and hear the Word of Life. "Better is one day in the house of the Lord than thousands elsewhere" (Matt Redman). Looking forward to seeing you all, this Lord's Day!

Soli Deo gloria, 

Pastor Arman

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April 28

Dear GFC Family,

Praise and glory be to God who has called us to salvation and to an exciting life of discipleship. His calling for us is loving, personal, life-changing, special, and divine. Many of you have answered His call be a disciple of Christ and to make disciples unto all the nations (Matthew 28:18-20). Like the early disciples, we have a glorious purpose that glorifies Him and authenticates us as Christ's devoted disciples. I encourage you to keep engaging in your discipleship groups. If you are not part of it yet, let me introduce you to one near you, or do the honors of starting one in your home.

This weekend, I'm excited to worship our God Almighty and celebrate the Lord's Supper with you. May you have an encounter with God's awesome presence as we worship Him, and be established and encouraged in your walk of faith. I can't wait to share with you God's Word regarding our next series this month -- NEXT STEPS. All of us has a next step to take to move forward in Christian maturity. None among us has arrived yet! You have a great potential for growth and fruitfulness because God has given you everything you need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). Our first message is on, REJOICING FOR OUR GREAT SALVATION (1 Peter 1:1-25). Our journey begins here. Life precedes growth. It's impossible for you to grow in your spiritual life apart from a saving relationship with God through faith in Christ alone. So, what is the meaning of salvation? How great is that salvation we received? How do we live as saved people? Find out answers this Lord's Day, share our online link, and bring someone with you.


Praising God for His grace,

Pastor Arman 

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April 22

Dear GFC Family,

 "The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad" (Psalm 126:3). The reason for our exceeding gladness is the fact that God Almighty has done great things for us. Last weekend, we had a joyful, meaningful, and memorable celebration of Christ's victory over sin, death and Satan. He answered our prayers: there were five guests who trusted Christ as their Lord and Savior, nineteen brethren rededicated their lives to God, and the rest have prayer requests and praises to Him.

This weekend, I will finish my series from the Gospel of John. My message is about COME AND SEE CHRIST'S DISCIPLES (John 20:19-23; 21:1-17). Our Lord Jesus, after His sacrificial death and resurrection, sent out His disciples to partner with Him in carrying out His mission to fish for men and multiply disciple-makers unto all the nations. Like the disciples, we have a glorious purpose, a new peace, and a new power to obey the Great Commission. Yet, churches today are sidetracked from that mission to being a social club. Who is a disciple? What are the three specific callings of a disciple? How do we work together in multiplying disciple makers who will teach others to love and obey Christ? Find out, and bring someone with you.


With you in glorifying God by making disciples,
Pastor Arman


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April 14, 2022

Dear GFC Family,

Hallelujah, Jesus has risen indeed! Let us celebrate Christ's resurrection this weekend. Because He is risen, a) He is the Conqueror of sin, death, and Satan, b) we are born again into a living hope, and c) our salvation, transformation, dedicated service, resurrection and home in heaven are all guaranteed.

I can't wait to preach the Word to you this weekend about COME AND SEE CHRIST'S RESURRECTION (John 20:1-19). What transformed the disciples from mourners to missionaries, from grief to gladness, and from fearful to faithful? What does Christ's resurrection mean for us today? How do we give a reasonable and persuasive answer to those who ask us about the reason for our hope? How do we experience the power of Christ's resurrection personally? Find out answers from the Word this Lord's Day. Please pray that the Holy Spirit will use this message to change hearts and uplift the downhearted.


Our Redeemer lives,

Pastor Arman 

NOTE: Stay with us for Easter Family Lunch and Children's Activities after the Service. Let us warmly welcome the new members to our church family this weekend.

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April 07

Dear GFC Family,

Thank God for bringing in new members to our church family. Our desire is for individuals and families in our community and beyond be transformed by the powerful Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. We exist to glorify God by leading people to a saving relationship with God through faith in Christ, disciple them to grow in Christ, and equip them to minister through Christ and to be on mission with Christ.

Something exciting is coming up on April 17th -- EASTER@GFC! Let us invite our family and friends to celebrate the Grand Miracle of Christ's resurrection: Its infallible proofs and its life-changing and hope-giving power. Worship with us and join us in our Easter Family Lunch and children's activities.

This weekend, I will preach on Christ Crucified---COME AND SEE CHRIST'S CRUCIFIXION AND DEATH [John 19:1-30]. At the heart of our Christian faith is the Cross: the symbol of God's love and of Christ's atoning sacrifice for sin. Let us see Christ's glory, His great agony, His great sacrifice, and His victory Let us understand and believe the significance of His death on the cross in a world of sin, evil, darkness, and fear.

Love so amazing,
Pastor Arman 

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March 31

Dear GFC Family,

Greetings in the Name of the Lord, who is our Rock of salvation, stability, shelter, and safety! When our hearts are overwhelmed with troubles, we can cry out to Him, "Lead me (us) to the rock that is higher than I (us)" (Psalm 61:2). 

Let us thank God 1) for the privilege of worshipping and serving Him last weekend, 2) for the brethren who will attend our membership class this weekend after the service, and 3) for the great things He will do as we pray for the lost, share the Gospel, and invite people to our worship gatherings including at our Easter@GFC celebration of Christ's resurrection on April 17th.

This weekend, I will talk about, COME AND SEE CHRIST'S MIRACLES (John 1-11). Jesus invites us all to have a fresh look at His signs or attesting miracles that gives us confidence to believe His claims. Seven signs were highlighted in John's Gospel validating Jesus' person and message. What does each of those signs teach us about the Lord Jesus Christ? How do we respond to who He is?


Every praise be unto our God,
Pastor Arman


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March 24

Dear GFC Family,

Once again, God almighty has proven Himself good and faithful to us. He is the God of all comfort and the Father of mercies (2 Cor 1:3). He is the El Roi who sees us and assures us that we are never alone. He walks with us in dark and dangerous valleys (Ps 23:4). He renews our strength when we wait upon Him (Isa 40:31). May we cast all our cares upon Him (1 Pe 5:7) and trust Him with all of our hearts (Pro 3:5-6).

This weekend, I will preach the Word on GOD'S INFINITE LOVE [John 3:16]. Though this verse is the best known verse in the world, it is one of the least understood. This is called the Bible in miniature and the Gospel in a nutshell. What is God's love? How does He manifest His love to everyone in the human race? What is His great plan for salvation (5 key words and 5 Gospel truths)? How do we respond to His infinitely great, steadfastly relentless, graciously given love? Don't miss this message for trivial reasons, and bring someone who might be desperately in need to hear this message.


Love lifted me,
Pastor Arman 

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March 17

Dear GFC Family

Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the almighty reigns [Rev 19:6]. He reigns supreme and victorious over economic, political, and moral crises we are facing. He is overcoming hate with love, falsehood with truth, and evil with good. He is using our services and prayers to establish His Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. Because He is and He does, let us grow strong in faith and glorify Him [Rom 4:20].

We are a worshipping community who worship God in spirit and in truth, and with reverence and awe. We'd love to see you this weekend for praising, adoring, and thanking God. I will be preaching on the character of God, particularly -- GOD'S HOLINESS AND JUSTICE [Isaiah 5:1-30]. Since God is infinitely and absolutely holy, righteous, and just, we are to live accountably before Him. There are people today who do not really believe that God is holy who demands holiness in our lives and that He punishes sin justly. They think God is lenient on sin and that His mercy overrides all their sinfulness. In this message, we will learn about Divine Justice, His call unto repentance, and His promise of forgiveness.


Sheltering under His wings with you,

Pastor Arman 

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March 10

Dear GFC Family,

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort" (2 Cor. 1:3). Our heavenly Father is the ultimate source of every mercy, comfort, kind word, and encouragement. As He wraps His arms around us, we are able to embrace others "with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God" (v.4).

Looking forward to worshipping our good, gracious, and sovereign God with you all this Lord's Day. I thank God for your prayers, service, and generosity that He is using to sustain our ministries and enable us to look to the horizon with expectation of His power equal to our tasks and His arms leading us to where he wants us to be.

This weekend, I will preach the Word on GOD'S SOVEREIGNTY IN SALVATION (Ephesians 1:1-11; 1 Peter 1:1-3). Essential to a deeper understanding of the character of God and His Gospel of Grace is learning the Biblical truth on His sovereignty. How can the sovereignty of God and human responsibility in moral choices and actions be both true? How does God exercise His sovereign rulership in the salvation of sinners from sin and in the evangelistic process? Should we pray for the salvation of our loved ones? Why and what's the point? May the Spirit of God use this difficult yet most comforting message to comfort us, humble us, and ignite our hearts in worship, prayer, and evangelism.


To Him who sits upon His throne be glory,

Pastor Arman 

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March 03

Dear GFC Family,

It's so good to see you again last weekend. What a joy to be with the brethren worshipping the Lord in adoration and praise for His awesome greatness! Let us keep interceding for the crisis in Ukraine, the state of our nation, and for one another.  

This weekend, I will preach the Word on GOD'S FORGIVENESS (1 John 1:1-2:2). Before we partake of the Lord's Supper, we will examine our hearts and confess to God any sins that defile us and spoil our fellowship with Him and with one another. In this message, we will learn how God assures us of forgiveness, cleansing, and restoration on the basis of His justice, faithfulness, and our confession of sins. What are the consequences of unconfessed sin? How do we confess our sin aright? How do we walk in the light until our remaining sin is conquered and face the everlasting glory of the Lord?


Grace upon grace,

Pastor Arman 

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February 24

Dear GFC Family,

Praise be to our infinitely great and awesome God, though nations rage (Psalm 2:1), He reigns victoriously! He sovereignly rules over His creation as well as over all nations (Isaiah 40:12-17). He is our Shepherd who tenderly cares and leads us (Isaiah 40:11). Church, let us pray for our brethren in Ukraine and the effects of the invasion of their nation yesterday, February 24th (US time). Join us in prayer tonight at 7:00, February 24th, on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/ 
86283613341. The passcode is 4321. No matter what, let us cling unto our God who is the source of our comfort, courage, and confidence.

Don't miss the conclusion of our series on Gospel Truths About Sin. This weekend, I will talk about OVERCOMING SIN (Romans 6-8). When a lost sinner got saved from sin and hell through God's amazing grace, the overcoming life began. God has made us more than conquerors through Christ. Through Him we overcome the enemies of our souls -- the flesh, the world, and Satan. What are the keys to an overcoming life? How does a pastor help his flock experience daily victory over sin thereby growing in holiness? 


With you in advancing His Kingdom,

Pastor Arman 

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February 17

Dear GFC Family,

Our God is the God of all grace (1 Peter 5:10)! He has an inexhaustible supply of His grace sufficient for every conceivable need: grace of salvation, grace for sanctification and service, grace to overcome sufferings, grace to persevere. May you and your family experience His grace during this difficult time by asking Him for it, by constantly coming to His throne of grace, by meditating on His Word, and by welcoming your brethren to minister grace unto you.

This weekend, let us anticipate shared joy in worshipping our incomprehensibly great God. I will talk about, WHY TAKE THE GOSPEL TO THE NATIONS [The Guilt of Nations and the Gospel of Repentance; Romans 1:1-8; Luke 24:47-48]. Sin has a destructive effect on individuals and nations (Romans 6:23; Proverbs 14:34): broken relationships, crimes against humanity, and God's righteous judgment here and hereafter in eternity. God's unstoppable mission is to rescue and restore people from all languages and nations, and gather them into His Kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy, through faith in Christ. He sent His people to preach the Gospel of Repentance unto all the nations. How "blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD" (Psalm 33:12).  


Reaching the nations with you,
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 Thursday at 7:00 pm at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/ 86283613341 (Passcode:4321). 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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