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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

15 March

Dear GFC Family,

Greetings in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ who said "I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" (Matthew 16:18). Let us praise His Name for His grace and strength He gives us to advance the Gospel in our generation. Every positive contribution we have done for the Kingdom is by His sufficient grace. Therefore, all glory is to Him alone!

This weekend, I will talk about how you and I can stand strong despite overwhelming pressures and severe difficulties in life. 
My message is about, LET US STAND FIRM IN THE LORD (Philippians 4:1-9). What do you do when you have problems or experiencing a Satanic attack? You may break out into panic and anger, breakdown into depression, or breakthrough in victory? In this message we will learn God's instruction on standing firm in the Lord, in His strength, by His grace, and in any circumstance. Discover and experience that strength to stand your ground no matter what this Lord's Day.

In His grip and grace,
Pastor Arman 


07 March 2018

Dear GFC Family,

We were reminded last weekend that we are created. saved, called, and gifted for service. Christian service happens in the context of a church where we have the opportunity to grow in Christ-likeness by following Christ's example of service. Are you joyfully and fruitfully serving our LORD? Are you applying the power principles for Christian service that we've learned in Philippians 2?

This weekend, we'll celebrate the Lord's Supper. Let us prepare our hearts by meditating upon Christ's death and resurrection, confess any sins the Holy Spirit exposes to us, and restore relationships. I will preach about the path to Christian maturity--LET US PRESS ON TO MATURITY (Philippians 3). Many professing Christians today suffer from spiritual "Bonzaitis." They are immature, self-satisfied, stucked, and defeated. This message shows us a sure pathway to spiritual growth. As in a race, it has a starting point, a track, and a finish line. We work with God as He "works in us both to will and to do for His good pleasure." We press on signifying a single-minded discipline and diligent effort. We run to win! How do we start right in this exciting process of maturity? What is God's prerequisite for growing in Christ-likeness? Find out this weekend. Don't miss it!

With you in pursuit of Christ-likeness,
Pastor Arman 

21 February

Dear GFC Family,

I can't wait to preach this weekend about God's call to serve. My message is, LET US SERVE THE LORD TOGETHER (Phil 2:5-8, 13, 17-30). Church membership is more than being present in church activities and support the church financially. It is a commitment to serve in ministry and in mission to the world. We are all called, sent and gifted by God for ministry. What if we unleash our gifts, talents, resources, creativity, and energy for the service of our Lord? Our church will explode to growth! Let us then learn and apply the power principles for Christian service this Lord's Day. 

May you have much joy and fruitful blessings as you serve the LORD.

'til everyone hears,
Pastor Arman 

CONNECTION CLASS 301: Finding Your Ministry at GFC (Contact Pastor Arman to sign up and for schedule)
Feb 24th, Sat, 10:30 am- 12:00 pm--FAIC Anniversary, Upper Marlboro, MD.

14 February

Dear GFC Family,

Last weekend, we were challenged to exalt Christ through our loving unity in marriage, in home, and in church. Not only it honors Christ and it brings joy, it also enhances our gospel witness to the world. How is it going with your relationships? What effort are you taking to restore, strengthen, and sustain loving unity? Let us be "doers of the Word and not hearers only" (James 1:22). 

Have you noticed that in the Olympics at Pyeong Chang, U.S. delegates are difficult to notice without the flag waved or shown in their uniform? We are becoming a more and more diverse nation. This weekend, I will talk about how do to reach our family, friends, and various social groups who are not in God's family, with the Good News. My message is, LET US GO ON MISSIONS TOGETHER (Philippians 1:3-6, 27-30; Acts 16). God has called us to be on missions with Him, for Him, and through Him. We are His ambassadors and witnesses sent to bring the light of the Gospel to a dark world. Many of us have lost sight of that mission. How do we restore focus and passion on our gospel mission? How does partnership or fellowship in the Gospel look like? What will God do when we obey the Great Commission?

May our LORD ignite our hearts to share His love and message to people Christ died for.

'til every knee bow and every tongue confess Christ is LORD,
Pastor Arman 

FINDING YOUR MINISTRY Workshop: Feb 17th (Sat), 10:30 am-12:00 pm; or Feb 18th (Sun), 3:00 pm-4:30 pm; contact Pastor Arman at 5712326203.

08 February

Dear GFC Family,

Thank God for all of you who reaffirmed your covenant of membership by signing it and by committing yourself to serve in a ministry where God will use you. Together, we will exalt Jesus and advance His Kingdom. Some of you need help in finding your ministry, in regards to that, I invite you to a workshop on Finding Your Ministry at GFC: Option 1- Saturday, February 10th, 11 am to 1:30 pm, at B117. Option 2--Sunday, February 11th, 4 pm to 5:30 pm, at B117. Please bring lunch or dinner. Let me know which date works for you.

This weekend, we will conclude our message, LOVING UNITY IN THE CHURCH (Phil 1:27, 2:1-8). A warm intimate friendship as fellow believers in Christ is essential to a life worthy of the Gospel and for advancing the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Christ encourages us to live in harmony and love with one another, not in factions and contentions. How do we build and sustain true community? How do we resolve conflicts that may fracture relationships in the church family? Learn more this Lord's Day by joining us in worshiping our Lord Jesus Christ--our God who humbled Himself and exalted by the Father! 

Soli Deo gloria,
Pastor Arman

2 February

Dear GFC Family,

Praise God for His grace and for His faithfulness our church family experienced in 18 years! We look forward in faith that He will enable us through His Spirit to be a church that reaches the nations with the gospel for His glory. That's the kind of church I'm called by God to serve and devote my life on. I pray that you are too, and I encourage you to reaffirm our covenant of fellowship for the gospel if you missed it last week. Our next step is to plug you in ministries that match your gifts. If you need help finding your ministry, sign-up for Connection CLASS 301: Discovering Your Ministry at GFC.

This weekend, we will talk about, LOVING UNITY IN THE CHURCH (Phil 1:27, 2:1-11). How does fellowship in the Spirit or true community look like? In the light of our mission, how important is loving unity? If there are conflicts in marriage and in church community, what practical steps can we take to resolve it. The enemy is trying to create factions to fracture our church fellowship. He knows that a divided church is a weak church and has lost its witness to the world. How do we defeat his attacks? Hear more about this message this weekend, and join us in celebrating the Lord's Supper--a Feast of Unity!

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

Feb 3rd, 9 am to 2pm: Fit2Lead Training for women; Topic--TRUTH MATTERS; Spotswood Baptist Church
Feb 27th, 10 am to 3 pm: EMPOWERED CONFERENCE; First Baptist Church, Norfolk


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.