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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
April 08, 2021

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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March 10

Dear GFC Family,

Last weekend, we are reminded by our speaker that "The history of missions is a history of answered prayers" (Samuel Zwemer). Further, J.Oswald Chambers said, "...all progress can be clearly traced to prevailing prayer." Isn't this what Christ wants us to do (Mt 6:9-13, 7:7, Jn 14:12-14)? Beloved, let's press on in prayer and aim high!

Praying for more of you to be enabled by God to worship with your church family, safely, meaningfully, and continually (Heb 10:25). We welcome you who've been vaccinated and others who have overcome their fears to join us in person this Saturday at 11:00 am. The rest who are still uncomfortable to meet live, join us online on facebook (we're working on restoring our youtube streaming).

This weekend, I will continue speaking about healthy churches. Our message is on -- A HEALTHY PASTOR-MEMBER 
RELATIONSHIP (Hebrews 13: 7,17-19, 22, 24). A culture of disrespect to God approved leaders is one of the major roadblocks to the health and growth of a church. Following God's design for biblical leadership unifies a church to grow and multiply healthy disciple-makers, leaders, and churches for His glory! Learn how you can work with your pastor(s) in high-impact ministries and missions.

With you in following our Chief Shepherd,

Pastor Arman 

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04 March

Dear GFC Family,

Greetings in the Name of our Lord who says, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness" (2 Cor 12:9). He assures us of His sufficient grace and the Holy Spirit's power supplied to us in times of trials, disabilities, and pain as we prayerfully rely on Him. Thus, rejoicing in the Lord in the midst of these magnifies His grace and teaches us the secret of strength to press on in the ministry with greater effectiveness.

This weekend, we're privileged to hear from God's cross-cultural missionary preach the Word. He's a friend of Pastor Tim Perrin and served with many IMB missionaries I also worked with. May our Lord use him to challenge us to be fully engaged in Gospel missions in DMV area and wherever God directs us to go. In this regard, we'll continue our series on Characteristics of a Healthy Church next weekend. Looking forward to being with you all in worshipping our great and awesome God either in person on Saturday at 11:00 am, or online on Sunday starting at 11:00 am on facebook or youtube. Let's prepare our hearts also for the Lord's Supper celebration.


'Til all have heard the Good News,

Pastor Arman 


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February 25

Dear GFC Family,

Let us worship the Lord in the assembly of His people this weekend (Saturday at 11:00 am in person and/or Sunday at 11:00 am online through facebook or youtube). David longs to be at a place of holy fellowship for worship, prayer, and hearing God's word. He said, "For a day in Thy courts is better than a thousand outside" (Psalm 84:10).

This weekend, I will speak about the fifth characteristic of a healthy church -- A WORSHIPPING CHURCH (Hebrews 13:14-16). Every healthy church/disciple delights in and prioritizes true worship, whereas declining ones neglects it or does it poorly. How do we worship God acceptably? How do we restore true worship individually and congregationally? Find out how this Lord's Day. 


In awe of our God,
Pastor Arman 

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February 18

Dear GFC@HOME Families,

During these days of inclement weather, let us pray for those who are in a state of emergency due to power failures and extremely low temperatures. Let us pray for SBCV Disaster Relief Team feeding thousands and helping those who are significantly affected by winter storm. Let us also check up on one another, especially the elderly who are susceptible to illnesses and accidental fallings, and our neighbors as well who might be in need.

Come what may, let us prepare our hearts for worship this Lord's Day, a Sunday, starting at 11:00 am on facebook or on youtube. Wait for announcement for our Saturday, 11:00 am, in person worship. I'll let you know by Friday afternoon if we could meet safely in person.

This weekend, I will talk about the fourth characteristic of a healthy church -- A SCRIPTURE SATURATED CHURCH (Hebrews 13:7-13). Because of the dangers of the season when churches are turning away from sound doctrine, we are to be vigilant in grounding our church family in the Word of God that they may not be carried away by false teachings. The Word is living and effective in bringing people to salvation, renewing minds, transforming lives, and in growing disciples, leaders, and cross-cultural missionaries who have an undivided allegiance and devotion to Christ. Find out the pattern of a healthy church, the problem of departure from God's Word, and the potentials of a church saturated in Scripture.


Sola scriptura,

Pastor Arman


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February 11

Dear GFC@HOME Families,

Life's uncertainties bring anxiety and fear. However, we have security, stability, and confidence when we trust God who says, "I am the LORD, I change not" (Malachi 3:6a). He never changes in His perfections. He is our God who is always faithful, One who loves us with an everlasting love, and who constantly hears our prayers. Because He promised to be with us always, never to leave us nor forsake us, we are secured in Him no matter what our circumstances are.

It seems like we could meet in person for worship and fellowship this weekend Saturday at 11:00 am. Join us live following safety guidelines. For those of you who are providentially hindered to meet in person, join us online through facebook or 
youtube on Sunday starting at 11:00 am.

This weekend, I will speak about The Characteristics of a Healthy Church-- part 1 (Hebrews13:1-6). In response to twelve chapters of doctrinal truths about Christ's superiority or excellence, God instructs us on how to live together as a healthy church family. These three characteristics of a healthy church will greatly impact all our ministries and our mission to the world. If you are concerned about the glory of God in our church family, you'll do your part in living out these truths! 


Press on toward a healthy church,

Pastor Arman 

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February 04

Dear GFC@HOME Families,

Greetings in the Name of our God whose excellence is displayed over all His creation, in His provisions, in His reign, and in every circumstances! With a heart of praise and thanks, let us say, "O Lord, our Lord, how majestic and glorious and excellent is Your name in all the earth! You have displayed Your splendor above the heavens (Psalm 8:1, AMP)."

Worship is our highest purpose and priority! That's why we don't give up meeting together for worship and edification (Hebrews 10:24-25). Join us in person this Saturday at 11:00 am, and/or online this Sunday at 11:00 am on facebook or on youtube. Let's prepare our hearts for our Lord's Supper Celebration.

This weekend, I will start a message series on God's Vision for His Church, and present to you a healthy church challenge. Just as it takes effort to stay healthy physically, so it is in staying healthy as a church family. We need constant evaluation of the state of our church and deal with issues affecting its health and growth. Why? Because healthy churches glorify God. Our message focus this weekend is WHAT IT MEANS TO BELONG TO A GOSPEL FAMILY (Mt 12:49-50, Gal 6:10, Eph 2:19, 1 Tim 3:15). Christ saved us from sin and the world into a relationship that lasts forever -- a Gospel Family! Though this metaphor of a church is the simplest and the most endearing, living it out is a great challenge. Let us learn how to live as a church family according to God's design in a disfunctional world. 


On mission with God together,
Pastor Arman

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January 28

Dear GFC@HOME Families,

Let us worship the LORD who reigns supreme over all the nations (Psalm 96:9-10). He is keeping and sustaining the world, therefore we rely on His care for us. He is causing all things to work together for good (Romans 8:28), therefore we have nothing to worry or fear about. He is bringing in His Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10; Revelations 11:15), therefore we pray and join Him in His mission.

Since the effects of the pandemic are still around us causing tremendous distress, exhaustion, and fears, let us not give up meeting together for worship and for building up one another. In that regard, I'm looking forward to worshipping the LORD with you either in person this Saturday at 11:00 am, or online this Sunday starting at 11:00 am on facebook or on youtube.

This weekend, we'll conclude our series on PRESS ON. This time, I will talk about PRESS ON: FOLLOW JESUS DESPITE SUFFERINGS (2 Timothy 2:8-13). How come Paul kept on going and kept on reaching the unreached nations with the Gospel despite sufferings (2 Corinthians 11:23-28)? How do we persevere in fulfilling our calling knowing that suffering is the norm for everyone who desires to live a godly life (2 Timothy 3:12)? How do we disciple disciple makers who are strong enough to endure hardships and finish strong? Come hungry to learn and obey God's Word this Lord's Day and invite someone with you or share the streaming of our worship celebration!


With you in pressing on toward God in Christ,

Pastor Arman


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January 22

Dear GFC Family,

Thanks for joining us last weekend in celebrating God's 21 years of His sufficient grace, goodness, and faithfulness. With grateful hearts, we ascribe glory and honor to Him. With faith in His promises, we move forward to a brighter future He planned for us!

Because worshipping God together is essential to our faith, plan to join us in our in person worship service this Saturday at 11:00 am, and if you are providentially hindered to come in person, join us in our virtual worship this Sunday at 11:00 am on facebook or on youtube.

This weekend, I will talk about  PRESS ON: FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH (1 Timothy 6:12; 2 Timothy 4:7). How do we win the battle for the salvation of souls, for truth, and for holiness in a world of corruption and ungodliness? What do we do to restore our strength, keep fighting against the forces of darkness, and finish strong in life's battles? Learn how to become an overcomer through Christ.


In Christ who leads us to triumph always,
Pastor Arman 

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January 14

Dear GFC@HOME Families,

Thank God for we can celebrate God's abounding grace to us amidst difficult times! For 21 years, He's been faithful in working in us and through us transforming lives and extending His Kingdom to the nations. Indeed, "Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare" (Psalms 40:5).

Looking forward to celebrating what God has done for the past and looking forward to a brighter future He has planned for us, with you this weekend --Saturday at 11:00 am, in person worship, and Sunday at 11:00 am, virtual worship on facebook and on youtube. Our theme is TOGETHER PRESSING ON WITH JESUS (Philippians 3:10-14).

This weekend, I will speak about, PRESS ON: FULFILL YOUR MINISTRY (Colossians 4:17; 2 Timothy 4:1-5). What are the characteristics of a godly ministry? How do we fulfill our God-given calling and ministry at GFC and in making disciples unto all the nations? Let's find answers as we listen to the Holy Spirit speak to us through His Word preached. 

Solus Christus (In Christ alone),

Pastor Arman


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January 06

Dear GFC@HOME Families,

Greetings in the Name of Christ who is greater than our sufferings and who is reigning above all! The challenges of uncertainties and difficulties remain this year, yet one thing is certain --the fact of His presence that makes us more than conquerors!

Through Christ, we press on in His Name and strength despite difficulties. I'm looking forward to worshipping the Lord with you this Lord's Day to have an encounter with God and hear His Word as taught by the Holy Spirit on how to press on no matter what. Join us in person this Saturday at 11:00 am at the Fellowship Hall, and online this Sunday at 11:00 am on facebook and on youtube. Kindly make a reservation to Leila (5712324152) and read our health and safety guidelines attached herewith.

This weekend, I will speak on PRESS ON WITH FOCUS ON CHRIST (Hebrews 12:1-3, John 15:1-16, 10:9-10). In a fast-paced, stressful, confusing culture, focusing our lives on Christ is a challenge. How does a Christ-Focused Life look like? Why does it matter? What are the blessings of living such a life with our attention, affection, and passion centered on Him? Don't miss this message that could significantly transform your life and ministry.


Trusting Him who is at the center of my life,

Pastor Arman 

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January 16th and 17th: GFC's 21st Anniversary Celebration; "TOGETHER PRESSING ON WITH JESUS."

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December 30, 2020

Dear GFC Family,

As we wind 2020 to a close and welcome a new year of fresh hope and fresh start, let us give thanks and praise to our awesome and faithful God who, despite the troubles and tensions we've been through, blessed our year with His goodness! We trusted Him to enable us in proclaiming His Word publicly and from house to house, He did! We trusted Him for wisdom to navigate the pandemic and protect us, He did! We trusted Him to engage more people in the Word, in ministry, and in missions, He did! He is indeed worthy of our trust and obedience.

Through prayer, God brings blessings to our lives, ministries, missionary work, and nation. In that regard, I'm counting on you to join us in starting the year right through prayer from January 1st to 17th. Not forgetting the assembling of ourselves for worship and edification is essential to our spiritual progress. I'm looking forward to seeing you on our first worship gathering for the year -- January 2nd (in-person), and January 3rd (online via facebook or youtube), both at 11:00 am.  

This weekend, we'll talk about PRESS ON TO FINISH WELL (Hebrews 12:1-13). The Christian life is like a lifelong marathon where some started "on fire" for the Lord, but later have gone cold in the faith and did not end well. Others persevered despite difficulties and ended well. What is the antidote to spiritual weariness, burnout, and fainting? What provisions does God give to those who desire to fulfill their life mission? How do we end well in the Christian race to maturity and to ministry in reaching our neighbors and the nations?


Moving forward in His strength,

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 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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