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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
November 25, 2021

Dear GFC Family,

Happy Thanksgiving Day celebration to you and to your family! Long before America had an annual Thanksgiving Day, God's people give thanks and praise to whom it is due -- Yahweh Elohim! He is the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe, in Whom we live, move, and have our being, the Highest Benefactor and Source of all blessings, and who is our Heavenly Father through Christ's Sacrifice on the cross. May we not neglect His remarkable blessings. May we be drawn closer to Him as we give Him thanks always and in all circumstances!

I can't wait to give praise and thanks to our God with you this weekend! I will preach the Word on -- A SPECIAL THANKSGIVING (Colossians 1:9-14). Our thanksgiving is due to the One who is the source of all blessings, the Highest Benefactor, and our Heavenly Father! Our thanksgiving is incomplete if we focus on gifts (stuff) rather than on God. How do we cultivate a life of thankfulness to God? Why is it an essential and not just a small part of our Christian living? What are we most thankful to Him for? Discover answers from His Word this Lord's Day. 


Thanking God with you and for you,

Pastor Arman 

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November 20

Dear GFC Family,

Thanksgiving Day is around the corner, before doing anything, let us include in our plan the celebrating of God's goodness for His remarkable blessings with His people gathering for worship. Let us be thankful to God always and in all circumstances. It is a mark of true believers entire life, the barometer of our passion for God, and a mighty weapon against fears, worries and anxieties that we face during these turbulent times. Indeed, "It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto Thy Name, O most High" (Psalm 92:1)!

Worship with us this weekend, November 21st, at 11:30 am. I will be preaching God's inspired Word on -- AN EXTRAORDINARY THANKSGIVING (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Thankfulness to God is expressed not only during favorable circumstances, but also during adverse circumstances. It is radical, humanly impossible, and seems impractical to do. Find out how we can do it and why. 


Thankful to God for His Indescribable Gift and for you,

Pastor Arman


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November 11

Dear GFC Family,

We are grateful to God for our soldiers, both past and present, for devoting their lives in protecting our freedoms. They remind us of Christ who paid the ultimate price for our spiritual freedom --the greatest freedom! One day, He will end all wars (Isaiah 2:4; 9:6-7), bring world peace (Zechariah 9:10), and rule as the King of kings and LORD of lords (Revelation 11:15; 19:16). Belonging to His Kingdom means you're on a winning team. Are you? 

Looking forward to worshipping God Almighty with you all, this Lord's Day! I will preach the Word on WISDOM FOR MATURITY (selected verses in Proverbs). Proverbs has much to tell about spiritual maturity, and paints for us a matured person that we may grow towards it ourselves. Learn the principles, the path, and the process for growing up as Christ's followers, and our church family into a community of wisdom.


Thankful to God for you,

Pastor Arman


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Shout Out!: Your giving to God honors Him, and changes lives [OCT ($15,633); Nov 7th ($___ )].

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November 05

Dear GFC Family,

Greetings in the Name of our God who is unsearchable in His greatness (Psalm 145:3)! Great is the LORD and He is worthy of our great praise. Everything in Him is great beyond comprehension: His glory, power, holiness, goodness, deeds and much more. That's why we worship Him everyday --in dark days and in bright days, enthusiastically, and continually--forever and ever. Do you know such God (Isaiah 40:28)?

Let us praise God for answering our prayers regarding the election. God is up to something great in the days ahead. Let's give Him thanks for His wonderful deeds among us and through us. He is truly sustaining us and our ministries through this difficult times. I thank God for the way you expressed your appreciation for me, your pastor, and for my family, last month. Your appreciation encouraged me a lot to keep moving forward. Considering 25% of pastors quit in ministry during this pandemic, your prayers, support, and encouragement mean so much to me.

Don't miss our Worship and Lord's Supper Celebrations this weekend. I will preach the Word on WISDOM FOR SOUL-WINNING (Proverbs 11:30). Leading or influencing a lost person to turn from sin to holiness, from folly to wisdom, and from the world to Christ is the work of the truly wise. It's difficult because it involves spiritual warfare, but possible, most rewarding, and God honoring. Who is a soul-winner? Why is his or her pursuit honorable? What are the qualifications for an effective soul-winner? Find answers this Lord's Day, be encouraged and be blessed!

On mission with, for, and through God,

Pastor Arman 

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October 28

Dear GFC Family,

What could make you and your family safe in the storms of life and in the attacks of spiritual enemies? God's Word directs us to take refuge in "the Name of the LORD," our "strong tower" (Proverbs 19:10). His Name signifies His attributes, His power, His mercy, His love. Have you run into it for safety, protection, and provision? Have you trusted Him by faith and by prayer?

Christ teaches us to gather for worship, prayer, and for building up and encouraging one another. Don't miss our safe, meaningful Worship Celebration this Lord's Day! If you plan to watch us online, our streaming starts at 11:30 am this Sunday, October 31st.

This weekend, I'll preach the Word on -- WISDOM FOR MARRIAGES AND FAMILIES. God's wisdom has been abandoned in many marriages and families with devastating consequences. Proverbs imparts to us wisdom in navigating marriage and family life successfully in a culture where they are falling apart. How do we strengthen marriage relationships? How do we disciple our children to become mighty in Scripture and in prayer, devoted to God, growing in Christlikeness, and passionate in influencing their generation for Christ? May God use this message to inspire hope and induce change in your life and in your home.

Sheltered in God with you,

Pastor Arman 


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October 21

Dear GFC Family,

Grace and peace to you from God our Father through our Lord Jesus Christ! Let us face every difficulty in life, not in isolation, but with Him who gives grace to "Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, and be constant in prayer" (Romans 12:12).

Can't wait to be with you all for worship, fellowship, and edification this Lord's Day! If you plan to join us virtually, our streaming starts at 11:30 am.

This weekend, I will speak about WISDOM FOR FINANCES (selected Proverbs). One of the major problems in American homes and even in the Government is financial crisis. Thank God, there are over 200 Proverbs that deal with it. Learn Biblical Stewardship Priorities, Principles and Practices that lead to financial wellness. Find out why your perspective and use of money clearly reveal the state of your heart.


In Christ alone I put my trust,

Pastor Arman 


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October 14

Dear GFC Family,

In times of uncertainties, emergencies, and anxieties, we have a Refuge, a Rock, whom we can trust (Psalm 68:5-8) -- our God Almighty! He is our Father who is sovereign, good, and faithful. Though people, unmet needs, expectations could let you down, He won't!

May you be blessed and encourage through our Worship Celebration this weekend. If you are planning to worship with us online this Sunday, October 17th, our livestream starts at 11:30 pm. Please check out also our Kid's Ministry, Tagalog Sunday School, and Small Groups.

This weekend, I will talk about WISDOM FOR LEADERSHIP (Proverbs 8:15-16; 14:34). Good leaders could influence the greatest number of people for what is right and good, however, bad ones are disasters. What separates great leaders from the rest? How does one become a great leader in the home, church, government, or other institutions? What are the proper attitudes of those being led or governed to their leaders? Let's get wisdom from God to navigate life's twists
and turns, mountains, and valleys!

Trusting in the LORD with you,

Pastor Arman 



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October 07

Dear GFC Family,

Praise be to our God who is worthy of our absolute trust! He is sovereign (Psalm 97:1), therefore He'll accomplish His plan for you. He is good (Nah 1:7), therefore He will cause all things to work together for your good. He is faithful (Lamentations 3:23), therefore, He'll never fail nor forsake you. Will you trust Him?

Our meeting together for worship and for discipleship is sustaining us through this uncertain times. I'm looking forward once again to worship the Lord with you this Lord's Day. If you are planning to join us online, our livestream starts at 11:30 am. If you haven't joined a small group yet, we encourage you to join one or do the honor of hosting it.

Thanks for your response to our message last weekend on WISDOM FOR A BLESSED LIFE. God gives wisdom to navigate life's issues and situations to those who revere Him. Apart from a relationship with God through faith in Christ, getting true wisdom is impossible. This weekend, I'll preach the Word regarding --WISDOM FOR TOUGH TIMES (Proverbs 3:5-6). Life in this broken world is full of troubles (Job 14:1,5).We desperately need God's wisdom in dealing with what we all are getting through. In this message, we will learn how to trust in the LORD with all our hearts and follow His guidance to get through life's difficulties. 

Leaning on His everlasting arm,

Pastor Arman 

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May God bless you for supporting our ministries and global missions. Your giving honors God and changes lives! This year, we've contributed $9,336.51 for global missions. Last month, we've collected $9,752 for GFC ministries.


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October 03

Dear GFC Family,

Greetings in the Name of the LORD who is the Only Wise God (Romans 16:27; 11:33)! Wisdom and power belongs to Him (Daniel 2:20). He is wise in heart and mighty in strength (Job 9:4). He gives wisdom to those who revere Him (Proverbs 9:10), ask for it in faith (James 1:5-6), and to those who are steep in studying His Word (Psalm 19:7; 119:15-16, 97; Matthew 7:24-25). Oh that we become men and women of wisdom in a culture that abandoned godly wisdom!

Looking forward to celebrating the Lord's Supper with you this weekend! Let us prepare our hearts by meditating on who Christ is and on what He has done for our salvation, by confessing our sins to God to get right with Him and with one another, and by consecrating our lives to Him. If you are planning to worship with us online, our livestream starts at 11:30 am. Please prepare the elements before you watch.

I'm excited to start our new series for October -- WISE UP! Getting true wisdom for life's issues and events. My first message from the Book of Proverbs is WISDOM FOR A BLESSED LIFE (Proverbs 1:7; 9:10; Psalm 111:10). In every level of the culture we live, God's wisdom has been abandoned. It is missing in making wise choices for dealing with problems, stressful situations, human affairs, life and death, and heaven and hell. What is true wisdom and how does it differ from worldly wisdom? Why do we desperately need godly wisdom? How do we get it? Find answers from the Word as taught by the Holy Spirit, this Lord's Day.


With you in building a community of wisdom,

Pastor Arman 

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September 23

Dear GFC Family,

Our awesome God, whom we worship and serve, is not only omnipotent, but also omnipresent (Ezekiel 48:35; Psalm 139:7-10; Jeremiah 23:23-24). What a comforting fact to remember to get through any difficulty in life! He is everywhere at once doing His perfect will. He is with us wherever we go to make disciples (Mt 28:18-20). He is graciously present when we gather in the Word, in worship and in prayer (Mt 18:20). He is with us in truth to rule and govern, to protect and defend, and to provide and sustain. May His presence be the primary cause of our joy, and fill our hearts with awe.

I'm looking forward to worshipping the LORD with you this Sunday, September 26th. Some of our brethren are preparing for a safe potluck fellowship immediately after the service to catch up with one another and to encourage one another. So, please join us. If you are planning to join our worship online, our livestream will start at 11:30 am.

Never miss our Worship Celebration this weekend for trivial reasons! I will speak about --THE FRUIT OF ETERNAL PRAISE Hebrews 13:10-17). What happens when our faith is firmly planted in Christ? Answer, we grow and bear fruits that glorify God. Are you frustrated on your progress to spiritual maturity and on your spiritual fruitfulness? Find out God's instructions on bearing fruits of repentance, righteousness, good works, ministry, evangelism, Holy Spirit, and eternal praise. On this final message regarding Bearing Fruits, we will learn what is the fruit of eternal praise, why we offer a sacrifice of praise, and what kind of worship is acceptable to God. See you all this Lord's Day!


With you in offering a sacrifice of praise to God,

Pastor Arman 

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September 16

Dear GFC Family,

Greetings in the Name of our Yahweh Ezer (The LORD Our Help)! In and through whatever life's storms and battles, overwhelming needs and pressures, He is ever near to help us when we cry out in prayer for help. A strong army could not stand against God's power when God's people pray. He comforts us in times of sorrow, renews our strength when we wait upon Him, and aids us in our problems, fears, defeats, and illnesses when we pray (Heb 4:16; 13:5-6). Has God helped you? Give Him praise and thanks! Are you or someone you know is in need of divine help? Cry out to Him in faith!

This weekend, don't miss the conclusion of our series on the Fruit of the Spirit. I will preach the Word on FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL (Galatians 5:22-23). The upward qualities enables us to increase in our love and devotion to God. The outward qualities enables us to develop godly relationships. The inward qualities enables us to persevere in the Christian life and sustain our effectiveness in the ministry. Discover what these marvelous character traits of a Spirit-filled Christian are, grow deeper in Christlike- ness, and experience the power of the Holy Spirit in reflecting the beauty of Christ and in doing the work of Christ.


Be fruitful for His glory,
Pastor Arman 

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September 09

Dear GFC Family,

This Saturday, we join the nation in remembering the tragedy of 9/11. We remember that evil is present, however, it doesn't rule the world. The sovereign God does (Psalm 103:19)! We remember that amid evil, tragedies, and miseries, our God is able to bring hope, healing and restoration. One day, He will bring His Kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy upon this broken world (Revelations 11:15; Isaiah 9:6-7). 

Looking forward to worshipping our awesome God with you this weekend! I will preach the Word on FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT: PATIENCE, KINDNESS, AND GOODNESS (Galatians 5:22-23). How do we live as Christ's followers in this broken world? -- we reflect the beauty of Christ by displaying the fruit of the Spirit. The second group of character qualities are primarily outward --Patience, kindness, and goodness. In this message, we will discover the marvelous and God-honoring fruit of the Spirit, understand why these traits are much needed today, see the supreme example of Christ, and learn to cultivate and apply them in our daily living through the power of the Holy Spirit.


Growing in Christlikeness with you,

Pastor Arman 


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September 02

Dear GFC Family,

Greetings in the Name of our God who says, "I am the LORD, I change not..." (Malachi 3:6). He is not subject to change in His being, attributes, plans and purposes, promises and warnings. His love for you is eternal (Jeremiah 31:3). He is the Father of Lights in whom there is no shifting shadow (James 1:17). His promises never change, therefore, we pray and trust Him for answers.

As we celebrate the Lord's Supper this weekend, let us prepare our hearts by reflecting upon what Christ has done for us at the cross, get right with God and with one another, obey His commands and live a pure life in anticipation of His return.

This weekend, we'll continue learning about the Fruit of the Holy Spirit. I will focus on the first three of the character qualities of Christ which the Holy Spirit is producing in our lives -- LOVE, JOY, AND PEACE. Walking in the Spirit, being led by the Spirit, and living in the Spirit, are the secrets of Christian living and fruitfulness that glorifies God. Through His indwelling presence in our lives, He gives us power to manifest the fruit of the Spirit. The first three qualities of this fruit are authentic love, joy unspeakable and full of glory, and peace that surpasses understanding. How do they differ from what the secular society idealizes? How do we live out these character qualities in view of our war with our sinful nature and in view of the circumstances we are going through which are chaotic, unpredictable, and full of troubles? Let us discover these character qualities, experience the power of the Holy Spirit more deeply, and grow in Christlikeness. 


Through Him and for Him,

Pastor Arman 


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August 26

Dear GFC Family,

The most comforting fact in the Bible is that God is sovereign (Psalm 93:1-5; 97:1; 99:1). No matter what's going on in this world, however dark and distressful circumstances are, He is on His throne ruling over all creation and administering over all; in power, majesty, and in righteousness, forever and ever. Satan doesn't rule, neither evil, nor diseases, nor wicked people -- God Most High, the Lord of heaven and earth, does! Therefore, let us rest our fears, worries, sorrows, and unanswered questions to Him alone. Let us prayerfully trust Him for everything and in in all things.

This weekend, I will preach the Word regarding -- BEARING THE FRUIT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (Galatians 5:16-26). The greatest work of the Holy Spirit in the believer's life is making him/her more and more Christ-like in character. It sounds like less interesting than being aflame for God through the use of spiritual gifts in ministry, however, without this fruit or grace of the Spirit, our great works and accomplishments will not bring glory to God and edification to His church. What is this fruit about? Why is this fruit absolutely essential to receiving spiritual blessings and greater usefulness for God? How do we cultivate this fruit and practice it in relationship with God and with others? Find out, this Lord's Day.


Walking in the Spirit with you,

Pastor Arman 


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August 19

Dear GFC Family,

Praise the LORD for being our Rock, Deliverer, and Shield (Psalm 1:1-2)! He is near to those who cry unto Him for help in times of distress and He assures us of answers to our prayers (Ps 18:6; Heb 4:16). In view of this fact, let us lift unto the Lord our cares and burdens and stand in the gap for those who are suffering: our loved ones, friends, and people of Afghanistan and Haiti.

Thanks for some of you who have turned in your survey forms. It will help us significantly in helping our church to become stronger in evangelism for God's glory. If you haven't turned in yours yet, I am extending the deadline to August 22nd, this Sunday. Once, I got a sufficient number of survey forms, I'll send it to SWBTS seminary in Texas for evaluation and recommendations.

This weekend, I will preach the Word regarding, BEARING THE FRUITS OF MINISTRY (Romans 1:8-17). One of the seven spiritual fruits God is producing in our lives is the fruit of ministry (v.13). What does it mean to be a fruitful Christian in our mission to the world and in our ministry to the church? What does the Bible says on becoming fruitful in evangelism, in discipleship, in giving, in praying, and in doing other ministries God has called us to do? Find answers and be encouraged to become a faithful and fruitful servant of the Most High God this Lord's Day!


Serving God with you,

Pastor Arman 

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August 12

Dear GFC Family,

Greetings in the Name of our ever-present Christ! When He sent us to go and make disciples unto all the nations, He promised His abiding presence (Matthew 28:18-20). He who is omnipotent and sovereign having "all authority in heaven and on earth", who has power over death and over every enemy and difficulty, who is our Good Shepherd, the glorious Savior of the world, and One seated in His throne in heaven worshipped by angels, is with us always. There is not a moment that He is absent. He is with us at all times strengthening, comforting, and providing. He is worthy of our worship, heart's surrender, and obedience!

This weekend, let's prepare our hearts to listen to God's Word. I will preach on BEARING THE FRUIT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS (Romans 6:21-22; Philippians 1:9-11; Hebrews 12:11). God empowers every true believer for fruitfulness in the Christian life. Last weekend, we learned about the seven (7) kinds of incredible fruit that God produces in our lives as we abide in Christ and yield to the Holy Spirit's control. After the fruit of repentance, we bear the fruit of righteousness being in union with the Righteous One. What is this fruit? How do we abound in bearing this fruit that delights the heart of God? What blessings did God promise to the righteous? 

With you in abiding with Christ,

Pastor Arman 

Note: The submission of Mobilize to Evangelize survey forms is extended 'til this Sunday, August 15th, 2021. Please bring it with you this weekend. Thanks--Pastor Arman.


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August 06

Dear GFC Family,

Thanks and praise be to our God who is the God of mission! His Missio Dei is to rescue, deliver, restore, and sanctify sinful and broken people gathering them from all the nations into His Kingdom of shalom. He is a sending God who sent His Son to purchase our salvation, and the Holy Spirit to draw lost people unto Himself and empower His people to be on mission with Him, through Him, and for Him. What a great honor to join Him in His amazing works in mission! Let's declare His glory among the nations, spread the Gospel, disciple new believers, and multiply healthy Great Commission churches where ever He leads us.

Please be reminded of turning in our Mobilize to Evangelize survey questionnaire this Sunday. It will help us discern Theological and sociological barriers to evangelism and develop a plan to maximize the health of our church in this area. Let us pray for students and teachers as they go back to school this month, and for God's grace and patience as we deal with the Delta COVID variant.

This weekend, I'll be preaching the Word regarding GLORIFYING GOD BY BEARING FRUIT (John 15:1-16). If God will inspect fruits in our lives today, what will He see -- none, little, more, or much? God's work in our lives does not stop at the point of salvation. He keeps working in us that you and I will bear much fruit. What kinds of fruit is Christ talking about? What does it take for you and I to be fruitful in life and ministry? Pray with me that the Spirit of God will use this message to turn barrenness into fruitfulness, and the season of drought into a season of a great harvest. 

Soli Deo gloria,

Pastor Arman  

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July 29

Dear GFC Family,

Where is God during these times of disruptions, diseases, and deaths? He is actively present giving hope to the hopeless, rescuing, restoring, and renewing the lost and broken people, ultimately ending all evils and miseries and establishing His Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. He is sending His redeemed people to join Him in this amazing mission through His power, and for His glory! 

Thanks for helping us improve the health of our evangelistic focus by filling up the Mobilize to Evangelize Assessment Questionnaire. Please turn them in on or before August 8th, 2021.


This weekend, I will preach the Word regarding -- HOW TO SHARE THE GOSPEL part 2 (Matthew 3:1-12). What kind of Gospel preaching and teaching does God use to awaken sinners and raise them to spiritual life? How do we apply those principles in evangelizing our family, friends, and acquaintances? Together, let us learn how to become a more effective witness to others.


In His harvest,
Pastor Arman

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July 08

Dear GFC Family,

We worship the Only True and Living God who is incomprehensibly and infinitely greater than all in His excellency, perfections, and majesty. Moses declared, "Who is like you, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders" (Exodus 15:11). There's absolutely none like our God. Let us then, walk worthy of our solitary, matchless, unique God, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of Him (Colossians 1:10).

This weekend, I will talk about THE GLORIOUS GOSPEL (1 Timothy 1:11-15). We are Great Commission people. We "go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel" (Mark 16:15), because our Lord Jesus Christ told us so. We spread the Gospel to our family and friends, because we obey Christ's urgent command to "Follow Me (Him) and I will make you fishers of men" (Matthew 4:19). What is the Gospel? Why is it called the glorious Gospel? What would it take to make you and I effective in sharing the Gospel? May God use this message to reignite our passion for sharing the Gospel of our blessed God, by His power, and for His glory!


How beautiful are the feet of those who bring Good News,

Pastor Arman


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July 01

Dear GFC Family,

Happy 4th of July! As we celebrate America's 245th Birthday as a nation this Sunday, let us come together for worshipping God who sent His Son to fight and win our spiritual freedom at the cross. He set us free from the bondage of sin, Satan's tyranny, and all other things that enslave us. We are no longer slaves, but sons and daughters of God Almighty!

This Lord's Day, I will speak about THE GREATEST FREEDOM (2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5-6). What is the meaning of true freedom? Why is this freedom infinitely greater than all other freedoms? How do we live and enjoy true freedom? Let us prepare our hearts to worship, celebrate the Lord's Supper, and hear the Spirit of God speak to us through His Word.

No longer a slave but a child of the King,

Pastor Arman



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June 24th

Dear GFC Family, 

Greetings in the Name of Yahweh Tsebaoth -- the LORD of Hosts! Our God is the Sovereign Ruler of His armies, angelic and human. In His Name, David conquered Goliath, Moses' army overwhelmed powerful and more numerous armies, and we, the Church, shall advance the Kingdom of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Through His Name, we are more than conquerors!

Beloved, it's time to restore the habit of assembling ourselves in person for worship, prayer, encouragement, edification, and fellowship. True believers are known for how they treat the LORD's Day. Join us this Sunday, June 27th, at 11:30 am. Though wearing mask is now optional for 70% of you who received your vaccines, anybody is welcome to continue wearing them for safety. I'm proud of you for staying faithful to God in this hard times. By God's grace, the worst part is over. I can't wait to see you again this weekend! For you who need stay home, livestreaming of our worship will be available.

Don't miss the conclusion of our series this weekend on God's Amazing Grace. I'll preach the Word on -- THE GRACE THAT SURPASSES SUFFERINGS (2 Corinthians 12:7-10; 1 Peter 5:8-11). Job says, "Man, who is born of woman, is short-lived and full of turmoil" (Job 14:1). That means, we all struggle from pain, sufferings, and troubles. However, for Christians, there's a rose of God's sufficient grace for every thorn of trouble we face in life. God in Christ suffered for us to deliver us and sustain us in our deepest pain and in our severest trial. Unique to Christian faith is the hope that Christ will ultimately end all sufferings in this world forever. How do we respond to sufferings and pain for the cause of Christ? Why would a good God allow sufferings for His faithful children? Is Christ's grace really sufficient for us in those times? Find answers from God's fully inspired, absolutely authoritative, and thoroughly trustworthy Word.

Captivated by God's amazing grace, 

Pastor Arman


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June 18

Dear GFC Family,

God has proven Himself faithful to our SBC Great Commission family of churches! In the recent annual meeting where we participated this week, praise reports were shared on the amazing things God is doing through our partnership in global missions. Despite the pandemic, we sent over 500 new missionaries to the unreached peoples, planted thousands of churches, and enrollment in our six seminaries increased. A five year Strategic Vision was approved to rally every church to pray fervently and reach the nations in North America and beyond.

Join us this Sunday, June 20th, at 11:30 am to 2:00 pm for Worship and for honoring our fathers. I think its time to crawl back to our Church gatherings as restrictions are being lifted up and cases of virus infection dropped significantly. By God's grace, no one ever got COVID by attending our in person worship so far!

This weekend, I will talk about -- PARENTING BY GRACE (Matthew 6:9; Luke 15:11-24). Christian families are struggling in raising godly families in a culture hostile to Christian values. More and more young people are leaving home and leaving the church. What biblical strategies could parents use to raise children in the ways and in the knowledge of God? Of the different styles of parenting, parenting by grace is the most effective! What is it and how does it look like? Learn grace lessons on parenting this Lord's Day from a familiar story of the Father of the Prodigal Son.


Captured by God's amazing grace,

Pastor Arman 

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June 11, 2021

Dear GFC Family,

The most comforting compound Name of God revealed to us in the Scripture is Yahweh Shammah which means "The LORD is there" (Ezekiel 48:35). He assures us of His awesome presence in every situation. He will lead, guide, provide and protect us until His work in and through us is complete. Therefore, in times of need and challenges (Hebrews 13:5), and as we obey the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20), let us trust Him!

Please pray for me, Leila, and Joanna this weekend until Thursday as we join the SBC family in the Sending Celebration of new missionaries we support, and in taking part at the Annual SBC Meeting in Nashville. Thank God for Pastor Victor Donado who will preach the Word for me this weekend. 

It was a heart-warming experience to see many of you last Sunday at our in person Worship Celebration. Let's pray that more of our brethren who are missing this privilege could also come. Livestreaming of our Service will be provided for those at home through facebook at 11:30 am. 


Grace and peace,

Pastor Arman 


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Mat 27

Dear GFC Family,

Celebrating Memorial Day takes on new meaning for Christ's disciples. As we remember heroes, alive or dead, we remember Christ who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our spiritual freedom. We remember the righteous who have been martyred for their faith and others simply for loving Jesus, "the memory of the righteous is blessed" (Pro 10:7). We remember to pray for our precious persecuted brethren to remain faithful to Christ, and also for God's comfort and peace to those who are suffering and sorrowing (Isa 66:12).

This weekend, I will talk about the second type of grace -- sanctifying grace. Let us discover -- THE PATHWAY TO GROWING IN GRACE (2 Peter 3:18, Titus 2:11-15, 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12). The only way to grow in increasing holiness, righteousness, and Christlikeness is through the grace of God. How does it work in marriages, discipleship, overcoming life's storms, and in raising Church's quality to its highest level? How does a grace-filled church community looks like? Find answers and invite someone who might need to experience God's amazing grace this Lord's Day [In person on May 29th, Saturday at 11:00 am, at the Fellowship Hall, and/or on facebook, Sunday, May 30th, starting at 11:00 am].

Grace still amazes me,

Pastor Arman 

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May 20

Dear GFC Family,

Where do we go to find hope, strength and stability in the most challenging situation and in the darkest times of our lives? Peter points us to its sure source-- the God of all grace! (1 Peter 5:10). He is able to perfect what is lacking in your faith, establish you in hope and encouragement, and give you a firm foundation to withstand the storms of life. Therefore, cast all your anxieties and all your cares upon Him, resist the devil, and be steadfast in the faith (1 Peter 5:7-9).

This weekend, I will talk about the grace of God -- The Wonder of God's Saving Grace (Ephesians 1:4-8, 2:8-10). Some of us who've been a Christian for many years do not have a clear understanding of the grace of God: its biblical meaning, its life-changing power, and its captivating influence in all aspects of our lives. Let us be amazed by God's redeeming grace for the most wicked, hopeless, and unworthy rebels and sinners such as us. 


By grace I am saved, I live, and I stand firm,

Pastor Arman 

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Worship Times:
In-Person -- Saturdays @ 11 am, at the Fellowship Hall.
Virtual -- Sundays starting @ 11 am on facebook.

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May 13

Dear GFC Family,

Let us keep our priorities straight in these times of uncertainty and disruption: intimacy and obedience to Christ, moving forward in Hope, loving Relationships, adapting to changes through Innovation, faithful Service to the hopeless and the helpless, unwavering Trust in God's sovereignty.

In these challenging days, we are to meet more frequently not less frequently (Hebrews 10:19-25). To live courageously, we need to stay connected. Join us this weekend for a safe and meaningful in person worship this Saturday, May 15th at 11:00 am at the Fellowship Hall, and/or this Sunday, May 16th starting at 11:00 am for our virtual worship on facebook.

This weekend, we'll learn about HOW TO DEFEAT APOSTASY (Jude 1:1-25). There's a disturbing trend of apostasy, a falling away from the faith and from following Christ, in American culture. The best antidote to it is to persevere in building your most holy faith. We are also called to contend for the faith once delivered unto the saints. What does it mean? How do we discern false teachers and nominal Christians in the church and win them for Christ? What is God's powerful promise and provision to believers in the days of apostasy? 


In His grip and grace,

Pastor Arman 

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May 05

Dear GFC Family,

Join us in prayer tomorrow, May 6th, a Thursday, at 7:00 pm on jitsi meet. It's the National Day of Prayer! You may also join scheduled prayer times for the nation throughout the day.

Plan your Mother's Day Celebration by setting aside time for worshipping the Lord with us this weekend: Saturday, 11:00 am, at the Fellowship Hall for our in person worship, and/or Sunday, starting at 11:00 am on facebook for our online gathering.

My Mother's Day message this weekend is, HANNAH: THE POWER OF A PRAYING MOTHER (1 Samuel 1-2). It is tough to be a mom in a culture of moral and spiritual degradation. Through prevailing prayer, God turned Hannah's barrenness into a blessing, and her sadness into gladness. She became the mother of Samuel and five more children. Let us, whether you have children or nor, single or married, learn from Hannah how to take refuge in God in times of sorrow and pain. See also the importance of dedicating your children to the Lord, if God grants, knowing that there's no greater purpose and honor, than to have your children give their lives in dedicated service for the Lord.

Exulting the Lord with you,

Pastor Arman 

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April 29

Dear GFC Family,

Praise God, our Great Provider, for faithfully sustaining us in uncertain times. He has provided yesterday, and He will provide today and tomorrow: forgiveness and deliverance from sin, oil of joy for the ashes of sorrow, guidance in the path of His will, and supplies for our needs in life and ministry.

Let us prepare our hearts for worship and Lord's Supper Celebration this weekend. Feel free to join us in person for worship, fellowship, and edification this Saturday at 11:00 am at the Fellowship Hall. Those of you who are not ready yet for that could join us online on facebook starting at 11:00 am this Sunday.

This weekend, I will speak about THE GREAT SEPARATION (Matthew 3:1-12). The message of the man considered by the Lord Jesus as the greatest prophet is about repentance, for time is coming when Christ will separate the unsaved sinners from the true believers and from the presence of God forever. What is true repentance? What will happen to unrepentant sinners at the Day of Judgment? How will you ensure that you and your loved ones are prepared for that Day?


Firmly planted by the streams of grace,

Pastor Arman 

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April 16

Dear GFC Family,

Praise God for His blessings to the righteous -- those who delight, meditate, and obey God's Word! He replanted us from the desert of the world to His paradise flowing with streams of grace. He is the Giver of strength, stability, fruitfulness, and soul prosperity. Brethren, this metaphor of a fruitful tree, presents to us a discipleship trilogy: Firmly Planted, Growing Up, and Bearing Fruit. In the next two or three months, I invite you to learn and apply God's instructions on discipleship through our message series and through our Discipleship Groups.

Looking forward once again to seeing you at our in person worship this Saturday, April 17th, at 11:00 am, at the Fellowship Hall. Those who are providentially hindered are welcome to join us online, this Sunday at 11:00 am on youtube. Pray for our return to Sunday Worship Celebration (in person, and livestreaming online). We'll let you know when is the appropriate time for that.

This weekend, I will talk about --THE GREAT TRANSFORMATION (John 3:1-8,16; 2 Corinthians 5:17, Titus 3:5). The person described in Psalm 1 as joyful to the highest degree and fully favored by God forever is a true believer transformed by God. He is "Born Again" into God's family through the miracle of the new birth. Let us learn what Christ means when He says "You must be born again" (John 3:7). Why is it extremely crucial to know that you know that you are born-again? What are the marks of a true Christian? Christ's urgent invitation to those who don't know what it means to be a true Christian and those who claims to be one but no evidence of his profession is visible in his life, the uncertain, is to turn to Him by faith before it's too late.

Because of Calvary,

Pastor Arman 


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April 08

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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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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