The following is an excerpt from a newsletter regularly sent out by Rev. Bruce Sigman of our Grace Community Church in South Solon, Ohio. What a beautiful piece about being a part of a church family!
On Saturday September 17th, I officiated at the funeral of a dear saint of God who passed from this world into the arms of Jesus to spend eternity in Heaven. The following morning, I officiated the dedication of two beautiful sets of twin boys who have been born in our church family in the past 5 months. In less than 24 hours, I witnessed families displaying sorrow, grief, and sadness as well as happiness, joy and excitement. Although these events involved two separate families; they involved the same church family.
You see, a church is somewhat similar to any other family. We laugh together and cry together; we rejoice together and grieve together. We encourage one another and receive encouragement when we need it. What a joy it is to be a part of the Family of God. As members of our earthly families we share things with those we love. We share hopes, dreams, possessions, memories, smiles, frowns, sadness and gladness. We are held together with love and respect for one another. Our families and our homes are a place where we receive shelter from the storms of life. No one is ever alone when they are a member of a family. The description of family that I just shared with you also describes our church family at Grace Community Church.
Webster's Dictionary lists a "simple" definition of family as; "a group of people related to each other." They go on to list fifteen "full" definitions of the word family. One of those says, "a group of people united by certain convictions."
A conviction is a firm belief in someone or something. At Grace Community Church we firmly believe in loving God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength and loving others as we love ourselves. (Mark 12:30-31).
If you are struggling or going through a difficult time, allow me to tell you that God loves you and He knows exactly what you are going through. If you do not have a church to call home, I would encourage you to come just the way you are and meet our family at Grace Community Church. God loves you and so do we.