Grace Weekly - Together

Grace Family Night at Blue Agave Cantina

Join us for a Grace Family Night out to Blue Agave Cantina (14555 Grisby Rd, Houston, TX 77079) on Sunday, November 6, 5-7 p.m. Eat a delicious dinner (pay your own) on the patio, hang out with old friends and come make some new ones! There's plenty of room for kids to play and make friends too. Let us know how many adults and children in your party by Thursday, November 3 so we can give the restaurant a head count.  Register HERE!

Register here!

Be A Mentor-The Power of One Hour

Mentoring

Please join us as we love the kids in Westchase this Fall! Mentoring programs are our number one need and opportunity! FOW would love to match as many kids as possible with mentors.

We especially need men to mentor boys.  

Mentoring at Walnut Bend Elementary will take place on Tuesdays through a partnership with Literacy Now. A Mentor may meet with 2-3 students in 3rd grade. Mentors will use literature to connect with themes like empathy and kindness. This is a 30 minute commitment. A very important part is that we will have a Family NIght dinner so we can hopefully meet parents of the students. We will also plan a fun Christmas book exchange! Starting to pour into kids in 3rd grade is ideal. This is the time to build self confidence and help them vision goals and possibilities!  

Mentoring at Paul Revere MS is so important. If you have a heart for middle school students, this is the place to pour into the lives of our kids who are in so much transition. We will be working in partnership with the 6th grade assistant principal, Dr. Lopez, and referencing a character based curriculum to help guide our conversations! When I think of Matthew 25, I think of Paul Revere in the context of the least of these. Many of these students are the kids who didn't get transferred to a better HISD Middle School. No one wants to go to PRMS. This is why they need us so much. The great news is the school has a new and very committed administration! They are working hard to beautify the campus and bring in supports to create a community for the students! We will also work with students who have recently been settled into Houston as a refugee fleeing terrible circumstances in their home country.

We have so much work to do in Westchase! Please share the opportunity with anyone you may know who has a heart for loving our children!  Contact Kristy Elmore for more information. 


Bless A Teacher

Another opportunity through Friends of Westchase is Bless A Teacher. We have 25 applications from Paul Revere MS and we will also receive applications from Walnut Bend Elementary to be a Bless a Teacher partner. Partners for this would be connected to one teacher and reach out to that teacher throughout the year to let them know they are supported and seen - email a card or dropping off a treat. For some fun fellowship, we will gather teacher partners together to assemble small treat bags for the teachers quarterly.  

Contact Kristy Elmore for more information. 



A Grace Disguised-How The Soul Grows Through Loss

Six week grief class October 13-November 17 

Whoever thought that grief would be described as grace? Anyone that has suffered loss knows that processing grief is very difficult. Grace hosts A Grace Disguised class where participants will learn and share about the grief process, pray and enjoy fellowship together. This is six-week class begins October 13, 2022, at 6 p.m. in MT101. The book, A Grace Disguised by Jerry Sittser, will be available for purchase for $15.00 when you register or on the first day of class. For more information, please contact Denise Phelps.

Register HERE


Food for Student Ministries

Our students (ministries) are growing! If it fills you up to feed others, have a look at the opportunities to love on our teens. Check out all the info at the coffee bar on Sunday morning. 


Be-ING a Disciple-Inviting

Take a quick look at just a few of the happenings at Grace that would be an easy invitation to friends and family. Find out all the details at gpch.org.

Saturday Serve: September-December

Join us for a short morning of intergenerational serving. On September 10 we’ll be making 200 kits for the homeless. Stop by the Welcome Center to jump in and serve for an hour or two. Feel free to take some kits and share or restock the church inventory for others to take and distribute.

How To Practice Christian Civility: Sunday mornings

Part of EPIC (equipping people in community) classes on Sundays. These six-week classes range from studying beliefs to “how to” practices of a believer. This particular class focuses on Christian civil conversation and contributing in a very divisive world.

Little Lights Service Project-Tuesday: September 20 

Preschool or school age children will bring their parents or grandparents and meet for a short service project and Bible study. Partnering with the Little Lights non-profit, they will be assembling meals for Kids’ Meals. What a great opportunity to introduce serving to the smallest of God’s servants.

Sacraments & Sundaes: September 25 

Kids and parents, join us for lunch, ice cream sundaes, and a special class that will explain the sacraments of baptism and communion in a very easy-to-understand and practical way for our young disciples. This is an ideal way to help children learn about what they are witnessing in worship.

Women’s Bible Studies: meet every Tuesday 

Three different groups, Women of Grace, Grace Moms and Inspire, all who have morning and evening class options. Whether you are a first time visitor or a long time member there are multiple easy entry opportunities to explore God's word.

Marriage Bootcamp Retreat: September 30 and October 1

Invest in a Friday night and Saturday morning marriage retreat at Grace to reconnect and rediscover your marriage. Come as a couple or as a single and walk away with some marriage reminders and tools all rooted in the love of Christ. Childcare available.

Abide: every Thursday night

ABIDE is a student worship experience every Thursday night that meets in the second floor high school room. The goal is to have both a night of worship, but also a time for middle and high school students to be in authentic and vulnerable community with each other.

Trunk or Treat: October 30

Join us for trick or treating, candy, food and fun! Go from themed trunk to themed trunk in the Grace church parking lot to get some candy and share in some costume (not scary) fun. This is a terrific evening to invite your friends, family, and neighbors for a different kind of Sunday evening fun!

Coat Dedication Sunday: November 13

We’ve been called, for the second year, to help three schools in the Westchase area by providing 300 coats for children in need.  We’ll be dedicating these coats during worship on November 13 and it’s a lovely experience to see service in action during worship. This would be a great Sunday for someone to visit Grace for the first time.

 


Meet Our New Staff

Jordan Goodie

Jordan is a native Houstonian who loves Houston but is a sucker for mountains! He attended Sam Houston State University, where he studied History. While at Sam Houston State University, he came to faith, becoming a disciple of Jesus. It was also at Sam where Jordan met and married his wife of 13 years, Katie. From 2011-2019, Jordan worked with Chi Alpha Campus Ministries, ministering to college students at Sam Houston and eventually at West Virginia University. Upon returning to Houston in 2019, Jordan served as a Church Planting Resident. He was trained in planting healthy churches, spiritual formation, character development, church vision, and exposure to the particulars of church operations. In December of 2021, Jordan completed a Masters in Theological Studies at HBU.

Jordan and Katie currently have two children, Zoe and Blaise, who they simply adore. They love traveling, reading, exercise, and good food. 

Jordan will be working full time with Young Adults from college through our Foundations group. He will also be in partnership with Student Ministry and responsible for Disciple Groups. 

Aaron Hansz

Aaron is a disciple-making disciple of Jesus for those "churched" and "unchurched." He is a husband, a father, and a community leader. He and his wife Stephanie live in The Woodlands with their 8-year-old twins, two teenagers, and a married daughter that resides in the Dallas area. Not to mention Mick, the 115 lb Lab, and his smaller chocolate brother Harry!

In his free time, you will find him out having coffee with others and swimming with the kiddos. Aaron misses horse riding, however, has found a less bone-breaking hobby in pottery. Exploring mountain biking and hiking is the newest interest.

For 20 years Aaron T. Hansz has grown his professional expertise in comprehensive financial planning/investment management and life coaching services. Aaron contributes to the world professionally by working as a Financial Planner who coaches one through the seasons of life all with a spiritual foundation. He has had the honor to help and affect the lives of entrepreneurs, corporate executives, retirees, their families, churches, and individuals. Aaron has both domestic and international experience.

Aaron holds various licenses and designations in his respective fields. Holding licenses from FINRA and the SEC along with the AIF and CRPC and being an Associate Certified Coach from the International Coaching Federation, an Advanced Birkman Consultant, and a Certified Consultant with the Trust Edge Leadership Institute. Aaron also sits on the Board of Directors of several non-profit organizations.

He has a Bachelor of Science in Management from Johnson and Wales University; a Master of Business Administration in Leadership from Concordia University and he is a recent Cum Laude graduate from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. Aaron has been fully recommended for Ordination with ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians.

Aaron will be part-time at Grace starting our Alpha ministry and growing Men's ministry. He has a huge heart for the unchurched and those struggling and will be working with recovery programs and similar outreach ministry.