Grace Times

Vol. XIV/8 Grace Bible Church, C 930, Sector B Mahanagar, Lucknow, India April 2012

April 2012

from the pastor

Pulpit Calendar
Check-in time of 15 minutes before services

Dear People, Jesus is risen! Blessings! But if Jesus didn’t rise from the dead, we’re wasting the precious little time we have: “eat, drink, be merry, for tomorrow we die” and there’s nothing more. But if Jesus did rise from the dead, it’s something that no one else has ever done, and God’s Word declares that Jesus “was designated the Son of God in power by His resurrection” (Rom.1: 4). If Jesus rose from the dead, then we’re not merely dealing with an event, but confronted by a person who is “in your face” because He is alive. You can choose Him or reject Him. Those are the options—the only ones. That is why ignoring Him or sidelining Him are also rejection of Him as the One Who is present in your life. For the last month we’ve been announcing that there is a check-in time for our services. Did you know that “check-in time” is straight from the Bible? It was Jesus who told the parable of 5 foolish young women who were late getting to a wedding and found no welcome. Their pleas to be excused were inadmissible. It was all because they had missed the check-in time. Look at it from another angle. At a church service who do you think is the host? A pastor is only the caretaker. God is not one of the attendees. It is to address God that we attend. It is to hear what He has to say that we attend. It’s obvious that God is the Host. It is a sign of disrespect to the host to arrive late. Shouldn’t God be respected? You decide. Vote with your feet. In Christ’s love, Kuru

HOLY WEEK

1 PALM SUNDAY 10.00 a.m HOLY COMMUNION The Triumphal Entry

Evening meetings at 6.30 p.m. 2 Like A Tree Without Fruit—Ashish Khan 3 Questioning the Lord—Rev J T Raja 4 The Last Parables—Ashish Khan 5 MAUNDY THURSDAY HOLY COMMUNION The Last Supper —Rev J T Raja 6 GOOD FRIDAY 9.30 a.m. The Crucifixion 8 EASTER SUNDAY 9.30 a.m. HOLY COMMUNION The Lord is Risen 15 22 29 Worship Service 9.30 a.m. Rev J T Raja Worship Service 9.30 a.m. Pastor Kuru Family Service 9.30 a.m. Greg Poklacki

Hindi Services
at 6 p.m. every Sunday.
1 8 15 22 29 Communion Service Rev J.T.Raja Vijay Singh Ashish Khan Rev J.T.Raja Ashish Khan

Jesus said, “Make disciples.” Tell people about our Hindi services. Introduce them to Grace Bible Church.

Income Jan-Mar 2011 General Offerings Donations Pledged Giving 2nd Mile Pledges Lent/Christmas offerings Hindi Service Designated collections Sunday School Grace Church in Village Building Fund Equipment Fund GRAND TOTAL

March March 2012 9,996.00 1,000.00 43,800.00 9,400.00 1,180.00 3,141.00

2012 Jan-Mar 2012 45,431.00 3,801.00 97,600.00 22,700.00 2,805.00 3,141.00 Budget 2012 1,50,000 40,000 4,20,000 80,000 19,000 Projection 1,82,000 erratic 3,94,000 91,000 erratic

20,530.00 4,700.00 74,340.00 15,550.00 5,630.00

4,160.00 1,500.00 500.00 1,26,910.00

1,869.00 500.00

3,645.00 1,500.00 1,40,000

70,886.00

1,80,623.00

8,49,000

Birthdays in April 04 09 12 15 18 26 30 Stanley Khan Sandy Singh Riya Jacob Malini Revis Martha Khan Pastor Kuru Satyaraj Upadhyay

Arman is battling bronchitis. Raj Upadhyay’s father has been in hospital due to a stroke. Greg Poklacki’s father finished undergoing radiation for cancer. Pushpa Singh’s husband doing poorly with chemotherapy. Della Singh had surgery to remove a lump and she’s in the clear. Sam Revis and family bereaved by the death of a sister-in-law. Whitsy Johnson had some complications with her pregnancy but is alright now. At home with her parents. Kanak Parshuram has university exams. Fizza has university exams in Delhi. Jerusha Antin, Jillian Gardner finished ICSE board exams and Suseela’s Bima ISC. Bima has to get into college now. Bunny Phillips is looking for job openings in NGOs. Malathi, Dinesh & two sons (Alipur Village Church) incurred a loss of approximately 1 lakh when their home was burgled. Roshini and Pastor Kuru leave for Bangalore on 28th to attend Roshini’s niece’s wedding, go to Madras on May 1st to fly to Melbourne on the 3rd. Jessica’s baby is due on May 12th. They will be in Melbourne till June 15th, when they will return to India, but go directly to Simla, where Elishba will be with her family, while she does her hospital placement. They will return to Lucknow in the first week of July. There will be another issue of Grace Times later this month detailing the pulpit calendar and pastoral arrangements for the period Pastor Kuru will be away.

Board of Elders
meeting on Sunday, 15th, after the service.

For Pastoral care contact Pastor Kuru Karunalaya, C-99, Sector J, Aliganj, Lucknow 226 001, INDIA  +91-522-2745865/4049392
gracebiblechurch.lucknowindia@gmail.com

www.gracebiblechurchlucknow.org

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