Joy
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Joy

Written by Juan Dugan, D.Min. – Worship Leader Joy is a tricky thing. We often hear it described as happiness or a positive outlook, but for anyone who has ever felt joyous, we know it’s more than that. There is that mysterious something contained within joy that makes it so difficult to accept when it...

Peace
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Peace

By Jennifer Redmond, M.Ed. In the protestant tradition, the focus of Advent is most often on the arrival of Jesus—Emanuel, God with us. But one season, that focus dramatically shifted for me. Five years ago, I was 8 months pregnant at Christmas; in a few short weeks I would become a mother. Many days I...

Making Room for Hospitality
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Making Room for Hospitality

Written by Abby Barr, M.Ed., Director of Operations Generally speaking, my husband and I are not shy people. In fact, I’m convinced that Ryan knows over half the population of Lynchburg by name, and likewise, Ryan is continually amazed at the depth and variety of topics I can cover with someone in a quick five...

Meet the Worship and Communications Team
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Meet the Worship and Communications Team

Written by Jennifer Redmond, M.Ed., Communications Team As someone who volunteers with the teams spotlighted this week, I can tell you firsthand—they are a lot of fun. (One of these leaders even plays on a semi-pro Frisbee team!) They’re also incredibly passionate about what they do at GCR, from debating the punctuation of a church...

Meet the Teaching and Outreach Team
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Meet the Teaching and Outreach Team

Written by Jennifer Redmond, M.Ed., Communications Team Did you know this December marks 10 years since Pastor Andrew and his wife Samantha started serving at GCR? So much has happened over those years, all of it pointing to God’s faithfulness in building this church community. Today, Pastor Andrew oversees the teaching ministry of the church...