How does the body of Christ respond to God’s promise of Psalm 68:6 to set the lonely in families?
GRC responds by addressing the particular needs of adoptive and foster families. Refuge 686 is designed for building a culture of care and support that reflects God’s heart, so that parentless children are nurtured and loved. This purpose is accomplished through education, family networks, prayer and tangible means of support. Those seeking to adopt or care for foster children can also access Refuge 686 as a helpful resource in the application process. Above all, Refuge 686 connects these special families with a loving and supportive congregation of believers, each adopted by their Father in heaven.
There are children everywhere who are lonely. They go to bed every night wishing for one thing: the love of a family. God promises in Psalm 68:6 to set the lonely in families. The body of Christ is called to help fulfill this promise. Refuge 686 is answering God’s call to fulfill this promise by building a culture of care and support that reflects God’s heart so that parentless children are nurtured and loved.
Who We Are
We are first and foremost a church based ministry, believing that parentless children should find refuge, nurture and care in loving Christian homes that are supported by a local church family. We desire to help as many Christians as possible answer the cry of lonely and vulnerable children by raising-up, supporting and encouraging adoptive and foster families. As we provide refuge, support and equipping resources to adoptive and foster families more children will be welcomed into Christian homes and find their own place of refuge. Where parentless children can’t be placed in families (International Orphans), or are waiting to be placed in families (Foster Children in the US), we desire to serve and support these children who are lonely without the love and support of a family.
Who We Aren’t
We are not a licensed adoption or foster-care agency, nor do we endorse any particular agency.Rather we seek to provide prospective adoptive and foster parents with the information and skills to prayerfully and wisely make their own adoption and/or foster care plans. Our heart’s desire is to walk alongside adoptive and foster families through the entire adoption and foster care process: before, during and after a child is placed providing community, encouragement, practical support and parenting information targeted to meeting the unique needs of adopted and foster children.
We aren’t about merely recruiting adoptive and foster families. Adoption and foster care isn’t only about matching lonely children with loving families. Rather we seek to raise-up loving and well-equipped Christian families who can meet the unique needs of their adopted and foster children. Parenting adopted and foster children can be a difficult task and adoptive and foster families need a supportive community where they can openly discuss their unique challenges and find support, encouragement and targeted resources.
PSALM 68:6 shares God’s heart to set the lonely in families. Our vision as the adoption and foster care ministry of Grace Redeemer Church is to see God’s promise fulfilled by “building a culture of care and support that reflects God’s heart, so that parentless children are nurtured and loved.”
REFUGE 686 seeks to answer God’s call to set the lonely in families by inspiring Christians to consider adoption and foster care, connecting adoptive and foster families with necessary resources and support and serving the unique needs of adoptive and foster parents and parentless children.
GRC is both a “sent” and a “sending” church. As a “sent” church (see John 20:20-22), we understand ourselves to be a missional church which seeks to make disciples and send them to engage the Least and the Lost with the transforming power of the Gospel right here in our own communities. But we are also a “sending” church, as we seek to faithfully play a part in Jesus’ “Great Commission” (see Matthew 28:18-20) to see the Gospel advance to every people group around the world.
All of our ministries reinforce the “sent” aspect of our calling. Our Missions Ministry focuses on the “sending” aspect of our calling and includes our efforts to equip and send out people to cross barriers of distance, culture, and/or language in order to establish and strengthen the church among people beyond the normal sphere of influence of our GRC members.
GRC Missions Vision
We seek to involve the whole GRC congregation to pray, give, and go as we work to advance the movement of the Gospel and the planting and establishment of churches, especially among the least reached, while supporting and caring for all our missionary relationships.
The Missions Team
Our Missions Team works to:
- facilitate our relationship with missionaries and missions ministries beyond GRC in our region and around the world,
- cast vision, educate, and mobilize our congregation to be involved with these relationships and ministries, and
- encourage GRC members and ministries in their local outreach efforts as requested and vet any opportunities that may arise before they are promoted to the congregation at large.
These efforts involve plans for ongoing vision-casting and education, forming teams to care and encourage our sponsored missionaries, mobilize prayer for missions and our missionaries, mobilize the congregation for hands-on participation in missions, and strategically steward the missions
budget of the church based on our priorities and goals under the oversight of our elders.
The current Missions Team members and contact information is provided on our weekly worship bulletin.
Each year, the church will focus on some aspect of our missions ministry, often through a conference, that casts vision, educates, rallies prayer, equips, and mobilizes our people in various ways to engage in missions. An important aspect of this time is to encourage the congregation to make an anonymous “Faith Promise Pledge” indicating their designated financial giving towards the missions budget over the coming year (above and beyond their general offering to the church). Making a pledge enables the MT to forecast a budget and make commitments for the upcoming year, as 100% of the missions budget comes through the designated gifts to missions given by our people.
Our Missions Team seeks to communicate with our partners around the world and our denomination and network with other like-minded ministries in order to recommend one or more short-term missions projects for our congregation each year. Promotion for these projects will typically begin at the Missions Week.
Missionaries and Partners
We seek to allocate our financial giving to be strategically involved in church planting, evangelism and discipleship ministries, mercy ministries, and mobilization of our congregation to participate directly with our missions partners.
Because many of our partners work with unreached people groups or in sensitive areas of the world, we do not publish information about our missionaries online. You can learn more about them by visiting GRC.
What is Celebrate Recovery?
Celebrate Recovery (CR) is a Christ-centered recovery program based on the Beatitudes. The purpose of CR is to fellowship and celebrate God’s healing power in our lives through the 12 steps and 8 recovery principles. By applying these principles we experience freedom from our hurts, habits, and hang-ups creating peace, serenity, joy and a stronger personal relationship with God and others. Celebrate Recovery is a safe place to share struggles and a place where we can take off our masks. A place where you hear the words: “Nobody walks alone.” Celebrate Recovery changes lives!
Already in 34,000 churches worldwide (most in the U.S.), a branch of CR was started at GRC in 2015.
Celebrate Recovery is for anyone with the courage to be honest about life’s hurts, habits and hang-ups and willing to open their life to healing and change. Participants open the door by sharing their experiences and hopes with one another. In addition, they become willing to accept God’s grace and forgiveness in solving life’s problems. This ministry is being supported by Grace Redeemer but is available to all people, whether or not they attend our church. We meet every Wednesday:
- 7:00 – 7:30pm Dinner
- 7:30 – 8:15pm Large Group Worship and Teaching
- 8:15 – 9:00pm Open Share Small Groups
What is a Hurt, a Habit, a Hang-Up (3H)?
It is something that is stealing the peace God intended you to have.
- Hurt Emotional reactions to another’s behavior or a disturbing situation (abuse, abandonment, co-dependency, divorce, relationship issues, etc.).
- Habit An addiction to someone or something (alcohol, drugs, food, gambling, sex, shopping, smoking, etc.).
- Hang-up Negative mental attitudes that are used to cope with people or adversity (anger, depression, fear, unable to forgive, etc.).
Is Celebrate Recovery for me?
You may be thinking that recovery is just for those who struggle with drugs and alcohol. We’ve found that less than one-third of the people attending CR struggle with chemical dependencies.
Can you answer yes to any one of these questions?
- Have you been hurt by others?
- Do you struggle with poor self-image?
- Do you yearn for others approval?
- Are you a people pleaser?
- Do you struggle with fear of confronting others?
- Do you struggle with depression, isolation, a lack of trust?
- Do you find your only true identity in your work? Spending too much time there?
- Is your marriage in jeopardy?
- Are you divorced?
- Do you struggle with lust?
- Do you struggle with Pornography?
- Do you seek comfort through food, alcohol or other substances?
- Are you a survivor of physical, emotional or sexual abuse?
- Is a current friend or relative struggling with an addiction?
If you answered yes to these, Celebrate Recovery is for you. CR is not for “those other people.” It’s for you and me! “We all have sinned, we’ve all fallen short, we’ve all been hurt, and we’ve all hurt others.” Everybody needs recovery and Celebrate Recovery offers a safe place to fellowship and learn from others with real-life struggles. Join us on this journey. Come as you are. Go home forever changed. If you are currently struggling, get in touch with us immediately. We also need volunteers, leaders, and musicians to support this ministry.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
One of the best ways to become part of the Grace Redeemer community is to serve in one of the various capacities and ministries inside or outside of our church.
As part of the Diaconate, you can minister to the needs of the church members and others in the community as Christ served the church and ministered to the needs of those around Him. Please email email@example.com to find out more.
The Children’s Ministry is always in need of teachers for our children’s curriculum during service times (Kid’s Club) and during the Sunday School hour as well as a team of parents who help care for our nursery children. Please contact our children’s ministry director, Karen Jacobsen at Karen@graceredeemer.com for more details.
Do you wonder how it appears each of our Sunday services run so smoothly, even with all the chaos of congregants coming and going? Come join our incredible team of ushers, attendants, greeters, audio-visual technicians, PowerPoint operators, and last—but not least—musicians. Sundays are led by our Operations Director Jaclyn Chang. Please contact her at Jaclyn@graceredeemer.com for more details and to volunteer to serve on one of her many teams.
Sundays can’t be mentioned without the robust and wonderful worship music, a mixed style of hymns and modern praise, prepared and performed by our musicians and led by Director of Worship Ministries Karl Stephens.