Mark Ave Fun Fest – The Aloha Edition - 7/21/2018
Greater Grace Community Church hosted their 3rd Annual Mark Ave Fun Fest on July 21st 2018. The event was brought together through the hard work and collaboration of several local churches to include Elgin Evangelical Free Church, and Westminster Presbyterian Church. Live Music was provided by the PUSH Contemporary Christian Band. Free Medical Checkups were provided by VNA Health Care.
Despite the threat of showers Mark Ave Fun Fest was bigger and better this year with the most robust attendance yet! This years’ theme for the Fun Fest was “The Aloha Edition”. The literal meaning of ALOHA is “the presence of breath” or “the breath of life.” It comes from “Alo,” meaning presence, front and face, and “ha,” meaning breath. The whole purpose of the Fun Fest is to share the love, life, and fun that was breathed into us by our Heavenly Father; so “Aloha” was a great theme to embody the Fest’s Purpose. Pastor Jack Wheatley shared an inspirational message about “The Plymouth Rock of Hawaii.”
As neighbors walked down the sidewalk and approached the church grounds, they could hear the live music provided by the PUSH band. As they got closer, they could smell the delicious roast luau pig style lunch courtesy of Greater Grace Community Church. Once on the grounds, they could hear the laughter stemming from the children playing all the fun carnival games provided by Elgin Evangelical Free church. They could see the kids jumping on the bouncy house, or racing through the 50 foot tropical obstacle course. A big hit for young and old was the dunk tank. Gospel Illusionist Rob Newby performed a great show for the crowd as well. The event came to a close with a grand finale raffle that featured donated prizes from Elgin area businesses.
LOVE ELGIN DAY - 06/09/2018
Greater Grace Community Church partnered with 40 other churches at 8 different locations across Elgin on June 9th, 2018 to spread the love of Jesus together as one this past Saturday. Members of Elgin Evangelical Church and Epworth Methodist Church joined GGCC at their campus to reach out to Elgin’s west side. The PUSH Band provided live music as there was much fun to be had outside that included soccer and a bounce house for the children. Inside lives were touched with the gospel and prayer. Physical needs were met as the Bread of Life Food Pantry offered food and clothing; and various vendors provided services such as haircuts and counseling. It was a great time and people's lives were impacted with the Eternal Love of Christ!
What is Love Elgin Day? Love Elgin Day is a vision of seeing the ‘body of Christ’ use every gift, talent and resource to demonstrate the incredible love God has for humanity. Although we value the times of worship on Saturdays and Sunday along with Wednesday night ministries that seek to disciple and grow people in their faith in Christ – the VISION is to see ‘Christ-followers’ to come together, reach their cities for Christ and send the message to the world that the ‘body of Christ’ can and will unite and impact our world for Jesus Christ. people. In this local setting, we are a Christ-centered focused outreach, across the city of Elgin, demonstrating the love of God to all people who have genuine felt-needs, economic challenges and spiritual concerns. Imagine, local churches working together, across denominational lines, to express the grace and love of God in as many tangible ways as we possibly can! WE CAN AND DO!
Launched in 2012, this fun-filled, freebie-filled, faith-filled event. The number of people served at each LED is between 1,500 to 3,000 family units. We offer food, clothing along with incredible services across every site and campuses across the Elgin area. Our bike repair guys have fixed as many as 60 bicycles in one day; our car maintenance team, perhaps two or three dozen cars. We can’t even begin to count how many boxes of groceries and bagfuls of clothing go home from Love Elgin Day. And, just like the grace of God for every one of us, all of it is free!
Pastor Jeorge Holmes, a native of Elgin, birthed this ministry and continues to serve as lead coordinator. LED operates under the umbrella of many local churches and Pastors in Elgin along with parterning with Touched Twice United, a 501(c)(3) organization in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.
Our Prayer: “God, may Your Kingdom come; may Your will be done [in Elgin] as it is in Heaven.” Matthew 6:10
Outreach with KLM – 8/05/2017
Saturday August 5, 2017 Greater Grace Community Church (GGCC) joined Kingdom Lifeline Ministries (KLM) as they held a tent meeting outreach to the West Garfield Park neighborhood. The meeting was held in a vacant lot directly across from KLM location at 4039 W Van Buren St. Chicago, IL 60624.
Packaged food, paper goods, and clothes for those in need were distributed. There was plenty of hot food served during the celebration that included live music and messages from several local pastors. Pastor Jack was privileged to share a word of GGCC’s vision to reach into the area of West Garfield through partnership with KLM and for all to be knit together as we spread the Light of Christ’s Love as one.
The Honorable IL State Rep. Melissa Conyears-Ervin and 28th Ward Alderman Jason Ervin were also in attendance to encourage Pastor Kurt Williams in his efforts to train and disciple men; as well as to hear from their constituents.
Kingdom Lifeline is a 12 month, 24 hour residential ministry. We reach out to alcoholics, drug addicts, ex-offenders, and other troubled men to promote a change in their behaviors and lives. Our mission is to bring forth men to stand firm in their faith in Jesus Christ. Through prayer, worship, and career development, we promote transformation in the lives of those served by our ministry as well as in their families and communities.
Utilizing a network of individuals, organizations, and churches, Kingdom Lifeline Ministries provides a safe, productive, purpose driven, and most importantly Christ centered environment. Through this, we respond to our call to promote successful personal and spiritual growth for individuals who desire to remain free from the tyranny of addiction and other life controlling struggles.
National Night Out – 8/01/2017
It was a great opportunity for the church and the community to build its relationship with local law enforcement and first responders. Attendance was robust and beyond expectations. We look forward to hosting NNO again in 2018 on Tuesday August 7.
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.
Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August (Texas celebrates on the first Tuesday in October). Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much, much more.
Mark Ave Fun Fest – 7/22/2017
Greater Grace Community Church hosted its 2nd Annual Mark Ave Fun Fest in Saturday July 22nd. The event was brought together through the hard work and collaboration of several local churches including Christ Community Church, Elgin Evangelical Free Church, and Westminster Presbyterian Church. These churches were also joined by several community outreach groups to included Administer Justice, Fox Valley Christian Action, and Glen Lerner Gives Back.
Despite area power outages and downed trees caused by a severe thunderstorm the night before, the Mark Ave Fun Fest went on as planned. The fest began around 11 am and continued until 4 pm with a steady flow of neighbors joining in on the fun. The crazy Friday night weather did not stop families from enjoying all that this event had to offer. Surrounding the church there was plenty of evidence of the damage caused by the destructive microburst storm; but on the grounds of Greater Grace Community Church the atmosphere was festive and welcoming.
As neighbors walked down the sidewalk and approached the church grounds, they could hear the live music provided by the PUSH band. As they got closer, they could smell the delicious BBQ lunch courtesy of Greater Grace Community Church. Once on the grounds, they could hear the laughter stemming from the children playing all the fun carnival games provided by Elgin Evangelical Free Church. They could see the kids jumping on the bouncy house, or sliding on the inflatable water slide, and even kicking balls unto the giant soccer dart board game provided by Christ Community Church. As they glazed towards the blocked street, they could see the older youth playing around the basketball hoop. Our friend, Roger Simmons from Fox Valley Christian Action ran a basketball three point contest for the older boys. There was definitely something fun for every age group in the family to enjoy but this wasn’t all.
At registration, each family also received a raffle ticket in anticipation of the grand prize finale. Parents with children in grades 1st through 5th could also sign up to receive back to school supplies courtesy of Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys. The Mark Ave fun fest marked the kick off of the Glen Lerner Gives Back back to school efforts here in Chicago. Through event sponsorships and school supply giveaway events, Glen Lerner Gives Back has committed to serve 9,000 kids with school supplies in Arizona, Chicago and Las Vegas in the 2017 season.