Listed below are some or our church ministries.
The Congregational Care Ministry addresses the CRITICAL spiritual needs of the Grace Community Church congregation that are above and beyond those normally addressed by the Diaconate or other Ministries. This Ministry focuses on Compassionate Care and Spiritual Support to Grace Community Church members during critical situations.
Women’s Bible Study . . .
New Summer Bible Study held at 9:30 AM on Tuesday mornings. July 10 - August 28. Led by: Michele Southerland
Regular Women's Bible Study meets Each Monday morning at 9:30 AM. Resumes January 15 2018.
Prayer Blankets: Given to members in time of need.
Men’s Bible Study: Monday at 8AM - October 8 to December 18. A perfect place for men to fellowship and better understand what God has in store for all of us.
Summer Women's Bible Study: Tuesdays 9:30 AM. July 10 - August 28. Led by: Michele Southerland
Women’s Bible Study: Monday 9:30 AM - Resumes January 2018. Facilitated by Layperson.
Congregational Bible Study: Sunday 8:45 AM - Resumes January 2018. Led by Layperson.
Betti Pflephsen has been a Christian since she was a teenager and has loved music all of her life. She and Dave raised three daughters and have five grandchildren. They have lived in Arizona for twenty-one years, and attended GCC for twelve years. Betti has been the Choir Director for seven years and plays the organ and piano during worship service. Betti is amazing in her ability to share a story about many of the songs chosen for the choir to sing. She is appreciated for her gift of directing the choir and often blesses us with her amazing voice when she sings a solo.
Michele Southerland,our Choir Director, lived in Oxnard, CA since the early 1960’s and moved to Arizona in 2015. She attended schools including Ventura and Oxnard College, studying music under the baton of Dr. E. Burns Taft. She has participated in or led a variety of worship services and community sing-a-longs. Michele directed and performed in the Penny Wolcott “Star Spangled” productions in Port Hueneme, CA. She directed children, youth and adult vocal and handbell choirs while Director of Traditional Worship at Westminster Presbyterian Church of Hueneme, and taught a comprehensive school-wide music program at a local elementary school. During the early 2000’s she participated in the Master Chorale of Ventura County providing leadership within her section. In 2011, the Pacific Shores Philharmonic Foundation. She performed with El Coro Maestro (Master Chorale) and was the board treasurer. Since retiring and moving to Arizona, Michele has performed with ProMusica AZ, Women in Song, in the 2016 West Valley Chorale production of the “Verdi Requiem” at Symphony Hall with Grand Canyon University, and rings with the Handbell Ringers of Sun City. Michele has been married to Eural, for 37 years and has two sons, Patrick, a luthier for Tom Anderson Guitarworks in Newbury Park, CA, and Michael, who currently drives for FedEx after a 8 year commitment with the USMC.
Sherry Bennett, our pianist, has been married 48 years to Douglas Bennett. Together they have 3 sons and 8 grandchildren. She was a stay-at-home mom most of those years. Sherry took piano lessons from 3rd grade through her freshman year in college. She has accompanied choirs and played piano in church since the 8th grade. She majored in voice music education at University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee - one year, and made university concert choir as a freshman. She also taught music in elementary through high school as a substitute teacher and directed a church choir for one year. Sherry got back into music in Fall of 2013 with the Grand Singers. She began accompanying again in January 2014 to 'fill in' for Grand Singers accompanist. She has been the regular accompanist since fall of 2015, as well as the assistant director since fall of 2016. Sherry also plays the keyboard and sings in an oldies band she started with her husband in 2016. She is amazed at where God has led her, not only in Sun City Grand, but so involved in music. “It is a joy to be the accompanist at Grace Community Church, to focus on worshiping our Lord with the congregation. I never would have guessed that my life in retirement would be so full! God's plans are amazing!”
We use a variety of activities to support and reach-out to our community. During the year we offer free concerts that are open to the community.
Chairperson: Greta Peel
Our Library has been created for the use of our congregation to expand their knowledge with the many Christian and Research books, as well as, audio and video resources.
There are also a variety of Resource items available to our members such as:
The Daily Bread: Monthly devotional
The Layman News: What is going on in the various Presbyterian denominations
EPC Information: Stay up to date on the news of our denomination
Grace News: Printed copies of our church newsletter
Membership Directories: Addresses and phone numbers of our members, affiliates and friends
The Resource Center is also used for various displays and sign-up sheets for upcoming events.
Hospitality - Beth Terry and Ava Daley
Prayer Meeting - Church members ~ Tuesdays, 9:00 AM
Property Management - Merv Olson ~ Facilities and property maintenance
Property Maintenance - Barbie w/BearKlaw Janitorial Services ~ The “muscle behind God’s Ministry
Sunday Fellowship - Ava Daley, Beth Terry ~ Serving light snacks following Sunday Service
Maintains supplies - Carol Jones
Table decorations - Sharon Clanin
Facebook Page - Michelle Southerland