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 What's new this week?



Family Advent Kits

Christmas Gifts for Staff

Hanging of the Greens

Advent Season of Prayer

2024 Proposed Budget and Leaders - Confirmation

Forms Available this Sunday



Sunday Worship Service Information



Sunday Worship Service Information

Christmas KFC



Learn more about the Freelands



Check out the Calendar



Check out the Youth Calendar



Kids' Camp Sunday School

Check out the Crew456 Calendar


Updated Prayer List

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     Adoption Party for the Mudrack Family
    Cody and Kristen adopted Jaxson into their family. All are invited to come and celebrate this happy occasion with them.

    adoption Party


    2023 Poinsittia Slide

    Every year we decorate our worship spaces with poinsettias. If you would like to make a donation for one (or more) in honor or in memory of someone click here or go to our app to sign up. The donation amount is $8.00 each. Unfortunately, we were not able to attach a payment option to the form. You can pay for the poinsettias on our app (choose poinsettia), mail a check to the church (300 University Parkway, JC 37604), or bring cash or check to the church. If paying with a check or cash, please indicate that it is for poinsettias.
    There will be a slideshow with names and photos (if provided) shown at our Hanging of the Greens service on December 3. If you have any questions, you can contact the church office (423-928-7866).

    Advent Kits

    Family Advent Kits
    Advent is coming soon! We have put together advent kits for families with kids to do at home together. These kits will be available this Sunday and next Sunday at both of our campuses. Stop by and pick up one for your family! 

    Christmas Gifts for Staff at GrandviewThe Staff Relations Ministry Team is collecting money in order to provide our church staff with Christmas gifts. If you would like to contribute, please place your check or cash in the provided envelope (available at the information table at both of our campuses). Make checks payable to Grandview Christian Church with “Staff Gifts” in the memo line. Thank you for your support in this project.

    2023 Christmas

    Hanging of the Greens - Sunday, December 3
    The season of Advent is approaching!  Each year, we begin this special time with a Hanging of the Greens service. This service welcomes our children to decorate our worship space while we all worship together and prepare for the coming of Christmas.  There will be a church-wide dinner afterward.  Please bring a dessert or side-dish to share. Make plans to come together at our Buffalo Campus from 5:00pm - 7:00pm.

    Advent Season of Prayer - Weekdays Beginning December 4 Join us for a short time of devotion and prayer. We will gather at our Buffalo Campus each weekday morning at 7:00am from December 4 - December 22. Prayer guides are available at both campuses. If you are not able to participate in person, you can follow along on Facebook or on your own.

    Christmas Eve Services 
    As you probably already know, Christmas Eve falls on Sunday this year. The following services will be offered.

    • 11:00am - Family Worship service at our Buffalo Campus. No childcare our youth programming available.
    • 5:30pm - Candlelight Service at both of our Campuses. Nursery will be available.
    • 7:30pm - Candlelight Service at our Buffalo Campus. Nursery will be available.

    New Year's Eve
    We look forward to worshipping with you at one of the following services.

    •   9:30am - Family Worship service at our Cityview Campus. No child or youth programming.
    • 11:00am - Family Worship service at our Buffalo Campus. No child or youth programming.


    2024 Proposed Budget and Leaders - Confirmations Forms Available this Sunday
    Below is a list of the proposed Elders, Ministry Team Leaders, Trustees, and Treasurers for 2024. You can click here to learn more about each of them. We are asking that all members pray for our new leaders. Confirmation forms will be available at both campuses on November 26 and December 3. Click here for the proposed budget.

    Becky Allsop (Partnership Fund)
    Jerry Banner (Trustee)
    Tim Bomgardner (Elder)
    Julie Burkes (Missions)
    Dave Chapman (Elder)
    Scott Dines (Trustee)
    Phyllis Fox (Elder)
    Theresa Garbe (Elder)
    Craig Hardy (Property)
    Jeff Keeling (Connections-Cityview)
    Kristen Mudrack (Discipleship)
    Brent Nipper (Safety Team)
    Melissa Reading (Fellowship)
    Brandon Rogers (Treasurer)
    Cindy Schade (Connections-Buffalo Campus)
    Beth Bartchy-Smith (Staff Relations)
    Daniel Swain (Assistant Treasurer)
    Neal Voke (Trustee)
    Cindy Wymer (Connections- Buffalo Campus)

    Giving Cards 
    Every year around this time, we ask you to think and pray about your giving for the upcoming year. Cards are are available at the information table at both of our campuses. Please place completed cards in the box available at either of our campuses.

    Volunteers Needed
    We are looking for people willing to prepare communion cups at our Buffalo Campus. If you would like to learn more or you are willing to sign up for a month, please contact the church office.

    Bingo Prizes Needed
    Our friends at Christian Assisted Living could use some bingo prizes. If anyone would like to donate some small inexpensive gifts (can be Dollar Tree items!) for the bingo games, It would be appreciated. Donations can be put in the container in the coatroom (near the Grandview Room) marked “Bingo Prize Donations”.

    Food Pantry
    Our food pantry is open on Thursdays from 9:00 am - 10:00 am. If you or someone you know is in need of food, come to our Buffalo Campus (300 University Parkway) or call the church office (928-7866).
    Donations are always welcome. You can place items in the bin located in the coat closet at our Buffalo Campus.

    Invitation Card

    Is there someone you’ve been wanting to invite to church, but you’re feeling shy about it?

    If so, we would love to help you. Just drop by the information table and give us the first name of the person you would like to invite. We will take that name, print it on one of these, and have it available for you the following week. Meanwhile, the staff will pray for those people.

    Then, once you have the invite card you can either give it to the person you would like to invite, or you can keep it as a reminder to invite the person.

    Nothing tells people they are welcome like a personal invitation.

    If you don’t have someone you’ve been wanting to invite to church, we want to encourage you to start thinking that way.

    Life at Grandview Form
    Are you hoping to get better connected here at Grandview? In a recent sermon, we learned that great community is vital in the life of the church, and we want to help you take an easy first step to get connected more deeply. Looking for a canopy? Want to learn more about one of our ministries? Hungry to find ways to serve or give back? Need to update your contact information? Click here and fill out the Life at Grandview Form. This link is also available on our Linktree (that QR code on your weekly bulletin at the Buffalo Campus), on our Church Center App, and on our social media platforms.


    Know Doubt

    Morning Worship Services:
    Sunday, November 26
    Know Doubt: The End of Doubt
    David Chapman
    First Reading: Hebrews 11:8-16
    Sermon Text: Romans 8:31-39

    Times for Services and Classes
    9:30am and 11:00am worship services in the Green Sanctuary
    9:30am and 11:00am Kids' Camp in the lower level (this is for kids birth - 6th grade)
    9:30am and 11:00am Adult Sunday School Classes (see the "Canopies" section of this newsletter for more information about the classes available)
    11:00am Youth Sunday School in the Core (lower level)
    11:00 am Worship service livestreamed on our Facebook page and on our Grandview YouTube channel.

    Music During Worship Services
    We at Grandview love to hear the voices of our congregation during worship! If you would like to familiarize yourself with the songs we will sing before our time of corporate worship on Sunday, they are listed below.

    Buffalo 9:30
    Jesus Firm Foundation - Bryan Brown | Tony Wood
    For the One - Jenn Johnson | Paul McClure
    Bigger Than - Barker | Hamilton | Luckey | Smith
    O Praise The Name (Anástasis) - Hastings | Ussher | Sampson

    Buffalo 11:00
    Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee #20 - Dyke | Beethoven
    Be Still My Soul #530 - Schlegel | Borthwick | Sibelius
    Bigger Than - Barker | Hamilton | Luckey | Smith
    O Praise The Name (Anástasis) - Hastings | Ussher | Sampson


    Know Doubt

    Morning Worship Services:
    Sunday, November 26
    Know Doubt: The Beginning of Doubt
    Joy Eden
    First Reading: John 20:24-29
    Sermon Text: Luke 24:33-43

    Times for Services and Classes
    9:30am and 11:00am worship services
    9:30am Kids' Camp (at Olson's Martial Arts)
    9:30am nursery available
    11:00am Youth Sunday School at the Buffalo Campus (in the Core - lower level)
    Livestreamed at 9:30 am on the Cityview Campus Facebook page and on our Grandview - Cityview YouTube channel.

    Music During Worship Services
    We at Grandview love to hear the voices of our congregation during worship! If you would like to familiarize yourself with the songs we will sing before our time of corporate worship on Sunday, they are listed below.

    Cityview 9:30 and 11:00
    In Christ Alone - Keith Getty | Stuart Townend
    Same God - Brandon Lake | Chris Brown | Pat Barrett | Steven Furtick
    Give Me Faith - Chris Brown | London Gatch | Mack Brock | Wade Joye
    Reckless Love - Cory Asbury | Caleb Culver | Ran Jackson

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    Christmas KFC
    All families with kids are invited to join us on December 7 for some Christmas fun! We will gather at our Buffalo Campus from 5-7pm. Click here to register or contact Molly Dines for more information.


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    Fabienne in front of helicopter

    Dennis has handed off the management of the transportation department, the responsibility for aircraft maintenance and trained a pilot new to Cameroon in the last year.  Please pray for wisdom as he continues to mentor these men in their responsibilities.  Our department has also begun teaching motorcycle safety and 4x4 driving.   Members of the department have traveled to Tchad and Togo on behalf of JAARS to offer this training.

    After Fabienne hands off her responsibilities in April she is planning to take a sabbatical for the months of May, June and July.  She is planning to attend a debrief of her time as Director and seek the Lord’s direction regarding her future role.

    Steven would like to finish High school here in Cameroon.  Please pray for wisdom as they seek the Lord’s guidance for the roles that he will have us to fulfill in the future.

    Dennis and Fabienne see that a natural transition point is coming.  Pray for guidance as they seek the Lord’s will for them.

    The Freelands want to thank Grandview for their continued support of their efforts in Cameroon.

    Learn More About our Missions Ministry Team
    Grandview's Missions Ministry Team facilitates on-going relationships between our Grandview family and the missionaries/missions that we support as well as emphasizing the importance of missions in general. We host missionaries, plan events, learn about our mission partners, manage the Vision Fund (see below), oversee the Grandview Missions budget, and pray for God’s work around the world. New team members are welcome. Many opportunities for service are available. Please email Julie Burks (2023 team leader) for more information about joining the team, to request long-term or short-term support, or to receive a current mailing list of our missionaries so that you can send cards and/or packages to them.

    Click here for a list of all of our Missions and Missionaries that we are currently supporting.


    College Age

    College Age Calendar
    Click here for our fall calendar. Check out what we have planned and get other helpful information.
    If you have any questions, contact Joy Eden.


    Youth Christmas Party 2023

    Christmas Party 
    Our Christmas Party is happening on Sunday, December 17! Click here for more information.

    Youth Calendar
    All 7th -12th graders are invited to be a part of our youth ministry. Click here for our fall calendar and other helpful information.

    Youth TCTC 2023

    The TCTC (Tennessee Christian Teen Convention) is a gathering of youth from TN and surrounding states in the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Our next TCTC will be held January 5-7th, 2024. TCTC cultivates an opportunity for spiritual growth through engaging speakers and music geared toward youth today. For more info check out tctcinfo.com.

    Click here to register! 


    Parents' Night Out

    Parents Night Out is coming up on December 1 from 5:00-8:30pm at the Buffalo Campus for kids' birth-6th grade.  This is a time where parents can have some time and we will watch your kids for you! Kids will enjoy games, crafts, and a movie. Dinner is provided and the cost is $10 per family. Click here to register.

    Kids' Camp - Sunday School
    Click here to to see what we will be learning about this Sunday! Our Kids' Camp is for kids birth-6th grade. Join us at 9:30 or 11:00am at our Buffalo Campus or at 9:30 at our Cityview Campus.

    Crew456 Fall Calendar
    Here at Grandview, our 4th-6th grade students are part of a group called Crew456. We have many activities throughout the year. Click here for our fall calendar of events. If you have any questions, contact Leah Short or Molly Dines.


    What is a Canopy?
    In an amazing natural phenomenon called “canopy shyness,” trees in some forests grow in patterns that allow light to permeate the forest below. The whole forest can be healthy and grow together by keeping space in the canopy. This is the idea behind Canopy at Grandview.

    Our Canopies are small groups who come together once a week, every other week, or once a month. Whatever your fancy, there is a Canopy group for you. Let us help you get connected into an existing Canopy or help you start a new one. For more information, contact Patrick Prodger.

    Canopy Groups
    Here is a list of Canopy Groups. If you would like more information about any of these our you would like to learn how to join them, contact Katy Woodward.

    Crew465 Canopy
    Here at Grandview, our 4th - 6th grade students are part of a group called Crew456. We invite all Crew456'ers to join us on Sunday evenings from 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm for a time of study and fellowship! We meet at our Buffalo Campus. For more information about Crew456, contact Leah Short. You can also view the calendar in the "Kids' Camp and Crew456" section of this newsletter.

    Youth Canopies 
    All 7th - 12th grade students are invited to join us! We meet at our Buffalo Campus on Sunday evenings from 5:00pm - 7:30pm. We divide up by age and gender and our small groups are led by an intergenerational team of adults in our church. For more information, contact Joy Eden. Check out  the calendar in the "Youth" section of this newsletter.

    College Age Canopy 
    Grandview's College Age Canopy meets at the Interyear House weekly on Sundays for a combination of service, faith conversations, and fun. Follow this link for our calendar of events (CollegeAge Calendar) and follow us on Instagram @grandviewcollegeage for updates and info!

    Calling Group
    This group serves Grandview’s shut-ins, those in the hospital, and those in need of pastoral care. They meet at our Buffalo Campus each Tuesday morning at 9:45am. This is a great way to meet new people and care for others.

    Allman Canopy
    This group meets on Sundays at 6pm at Roger and Jane Allman's home. They are currently doing the Fall Focus study. All are welcome to join them.

    Women's Bible Study
    This group has finished the fall focus study. They will resume meeting in January.

    Tree Streets Potluck
    This group of neighbors meets in the heart of Johnson City to share good food and good times. They aim to provide opportunities for conversation and relationship building for people at Grandview and our neighbors.

    Visit the Doan flower and cattle farm in Blountville to connect with others and learn about local sustainable farming and other practices. They meet on the second and fourth Monday at the Doan farm.

    Widows Might
    All widows are invited to participate in this canopy. They meet once a month usually for an activity, lunch, and fellowship. For more information, contact the church office.

    Faith in Living - Adult Sunday School Class
    The Faith in Living class meets at 10:45 am in the Grandview Room at the Buffalo Campus. All are welcome to join them! Here is the November and December schedule:
    November   5 - Gideon: Victory before Disintegration  - Judges 6-8 - David Chapman
    November 12 - Abimelech's Rise and Fall - Judges 9-10 - David Roberts
    November 19 - Jephthah's Folly and Other Problems - Judges 11-12 - Phyllis Fox
    November 26 - Samson: Hero or Could Have Been? - Judges 13-16 - Doug Fox

    December   3 - How Bad Could It Get? - Judges 17-21 - David Chapman
    December 10 - Naomi's Family Woes - Ruth 1 - David Roberts
    December 17 - Settling in as Immigrants - Ruth 2 - Phyllis Fox
    December 24 - The Love Story of Ruth and Boaz - and a Baby Born - Ruth 3-4 - Doug Fox

    S.A.L.T. Class - Adult Sunday School Class
    All are welcome to join them at 9:30 am in the Virginia Street Room. In November, Dr Gary Selby will be leading the class on "Finding God in Your Past: Memory and the Life of Faith."

    Church and Community - Adult Sunday School Class
    All are welcome to join them at 9:30 am in the Stone-Campbell Room. This class studies books of the Bible.


    Prayer and Care
    We have an online prayer chain to help us pray for the needs of Grandview's members, attenders, and those who are connected to them. If you are not already part of this group and would like to participate, contact the church office (call: 928-7866 or email: office@grandviewchristian.org).

    Prayer List: This week we are in prayer for . . .

    Roger Allman (prostate cancer)
    Sara Alvey (niece of Cathy Parris - multiple health issues)
    Samuel Arnold (ongoing health issues)
    Rebekah Barnett (ongoing health issues)
    Darryl Brooks (brother of Carol Norris - recovery after spinal surgery)
    Dianna Breeden (Beth Kilgore's mom, Guillain-Barre syndrome)
    Brian Buckner (son of Willy, home dealing with foot issues)
    Willy Buckner (ongoing health issues)
    Penny Cochran (recovery after knee replacement surgery)
    Shelley Coonan (Rebecca Lockridge's aunt - cancer)
    Alex Garrison (Guillain-Barre' Syndrome)
    Carol Garrison (recovery after knee replacement surgery)
    Treavor Hayes (ongoing health issues)
    Andrew Huffines (Covid related issues)
    Don & Connie Humston (friends of Carol Garrison - Don has dementia & Parkinson's)
    JR ( 7-year-old friend of Richard Phillips - cancer)
    Lisa Lippard (Cindy's daughter-in-law, heart issues)
    Richard Phillips (Dick and Lucy's son and Melissa Reading's brother, recovery after motorcycle accident)
    Ron Pyron (chemo treatments)
    Rich Spurgin (ongoing health issues)
    Barbara Stokes (ongoing health issues)

    Those needing the gospel

    Family/Friends in Military
    James Dollard
    Chris Smith
    Dustin Horton
    Ian Frazier
    Jonathan Spitznas

    If you would like to place your own or another name on this weekly prayer list, you may call the church office (928-7866) or talk to one of the ministry staff. Names will remain on the list for 4 weeks unless a request is made that they remain on the prayer list.


    For those who want to listen to Grandview sermons on the go, they're now available as podcasts--one for the Buffalo Campus and one for the Cityview Campus. Check them out! New sermons will be added every Wednesday.
    You can find the podcasts on Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, and a variety of other outlets. If you can't access them on your podcast app of choice, please let the church office know.
    Buffalo Sermons
    Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/yy86lx4s
    iTunes: https://tinyurl.com/yyq3jvso
    Google Play: https://tinyurl.com/y5paj45x

    Cityview Sermons
    Spotify: https://tinyurl.com/y3lj35f2
    iTunes: https://tinyurl.com/y65k6alw
    Google Play: https://tinyurl.com/y59xz6s2


    We are excited to share with you the following ways to give. If you have any questions, you can contact the church office or our Treasurer - Brandon Rogers.

    Use the Church Center App: Download from Google Play or Apple App Store. (Links at https://churchcenter.com) At bottom of screen, click the Give button. Give to your choice of funds, as one-time gifts, or schedule recurring gifts, using a debit/credit card or directly from your bank account (ACH). If you want to “split” your gift between two or more funds, you will need to Give Online or Text-To-Give (See next two items below)

    Give Online (Church Center): Go to https://grandviewchristian.churchcenter.com/giving. This is the same Church Center App but viewed online as a webpage. You can give in the same ways described above. And here you can split your gift between two or more funds, easily.

    Text-To-Give (Church Center): Text the “$” dollar amount you want to give to “84321” and you will get a reply text link to Church Center’s web page allowing you to give in the same ways described above. Give to a specific fund, or split funds in your text message. (For example, to give $40 Total by giving $10 to each online fund, you would text “$10 Buffalo $10 Cityview $10 Unreachable $10 Partnership”) You can use the “bolded” words as shown in the example for the funds, or else you will have to type the full fund names as shown below.

    Available Funds for Online Electronic Giving:
    General-Fund-Buffalo - For discretional spending for Buffalo Campus, per budget. Used where needed most.

    General-Fund-Cityview  - For discretional spending for Cityview Campus, per budget. Used where needed most.

    Unreachable-Capital-Campaign - Established to pay off Church Mortgage, launching Cityview, and other improvements.

    Partnership-Fund - Separate Fund for privately and confidentially helping members and others in need.

    If you need help with anything above, or want to give electronically to a fund not listed above, or if you want to give electronically in memory of a member who as passed away, please contact the Church Treasurer, Brandon Rogers, for assistance at treasurer@grandviewchristian.org.

    FREE Electronic ACH Giving / Covering Credit Card Costs (Optional): In the past, members asked to “voluntarily” cover credit card gift costs which was hard to do as costs were variable. Now, costs are lower & fixed, so you can easily elect to cover those costs just by checking a box when giving. Totally Optional! If you do so, the extra amount is added to your gift. The net gift amount appears on all receipts & statements.
    ***Checking account (ACH) gifts are essentially FREE to Grandview***The actual cost paid is $0.30 cents per gift (less than a postage stamp), and you can optionally cover that cost if you wish. If you do not, a donor has pledged to cover, on behalf of Grandview, all the $0.30 cent fees for any ACH gifts on Church Center. The anonymous donor wants all electronic Church Center checking account (ACH) giving to be free to both Grandview and you!

    Church Center / Deductible Giving only / Receipts: All Church Center electronic giving is for gifts only. You may pay electronically for any non-tax-deductible payments for Two4Two, Youth trips, or Children’s events, as part of the registration process for those events. A donation receipt is automatically emailed when your gift is processed (even cash or checks.) You can toggle that receipt feature on and off in the app (or online). If you need any assistance with any of the above, please contact the Treasurer.

    Cash and Checks are always welcome in the offering plate/giving boxes. You can split your gift between funds with a memo field note, or with separate checks, whichever you personally prefer.

    Important notes: When writing a check to the Capital Campaign, please write “Unreachable” or “Campaign” in the memo field. If you write “Cityview” in the memo, your gift will be allocated to the Cityview General Fund. All checks should be payable to “Grandview Christian Church,” not payable to any fund or campus. Please do not mail cash anywhere! And do not mail checks to the Treasurer’s home address or any other staff member’s home address.

    If you desire to mail a check, please mail to:
    Grandview Christian Church
    Attention: Brandon Rogers
    300 University Parkway
    Johnson City, TN 37604


    Feel free to contact the church office at 928-7866 or
    office@grandviewchristian.org if you have any questions or concerns you would like to share with us. You can also reach out to our staff members directly by emailing to their first name followed by @grandviewchristian.org.

    Buffalo Campus
    Aaron Wymer, Senior Minister
    Heather Lawson, Executive Minister
    Brett Hyder, Minister of Worship Arts
    Cody Mudrack, Livestream Technician
    Katy Woodward, Discipleship Minister
    Leah Short - Minister to Children
    Joy Eden, Minister to Youth and Young Adults
    Noah DeLong, Choir Director
    Brenda Money, Office Administrator
    Brent Nipper, Business Administrator


    Cityview Campus
    Nathan Cachiaras, Campus Minister
    Joy Eden, Minister to Youth and Young Adults
    Evan Magness, Worship Minister
    Luke Floyd, Worship Minister
    Molly Dines, Children's Minister

    Patrick Prodger

    Jacob Wickerham

    2023 Elders
    Mike Sweeney, Chair of the Elders
    Angela Keeling
    Phyllis Fox
    Tim Bomgardner
    Jane Allman
    Brent Nipper
    Buddy Swain

    2023 Ministry Team Leaders
    Connections Team for Buffalo Campus - Cindy Wymer
    Connections Team for Cityview Campus - Jeff Keeling
    Discipleship Team - Kristen Mudrack
    Safety Team for Buffalo Campus - Brent Nipper
    Financial Stewardship Team - Aaron Jestrab
    Partnership Fund - Cathy Parris
    Property Team - Craig Hardy
    Fellowship Team - Melissa Reading
    Missions Team - Julie Burks
    Staff Relations Team - Robbie Anderson
    Brandon Rogers, Treasurer
    Daniel Swain, Assistant Treasurer