December 28, 2018
This year, our MetroGrace churches plan to focus on Unity, Peace, Strength and Growth. We find encouragement from Acts 9:31 (NASB): “So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase.”
November 20, 2018
Anthony and Katie Elliott visited MetroGrace last month. Anthony served as an intern at MetroGrace a few years ago. That weekend was unusually difficult; but, their presence and their words were a great encouragement. Witnessing the challenges of urban ministry only confirmed the Lord’s direction in their lives. Please pray for the Elliotts as they plan to move to Philadelphia and join the team after completing school.
In one month, we had 4 shootings in Wissinoming. Within 24 hours of each shooting, our church set up a prayer tent in front of the homes where the shootings took place. Our blue tent had a banner with our church name and another inviting folks for prayer. By the second murder, we realized that it wasn't enough to set up for just an hour or two; so we set up from 9 am until 5 pm. We stayed out of sight of news cameras and we never approached anyone. But several people approached us to express sorrow, gratitude and a desire for prayer. Please pray for gospel transformation in our neighborhoods.
Last month, we were able to connect with children and their families by passing out candy, gospel booklets and invitations to worship. We share some apple cider and ginger snaps so folks could take a break and talk. Praise the Lord! We met more than 100 neighbors that night. The next Sunday evening, three boys aged 10, 12 and 14 came for worship. Derrik, the ten year old, asked for a Bible. He returned the following Sunday and prayed to receive Christ as Savior. Please pray for his growth; and pray that his friends would trust Christ, too.
August 08, 2018
August is the hottest month of the year in the Philadelphia. But, winter is coming! However, both are nearly intolerable without proper air conditioning and heat. We have an unexpected breakdown (is there any other kind) with a rooftop HVAC system. This is a serious concern for us and we could use your help. If, after reading the story (Read the full story here) you would like to give to help us, you can do so here.
July 30, 2018
Our Wissinoming neighborhood church was blessed to have Fuze, the youth group from Fremont, Ohio, led by youth pastor Zach Pinkerton, join us for a week of ministry and community service!
Pastor Pete Forshtay said, "While here, Fuze did a prayer walk through the Wissinoming neighborhood, praying for the community and offering to pray with our neighbors about anything burdening them in their lives. I feel this is the absolute best thing we can do, petitioning our God to meet their needs. It also helps develop a heart for the city when we spend time and effort praying for a massive group of people for whom Jesus died. I was deeply moved to see the students jump at the opportunity to pray with our neighbors with genuine care and love."
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June 30, 2018
Dan had “coded” twice and it didn’t look like he was going to make it. ... We sat in the waiting room outside the Cath Lab. The entire team worked on Dan for hours. His heart did not beat for an hour. They performed CPR continuously. Jennifer was just coming out of the ER when I arrived ... Through tears, my daughter told me that her twenty-nine-year-old husband was not expected to live. Read the entire story here.
February 13, 2018
WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS! Recently the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the New England Patriots to win Super Bowl LII! Crowds filled the streets after the victory, a massive parade welcomed millions and the mood of the city has been elevated ever since. Though most of us just watched from our sofas, many identify with this victory in a deeply emotional way. Tears have been shed, tattoos commemorate the event and some even spread the ashes of loved ones along the parade route! Football is great fun; but Jesus gained victory over sin and death – He defeated Satan! We are the champions because we identify with Him through faith. Please pray that MetroGrace churches would see the kind of transformation that occurs when followers of Christ embrace His victory as their own!
February 13, 2018
You might be cooler than you think!
Pete Forshtay challenges some pastoral stereotypes. His hair changes colors on a rotating basis. Any given week, it could be red, blue, green or purple. He has piercings in places that look painful. Recently, he and his team removed the tiles at their facility to reveal an old tin ceiling. They installed drop lights. And they exposed a brick wall to enhance the worship experience. The real surprise came when he removed the nice, new cushioned chairs. In the snow, Pete’s crew picked up some old pews that he found on Craigslist. Pete is praying that the old fashioned look will help guests worship with sincerity, embrace God’s word and seek genuine life transformation. Please ask the Lord to use this church to do that!
So if you still have pews at your church, you might be cooler than you think! Would you consider a new hair color and some piercings?
February 13, 2018
Ouch!! Last month, Margarete Connor, administrator at MetroGrace, fell on the ice, dislocating and fracturing her knee cap, tearing the ligaments that hold it in place. She is recovering from reconstructive surgery and participating in physical therapy. Please pray for Margarete and her husband Mike. Mike is our church planting intern at Crossroads Rhawnhurst.
February 13, 2018
MetroGrace develops community-based churches that engage with their neighbors. Last month, Crossroads Wissinoming participated in the MLK Day of service by cleaning the streets near its facility. Please pray for Pastor Pete Forshtay and his congregation as they practice the gospel with deeds of righteousness.
January 12, 2018
This month, Jim Brown plans to meet with leaders from Charis Fellowship ministries (aka Grace Brethren) in Columbus, Ohio. Please pray for productive ministry conversations MetroGrace is privileged to serve with a group of churches focused on biblical truth, biblical relationship and biblical mission. We’re looking forward to broadening ministry prospects as Charis Fellowship progresses. We see great opportunities for fuller participation in urban ministries by Charis churches throughout North America. We’re thankful to serve as a cooperating organization with excellent ministry partners.