Summer is right around the corner!  Along with summer come some huge ministry and mission opportunities for the church.  This year, there are three BIG events that will take all of us to make happen.  Are you ready?

First, is Vacation Bible School June 10-14.  This is the single largest event that reaches directly into the homes of people in our community.  If you are not involved, there are tons of ways that you can help.  Please call the church office at 837-8087, and we will find a way for you to help.  Remember, it takes all of us!

Second, is World Changers in Tipton County.  A large number of High School and College students will descend on Gateway June 24-29.  We will be involved in cooking for them, hosting them, and providing for the needs they might have while they serve and work in Tipton County.  It is our goal to make this the best week of their lives!  We are responsible to be sure they feel loved, served, and special while they are at Gateway.  Please watch the bulletin and stay connected to your small groups as we will be communicating needs in those ways!

Third, is our annual Independence Day Celebration!  This year, it will be even more of a community event than in the past.  The fireworks will be moved to Walker Park in Atoka on the 5th of July (Friday night), and we will partner with our city to make this the best celebration we’ve ever had!  It is planned to coincide with the opening of the new “splash pad” at the park as well.  Again, this will take all of us!  Watch for ways that you can help!

We will be taking a new order of “simply follow” T-shirts soon so that GBC volunteers can be identified at these events.  Again, we need everyone to participate and be on mission this summer!  It’s just another way to “simply follow.”