Does this sound familiar to you?

“…men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power.”

Does that sound like today’s news? It can be overwhelming and depressing.

It’s times like these when people start to look for something that will encourage them and raise their spirits. Attending a local church may be the answer you’re looking for.

Of course, there may be many reasons you choose not to visit or regularly attend church. Perhaps you feel like you’ll be judged or the church will be hypocritical and won’t practice what they preach. Or maybe you have questions or doubts and feel you won’t be able to talk open and honestly with church members to get answers to your questions?

We understand. Many people in our church had those same questions and concerns during some of the most challenging and painful experiences in their lives.

Christians are not perfect. We make mistakes. We hurt people – unintentionally and sometimes intentionally. Anyone who says they are perfect (without sin) is not a Christian. But that’s why God sent His son Jesus to save us.

At Grace Church, one of our core beliefs is that it’s okay when we Christians have questions and doubts. And one of the great purposes of our church is to answer questions. We have classes for new and returning people who are interested in learning more about Christianity.

Grace Church has many ministries that directly help people in our community, our state and internationally. We have small church groups that meet weekly where you can connect with other people personally and study the Bible together. There are a multitude of events, including picnics, breakfasts, dinners, movies, kids and teen group nights, and celebrations of many holidays. We’re a busy and fun group.

Our main focus is learning, living, encouraging, and sharing the written words of God through the Bible. We share a common desire that our continued study of God’s Word and practice of it will lead to more loving lives and a better world for all people. We believe the Bible is the Word of God and is full of helpful ways to live a more meaningful life; that our faith and belief in Jesus Christ strengthens us to follow those instructions; and in so doing, we will find peace and joy.

Jesus taught, “you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. The second commandment is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”

These two commandments are certainly useful in the society we live in today, and they have guided our way of life.

We invite you to join us at Grace Church in Napa. We have two Sunday services (9 a.m. and 10:40 a.m.) where our staff and members are ready to welcome you, your family and friends.

Mark Van Gorder