59 Years and Counting! – Focused Vision in 2020
People matter in Memphis GCI which began in 1961. We were the first church east of the Mississippi in the old Worldwide Church of God, forerunner of Grace Community International (GCI), now based in Charlotte, North Carolina.
People matter in Memphis, a city self-described as “a big small town” boasting a strong working-class presence with resourceful cultural leaders. Through the many ups and down as a congregation – which we freely confess – a core group has remained loyal to Jesus Christ and to each other. During many Victory Expressions in weekly services the common refrain is, “I’m just glad to be back here among friends.” Long-time elder Cleo Henderson adds: “This church has been a life-raft for me.”
With God’s help we set out in 2020 to fulfill GCI President Greg Williams call to “be the best possible expression of the Body of Christ that we can be – a healthy church.”
We may not be big in size but our Events page shows you the Spirit of service moves among us. These include the Charles Clarke family’s leading role each October in the STEP UP program in support of those working through Down Syndrome. In March 2019 we helped host the Plattsburgh Gospel Choir’s noteworthy visit to the Mid-South. The church rallies around gifts and funding for such worthy causes as Raleigh Egypt High School and just recently contributed to support Gideon’s International in response to a talk given in church by Ed Justus of the local Bartlett, TN chapter. Ed helped spearhead the feat of placing more than 600 Bibles in the Guest House, the recently opened major accommodation unit next to world-famous Graceland, home of Elvis Presley. A major witness!
We’re a people-oriented church hence our participation in the Bartlett Fall Festival after our major move to this northeast suburb in July.
Culture leaders describe Memphis as the”City of the Three Kings” – Martin Luther King the King of Conscience, Elvis the King of Rock, and B.B. King the King of Soul. We all know of another King we hope to praise and serve in 2020 – Jesus, King of Kings and head of his church, which after 59 years, still includes GCIMemphis. We meet every Sunday at Bartlett Seniors Center at 10:30. Come and see us!