West Grove Presbyterian Church

Knowing Christ and Making Christ Known

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 (page updated 7/21/2019            

                Pastor Charlie Gross

Pastor Charlie

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What a WONDERFUL RETIREMENT CELEBRATION you threw on June 29th!  WOW!  Lisa and I were SOOOOOOO blessed by SOOOOO much love, affirmation, prayers, generous gifts, poetry, a song and loads of laughter and joy!  We received a little slice of heaven on earth through the delicious meal (thanks Chef Bob! and kitchen servants), the attentive service (thanks Susan, Denise, Lisa Murphy, Melissa, and Barbara), prayer (thanks Erin), song (thanks Cole), poem (Thanks Tom Krause in New Mexico) and Master of Ceremonies (Bob DiIenno)!

Dearest Friends, on Wednesday, Feb 13th I told the session of my plans to retire.  I will turn 66 on October 1st and believe that it is time for a new chapter of life.  My last Sunday in the pulpit will be July 28th and retirement effective on Sept 1st.  I have a huge debt of thanks to God for this amazing ministry and to you all for embracing Lisa and me with such love.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart!  

FIRST MOBILE CHURCH has ONE number - 1-515-604-9107!  Just call this on Sunday mornings at 9am and you don't need an access code!  Makes worship, prayer and God's Word very accessible!  Oh, we now meet on Wednesdays at 9am, too, just for prayer.  We meet for about 30 minutes and pray.  Would love to have you join us.

Link to pastoral resources - <click here>

Josh, Frank and Dan saved Tom Krause's life with CPR!  Do you know what to do?  Watch this short CPR video clip:  <click here>

Read the article about First Mobile Church published by the Synod of the Trinity <click here>   Read the article about First Mobile Church in the Presbyterian Outlook - <click here>   Read the article about First Mobile Church in the Lancaster Newspaper - <click here>

Nov 24th, 2018 - First Mobile Church was FIVE years old!!  If you are ever shut-in, hospitalized, traveling, weathered in or for any reason, 'can't get to church,' simply dial 1-515-604-9107 at 9:00am on Sunday to attend this innovative service. (or, toll free - 1-855-212-0212 and enter 345-710-914#) AND, if you want a "mid week" pick me up, join us on Wednesdays at 9am for prayer. 

Here is the link to an outstanding small group resource called, Word Share Prayer - <click here>  I explained this on Saturday Oct 18, 2014 at the Gilday's bonfire "small group!"

Dotti Sayre, Pastor Charlie and Lisa Gross and an anonymous member joined the West Grove Presbyterian Church Legacy Society!  They did this by placing this body of Christ in their Will!  Will you join them in this bold move?  This will help the ministry and mission of this vital body of Christ go forward into the future! [ps - you can do this and remain anonymous, but at least let me or Kim McLimans know.]

Here is the online Spiritual Gift Survey mentioned in the June 8, 2014 sermon - Gifted for the Common Good!  Click here to download this quick and easy gift survey.  You could use this to help you plug in to your gifts, OR you could experiment, try things out and discover by "hands on," where you are gifted.

Leaving a Leadership Legacy!  Please read the sermon or listen to the sermon from May 18, 2014, from 1 Peter 5:1-7.  We are all called to lead willingly, with humility and by example.  One very powerful way of leaving a leadership legacy is by putting a paragraph in our Last Will and Testament that leaves a specific dollar figure or a specific percentage of our estates to the body of Christ at West Grove Presbyterian Church.

First Mobile Church!  This is a 40 minute church service held at 9:00am via a conference call!  See firstmobilechurch.org for more details!  Or, at 9:00am on Sunday, simply call 515-604-9107  Or, you may call toll free - 1-855-212-0212 and enter 345-710-914#   Welcome to a faith community gathered from all over via a telephone conference call!  Oh, for an information center area for this church, call 1-641-715-3800 and enter 10326#  for complete information about First Mobile church.

Read the news about First Mobile Church, Click here for the Lancaster Newspaper article.  Click here for the Daily Local article.

Have you tried out the new West Grove Training Center?  It's really easy.  Simply call 1-641-715-3800 and enter access code 31274#  There are a number of interesting topics addressed.  Try it today!

Jan 19, 2013 - Men's breakfast at 8a  Speaker was Glenn Davis - Attorney and Chief Master Sergeant in the Delaware Air National Guard.  Topic - "Our Legacy" - Click here to listen

The Age of Collaboration, Sharing and Communicating!

I would love to have more conversations regarding innovative and creative ways of being the body of Christ in 2015 and beyond!  I’ve created a shared Google document to share comments and ideas for building the body of Christ and for Knowing Christ and Making Christ Known.  Go to  http://tiny.cc/rq8yqw. and enter your comments and ideas!  You will bless me and do your part to grow the kingdom!


Send one of the following video clips around to your friends!   

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The New Members Class outline is "on line!"  (Click here for it) (9/12/12)

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West Grove Presbyterian Church is working very hard to make church simple, where everything we do is aligned to Know Christ and Make Christ Known.  We invite everyone into our fellowship, we study God's Word, we worship, we pray, and we work together to know Jesus Christ - the Savior of the world!  And, we diligently seek new ways to make this wonderful Savior known!

I am also a strong believer in over communication.  Please keep me informed via cell phone: 484.748.0241 (this is a google voice number that forwards to my 717.468.1568 cell phone.  It is a local number in the West Grove area) or email: cwgross@gmail.com.  I want to know how I can best pray for you and support you in your specific ministry.

God's Extravagant Blessings to you all!

Pastor Charlie